The Bear Necessities

November 2021

Granby Memorial Middle School

Taylor P. Wrye, Principal

Heather A. Tanis, Assistant Principal

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2 - No School - PD Day

15 to 19- Scholastic Book Fair Week

17 - Picture Retakes

18 - Afternoon & Evening Conferences

24 - Early Release Day

25 - No School - Thanksgiving

26 - No School


9 - Grade 8 PSAT 8/9

10 - CCMC PJ Day

22 - Early Release

23 to 31 - No School - December Vacation

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Hello GMMS Families,

November is one of my favorite times of year! The weather is getting colder, holidays are around the corner, and I can start to prepare for ski season. Although my beloved Red Sox did not make it to the World Series despite two Red Sox Days here at GMMS, we can now shift full focus to the New England Patriots! All jokes aside, I am grateful to live in this fantastic town and the opportunity to be here at Granby Memorial Middle School with talented staff members, wonderful students, and a supportive community. Granby Memorial Middle School is truly a place where everybody belongs.

There was a lot of excitement here at Granby Memorial Middle School this past month, and we are excited to share it with you in this edition of the Bear Necessities. Fish have arrived in the ecology center, and they are settling in nicely thanks to the help of the 7th and 8th-grade Science classes. Mr. Pickhardt, along with Emma W. and Ryan C., presented to the Board of Education on current projects in Technology Education. Both students did an excellent job sharing their work with OnShape. The board was very impressed with the high quality of work and skills students are gaining as a result of taking the Tech Ed course. This past Friday students and staff dressed up in costumes. The staff had a great showing as a pack of skittles! Please see the photos below.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the afternoon and evening of November 18th. Conference sign-ups will open on November 2nd at 6 am. You should have received an email about conference sign-ups. Conferences are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis, and these conference slots book fast, so we ask that you plan accordingly. All conferences will be in person unless you connect with the teacher to change it to virtual. Conference times are an excellent opportunity for parent-teacher dialogue about your child’s growth and performance in their classes. Please feel free to send any specific questions to the teachers ahead of time. At Granby Memorial Middle School, we value open communication between school and home, and together we can make a positive impact on our students.

As we start Quarter 2, I encourage all of you to check PowerSchool consistently. While in the parent portal of PowerSchool, please double-check that all contact information such as e-mail, and phone numbers are correct and up to date. Also, have your children give you a tour of their Google Classrooms if they have not done so yet. Please be proactive and connect with your child's teachers or counselor if you have any questions about their classes.


Taylor Wrye

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PJ DAY FOR THE KIDS - Connecticut Children's Medical Center

We are excited to bring back PJ Day for the Kids at GMMS as it kicks off its 11th-anniversary celebration on Friday, December 10, 2021. CCMC's PJ day's mission is to not only raise money but to honor the brave kids at Connecticut Children's.

This year, all four schools will be coming together as we are asking ALL GRANBY students to participate with other schools and districts across Connecticut to wear their PJs to school to support the kids at CCMC and wear their PJs as a result.

Make a donation here -

School Health Clinic News


If a student needs to be dismissed for an illness-related reason they MUST be dismissed by way of the school nurse. Please remind your child if they feel unwell that they should come to the nurse to be assessed. They should not be using their cell phones to text parents from class to come to get them.

Please continue to use the Daily Screening Tool before sending your child to school in the morning.

If you are still unsure if you should keep your child home, you can call me directly at 860-844-3038 or email me at with any questions. Please err on the side of caution and keep them home if you are unsure.

As a reminder, COVID symptoms have been closely mimicking cold/allergy/flu like symptoms. If your child is experiencing these symptoms please monitor them closely. If the symptoms persist (over 24 hours), worsen or they develop more symptoms, a call to the pediatrician and/or a COVID test are STRONGLY recommended. A PCR test is the preferred test but we will accept rapid tests. We are unable to accept test results from any at home COVID tests at this time.

