Harrison Highlights Thomas Harrison Middle School November 2010 1311 West Market Stree t Harrisonburg, Va. (540) 434 -1949 From the desk of the Principal: This past week, our 7 t h and 8 t h grade students were able to hear a presentation by Don Burgess, Basketball Coach at Bridgewater College and former THMS student. Coach Burgess challenged o ur students to dream big and dream often – to really think about what they want to accomplish F or Y o u r C al e n d ar with their lives. At the same time, he emphasized the Nov. 24 – Early Release importance of setting goals to help define their dreams. Lastly, he shared stories about personal decision making. Nov. 25 – 26 Thanksgiving Holiday Each story illustrated how the right decision is not always the popular decision and the popular decision is not always the Dec. 8 – 6th and 7th Grade right decision – and how these decisions can have a long Bands Concert lasting impact. Week of Dec. 13 – Progress Reports It is important that the adults in our student s‘ lives help guide them so they have the skills needed to make the right Dec. 13 – PTA Barnes and decisions. Included in this issue of Harrison Highlights is an Noble Book Fair informational sheet with strategies to help develop these Dec. 15 – 8th Grade Band skills. All adults at THMS – teachers, administrators, Concert guidance staff, office staff, and support staff – are committed to helping our students make the right choices. By working Dec. 20 – 31 – Winter together, we can help keep our students on the path to Break success! Jan. 3 – School Reopens Betsy Dunnenberger Jan. 7 and 10 – 8th Grade Drama Productions Jan. 11 – 7th Grade Drama Production Jan. 12 – Choral Concert Assemblies Jan. 13 – 7th Grade Drama Production Welcome to Our New Staff Member! Jan. 14 – End of 3rd Six Weeks THMS extends a big welcome to Miss Laira Jan. 17 – 18 – Schools Alba who joined our office staff this week as Closed – Professional our new Receptionist. Miss Alba is a former Development Days THMS student. W e are happy to have her as part of our Pride Family! How Sick is “Too Sick” to be at School You need to keep your child at home if they have any of the following symptoms: Fever: During the night or that morning a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Stomach Ache: Two or more occurrences of vomiting or diarrhea or both in last 24 hours Sore Throat: Complaints of sore throat, tender, swollen glands in the neck area and/or fever of 100 degrees or higher Cough: Frequent cough that produces mucus that is not clear in color, and/or cough that sounds like a bark or is accompanied by a sore throat or wheezing. Earache: They have constant or severe pain. They want to “hold “or guard their ear with their hand. Rash: They have a rash that blisters, develops pus or is uncomfortable. Conjunctivitis (pink eye): Red, itchy eyes with yellow to greenish “pus like” drainage, eyes are crusted over upon waking in the morning. Thank you for helping us keep all of our children at school as healthy as possible. ¿Cuán Enfermo es “Demasiado Enfermo” para Estar en la Escuela?” Nesecita guardar a su hijo/a en la casa si tiene cualquiera de los siguientes síntomas: Fiebre: Durante la noche o en la mañana tiene una temperatura de 100 degrados o más. Dolor de Estómago: Dos o más episodios de vómitos o diarrea o ambos en las úlitmas 24 horas. Dolor de Garganta: Tiene quejas de dolor de garganta, glándulas hinchadas o sensibles en la área del cuello y/o una fiebre de 100 degrados o más. Tos: Tos frecuente que produce moco que no es claro de color, y/o una tos que suena cómo ladridos de un perro o que es acompañado por una garganta inflamada o respiración sibilante. Dolor de Oídos: Tienen dolor constante o severo. Quiere “agarrar” o proteger su oído con su mano. Erupción de Piel: Tiene erupción de piel que causa ampollas, desarrolla pus o es incómoda. Conjuntivitis (ojo rosado): Ojos rojos, con picazón o con descarga verde o amarillo que parece pus, o ojos que están pegados cerrados al despertar por la mañana. Gracias por ayudarnos a mantener el nivel de salud de todos los alumnos de nuestra escuela lo más alto posible. H ow m any bottl es of hand s aniti z er does i t t ake t o keep 770 mi ddl e school ers heal t hy? A LO T!! Donati ons of hand sanit iz er ar e gr eat ly appreci at ed. P l eas e hav e your chi ld dr op bot tles off i n t he offi ce. Thank you! Congratulations! Congratulations to the f ollowing staff members on their Harr isonburg Educat ion Foundation Grants! Mrs. Nancy Aigner ―I‘m Finished. Now W hat?