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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 Language Arts- June 2017

    After we wrapped up our big multigenre project, we’ve spent the last few weeks of the school year reading and studying Greek Mythology.  We read D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths.  In the last two weeks, we’ve been looking at the ways that Hollywood has changed the stories from classic Mythology for film.  We’ve watched the 1981 version of “Clash of the Titans” and Disney’s “Hercules.”  Unfortunately, understanding how the stories were written sort of spoils both of these movies.  Hurray for knowledge!

    Families, summer slide is real.  The good news is that preventing it is easy, and can even be fun.  Help to make sure your child reads every day.  Building in some quiet afternoon or evening time where they read can help to keep those skills sharp, and even give your house some rest.  And kids don’t need to read anything specific to keep those skills.  Any reading counts, and most libraries have summer reading programs.  In fact, AADL has a great one, and every Honey Creek student is eligible for a library card with proof of Honey Creek enrollment.

    Have a great summer!

  • Middle School Science – May

    May brings about fungi and cell phone cases. We are “growing” some material that will help us understand how organic matter is reused and recycled. Additional “green” materials will be incorporated on the cases, as we build a more eco-sensitive product. After we will continue the investigation into identifying changes and forms of matter. Join us at the curriculum celebration as we showcase our products, as well as our sound and light projects from earlier in the semester.

  • Middle School Social Studies

    Differences are apparent. Tensions are rising. Conflict is inevitable.
    We’re getting closer and closer to the Civil War in social studies. Students have finished their news show projects on 19th century technology, agriculture, labor, transportation, etc. They also wrapped up a mini-unit on reform movements which included key figures in the education, women’s rights, abolition, mentally ill, and temperance movements. Just this week, we’ve begun a unit on the events leading up to the Civil War, where students will role-play different perspectives in America and express their interests and preferences based on key events. Some will be heard. Others will be shut out of the process, unfortunately. Look for the news show and other social studies projects at the Curriculum Celebration in a few weeks.

  • Middle School Math – April 2017

    Once Spring Break is over math class seems to fly by, it always seem to be a mad dash to the end.  Fortunately, in most classes we get to explore different aspects of geometry… which is always fun.

    Course 1 will be learning and reviewing some geometry basics right after a quick lesson in decimals.  We will be reviewing what decimal are and where you find them on a number line.  Converting fractions to decimals and then to percents to see how they all relate to one another will be an important focus.  In addition, we will be reviewing mathematical operations with decimals, always taking it one step further.  Our focus this time will be on multi-digit division.

    Course 2 is jumping into a longer unit in geometry beginning with areas and perimeter of polygons and adding circumference and area of circles.  We will be exploring the Pythagorean Theorem and therefore needing to learn more about square roots.  The second half of this unit will involve surface area and volume of different 3-D figures.

    In Course 3 we will quickly review what we know about geometry so far, so that we can use that knowledge in transformational geometry.  Learning to translate, reflect, and rotate objects on a coordinate grid.

    As we just completed our unit on quadratic functions the Algebra will be using that knowledge in a fun project examining parabolas in the real world.  They will be identifying parabolas in photos and learning to derive an equation for them.  We will also learn how to manipulate radical functions as a tool.

  • Middle School Language Arts- March 2017

    In the month of March, middle school students participated in book groups.  Each group chose a realistic fiction book with a character that has a disability.  They discussed (online in Google Groups and in person during class) the ways their characters worked through their challenges and successes as the plot progressed.  Additionally, during class, we watched videos, participated in simulations, and did some reading on disabilities.  As we return from break, we will start on our major project of the school year, the multigenre research project.

  • Social Studies

    Students are rolling through the nineteenth century in American history. In our most recent unit, Expansion, student will be putting on a news show, promoting major events in the nineteenth century within one of three regions: South, West or Northeast. Major themes include agriculture, technology, industry, labor and transportation, as well as race and class relations. Following this unit students will learn about major reform movements and the year will end with a unit on the Civil War. Look for a few big projects relating to these units at the Curriculum Celebration in May.

  • Middle School Math – March 2017

    During second semester we tend to push through quite a bit of math in all the classes…

    Algebra – March finds us learning skills to factor quadratic expressions so that we can use it as a tool to solve quadratic equation.

    Course 3 – We have been learning about different ways to display data and the different types of data that you can collect (quantitative, qualitative, and categorical).  We will be surveying the middle school student to collect data that we can use to “get to know” our middle schoolers better.  Watch for our displays at the curriculum celebration in May.

    Course 2 – Finishing up on our unit about proportional thinking, we are doing a 2-D dilations of various spring themes (considering how unseasonably warm it’s been).  We will begin to learn about solving algebraic equations next.

    Course 1 – We have recently completed our unit on Fractions and Fraction Operations… a most important skill for middle school math.  Next, we will be moving on to Integers.

  • Middle School Social Studies

    Students are cruising right along in American history. They have recently studied some of the challenges facing the young nation, including passing the political torch after Washington, living with the hypocrisy slavery, and balancing relationships with Spain, France and England. What’s taken a fair amount of time in the past few weeks has been our efforts to better understand the United States’ relationship with native nations. We asked the question, “What happened?” after such peaceful relations emerged with Lewis and Clark. This led us down a path through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries all the way to the Standing Rock Tribe’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. As most of you know, we’ll be taking a trip to Washington DC on March 9th to march with and support Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies. Thanks to everyone for your support.
    For the rest of the month of March, students will begin comparing the economies and politics of the Northeast and South and start assessing the impacts of westward expansion.

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