ms nov 19

Standards in the Classroom
This week’s photo shows Grade 7 students engaging with the NGSS science standards. They were applying their newfound understanding of the Kinetic Molecular Theory, the first standard approached in the Chemistry unit. They then looked at the difference of burning liquids vs. explosions of gasses to introduce the next exciting part of the unit, chemical reactions! In this part of the unit students will analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. The goal is for students to be able to identify and describe a chemical change.

Approaches to Learning
First quarter marked a shift in Middle School reporting. You have now had the opportunity to view your child’s first Standards Based progress report. I would like to draw your attention to a very important part of this report, the ATLs (Approaches to Learning). In each class, your child receives grades for the Standards and grades for each ATL. In the Middle School, ATLs are as important as Standards when asking yourself “How is my child doing in school?” We invite you to talk with your child about their ATL grades, especially if they received a BE (below expectations) for an ATL. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the grades received. Additionally, this FAQ document may be helpful for some of your Standards Based Grading questions. 

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan

  • This month in Cougar Time, Middle School students are receiving lessons on bullying, harassment and privilege. We are reviewing how just one person turning into an Upstander can make all the difference. Mentor groups went through statements such as the following to help students feel empowered to stand up when they witness bullying:

➢Some people think that’s funny, but I don’t.
➢It’s not a joke when someone’s getting hurt.
➢Stop using that language. I don’t appreciate it.
➢I’m not okay with this.

  • Mentor groups also discussed ways they can reach out to the person being bullied by using the following phrases:

➢ It’s not ok with me when _______ does that.
➢ Come join our group.
➢ I’m sorry that happened to you. You don’t deserve that treatment.
➢ I am here for you. How can I help?
➢ Have you reported this to an adult?

For more information on how to help your child stand up for others, take a look at this article.

Holiday Drive Reminder
Director Van der Eyken kicked off this year's drive with a message in last week’s newsletter ( He also interviewed two High School students about the purpose and logistics for 2019 ( 

Each grade level has been assigned specific food items to help communities in need. In addition, we are asking each family to donate one new, or slightly used, book (in Spanish) to the community schools to help them build a library.

The collection is THIS WEEK, from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22. Students should bring their donations to their Mentor classroom.

-Grade 6: 
3 x 1Kg Salt
1 x 1L Oil
3 x 500gr Red Beans
Book (in spanish)

-Grade 7: 
2 x 2Kg Sugar
1 x 1L Oil
4 x 400gr Noodles
Book (in spanish)

-Grade 8:
2 x 2Kg Sugar
2 x 1Kg Oats
2 x 200gr Tomato Sauce
Book (in spanish)

We were treated to a delightful Piano concert last week and look forward to our Band and Orchestra concerts this week. Congratulations to the Music Department for putting on these exceptional demonstrations of student achievement.

With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."