CDS Middle School

Weekly Newsletter

December 7th, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week, students in grades 7 and 8 will take their Term 2 final exams. Students in all MS grades will take World Language exams on Wednesday 12/12.

Please encourage your children to get a full night of sleep on Sunday night. Several scientific studies link proper sleep to our ability to recall information, focus, and make good decisions. Getting a good night's sleep will go a long way in helping your children perform their best exam days.

Next week is sure to fly by as we wrap up Term 2 with the Winter Concert and Candle Lighting Ceremony. As you may recall, next Friday 12/14 will be a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:20 AM, and buses will depart at 11:30 AM.

Have a great weekend!

Benjamin Scoville

Director of Middle School

Door Decorating Contest Results

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- Upcoming Events -

Final Exams Schedules

Exam Day Schedules for Grades 5 and 6

Click the button to see schedule changes for December 10th,11th, and 12th.

Motivational Quotes on Taking Exams

Overcoming Fear of Exams

Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest.

Don’t think about tomorrow. Think about the task at hand.

The best view comes after the toughest climb.

Final Exam Quotes on Hard Work and Diligence

There is no substitute for hard work. -Thomas Edison

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Encouragement for Exams Quotes

Life only has one rule: Never quit. – Unknown

In the middle of ever difficultly lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein

Do something that your future self will thank you for.

Ready for Exam Quotes

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Quotes on Examination Success

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

Dream big and dare to fail. -Norman Vaughan

Work until your idols become your rivals.

Words of Wisdom for Exams

Wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction.

Finals Quotes on Tenacity and Persistence

Persistence is failing 19 times and succeeding on the 20th

A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

Nothing worth having comes easy.

Exam Quotes on Taking the Initiative

You don’t have to do it right; you just have to do something.

Do something that scares you everyday.

Do something everyday that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.

Exam Quotes on Confronting Challenges

We don’t grow when something is easy. We grow when something is challenging.

When life gets harder, challenge yourself to get stronger.

Exam Quotes on Facing Failures

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison


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2018-19 Winter Concert

Dear CDS Parents,

Our annual Winter Concert will take place Thursday, December 13th at 6:00pm in Dalton Hall. On behalf of all the student performers and Music teachers, we would like to personally invite you to attend the performance. The program will feature a variety of ensembles from the Middle and High School. The program will feature MS Band, MS Strings, MS Mixed Ensembles, the CDS Orchestra, and the HS Choir.

We are excited to share these performances with you, which showcase the effort and ability of our students. We hope you will be able to join us in Dalton Hall on Thursday, December 13th for the Winter Concert!

Please help your student prepare their concert dress clothes. Students may wear the following items:

-White dress shirt (No CDS uniform polos)

-Black pants or modest black skirt

-Black dress shoes and black socks/black tights

Students will be served dinner at 5:00pm. Then, they need to be dressed and ready to go in Dalton Hall by 5:30pm. We are excited to share some music with you! If you have any questions or concern, please contact Ms. Van Liew!

Candle Lighting Ceremony

At this time of year we are approaching the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. The Candle Lighting Ceremony marks the changing of the year and symbolizes the fact that each of us, even in the darkness of winter, can create a little bit of light for others.
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<This week, Around CDS MS>

Science with Mr. Howell

This week 6th grade Earth Science students presented their term 2 projects. They were organized into teams and tasked with creating a video on earthquake safety. Students spent several weeks planning, preparing, and filming their videos. It was a unique opportunity for students to learn the importance of teamwork and cooperation. Students also learned many technical skills in the process of creating their videos, such as video filming, editing, and production. While they all did a great job, I’ve chosen one group in particular as a representative. Enjoy.

- Mr. Howell

Spanish Intermediate Level with Mr. Poch

This week we had our project presentation, a role play activity. We pretended that we were at the restaurant and we ordered some food. Every student created a food truck menu, presented their specialty and made recommendations to the clients (other students).

- Mr. Poch

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G8 Science with Mr. Keel

As grade 8 students reviewed for final exams this week, they got a chance to compete in a scientific method experiment matching activity in physical science. Students were able to let off some steam and enjoy a lighthearted interaction with their classmates while reviewing important material for exams.

In the activity, Students outlined different laboratory experiments and aligned each step with the progression of the scientific method. Speed and accuracy were important but the ability to work together, defend and explain choices, and have fun were mandatory.

- Mr. Keel

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Upcoming Events

12/10-12/12 - MS Final Exams

12/12 - High Four Competition (Mathletes only)

12/13 - MS Winter Concert (6 - 7:30pm)

12/14 - Candle Light Ceremony (1/2 Day)

12/14-12/16 - DalMUN Camp (for G7 & 8 only)

12/17-1/4 - Winter Break