MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The parent meeting for the Civil Rights Trip is on Tuesday morning, 2/21 at 8:15am in Mr. Burnstein’s classroom. If you haven’t done so already please turn in your child’s permission slips on Tuesday morning.
This week students studied the Birmingham campaign of 1963 and the Selma campaign for voting rights in 1965. Eighth graders also finished their essays for the Gandhi essay contest sponsored by URI’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. In addition, they worked hard on their presentations on individual activists from the Civil Rights movement and will be presenting to their peers next week. Ask your student who they are researching! Students practiced key public speaking skills including eye contact, volume, and emphasis by performing President Kennedy’s speech from June 11, 1963 in response to the Children’s March in Birmingham. In the speech Kennedy called upon Congress to pass legislation ending segregation. This helped lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Watch Section C perform the speech on the video below:
This week in math we have been working on simplifying square roots and solving equations with square roots. We will be learning the Pythagorean Theorem next week so kids will be able to find the shortest distance between two points. The test will be on Friday February 24th, but kids who are in the musical will be able to take it after the Civil RIghts Trip if they choose to do so.
In 8th grade science, students have started a project in which they are researching and learning about social justice issues around water quality in the United States. Students will learn more in the upcoming week and will also hear more on this issue at the Equal Justice Initative in Montgomery, Alabama.
Students just finished their Cuentos de Hadas (Fairy Tales) and did an amazing job with some very creative stories. We were so lucky to share our stories with Mrs. Lupica’s first grade class and Mrs. Mercurio’s second grade class. We are well on our way back to our essential question: How can we learn about immigrants experiences through oral history? The students will connect this theme with the book, Un Mundo Lejano.
Le 10 février: Students have been finishing up and practicing their children’s stories and will be ready to read them to Nursery this coming Monday! Here’s a preview of some of the stories! Bonne lecture!
Greah et Leffin
Henri, le hérisson