Recently we have been receiving lots of snow and because of it we have had three snow days (as of Feb. 27 2014). We might even have one on Monday! Some may think this is great but in reality we will be released from school at June 19th! This could lead to is having to endure hot temperature conditions and a very uncomfortable learning environment. On the bright side of things, because of the snow we have had the longest holiday break with over two weeks off! So what do you want? More snow days and more school in June? Or would you rather have more school days in winter and less makeup days in June?
In the town of Shrewsbury there is a great place called Ski Ward. Ski Ward Has 8 trails and 6 include the tubing trails. They have 4 lifts. Some include the chair lift and magic carpet which you stand on and it brings you right up. The the t-lift looks like a T and you hold on and it pulls you up. My favorite is the chair lift because you can get an easy ride up and get a great view. A lot of the younger kids that go there have snow school lessons where they learn how to ski or snowboard. Most people ski because they think it is easier than snowboarding, but I prefer snowboarding because I think that it is a fun and different thing to try out and is a challenge. When it is not winter they open a restaurant with a volleyball court. They have a slip and slide going down some of the hills. Overall Ski Ward is a great place to go during summer and winter.
In math class, we had a Unit Test on similarity and ratios. Since we finished that unit we took a pre assessment on comparing and scaling. We recently finished a unit project called the Stretching and Shrinking Project. We had to pick a cartoon character and make it four times bigger or four times smaller. Lately, we have been doing worksheets on Comparing and Scaling Rates. We just had a check-up on comparing and scaling. We are on investigation 3, and will have a test on it soon. After the February break, we will be working on a new unit. It will be on all the things we have learned but more in depth. We will be doing sruff like graphs, equations, and learning a new thing called “Slope.”
In Social Studies we recently learned about micro entrepreneurs in Africa. We made iMovie projects about women overcoming adversity through micro-loans and starting their own businesses. We learned that small businesses can make big impacts in rural communities and villages. This tied in directly to a documentary we viewed about family in Bangladesh who received a micro-loan through the Grameen Bank, and how the family and village prospered from the small loan. Last week we watched most scenes from the movie Hotel Rwanda to help us learn about civil war. The movie is a true story about a guy named Paul Rusessabagina. He was hotel manger in Kigali, Rwanda and his hotel turned into a refugee camp during the Rwandan genocide. We just finished the movie last Thursday, and we are currently studying the eastern part of Africa and the landforms. Before vacation we will also begin Central Africa.
Madam Bird is a French teacher that is currently teaching in Shrewsbury. Her full name is Heather Bird. She was born in Vermont but grew up in Hamilton MA. She’s been teaching at Oak Middle School for 6 years. She speaks 3 languages: English, French and Spanish. Madam Bird received her undergraduate degree from UMASS Dartmouth, where she was able to spend a year abroad in France for her Junior year. Her Master’s is from Emerson College, and she did a program abroad in Paris for a month. Madam Bird loves to run! She is a marathon runner and has completed 6 marathons, but now she scaled back to half marathons and 5ks. Madam Bird has traveled to many countries such as Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, England, