Ms. Egan’s Newsletter 3/18

Top ‘O the Mornin’ to Ya, Middle School Families,

We had a light week this past week with Tuesday’s field trip and no school on Friday. Nevertheless, we continued with our poetry in 7th and 8th grade. 8th grade read “The Raven” and 7th grade dove into figurative language. On Thursday, students got to experience some Irish folklore through modernized versions of Irish fairy tales and legends just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. 5th and 6th graders finished up their Bud, Not Buddy essays, and have transitioned into creating their own storybooks! I am very excited to see what they come up with as they let their creative side shine! 5th and 6th graders also experienced some Irish folklore on Thursday.

In Ancient Civilizations, students practiced close-reading and annotation strategies through an article about St. Patrick’s Day. 7th and 8th graders began the Jeffersonian Era in US History, and also got a taste of “Debunking the Myths of St. Patrick’s Day” through a short reading and research. (Can you tell I’m Irish yet?)

Next week, 5th and 6th graders will continue their storybooks (due 3/28), and 7th and 8th graders will continue their poetry unit with writing poetry! They will use an in-class writing prompt to create a personal (and advanced) acrostic poem. 8th grade portfolios will also be on the focus of 8th grade religion and language arts. See handout from Thursday with all due dates and instructions. Ancient Civilizations will start the India unit and US History will continue the Jeffersonian Era.

Families of students going to D.C. – Mrs. Prieto and I are just waiting on a phone meeting with World Strides to confirm our itinerary, then we will be holding a parent meeting in the next week.

Looking Ahead:

Spring begins on 3/20!

Minimum day & living stations on Thursday, 3/29

No School (Good Friday) 3/30

Spring Break 3/30 – 4/8