7-8 Classroom

Ski-A-Thon

We are hosting a ski-a-thon. Students are invited to ski as many laps as they can safely complete on the Tiehack side of Buttermilk Ski Area. We will have teachers, and other volunteers at the bottom of the mountain cheering them, encouraging them, and making for a festive day on the hill.   Prior to the ski day, students are invited to ask for pledges from friends and family outside of the school community in…

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Second Semester Thematic Units

A new semester, marks the beginning of a new thematic unit for 7th and 8th grade classes. Eighth graders will study the issue of homelessness in preparation for their trip to San Francisco, and the seventh graders will study the First Amendment as it applies to social media, as a means of becoming safe and sensible digital citizens. UNIT OUTLINE The content of each of these units has been outlined on class websites. Parents are encouraged…

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L.A. Skills Boot Camp

Each semester, the Language Arts program is based on a targeted theme. This semester has been based around Curiosity, and students have read and studied non-fiction and fiction texts, written summaries, narratives, and expository analyses and comparisons, and have presented their work in the form of a journal project, and a spoken presentation in front of a live audience. Next semester the 7th grade theme will be based around Social Media, while the 8th graders study…

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Curiosity Killed The Cat

Curiosity Killed The Cat

Curiosity can lead to great innovation and knowledge, but it can also pave a pathway towards risky behavior. Some people are more naturally drawn to investigate danger, and adolescents often want to understand those subjects that we ask them to avoid. Part of the Colorado teaching standards includes that middle school students learn the “facts” about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and internet safety, and to empower them to make healthy choices. During the next few weeks of Language…

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Explorers Club

Explorers Club

Curiosity is the root of learning. Many students claimed in a writing assignment this past September that schools sometimes kill student curiosity by eliminating choice from their experience. Students want to explore, but school programs can dictate learning to a degree where students no longer feel empowered to learn for themselves. In response, we have started a two-week Explorers Club in which each student can study a topic of their choice. In education terms, this is an…

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