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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

  • 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!

  • Middle School Language Arts, October 2017

    We’re getting back into the swing of things in the middle school reading and writing workshop.  We are finishing up our first published piece, a personal narrative.  Students wrote a small moment narrative, and worked hard at developing the “so what” of the story.  They filled their writing with thoughts and feelings, and descriptive details.  Next, we will focus on essay writing and some literary analysis, and start on preparing for our participation in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

  • Middle School Social Studies

    The year is well underway in social studies. Students have been theorizing why civilizations emerged where they did and what human and geographical factors contributed to their success. We’re about to dive into ancient China and the Indus Valley as a way to see how these major civilizations shaped the region, specifically how religion, trade, and writing influenced Angkor, Cambodia’s most successful empire. The biggest unit of the semester will be Cambodia, which we’ll begin sometime in mid- to late October, and will carry forward until the curriculum celebration in January.

  • 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.

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