Good Afternoon, Parents,
It has been a busy week in the Seventh Grade, as we forge ahead into the writing of our Seeds of Change research papers. For this project, Cultural Studies and Language Arts have merged, giving us more and more focused time on specific steps in the research and writing process. It also means that students should be spending at least 30-40 minutes per night (both LA and CS time) working on their research documents. If it seems like your child has had very little homework recently, they may not be putting in this good time. Please follow up with them this weekend. If you’d like more information about the weekly tasks and expectations of the research timeline, please see this doc https://docs.google.com/a/tpschool.org/document/d/1FCQJ3uMSOwWte6QjJC2HRdrFXzljnejjy9cgwcEliOg/edit?usp=sharing. Weekend homework expectations are also posted on our Edmodo Community page https://tpschool.edmodo.com/home#/group?id=17465981.
The Seeds of Change research project will culminate with a learning celebration scheduled for Thursday, 10 March from 5-7pm. Please mark the date and time on your calendars so that you can come see and enjoy the fruits of this project, on which the students have worked so hard.
Earlier today you should have received an email about our student-led March conferences; the email includes links to Doodle polls in which you may sign up for a conference time. Please submit your responses as soon as possible. We understand that some families may be leaving town early during those days in order to make the most of the subsequent Spring Break -- if that’s the case, please contact your child’s advisor directly and as soon as possible to set up an alternate time to meet.
Finally, one of our students is looking for your help and support with his bar mitzvah project, which involves collecting donated sports equipment and raising funds to purchase new sports equipment for students in Nicaragua. Over spring break he will travel to meet these students with his family and deliver the equipment and funds he has raised. If you would like to read about his project or to donate, you can do so here http://ariburstein.wix.com/fundraisingnicaragua.
Questions to ask your child this weekend:
- How is your research writing going? Are you on schedule? Show me.
- What did you learn about presidential primary season?
Until next week,
Steve, David, and Virginia