Middle School - Mathematics and Reading
Middle School prepares students for continuation to secondary school. Students are supported as they navigate their way through leadership projects and independent learning using one-to-one iPad instruction.
Middle School prepares students for continuation to secondary school. Students are supported as they navigate their way through leadership projects and independent learning using one-to-one iPad and Chromebook instruction.
In Mathematics, solving realistic problems strengthens critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Student confidence and knowledge grows through engaging lessons, small group activities and use of technology. They explore problem solving using the Singapore Math approach. Students are introduced to a variety of ways in to solve problems in order to strengthen their critical thinking skills. New, more sophisticated concepts are related to past concepts and experiences.
The Reading Program is literature-based and emphasizes understanding of the standard literary tools including: main idea, supporting information, conclusions, inferences, compare and contrast, plot and character development. Students complete a variety of activities to demonstrate their understanding. They respond to their reading through writing prompts, activities and discussions. Students engage in independent reading, both at school and home, in order to master the skills taught.
Middle School students spent four quick days on campus before taking off on their excursion to Marine Biology Camp in Canada! During our time together we completed an important beginning of the year activity. Groups rotated through five prompts written on large paper and brainstormed ideas about class expectations, learning and class rules. From this session, each student wrote a draft of what he or she believes should be our five class rules for the year. Finally, all ideas were combined to create one list of five rules that we agree to follow this year. Students showed cooperation and thoughtfulness during this activity.
In Math, students began the year with the Unit 1 pretest to prepare us for learning. In Reading, students completed book "shopping." Each student read the back of the book and the first few pages of eight previously selected books. After reviewing, they ranked the books in order of interest for the year. This list will contribute to book groups for the year.
We look forward to seeing all families on Curriculum Night which is Thursday, September 13 at 6:00 pm. Please be sure to follow notifications on Bloomz!