‖ Mrs. Gail Collins ―Roving Reporters‖ Mrs. Judie McNett ―Communit y of Readers‖ Mr. Paul Yoder ―Settlers on a Mathematical Front ier‖ Mr. Chuck Heckman ― Mile Makers‖ Ms. Heather Kimber lain ―Advanced Digital Microscopy‖ Ms. Kinya W alker ―Taking Reading Out of Reviewing‖ THMS staf f members received $4, 690 in grants f rom HEF. W e are excited to see the innovat ive programs implemented as a result of the grants! For more inf ormation about the Harrisonburg Education Foundation and how you can support it, please visit their website at www. Harr isonburgEducationFoundation.org School Absences School pictur es (retakes, W hile it is important f or students to be new purchases, in school ever y day, we under stand absent ees) taken on there are times when absences cannot 10/21/10 have been be avoided. Please call the school passed out to students. If when your child will be absent. In you have any quest ions addition, please send a note upon your about your picture or der, child‘s return to school. please see Mrs. Mor ris in the main of f ice. Messages to Students It is disruptive to instructional t ime to have to pull students f rom class to relay messages f rom home. Please be sure your child knows how he or she is to get home at the end of the day bef ore they leave f or school. If you have to make a chan ge to that plan, please call the school bef ore 1:00. It is diff icult to relay m essages bef ore dismissal when you call late in the day. Thank you f or your cooperat ion. MathCounts Coach Sandy Kauffman Math in magic? We had a guest magician, Eddie Tobin “Tobini” do some illusions for us. Then he told us his secrets and some of them were mathemagical. You can ask a Mathlete to do a trick for you; we will never give away the secrets. On Mondays, 5th and 6th graders meet after school until 4:10pm, 7th and 8th graders on Wednesdays through December. In January we will choose 2 teams to prepare for the regional competition. Notes from Mrs. McNett, Literacy Coordinator READ…please READ Each student should be reading at least 20 minutes per day. Students who are currently reading below grade level expectations should be reading 60 minutes per day. We are using the ―five finger rule‖ to help students choose appropriately leveled books in the library. Please read aloud to your child and/or read the same book so you can discuss the ideas. Parents and/or students with questions may ask Mrs. McNett for help. TumbleBook= free electronic picture books Our Massanutten Regional Library has a year-long subscription for TumbleBook. The TumbleBook Library collection can be accessed online through the Massanutten Regional Library website at www.mrlib.org. The Tumblebooks icon will be prominently displayed on our website homepage throughout the month of November. Simply click on the icon to begin your adventure in reading! In December, the Tumblebooks icon will move to its permanent home on the Kids Corner section of our website. Recycle Books: W e want to recycle t he books you "own but not longer read". Your old books can enr ich the lives of our struggling readers. W e have students who don't have any books at home. Please br ing your old books in bags and/or boxes f or redistr ibut ion. HOMEWORK: Every student can succeed. Every THMS student has daily homework. Every student needs to read every day. Please ask your child about his/her homework everyday. THMS Library News The THMS Library will have a book fair startin g Monday, November 29 and ending at 9 am on Friday, December 3 . Brochures will be sen t home Thanksgiving w eek. Use the fair to shop for the holidays and support the library. Community members who wish to shop durin g non -school hours are invited to con tact the library (434 -1949, ex tension 112) to schedule a visit. Thanks for your continuing su pport of our literacy and library programming. FCCLA news This year FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leader of America) is continuing the tradition of selling homemade pumpkin and pecan pies to the staff of THMS. Mrs. Stevens visited the members of FCCLA to show us how to clean a pumpkin and get the pumpkin ready to cook for the pumpkin pies. The members will be busy in November making delicious pies! Some of the members will be staying on November 23rd until 5 PM preparing pies. Other members will be arriving at THMS on November 24th at the early hour of 6 AM to bake and deliver the pies on Wednesday, November 24. Builders Club Report Submitted by Mia K., Builders Club Secretary The THMS Builders Club continues to make a positive impact on our community. Many club members collected donations for UNICEF while trick-or-treating. The club also held a coin drive for UNICEF Operation Uruguay and Pennies for Peace. Each grade competed to see who could earn the most points. Sixth grade came in first place, followed by fifth grade in second. More importantly, over $800 was collected and donated to these organizations! It is currently a season of cupcake fundraising! The club, along with Skyline’s Builders club, baked, decorated, and sold cupcakes at the Veterans Day Music Concert at HHS. All proceeds went to Wounded Warrior - an organization which helps injured veterans, and Knights of Heroes - a program that sends boys who have lost a parent because of war to a special camp, free of charge. The club will also prepare 450 cupcakes to sell to students on December 15. Each cupcake costs 50 cents, and all proceeds will go towards helping the local community. In addition, the club continues to help out around THMS. At the October Parent/Teacher Conference Day, members served as guides for parents trying to find their child’s classrooms. Members also sell concessions at home basketball games. The club is thankful for such a productive fall season! Don't miss out on this year's awesome Yearbook! P This