Carver Chronicles

A weekly newsletter that celebrates CMHS students and staff

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The Carver Chronicles is a newsletter designed to share and celebrate all of the great learning activities, extra-curricular events and awesome accomplishments that happen every day at Carver Middle High School!

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MESSAGE FROM MR. SCHULTZ

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5 Things you may not know about...Mrs. Townsend

1. She has been married for just under 19 years to her High School sweetheart.

2. They have a 21 year old daughter Mercedes, a 20 year old son Anthony, and a 9 year old dog named Georgia.

3. She volunteers for the Special Education Surrogate Parent Program to act as an educational guardian for students who are in the care of the state and ensure they get the services they need.

4. Some things that she loves to do: travel, hike, snowshoe, kayak, motorcycle trips, and make memories with family and friends.

5. She bought her first house in Carver when she was 19, where she lived for 2 years before moving to Pembroke.

High School Student Spotlight: John Dishaw

  • Name: John Dishaw
  • Grade: 11th
  • Hobbies: Soccer, New Music Friday
  • Fave food: Pizza
  • Fave classic: Unified PE
  • Fave holiday: Yams Day
  • Fave tv show: Criminal Minds
  • Fave artist: Playboi Carti
  • Fave athlete: Kelly Olynyk
  • Fave sports team: Miami Heat
  • Fave movie: Semi-Pro
  • Fave song: Shoota by Playboi Carti
  • Pets: 2 Cats, Carlos & Gloria and a retired service dog, Herbert
  • Accomplishment: visiting Europe before his siblings did while eating barbeque beef flavored Hula Hoops!

Middle School Student Spotlight - Olivia Cornock

  • Name: Olivia Cornock
  • Grade: 7
  • Favorite Class: Band
  • Favorite Sports Team: Red Sox
  • Favorite Sport: Softball
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Yosemite
  • Favorite Holiday: Christmas
  • Favorite Book: Hunger Games
  • Favorite T.V. Show: High School Musical the Musical the Series
  • Hobby: Trombone
  • Career: Trombonist in an Orchestra
  • Accomplishments: President's list 6th grade, Principal's list every semester, Band Districts, Band SEMSBA, Bridgewater State University Honors Band.
  • Favorite Song: Supa Lonely
  • Favorite Moment: Hiking at Yosemite

MAMMA MIA DRESS REHEARSAL

CRUSADERS IN (AND OUT OF) THE CLASSROOM

The Modern Drama class has been working on writing original scenes for A Raisin in the Run: a "missing" scene from within the play, scenes that take place before or after the play, or an alternate ending. Students then cast the play with their classmates and directed the performances. Here is a brief montage of those performances.

Modern Drama Raisin Alternate Scenes

Carver Middle High School students were recognized at School Committee and featured in the National Council for the Social Studies "Smart Brief" March 2020 edition, for their class civics video projects.


https://carver.wickedlocal.com/news/20200317/carver-middle-high-school-students-showcase-their-civics-video-projects


Left to Right

Aine Manning, Abby Johnson, Caleigh Gilbert, Isaac "Junior" Morris

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On Tuesday March 10, the team of Morgan Campbell, Nick Rogers and TJ Booth competed in the management portion of the 14th Annual Massachusetts ProStart Invitationals.

The team presented their original restaurant concept "Hidden Bay" in front of industry professionals. Prior to the competition, the team created a business plan which focus around all aspects of the restaurant, including but not limited to, marketing the restaurant, interior design, created a blueprint of the restaurant as well as their own "YouTube" channel.

As a result of all of their hard work, the team was awarded first place in the competition, which at the time meant that they would be representing the state at the National ProStart Invitational in Washington DC in May.

But like with everything else that was previously scheduled the National Invitation has since been cancelled.

While the cancellation is a downer, it cannot take away that Carver Middle High School is once again the Massachusetts ProStart Invitational STATE CHAMPS!

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Mrs. Carter's Pre-Algebra students were trying to create triangles to discover the Triangle Inequality Theorem.

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As you are home and wondering what to do about this whole learning thing.