Please remember to send your child to school with a mask that fits properly over their nose and around their chins. We have disposable masks here at school should they need a replacement during the day.

If your child has been vaccinated for COVID, please send in a copy of their vaccine card for their record if you haven’t already done so. This information is very helpful when we need to contact trace.


As allergy season comes upon us, remember NOT to send your child to school with ANY over-the-counter medication for their symptoms without proper written authorization on file with the nurse. The State of Connecticut and the Granby BOE prohibits students from carrying their own medications while in school without proper written authorization from a physician and parent/guardian to be on file in the school nurse’s office. This includes inhalers as well as over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cold and allergy medications, and cough suppressants. Many long-acting types of cold medication will provide students with relief throughout the school day if taken just prior to leaving home in the morning. Otherwise, please obtain a written order from your physician allowing the dispensing of such medication by the school nurse. This form can be downloaded from the GMMS Clinic website under “downloadable forms” and submitted to your physician for signature. Students may carry a few over-the-counter cough drops to help with a troublesome tickly cough, they should be instructed not to share the cough drops and reminded not to laugh, talk or play while the cough drop is in their mouth.


PLEASE encourage your child to bring a water bottle to school. Being hydrated during the day is very important! There are refilling stations in designated areas of the school which students are allowed to refill their water bottles as needed. They should only carry water, no juice, soda, energy drinks, etc… As a reminder, the water bottle should be labeled with the student’s name and there should be absolutely NO SHARING of water bottles.


Winter sports will be starting mid - November. Students wishing to participate in a team must have a current health physical on file with the nurse, which is dated no greater than 13 months to the date practice starts. Students will be prohibited from practicing or playing without a current physical on file with the nurse. If you have any questions or are unsure when you child’s physical expires please call the clinic and the nurse will be happy to check for you. If they have emergency medications, such as inhalers or Epi Pens, they must have medication orders on file with the nurse that allows them to self-carry this medication. Students and coaches do not have access to the clinic after school hours or when on away games. Sign-ups will be through FormReleaf.

Scoliosis Screening for 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys will be during the month of December, date TBD. All 7th grade girls and all 8th grade boys will be screened for scoliosis. This procedure is a simple one to detect spinal problems in the growing child. Boys and girls will be screened in different locations by a school nurse on a PE day. Undergarments (bra or bathing suit top for the girls) will be permitted to be worn. Privacy will be provided for the screenings. If the screening results are outside of specific parameters, parents will be notified of the findings and advised to consult with their own physician for further evaluation. If your child is already being monitored for scoliosis, your child can be exempted from the screening process if a note is provided from you or your physician. If you have any questions, please contact the school clinic at 860-844-3038.


Has your child had a physical since June 11, 2021? All incoming 7th graders MUST have updated physicals and immunizations done between the last day of 5th grade and the first day of 7th grade.

Required immunizations for 7th grade include the TDAP and Meningococcal vaccines.

Please submit this updated physical and immunization form to the nurse if you have not already done so.

This physical is required by the State of Connecticut to be submitted prior to the first day of 7th grade.

Please call the clinic with any questions, 860-844-3038

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Mandarin Chinese - 6, 7, & 8

6th Grade students are completing Pinyin units. We are starting the Greeting unit. Please ask your child how to greet people in Chinese!

7th graders are completing the Number unit and starting the Time unit!

8th graders are starting the Occupation unit.

In October, our 7th &8th graders are focusing on writing sentences in Chinese and giving peer feedback. They wrote essays in Chinese using sentences. So proud of them! They also learn how to type in Chinese. For activities, we played Snakes and Ladders, created our own bingo game, created dice with Pinyin, classroom big essay (each student wrote a sentence for the story), Guess the number, 4 areas, dance with Chinese song, If I can say with beach ball, where is the Pikachu? in class. Thank you for all parents’ support in Q1! Thank you for all the email and notes!

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French - 6, 7, & 8

6th grade:

Students have conducted a variety of introductory conversations playing some interesting roles! This month, students will build upon these conversations by offering more about themselves such as their likes and dislikes and some of their favorites.

