Marigold Update

Literature with Dr. Thomas:

Our year has been off to a great start! We kicked off book club with Song for Whale, a book about a deaf girl who feels connected to a whale whose song can't be heard by others. We are exploring concepts of identity, loneliness, and differences. Students have been building their skills making inferences and predictions about the plot and character traits. Our next book is Front Desk, which is about a young girl who has lots of secrets! With our new book, we will begin regular vocabulary exercises to expand our repertoire and improve our spelling. Please be on the lookout for that! I have launched a class website for students and families to check daily lessons and homework assignments. You can find the website here:


Math with Ms. Rodgers:

Our Marigolders are an enthusiastic group of budding mathematicians! They are engaged in class discussion and they are diligent in completing their work. We’ve spent the first weeks of schools reviewing the order of operations, mental math, and spent the last week working on using bar models to solve word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  I will be launching math “operation stations” to work on math fact fluency in the next week. I am noticing that students are able to solve challenging word problems but are making arithmetic errors.  My goal is for each student to increase their math fact fluency much like swimmers and runners work on lowering their times. After the break, we will review and extend the concept of multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimals. 

Science with Ms. Rodgers:

The 5th- 8th-grade science classes have started off our year with a unit on the Nature of Science. Students have learned that science is both a body of knowledge and a process that we can use to answer questions about the natural world.   We’ve learned the differences and similarities between scientific laws, theories,  hypotheses, and assumptions/opinions.  Finally, students learned about and practiced the steps of the scientific method which we will continue to apply ae each class engages with their science curriculum. Through our History of Science Timeline project, students have researched famous scientists and their contributions to science. As we complete this unit with a test,  each class will begin focusing on the life science standards for their grade level.

Writing with Ms. McGlathery:

Hello Parents! For the month of August, the Marigold group has been exploring the importance of the personal narrative. Their topic options included,  “A time they stood up for someone or something they cared about.” and “A time they overcame something they found difficult.” Through these, students have been able to use narrative structure to showcase personal experiences that have shaped them. In addition to this, they’ve created several short fiction stories; a highlight being the stories that were inspired by photos that really seemed to spark their creativity. They shared a variety of stories across genres: some bone-chilling and others full of mystery and adventure. Going forward, we’re going to be continuing to highlight the importance of editing in writing as well as moving into more in-depth creative projects. 

History with Ms. Freck:

Wow! We have started off the year with a dramatic subject. We are in the Medieval Times this year and it is was not all turkey legs and court jesters. Since many of the students have learned about European history during this, we decided to go in a completely different direction. We are starting with Japan first, then China, and will keep moving our way West from there. We have learned about the hierarchy of Japan and all the waring that went on for over 700 years. Please feel free to quiz them on some important vocab words that they definitely have a great handle on including Shogun, Daimyo, figurehead, Ronin, Samurai, and (everyone's favorite) Ninjas. All of your amazing learners have soaked up this time period with great enthusiasm. We are about halfway through a graphic novel version of one of the most famous historical Samurai stories titled 47 Ronin. We have acted it out in class and really gotten into what the story says about the culture of Japan during this time. It is said that to know 47 Ronin is to know Japan. 

Art with Ms. Cornwall:

Hello families! I am looking forward to meeting you all in person. I am very excited to share what we have been working on in art class this month. 

Most of the teams are working on the same projects, but this will change in the middle of September. I just wanted to gauge each age group and their skill level so I could have an idea of what everyone’s strengths are and what we can work on with future projects. So far, we are making two large projects each month. From August to mid-September we learned about Surrealism, and we are getting ready to learn about Realism and Expressionism in our future lessons. 

During our first week, we began creating backgrounds for our Self Portraits, which is a great "Getting to Know You and Your Materials" project and a fun way to start off the school year. We learned about different brainstorming techniques such as automatic writing and automatic drawing to get our creativity flowing.

We practiced drawing thumbnail sketches in our sketchbooks that helped us plan and prepare for our final project.

Yoga with Ms. Hurst:

Hello families! What a joy it has been to get to know each student and practice yoga with them.  We have started off the year with a concentration on breathing and discussing different breaths and how they can help us off of our mats.  We have introduced binds and will continue to work on them over time. We have been focusing on balancing postures and using our breathing to increase concentration and move from one balancing posture to the next without breaking in between.  Each class ends with a meditation that allows each student to reset before they finish their school day. 

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