Here are some family games and the actual educational basis for them:


Blurt- Self- Control, metacognition, word recall

Scrabble- spelling, planning, organization

Monopoly- money management, life skills

Pictionary- flexibility, time-management, nonverbal communication, creativity

Distraction- working memory, attention, self-control

5 Second Rule- time management, word recall, task initiation, categorization

Freeze- Self-control, attention

Jenga (can be paired with many other tasks)- self- control, flexibility, planning

Cranium- teamwork, nonverbal communication, problem solving, creativity, flexibility, self-control, vocabulary, spelling, etc.

Chess- planning, flexibility, working memory

Uno- coordination, colors, sequencing, flexibility

Any Trivia (jeopardy, trivial pursuit, etc)- comprehension, recall, flexibility, etc.


Many games we have on our shelves promote social language and competencies as well as promoting many necessary skills.


EVEN VIDEO GAMES (YES I SAID IT!) however, there may be times that we as parents NEED to have some discussion about safety and specifically teach/enforce some of these skills for those who do not possess them innately.

Let me know if you have any questions!!


Mrs. Townsend Speech Language Pathologist

One of many sample home-school schedules

Modify as appropriate for your needs BUT STICK TO A SCHEDULE!

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I wanted to reach out to all of you and offer some suggestions for the coming weeks. I know that this is a very uncertain time where changes are happening daily and that uncertainty can cause some of us to feel distressed. Couple that with the suggestion of social distancing and we may also end up feeling isolated and sad to be cut off from our friends and other outside supports. I wanted to offer a way to try to combat those feelings and keep you all in a positive place. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep to a routine. Especially try to keep to a school/work sleep schedule full of great sleep hygiene. Take a shower or wash up every day. Get dressed every day. I love an all day PJ day every once in a while but I think that the daily act of getting up and getting ready most days can go a long way in positively impacting your mental health. It is a very small basic form of self care that can make you feel better and more productive each day. I think those small things will really add up in the coming weeks.

  • Keep in contact with outside providers and try to keep appointments for mental health. If you aren't able to go to their office, ask if they can do a telehealth or zoom video conference with you. As I stated before, this feeling of uncertainty may cause some of you to feel anxious and that is perfectly normal! However, I want to make sure that you are talking through those thoughts with someone in a healthy way so that they aren’t taking over.

  • Be mindful of media intake; temporarily limit exposure to sources that increase anxiety, depression, loneliness, fear, and anger and stick to content that helps you feel hopeful, happy, calm, connected, inspired and uplifted.

  • Try to spend some time outdoors. Spending time outdoors has been proven to boost mental health and overall feelings of happiness. Going for a walk outdoors can further boost your mood by releasing endorphins and serotonin. And if it’s a sunny day the Vitamin D that you would get will reduce stress, help to regulate your internal clock, and increase your energy levels. Just getting outside can help to ward off the cabin fever that you may be experiencing during social distancing.

  • Take the time to get caught up. If you're behind, chip away at some outstanding assignments. It will help you keep from getting bored, can serve as a distraction, and will reduce long term stress. If you have a question about make-up work, let us know. Also, if you have online courses you may use this time to get caught up on those as well.

  • Stay connected. Genuinely connected. Have real phone conversations, write letters/cards, play board games with your family, spend time physically near other humans (if safe to do so) and animals and reach out to friends and loved ones via facetime or other video platforms that feature more authentic 1-1 connection.

HOME-SCHOOLING SHENANIGANS!

Mrs. Cornock has been keeping busy with her kids. They built a Rube Goldberg Machine to fill the dog's water dish!

Here is a picture of Olivia working on the machine while enjoying a cheesy snack!

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Mrs. Leary and her 5-year-old son, Brandon, have been trying to make the most of social distancing this week! They have hosted their own television show, gone on many nature walks with their dog, celebrated St. Patrick's Day with fun outfits, made some arts and crafts, and even conducted some fun science experiments from the comfort of their home!


Mrs. Leary wants to remind everyone to stay positive during this unique time. Though things may feel beyond our control right now, remember this, "In hard times the goal is to change your response to what you can't control. To grow so strong on the inside that nothing on the outside can affect your inner wellness without your conscious permission." ~marcandangel

Keep up with exercise - many gyms have online live classes! Kitchen Zumba!


Stay focused on work and being productive. Mrs. Bertram is staying in touch with students via Classroom. She will be viewing their Digital Portfolios that they began last week.

