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Upper School Update- Mr. Samson, Nov. 18

Dear Upper School Parents and Guardians,


There is a chill in the morning air, and Thanksgiving is around the corner. Basketball is back, handbells and steel drums are heard in the hallways, and we gear up for December. Students are working hard, and you’ll see the range of projects and assignments in the ask me abouts below. I hope you can join us at the Upper School Showcase on December 1 from 8:00 am - 11:15 am.



Upper School Showcase: The showcase offers an excellent opportunity to see various teachers and students in action. We’ll start with a coffee and Upper School overview, and then you’ll get to choose from a sample of Upper School classes before School Meeting. After School Meeting, there will be an additional coffee in the Commons with Jon Bartlett (students are at recess) and then different classes for you to visit from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend regardless of the grade your child is in and please know you can arrive later in the morning if it works better with your schedule.


Samson Strolls: I visited 7th Grade music with Mr. Adams this week. Please click here to learn more about the class. If there is something you would like to see, please email me!

Please ask your students about:

5th Grade:

Literacy: Drafting our personal narratives.

Math: Beginning our new unit, all about 3-Dimensional shapes!

Social Studies: Preparing and presenting our explorer projects. Who have I chosen to study? What have I learned about them?

Science: Creating Google Slides presentations about our research on the presence of chemicals in Brookwood streams and drinking water.

French: Building up sentences that include times when I do activities.

Art: Our Yayoi Kusama inspired pumpkin paintings

Wellness:

  • 5A - Yoga in the Yoga Loft; and mindfulness + emotions

  • 5B - Mindfulness + emotions

6th Grade:

Science: Which substance is better at holding on to heat, soil or water?

World Cultures: How do the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism compare and contrast?

Math: How to change fractions into decimals and add and subtract fractions

English: My personal narrative title is!

French: Poulet Tassa and West African Food.

Music: Learning nine chords and choosing the songs they want to perform.

Art: Our detailed collage depictions of our houses

Wellness:

  • Yoga in the Yoga Loft!

  • Mindfulness + emotions

  • Mindfulness + the brain: understanding the why and how mindfulness affects the brain

  • Mindfulness + art: tracing, doodling, and sketching as an “anchor”

  • Mindfulness + compassion

  • Various breath practices: 3-4-6; hand on heart/hand on belly; breathing ball; roller coaster hand

  • Nutritional benefits (and snacking!) of apples, bananas, and clementines

  • Chair yoga

7th Grade:

Science: What analogy am I using to describe a cell?

English: Story arcs.

History: The big test is on Monday!

Math (Carver): the difference between a rate and a ratio

Math ( Carbo): Negative Exponents and Scientific Notation

Art: The acrylic landscape paintings of our favorite places

Spanish: Talking about sports and the weather, comparing and contrasting things

Wellness:

  • Yoga in the Yoga Loft!

  • Mindfulness + emotions

  • Mindfulness + the brain: understanding the why and how mindfulness affects the brain

  • Mindfulness + art: tracing, doodling, and sketching as an “anchor”

  • Mindfulness + compassion

  • Various breath practices: 3-4-6; hand on heart/hand on belly; breathing ball; body scan; roller coaster hand

  • Nutritional benefits (and snacking!) of apples, bananas and clementines

  • Chair yoga

8th Grade:

English: Sy Montgomery’s Email to the class.

Science: Elements, Compounds & Mixtures

Math (Section 2): tolerance in manufacturing

Math (Section 1): the difference between an equation and an inequality

History: What were the immediate and underlying causes of the first World War?

Music: Going through the script, walking through the scenes, and becoming more familiar with our characters.

French: Ahshara and Cooper, the two main characters in La Nouvelle Fille

Spanish: Telling stories in the past

Art: Our Jean-Michel Basquiat inspired mixed-media “self-portraits”

Community Life: What is your personality type?

Wellness:

  • Yoga in the Yoga Loft!

  • Intro to Wellness

  • Nutritional benefits (and snacking!) of apples, bananas

Body Image Parent Program for Upper School Students: Jennie Dockser from the Renfrew Program presented to parents this week on body image, eating disorders, diet culture, and more. Here is a link to her zoom presentation.

Dreambox / Supplemental Math Program: Brookwood has adopted a supplemental math program. Please read about it here, and login information is here.

Have a great weekend!


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