MESSAGE FROM MR. JACKSON,
Season’s Greetings, Nathan Hale Families!
The December vacation and holiday season are now upon us. This is a great time for families to reconnect with one another and enjoy the holidays together. It is also an excellent opportunity for your child to maintain or re-establish a daily reading routine. Just as your children exercise their bodies outside, they need to continue to exercise their brains to maintain their mental stamina. Here are some tips to reinforce positive reading habits over the holiday break:
- Have your child read every day during the break. Choose a quiet place, free from distractions, for your child to do his/ her daily reading.
- Establish a regular routine. It helps if family members can designate a time to read together or at the same time, away from screens and other distractions. Encourage your child to read for a minimum of twenty minutes (the more, the merrier!).
- Take a few minutes to casually discuss books. Some examples of questions to discuss: What was the best part of the book? Why? Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why? Why do you think the character made that choice?
- Visit the library! If you can’t make it to the library, digital eBooks or audiobooks can be checked out. Allow your child to choose books that are of interest to him or her.
- Set up an account on Epic and your child can read books for free for up to two hours per week. https://www.getepic.com/learn/introducing-epic-free/
On behalf of our faculty and staff, please accept our sincere wishes for a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. Enjoy your time away, enjoy time together as a family, and gear up for a great 2022!
STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCES:
GRADE 7 SCIENCE HAPPENINGS
Here are some pictures and a blurb about what's been happening in Mrs. Fallon's science class.
Our driving question for this learning sequence is: How is energy transferred throughout an ecosystem? We started the unit with a living food web where each student was an animal, an organism, or the sun, and we connected each food chain using string to make the web. Students then created models to show how energy is transferred among living things in a marine ecosystem. We are looking forward to aquatic photosynthesis after the break.
GRADE 8 SOCIAL STUDIES HAPPENINGS:
All 8th-grade students had the opportunity to participate in a historical simulation where, through a series of rounds, played Capture the Flag in order to simulate the successes and challenges of the Americans during the Revolutionary War. Students were divided into 3 teams: Red (British), Blue (Americans), and White (French).
Each round, the "rules" for the game changed. For example, the White Team was on the sidelines cheering for the Blue Team, for the first 4 rounds. In Round 5, they entered the game to support the Blue Team, simulating the help that France sent to the Americans toward the end of the war when it appeared that they could defeat the British.
Students followed up with a reflection on what they learned and how it reinforced what we've already learned about the War. It was a great activity and students enjoyed the change of pace of having class outside.
GRADE 8 SCIENCE HAPPENINGS:
Students in 8th-grade science examine the proportional relationship between the height of an object and the length of its shadow. As a full class, students demonstrate or act out an “observation”, “waves”, “refraction”, “reflection”, “transmission”. They share out two students who have made strong choices in levels, emotion, and connection. As partners or a group of 3, they created a Tableau for each wave characteristic. A spokesperson will make a general statement/fact about each one.