CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

January 18th, 2019

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

We've had another great week at CDS Middle School with Term 3 now in full swing! I'm so proud of the level of engagement and enthusiasm for learning I'm seeing in classrooms this year. CDS students are treating one another with respect and kindness, and they're making the decision each day to focus on learning and growth.

Table Tennis and Volleyball teams are busy honing their skills for the jamborees that will follow the Lunar New Year holiday. More information about jamborees, jersey's, and team expectations will follow next week. The student council is busy promoting Library Night, selling raffle tickets, and planning for Spirit Week and the 2018-19 Talent Show. We have much to look forward to in the coming weeks and months.

All of us are excited about our Greek themed Library Night, which will happen this Wednesday evening. I want to thank Ms. Menzel, Ms. Choo, and all the parent volunteers who are working hard to support this event.

Please remember that winter MAP testing will take place this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning. I hope all our students get a good night sleep and come to school Monday morning ready to do their best.

Have a great weekend!

Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School

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MAP Growth Testing

Next week, on January 21st, 22nd and 23rd, CDS Middle School students will take the MAP Growth tests in English, Language Usage, and Reading. Please make sure your children receive a full night sleep and a good breakfast before coming to school on these days.

We want students to do their very best on these exams so that results are accurate representations of their current level of achievement. Teachers use the data from these exams to modify their instruction and better serve your children. If the data isn't reliable, it is more difficult for teachers to target the specific skills your child needs to develop.

Having a conversation with your child about the MAP test will go a long way in ensuring they are motivated to do their best.

If you have any questions or concerns about MAP testing, please feel free to make an appointment with me (Mr. Scoville)... or your child's English or Math teacher.

MAP Test Info in Korean, English, Spanish, & Chinese

For the testing schedule and information in your language on MAP Growth Testing, please click the button.

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Library Night

On January 23, the CDS Library will be hosting its annual Library Night. This year's theme is Greek Mythology!

Activities will include an Olympian escape room, an Ancient Greek engineering (STEM) challenge, crafts, games, a Greek-themed dinner, and a charity raffle drawing to benefit a school in need.

Students can purchase tickets for a chance to win gift certificates to What the Book, cozy reading kits, Olympian graphic novels, and a Kindle Fire! As a change from last year, this year's schedule will be moved to an earlier time (2:45-6:30) to allow more students to participate. Therefore, all students should sign up with the linked Google Form to indicate if they will be attending for some or all of the festivities. See you there!

CDS Library

- Rachel Menzel & Linda Choo

Library Night Sign-up Form

Students must be logged into their Dalton email accounts to access the form.

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2019 Korean Writing Competition / 한국어 글쓰기 대회

2019 MS Korean Writing Competition is coming up! Anyone is interested can participate! Feel free to express your meaningful experiences or fresh/creative ideas in Korean.

- When: January 30th, Wednesday CC time

- Where: Mr. Kim’s classroom

- Who: Any MS students who wants to participate in the competition

- Category: Essay, Poem, 4-cuts Comic (*No novel)

- Signing up: Jan 14th~18th.

(The participants should submit the outline of their writing by on Friday, Jan 25th.)

- Topics: Free topics

(Participants can decide their own topic or choose one of the given example topics.)

- Awards: Top 3 in each category

2019 한국어 글쓰기 대회를 안내합니다. 관심 있는 학생은 누구나 참여할 수 있습니다. 자신의 의미 있는 경험이나 창의적이고 참신한 생각을 한국어로 마음껏 표현해 보세요.

- 언제: 2019년 1월 30일 수요일 CC 시간

- 어디에서: 1층 한국어 교실(Mr. Kim’s classroom)

- 누가: 참가를 희망하는 중학교 학생 누구나

- 영역: 만화, 시, 수필(일기, 편지, 기행문, 설명하는 글, 주장하는 글, 에세 등. 소설 제외)

- 신청: 1월 14일부터 18일까지(참가 신청서를 1월 25일까지 제출해야 참여할 수 있음)

- 주제: 자유 주제

- 시상: 각 영역별 1,2,3위

<This week, around CDS MS>

G5 Science Lab with Mr. Keel

This week 5th grade students performed a hand washing lab to investigate how washing our hands the correct way can stop the spread of viruses and bacteria.

Students used a non-toxic compound that glows under UV light to simulate germs. They washed their hands gently and vigorously for different amounts of time to determine the best length of time and the right intensity for hand washing. Students collected data and analyzed the results to draw independent conclusions. We had lots of smiling faces and clean hands in the science lab at CDS!

- Mr. Keel

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Term 3 Music Classes with Ms. Van Liew

In Music class at CDS MS, Term 3 usually means students are diving into music education that is more focused on "popular music".

In 5th grade, students will continue building on their ukulele skills from the First Program and continue improving their skills. The structure of the class is highly student-led, which allows students to choose the songs that they enjoy and learn how to play them on ukulele. This also enables students to research and utilize available resources, as well as receive one-on-one instructional time with Ms. Van Liew.

In 7th grade, we begin our "Popular Musicianship", which will set the foundation for both Term 3 and 4. Students receive instruction on basic guitar, piano chords, and drumset. Then, students are formed into bands and work together to learn a song they choose to cover. Take a look at this article for more information about students playing popular music in the classroom. It is always an enjoyable season to see students learning to play their favorite songs and developing the skills they need to perform.

- Ms. Van Liew

G5 Social Studies with Mr. Thach

In Social Studies class this week, G5 students ran an Experiential Exercise where students participated in the four forms of government practiced in ancient Greece to determine which of their favorite songs they should listen to. The students experienced four different ways of making these decisions, based on monarchy, oligarchy, tyranny, and democracy.

After students had simulated each form of government, we connected their experience with actual history and reflected on their decision making process. Overall, it was a fun activity that allowed students to experience what it was like to be in ancient Greece.

- Mr. Thach

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Science with Mr. Howell - Air Pressure Lab

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7th Grade Brainstorm Session w/ Teachers for Self Determined Learning (SDL) Project

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Yearbook Photos for 2018-19 Begin

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< MS Athletics >

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Upcoming Events

  • 1/21 - 1/23 - Winter MAP Testing

  • 1/23 - Library Night 2:45 - 6:30 pm

  • 1/24 - MS KIMEA Honor Choir @ GSIS

  • 1/26 - G5 Indoor Soccer Game @CI

  • 1/28 - 2/1 - Chinese New Year / Spring Festival

  • 1/30 - Korean Writing Competition (CC Time)

  • 1/31 - MS KIMEA Honor Band @ Chadwick

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