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Upper School Update from Dave Samson (December 3)

Dear Upper School Parents and Guardians,

Happy December! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a busy time of year in the Upper School, with the start of basketball season next week and projects wrapping up before the Winter Break.

Upper School students have been working with the RULER program in homerooms, advisories, and personal growth and development classes. Their current focus is creating a class charter with how they want to feel at Brookwood. Please see the 8th graders below with their class charters.

Please ask your children about:

5th grade:

Art- Sewing, Applique and the quilt work of Harriet Powers

Technology - Learning computer skills to build a slide show presentation about an Explorer

Music - working on our rhythm skits.

6th Grade:

Math - Ask me how I did on my quiz on operations with negatives

French - My “Qui est-ce?” [Guess who?] book.

Spanish - How to describe what people look like and what they wear.

Geo: Continuing to explore, compare, and contrast the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Art - Family portraits. How do we celebrate our togetherness?

Music - Learning Jingle Bells on the guitar.

English- A capitalization rule I didn’t know before!

Science: Earthquake resistant structure building and trials

7th Grade:

Math ( Carbo): How I do with time conversions such as 1.25 hours is not an hour and 25 minutes, but something else

French - My clothing brand and the Website I’m building.

Spanish - How to say how people feel.

Art: Painted Ladies with hidden surprises

Internet Literacy: How to tell the truth from lies online by understanding Domain Names!

History: How Sherman’s Compromise solved the problem of sharing power across states in the Legislative Branch.

Science: Intro to Cells Lab

English: What independent reading book do I have in my locker?

8th Grade:

French - The developing relationship (and complications) between Akshara and Cooper in La Nouvelle Fille.

Spanish - Where I am planning a trip to, what I will be doing there, and how I plan to budget my money.

Mandarin: We made a Thanksgiving card in Chinese. We will continue learning stationery items and use Shangqi movies as a resource to explore and discuss Chinese culture.

History: Discussing World War 1 and finishing up my revisions of the research essay

Art: Creating the bones for my Altered Book .. and a possible theme for my book

Science: what is the difference between an element, compound, and mixture?

Costa Rica - We are excited about the Costa Rica trip in June for 7th Grade Students. There will be an information session on Wednesday night from 7:00 - 8:00 PM for 7th-grade parents and students via zoom. Here is the link:

Articles and Resources:

Since we are in the Holiday season, I wanted to share a selection of books honored by the 2021 Orbis Pictus Award for outstanding nonfiction:

A selection of Award-Winning Nonfiction Books for Children

  • Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Frank Morrison

  • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

  • Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

  • If You Take Away the Otter by Susannah Buhrman-Deever, illustrated by Matthew Trueman

  • Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dianne

  • The Teachers March: How Selma’s Teachers Changed History by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, illustrated by Charly Palmer

  • All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing by Chris Barton, illustrated by Nicole Xu

  • Blood and Germs: The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease by Gail Jarrow

  • Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring by Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Josh Cochran

  • Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Laura Freeman

  • How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure by John Rocco

  • Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747 by Chris Gall

  • The Lion Queens of India by Jan Reynolds

  • We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport by Deborah Hopkinson

Have a great weekend!


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