January Update for 8th-Grade ELA

Happy New Year! We’ll finish our novel study of Lord of the Flies by analyzing the symbolism and writing about how William Golding uses this tool to send a message about human nature. Then we’ll begin our third unit, “Space Invaders.” In this unit, we’ll read science fiction texts by Ray Bradbury and H.G. Wells. We’ll compare and contrast how the authors portray life on Earth during an alien invasion by exploring how they use characters and plot to develop their message. We’ll add in other texts and explore how writers develop setting and mood to support our analysis.

8th-grade ELA students evaluating the nature of humanity

Students should be reading every day for 20-30 minutes, so please make sure your child has a quiet place and consistent time to read.

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Jessica Pearlman

 Interview with Middle School Guidance Ms. Pearlman by Prootha Patel

What inspired you to become a guidance counselor?

I had an adult during high school who supported me and was really positive towards things. She thought if she became a guidance counselor then she can become a supporter for many other kids.

What type of educational background did you need in order to become a guidance counselor?

You need a master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in school counseling.

When you were in middle school did you know you wanted to be a guidance counselor?

I didn’t figure it out until high school, because I didn’t really know my guidance counselor in middle school.

What other jobs did you have before becoming a guidance counselor? What did you learn from those jobs?

I was a manager at Macy’s and I learned there interpersonal skills, time management, how to get along with bosses with different styles. Other jobs I had was camp counselor, taught English in Spain in Madrid for a year and a half. I taught English to Spanish business people who needed it for international business.

What are your main responsibilities as a guidance counselor?

Making sure students are safe and supported, make sure that student are achieving academic success possible, I motivate students and support families and connect families to outside resources that can help.

Are you happy with the career you choose and why?

I LOVE my career since it satisfying to support kids and families to help them be best they can be, it’s really interesting to hear people’s story, everyday is different, it’s very fast paced, new situations every day even though it’s my 8th year being a guidance counselor and it’s fun to work with kids.

What advice would you give to students in choosing a career?

For middle school students you should be learning about careers, exploring your interests, expanding your ideas of what interests you and not limiting your options yet.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In the next 5 years I expect to still be learning and growing as a guidance counselor, so that I can continue to grow for being more and more effective as a guidance counselor.

What type of student were you when you were in middle school?

I was creative, talkative, was really into music. Nirvana was my favorite band and I liked school and did well. I liked group projects and things that were less structured so I could be creative.

Tell us about some of your talents?

I am in a book club with my friends, I like camping, biking, I like doing crafts (knitting and sewing), cooking, and traveling.

Lastly, and most importantly, to wrap up this interview: what is your favorite food?

My favorite food is Tibetan momos (dumplings), tacos and Indian food

6th grade students use ratios and proportions to scale their favorite recipes

Students used ratios and proportions to scale their favorite recipes to serve more people. They created brochures to display their mathematical reasoning.

Happy New Year! This month, we will be completing our “Ratios and Proportions” unit and beginning “Percents”. Students will use percents to find a part of a real-world quantity when they know the whole and a percent, and find the whole of a quantity when they know a part and a percent. Students will also learn to write percents as equivalent fractions and decimals. Remind your child to keep completing and mastering Khan Academy assignments. Please feel free to contact Ms. Lellis, Ms. McCabe, or Ms. Goldschmidt with any questions or concerns about your child’s learning.

Science Matters! Ms. Ranzie’s students learn about windup toys and matter

Students in class 2-213 invited 6-311 in to their class to teach them how to make a Windup Toy.

This month, 6th grade students will be learning about matter. Students will learn that matter is made of particles in constant motion. Students will be able to explain how matter changes states when thermal energy is introduced, while exploring how a change to a substances physical condition does not change its chemical composition and properties.