What's New in Ms. Marshall's Class?
Student of the Month
In other award news, I got an award too. I was nominated by the staff at CMS for the California League of Middle Schools teacher of the year award. I went to a dinner where I spoke about what I have learned from my students and I won the Region 4 Teacher of the Year Award. At the end of February I will be going to a conference in Sacramento where I will be judged at the state level against ten other finalists. I am really excited to be spreading the word about what a great place CMS is.
The Student of the Month Awards for January will be related to grades, since the semester is ending and final grades are being given. For those of you who are new to middle school, the grade book closes for the first semester and a brand new grade book begins for the second semester. This means that each and every student has a fresh start! Any mistakes from the first semester are wiped away and all students are given a clean slate. Let's all set some goals for improvement in the new year, share those goals and support each other in our efforts to meet or achieve those goals.
Field Trip to the California Academy of Sciences
Looks like a good place to leave a sneaky card.
Aquariums full of sea horses, jellyfish, and a coral reef were just a few of the interesting exhibits downstairs.
The building has a "living roof" where they have many gardens that kind of resemble the shire from The Hobbit.
Lady Panthers Basketball
Learning to Identify the Theme in English
Topics on yellow hexagons are joined together based on similarities. When one topic seems more "connected" than the others, expand on that idea to craft a theme statement.
What is the Theme
The heart is full of topics. Choose one that fits and then ask yourself, "What message is the author trying to tell me about this topic?" The answer to that question is the theme of the text.
Now lets look at the theme statements that were crafted by groups of students from both classes. Is there one statement that seems to be repeated? That's the theme!
What is the Theme
Play it Forward
How to Play: Your mission, should you choose to accept it: become a secret agent of joy, spreading art and intrigue to an unsuspecting public. Inside each box is an interactive scavenger hunt that will inspire creativity and reward audacity. The fun is ever-expanding, but it all starts with you - Play it forward! from www.sneakycards.com
I am all about the people to people connections and spreading kindness, so when I read about this game on Upworthy, I had to get it. As an added bonus, you can register your deck of sneaky cards online. When someone gets a sneaky card and they register it, a pin will be added to my map. I am excited to track how far our little game of pleasant surprises will go. Even if it remains within the halls of CMS, I am happy to observe the fun kids are having meeting people and spreading fun along with a few random acts of kindness.
Share your sneaky adventure on Instagram with the hashtag #playitforwardcms and be sure to go online and register the card if you get one.
Leave a card on a bus, plane, or train:
Leave a card on a bulletin board:
Student store items: Snacks, school supplies, tape
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