WHAT'S HAPPENING AT STONE SCHOOL
As part of our Wellness Plan, we have started a twice weekly walking club at Stone. Students are tracking the number of steps they walk, and charting it in the first floor hallway.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY
SIXTH GRADE NEWS
In Social Studies, we have finished our unit on Africa. We ended the unit by making brochures to represent a country in Africa. We are now beginning to study Asia and will focus on the Middle East. In ELA, we are reading Chew on This by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson. We are learning about the history of fast food and where our food comes from. We have recently completed activities about Advertising by fast food restaurants and are currently working on Author's Purpose and Audience. In Math, students have been adjusting to class without Ms. C, who we all miss! Ms. Pereira has done an excellent job in filling in and preparing students for MCAS. We thank Ms. Pereira for going above and beyond the call of duty.
SEVENTH GRADE NEWS
The seventh grade team welcomes a new behavior therapist, Mrs. W! She has been a great addition to the team and we are happy to have her with us at Stone School. This month in ELA we began our novel Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. The main character who is also named Jack Gantos spends a wild summer getting to know his next door neighbor Miss Volker (who may or may not be completely insane). In Social Studies we are studying Ancient Greece. We are learning how its geography shaped how the people of Ancient Greece lived. We also have been learning all about Greek mythology and watched the movie, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief about a middle school student who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the Ocean and must unite with his friends to find Zues’ lost lightning bolt! The students are next going to learn all about Alexander the Great and the Romans!
EIGHTH GRADE NEWS
In eighth grade ELA we have been reading The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick. In the book, the teenage character Spaz is a loner living in a futuristic dystopia, where the world is crumbling and no one reads anymore. Students learn about themes related to censorship and trust, and answer philosophical questions, such as “Why do teens end up joining gangs?” and “What would happen if we stopped reading?” Students have also been preparing for the MCAS by learning skills such as making inferences and finding the main idea in readings, strategies which will help them be successful come test time! In math we began our unit on introduction to functions. One of our activities we did was bungee jumping with action figures to make estimates using linear functions. In a separate activity the students would blow up balloons and sketched a graph to represent the relationship between volume (of the balloon) and time. In the last week or two, we have begun our preparation for MCAS by developing strategies to solve open-ended questions.