CDS Middle School

Director's Newsletter

May 25th, 2018

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear CDS Community,

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week students will sit for their end of year exams. I know this can be an overwhelming time for many students. As such, I encourage everyone to find some balance this weekend. Take time to study, but also be sure to get some exercise, spend time with family and friends, and please get plenty of rest. This will go a long way in reducing stress and ensuring you have a fresh and agile mind on Monday morning.

Athletic Banquet: This week's highlight was the CDS Middle School Athletics Banquet, which took place on Thursday evening in the Phoenix Cafe. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the athletes, the coaches, the memories and accomplishments throughout the year. Over 60 MS athletes in grades 5 -8 were in attendance. Many students were recognized for their participation, unique characteristics, athletic excellence, progress, and contribution to the athletic community. It is wonderful to see our MS athletic program growing in numbers, in teams, and in school spirit each year! I'd like to extend a special thanks to our Athletics Coordinator Mr. Clem for organizing this memorable event.

MAP Testing: Most students have completed their MAP tests, but several will need to finish up on Tuesday morning 5/29. Once everyone has completed all three exams, we will send home NWEA MAP Progress Reports.

Arch Day & MS Graduation: The end of the school year is quickly approaching and we will be sharing information early next week about Arch Day and the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony. For now, please remember that Arch Day will be a half day and school buses will depart at 11:30am.

Have a great weekend!

CDS Parents Prepare Friday BBQ - Thank You!

We want to extend a thank you to CDS parents for their time and effort preparing a delicious BBQ lunch for everyone today!
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Library Book Return & Summer Borrowing

Dear MS students and parents,

중등 학생과 학부모님들께,

As we count down the days to summer break, we would like to inform you about a couple of things regarding the school library.

여름방학이 다가오는 시기에, 학교 도서관에 대해서 몇가지를 알려드리려고 합니다.

  1. Library Book Return 도서관 책 반납

Students must return all library books, including textbooks, that they have borrowed from the library during the 2017-18 school year.

학생들은 교과서를 포함해서 2017-18학년도에 도서관에서 빌린 모든 도서관의 책들을 반납해야 합니다.

Any library items that are not returned will be considered lost and the student will be charged a replacement fee. Per school policy, report cards will be held until library items have been returned or the replacement fee has been received by the school.

도서관에 반납되지 않은 책들은 분실로 간주되어 분실된 책의 값은 해당 학생에게 요구됩니다. 학교 규정에 따라, 모든 책들이 반납되거나 분실된 책의 값을 학교에 지불하기 전까지 해당 학생들은 성적표를 받을 수 없습니다.

2. Borrowing Books Over the Summer 여름방학 기간 도서 대여

The CDS Library is closed over the summer; however, we would like to offer the opportunity for students to check out books from the middle/high school library for summer reading.

CDS 도서관은 여름방학 기간동안 운영되지 않습니다. 하지만, 학생들이 도서관에서 여름방학 독서를 위해 책을 빌려갈 수 있는 기회를 제공하려 합니다.

Students may borrow up to 5 books to keep at home until school resumes on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

학생들은 최대 5개의 책을 2018-19학년도가 시작하는 8월 16일까지 빌려갈 수 있습니다.

Students can come to the library to check out summer books during regular library hours until Friday, June 8, 2018, the last day of the term.

학기가 끝나는 6월 8일까지 도서관 운영시간에 와서 책을 빌려갈 수 있습니다.

We hope many students will take advantage of the opportunity to check out books from the school library and keep reading over the summer!

많은 학생들이 이 기회를 통해서 도서관의 책들을 여름방학 동안 즐겁게 읽을 수 있으면 합니다!


Ms. Linda Choo, Librarian

Athletic Banquet

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Grade 6 Creates Games from Scratch in Long House

What did the kids do?

The sixth graders were given the task of building a game from scratch. They spent several months working on their games. Students went through rigorous planning sessions in which they laid out the rules and objectives of their games. They then began construction on the board and game pieces. Several rounds of testing and revision were also necessary to make sure the games were easy-to-understand and sufficiently entertaining.

6Cs / ESLR Connection?

The goal of the project was to create a fun and engaging board game that incorporated one or more of the six C’s of Dalton. (Critical Thinking, Community, Character, Curiosity, Collaboration, or Communication) While creating it, they themselves utilized many of the six C’s. Students were encouraged to communicate with one another effectively in order to promote collaboration. Creativity was an essential component in the early planning stages, and critical thinking was necessary in the testing and revision phases.

How did it go?

There were a few personality conflicts and a few students who needed more practice on what it means to be a good collaborator, but overall the results were very pleasing. There were several exclaims of, “This game is so fun!” It was nice to hear after the students put in so much time and effort. Many groups felt a strong sense of pride in their accomplishments and satisfaction with the end results.


One group created a game called Ninjas vs. Starwars. Lego avatars were used to represent each team and the characters would move around while collecting weapons and upgrades to enhance their characters and ultimately defeat their opponents in open combat. It was an extremely creative concept and fun to watch.

- Luis Chang's game was very interesting and fostered Curiosity and Community. Students could recruit others to support them if the other team had too much advantage. :)

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PBL- Gathering Feedback Before Final Presentations on 6/5

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Upcoming Events

5/28, 5/29, 5/30 - Final Exams

6/4-6/7 - MS Art Exhibition in Main CDS Lobby

6/1 - Dalton Soiree

6/5 - MS Summer Concert @ 6:00pm

6/5 - MS PBL Exhibition

6/7 - HS Musical Performance (MS attending)

6/8 - Arch Day (1/2 Day)

6/9 - Graduation Day