KMS 6th Grade Parent Update
Feb. 27 - Mar. 3
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KIBSD has partnered with SmartSocial, and is providing each family a VIP Membership, for free! Come learn about SmartSocial and how it can help you navigate the positives and negatives our children encounter every day in this quickly-changing online world of social media, apps, internet, and video games.
KMS Dance Team Makes the Front Page
Kodiak Daily Mirror vol. 84 No. 175 Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Grizzly Tickets are handed out to students who are "caught" doing great things. Whether they are demonstrating kindness, respect, citizenship, or any number of awesome characteristics, being awarded a Grizzly Ticket will earn them one entry into our weekly drawing.
Weekly drawing winners get to spend the following week at the KING/QUEEN GRIZZLY lunch table. This table has the privilege of being called first to get their lunch trays and the first to be dismissed to their next class. Occasionally, King or Queen Grizzly will get to use the microphone to dismiss all the other tables, too! CONGRATULATIONS and enjoy your reign!!
*ALL Grizzly Tickets awarded since the start of the school year will be entered in a big prize drawing in May!
Grief Loss Group
Starting on Monday, February the 6th from 2:30p to 3:30p in Room 206 (WIN Cafe), Laura Griffin, Kodiak Island Borough School District School Social Worker & Family Resource Center Coordinator, will be having a grief/loss group for KMS students. This group is for students who have lost a parent, a guardian, grandparent, sibling, a friend or have an incarcerated parent. This grief/loss group will provide students with a space and time to grieve the loss. This will be an ongoing group that will meet every Monday. If you have any questions, please see the counseling department. Students will need a parent pick-up at 3:30 pm
CURRENT RECESS CLUB OPTIONS:
WIN (Whatever Is Needed)
THIS CLUB SESSION ENDS MARCH 10
Reminder: We need your Input
The Kodiak Island Borough School District is partnering with the Association of Alaska School Boards to conduct the School Climate and Connectedness Survey ©, a statewide survey taken by students, staff, and families. This survey measures their perceptions of each school’s climate including the engagement of students, staff, and families.
You are an important partner as we work to continually improve each school’s environment. Each parent/guardian is asked to complete one survey during February. If you have more than one child attending this school, you only need to fill out one survey. You may access the survey using the survey button below.
Results from this survey will be used to identify student, staff and family perceptions of school climate issues within our school(s). KMS staff use the results to inform their efforts to ensure schools are safe, supportive, and caring places for all students.
Thank you for your support of Kodiak Middle School.
Thoughts for the week:
I enjoy kayaking. I have been in some choppy water, and have enjoyed flat glassy calm seas. I have had sea lions, otters, humpback whales and orcas get a little too close. On several occasions, the wind has come up and crossing the bay has seemed to take forever. Sometimes I could stop paddling and just float, enjoying the stillness and scenery. However, in the end, if I wanted to get somewhere I needed to keep paddling.
School about this time of year feels like crossing a bay against a headwind. We know we cannot rest. We are approaching Spring Break and the next two weeks may seem long. If you are fortunate enough to start your vacation early or are planning to extend it, remember to let the office know and have your student fill out a Pre-arranged absence form with their teachers. Continue to encourage your student to turn in classwork assignments and stay up to date with homework. If you have questions or concerns reach out to teachers via email. Be sure to include a good time if you wish a follow-up phone call.
In the meantime, we'll just keep paddling, taking one stroke after another and we will cross the bay.
How to Deal with Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and cyberharassment are also known as online bullying. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers, as the digital sphere has expanded and technology has advanced.
Check out the two buttons below.
The first one will connect you to Brain Pop's short (4-5 minute) video on Cyberbullying.
The second button will link you to more reading to help facilitate a discussion with your student. There you will find info like statistics, laws, and real-life experiences related to cyberbullying.
In science we have been studying the water cycle. We have taken notes, watched videos, and talked through how this works and why it is important for humans. We have continued our study of the weather in Kodiak and talked about dew point and humidity. On Friday we started a craft project where students are making a water cycle collage. If you have any extra magazines that you want to contribute please send them with your student!
Students have been working on their reading comprehension of Freak the Mighty and finding evidence from the text to support their answers. We also learned a new literary device called characterization. We will be continuing to practice these into next week. Students will have read through chapter 16 this week and then the story REALLY gets good. Get ready for some screams of surprise!
Students have been working with a sub to read and learn about cultural change through innovation and diffusion. They are continuing to practice using text-based evidence and annotating a text.
In math, students have been finishing working on negative numbers, such as placing negative numbers on a number line, inequalities (greater than or less than), absolute value (distance from 0) and elevation (height above or depth below sea level.) We are moving on to our next unit of ratios next week! We are doing a hands-on lesson so students should have brought some small items to class for our first lesson. If they didn’t bring them today, they can bring them still on Monday as this lesson has been pushed to next week.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER WITH US
1. Email email@example.com that you are interested in becoming a volunteer and let them know which volunteer opportunity you’re interested in.
2. Check your email for a message from Sterling Volunteers (TheAdvocates@sterlingvolunteers.com) and follow the steps in the email. If you don’t receive the email within 3 business days, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
3. You will receive an email once your background check is complete, with instructions to visit a school site, complete a volunteer agreement form and present your ID to the secretary.
4. Start volunteering!
5. Any questions? Contact KMS Secretary Amanda Transano (Amanda.Transano@kibsd.org)