Garden City Middle School

The Middle View Summer 2021

🎺Band Spring Performances

Throughout the year, the band classes and their teacher, Ms. Iovino, worked diligently on developing students' musicianship and performance skills while adhering to the safe social distancing recommendations. Please enjoy the students’ musical performances!


🎷Band 6 - Tambora! by William Owens

The inspiration for this piece comes from Mount Tambora, an active volcano on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. The piece begins with power and majesty. The tempo soon quickens with bold melodic lines and driving rhythms throughout. Boisterous percussion along with “stomping” and “clapping” sounds represent the massive, random volcanic blasts as the music approaches its rousing end. Tambora’s eruption of 1815 was the largest and most deadly ever recorded, causing the deaths of tens of thousands. In the aftermath, the volcanic cloud was so dense and widespread that the year 1816 became known as “The Year Without a Summer.”


🎷Band 7 - Voyage of the Dragon Armada by Timothy Loest

(The Maritime Expeditions of Zheng He)

The epic voyages of one of China's great naval admirals, Zheng He are depicted through the sounds of winds and percussion. Admiral Zheng commanded 250 ships and 28,000 men a century before Columbus set sail for the New World. This piece is based upon a captivating pentatonic melody, immersed in vivid orchestration and colorful percussion writing that portrays the might of this fleet of 250 ships that ruled the seas of the Orient. This piece is an exceptional musical representation of nautical might and majesty.


🎷Band 8

Union March by Mekel Rogers

The piece is written in traditional march style with young bands in mind. Complete with an opening strain, dog-fight section, and final strain, this easy musical march lets directors focus on teaching musical concepts such as dynamics, phrasing and style.


Alarm by Randall D. Standridge

This bombastic work was written to keep students motivated with searing dissonances, tri-tones and syncopated rhythms. Randall Standridge used the dictonionary.com definitions of alarm as the inspiration for this work.

🎶Chorus and Orchestra Spring Performances

Throughout the year, the orchestra and chorus classes and their teachers worked on developing students' musicianship and performance skills while adhering to safe social distancing recommendations.


In the video links below, you will see the results of these creative performance experiences, highlighting the students’ skills and talents.


We hope that you enjoy the students’ musical performances!


🎵6th Grade Orchestra Performance


🎵7th-8th Grade Orchestra Performance


🎵6th Grade Chorus Showcase


🎵7th Grade Chorus Showcase


🎵8th Grade Chorus Showcase

🎓Eighth Grade Chorus: A Million Dreams

On Wednesday, June 15, the 8th grade chorus students were excused from their classes so they could sing together for the last (and actually the first) time this school year! Typically, the 8th graders have a big send off at the Spring Concert, but since that wasn't possible, Ms. Menges created an opportunity for them to hear what they would have sounded like had they been able to sing together in a concert. Chorus singer and student Eli Scalere set up a recording system to capture their performance. Ms. Menges then attached the vocal recording to a video montage featuring one baby picture and one current picture of each student (photos submitted by the students themselves), and the result is truly beautiful.

🥇 Victory Games

Every year our student athletes with special needs compete in the Victory Games at Mitchell Field. This year it was cancelled, so physical education teacher Ms. Logue, with the help of Mr. Skrivanek and Ms. Burke, decided to host their own games at the Garden City High School Track!


Seventeen students from the Middle School and the High School, with the help of forty high school junior and senior students from the Athletes Helping Athletes club, participated in a variety of field events, two running events, and a kickball game.


Thank you to the talented Eli Scalere, eigth grader at Garden City Middle School, for creating this video montage of the Garden City Victory Games!

🏆Eighth Grade Awards Ceremony

🎸Guitar Coffeehouse Performance

The Introduction to Acoustic Guitar class is a non-performing course which provides students with little or no guitar experience the opportunity to learn the instrument. Family members were invited to the West Courtyard to enjoy individual and group performances. Refreshments were served and a good time was had by all!

📰Phoenix Spring 2021 Vol 11 No. 2

Enjoy this issue of Phoenix, Garden City Middle School's newspaper!

😎Summer Assignments

📚Grade 6 Summer Reading Selections

Incoming grade 6 students, choose one of the following novels to read over the summer vacation.

Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech

Mary Lou Finney is less than excited about her assignment to keep a journal over the summer. Boring! Then cousin Carl Ray comes to stay with her family, and what starts out as the dull dog days of summer quickly turns into the wildest roller-coaster ride of all time. How was Mary Lou supposed to know what would happen with Carl Ray and the ring, or with her boy-crazy best friend Beth Ann, or with (sigh) the permanently pink Alex Cheevey? Suddenly a boring school project becomes a record of the most exciting, incredible, unbelievable summer of Mary Lou's life.

Bloomability by Sharon Creech

Thirteen-year-old Domenica Santolina Doone, better known as Dinnie, is accustomed to change. Her family is constantly moving from town to town as her father searches for “opportunity.” But when her aunt and uncle whisk her away to an international school in Switzerland, she’s not sure she’s ready to face this “opportunity” alone.