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Eighth grade science students have been doing some "sick science" experiments at home. Students did some chemistry by dissolving the calcium carbonate portion of egg shells in vinegar leaving only the soft membrane. They manipulated capillary action of wood in the toothpick star table trick. They observed the effects of the differing polarities of milk, food coloring and soap in the color changing milk experiment. Great job kids! Find your own at home experiments to do at: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/categories/experiments/

Mrs. Goodwin is holding down the (blanket) fort in her makeshift multiage classroom. Activities have included but are not limited to handwriting, counting and reading aloud the first book of The Harry Potter Series. Field trips to the beach and to the Pine Hills to walk our (grandmother’s)dog have kept her students (sons) busy. I miss you so much Huy, Kezia, Adam, Thiago, Dani, Abdallah, Iliana, Gabriel and Malu!!!

Mrs. Markram is planning to run a virtual short story club every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-2 pm.

All students are welcome to join!

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Mrs. Mooney has been hanging out with Max and Diesel and driving to New Hampshire!!

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In addition to posting some reading materials on her Google Classroom pages, Mrs. Bardetti has been interacting with students on her classroom Instagram page. Every day, Mrs. Bardetti posts a live video for students to participate in a mindfulness meditation exercise using the Calm Classroom curriculum. So far, students have completed some deep breathing meditations and a creative drawing exercise. If you’d like to join in, you can follow her @bardetti212

Team McKenna keeping busy.

#NODAYSOFF!

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Mrs. Nolan’s new 3 yr old coworker is constantly asking her for snacks all day!

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Some of the guidance team practicing social distancing and having a conference call!

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Mrs. Townsend:

"I've been doing a lot of this.

What have you been up to during this time?

Email me @ Townsenda@carver.org

Let's start a pen pal chain!"

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Wanted to share a picture hanging out in the fresh air with Gunner!

Stay well everyone!

~Ms. Cabral~

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I don't know if Harry is thrilled about Mr. Martin being home more often!

Harry is a good boy and follows the rules especially when it comes to social distancing, so there can be no sharing of couches or beds!

This is happening in the Vance yard today.

The twins have moved in with board games, books and art supplies!

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"BE AN 11"

"Be an 11" has become an annual tradition that the Captains' Council and Mr. Fraccalossi run each year for students in grade 7. It is a day of team building and an opportunity for our grade 7 students to meet upperclassmen and talk about extracurricular activities offered at CMHS.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS

On March 4-6, Mr. Tresca and 16 members of CHS Student Council attended the AnnualMassachusetts Student Council State Conference in Hyannis. Congratualtions to:


1. The entire council earning its 8th consecutive Council of Excellence Award with our Book of Excellence (only 28 across the State)


2. Senior Olivia Camelo winning the Unsung Hero Award in the Southeastern Mass. Region.

(Chosen as the only student for the award out of 34 regional schools)


3. Commonwealth Award Winners Jay Peters, Olivia Camelo and Katie Sanna


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Mr. Wechter's Environmental Clubs enjoyed Harley-Anne Hamilton's wonderful presentation on hydroponics. Afterwards, students planted seeds in their own hydroponics system. Harley-Anne is a former Carver student. She is currently the 4-H Program Assistant with Plymouth County Extension. She travels to schools teaching agriculture and environmental related programs. She is a frequent guest of the Environmental Club.

ATHLETICS

Emma Simmons recognized at School Committee for reaching the 1000 points threshold!

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NURSE'S OFFICE

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COUNSELING CORNER

Attention SENIORS!

This time at home is a great opportunity to continue to fill out scholarship applications. College is expensive so take advantage of FREE money! Check Jupiter Ed email for instructions from Mrs. McKenna and Mrs. Nolan to navigate Naviance for Scholarships.


Attention JUNIORS!

Take this time to continue searching for the perfect college and/or career! Check Jupiter Ed email for college search links and resources!


ALL STUDENTS!

Take advantage of any online learning opportunities from teachers. This is a great time for educational enrichment in all subject areas. Check Jupiter Ed, check Google Classroom, read books, write in a journal, practice your skills!

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FUNDRAISING

Cookie Dough fundraising winners:

Karly Friday who sold $652 and Jeisa Costa Who sold $580!

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