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October 2018 Newsletter


Hello and Happy Halloween from SCS Junior High Students!

     We have finished projects in our Social Studies classes, and our great work was on display at our Family Night, October 25, 2018. The work included paintings of Canada’s bodies of water, maps of Canada, and two Canada facts games. These creative projects were put together by our grade seven students. The grade eight students included projects about Jamestown and Roanoke. Dioramas, drawings, slideshow presentations, and maps were very well done. They included facts about both settlements and hypotheses about what happened to Roanoke settlers. Sixth graders are working on creating a hallway bulletin board that depicts and describes how the Earth was made. Check it out!

     ELA classes have focused on reading several selections this month. Shiloh is the novel we are reading in grades six and seven. A Long way from Chicago is the novel we are reading in grade eight ELA classes. Both novels utilize country vernacular within their fiction story elements. The classes are enjoying both novels.

Mrs. Stebbins



September 2018 Newsletter

     Our students have made a quick transition from summer vacation to the new school year.

     In Language Arts and Social Studies classes, they have been very busy practicing their researching and writing skills, as well as planning projects. Students in grades six through eight have been reading selections from a Scholastic Scope magazine. The main focus has been nonfiction reading, related to the hurricane in Puerto Rico last September. Of course we were able to relate this information to current weather events, and what we would do if put in a disastrous weather situation.

     Social Studies research has been focused in different areas of study for each grade level. Grade six students are involved in solving “The Mystery of the Ice Man, Otzi”, researching to gather whatever scraps of information they can find about the discovery of this ancient man. Grade seven students are learning all about our neighboring country, Canada. They will be creating a project that shows what they know about Canada. Grade eight students have been trying to find out as much as they can about the two early English settlements, Roanoke, and Jamestown.

     All in all, it has been a great start to our year. Let’s keep up the good work!  

Mrs. Stebbins











May 2018 Newsletter

          The 6/7 and 8 Social Studies classes had a successful Ancient Egypt museum collection set up for our Family Night last month. I just want to thank all of the students for putting together such a great display of their creative work. The 6/7class has moved on to studying Ancient Greece, with a new research project that started this past week. The students chose a topic that interested them, and will be researching, and creating a presentation to share with their classmates. Grade 8 is researching U.S.Civil War battles, and also creating presentations that they will be sharing soon.

          ELA classes have continued working on argument writing. This has proved to be a challenging type of writing for students and teachers alike. The topics have to be researched, and the thoughts shared have to be backed up by that research. It may sound easy, but it takes some patience, hard work……oh there’s that word again…..and GRIT! Keep up the good work.

Mrs. Stebbins




April 2018 Newsletter

     Grades five through eight have started to learn the steps to argument writing. Mrs. Bergman spent time working with each class so that they could progress from opinion/persuasive writing pieces to argumentative pieces. After our spring break, we will continue to learn about and practice writing essays in this style.

     The 6/7 and 8 Social Studies classes have all been working hard to get ready for the April Family Night. They are creating an Ancient Egypt Museum display that will show off all of their hard work. The evening should be lots of fun, with stations set up for creating words in hieroglyphics, making cartouches, and playing the Ancient Egyptian game Senet. There will also be a book fair running throughout the week.      

Happy Vacation!

Mrs. Stebbins



March 2018 Newsletter

     Grades five through eight have been using interactive editing checklists in writing class, working with a partner for extra support. The list includes five areas that we are working towards editing: focus, organization, elaboration, language and vocabulary, and conventions. Mrs. Bergman guided us through this learning process initially, but we have also been practicing what we learned as we edit and revise our essays.

     The 6/7 Social Studies class have recently started a unit on Ancient Greece, first learning about the Minoan, and the Mycenaean civilizations during the Bronze Age in Ancient Greece. The famous poet Homer, and the Trojan War have been brought up in our discussions. We still have a lot to learn about this time period and its people.

     The eighth grade Social Studies class worked on a project choosing a new sport for the Winter Olympics. Researching rules, equipment, specifications was part of this project, as well as creating a visual to share with the class. Their latest research has focused on the American Revolution, and the winter of 1777 spent at Valley Forge.

Happy Spring!

Mrs. Stebbins


February 2018 Newsletter

     Grades five through eight will be working on editing their essays in Language Arts classes this week, with lots of guidance from teachers and our writing consultant Mrs. Bergman. The goal is to learn to self-edit and peer edit more skillfully; working on type four Collins writing skills.

     Students in the 6/7 Social Studies class have collaboratively created ideal “school behavior commandments” as part of their unit on the Ancient Phoenicians and Hebrews. They worked in groups, and shared their ideas to come up with their lists. The lists will be displayed in our classroom for all to see.

     The eighth graders made board games with the objective of teaching about the battles of the American Revolution. These games include questions about the battles, and map locations of the specific battles. After completing the project last week, the students played each game teaming into groups of 3 or 4. They are hoping to invite another class to play the games with them soon.

     Have a great winter break!

Mrs. Stebbins


 January 2018 Newsletter

     Students in grades five through eight have recently started a new writing assignment in their Language Arts classes. The assignment is an informational/biographical essay, with grades five and six researching and writing about a high-achieving African-American. Grades seven and eight are writing about a U.S. president. All of the essays will require research and writing on their subject’s biographical information, significance and contribution to the United States/World, and admirable traits. The students started their researching last week, and the first, rough draft is due February 14, 2018.

     The American Revolution and the Ancient Phoenician culture have been the topics of study in our grades six through eight Social Studies classes. Eighth grade students compared views of Loyalists to those of Patriots, making posters with those opposing views. Six and seventh graders have researched and created drawings of Phoenician ships and markets. 

Happy New Year!

Mrs. Stebbins



December Newsletter

     Students in grades 5-8 have been working on a different style of a writing assignment called “R.A.F.T. Prompts”. Their website says “RAFT assignments are used to teach perspective, and make writing tasks more authentic”. There is choice as far as role, audience, format, and topic for each writer. This has proven to be an interesting style of setting up writing. We will continue to use this style more often in our classes. Feel free to check out their website for additional information.

http://writingfix.com/WAC/RAFT.htm

Let’s see what interesting writing pieces we can come up with!

Have a great holiday break.

Mrs. Stebbins


    November 2017

     Students in grades 5-8 wrote heartfelt letters to our local veterans, in celebration of Veterans

Day .The letters that were presented to veterans at the Veterans Day breakfast in Colebrook were received with many smiles and thanks for our students. Praise for a job well done to the students in my classes.

     Ancient India has been the topic of study in social studies for grades 6 and 7. Grade eight has been studying events that led up to the American Revolution. They presented rap/songs telling of the events of the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre.

    November has been a busy month, lots to do, lots to learn.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs.Stebbins    












 

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