Volume 27| March 15, 2020
Middle School News
Remote Learning Days Begin Tuesday- Scroll Down to the Bottom of the Newsletter for Additional Information
Seventh Graders Use Slinkys to Aid in their Understanding of Science

As an extension of their learning about physiology, geographic forms and earthquakes, 7th graders extended their research and study into the hallways.
Humanities Happenings!
Fifth grade humanities spun the wheel to get a silly story starter. They then had to write a short story and identify the setting, characters, and plot. Students greatly enjoyed sharing the stories with the class and needless to say there were a lot of laughs! One story in particular was about "a burned avocado who always gets into trouble."
In order to write your own story, you must be able to identify key story elements. Fifth grade students are practicing finding the rising actions, conflict, climax, falling actions, and resolution so that they can better understand what it all means and use these elements in their own stories. 
The Seventh and Eighth Graders have been looking at the best and worst of society. The just finished their unit on slavery and are now studying The Civil Rights Movement and the Little Rock Nine. They have also revisited the genre science fiction/dystopia-utopia, as they are about to embark on creating their own utopias. This week, they read and analyzed the short story LITTLE BROTHER™ by Bruce Holland Rogers. Literary analysis is always more fun with interesting literature and a partner you work well with. 
The Fifth Graders have been reading "The Egypt Game" and studying Ancient Egypt. Recently, they made papyrus. They will be learning about hieroglyphics and writing questions to the oracle, just like the kids in the book, on their papyrus. A HUGE thanks to our Upper School art teacher  Ruth Hecht  for helping us with this project. Collaboration and teamwork at its finest. 
Recess Fun!
Middle school recess fun, full of basketball and tumbling. 5th-8th grade boys organized a basketball game and impressed the teachers with their ability to work together honestly and impartially without the help of an adult. 
The Sixth Graders have been studying the Middle East with Mr. Stanley. They are also finishing their novel, Shooting Kabul, and are about to become photographers just like the protagonist, Fadi. That doesn't mean that they don't have a minute for play and Reading Buddies. It is nice to get to see them be children and role-models all in the span of five minutes.
Think Win-Win

As part of our continued focus on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, students learned more about "Think Win-Win". Through a variety of activities and discussions during Homeroom and Advisory this past week, student had the opportunity to explore more about what a Win-Lose attitude is, as well as a Lose-Win attitude (the doormat) is all about.

This Video shows how Wreck It Ralph cultivated a Win-Win Attitude.
Looking for good movies for your children to watch?
In the coming weeks with students being at home, you might be looking for activities for your children to engage in. Rather than letting them stream videos that are mindless, consider curating a list for your children to watch. If you have a Netflix account, this curated list for tween s by Common Sense Media is a good resource.
Are there video games that my child can play
other than Fortnite?

The answer is a resounding YES! Common Sense Media has also curated a list of video games organized by age. If your child likes Battle Royale games like Fortnite, they might like Plants vs. Zombies, or Splatoon2! There are other games that have educational value such as Tetris and Minecraft, or games that get your body moving like Just Dance! Check out the list to learn more.

This is a new era for us all as we begin remote learning days at Roycemore starting Tuesday March 17th. The following guidelines will help you as you transition to remote learning:

  • Check in every day by filling out this form.
  • Spend about five hours doing school-related work or activities each remote learning day.
  • Follow your teacher’s instructions.
  • Check FACTS (RenWeb) every day. That is where your teachers will be posting their work. Teachers may also post to another website such as Google Classroom.
  • Be polite and respectful in all of your online interactions. This is not the time to be silly or rude to one another, or to your teachers. While using chat rooms, video calls, Google Classroom, Flipgrid, or any other online tool, you are still expected to adhere to the core values of the school: Scholarship, Integrity, Respect, Community, and Compassion.
  • Stick to the deadlines and due dates your teacher gives you. If you need more time to complete something, let your teacher know. They will be flexible.
  • Some of your learning activities will be on a computer or iPad. But not all of them! Remote learning does NOT mean screen-time all day. Listen to your parents when they ask you to take a break, or to work on something else for a while.
  • If something doesn’t work the first time, don’t give up!
  • Don’t forget to exercise and move around several times each day! In fact, your PE teachers will be giving you assignments in this regard!!
  • AND...Contact your teachers if you have any trouble. We are here to support you!

As this is new for all of us, we ask for your patience as we make this transition, but also to communicate with us if you are experiencing difficulties. THANK YOU for your partnership and support!!

Upcoming Dates

  • March 17th- Remote Learning begins- Students must check in with teachers and submit attendance each day
  • March 16-20- Spirit Week- a cross-divisional student committee is planning theme dress up days for the week We will reschedule Spirit Week for some time after Spring Break
  • March 23- MS Social Outing to Dave & Busters- Sorry cancelled for now
  • March 30- April 3rd- SPRING BREAK
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)
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