Year’s theme: PIECING it Together O ur ne x t sal e wi l l b e t h e A la st sa le to ge t o ur b o o k s C at $ 2 8 . I t wi ll al so b e t h e I la st ti me to ha ve yo ur N ch ild 's n a me e mb o s sed o n th e fro n t. T h e p ri ce a fte r G C hr is t ma s wi ll b e $ 3 3 . Ord er yo ur b o o k at o ur Year b o o k s ar e P r i ce le ss p iece s o f Me mo rie s !!! ne x t sa le .. ... Year b o o k = o nl y 2 ½ mo vi e t ic k et s o r 2 - 3 D mo v ie tic k et s Year b o o k = 1 d i n ner o u t Next Sale :::: Year b o o k = 2 lar ge p iz z as In the mornings & at Year b o o k = A LI FET I M E o f me mo r ie s !!! lunch Dec. 6 t h - Dec.10 t h Back by popular demand …. Our Special Christmas Sale !!!! Woul d you li ke to gi ve your THMS student a Yearbook for Christ mas? Here’s how to do it: Send in the money - $33 with your name and address and the name of the student(in an envelope during Dec. sale) … In return you w ill receive a Christ mas Card f or your child w ith a hand written note and Yearbook certificate delivered to your DOOR! DRAMA NEWS THMS Theatre Earns Gold Ranking at the Young People’s Theatre Festival Orphan Trains, THMS’ fall after-school theatre production, earned a gold ranking on November 13th at the 17th annual Young People’s Theatre Festival. Thirteen middle schools from around the state converged on Skyline Middle School, the site of this year’s festival, to compete for gold, silver, and bronze rankings before a panel of judges. Each participating school was judged on a number of stringent criteria, including setting up, performing, and striking their production within a mandatory 45-minute time frame. Out of a possible 48 points, the cast of Orphan Trains earned a score of 47 points! In addition to their gold ranking, cast members Jessica N. and Jaymie I. earned “Outstanding Actor” trophies for their individual acting performances. Congratulations go out to the entire cast and crew for a terrific job on Orphan Trains and for helping to continue the winning tradition of theatre at Thomas Harrison Middle School! Winter play productions announced for the 7th & 8th grade Drama classes The 8th grade Performance classes have started rehearsals for their end-of-the-semester productions. The 1.1 Performance class production, The Secret Life of Girls, is an honest and unflinching dramatization of teen-girl angst that opens a window into the tumultuous and destructive world of girls' bullying. Based upon interviews with girls on the giving and receiving end of bullying, the play highlights the impact of "cyberbullying," the facilitation of mean-spirited behaviors through the use of cell phones, text and instant messaging, e-mail and chat rooms. The 1.2 Performance class production, Man of the House, is about a slick, stylish safecracker who breaks into the house of the vacationing Mason family and confronts problems he never had to deal with. While he is busy with the wall safe, Mr. Mason's niece arrives with her confused fiancé and mistakes the burglar for her uncle. He is then interrupted by another unannounced arrival and then another. Soon our surprised burglar is in the middle of a heated family squabble, acting as marriage counselor and psychologist to an entire crew of crazies! The Secret Life of Girls will be performed on Friday, January 7th @ 8:15 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 11:10 a.m., and 1:50 th p.m. Man of the House will be performed on Monday, January 10 @ 8:45 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 12:25 p.m., and 1:25 p.m. Meanwhile, the 7th grade Intro to Theatre classes will soon be holding auditions for their own one-act production. The Fall of Solomon Slime is a melodrama that chronicles the plight of pretty Polly Goodwell. She takes a job teaching at a middle school so that she can raise enough money to support her down-and-out family. However, when her principal, the dastardly Solomon Slime, confronts her with the ultimatum of marrying him or losing her job, Polly must make the most difficult decision of her life. Will she make the right decision or can Delbert R. Manley, the school’s custodian, save the day? The 3.1 Intro to Theatre class’ production of The Fall of Solomon Slime is set to premiere on Tuesday, January 11th at th 11:10 a.m. while the 3.2 period class production will premiere on Thursday, January 13 @ 12:25 p.m. Both performances will be held in the forum. All four shows will be held in the school forum and are free and open to family and friends of cast members. Auditions for spring full-length musical, Beauty & the Beast, Jr., begin in late November Audition dates for THMS’ spring full-length musical, Beauty & the Beast, Jr., are slated to begin in late November. Singing and dancing auditions will be conducted in the Choral Room and call-back auditions will be held in the forum. Auditions are open to all highly motivated and disciplined 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade THMS students. Detailed information and audition forms can be picked up in either Mrs. Schlabach’s (Choral Room) or Mr. Strawderman’s room (#502). All completed forms must be turned in by no later than Monday, November 22nd. Beauty & the