CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

October 26th, 2019

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,


It was wonderful seeing so many of you at Parent Teacher Conferences last week. We were especially pleased to see so many dads present! Over 60% of our middle school families invested time to talk with teachers about their child's academic and social and emotional progress. We hope our decision to hold conferences in the evening made it possible for more of you to attend.


If there were any teachers who you wanted to meet with but didn't get the chance, please feel free to make an appointment with them for a later date. You can email them directly, or contact Ms. Lee in the MS Office and she will set the appointment.


I'd like to extend a special thank you to the high school students from the Interpreter Club for helping our parents and teachers understand one another! They did an excellent job!


Our student council members are busily preparing for the annual CDS Middle School Halloween Party. As you may know, this is one of the biggest student led events of the school year and we're all very excited. The party will begin at 4:00pm (directly after school) and will continue until 7:45pm.


Students are encouraged to wear costumes to school on Wednesday! However, please leave face masks and face makeup off until the party begins.


Have a great week!


Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School

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How to Speak with Your Child about MAP Growth Test Results / 자녀와 MAP test 결과에 대해 이야기하는 법

Earlier this week we sent your children home with their MAP Family reports. I hope you've been able to take some time since then to speak with your child about their growth.

이번주 초에 학생들을 통해 MAP test 성적표를 보내드렸습니다. 저희는 학부모님들이 이와 관련하여 자녀분과 이야기를 해보셨길 바랍니다.


As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, conversation about grades and MAP scores will be most effective if the focus is centered on progress rather than achievement.

MAP 성적표를 볼 때는 학생의 성취도보다는 성적 향상 부분에 집중하여 확인을 하고, 자녀분과 이에 대해 이야기를 해보는 것이 학생에게 도움이된다고 지난 뉴스레터에서 언급하였습니다.


At CDS MS, we strive to create a culture where students value personal growth more than achieving the highest letter grade or RIT score. We know that for students to reach their potential, they need to have confidence and take risks with their learning.

CDS 중학교에서는 학생의 학업성취도나 RIT 성적 향상이 아닌, 가치있는 사람으로 성장하는데 중점을 두고 있으며 학생이 잠재력을 발휘하기 위해서는 충분한 자신감과 위험을 감수하는 능력이 필요하다고 생각합니다.


If the focus on grades and achievement is too great, students are less likely to engage in challenging work because they're afraid they will fail. This applies to both high achieving and struggling learners.

만약 학업성취도에 지나치게 중점을 두고 이를 강조한다면 해당 학생은 실패를 하는데 두려움을 느끼고 이를 극복하지 못하도록 성장할 수 있습니다.


It is my hope that we can work together as a school and parent community to share helpful messages with our students that encourage confidence and support growth.

저희는 이러한 부분에 대해 학부모님과 협력하여 모든 학생이 자신감있고 충분한 지지를 받으며 성장하길 진심으로 희망합니다.


If you would like to better understand the MAP Growth assessments, please click here or on the button below for information in Korean, English, Spanish, and Chinese.

MAP 성적표 분석과 관련하여 더 자세히 알고싶으시면 위 'please click here' 부분을 눌러 접속하셔서 한국어, 영어, 스펜인어 그리고 중국어 등 언어를 선택하여 읽어봐주시길 바랍니다.


- Mr. Scoville

[Upcoming Events]

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[This week around CDS MS]

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Woven Emotions

For their final Term 1 project, students were able to apply their knowledge of the mandala to create a woven expression of their inner emotions and memories that bring them peace. Students continued their learning of how colors represent certain emotions and were able to generate their personal definition of colors to their feelings.


These Woven Emotions represent each students' definition of positive energy and how through art their energy can impact the surrounding audience.


-Ms. Kim

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Exploring Identity Through Portraiture

For Term 1, 8th graders tackled the concept of identity and how it forms and shapes the individual. Students started out by creating an identity map and explored ideas that linked to who they were. We continued their development for identity through class discussions and how perceptions can and cannot shape a person's identity.


These self portraits were created with the intention of expression how these students view themselves compared to how they are perceived from the outside world.


-Ms. Kim

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Looking Through the Keyhole

Objective: I can learn how illustrators translate text into visual imagery and create an original illustration for my favorite chapter book using mixed media.
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Dry Ice Lab in Science Class

This week in Physical Science class, 8th grade students studied how thermal energy changes when a substance changes state. As substances move between solid, liquid, and gas states we regularly observe the processes of melting, freezing, evaporation and condensation but we rarely observe the process of sublimation (solid turning directly to gas). In this week's lab, students used dry ice to investigate rates of sublimation, the transfer of thermal energy, and the principles of state changes. This was a demanding hands-on lab where students were required to document the rate that dry ice sublimated under a range of different temperature conditions. After documenting their results, students analyzed their findings and created visual and verbal representations in graphs and a conclusion. This week in science class was fun, exciting, and without a doubt... sublime.


- Mr. Keel

2019-20 CDS MS Grade 8's Dry Ice Lab
2019-20 CDS MS 8A's Dry Ice Lab

Dry Ice Lab - Grade 5

"5th Graders also engaged in a hands-on dry ice mini-lab demonstrating how the gas made by the sublimation of dry ice can be captured in soap bubbles."


- Mr. Keel

2019-20 CDS MS Grade 5's Dry Ice Lab

[MS KAIAC Athletics (Fall Season)]

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CDS Athletics Website

Please click the link below to access to CDS Athletics Website. You can check all team's game and bus schedules on this website.


Mr. Monette께서 새로운 CDS Athletics Website를 개설하였습니다. 앞으로 모든 Athletic Events Schedule은 아래 웹사이트를 통해 확인하실 수 있습니다. 아래 버튼을 클릭하여 웹사이트를 확인해주세요!
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Upcoming Events

10/29 Term 2 Assembly

10/30 Halloween Party

11/2 Swimming @SIS

11/7-8 Fall Book Fair

11/9 Grade 5 Ultimate Frisbee @CDS

11/9 Badminton @SFS

11/10-15 BookCon Week

11/13 Author Visit - Marissa Moss

11/16 Swimming @GSIS

11/16 Grade 5 Soccer @CI