A Note From Your  Middle School Teachers
Middle School Connections
September 22nd, 2016
Dear Middle School Families,

What an amazing start to the 216-2017 school year! There is so much energy and enthusiasim radiating from our students and our teachers; that positivity is contagious. Each Middle School Connections newsletter will highlight a different aspect of middle school at Sea Crest. This week, our focus is on our exemplary math program. We share a bit about our inspirations and our philosophies below.

Even though we are not out of September, October is looming as a very important month form middle school. While technically, the very end of September, we have an important event for all 7th and 8th grade families, the High SChool Fair. Review the details below. We truly kick off October with Mid-Trimester Goals Conferences with Parents, Students, and Advisors. If you have not already signed up to meet with your child's advisor, please use the  link below to  sign   up  for our conferences.   You will meet with  your child and his/her Advisor  to check-in on the trimester so far and to set personalized learning goals.   
Mid to late October is our time for Outdoor Education trips. The 6th graders travel or three days to Mt. Cross, the 7th graders go to Yosemite for four days, and the 8th graders spend five very full days in Washington D.C. There are important details for families, so check out the trips section.

All new middle school parents should have received an invtation for Power School Access; if you did not receive this iemail on Tuesday evening, please contact Mrs. Ellyn Kohrs at ekohrs@seacrestschool.org.

We hope you enjoy learning about all the fun things we are engaged with in Middle School.


Your Middle School Team

Incubating Our Next Generation of Mathematicians

At Sea Crest School. our math teachers, Matthew Twining and Corrinne Lieu are working towards incubating our next generation of mathematicians. We have been living and breathing the words of mathematician Paul Lockhart.

All middle school students have put themselves into the position of a mathematician, tinkering through hard problems, sharing their observations with their learning community and then using their collective intellect to find solutions to the problems. They have used algebra tiles extensively to make their abstract work tangible.

They’ve looked at Pascal's Triangle, understood how patterns that are immediately apparent come about as a result of other patterns that exist on a more micro-level. They also understand that patterns sometimes follow a trend that might  look different as the pattern grows.

They try hard to identify these patterns and share their findings with their peers to see what other insights may be uncovered, and in the process, develop a versatile mental ‘toolkit’ to grapple mathematical and logical puzzles in many different ways. 'Right' or 'wrong' is not so much of a focus. Rather than stressing computational accuracy, we guide students through the process of discovering the power and beauty of using logic to solve problems; mastery emerges naturally from this.

High School Hub
Coastside Prep High School Test Preparation
If your 8th grader is planning on preparing for his or her high school placement exam with Pete Fingerhut's Coastside Prep test preparation course offered at Sea Crest this fall, please let us know by signing up. The cost for this 6-week course is $595.  Classes run from the week of October 17 through December 12. All classes will be one-day per week from 3:15-4:45 PM on the Sea Crest Campus. Coach Strong has been involved in the planning of the schedule to best accommodate athletes.  Depending on the number of respondents, we may run more than one section of the class. Sea Crest will distribute students into classes to attain even class sizes.

Please fill out the  Coastside Prep Registration Form if you wish to enroll your child.
Middle School Trips
6th and 7th Grade Outdoor Ed Trips
Parents, please click on the links provided here for Equipment Lists, Naturalist at Large Forms and Waivers. These forms are due back by Friday, October 14, 2016. Be on the lookout for a separate email from your Lead Trip Chaperone with further details.

8th grade Washington D.C. Trip
There is a mandatory parent meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 7:15 AM to 8:00 AM for all students traveling with Sea Crest to Washington D.C. Parents will receive final trip details from Ms. Connelly and Ms. Patti.
Do You Feel that Media Is All-Consuming and
Rules Your Family Life?

Next  Friday, September 30th at 7 pm, Challenge Success will be hosting our annual parent education event at Stanford University. This year's program,  Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age, features psychologist and award-winning author  Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, and Challenge Success Co-Founders  Dr. Madeline Levine and  Dr. Denise Pope. Navigating technology can feel like uncharted and unprecedented territory for many parents. Find out how we can effectively manage media use when the rules of engagement seem to be constantly changing.  Join us for an interactive discussion on how adults and kids can establish healthy connections and positive relationships in the digital age.
On the Horizon
Iceland Trip
You are all invited to an introductory parent meeting about our 2017 International Trip to  Iceland  on  Tuesday, September 27  from  6:30-7:00 pm  in Mr. Kashima's classroom, MS 6.  Look forward to hearing about this exciting trip for your child to a geological wonderland that will take place over Spring Break,  April 8-13, 2017 .

Lice Check

Wednesday 9/28: Our first school-wide Preventative Lice Check of the year. Please make sure your child comes prepared:

  • Dry hair
  • No braids, hair clips, or hats
  • Students with longer hair should come with ponytails or pack a hair tie so they can put hair up after they are checked

Thank you for your help in keeping our school lice-free!

Balloon Stomp
How to Reach Us
If questions you have any questions, please contact Jessica Patti, Director of Middle School, at jpatti@seacrestschool.org. If there is an emergency, please call Cathy at the front desk, at 650.712.9892.
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