Illing Insider

May 2, 2021

Greetings IMS Families!

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather today! Below are some reminders for the upcoming weeks.


Mid-term Progress Reports:

It's mid-term progress reports time! Teachers will be entering grades through Wednesday, May 5th. You will receive an email letting you know when progress reports are available through HAC. We encourage students to reach out to their teachers, counselors, or behavior technicians if they need any assistance completing or submitting missing work.


RAMS Expectations:

As we enter the last 6 weeks of school, we would like to remind students to continue to follow RAMS expectations of being Responsible, High Achieving, Role Models, who are Safe!


MPS Summer Camp Experience:

This year's MPS Summer Camp experience is free of charge and is open to all students across the district. Check out the flyers and register by clicking on the link below. Families of students who are strongly encouraged to attend will receive a phone call this week. Please do not hesitate to contact the school at 860-647-3400 if you need assistance with registration or if you have any questions.

Summer Flyers


End-of-year Activities:

We are excited at the prospect of culminating the school year with some fun and memorable activities for our students while following CDC and district safety guidelines.

While 8th graders do not have a graduation per se, as graduations are reserved for high school seniors, we will be commemorating their transition to the high school with an end-of-year celebration. If you are interested in assisting with planning efforts for our 8th-grade class, please contact Mrs. Deryann King, our 8th grade AP at b59dking@mpspride.org


Have a great week!


Iris Gomero,

Principal

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#ThankATeacher

Our teachers have gone through extraordinary lengths to keep our students engaged and safe, especially this school year. Please take a minute to reach out to our amazing teaching staff at Illing Middle School and across the district and let them know how much we appreciate them and all that they do. They are our heroes!
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Upcoming Testing

SBAC testing will take place at Illing during the week of May 24th through the 28th. Both 7th and 8th graders will be taking the Math Computer Adaptive Test, the Math Performance Task, and the ELA Computer Adaptive Test from the 24th through the 26th. The 8th graders will be taking the NGSS Science assessment on May 27th. Additional information will be shared with families as the testing window approaches.

Quarter 3 Honor Roll

Congratulations to all of our high achieving students who worked hard to make the honor roll last quarter! You should be very proud of yourself for reaching this goal! Students attending school in person will receive their honor roll certificates from their team teachers, and our remote students will have certificates mailed to them soon. Stay focused and studious as we enter the home stretch, and we hope to see everyone's names on our honor roll list for the final marking period!
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A Message From Our School Counselors:

We just successfully wrapped up our first week with block schedules for our students (both in person full-time and remote). For your convenience team schedules can be accessed via this link . As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to your student's school counselor should you have any questions or concerns:


Mrs. Justine Kiely - Dartmouth & URI - jkiely@mpspride.org

Mr. Ricky Clark - Tufts & CCSU - rclark@mpspride.org

Mrs. Justine Meyer - Cornell & Princeton - jmeyer@mpspride.org

Mr. Patrick Biggins - UConn & Syracuse - pbiggins@mpspride.org

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7th Grade

In Social Studies, seventh-grade students have begun their Modern Africa Projects. This project will be a month-long inquiry experience where students investigate an issue they are interested in related to modern Africa. Students begin this process by creating questions about their issue. Then, they will conduct research to gather information answering their questions. They will then create a project presenting their findings. Students will work on this project during class, however, it is important that they continue their work independently at home. All resources for this project are available on Google Classroom.


All seventh-grade students have the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Showcase on FlipGrid to earn extra credit on their project. To earn the extra credit, students must present their project in a video and share it with their teacher.


If you have questions please reach out to your students’ Social Studies teacher.


Chelsea Constantino (Tufts) - cconstantino@mpspride.org

Benjamin Foran (CCSU) - bforan@mpspride.org

Noelle Avakian (Dartmouth) - b25navak@mpspride.org

Clyde Ettienne-Modeste (URI) - b25cmode@mpspride.org


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8th Grade

In Social Studies, eighth-grade students have begun their unit on Westward Expansion. To begin, students analyzed John Gast’s painting titled, “American Progress” (seen below) to understand the concept of Manifest Destiny that drove American expansion. Students will analyze the consequences of Westward Expansion, including the dislocation of Native Americans by the Indian Removal Act.


Students will then study industrialization in the United States and how cottage industries transitioned to factories. They will learn about the reliance on agriculture in southern states, and how this increased reliance on the labor of enslaved people. This will lead students to learn about resistance organized by enslaved people, such as that organized by Harriett Tubman and other abolitionists.


If you have questions please reach out to your students’ social studies teacher.


