Our goal is to be script-free by Tuesday, so please help your 7th grader work on really solidifying their line learning (thinking too about how to be expressive and project) this weekend and into next week. Everyone needs to be learning all the lines for their puppet show characters too. Siblings can be a great help in reading opposite lines and helping with line memorization too (as can writing down lines to cement them in the mind a little more securely).
We also started reading The Outsiders this week by S.E. Hinton. I’ve asked the students to avoid watching the movie (at least until we have finished the book).
Henry, Maya and Oscar each submitted haikus that were accepted by the National Schools Project and will be published in the 2016 edition of the Young American Poetry Digest. Our school will get a free copy of the digest when it comes out in the fall, so we’ll always have a copy of our published Mountain Sage poets our middle school library. Congratulations Henry, Maya, and Oscar!
Poetry reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa: April 21, 7:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballroom at CSU. Our poetry instructor from CSU, Ms. Naughton, recommended this event, and we read a Komunyakaa poem in our last session with her. Here’s a link for more information: http://english.colostate.edu/news/distinguished-alumni-award-ceremony-april-21st-yusef-komunyakaa/
School Play Performance: May 3 (for students, teachers and staff)
Evening Play performance (for family and friends): 6:30 p.m. Wednesday May 4
May Fair: Saturday May 7 (Please note: I listed this date wrong in the last newsletter; it is the 7th, not the 6th)
Sand Dunes Camping Trip: May 23-May 26 (I will try to sort out our camping trip fees and get permission slips out before too long)
Class Report by Stella
On Tuesday we tried on costumes for our parts in the play. In art we made acrylic paintings of a sunset over an ocean. And then when we were in choir we sung ‘Hey Jude’ by the Beatles; we also did vocal warmups.
On Wednesday we learned about how Magellan sailed around the world. In handwork we worked on stringing our puppets. In math we learned about how the area of the circle is pi r-squared.
On Thursday we learned about the conquistadors, starting with Hernan Cortez. He and his soldiers invaded the Aztec empire, and we learned how he sunk the ships so his crews would be forced to stay. In math we learned about probability and what chances are when you land on a yellow tile.
On Friday in main lesson we caught up on play practice and began research for our explorers reports. In handwork we named our marionettes and we finished the rest of our puppets. In German we took a test about taking time. In games class we played a game called crossover.