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumphant courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent and powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns, the love and understanding of her family.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London published in 1903. The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel's central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley of California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits. Buck is forced to adjust to, and survive, cruel treatments and fight to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate.

Heat by Mike Lupica

Michael Arroyo grows up in the shadows of hallowed Yankee Stadium, a boy forever on the outside looking in. He realized that he will have his only chance to see his field of dreams, pitch his Bronx all-star team to the district finals, and take a shot at the Little League World Series. But there is a problem. Michael is good, too good. Rival coaches and players can’t believe a boy could be this good and be only 12 years old, and Michael has no way to prove it: no mother, no father, and a birth certificate that is stuck at home in his native Cuba.

QB1 by Mike Lupica

Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in Texas, the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights. He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season, not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be football royalty, which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. Jake may be a Cullen, and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the fan of Million Dollar Throw and Heat.

House of Robots by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez and his "bro-bot" E are making new friends every day as E works as his bedridden sister Maddie's school proxy. Disaster strikes when E malfunctions just in time to be upstaged by the super-cool new robot on the block--and loses his ability to help Maddie. Now it's up to Sammy to figure out what's wrong with E and save his family!

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian, even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called “The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic,” Jamie knows he has to enter.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life, a 2016 Newbery Honor book, is a standout coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War II. Wartime brings new, scary things into the characters' lives, from bomb shelters and destroyed homes to the plane crashes that kill the pilots at the nearby air base. Far more troubling, especially to sensitive readers, is the character of Ada and Jamie's abusive mother, who regularly smacks the kids around and has kept Ada, born with a clubfoot, locked up in one room her whole life and who hangs ominously in the background when the kids land in the country, where they experience care and kindness for the first time in their lives. Kids and adults will cheer for Ada as she discovers she has value and learns to stand up for herself, but will her mother take the kids back and destroy it all? There's lots of historical detail about World War II in England, from the evacuation of kids to the countryside to details about British military planes.

📝 Grade 6 Summer Reading Assignment

📚Grade 7 Summer Reading Selections

Choose one of the following novels to read over the summer vacation.

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

"...And as streams of light fan out behind the darkened sun like the wings of a butterfly, I realize that I never saw true beauty until now." At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. It's also where three lives are about to be changed forever: Ally likes the simple things in life, labyrinths, star-gazing, and comet-hunting. Her home, the Moon Shadow campground, is a part of who she is, and she refuses to imagine it any other way. Popular and gorgeous (everybody says so), Bree is a future homecoming queen for sure. Bree wears her beauty like a suit of armor. But what is she trying to hide? Overweight and awkward, Jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined and making friends in the most unexpected situations. Told from three distinct voices and perspectives, Wendy Mass weaves an intricate and compelling story about strangers coming together, unlikely friendships, and finding one's place in the universe.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule, but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her, even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

📝Grade 7 Summer Reading Assignment

📚Grade 8 Summer Reading Selection

Read the following novel over the summer vacation.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

The Wednesday Wars is a compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–1968 school year on Long Island, New York. Holling Hoodhood, a student at Camillo Junior High, must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker. She doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside of class? But everyone else has bigger things to worry about, like the war in Vietnam raging and the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. Holling is also experiencing turmoil at home. His father wants him and his sister to be on their best behavior- the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds motivation in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself. Gary Schmidt’s first-person narration cleverly captures Holling Hoodhood’s progression from an angst-filled yet innocent boy, to a wiser, self-aware young man.

📝Grade 8 Summer Reading Assignment

💻eBooks

The GCMS library provides access to a growing collection of eBooks through FollettShelf. These eBooks are accessible through desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones with an internet connection. The eBooks can be accessed using a web browser or an iOS or Android app.


To access the eBooks, click on the link below. Use this link for computers, laptops, phones, and tablets.

https://wbb00675.follettshelf.com/


A username and password are required to access the eBooks. Please use the following username and password:

Username: gcmslibrary Password: gcmslibrary


The GCMS Library owns a limited number of licenses for each title. This means all titles may not be available at all times. Each title can be used as if you pulled the book off of a physical shelf in the library. Readers using the eBook have access to the title while the eBook is being interacted with. After thirty minutes of inactivity, the book returns to the shelf for use by other readers. If this happens, the eBook can always be "pulled" off of the shelf again.

Libby

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and more from your local public library for FREE!

In order to support the growth of our students over the summer and continue to foster the transition in World Languages Courses, we will continue with our commitment to develop a meaningful summer review packet for your child. The packets are designed to review key concepts necessary for success, not only for these courses, but also for future language courses.


Should your child need assistance, various resources are available via the Internet; however, your child should also utilize notes and worksheets that were received throughout the year. We suggest that the student complete the packet at his/her leisure but strongly recommend that the student not wait until the very last minute to do so. On Monday, September 13, 2021, students will be required to submit the completed work to the teacher and the packet will be reviewed. Please be advised that this assignment will count as two homework grades. Teachers will provide opportunities for students to ask questions and, since language is comprehensive, students will be tested on the material that was incorporated in the packets. This will serve as a diagnostic tool to continue to help your child’s teacher assess his/her skills.


