Life in the Middle
Welcome to Summer Edition
Welcome to Summer!
As we transition between the end of our year and so many important summer activities, please be sure to review the resources included in this newsletter.
Summer Fun & Learning
Explore ‘A Universe of Stories’ with the myON digital library As part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, the State Education Department and myON®, by Renaissance®, are partnering to bring thousands of enhanced digital books to children.
IXL's Study in the Summer Math Contest 2019
The IXL Study in the Sun Contest runs from June 1 to August 31. Enter now!
National PTA Reflections Contest
For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.
Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.
Strengthen Your World Language Skills
Parents need to know that Duolingo is a game-based language-learning website. Kids have to register to use the site, and they can use Google, Facebook or an email address to do so. They can also friend other users by clicking on any posts they've made to the site forum to access their profile. Users sometimes also post requests for other users to friend them. You can't directly email other users through the site, but some exchange email information on the forum.
Summer Learning & Fun in Our Schools
Parenting & Middle School
The information shared below highlights the significant changes that our students are going through and the ways in which families and schools can best support our children. We will continue to share resources throughout the year, and we look forward to working together to make your child's middle school years most rewarding and memorable.
Rainy Day Ideas
Common Sense Media
The Mission of Common Sense Media:
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.
Health Concerns & Advocacy
Any Volunteers? The Risk of E-Cigarettes for Young People
Screens & Young Adolescents
The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.
Subscribe to TTT to receive conversation starters about social media, video game use, tech tips, latest research and more.
Please be sure to follow our school on Twitter. We use this platform to celebrate so many great student, staff and community accomplishments. We also use Twitter to highlight upcoming events and school programs. Take a look!
Our middle-level students are increasingly drawn to this visual medium, and it is our goal to meet them where they are. Follow us on Instagram for a visual look at our school--from the classrooms to our concert halls.
Please be sure to sign up to receive our IT-Grams. IT-Grams are designed to highlight the wonderful work of our students, staff, and community members. We will include more information in our summer mailing.
Please take a look at our library of Home-School Connection newsletters.