Upper School Updates, Mr. Samson, Oct. 21

Dear Upper School Parents and Guardians,


Our school day ended with Upper School students planting bulbs with their Lower School buddies. It was a special way to celebrate Fall and spend time with one another after a great week. Below are announcements about progress reports, 5th-grade scrimmages, the Halloween dance, and more.


6th - 8th Grade - Fall Progress Reports

On October 28, you will receive access to your child's grades and comments. Please keep in mind that these progress reports are not permanent in any way, and students will have approximately eight more weeks (6 weeks for 8th graders) to continue or improve their efforts before the end of the fall term. It's plenty of time to rescue a low grade or make a change in a habit that isn't serving a student well. Please share these carefully crafted comments with your Upper Schoolers and use them to prepare for Fall conferences on November 3 and 4. Please know you can contact teachers and advisors directly if you have any questions. 5th Grade comments will arrive at the end of the semester in January.


5th Grade Athletic Announcement:

The 5th Grade will participate in a Junior Varsity practice for soccer and field hockey next week. We have been preparing them for this opportunity during PE classes and are excited to allow them to sample our athletic program at Brookwood. Students can expect to warm up (usually led by captains) and compete in an intrasquad scrimmage. On Monday, students are invited to play with our JV soccer teams, and on Wednesday, students can play with our JV field hockey team. The time of these events is 3:05 - 3:55 p.m. We look forward to our 5th Graders joining us for a great experience, and parents are welcome to attend.


Samson Strolls: I visited 5th Grade with Ms. Johnson this week. Please click here to learn more about the class. If there is something you would like to see, please email me!

Halloween Costumes: I reminded students about Halloween costumes at our Upper School Town Meeting this week. As your child pulls together the pieces of dress for Halloween, please keep a critical eye towards inclusivity, kindness, and appropriate dress for school. Sometimes costume ideas are a great opportunity to engage in an age-appropriate conversation about stereotypes. We also ask that you avoid violent or scary costumes and please leave weapons, sticks, and Halloween masks at home for the day.


Halloween Dance: The 7th and 8th Grade Halloween Dance is Friday, October 28, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Commons. The cost of the dance is $15, which includes refreshments, pizza, and a DJ. Students are permitted to bring one guest from out of school, and all students are encouraged to wear a costume!


Please Ask Your Children About:

5th Grade:

Math: Our second celebration of knowledge and different strategies for solving multi-place value multiplication problems.

Literacy: Manjiro is struggling with racism, prejudice, and bias. He, like we, are looking for ways to be a positive agent for change and also beginning our narrative writing by finding a small moment or using a turning point.

Social Studies: Continuing our conversation about why people explore, its impact on where they travel, and the timetable of global exploration.

Science: We began with a field trip to the Trustees of Reservations site at Long Hill. It was a beautiful, crisp fall morning as we hiked the perimeter trail around the beautiful114 acre site. We then recorded our observations of the trails, read an article on the effects of climate change on woodlands, and began the scientific process of honing in on questions to research at Long Hill.

French: How students have started playing some of their favorite recess games in French.

Wellness:

  • 5A: mindfulness w/ imagery. Students used various images (i.e. in nature, cityscape, food, animals, art) as their “anchor” to return when the mind naturally wanders. Ask your student about their observations and reflections!

  • 5B: mindfulness w/ sounds and music. Students listened to sounds from nature and an instrumental song, using both as their "anchor" to come back when the mind naturally wanders. Ask your student about their observations and reflections!

6th Grade:

Geo: What deity did I create and why in my geo project?

Music: Their upcoming quiz.

English: What I am independently reading in class

Math: How to find mean, median, and mode. What is the average time traveled to school in my class?

Science: What are some naturally occurring weather events, and where do they happen?

Technology & Society: What are some positive results of how our society uses technology?

French: Leveling up our language by creating more detailed sentences that include lots of new activities along with when we might do them (time, day, seasons, weather).

Wellness:

  • Mindful tasting using pineapple, baby kale, and a GF pretzel

  • Mindfulness + Professional Athletes –including a personal video from Colts Quarterback Matt Ryan, to Brookwood students

  • Mindfulness + gratitude –using our five senses in a gratitude exercise

  • Mindfulness + music – using “chill/relaxing” and “energizing” music chosen by the students as the “anchor” for our practice

7th Grade:

English: What is symbolism? Can you share an example from a story?

Science: Organism Project

Math (Carver): the difference between factors and multiples

Math ( Carbo): how to solve multi-step equations and inequalities

Internet Literacy (Sect. 1): How to see through online fraud and deceit just be unlocking the mysteries of an email address!

History: How taxation without representation helped lead to the start of the American Revolution.

Wellness:

  • Mindful tasting using pineapple, baby kale, and a GF pretzel

  • Mindfulness + Professional Athletes –including a personal video from Colts Quarterback Matt Ryan, to Brookwood students

  • Mindfulness + gratitude –using our five senses in a gratitude exercise

  • Mindfulness + music – using “chill/relaxing” and “energizing” music chosen by the students as the “anchor” for our practice

8th Grade:

History: how is my study guide on the Industrial Era coming along? And what obstacles did women face in their quest to get the right to vote?

English: What will I do at the aquarium on Monday?

Science: How to use a bunsen burner

Music: Watching Mary Poppins and discussing it in class.

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

Math (adv): how to build a pie chart

French: Descriptions and all the new adjectives I can use to talk and write about people, places, activities, objects, and preferences.

Wellness:

  • Mindful tasting using pineapple, baby kale, and a GF pretzel

  • Mindfulness, emotions, and body sensations

Articles / Resources: ​​Here is a thought-provoking article on perfectionism. Our faculty have been having conversations on healthy striving vs. toxic perfectionism.


Enjoy the Weekend!

-Dave Samson



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