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September 4, 2019
September: Attendance Awareness Month
Attendance is an important life skill that not only helps students succeed in school but also helps them develop habits that will benefit them as they graduate and enter the workforce. Did you know that by 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rate than 8th grade test scores? Of course, regular attendance will also help students boost their academic scores.
Goshen Community Schools has a goal of maintaining a 97% attendance rate. The average attendance for GMS so far this school year is 94.5%, so we have some work to do! Stay tuned for information about contests and incentives that will reward students for strong attendance.
Click here for facts and tips to help your child stay on track with attendance.
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New Tech Mathematicians
In Mr. Fish’s sixth grade NT Math class, students are busy developing into mathematicians. There is more to being a mathematician than just learning a process and remembering it for a test. Mathematicians exhibit characteristics such as: persisting through challenging problems, encouraging one another, clearly communicating ideas, trying several approaches to a problem, and finding meaning and beauty in their work. Mathematicians don’t always find the correct answer, but they achieve deeper learning through exploring math.
Students practiced being mathematicians through the “Sassy Cents” activity. While watching a short video, they identified what they noticed and wondered. Then, students were given a focus question: How much money does the emoji face cost? Students then identified what they still needed to know to answer the question.
Throughout this activity, students practiced equally participating in a group and giving constructive feedback. Much of this learning early on can be challenging for students who prefer to simply find the correct answer and move on. It has been a powerful start of the year for these budding mathematicians.
Here is the link to the Sassy Cents activity: https://themindofanaprilfool.com/sassy-cents/
New Tech Students Create Manifests
Mr. Francis and Mr. Ulfig are facilitating a project called “Our Mayflower Compact” in which learners are creating their own agreements (“compacts”) for their journey in 8th grade New Tech. Guided by the project’s driving question (“What makes us effective citizens?”), learners are empowered to make an impact on their learning communities. Throughout the project, students are examining the hardships of the American colonists during the 1600s. Ultimately, they will reflect on their own actions and how they can create a learning environment where all can be accountable and successful this year.
Learner Profile Attribute
The IB Learner Profile Attribute of the month for September is: Open-Minded. We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. Ask your child how s/he has been open-minded this week!
Attention 8th Graders! Washington, D.C. Trip Informational Meeting
Wednesday, Sep. 11th, 6pm
All 8th graders interested in attending the Washington, D.C. trip from May 29 - June 2, 2020 are invited to attend this meeting with their parents. This will be the same information that was presented in the spring. You do not need to attend if you are already registered for the trip.
High Ability Welcome & Info Meeting
Monday, Sep. 16th, 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 12-3pm
This is an online event.
Other Important Dates
Monday, Sept. 16 - Screenagers Kids Presentation in English & Spanish 6:30-8:00
Wednesday, Sept. 18 – eLearning Day
Thursday, Sept 19 – Picture Retake Day
Monday, Sept. 23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-8:00 (Open House Style)
Wednesday, Sept. 25 – 7th and 8th Grade Fundraiser Pick-Up, 3:30-6:00
Thursday, Sept. 26 – 6th Grade Fundraiser Pick-Up, 3:30-6:00
Monday, Sept. 30 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00-8:00 (By Appointment)
The GCS Transportation Rules are listed beginning on page 38 of the GMS Handbook. Read here for important information for bus riders.