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Learning Previews - Specials - September 2017

Learning Previews - Specials - September 2017
Posted on 09/26/2017
Health and Wellness: Mr. Justin McNulty - jmcnulty@cpsd.us

6th Grade: Students will exploring the four dimensions of Health. We will first explore Mental and Emotional Health. Then they will be learning steps to take to achieve their personal health goal.

7th Grade: Students will learn about nutrition and physical activity. They will be able to describe the connection between the food choices they make and the forms of physical activity they need to live a healthy lifestyle.

8th Grade: Students will analyze media and how it affects health. They will be able to define media, types of media, assess how much media they consume and learn about the importance of Digital Citizenship and Digital Safety.

Band: Mr. Patrick Wroge: Director of Bands - pwroge@cpsd.us

7th and 8th Grade Band: We have finally gotten all of the instruments handed out and have just begun concert music. We have a new space this year so we have been focusing heavily on our routine of getting into the room, getting music and instruments off of the shelf, and sitting in the correct seat. Arrangements we have started are “Enter Sandman” and “Back In Black by AC/DC. With these pieces we will continue the focus on music literacy, proper playing position, breath support, ensemble playing, and the use of dynamics and how they play a major role in the outcome of a piece of music. “Like instrument” group lessons will begin the last week in September.

6th Grade Band: We are just getting organized and up and running. We have a new space this year so we have been focusing heavily on our routine of getting into the room, getting music and instruments off of the shelf, and sitting in the correct seat. We have started working on “We Are On A Mission To Rock”, our first concert piece of the year. Through this piece and others we will continue the focus on music literacy, proper playing position, breath support, ensemble playing, and the use of dynamics and how they play a major role in the outcome of a piece of music. One of my goals with the 6th grade is to have them join the older kids on a couple of pieces. “Like instrument” group lessons will begin the last week in September.

Art: Ms. Lucia Lee - 
llee@cpsd.us

6th graders have Art twice a week for one semester. In the past couple classes, we played a get-to-know-you games as well as an art category game. Students have also worked in table groups to create 2-minute animals/cartoon characters sculptures using found objects. Such objects usually have other functions besides art--such as plastic spoons, bolts, paper clips, bottle caps, etc. In the upcoming week, students will work on a “police sketch artist” partner drawing exercise.

7th graders started the year working in table groups to create 2-minute animals/cartoon characters sculptures using found objects. They are now starting a relief-printing project in which they sketch and carve ¼ of a bigger design onto a 1x1-inch square block. This project demonstrates that the use of repetition can transform a simple design into a more intricate and interesting image.

8th graders also started the year thinking outside the box and working in table groups to create 2-minute animals/cartoon characters sculptures using found objects. They are now starting a Gustav Klimt-style portrait on gold scratchboard--they will first find head and hands of a human/animal from magazines. Then students will use scratchboard tools to draw and etch bodies, legs, and a background scene. Empty spaces can be filled with geometric/organic lines and patterns--similar to Klimt’s Golden Phase paintings. For this assignment, garments and body proportions need not be realistic. Portrait results tend to be either beautiful, quirky, fanciful, silly, or all of the above.

Library & Technology: Ms. Sam Musher - smusher@cpsd.us

Next week in Intro to Middle School, 6th graders will discuss ways they can take care of our community. We’ll talk about bullying vs. conflict or mean moments, and play a communications game. Our final lesson, about online bullying, can be a good opening for you to ask your student how they behave in online communities they may be part of. Do they leave comments? How do they talk to people online, and is it different from how they talk in person?

6th, 7th, and 8th graders have independent reading time on Fridays in ELA. I’m visiting each grade in rotation, to booktalk new titles and help students find books they enjoy. “What are you reading right now?” is always a good question to ask -- your student should always have an answer! If you want me to help you find books to recommend to your child, I’d be happy to. Email smusher@cpsd.us, or visit me in the library before school.

