Updates from Room 114

Ms. Armstrong-Individuals & Societies/Design

Learning through Playwriting!

Students have been deepening their understanding of the French & Indian War and its impact on the American Revolution. This week they took on the role of being playwrights and creating scenes from the point of view of the French, the British or the Native Americans. This project will be their first criterion assessment for second quarter that starts this next Tuesday.


Next week students will present their scenes and then we will begin crafting their American Identity essay based on all their primary and secondary source documentation they have been collecting and working with each day!


Just a reminder: Students are told weekly to check to see what their MYP criterion scores are and to not use the percentage that is given in Canvas, as they do not correlate 100%. Parents and students are encouraged to check eschools on a regular basis to see student assessment scores.

Our Amazing Class

October Field Trip Reminders...

October has been a fantastic month for 8th graders to go on field trips! Please help us by having your student bring their field trip forms back to their 1st or 6th hour teachers!


As a part of our service learning this year we are partnering again with Askinosie Chocolate Company! You can visit their website here to learn all about the work they do both locally and globally!


Each 6th hour is taking a walking field trip to the factory on Commercial Street. The dates are as follows:


Wednesday October 19th-Mrs. Bradshaw's 6th Hour

Wednesday October 26th-Ms. Armstrong's 6th Hour


Thank you for your support and help in getting permission slips sent back to school!

Coming Up in Class!

This week we have wrapped up our study of the French & Indian War and are moving deeper into the events, forces and traditions that helped shape a distinct American Identity! Students will have a writing assessment that will be due by Tuesday October 25th! We adjusted the date!


Next up will be a brief study of the causes that led our nation to revolution, followed by a project highlighting the Revolutionary War in America. We are using our class computers on a daily basis and going as paperless as possible by using the district wide Canvas learning platform! It has been a positive experience so far!

Clubs for Students...

I love to help keep Pipkin students involved in clubs after school! Below are a list of the clubs I sponsor in my room (114) after school and at lunch. Students are welcome to come see me for info!


Mondays from 3-4 Pokemon Go Club (Open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders)

Tuesdays from 3-4 Pipkin Pilot Newspaper (Open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders)

Wednesdays from 3-4 Student Council (Open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders)

Thursdays from 3-4 Ahoy Mate Chess Club (Open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders)


8th grade Lunch Bunch-every day for any student that wants a quieter environment to enjoy lunch. Students must have a pass from Ms. Armstrong to leave the lunch room. Open to 8th graders only.

Ms. Julia R. Armstrong

I have been teaching at Pipkin Middle School for all 15 years of my teaching career and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else! I feel blessed to teach your student this year and cannot wait for the amazing things to come for us all during the school year!


Please feel free to email me or call!

Veterans Day Assembly Sponsored by Pipkin Student Council

Friday, Nov. 11th, 9am

1215 North Boonville Avenue

Springfield, MO

The assembly will be held in Pipkin's auditorium. The invite is below! Please be sure to RSVP so we can be sure to have adequate seats for parents that would like to attend. Also, if you are a veteran and are going to attend, please let Ms. Armstrong know that as soon as possible! Thank you!
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