Volume 19| January 19, 2020
Middle School News


Reminder: School is Closed on Monday in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.
In honor of Dr. King's legacy, consider watching this video of his "I Have a Dream" speech and talk with your child about what Dr. King's legacy means for you and your family today. And although school is closed this day, ask your child how they might serve others this day inspired by MLK Day of Service. N ext year, Roycemore will participate in the Day of Service. In the coming months we will think about what we would like that day to look like for our community. 

"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Upper School JST students speak to Middle Schoolers during P3 time about their work at the Evanston Animal Shelter. Several P3 students will visit the shelter on a field trip this week.
Experience Week is Here!!

Experience Week 2020 is this week! All Middle School students will focus on their personal passion projects (P3) each day. There are no regular classes, but we will still observe regular school hours. Many students will be using some of their time that week to visit sites relevant to their P3 work, while others will complete project work at school. Here is a schedule for those who are at school.

We will use structured design thinking assignments to keep students on task during Experience Week. Whether they are on- or off-campus, all Middle Schoolers are asked to complete the P3 work found on Google Classroom throughout the week.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students going on the field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry should bring $15-$20 cash for their lunch at the museum.
P3 Expo

The culmination of Experience Week will be our P3 Expo, held this Friday, January 24 , from 2-4 pm. All Middle School students are required to attend, even if they have been off-campus earlier in the week. The Expo will allow P3 students to showcase what they have explored and created so far on their problem-solving P3 journey. Please plan to join us. All from the Roycemore community are welcome!

The Expo will be a "trade-show" style event. Students will share their learning in various ways, such as posters, displays, demonstrations, and traditional presentations. These will take place in various locations in the school, mainly in the multipurpose room and library.  Click here for more details.  

If you have any questions about P3, Experience Week, or the Expo, please contact Beth Shutters (eshutters@roycemoreschool.org).
Additional P3 Presentation Opportunity

Our P3 program is so unique that other local educators are eager to learn more about it! A few of our Middle School faculty will be speaking about P3 at the 2020 IDEA Northern Suburbs MiniCon , and we'd like to take some student presenters with us! We are looking for several students who could show their P3 work; the setup will be very similar to our P3 Expo the day before.

If your student would like to be a presenter at the MiniCon, please contact Beth Shutters (eshutters@roycemoreschool.org). The IDEA Northern Suburbs MiniCon is at Evanston Township High School, on Saturday, January 25, 2020 . Our students would need to be there from about 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Humanities Happenings

Lights, Camera, Action!

In Seventh and Eighth Grade Humanities, the students have been interpreting Frank Stockton's 1882 classic short story, "The Lady or the Tiger." After reviewing story elements analyzing the story, the students were put into groups of five and tasked with creating their movie versions. In just over a week, the students had to write a script, find props and costumes, act, film, and edit their stories. Some students chose to modernize the story; others turned a tragedy into a comedy while others, well, we're still not quite sure. Once the students have completed the movies, we will share them with you. Stay tuned!
All Summer in a Day

The Fifth and Sixth-grade students worked together to analyze Ray Bradbury's short story, "All Summer in a Day." First, they reflected on how rain impacts their minds, bodies, and spirits. Then, we read the story, and students worked with partners to identify the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and conflict. Finally, the students watched the movie version of the story and wrote about which version they liked better. Next, we will connect this story with the Seven Habits work we have been doing on Advisory and Homeroom by considering how, if the children had Thought Win-Win, it could have resulted in a much happier ending.
Science
In 6th grade science, the students are currently learning about different forms of energy. To test how kinetic and potential energy works, students dropped various balls from different heights to see how much energy each ball had. This lead to the discovery that the ball with the most mass then had the most energy. P.E. = mgh
6th Grade French-Drama Workshop
This week in French-Drama Workshop the sixth graders wrote a cinquain poem, which is a five-line poem comprised of 1 noun, 2 adjectives, 3 verbs, a sentence of four words, and a synonym. The subject of this week's poem was inspired by something the students encountered over winter break. Here are some examples-

Robi traveled to California and wrote a poem about the cactuses he saw there. 

Cactus
Pointu,vert
Grandir, suvivre, fleurir
Plantes poussant du sol
succulent

Here, Mathew equates receiving a gift to experiencing joy.

Un Cadeau
Inattendu, amusant
Ouvrir, Surprendre,Recevoir
Mon cadeau est absolument épique    
Joie

 Eva-Rae writes about Christmas and happiness.

Le Noël
Amusant, Incroyable
Jouer, Ouvrir les cadeaux, Courir
J’ai aimé mes vacances 
Le bonheur

The poems are all beautifully written and are music to the ears when recited!
Middle School Social Outing- Ski Trip Coming Up!

On Friday January 31st at the end of the day, we will have our first social outing of 2020-- to Wilmot in Wisconsin to ski! This is a great opportunity for both experienced skiers and those who have never skied before! Students will have a chance to sign up for a ski school session to gain skills and confidence and enjoy the opportunity to learn something new while having fun with friends.
Sports and Clubs this coming week!!
Mon:
  • NO SCHOOL in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

Tues:   
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Girls Basketball practice 3:30-4:10pm 5th-8th; 4:10-4:30pm 7th-12th
  • Boys Basketball GAME vs. Bannockburn- AWAY 4:45pm

Wed:
  • Girls AND Boys Basketball practice 3:30-4:20 pm
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Robotics Club- 3:30-4:30pm

Thurs:
  • Girls 5th/6th Basketball practice 3:30-4:10pm
  • Girls 7th/8th Basketball GAME vs. Baker HOME 3:30-4:14pm
  • Boys Basketball GAME vs. Hillel Torah AWAY 4:30pm
  • Community Yoga 5:00-6:00pm

Fri:
  • Improv Club 3:30-4:30pm
Upcoming Dates

  • Jan. 20 NO SCHOOL- MLK Day
  • Jan. 21-24- Experience Week for MS
  • Jan. 24- 2-4pm P3 EXPO-- PARENTS PLEASE COME!
  • Jan. 25 IDEA Mini-Con
  • Jan. 28.- Admission Open House- Spread the Word!!
  • Jan. 30th- State of the School night and JST (January Short Term) EXPO-- PARENTS PLEASE COME!!
  • Jan. 31- Priority Application Deadline for new families
  • Mar. 2.- Priority Sliding Scale Application Deadline

Middle School Community Guidelines
We will create a community in Roycemore’s middle school based on RESPECT. We will respect ourselves, our space, and our peers. In doing so, we will assume the best intentions of others and create a space where we are welcomed, feel we belong, and are known!
(created by representatives from each grade 2019-20)
SHOW YOUR GRIFFINITY!!
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