Dec. 1st, Vol. 14

Grapevine Parade of Lights

The Grapevine Parade of Lights is being held on Thursday, December 4th on Main Street. Grapevine Middle School has an Engineering and Robotics float in the parade. Students are invited to accompany the float. This is completely OPTIONAL for students. They must have signed permission form to Mrs. Monson by Wednesday morning (during class is fine) Students will need to be dropped off at the designated spot (at Parade start) by 6:30p.m and must be picked up by 8:00 (at the end of the parade) Students should dress for the weather, but STEM shirts are encouraged! Students are encouraged to create and decorate a "gear" to carry. Students can work on these after school. Materials will be provided.

End of Semester

As we near the end of the first semester, students are beginning to hear about semester exams. I know this can be scary for everyone involved. Students will have an exam (or final project) for each of their classes. These exams will take place the week of Dec. 15th. The schedule is as follows:

Wed- 1st period exam, shortened classes 2nd-7th, normal dismissal time

Thurs- 2nd, 3rd and 4th period exams, early release 12:15

Fri- 5th, 7th and 8th exams, early release 12:15

PLEASE, PLEASE do not schedule appointments, or plan to leave town before exams are complete. Scores are factored into semester averages. Students should be getting information to review and prepare in the coming weeks. Help them remember to study a little each day, instead of cramming the night before. Also, give them time to relax and unwind. This is new, and can be very stressful. I am sure they will all do GREAT!

Content Connections:

We will be diving deep into the remainder of our first semester content in the weeks that come:

Math- Order of Operations

Social Studies- Ancient Mesopotamia

Language Arts- Expository Writing

Science- Celestial Objects, Gravity, Qualities that allow for life (space)

Way to Go!

I know I have said this before, but I wanted to reiterate how proud I am of the students for their work during the Digital Astrophotography Project. It was so exciting to see them present their learning and share their projects with gallery patrons. Several pieces have been selected for display at the Fort Worth Museum of Nature and Science. (Students don't know whose yet, so I can't tell you!) They will be on exhibit when our 6th graders visit the museum next week. If you didn't get to see the story in the district Leader, it is available here.