Beast, Jr. is slated to premiere on March 18 & 19 @ 7:30 p.m. and on March 20 @ 3:00 p.m. Physical and Health Education We enjoyed a successful second six-weeks of high activity while the weather was still warm. The fall electives for the seventh and eighth grades have concluded and it is time to begin health classes. The health units for the third six-weeks are general wellness and nutrition. Each student recently completed a fitness plan and set goals to improve their components of fitness. Students will participate in a fitness unit that will focus on learning and practicing ways to improve their components of fitness this six-weeks. The winter fitness assessments will be in January. The fifth and sixth grade finished their track and field and kicking units and are currently engaged in striking units using long and short implements; i.e. racquets, bats, and hockey sticks. They will be beginning a golf unit in December. The fifth and sixth grade will also complete their winter fitness assessments in January. Technology at THMS By Cherie Roadcap, ITRT The computer labs are getting their workout again as many teachers are having their students create projects, practice typing, and review SOL content. I have worked with Mr. Stansberry in his 6th grade class with robotics. The students learned how to use the software program ―Mindstorm‖ and they programmed their robot to do simple tasks, such as move forward 3 feet, make a square & circle, and move forward 6 feet in 30 seconds. All these tasks led up to doing challenging problems where they had to program multiple tasks for their robot to complete. The unit ended with the students making their own challenges for others to solve. Lots of problem solving was involved with the robots. I‘ve also assisted several 5th grade teachers in the labs while students were practicing Math content. It‘s always enjoyable to watch their faces light up when they score so high on their lesson. Many teachers have created their web pages and can be accessed by going to Thomas Harrison‘s Home page. Underneath the Faculty and Their Web Pages, there are different groups and by clicking on one of the groups, you will get the staff picture and their names. Click on the name to go to their webpage. Eventually there will be a link at the top of THMS‘s home page that will allow you to see all the faculty and staff in alphabetical order. Remember, THMS‘s webpage has many web sites to help your child review for SOL‘s. Click on the Student Links and then under General Links, there is an SOL Review Link that provides many web sites to help with SOLs. THMS PRIDE ATHLETICS Please see the web site for a full version of our athletic guidelines and an overview of all our sports. http://staff.harrisonburg.k12.va.us/~dkirwan/thmsathletics.htm Mission: THMS Athletics provides students an opportunity to explore team sports in an atmosphere that promotes the social, physical, psychological, and academic growth of each athlete. Values: Sportsmanship Academic Growth Teamwork Individual Skill Development Healthy Exercise Habits Sportsmanship is defined as playing fair following the rules of the game respecting the judgment of coaches, referees, and officials treating teammates and opponents with respect Academics: Please see the attached guidelines for academic requirements. The THMS family is committed to seeing students improve academically. Students that are struggling academically are encouraged to seek help outside of class, which could result in missed practice time. Coaches will work with families and teachers to help students remain as active members of the team while they seek help. Commitment and Other Activities: We ask our athletes to make a commitment to their team that takes precedence over non-THMS sports during that season. Practices and competitions should also take precedence over school clubs during the season. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, students participating in the BLAST tutoring program are required to attend. Executive committees of the SCA and Builders Club can also miss periodic practices. Please check with your club sponsor and coach for specific conflicts. Physical: You must have a valid VHSL physical to participate. Physicals may be obtained from your family doctor or Emergicare. Most insurance companies including Medicare cover one physical per year. Forms are available in the front office or on the web site. Athletic Director: Daniel Kirwan, email@example.com, 434-1949, ext. 118 Winter Sports Basketball and cheerleading have begun. See schedules below. Wrestling starts on November 29th. Gymnastics schedules will be posted on the web soon OR contact Coach King at firstname.lastname@example.org THMS 8 t h Grade Basketball and Cheerleading B o ys C o a c h : T o d d T a y l o r Gi r l s C o a c h : T o n y L e c h o t a Cheerleading Coach: Sand y Torba Da y Dat e T ea m B o ys T i me Gir ls T i me T uesd a y Dec. 1 4 @ P e n ce 4 :0 0 P M 4 :0 0 P M T hur sd a y Dec. 1 6 Ho me v. Mo nt e vid eo 5 :3 0 P M 4 :0 0 P M T uesd a y J an. 4 Ho me v. S k yl i n e 5 :3 0 P M 4 :0 0 P M T hur sd a y J an. 6 @ E l kto n 4 :0 0 P M 4 :0 0 P M T uesd a y J an. 1 1 Ho me v. H il l yard 4 :0 0 P M 5 :3 0 P M T hur sd a y J an. 1 3 Ho me v. P e nce 4 :0 0 P M 5 :3 0 P M T hur sd a y J an. 2 0 @ Mo nt e vid eo 5 :3 0 P M 4 :0 0 P M T uesd a y J an. 2 5 @ S k yl i ne 4 :0 0 P M 5 :3 0 P M T hur sd a y J an. 2 7 Ho me v. El k to n 4 :0 0 P M 5 :3 0 P M T uesd a y Feb . 