7th grade:

We are currently wrapping up our school unit with a presentation of a typical French school day. Students have done a great job with this unit with integrating new vocabulary while recycling previously learned vocabulary.

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8th grade:

Délicieux! Our food unit is culminating in skit presentations with your students acting as customers and servers at cafés and restaurants. Menus have been created, lines have been rehearsed and Oscar-winning performances are just around the corner!

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Spanish 7 & 8

7th Grade Spanish students are learning to talk about family members including what they and others LIKE (or don't like!) TO DO with lots of elaboration. We've also begun exploring how to say and write what ourselves and others DO through different verb forms. Students also engaged in listening and reading activities with a well-known music video featuring San Juan, Puerto Rico. And in time for Halloween, we will explore the widely known Hispanic legend of El Cucuy (or El Coco in some countries).

8th Grade Spanish students are becoming well-versed at how to talk about clothing and shopping, in a cultural context. For example, did you know that in Spain, in addition to using euros instead of dollars, to write prices the period and the comma are switched! In time for Halloween, students have also been reading and discussing the Mexican legend of La Llorona, culminating in a detailed writing assessment. And on November 1st and 2nd students will discuss the Dia de los Muertos traditions in Mexico and beyond.

Spanish 6

¡Hola a todos!!

This month 6th learned about El Día de los Muertos, why it is celebrated and how.

Students learned about the weather and practiced using weather-related vocabulary and expressions. We also have been learning about the Spanish alphabet and practicing spelling words in Spanish as we answer the question ¿Còmo se deleterious?



Students will be learning about the physical and chemical properties and changes of matter by conducting a variety of activities. Students will design a way to separate a mixture and then test and revise their method. In addition, they will mix baking soda and vinegar in a bag to observe chemical reactions and measure temperature changes. Making elephant toothpaste will demonstrate a different type of chemical change. To conclude this learning sequence, students will use their understanding of physical and chemical properties and changes to identify four unknown powders. In addition to their science content work, students will work on science reading skills, by reading, annotating and discussing current news articles that relate to the concepts they are discussing in class.
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Global Studies 7

Seventh grade students are wrapping up their unit on Geography tools. They recently completed a writing piece about the advantages and challenges of wind energy in which they wrote a letter to the US Department of Energy stating their opinion on whether or not the United States should place a focus on developing wind energy. Soon, students will complete their review of the five themes of geography with a research project about a major United States city, in which they will apply the five themes of geography to research and to describe their chosen city.

Below is an example of a wind energy argumentative writing response by Brad Jennes:

US Department of Energy,

Do you like fresh air? Do you like having energy in your homes every day? I know I do. Wind energy can provide these great things. In my opinion, I think that wind energy is a great idea for America. The wind is a source of clean energy that will never run out, with little to no carbon footprint! The US Energy Information Administration said, “Wind turbines do not release emissions that can pollute the air or water, and they do not require water for cooling.” What is the importance of this? Well, global warming maily is caused by burning fossil fuels. This pollutes the air, making it harder and unhealthy to breathe in. With wind energy, no fossil fuels are burned and the environment is not damaged. Wind energy will be an amazing addition to the US and can affect us in positive ways. With minimal damage to the environment and an unending supply of free energy, wind power is all that. With your help, we can make the United States of America a cleaner and heather place with wind energy by our side.

In the coming weeks, we will wrap up our unit on Geography Tools and the USA with the study of types of governments and economic systems. Our next unit will be on Latin America.

Math 7

Grade 7 (Anderson & Falkenberg):

Seventh grade students are currently finishing up their work on unit 2 proportional relationships. Afterwards they will start unit 4: proportional relationships with fractions and percent. (We have delayed unit 3 which focuses on circles for now.) Students will be describing changes in amounts (percent increase and decrease) using real world situations. For example, students will be able to determine prices before and after a 25% increase or decrease. This will lead into more real world application problems where students will need to calculate sales tax, tip, discounts, and commission. As a reminder, seventh graders will continue using a digital notebook, which has videos and notes to help students be successful.

