SMS Room 402

Mrs. Manes

Next week in room 402! (Sept. 14th-18th)

-Students will propose their independent study project (ISP) topics to the class during guided study periods Monday and Tuesday. They’ll explain their topics and their interest in the topic, reveal their research questions, make connections between their projects and their core subject area courses, make connections between their projects and their learning profiles, describe sources they will seek out, and explain the product they plan to create. With approval, students will begin their research this week.

-Plenty of time during guided studies was given for planning, but some students may need out-of-school time this weekend to finish planning for ISP proposals. You may want to check with your child in regards to where he or she left off.

-I have distributed a schedule of deadlines for the ISPs, which is listed below.

-Book Club will meet on Monday afternoons immediately after school until 4 p.m. beginning October 12th. Students who signed up for Book Club should make arrangements for pick-up at 4 p.m. on Mondays, and I will send participation permission slips home in the next week or two. Participation in Book Club may require help with tracking down copies of the chosen novel.

-Chess Club will meet Thursday afternoons immediately after school until 4 p.m. beginning on Sept. 24th. I will send participation permission slips home with students who signed up for Chess Club this week.

-Students participating in Model UN and National History Day competitions will begin meeting in Room 402 after school every Tuesday afternoon until 4:30 p.m. beginning later this month. I will attend an online sponsor meeting on the 17th in order to obtain more information. A specific start date will be sent as soon as I know what it is. Mr. Barker, 7th-grade social studies teacher, will be assisting with sponsorship of these activities. Participation permission slips will be sent home with students this week.

-Model UN will take place all day Feb. 29th and March 1st.

-Regional History Day competition is scheduled for March 5th in Overland Park.

-I have created a class website at It doesn't contain much content yet, but I hope to get it up and running shortly. It is my hope to post photos of students engaged during guided study and participating at extracurricular activities. I’ve checked with the school to determine whether or not consent is on file to feature my students in photographs. To my knowledge, none of the parents of my students have opposed this. If you feel differently, please let me know. I have been and will continue to be careful not to include any gifted or special education identifiers for obvious confidentiality reasons.

ISP Proposal Requirements

-Explanation of topic and reason for student interest in topic

-3 research questions that will guide student's project

-Explanation of connections to core subject areas or content

-Explanation of connections to student's learning profile -- Can student link his/her dominant intelligences, personality traits, etc. to his/her desire to learn more about the chosen topic?

-Description of the sources student plans to consult during research

-Product ideas to be delivered during presentation (product is separate from PowerPoint or Prezi aides)

ISP Deadlines

September 14th & 15th Proposal presentations given

September 24th & 25th 5 sources due in annotated bibliography format

October 1st & 2nd Remaining 5 sources due in annotated bibliography format

October 8th & 9th Rough draft of research paper due

October 12th & 13th Peer edits and conferences with Mrs. Manes

October 19th & 20th Final draft of research paper due

November 9th-18th Final presentations given and products due