1 @ Hi ll ya rd 4 :0 0 P M 5 :3 0 P M Frid a y Feb . 4 T o urn a me n t TBA TBA # 3 v. # 6 , # 4 v. # 5 Mo nd a y Feb . 7 T o urn a me n t TBA TBA # 1 v s. W i n ner (4 v5 ) # 2 v s. W i n ner (3 v6 ) W ed n esd a y Feb . 9 Di str ic t C ha mp io ns h ip Ga me TBA TBA WRESTLING Begins November 29th. Coach: Grant Thompson Day Date Team Time Monday Dec. 13 Home v. Hillyard and Pence 4:30 PM Wednesday Dec. 15 @ Pence with Montevideo 4:30 PM Wednesday Jan. 5 @ Skyline with Hillyard 4:30 PM Monday Jan. 10 @ Montevideo with Elkton 4:30 PM Wednesday Jan. 12 Home v. Hillyard and Montevideo 4:30 PM Wednesday Jan. 26 @ Elkton with Hillyard 4:30 PM Wednesday Feb. 2 Home v. Skyline and Pence 4:30 PM Saturday Feb. 5 Hillyard Invitational TBA District Championship Congratulations to our Fall teams!! Some highlights of the season include the follow ing: The Cheerleaders did some amazing stunts! The girls’ basketball team demonstrated amazing sportsmanship and teamw ork. The boys made it to the semifinals of the tournament. Go Prid e! The Virginia School Report Card The Virginia School Report Card provides information on student achievement, accreditation, safety, and attendance for the state as a whole and for individual schools. As additional data are collected, the Virginia School Report Card will expand to allow further analysis of the progress of schools, school divisions, and the commonwealth in raising student achievement. Harrisonburg City Schools and the Commonwealth of Virginia are committed to providing quality education for all students. This commitment includes keeping parents and the public informed, through the Virginia School Report Card, of the progress of our schools in raising student achievement and enhancing the learning environment. The Virginia School Report Card also allows parents to follow the Commonwealth‘s progress in achieving the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The goals of this sweeping federal legislation are: All children achieve high academic standards and are proficient in reading and mathematics; All children of limited English proficiency become proficient in English; All children are taught by highly qualified teachers; All students attend schools that are safe, drug free, and conducive to learning; and All students graduate from high school. Individual school report cards can be accessed at the following site: w w w . p e n . k 1 2 . v a . u s / V D O E / s r c / i n d e x . s h t m l or can be accessed through the Harrisonburg City Public School‘s website by going to w w w . h a r r i s o n b u r g . k 1 2 . v a . u s and then clicking on Division Report Card in the left hand column. We hope this information is of use to you. Las Tarjetas de Calificación de las Escuelas de Virginia Las Tarjetas de Calificación de las Escuelas de Virginia proveen información en el rendimiento académico del estudiante, acreditación, seguridad y asistencia, para el estado en general y para cada escuela individualmente. Conforme se recogen los datos, Las Tarjetas de Calificación de las Escuelas de Virginia, se van expandiendo de esta forma permiten el análisis del progreso de las escuelas, los distritos escolares y el levantar el rendimiento académico del estudiante. Las Escuelas Públicas deHarrisonburg y el Mancomunado de Virginia, tienen el serio compromiso de proveer una educación de alta calidad a todos los estudiantes. Parte de este compromiso es, a través de las Tarjetas de Calificación, mantener a los padres y al público informados del progreso de nuestras escuelas en levantar el rendimiento académico de los estudiantes y mejorar el ambiente de aprendizaje. Las Tarjetas de Calificación de las Escuelas de Virginia, también le permiten a los padres seguir el progreso en alcanzar las metas del Acta de No Child Left Behindt de 2001. Dichas metas de la legislación federal son: Que todos los estudiantes alcancen los niveles altos académicos y que sean diestros tanto en lectura como en matemáticas, Que todos los estudiantes que no hablan Inglés, dominen el Inglés, Que a todos los estudiantes los eduquen maestros altamente calificados, Que los estudiantes asistan a escuelas que sean seguras, sin drogas y que se centren en la enseñanza, Que todos los estudiantes se gradúen de la secundaria. Las Tarjetas de calificación de cada alumno están a la disposición de los padres accesando la página de internet: w w w . p e n . k 1 2 . v a . u s / V D O E / s r c / i n d e x . s h t m l o bien están disponibles a través de la página de Internet de las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Harrisonburg w w w . h a r r i s o n b u r g . k 1 2 . v a . u s . Luego pulse donde dice: Division Report Card en la columna a la izquierda. Esperamos que esta información sea de su provecho. November 2010 5th Grade News What‘s New In 5 th Grade? The days are moving by quickly as we are now one third of the way through the school