Greg Vickers (Princeton) - b25gvic@mpspride.org

Gary Tracey (Syracuse) - b21gtrac@mpspride.org

Dan Bebyn (Cornell) - b21dbeby@mpspride.org

Jeffery Yep (UConn) - jyep@mpspride.org

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Dear Illing Families,


We are so excited to start in-person learning! This gives our students the opportunity to safely engage in hands-on activities to see science in action and spark wonder and awe. As always, when we engage in hands-on activities, safety is our number one priority. You received an email from your student's science teacher with safety guidelines in the science classroom. If you have not yet, please read through the guidelines with your student. Next, complete the Google Form linked in the email. If you would like a paper copy, please let your student's science teacher know! It is a pleasure working with you to best support your student!


Below you will find a brief description of the current topic your student is exploring in science class.

7th Grade

In Grade 7 Science, students have been investigating energy in our world. Students started the unit by defining the two main types of energy: (1) kinetic energy, and (2) potential energy. From there, students identified examples of both energy types. Then we explored the Law of Conservation of Energy. This week, we started our first engineering task! For this task, students will demonstrate their understanding of energy by creating a Rube Goldberg machine that contains at least 5 energy transformations using a minimum of 6 materials and a maximum of 9 materials from the list. All materials will be provided. Below you can see some of the student's initial designs:

8th Grade

Recently, students concluded their unit on seasons. Students completed an assessment where they demonstrated their understanding of the factors, such as the interaction between the Earth and Sun that result in the seasons experienced on specific dates at different latitudes and longitudes around the world. This week, in lieu of Earth Day on April 22nd, our grade 8 scientists have been examining clean energy! Did you know that, since the Industrial Revolution, 80% of carbon dioxide emissions are due to the burning of fossil fuels? Ask your student about ways they learned to reduce this number! Next week, your student will start to investigate life science.
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Illing is hosting a Spring Virtual Book Fair through Scholastic! Keep your children reading and help support our school. The fair will run May 17-30.

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Music

In Music, students started learning how to play the ukulele and piano with an emphasis on song form, rhythm, and harmony. Resources from the nationwide group Little Kids Rock are available for free to anyone! Full remote students were provided keyboards to get a similar experience to those in-person and continue to work in audio editing software to create/recreate music.

Math

We are just finishing up the unit on Expressions. The students have learned how to simplify expressions by using the Distributive Property and by combining like terms. They can add and subtract expressions. After our Unit Assessment next week, we will be learning to solve equations.

Social Studies

In Social Studies class, students are beginning to work on designing their own inquiry questions to complete a news report (magazine, newspaper, website, or video broadcast) on the topic of modern Africa. Students will design questions and research their questions taking multiple perspectives into account. At the end of our study, students will have the opportunity to present their final projects virtually using flipgrid for extra credit.

Science

In Science, students have been investigating energy! Students have defined types of energy and the Law of Conservation of Energy. Students will apply their understandings by designing and building a device that will complete a simple task in an unconventional, peculiar way.

Language Arts

Students in Language Arts are beginning research projects on a debatable issue they have been studying for three weeks. The general topics include video games, social media, activism, and the environment. Students can choose to create a community flyer, a community meeting playlist, an infographic, an annotated bibliography, or a collaborative e-book.


ELL

In the ELL class, students continue to work on their yearly language assessment. In addition, students are reading current events articles to increase their vocabulary and to practice their summary skills.
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Social Studies

In Social Studies students have begun their Modern Africa Projects. This project will be a month-long inquiry experience where students investigate an issue they are interested in pertaining to modern Africa. Students begin this process by creating questions about their issue. Then, they will conduct research to gather information answering their questions. They will then create a project presenting their findings. Students will work on this project during Social Studies class, however, it is important that they continue their work independently at home.


All seventh-grade students have the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Showcase on FlipGrid to earn extra credit on their project. To earn the extra credit, students must present their project in a video and share it with their teacher.

Science

In Science students are beginning their Rube Goldberg projects as we wrap up our energy transfer unit! Students have begun to design their machines that will pop a balloon and early next week they will receive feedback on their designs from classmates. Wednesday students will be taking a quiz on science safety before the first build/test day at the end of next week. We are so excited to see the ideas students come up with as they engage in their first hands-on experiment of the year!

SEM-R (Accelerated Reading Enrichment)

In SEM-R we have started our final unit of the 2020-2021 school year - analysis and critique of texts. Students are currently focusing on analyzing and critiquing fiction. The unit includes a read aloud - The Crossover by Kwame Alexander - that is incorporated into each class. Additionally, the final SRI (Student Reading Inventory) of the year will be administered the week of April 26.

Math

Students in Math will be wrapping up Unit 4 on Equivalent Expressions. They have learned how to write, evaluate and generate equivalent expressions. Students have learned how to write expressions to help solve real-world problems. Students will have a Unit 4 Assessment at the end of week. We will then start with our last unit of the school year, Unit 5 Equations. In this unit students will learn how to write and solve equations applying it to real world situations.