We encourage families to talk to students about percentages when you go shopping, out to eat, or pay bills.

A Note to Grade 7 Parents:

The link shows all units for this school year as well as videos to help support your child’s learning.

Math 7 Accelerated

Grade 7 Accelerated (Anderson):

Seventh grade accelerated students have been working on Rigid Transformations rotating, reflecting, and moving points, lines, and figures. Once we finish this, our second geometry unit, we will move on to learning about proportional relationships. We’ll be looking at how to represent proportional relationships with equations and graphs, and various ways to tell if a relationship is proportional or non-proportional.

A Note to Grade 7 Accelerated Parents:

The link shows all units for this school year as well as videos to help support your child’s learning.


In seventh-grade language arts, students continue to grow in their skills in reading and analyzing fiction.

Students have finished their narratives and are now preparing to engage in Book Clubs.

Students will be using the skills they have learned to examine character, plot, perspective, and theme with their group mates.




GMMS is pleased to offer a new Grade 6 Success course! Guided by the Granby Public School's Vision of the Graduate, the success class is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to navigate middle school. Students will create a Google Site portfolio, to track their growth as they work to become resourceful learners, effective communicators, and positive contributors in their school community and beyond. The course is divided into 4 units:

COMMUNITY: Guided by the idea that success is intentional, students will begin to set and monitor their academic and personal goals. Being new to the middle school setting, students will also orient themselves to the structure and logistics of the community. This unit encourages students to develop meaningful connections with others. Journals will be used to explore habits, interests and to develop empathy and awareness for other perspectives.

AWARENESS: With a firm understanding of the middle school community and environment, students will begin building awareness of themselves as learners and also become aware of how they interact with and in their school community. Grade 6 students explore their learning styles and mindfulness. Journaling continues to drive exploration and acts as a vehicle for self reflection.

INQUIRY: Equipped with awareness of their learning style and interests, students will have an opportunity for exploration and research. Students will explore the beginning stages of research through a deeper inquiry into their identified interests. They will broaden their understanding of the research process by asking good questions, organizing information, and synthesizing new learning. Students continue to journal and monitor and adjust progress toward their goals in their portfolio.

CONTRIBUTORS: Building on the themes of Community, Awareness, and Inquiry, students will apply this newly developed skillset to a collaborative project. Collaborative teams will create and present a plan to positively impact the GMMS community.

Success will be measured through the development and reflection of individual portfolios.

Grade 6 SUCCESS students will also participate in 16 Naviance lessons. These short, self-guided lessons encourage self-exploration and ready students for College and Career planning. Many of the lessons require students to prioritize goals, interests, and strengths/ areas for growth. We are proud to offer this opportunity to our 6th graders!


Our density unit in October set the groundwork for the understanding of how the sun interacts with the ground and atmosphere to create weather and climate. The culminating activity for the density unit required students to build a flotation device to help a toy dog named Fetch to swim. The students really enjoyed this activity! In November, we will dive into our weather and climate. Students will be first learning about regional climates and then expanding their focus to look at global climate trends. The weather and climate unit will take students up to about the December holiday break.

Global Studies 6

Sixth grade students recently finished the Launching Geography Tools Unit by creating a Google site about a place that is special to them. The students applied the Five Themes of Geography to that special place and did some research to learn how each of the five themes relates to their chosen place. A home page was created as well as a page for each of the five themes. In addition, students added pictures with captions for each theme as well as information that pertained to each of the five themes.

Sixth grade students are now moving into our unit about India. They have begun to explore India’s geographic features and its rivers on different sites. In the coming weeks, the students will learn about India and Gandhi. They will assess Gandhi’s role in India’s independence.

This is one theme from Maci McDonald’s Google Sites project about her special place with the five themes of geography applied to her special place. Maci is in Mrs. Stupienski’s 6th period GS class.

