Volume 10| October 27, 2019
Middle School News
CARNIVAL FUN!

Middle School students had a great time at Carnival on Friday! Carnival is one of Roycemore's longest standing traditions when our Upper School students conceive, create and implement a Carnival for our younger students. Middle School students also enjoyed HOUSE competitions- a pumpkin carving contest and a trivia contest earning points for their HOUSE. Some students finished up painting their HOUSE shields that will go on display in the Middle School hallway. There was also a faculty costume contest judged by our eighth graders and a student faculty contest judged by the faculty. The day finished with our Middle School students enjoying the Carnival games, Haunted Maze, Video Games, and a variety of treats sold to help pay for the cost of the Carnival.

French-Drama Workshop

In sixth grade French-Drama Workshop, students are writing poems about what brings them joy in life. Here, a sixth grade student has written a lovely poem in French that expresses what brings her joy and what she wishes for. Included in her text is the application of drama techniques that highlight words that are meant to be spoken strongly, color that invokes a certain type of mood or expression, and places to pause and make eye contact with her audience when reading her poem. 

This is what French-Drama Workshop is all about-- students taking what they are learning and applying it to their life in a meaningful and purposeful way, with beauty and expression.
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La famille est la plus importante , // 0.0 

La paix // est importante aussi ,

La musique est importante pour moi,

J’aime // 0.0 quand c’est calme .  

J’aime être calme ,

J’aime dormir, 0.0

Et rêve des choses que je pourrais être .
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Translates to:

Family is the most important,
Peace is also important to me,
Music is important to me,
I like when it's calm,
I like to be calm,
I like to sleep.
And dream of the things I could be.
Humanities Highlights!

The Fifth and Sixth Graders finished their textbook presentations. Presenting is only half of the equation. While the presenters presented, everyone else worked on their listening and note taking skills.

Former Interim Head of School, Clark Daggett, visited the Seventh and Eighth Grade Humanities Classroom to share and discuss classic American protest music with us.

This is part of a larger unit on conflict, and the Cold War in particular. What an awesome opportunity! 
Homeroom & Advisory this past week

DEVELOPING GRIT
“My character in (the movie) True Grit would set these goals for herself that seemed near impossible, but to her they were possible. She was never going to believe anything else other than that.” Hailee Steinfeld, Actress

During Homeroom last week students learned that grit is having the strength and determination to push through challenges. They shared with their classmates ways that they build grit, or get better at sticking with something new or challenging so that they could get ideas from their peers. On another morning the topic was how to bounce back from mistakes or setbacks. In discussion groups they addressed questions like:
  • What’s one positive thing you would do after making a mistake, and why?
  • What can you do to avoid being too hard on yourself for making a mistake?
  • What can you do to avoid making the same mistake twice?

These are great conversations to continue at home! Highly encouraged, especially when your child is struggling with homework or feeling frustrated about a mistake.
7th Grade Science

Seventh Grade students conducted a mineral identification lab as part of
their studies on minerals.
Mrs. Malkinson's Math

Students applied their knowledge of converting fractions by changing a recipe so that all the ingredients would be measured in 1/4 cups.

Still Seeking Mentors for P3!



Our Middle School personal passion projects (P3) are off to a great start! This year, all middle schoolers are connecting with a real-world problem associated with their own passion and interests, then using the Design Thinking process to design solutions to their chosen problem. We are looking for mentors to help our Middle School students with these projects. We are in need of experts from ALL fields to serve as mentors, with a particular need in the following areas: animal welfare, environmental action, community service, entrepreneurship, and technology. If you know of anyone who would like to work with a middle schooler, please ask them to fill out this form:  https://goo.gl/forms/f1IOQylI39cIkNnG2  

A letter was sent home a few days ago about P3 and where we need your assistance. Please read and respond to Beth Shutters. Thank you for your support!
Loaner Chromebooks

Mrs. Shutters is very low on loaner Chromebooks. From now on, loaners will only be given out to students who have broken devices.

Parents- please remind your children to bring their Chromebook to school every day.
More Photos of the Week!
From Board & Video Game Club to Altitude Trampoline Park to Carnival, our Middle School Students Found Opportunities to Connect outside of the classroom.

Radial Design Watercolor in Art Class
Sports and Clubs this coming week!!*
Mon:
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Board and Video Game Club: 3:30-4:30pm
Tues:   
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • 5th Grade Tumbling Practice: 3:30-4:15pm
Wed:
  • Homework Club 3:30pm-4:20pm
  • Robotics Club- 3:30-4:30pm
  • Mixed tumbling group practice: 3:30-4:15pm
Thurs:
  • Virtual Reality: Video Game Programming & Design 2:00-3:00pm 
  • Math Club 2:15-3:15pm
  • Chess Club 3:00-4:00pm
  • Fencing 3:15-4:15pm
  • Community Yoga 5:00-6:00pm
Fri:
  • Drama/ Improv 3:30-4:30
Upcoming Dates



Fri. Nov. 1- 7th & 8th Cross Curricular Field Trip - students will participate in a full day trip this day.

Nov. 7 (evening)- 8th- Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov. 8 (Fri.) NO SCHOOL Parent-Teacher Conferences
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 GRIFFIN SPIRIT!!
Please visit our online store at    www.roycemoreschool.org/schoolstore    to get   wonderful items to wear and use. I know you will all love what the RFA has chosen.  There are COOL NEW items available that you will love!!