year! In Science, we have been studying living systems. The students enjoyed learning microscopy techniques and examining the In Support Reading, we have been reading characteristics of living things. stories under the theme of Unexpected Gifts and Family Snapshots. We made lots In Geography, we have begun our studies of of personal connections while practicing the Northeast Region of the U.S. Our studies reading strategies and skills to help us will focus on the physical features of the land, become stronger readers. We wrote our important historical contributions, and the second five-paragraph essay about a time economy. Students should memorize the we received a haircut. We continue to states and capitals. Our next unit will be an learn new spelling patterns in our weekly exploration of the Southeast Region. word study review. In Math5, we have been focusing on decimals and how we use them in real life. We now This upcoming six weeks, we will be know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide reading stories under the theme of Getting decimals and whole numbers. We also spent the Upper time learning about patterns. We will be Hand, and Trying Our Best. We will write starting our next unit on fractions soon. another five paragraph essay about a time we lost a tooth. We will be adding We will be sending home reports on how your descriptive details and elaboration into our student did on the 9-week test and what you writing. can do at home to help review. As the winter break gets closer we will take a practice SOL Remember, we can only become better test and in January we will take the mid-year readers by reading more. Question your assessment. child at home about what they are reading. In Math56, we‘ve been learning about division It is important that they understand the in real life and discussing ways we add, books they read! subtract, multiply and divide decimals. We‘ve Students in Language Arts are always completed several activities on using busy! Novel groups, daily quick writes and estimation and division skills for real life journals, word study, and daily editing are problems like planning a grocery list and just a few of the activities we do during the creating a budget for a trip. week. Comprehension skills such as fact We will be taking a practice SOL test before and opinion, cause and effect, main idea, winter break and a mid-year assessment in and prediction aid students in January. understanding the material they read. The boys and girls are reading hundreds and thousands of minutes outside of class, too! MILE MAKERS CLUB Healthy choices! Lap total is now: Smiling faces! over 3,000 laps! Mile Makers! (or over 750 miles) Where can we find 5 th graders who are 48 members have enjoying each other and reached 5 miles total getting fit at the same (20 laps). time? 24 of them have traveled over 10 miles Our recess Mile Makers (40 laps). Club, that‘s where. 6 have traveled over th Any 5 grader, who 25 miles (100 laps!). We’re on the Web! wants to join, can join Many teachers now have a webpage and by traveling 2 laps These students earned small class information feet tokens for their success available for you. around the track during in the Mile Makers Club. See us at: recess. We keep track Thanks to Mr. Heckman for http://newproxy.harri of the laps and currently writing a grant to help sonburg.k12.va.us/th support this unique ms/index.shtml we have a total endeavor. www.Example.com participation of 128 5 th graders and 3 adults. Sponsored by Mr. Heckman and the 5 t h grade team. How To Get Involved We have been looking at the topic of love to get more parents involved in planning ―Challenges and Solutions in the Real World‖ and providing possible assemblies or th here at THMS this year. We are trying to presentations to the whole 5 grade or just to survey people within our community that have help out with any of our upcoming student a special skill or success days. Some ideas for the future are occupation who would be willing to volunteer a dance, a field day or trip to the recreation their time. Some ideas might include: chefs, center. Again, please send a note or email to scientists, mechanics, electricians, etc. your child‘s advisory teacher if you would like Please send your child's advisory teacher a to be involved. note if you are interested in helping. We would 6 t h Grade News Math We h a v e ha d a b us y si x w ee ks th e co n ce p ts t ha t h e/ sh e ha s wo r ki n g o n d e cima l m a th . W e b ee n ta ug ht . No t o nl y a r e t h e r evi ew ed a d di ng , s u bt ra c ti ng , stu d e nts to a n sw er t h e pr o b l em s, a n d m ul ti p lyi ng d e cim a ls fro m th ey a r e to s ho w ho w th ey go t fi ft h g ra d e . W e sp e nt mu c h tim e tha t a ns we r . l ea rn i n g to divi d e n u mb e rs wit h d eci ma ls i n t h e divi d e n d a n d St ud e nt s w ri te t h ei r h o me wo r k i n di vi s o r . F o r ma ny st u d en ts t his th ei r p la n ne r . P l ea s e b e s u re i s s t i l l a ha rd co n c e pt b e ca use tha t s t ud e nts bri ng p l a n n ers to thi s ma t h i nvo lv es lo n g di visio n . sc ho o l da i ly . P l ea s e co n ti n ue to pra cti ce t his a t ho m e