Academic Support Enrichment Update
Week of October 10th
Next Week's Schedule
We will be interviewing new teachers.
Tuesday: Speech and Debate (academic support)
We will be practicing different kinds of arguments.
Sixth Grade: Model UN-- Fantasy Geopolitics (academic support)
We will be trading teams and analyzing results.
Seventh and Eighth Grades: Model UN-- (academic support and lunch)
Len Yacullo and I will work with you on key vocabulary.
Thursday: Young Playwrights (academic support)
We will have some time for writing plays.
Friday: Good Deed Club (academic support, bring a nut-free snack)
We will talk about two upcoming projects and begin doodlestones.
Rubber Duckies and Letters of Encouragement for Georgian Orphan
This Week's School Buzz! Community and Respect
Model UN Update
In the meanwhile, we will meet on Wednesdays for the full period to learn key terms associated with the Model UN and this year's topics.
Note: The organization sponsoring the Hershey Conference has said that money should not stand in the way of participation. If there are financial issues, let Mr. Yacullo know (his email is in the packet) and they will see what can be worked out.
Fantasy Geopolitics Update
Sixth Grade Pre-Model UN
Students can make trades or switch countries at any point, but they will also have a chance to do so at session on Wednesday.
The website contains a great deal of information to help with choices. Below, I have posted the top countries from the week of 10/3. They are rated the highest because of frequent recurrence in the NY Times and other news sources.
The sixth graders read aloud Becca Bowser's clever play about a princess who was possessed by an evil frog. We have amazing performers in this group!
The seventh and eighth graders are at different stages in their writing. I love how they all support one another so eagerly!
Young Playwrights is officially an academic support time group, but students who bring lunch can stay through lunch period if they so choose.
RMS Intramural Fall Speech and Debate Tournament
Friday, Oct. 30th, 2:30-4:30pm
RMS Room 418
Students should choose from these three categories:
IMPROMPTU SPEECH: You will be given a topic and five minutes in which to prepare and present a creative and animated speech on that topic. This is an INDIVIDUAL event.
EXTEMPORANEOUS DEBATE: You will be given a resolution and a side (pro or con), and you will have thirty minutes to prepare. Then, you will take part in a moderated debate on that topic. You may choose to compete as an INDIVIDUAL or as a teacher-assigned TEAM.
MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE: You will be given a resolution a week before the competition. You will have a week to prepare, but you will not know your side until you attend. On October 30th, you will take part in a moderated debate on the assigned topic. You will compete in a team of two to four students of your choosing. You must let me know your TEAM in advance.