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The Middle School

Welcome to the middle school’s home on the web!

The middle school is an amazing and unique part of Honey Creek, providing students with a challenging and yet creative approach to learning and being in community with one another.  The middle school is divided up into 4 main subject areas (Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science) as well as other afternoon specials/electives classes (Technology, Art, Gym, Band II, Chorus, Swim, Tech and Art Electives).  Students are in multi-age classrooms (6th/7th/8th mixed together) and experience each subject through a project-based and thematic approach.

 

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Monthly Newsletter

  • Middle School Math – January 2018

    Middle School Math Classes

    COME SEE WHAT WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON AT THE CURRICULUM CELEBRATION (January 19th)…

    > Do you remember learning about ratios and rates?  Come see if you can solve the problems the FIRST HOUR math students have created (and solved two different ways)!

    > SECOND HOUR math students continued their work with ratios into scale factors.  They have created blue prints for their “Dream Room,” using actual measurements of the room and furniture they dream to put in it.

    > When I was in school and learned about transformations (rigid motion: translation, reflection, and rotation), it was difficult to visualize it sometimes (especially rotations).  Come see how THIRD HOUR math students learned them… with a transparency.  They have created problems for you to solve.

    > The ALGEBRA students have applied their knowledge of linear functions to create some pretty cool stained glass windows.  You won’t be able to miss them as they will be hanging across the gym.

  • Middle School Social Studies

    As the semester wraps up we’re tying together all loose ends with our extensive unit on Cambodia. The culmination is a “Life Under the Khmer Rouge” project, as well as a student-led simulation at the curriculum celebration on January 19th. Please feel free to participate. All adults are welcome. Following this unit we will get into our next unit on homelessness in America. This will lead into our third unit on microeconomics and Trader Joe’s Big Bartering Bonanza.

  • Middle School Language Arts- December 2017

    In the middle school, we’ve just wrapped up our second annual whole middle school participation in the National  Novel Writing Month.  As a middle school, we wrote more than a million words in one month!  Students had word goals ranging from 10,000-50,000 words, and many students who set goals over 25,000 words and beat their goals!

    For December, we have started reading books about Cambodia, tying in with the unit on Southeast Asia in Social Studies.  These books are fast paced and engaging, and I love listening to the book group discussions students are having!

    We are also studying the genre of poetry in our writing.  Last month was about writing as much as we could, and this month is about being economical in word usage!

  • Middle School Math – December 2017

    November was like a whirlwind in the middle school, especially with the Terra Nova testing.  We still managed to persevere in gaining knowledge and skills within each class.

    In Course 1 we are finally completing the unit on Ratios and Rates.  Because this concept is integral to higher level mathematics and sciences, as well as, everyday life, we worked on developing a deep understanding with multiple approached.  This last half of the unit has consisted of unit rates and their various applications; such as, comparison shopping, speed and, measurement unit conversions to name a few.  We have also related rates per 100 to percents and applied percents to a number of real-world situations.  Before winter break we hope to begin working with fraction and decimal operations.

    Course 2 has also spent quality time with Ratios, Rates, and Proportions, completing the unit in November.  We are currently working on a Scale Drawing Project that you will be able to view at Curriculum Celebration.  Our next unit will be working with becoming more familiar with integers and skilled with integer and other rational number operations.

    Geometry has been the topic of study in Course 3, transformational geometry to be more specific.  We have had fun using a transparency to investigation sequences of translations along a vector, rotations around a point, and reflection across a line.  This is some of the students favorite unit.  We will now use our investigations of rigid motion to understand congruence.  And, before we leave this unit we will be learning about the Pythagorean Theorem.

    In Algebra we are currently exploring linear functions; how to identify them through equations, as well as tables, identify the relationship between parallel lines and perpendicular lines, and various linear transformations.  We will complete the unit with a project showing off their understanding of linear functions.

     

  • Middle School Social Studies

    Oh how I missed teaching about Cambodia.
    We’re now into the heart of the unit. It’s April 1975 and the Khmer Rouge have arrived in Phnom Penh. Civilians are being evacuated from the cities.
    Students are going to go through a series of about six lessons, which cover the daily lives of Cambodian “new” people as they try to survive under the regime. We will be doing an on-going simulation that asks students to make decisions and I will be sharing first-hand accounts, cartoons, songs, and movie clips to help students understand what life was like under the regime. I have not presented the project to students yet, but they will have a variety of options as to which part of this history they would like to focus on. Look for that project, as well as a simulation for parents at the curriculum celebration in January.

  • Mathematics – Nov 2017

    I am excited to say there are a lot of changes in math class this year!  For quite a few years now I have been supplementing our 10 year old textbook, to be sure we cover everything that is expected of us in each of the four math classes.  I came across a Eureka Math last year, sampled it in one of my classes, and decided it was time for an update in the math department.  Since September we have been following the Eureka Math program in Courses 1, 2, and 3.  Not only does the program support teaching to the Common Core State Standards with rich, thought provoking problems; it also incorporates the eight math practices which are:

    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
    4. Model with mathematics.
    5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
    6. Attend to precision.
    7. Look for and make use of structure
    8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    Here are the topics we expect to cover this year in each class:  Math Course Overviews – Curriculum Night 2017

    I’m very excited about this curriculum, it’s a change from what the students are used to and can be challenging, but overall I have had positive feedback from them and am enjoying deep mathematical discussions in all of the classes this year.  I’ll keep you posted on how things are going…

    Excited about math,

    Cindy Wauer

  • Middle School Social Studies

    Ahhhh, it’s so good to be teaching about Cambodia again. My favorite unit. Having touched upon Chinese and Indian influences on the region, we are now digging deep into the Angkor period. This period lasted from about the ninth to the fifteenth century and peaked with the empire expanding throughout most of Southeast Asia. Throughout these lessons, students have done king presentations, learned how Hinduism and Buddhism shaped art, architecture and daily life, and analyzed ways Khmers shaped their landscape to control natural elements. The rest of November will see the end of the empire, a transition to colonialism, and then a brief stint of independence in the twentieth century. The final chunk will be focused on a five-year period from 1975 to 1980: The Khmer Rouge years. Students will have a free-choice project on display at the Curriculum Celebration, as well as the opportunity to participate in a simulation with parents.

  • Middle School Language Arts

    Last week, we wrapped our informational essay writing and turned our attention to fiction.  Students worked hard to create characters, conflicts, and plot structure, and on November 1st, we dove into the National Novel Writing Month.  NaNoWriMo is a fun, world wide writing experience that challenges writers to compose a novel in 30 days!  Check out nanowrimo.org, or ywp.nanowrimo.org for the young writer’s project.  For NaNoWriMo, each student set a personal word count goal, and are writing every day, in and out of class to meet those goals.  Some students even set goals as high as 50,000 words!  It is fun to hear everyone talking about their stories and characters.  Ask your middle schooler about their novel today!

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