wit h yo u r c hi l d . In t h e co m in g six w e e ks w e wi l l fo c us o n fr a ct io n s . W e n e e d t o Ea c h w e ek w e g iv e o u r s tu d e nts u n de rst a n d w ha t a fra ctio n a W ee k ly R ev ie w . Yo u sho u l d b e r ep r es e nts a s we l l a s b ei ng a b l e s e ei ng th i s lis te d a s h o me wo r k i n to c o m pa re diff e re n t fra ctio ns . yo u r c hi l d ’s p la n n er . T he y a r e We will also order fractions, go o d r evi ews o f t hi ngs w e ha v e d eci ma ls a n d w ho le n um b e rs . b ee n s t u dyi ng . W e g iv e th e m o u t St ud e nt s s ho u l d ha v e ho m e wo r k o n We d n es da y a n d co l l ec t t h em wit h fra c tio ns so o n . th e fo ll o wi ng T u es da y . T h e d u e Unless you try to da t e i s o n t h e to p o f t h e pa g e . Ms . Ha ne y M r. L i nd e n do something T hi s wi ll giv e yo u a n i n dica to r o f Mrs . L ui ka rt ho w w e l l yo u r c hi l d u n de rs ta nds beyond what you have already mastered, you Language Arts - Harrison will never grow. We h a v e be e n wo rki ng ha r d o n fu nc tio n a n d do a w eso me wo rk if F i gu ra t i ve L a n gu a g e, po et ry a nd th ey ha v e l eft t h ei r L A jo ur na l Ronald E. o u r fa mi ly un it . Ask y o u r c hi ld o r th ei r Vo c a b/ S pe l li n g a bo ut t h e 9 di ff er e nt lit e ra ry wo r kbo o k a t ho me . Osborn d evi c es t h ey lea r n e d a bo ut i n o u r fi g u ra tiv e la ng ua g e u nit . Us e Ch ec k a l l t h e 6 th g ra d e te a c h er 's a n i di o m i n a se nt e nc e a n d s e e if we b pa g es fo r da i ly h o me wo r k th ey re co g ni z e i t . T h ey a re a ssign m e nts . It is lo ca te d o n t h e r ea ll y get ti ng go o d a t t his ! T HMS w e b si t e . P l ea s e m a k e s u r e y o u r c hi l d co m es p r e pa r e d to c la s s ea c h a n d ev e ry da y . It is ha rd to Language Arts - Wilson We d efi n e d , i d e ntifi e d , a n d On e t h em e fo r t his six w ee ks wa s pr a c ti c e d wri ti ng fig u ra tiv e fa mi ly . W e cr ea t ed fa mi ly t re es la ng ua g e . Th e y l ea r n e d si mi le , a n d s ha r e d fi n di ngs a b o ut o ur a l li t e ra t i o n , m e ta p ho r , a n ces to rs . W e r ea d st o ri es hy p e rbo l e , o no ma t o po eia , fo c usi ng o n fa m il y , a n d we w ro t e p ers o ni fi ca tio n , a n d a bo ut o ur fa vo rit e fa mi ly fo o d . fo r es ha do wi ng . R ea l On No v. 1 6 , o u r ha r d wo r k wa s u n de rs t a n di ng co m es wh e n r ewa rd e d wit h o u r a n n ua l F a mi ly s tu d e nts b egi n usi ng t h es e t y pes F ea st . St u de n ts b ro ug ht i n t h ei r o f fi g u ra ti v e la ng ua g e to fa vo ri te fa mi ly fo o d , a n d ma ny e la bo ra t e t h ei r o w n w riti ng . W e pa re n ts jo i n e d us . Th e fo o d wa s wi l l co n ti nu e to st u dy t he se p le n tif u l a n d scr u mp ti o us ! th ro ug ho ut t his y ea r . T ha nks to a l l fo r ma ki ng t h e ev e nt a s u cc ess . Seventh Grade News Looking Back th On November 16 , seventh grade students celebrated the successful completion of our second grading period with a grade level ice-cream social. Thank you to all parents who sent in scrumptious toppings! As part of our school-wide enrichment theme - Challenges: Problems and Solutions in the Real th th World - all 7 and 8 grade students had the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker, Don Burgess. Burgess attended schools in Harrisonburg City and is presently the head basketball coach at Bridgewater College. Mr. Burgess shared his journey and the obstacles he had to overcome in order to achieve his goals. His message was that through persistence and good choices, students can overcome anything to achieve their goals. Upcoming Events nd On December 2 , students will attend a field trip to Court Square Theater to view a film based on the poem by Dylan Thomas, entitled ―A Child‘s Christmas in Wales.‖ Though the setting is Christmas Eve, the purpose of the poem is to retell the boyhood memories of a grandfather in the coastal town of Wales th near the turn of the 20 century. How different is boyhood from generation to generation? This film th supports many of the 7 Grade Reading SOLs that will be tested this spring. More information will be sent home next week. Our next Student Success Day will be in January. Successful students will be invited to a day of recreation at Westover Park. Since we will be leaving school, invitations to participate will be based on academic and behavioral success. Communication In our endeavor to improve communication between home and school, seventh grade teachers st would like to invite you to visit our webpages. Starting December 1 all faculty pages will be live and active. We encourage you to check out upcoming events, homework assignments, units of study, and other interesting tidbits about your child‘s teachers. All webpages can be accessed from the THMS homepage. What’s Going On in Class? Life Science Language Arts Cells, cells, cells, have been the focus in Mystery, fantasy, folklore, science-fiction, class these past six weeks. Students studied types realistic, and historical fiction! Grade level students of cells; cell parts, called