Dear 7th Grade Families,

We are flowing right along in 7th grade!  The fall sports season is over and that means that the first nine weeks of school are in the past. As the weather begins to turn colder, hopefully not too soon, I am always reminded to slow down and take some time for individual/ professional reflection.

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Advisory

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-2-08-44-pmThe Social institute session earlier this month helped the students to define their social core.  The follow up debrief was facilitated by each advisor. The focus was the core competency of empathetic which means willing to listen to others, try to understand their feelings, and help them be supported. The students will have another specialized session with Laura Tierney later this year.   

The main focus of Leading with Others this month is collaborative meaning works together with other students to make something even better than one person could make alone. The first activity explains the principles of Direction, Alignment, and Commitment, (DAC).

  • Direction – “In leadership it is important that everyone involved has a shared direction.  Direction is about creating a shared vision – meaning everyone knows and agrees on which way we are headed.  For example, it is like the plan a football team might have before they go out on the field or the script/blocking/choreography for a play.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-2-16-35-pm
  • Alignment – “Alignment is everyone knowing their roles/jobs/responsibilities and how resources are being divided up.  This is like the different positions people play on a football team or the different roles of people in a play.  What would happen if everyone thought they were the quarterback or the lead?…Right, your team wouldn’t play very well or your play would be a disaster.”
  • Commitment – “Commitment is everyone being motivated to follow through with the plan.  This is like when the football players break and yell a cheer or when everyone in a play comes prepared and excited to perform their role on the opening night of a play.”

 

Digital Portfolios

The seventh grade students have been trained on the new student electronic portfolio, Seesaw.   The shift to Seesaw will allow for the implementation of digital portfolios to be more student-centered. This provides students a space to deepen their own learning by examining areas of academic strength, while also allowing for space to set goals for continued growth. They received instructions from Mr. Brown in science class and have individually uploaded items from their other classes.  During parent conferences you will receive instructions on how to access your child’s Seesaw portfolio.     


Service Learning

In the past students were exposed to service learning projects based on their advisor’s interest in the local community.  This year students were able to select service learning opportunities based on personal interest.  This slideshow shows the various options offered this year.  

Please be sure to complete the off campus consent form.  This allows your child to go on all of our off campus trips.  Also, if your child goes off campus for service learning they need to bring a lunch because service learning takes place from 11:10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Dates for Service Learning are as follows:

Day 1

Wednesday

October 12

Day 2

Wednesday

November 9

Day 8

Wednesday

December 14

Day 4

Wednesday

February 8

Day 5

Wednesday

March 22

Day 8

Wednesday

May 10


Reminders

Mid-Semester one Report cards will come out on  Saturday, October 29, 2016


Grade Level Representative Reminders

Attention 7th Grade Parents:

There will be a 7th grade Parents Night Out Social during the first middle school dance on Friday, November 11, 2016.  Evite to follow soon.  We hope to see all of you there.

Thanks,

Nicole McClure and Heather Mikles

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