Spanish: Mr. Nick Paras 
- nparas@cpsd.us

6th Grade: Grade 6 students will begin Spanish in October after finishing Intro to Middle School.

7th Grade: This week, language learners in grade 7 will be working on daily life in a school environment and creating class schedules. Students will also being working on a script they will write about a scheduling conflict in school. We will also review noun/adjective agreement in Spanish. They will then present the scripts to the class. We will also review the numbers 0-100 and telling time in Spanish.

8th Grade: In grade 8, we will be working on the family and family celebrations in Spanish. Students will be creating class family trees as well as discussing family celebration that they celebrate. We will also introduce the verb TENER- TO HAVE, and it’s uses with the family. Students will also read a story about a family celebration and discuss the similarities and differences between the party they read about and their own family celebrations.

French: Ms. Sarah Bilodeau 
- sbilodeau@cpsd.us

6th Grade: Grade 6 Students will begin French in October after their Intro to Middle School program ends. Looking forward to having you all in class!

7th Grade: Students in grade 7 are working on a review unit. Projects include making a self portrait and describing their physical traits and likes and dislikes and making a picture of their backpack and school schedule and talking about when they have classes and what items from their backpack they need to use in each class.

8th Grade: Students in grade 8 worked on a review unit. Their review project was making a self portrait and describing their physical traits and likes and dislikes. In the second half of the month they have begun working on a unit about fashion and shopping in Paris. Projects include making a self portrait of themselves wearing their favorite clothing style and designing their own fashion line or boutique and advertising to their classmates by describing their line or boutique in French during a “neighborhood walk of Paris” where their classmates visit boutiques we set up in a mock Paris neighborhood in class.

Spanish Grade 7: Ms. Bilodeau 
- sbilodeau@cpsd.us

Students in grade 7 are working on a review unit. Projects include making a self portrait and describing their physical traits and likes and dislikes and making a picture of their backpack and school schedule and talking about when they have classes and what items from their backpack they need to use in each class.

Physical Education: Michael O’Connell, Grades 6-8 - moconnell@cpsd.us

Grade 6: Students are almost halfway through their Cooperative Learning Unit. The unit is designed for students to develop and demonstrate the ability to cooperate with classmates during adventure activities, game play or team building activities, and articulate positive feedback/encouragement to their peers. In the coming weeks, students will participate in a variety of problem-solving challenges.

Grade 7: Students are almost halfway through their Cooperative Learning Unit. The unit is designed for students to demonstrate the ability to problem solve with classmates during small group adventure activities and game play. In the coming weeks, students will participate in a variety of problem-solving and trust challenges.

Grade 8: Students are almost halfway through their Cooperative Learning Unit. The unit is designed for students to, first, demonstrate the ability to cooperate and problem solve with classmates; and, second, to develop and demonstrate the ability to overcome perceived limitations through participation in adventure activities or large-group initiatives.

Theater Arts: Ms. Summar Elguindy - selguindy@cpsd.us

6th graders are working on becoming a strong, supportive ensemble in theater arts. In this first unit they are focusing on developing strategies for working well as a team in order to take creative risks. They will identify and practice the qualities of a great audience during our audience bootcamp class and begin to explore the idea of what it means to be a creative risk taker.

String Orchestra: Ms. Brittany Phillips 
- bphillips@cpsd.us

It is an exciting time for our 6th grade orchestra students as they move from their 5th grade beginner status into their new, more advanced roles. We have been reviewing and learning what it means to be a member of an ensemble while refreshing our open strings, bowing and pizzicato technique, and left hand finger patterns in first position. We will begin studying our first piece, “Tumbleweed Blues” in lessons to come, and focus on swinging rhythms in the key of D major. Pull out lessons for students will begin the week of 9/25.

The 7th grade orchestra started off the year strong and ready to dive into more challenging repertoire. We have been reviewing our D major notes through sight reading activities and rhythmic exercises, placing a specific focus on our bowing technique. Soon we will be diving into our new repertoire, a thematic piece by Rob Grice, “Dragon Slayer”. The piece is inspired by the folklore of many European and Asian cultures. Through our studies students will focus on demonstrating an accented bow stroke, performing with varying dynamics, and strengthening their note reading skills in the key of G major and its relative minor, e minor. Pull out lessons for students will begin the week of 9/25.

