2.8: January 22-26, 2018

Counselor’s question of the week:
What role does/did race play in your family’s choice of schools?  This is going to be more of a self-journey for the adults in the room, but also one that middle schoolers can be more aware of as they start to think about high school.  Some of this may be really uncomfortable for all of us.  I encourage us all (I do these with my kids as well) to dodge this discomfort, we have to embrace it in order to change things.  The easy answer, of course, is “none”; but that’s missing the deeper complexities.  We all took the time and effort (and luck) to get into this amazing place called Winterhaven. Why?  How did race play into that decision?


Important Dates:
25: Science Fair, 5:00-7:00
Science Fair2017.18 Pacing Schedule PDF
29: Teacher Planning Day, No School
Presidents Day, No School
Two Hour Late Opening
Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Read Across America Day
Two Hour Late Opening
Spring Break

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Engage NY Module 4Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions 

Topic C: Multiplication of a whole number by a fraction
Lesson 8 Objective:  Relate fraction of a set to the repeated addition interpretation of fraction multiplication. Homework due Tuesday
Lesson 9 Objective:  Find a fraction of a measurement, and solve word problems. Homework due Wednesday

• Independent Reading for January: Battle of the Books/Free Choice Chapter Books
• Classroom Read Aloud: The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963
14. Every Bird and Bug in Birmingham Stops and Wonders
15. The World-Famous Watson Pet Hospital
Video: Watsons Go to Birmingham

• Socratic Seminar
Analysis of Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (PDF)
– Constructing a persuasive argument using ethos, pathos, and logos


• Biography of a plant speeches Monday, January 22, 23, and 24 (10 per day, 1-3 minutes each)
Deliver a short 1-3 minute speech containing highlights from your written report. You may choose any part.

• National Parks (USA)
• Rivers and Lakes (USA)
• Technology- Google Maps
• Latitude and longitude to Identify Location (scavenger hunt)
• Create a map on google maps and pin locations on the Watson’s journey


yasashi nihongo
LESSON 1:watashi wa Anna desu.
LESSON 2: kore wa nandesuka.

Real Kana Practice
katakana_writing_practice_sheets pdf
Blank Paper for Writing Japanese pdf