You can ask your child about the five themes of geography and how they help us understand our world.

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Math 6

Grade 6 (Boivin & Glidden)

Sixth graders are wrapping up the “Introducing Ratios” unit. Students have done a great job calculating equivalent ratios and determining if given ratios are equivalent to each other. We have used several strategies in class to support our learning such as double number lines, ratio tables, and tape diagrams. Students have learned the benefits and drawbacks of each strategy while also determining the best strategy to use when solving ratio problems. This unit has provided students with a solid foundation on ratios, which we will continue to work on as we enter our next unit: “Unit Rates and Percentages”. We will have our final unit assessment for Introducing Ratios on Wednesday, November 3rd. Students will be able to use calculators for this assessment as they have been for the majority of this unit. However, please encourage your child to review their basic multiplication and division facts in order to successfully complete future units that do not allow for students to use calculators. This can be done at home, or during AE or WIN time.

A Note to Grade 6 Parents:

Just a reminder that the link shows all units for this school year as well as videos to help support your child’s learning. You can also find this link on your child’s Google Classroom under the ‘Classwork’ tab titled “Illustrative Math Resources for Families at Home”.

Math 6 Accelerated

Grade 6 Accelerated (Boivin):

Students in the accelerated class have completed the ratios and rates portions of their second unit, “Ratios, Rates, and Percentages”. Students have used double number lines, ratio tables, and tape diagrams to calculate equivalent ratios and solve ratio word problems. Many students have figured out how to solve real world problems involving ratios without the use of a visual aid such as double number lines or tape diagrams. Students have also been able to use their foundational knowledge of ratios to calculate much larger quantities. We used actual world records from the Guiness Book of World Records to practice applying our skills. The most important skill students learned in this part of the unit was how to calculate unit rate, or how much per one. Students were able to recognize that by calculating the unit rate, they could figure out as well as compare many rates and prices to determine the quickest speed or best buy. The last part of this unit focuses on percentages. We will conclude “Ratios, Rates, and Percentages” with our unit assessment in a couple weeks.

A Note to Grade 6 Accelerated Parents:

Just a reminder that the link shows all units for this school year as well as videos to help support your child’s learning. You can also find this link on your

child’s Google Classroom under the ‘Classwork’ tab titled “Illustrative Math Resources for Families at Home”.


Using our learning about how stories unfold, 6th grade students are busy writing their own suspense stories.

We have been reading many spooky stories, noticing the author's craft and applying it to our own writing.

We are writing our rough drafts and revising our stories using new literary techniques such as similes, varying sentence structure, alliteration and the rule of three.

Students “made” their stories by creating rolling dice to discover their main characters, conflict and setting.

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In November, students will complete their unit on Unity and Diversity, a study of similarities and differences of life through time, by recommending a way to preserve an endangered species. In October, students (below) worked on an activity demonstrating how certain traits can be helpful in some situations but harmful in others.

We will then turn our attention to the skies, examining how a knowledge of the relative positions of Earth and the sun could help determine the way a person on Earth could determine the time of day and general location.

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US History 8

This month students in 8th Grade Social Studies finished projects on the colonial regions using the GRAPES (Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics and Society) format. This project was used to practice the skill of summarizing an informational text, categorizing information, and presenting that information textually and visually.

Students also spent the month of October learning about the different experiences people had living in the Revolutionary War. They spent time reading letters and documents from the time and using clues to figure out if those people were Patriots or Loyalists during the Revolution. In our next unit, 8th Graders will explore the creation of the U.S. Constitution and the ways that the Bill of Rights applies to them today.

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Math 8

Grade 8 (Cull & Falkenberg):

Eighth grade students have been working on dilations, and similar figures. They will be ending unit two with an introduction to slope. They will continue to build a greater understanding of slope in unit 3. Along with slope, unit 3 will be building upon the work they did in seventh grade with rates and proportional relationships in order to start studying linear relationships and graphing lines. Students will be describing rate of change as a rate per one in a linear relationship. They should begin to recognize that the rate of change is the same as the slope of the line that represents the relationship.

