Middle School interims will be sent home on Tues. 2/24. This is a change due to snow days.
The Middle School exam schedule has been updated and posted:
For exam schedule: https://saintmary.org/middle-school-exam-schedule-announced-for-may-2015/
Our students have a great opportunity to participate:
For Math League contest (not a test!): https://saintmary.org/middle-school-students-to-participate-in-math-league-contests/
Language and Literature- Mr. Schaefer
6th Grade- In The Giver, Jonas has received his rules and reported to begin his training. Jonas has no idea what is in store for him so he is quite anxious. The children can expect the possibility of a quiz every Wednesday or Thursday. I will let them know each week. On Friday, February 27th they will have a vocabulary test on Unit 11 since we did not have it this week.
7th Grade- In Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne and Peter’s relationship is developing into a friendship where they can rely on each other for emotional support. Up until now Anne has only been able to rely on her diary while Peter has internalized everything. The children can expect the possibility of a quiz every Wednesday or Thursday. I will let them know each week. On Friday, February 27th they will have a vocabulary test on Unit 11 since we did not have it this week.
8th Grade- We will be wrapping up our discussion of pronouns. The students can expect a test on Wednesday or Thursday. On Friday, February 27th they will have a vocabulary test on Unit 11 since we did not have it this week.
Language and Literature- Mr. Maddock
Science- Mr. Short
The Science Fair is due on Friday March 20th. The Science Fair will be on Thursday March 26th from 6:30-7:30pm. All student should attend this event. There will be no weekly assignments for the next 2 weeks. Students should be working on their experiments.
7th grade will be given an assignment next week where they are asked to track their eating and design a meal plan to meet all of their personal nutritional needs.
8th grade will have a test next week and the Neogeo poster is due on Friday.
Language Acquisition- Madame Rooks
French 6th grade: We are finishing up our unit on Food and Art. We’ll begin our study of the body, health, clothing and color.
French 7th grade: This has been a big unit, and we have accomplished a great deal. This week the students have interviewed a classmate in French, and then introduced or presented their friend to the class.
French 8: A wonderful time was had by all at Les Crêpes Restaurant at Stony Point Fashion Park. Thank you to our drivers and chaperones. Thank you for sponsoring your student’s French meal! Check out the photo on St. Mary’s Facebook page. We are finishing our study of airports and air travel, so will have a chapter test this coming week. Then we will begin to learn how to get around in a train station.
Bonne Fête de Saint Valentin!
Language Acquisition- Senora Thompson
6th grade- We have started High School level 1 Spanish. They should be able to tell you the pronouns in Spanish and are learning to conjugate their first verb “ser”. It’s all very exciting. They are officially in Unit 1 and should be studying “Palabras 1″. They will have a quiz on “Palabras 1″ this week.
7th grade- We have started Unit 5, our food unit. Yum! We are very interested in making some of these foods that we are learning about. This unit has so much vocabulary that it is split it up into four sections. This week they are working on “Palabras 1″ and “Comidas 1″. They will have a quiz on “Palabras 1″ this week.
8th grade- We have started Unit 10. It’s all about the movies,theatre and other cultural events. We will be performing some plays for the younger audiences soon! They will have a quiz on “Palabras 1″ this week.
7th & 8th grade classes are welcomed to stay after school Wednesday, February 18 for NSE practice from 3-4.
Math- Mrs. Koehler
Sixth Grade Pre-Algebra
Individuals in Societies- Mrs. Tuskey
No update this week.
Religion- Mrs. Slifka
Design- Mrs. Clopton
The middle school students will be finishing their soccer units with a test on 2/23.
Music- Mrs. Taylor
Composer of the Month: February: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-a child super star who burned out too soon, he wrote the music that would become Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at the age of five. He was a perfect IB example writing music in multiple languages, such as this from one his operas:
La Nozzi di Figaro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLtqZewjwgA
6th grade: Students are doing a “Glorious” job on the song we are working on for the Spring Sing. We will be rescheduling many of their Music Inspiration presentations due to TAW and the snow days.
8th grade: We are completing World Music Reports and focusing on our Dinner Theater Production. The production date has been set as Wed. May 6th. Our production this year will be benefiting the TRF (detailed in a past newsletter) and is in behalf of pediatric cancer. TRF was founded with Tyler’s family along with Imagine Dragons. The foundation has an upcoming worldwide event that our 8th grade is going to be a part of-M4. March 4th is the date Tyler passed away two years ago, the foundation is using the date to now “March Fourth” against childhood cancer, raising awareness and offering a voice of hope to families. The event already has 41 events happening in 21 countries. Tyler’s brother Jesse is helping to run the foundation and is thrilled that our students are writing and producing a show that will benefit TRF. He told me he is so grateful for the students and wanted me to share with them that “by small and simple things things are GREAT things brought to pass.”
Check out www.trf.org/m4 for more info.
Art- Mrs. Dunham
6th Grade Religious Arts
Sixth graders are applying the finishing touches to their amazing Madonna and Child portraits. The students are pleased with their pieces, and should be! Soon the students will choose which piece to submit for the May Art Show.
7th Grade Art
Seventh graders have been very good about remembering to bring their hardbound sketchbooks to art each week. I have been pleased with the high quality of the homework, in general. Some students are putting in more than the required 20 minutes and it shows! They are continuing to work on drawing and composition for their “Rad Bikes” piece. Color theory will be introduced as we start to think about the background for these pieces.