organelles; and cell have been exploring the various genres of fiction. processes including osmosis, diffusion, and mitosis. Students read short stories from different genres Ask your child about our Egg-cellent Eggs-periment! adapted for reader‘s theater, and each student Upcoming units will include Heredity and Evolution selected a novel to read; the focus was on and Natural Selection. identifying characteristics specific to each genre. This next six weeks will focus on revising our writing with sensory details and other figurative language. Social Studies Math Students learned about City Growth and the Students just completed a unit on fractions challenges that accompany such growth. Other and are now starting a unit on integers and units included Immigration from 1890-1920, the Era equations. Keep your eyes open for signs, of ―Jim Crow,‖ the Industrialization of America, and situations, and uses for integers in the news, at rd the Progressive Movement. During the 3 six sporting events, and in the community. We will be weeks, students will explore the Age of Inventions, taking our midterm on January 12, so be sure to the Spanish-American War, WWI, and the Harlem check our websites for links to practice. Renaissance. Thomas Harrison Middle School 8 th Grade News Volume 1, Issue 2 November 2010 Thomas Harrison Middle School, 1311 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (540)-434-1949 “Dream Big and Dream Often!” 8th Grade Class Trips and Events Bridgewater basketball coach and THMS graduate, Mr. Don Burgess, encouraged our students during an assembly on our Our eighth grade class attended the play Triumph of second Student Success Day. The assembly, organized by our Love and toured the Eastern Mennonite University Gifted Education Coordinator, Ms. Gail Collins, reinforced our campus in October. Students enjoyed the opportunity school-wide enrichment theme, Challenges: Problems and to see live musical theater performed by local college Solutions in the Real World. students. We ate lunch on a hill overlooking Harrisonburg and ended the day with a campus tour. A Math special thank you to Heidi and David Vogel, parents of The Pre-Algebra students took a 9-week assessment of their th an 8 grade student, and professors at the EMU understanding of the SOL's taught thus far. A parent letter Theater Department, for making our campus visit so going home with this newsletter will explain your child's results. worthwhile. We are also grateful for the parents who Some topics covered this 6 weeks were simplifying expressions, joined us on the trip, Ms. Miller, Ms. Heatwole, Ms. order of operations with integers, comparing graphs and the Highsmith and Ms. Figueroa. coordinate plane. Algebra students applied their skills by creating handicap ramp projects which they presented to Ms. After the play, a few dozen students learned about Dunnenberger and Ms. Loso—Good Work! th reptiles from Professor Lawson, parent of an 8 grade Science student and a biologist at Bridgewater College. Science has covered the periodic table of elements and atoms Professor Lawson brought in his family pet, a boa this 2nd 6 weeks. Students will be completing their Atom Model named Scaley, for students to see—and touch. Our Projects in the 3rd 6 weeks. pictures of the event captured some memorable Social Studies expressions! Students have been studying the American electoral process Throughout this six weeks, small groups of students and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Our next area of met for lunch with Professor Carlos Aleman, our James study is the branches of government. Madison University Professor in Residence. While Language Arts eating and getting to know students, Professor Aleman In Advanced Language Arts, students are participating in discussed post-high school options and encouraged Harrisonburg’s Big Read program as they analyze Fitzgerald’s students to consider attending college. classic, The Great Gatsby. Grade level classes discussed, wrote about and debated the extent to which a person’s choices th During our second Student Success Day, 8 graders determine a person’s life experiences. Students read memoirs attended a special assembly with Don Burgess (see and wrote their own memoirs. In the next six weeks, students right), ate ice cream sundaes and choose elective will be answering the question What do you believe in and what activities. Students not eligible to participate listened to needs to change? and writing persuasive essays. A reminder: a presentation by six Harrisonburg High School students are required to read 25 minutes a night. members of Streaks Serve the ‗Burg and watched a video about Massanutten Area Technical College. Third Quarter Student Success Day Plans are in the works for an off-campus trip to Upcoming Dates celebrate the third Student Success Day on January 11/24 Early Release for Thanksgiving Break th 12/13-15 Progress Reports for 3rd 6 weeks 14 . Please encourage your student to strive to meet 12/17 -1/3 Winter Break the requirements for participation: pass all classes, no 1/14 End of 3rd 6 weeks office referrals or ISD‘s and fewer than 3 NCRs. We want ALL of our students to celebrate success!