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Language Arts with Mrs. Rothwell

Ask your teen about...the Sam Lightner article, "The Boy Behind the Mask."


Ask your teen to see...their "Oh! Holy Grail" and their current D.P.E. sheet.


UPCOMING: READING STAR ASSESSMENT on Tuesday, September 20.

Book Recommendations

This week's recommendations both center on the events of September 11, 2001. They can be ordered through Scholastic. Ask your teen to see the book order form.
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U.S. History with Mrs. Graziano

Ask your teen about... what they have learned about America before attacks of 9/11.



Ask your teen to see... the 9/11 Unit Standards OR "Boatlift" video.



UPCOMING: Understanding the impact of events of 9/11 on domestic and foreign policy.

BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

Math with Mr. Etter

Ask your teen about...our week of inspirational math and the idea of believing they can, being open to making mistakes, taking their time, and visualizing the math.


Ask your teen to see...their papers in which they worked to visually show the math they did.


UPCOMING: Math Star Assessment Next week! Book covers needed by Monday!

Algebra with Mr. Etter

Ask your teen about...our week of inspirational math and the idea of believing they can, being open to making mistakes, taking their time, and visualizing the math.


Ask your teen to see...their papers in which they worked to visually show the math they did.


UPCOMING: Math Star Assessment Next week! Book covers needed by Monday!

Science with Mr. Wilford

Ask your teen about...how heat impacts matter!



Ask your teen to see...their Google Classroom setup for science class.



UPCOMING: "We Are the Weather Makers" is the name of a book on climate change that we will be reading in science class this term. Readings will be assigned starting next week.

Health and Wellness with Mrs. Schambach

Ask your teen about...their fitness SMART goal for the quarter.



Ask your teen to see...their home workout calendar for their SMART GOAL.



UPCOMING: Gathering resources for their BIG IDEA Projects

Happenings to know about...

Open House

Thursday, Sep. 15th, 5-7:30pm

York Middle School, York, ME, United States

York, ME

Please join us for Open House next Tuesday. You will visit with world language teachers in their rooms at 5 o'clock. At 6 o'clock you will hear from Mrs. Maling in the gymnasium followed by team presentations in Mrs. Rothwell's and Mr. Etter's rooms.

We look forward to meeting you!

Pack your combs; it's school picture time!

School pictures will be on Tuesday, September 20.

A team that tarps together, works together!

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SPOTLIGHT KIDS!

Monthly we will nominate students that exemplify YMS HOWLs. These students will be recognized in front of their peers at our team meeting and will gain access to the "Kodkod Spot." The Kodkod Spot (pictured below) is a quiet and comfy spot for students to work independently during class or TLT.

This month's Spotlight Kids were all nominated for showing leadership, patience, and maturity during our team tarp activity. Although each student showed the above attributes in a different way, each of them helped to make the activity a success.

Congratulations to...

Emma Tinervin

Owen Grader

Lily Dimmick-Russell

Lindsey White

Evan Rankin (not pictured below)

Hannah James

Calvin May

Darryk Kelly

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Why blend in when you were born to stand out?

The entire 8th grade is reading the novel Wonder in advisory. This powerful novel is full of rich topics and will be used to fuel discussions about compassion, respect, and tolerance.


From B&N.com:


I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

WONDER begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

"Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.