Click on the appropriate link below to access the assignment:


🌎German 7 into 8


🌎Italian 6 into 7


🌎Italian 7 into 8


🌎Spanish 6 into 7


🌎Spanish 7 into 8

📏Students Entering Grades 6, 7, 8


It is recommended that all students engage in mathematical thinking throughout the summer. There are a variety of ways to engage in mathematical thinking. There is a significant presence of mathematics in everyday activities that can be embraced. Engaging in conversations about discounts when shopping, proportions and fractions when cooking, or statistics while watching sports are just a few ways to communicate about mathematics in everyday life.


Students can also do targeted practice of math skills already learned. This will help students reach mastery of content and increase their ability to use facts and operations easily and accurately. Practice will also help strengthen or deepen their content knowledge and ensure that they have the prerequisite skills to be successful in their future math classes.


Additionally, students can play games and puzzles that enhance their logical thinking, spatial reasoning, and problem solving skills. Any time spent working on mastery, reinforcement, or enrichment will greatly benefit all students.


Please reach out to the Mathematics and STEAM Coordinator, Christina Cardella, cardellac@gcufsd.net, if you have any questions.


It is recommended that students spend, on average, thirty minutes a week engaging in mathematics. Click on the appropriate grade level below for recommended sites and topics.


♾️Entering Grade 6 Math


♾️Entering Grade 7 Math


♾️Entering Grade 8 Math

📏Students Entering Grade 7 Math Accelerated


Entering Grade 7 Math Accelerated


Entering Math 7 Accelerated Readiness Check

All students scheduled to enter Math 7 Accelerated should take this readiness assessment, Entering 7Accelerated Readiness Check.pdf The purpose of this assessment is to help students determine their readiness for the Math 7 Accelerated class. Students can use their results from this assessment to determine areas in which they may require some additional practice to master the concepts.


Guidelines for completing the readiness assessment

  • Students should complete independently with no support.
  • Students should NOT use a calculator.
  • Students should do work out on paper.
  • Students should try their best.


After students complete the assessment, students should correct their work with the answer key and reflect on the problems that they got incorrect. For any topics that pose difficulty, students are encouraged to do additional practice before the start of the school year. Intentional practice of math skills will help students reach mastery of content and increase their ability to use facts and operations easily and accurately. Practice will also help strengthen or deepen their content knowledge and ensure that they have the prerequisite skills to be successful in Math 7 Accelerated. If a student struggles with the majority of the readiness problems, this may be an indication that the student does not yet have the prerequisite knowledge to be successful in Math 7 Accelerated.


Please reach out to the Mathematics and STEAM Coordinator, Christina Cardella, cardellac@gcufsd.net if you have any questions.


It is recommended that students spend, on average, thirty minutes a week engaging in mathematics over the summer. Students should use their readiness check to determine which topics to practice and use any of the following websites to practice those concepts.


Websites:

https://www.castlelearning.com/ - Directions to Create Your Own Assignment

https://www.khanacademy.org/

https://mathbitsnotebook.com/


✅Readiness Check Answer Key Entering 7 Accelerated Readiness Check answer key.pdf

📏 Students Entering Algebra 1


Entering Algebra 1


Entering Algebra 1 Readiness Check

All students scheduled to enter Algebra 1 should take this readiness assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to help students determine their readiness for the Algebra 1 class. Students can use their results from this assessment to determine areas in which they may require some additional practice to master the concepts. The link to the assessment is https://forms.gle/hQTPWS6z7SMSj5PZ6.


Guidelines for completing the readiness assessment:

  • Students should complete independently with no support.
  • Students can use a calculator.
  • Students should do work on paper.
  • Students should try their best.


After students complete the assessment, students should correct their work with the answer key and reflect on the problems that they got incorrect. For any topics that pose difficulty, students are encouraged to do additional practice before the start of the school year. Intentional practice of math skills will help students reach mastery of content and increase their ability to use facts and operations easily and accurately. Practice will also help strengthen or deepen their content knowledge and ensure that they have the prerequisite skills to be successful in Algebra 1. If a student struggles with the majority of the readiness problems, this may be an indication that the student does not yet have the prerequisite knowledge to be successful in Algebra 1.


Please reach out to the Mathematics and STEAM Coordinator, Christina Cardella, cardellac@gcufsd.net, if you have any questions.


It is recommended that students spend, on average, thirty minutes a week engaging in mathematics over the summer. Students should use their readiness check to determine which topics to practice and use any of the following websites to practice those concepts.


Websites:

https://www.castlelearning.com/ - Directions to Create Your Own Assignment

https://www.khanacademy.org/

https://mathbitsnotebook.com/

🎉Congratulations, 2021 Retirees

“There is a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen.

Some call it ‘retirement.’ I call it ‘bliss.”

~Betty Sullivan

🎈Thank you, Dr. Nezowitz

Thank you for your leadership, support, and guidance over the past two years! We greatly appreciate all you have done for the students and the staff at the Middle School. You will be missed. Best of luck in your future endeavors!