A Note to Grade 8 Parents:

The link shows all units for this school year as well as videos to help support your child’s learning.

Algebra I

Grade 8 Accelerated (Cull) - Algebra

Algebra students are still working really hard in Unit 2 about Solving Equations. They will be refining their equation solving skills; reminder, all steps to communicate mathematical reasoning are necessary. We are emphasizing that we need to be showing our work when we are working with our equations. We will expand solving equations by moving into learning how to graph equations and then will move into using one variable to solve systems of equations in two variables.

A Note to Algebra Parents:

The link Illustrative Mathematics Algebra 1 - Families | Kendall Hunt shows all units for this school year as well as videos to help support your child’s learning.


Eighth graders have completed their creative fictional narratives and are about to begin their second unit of study in which they will read various poems and short stories to continue noticing the impact of an author’s choices in craft.

Additionally, students will soon begin fresh book clubs, spending the next several weeks learning how to annotate their reading and engage in meaningful conversations about the text.

Students are also completing SBAC interim assessments to practice engaging with different question types.


Digital Media Class

In Media Class, students created pixel art using conditional formatting in a spreadsheet via google sheets. Their spreadsheet pixel art projects assigned cell and text colors to specific values with conditional formatting rules. As they completed this lesson, students learned and practiced the following digital skills:

  • Open, rename, and edit a new spreadsheet

  • Select and resize multiple cells, columns, and rows

  • Select and edit a range of cells, including rows, columns, and arrays of single cells

  • Apply formatting conditions to match background fill colors with text colors

  • Use the drag feature to quickly copy cell data horizontally or vertically

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As the Fall brings colder weather, we switched gears to Nitroball in 6th and 7th Grade. A fast paced game that can be played in larger teams outdoors on the Tennis courts, or indoors in smaller teams on the Pickleball courts.
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Tech Ed News

Lot’s going on in Tech Ed. this past month!.

6th graders just finished up their TinkerCAD creature creations and are presenting them to their classmates. In this 3d modeling activity students got the opportunity to develop advanced use of TinkerCAD 3d modeling software through the development of a creature of their own design. In 32 years of teaching I have NEVER seen students take a project I have assigned and run with it, as our 6th graders have this year with this activity. Wow!!! And what was really cool is how the new collaboration features of TinkerCAD were used for students to work together. I am VERY impressed with the final results!

7th and 8th graders are just beginning their actual clock production. Modeling of the faces and programming of the engraving are now done. All that is left is to now build and assemble the clock parts. Training on how to use the machinery is starting this week. Once everyone is trained then work will begin. The overarching goal is to provide the skills and understanding of modern production so these skills can be applied to challenges they will face in the future both at work and at home. The production is organized into 4 phases.

Phase 1 - Materials prep is where students work as a class to take the rough sawn oak of random widths directly from the mill in Southwick and an machine it to usable blanks that can be used for the production.

Phase 2 - Manufacturing the parts. Students organized in a production line will manufacture the clock body pieces, using statistical process control and cell based manufacturing to guide their work.

Phase 3 - Painting and engraving. During this phase, students will paint their clock faces and also engrave their individual clock tops. This allows them to see what happens when sub-assembly lines need to be created for custom products.

Phase 4 - Final assembly. During this phase, a line assembly process is used to assemble the clock parts and apply finishes. After this is complete then clock motors and faces are installed.

Special Thank You to Emma Wiltshire and Ryan Coxon for their awesome presentation at the Granby BOE presentation last Wednesday. If you would like to see this presentation click this link and scroll forward to 12:56.

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Family Consumer Science

What’s new in FCS this month?! Students have been learning about how companies use advertising techniques to market their products, and how this knowledge helps consumers choose products wisely.

One project involved students searching through magazines to create an “Advertising Techniques Poster” that displays three of the many techniques learned throughout this unit.