Language Arts

Students in Language Arts are currently finishing their argumentative reading unit, where they have been focusing on identifying reliable and balanced sources to gather evidence and information about their chosen topic. For the next week and a half, students will be working on their final projects where they will create engaging and informative ways to present their information as though they were proposing their ideas and their ‘calls to action’ to a community panel. Students will then have their end of the unit assessment where they demonstrate their ability to read and evaluate an argumentative text before moving into the argumentative writing portion of their year, which will focus on the written presentation of their evidence in the form of an essay.
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Social Studies

Social Studies classes on Team Syracuse have been studying the US Constitution and the Electoral College. During the spring, students will be using their accumulated practice with primary sources to complete a common assessment project. This project is designed to simulate the rigors of the High School proficiency projects. Social Studies classes will be exploring the period of time leading up to the American Civil War through the period of Reconstruction. This is an incredibly important period of history and will help our students learn the many growing pains of our democracy.

Science

In Science prior to spring break we learned why we have four distinct seasons in Manchester. Currently, we are learning what we can do personally to help the earth. Next we will begin a unit helping us understand the diversity of living things.

ELA

Language Arts is finishing up their Dystopian Unit. After analyzing nonfiction articles to compare dystopian fiction with the real world, students will be choosing creative final projects to showcase what they have learned.

Math

Math classes on Team Syracuse have just started their Real Numbers Unit. In this Unit we will take a deeper look at our numbers and patterns in order to classify them as Rational or Irrational. We will also be looking into squares and square roots in order to prepare for our Pythagorean Theorem Unit.
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In ELA we are finishing our Dystopian Unit with a creative project based on their independent reading that captures the characteristics of a dystopian world. Ask your student about their project. For our final unit we are teaching your students how to argue. I apologize in advance. Get ready for some at home debates. They will spend their last weeks in school researching a topic and formulating an argument that will be developed into a well thought out essay.
In Social Studies students are currently learning about the Westward Expansion in the United States. As Americans moved westward, the question of slavery will become a heated issue. Over the next few weeks, we will dive into issues of slavery, explore the impacts of slavery in the United States, and finally, learn how slavery led to the Civil War.
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LAS Links Assessment Schedule:

To Our English Learning Families,

LAS Links Testing schedule has been extended through April 30th

What's coming up?

Fri April 30th - Q4 Progress Reports

Fri 5/7 - Deadline to Order Yearbooks

Sun 5/9 - Mother's Day

Thurs 5/13 - NO School - Eid al Fitr

Mon 5/24 - Wed 5/26 - 7th & 8th Grade SBAC Testing

Thurs 5/27 - 8th Grade only, NGSS Science Assessment

Mon May 31st - NO School - Memorial Day

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Technology Support

The Library Media Center continues to support hybrid and remote students and families with Chromebook swap outs and troubleshooting any issues. Remote students should continue to use the IT Helpdesk to report issues and hybrid students will have issues taken care of while in school.


Still having issues?

Email infosys@mpspride.org OR

Call or Text 860-682-0607,

Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For all other questions, email support@mpspride.org or call 860-647-5041,

Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please refrain from calling individual schools.

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Free Meal Pickup for Students

District's pickup schedule:
  • Bennet -- 11:00 a.m.- Noon
  • Buckley, Waddell & Illing -- Noon -1 p.m.
  • Bennet -- 3-4 p.m.


Bennet distribution is on Vine Street (behind the Barnard building) in the late morning and in front of the building (Main Street side) in the afternoon.


  • Frozen meals will still be distributed at MHS from 3-4 p.m. but just on Mondays and Wednesdays instead of five days a week. (Monday distribution will be for meals through Wednesday lunch; Wednesday distribution through Friday dinner.) The pick up area at MHS is on the Freshman Center side of the building; use the parking lot off of Summit Street and follow the bus loop to the first set of doors.

CT Food Bank

Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare Emergency Drive-Thru Sites Continue into April

Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare has announced that it will continue its emergency drive-thru distributions into April. The food bank will provide updates on final distribution dates for the rest of the drive-thru sites as they become available.


Thursdays – East Hartford

Address: Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118 – Silver Lane Entrance

Hours: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Last scheduled distribution, Thursday, April 29.

Summer Programs

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Starting May 3rd, Manchester residents will be able to register for the upcoming Summer Day Camp season. Camps are scheduled to run weekdays from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM for a six week season, starting on the week of June 28-July 2 and ending on the week of August 2-August 6. Registration will be held online starting on Monday, May 3rd at 9:00 AM. Registration is open to any children between the ages of 5-13 who reside in Manchester.

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