The 8th grade orchestra hit the ground running this year, and we are already gearing up to perform “This Land is Your Land” in the all-school Veteran’s Day assembly. Students are focusing on expanding their note reading skills before we dive into the more challenging repertoire that is ahead. Soon we will be working on a famous piece by J.S. Bach, “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3”. Students will be comparing this Baroque style piece to the music of today, and our goal is to add a surprise, modern twist in our performance of this at our concert in February. Students will also dive into some exciting film arrangements by John Williams in months to come. This advanced ensemble will be pushed and challenged more this year than ever before, and I am confident that they will rise to the occasion, and grow in the process. Pull out lessons for students will begin the week of 9/25.

6th Grade Music Studio: Ms. Brittany Phillips - bphillips@cpsd.us

We kicked off the school year focusing on our understanding of genre, asking the question: What makes a piece of music fall under a certain category? The first genre that we are studying this year is a class favorite, Hip Hop. We took a trip down memory lane and learned how Hip Hop first made its appearance in the early 70s following the disco movement. We’ve been learning about Hip Hop legends including Afrika Bambaata, DJ Kool Herc, and Grandmaster flash. Students reflected on the movement that brought about Zulu Nation, an organization that was formed to combat gang violence. In our upcoming classes, we will focus on the art of Deejaying. We are thrilled that our very own P.E. teacher, Mr. O’Connell will share his deejaying skills with us and show us how to work a turntable. Thanks, Mr. O for sharing your gifts with us!

Chorus: Joshua DeWitte
 - jdewitte@cpsd.us

Grade 6: Students are learning the fundamentals of proper vocal technique and choral singing. We have practiced posture and our vocal warm-ups focus on isolating the diaphragm and learning to tune vowels so our sound blends. I listened to each singer to assess his/her range and assigned parts; soprano or alto. We will sing 2-part music throughout the year. I am impressed by the sound the choir is already making!

Grade 7: Students continue to work on maintaining posture and proper breath support throughout a rehearsal. We move from singing 2-part to 3-part music. Students were divided into first and second soprano and alto. We began working on repertoire. We will focus on music literacy throughout the year, primarily using repertoire as our source material for reading music.

Grade 8: The goal of 8th grade chorus is to prepare students to be successful singers in High School, whether they pursue singing in musicals, acappella, chorus, or wherever their voices take them. We are singing in 4 parts; first and second soprano, alto, and are introducing bass. We will sing a diverse range of repertoire this year. We started learning “Fix You,” “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears,” and “Adiemus.” All grade levels work on this repertoire and will perform them as a combined chorus of over 80 students.

Music Studio: Joshua DeWitte - 
jdewitte@cpsd.us

Grade 7: Why is music so important to the human experience? What does the music you listen to say about you? What does the music of India, China, S. Africa, and Brazil tell us about their stories? With over 1300 styles of music around the world, are there similarities that bind them together? These are the questions we are asking as we embark on a great adventure to discover the stories of people around the world as told by their music all in the context of a music studio where students will create, produce, and perform music. We have begun exploring the fundamentals of music as organized sound and why it creates an emotional response. We will begin exploring music in South Africa and how it was used as a force of social change. We are also beginning drumming as a tool to learn basic music notation.

Grade 8: Do you think music is impacting your choices, your behavior, who you are? What about the Internet and TV? You may see on average 5000 advertising images per day. Who is telling you what is and isn’t cool? Who is defining beauty? In 8th Grade Music Studio, we have begun exploring these questions as we investigate how the brain processes images and sound and how the media uses that knowledge to sell us products. Throughout the year, students will create, manage, and produce a record label. They will use what we learn about marketing and branding to brand their image and ultimately sell their brand and their music.