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To celebrate fall, grades 7 & 8 created delicious Apple Crisps; practicing how to peel, core and slice apples along with how to use a pastry blender. Our hallway smelled delicious!
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Music News

The GMMS Performing Ensembles are playing and singing away! The band and chorus classes have overcome many changes and challenges in the last year, including the integration of courses into the school schedule, the extra distancing between music students in the classroom, and even purchasing PPE for instrumentalists – all to keep our students safe. We are also grateful to have the opportunity to perform in school, and have been extra careful to follow the current state guidelines.

Select Choir rehearses on Thursdays and Jazz Band rehearses on Mondays. Students that were selected to participate should check the schedule weekly and give advanced notice if there is a conflict.

Northern Regional Middle School Festival

Band and chorus students that wish to engage in an advanced musical challenge have the option to audition for the Northern Region Middle School Festival. Auditions for this festival are scored by professional judges, and the top scorers from all the middle schools in northern CT are awarded with an opportunity to perform at an in-person festival. This year, auditions are completed virtually and students record themselves playing prepared scales and a solo piece. Registration is due by December 3rd, and video submissions are due by December 11th. Interested students should notify their music teacher ASAP. After school practice sessions will be offered. More information to come!

7th Grade Music Appreciation

Our 7th grade music students start with an entire unit about “listening”. They address questions like: How do we listen to music? What elements change when we change the genre of a song? How do composers express emotion in music, and how does that help them tell a story? The second unit addresses the global problem of “music piracy”. Students come away with knowledge on how to ethically and legally own music, and use the music that they own to create a one-of-a-kind album to “sell to the public”. Lastly, students will learn about how scientifically their voice can be used as an instrument.

8th Grade Music Appreciation

The 8th Grade music curriculum focuses on learning to play the classical guitar. Students will study several different genres of guitar repertoire: Blues, Spirituals, Folk songs, Patriotic, and Rock and Roll. Not only do will they experience 8+ chords and how to read a chord chart, but they learn the history and legacy of America’s music timeline, dating back to the Civil War!

Please email or with any questions.

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“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

~Albert Einstein

Part of our Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) includes outside guests or practicing professionals visiting our school and speaking to small groups of students about something they are passionate about. A Type I experience is a general exploratory presentation or activity to a heterogeneous group of students. You never know when you might pique the interest of one of our students by sharing your love for a specific topic, hobby, talent or profession! In the past, we have had parents and outside professionals present on the following areas: singing/songwriter; memoir writing; Salmon Brook fisheries educator; local historian; DEEP Head Biologist; Beardsley Zoo educators; meteorologist; garden and landscape design; farming; emergency medical technician; project manager/energy company; knitter; animal trainer; veterinarian; and school psychologist.

If you have an interest in sharing your talents with us, please contact Shirley Cowles, Enrichment Coach & Teacher at

Thank you!



The fall session wrapped up for Angel Horses at the end of October. We were lucky to have had an unprecedented number of beautiful fall days so the members could work with the horses and animals outside. I loved seeing the member’s confidence grow each week as they became more comfortable with the horses. We will have an at-school meeting on Nov. 11 from 2:30-3:15 to work on our scrapbook. Note, this is a change in date than originally planned.
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Adventure Club is now Open for 7th Graders Too!

Students in 7th and 8th grade interested in joining this adventure-filled club are invited to join us on November 9 from 2:30-3:30 in room 76 to find out more about this club.

Permission slips are available in the 7th and 8th grade hall, in the office or here.
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Science Club meets on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 in room 66. Current members have decided to participate in the CT Invention Convention, and also to care for the gardens behind the school. When we can’t garden, we will do some fun science activities. Weekly attendance is optional. Students may still join - just bring a permission slip to the first meeting you attend!


FishKids meets on most Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30, starting in room 66. Members learn to vacuum, scrub tanks, test water quality, and any other tasks that keep the fish healthy. Attendance is optional on a week-to-week basis. Students may still join - just bring a permission slip to the first meeting you attend.

Field Hockey

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