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Quarterly Class Update
Essential Question: How Does Resilience Influence Success?
3rd Quarter Essential Sub Question: How Does Imbalance Require Resilience?
ELA: For the 3rd quarter, students will engage in reading several books about World War I, World War II, and the Holocaust. Students will engage in student-led Socratic discussions about these books. I always encourage "Family Book Clubs," so if you’d like to check out a copy of the book your child is reading, please let me know and I’ll make sure you get a copy to read along with your child. Students will continue their on-going vocabulary-building and literary device activities. Topping off course requirements is the quarterly independent reading expectations. Students will read a choice novel, a war novel from World War I forward to today, and a resilience piece. For each reading, students are to complete one page in their reader’s notebook to creatively share what they read. Please be sure to sign their summary page which is intended to give you and your child another opportunity to talk about what they are reading.
7th Grade GT Challenges: This quarter, 7th-grade students will be focused on learning about and writing a Technical Process Paper that will complement their learning in Science as they design and build their race cars. Students will also continue building their personal writer's notebook through daily Sacred Writing Time and developing their grammar skills.
Please put Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m. on your family calendar as this is the Swope GT Magnet Night at the Races event! Your child will be presenting what they've learned, sharing their Technical Process Papers and, racing their cars!
8th Grade GT Challenges: Students will start this quarter with a fun look at Fairy Tale story structures, then learn how to use MS Sway while researching something they are passionate about and will then begin their work on the Swope GT Magnet Rite-of-Passage College Night Project. Throughout the majority of this semester, you and your student can look forward to lots of excitement, nervousness, and conversations as your child begins to set some serious goals about what they want to accomplish in high school and beyond. For this quarter, students will begin to think about what applying to college entails as they will mimic the actual process of college applications. Students will also participate in a prospective student tour at UNR. Please feel free to volunteer to chaperone during this field trip--it is a lot of fun! Use the opportunity of this project to start having conversations with your child about your experiences with higher education and what you hope for your child.
Please put Monday, May 18th at 6:00 p.m. on your family calendar—your child will be introducing themselves to their high school teachers, counselors, and administrators as they share their research and commit to their high school goals. This evening event will also include Team MIT’s 8th-grade awards presentations. All of the festivities should be completed by 7:30 p.m.