2020 Goals

The 8th grade students all set goals for themselves for 2020 that are featured on one of our giant bulletin boards at school. Many of our students have set academic goals and a lot have set personal goals. Check out the picture to see your child’s goal? Don’t see one for your child? All students were invited to participate, but some struggled to decide on something to focus on. I am so proud of them for setting their sights high. Click on the picture to see a larger view. I listed off some of the goals below the picture. Continue reading “2020 Goals”

Halloween 2019

I adore seeing the costumes kids come to school in on Halloween. We always spend just a few minutes snapping some pictures of each class. Our Halloween in math is limited to a Halloween activity that supports what we’re doing in class. After a brief lesson focus finishing up work from the day prior we moved into our Halloween part of the day.

In Algebra our focus was a graphing picture that reinforced domain and range; a topic that we’re discussing. A lot of different pieces of lines will ultimately come together to form a pumpkin face. That pumpkin face comes together with coloring based on the areas of the shapes formed. In Math 8 we used translations and reflections to draw a pumpkin face graph. Continue reading “Halloween 2019”

Spirit Week 2019!

I record all my fitness on Strava. Last week I noticed they had a contest – miles for pizza. The more you run the more free pizza you get from a pizza shop in the NYC area. Hmm … we haven’t been to NYC in awhile. Maybe we can plan a trip. Soon I had planned out a trip that would cost a fair amount of money to get my FREE pizza. No trip. No pizza. My common sense kicked in.

Still, Spirit week was coming up in our school. Some kids get really into it, but it is hard to get a critical mass of kids to really jump in with two feet. What about a little contest? I decided to offer the math class with the highest percentage of participation a sweet treat on the Monday after Spirit week ends. We had some great spirit in the 8th grade. I wasn’t so sure if my contest had anything to do with anything until kids started reminding me to count, take the picture and until one student said, “I’m only doing this for the contest.” Yup, that’s what I needed to hear.

Sometimes contests are important because life’s just more fun when you join in. We all need a nudge from time to time!!

Enjoy some pictures from our week of spirit. And results – they are CLOSE.

and the Spirit Week Winner is …. PERIOD 3 with a total average of 80.84% participation for the week! Runners up are:

Period 2 with 80.08%
Period 6 with 79.99%
Period 7 with 77.8%
Period 9 with 66.6%

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7th Grade Interviews

It is official! Our 7th graders have all been interviewed. A group of students met with me every other Wednesday during lunch to share a little bit about themselves. We talked about their favorite things from 7th grade, shared some sports and hobbies and chose words to describe our personalities. Our time ends with enjoying a sweet treat before heading back for recess. These little write-ups have been on display in the 2nd floor hallway for the year. The first half of the grade was complete by the new year and the 2nd half of the grade just finished. Continue reading “7th Grade Interviews”

School Spirit Party (2018)

We had our 2nd school spirit week right before our holiday break. The first time the Student Council ran a spirit week, our team decided to host a party after school for the students who chose to dress up for at least 4 of the 5 days as a way to promote spirit with our 7th graders. The teachers kept track of kids dressed up, and students received an invitation to the party. We enjoyed cake, chips, cookies, cider and played games in the library at the first party.

For this spirit week we followed the same plan. The only difference? We’d be eating gingerbread house and all the other things. Every year my family makes a house and who better to eat it than the 7th graders? (This year it was a brownstone. Many kids were curious about how it was made, how long it took etc. Read about it here) Continue reading “School Spirit Party (2018)”

Spirit Week Party (2017)

Spirit Week was sponsored by Student Council. It helps us energize and feel proud of our school! Every day has a different theme. This year was:

  • Super Hero Day
  • Twin Day
  • Color Wars (we were yellow)
  • Throwback Thursday
  • Jersey Day

To encourage participation (and increase SPIRIT) the 7th grade hosted a party that the kids were invited to if they chose to participate 4 of the 5 days. Participation didn’t need to be challenging – a simple cape would do for super hero day, or a bit of yellow on Color Wars day – and we had 50 kids choose to participate all 4 days!

Our party was held in the library after school where we enjoyed cake, homemade applesauce, chips and apple cider. The kids played board games, drew and just hung out.

Here are some pictures from the event. The kids had such a great time we’re thinking about doing something similar later in the year.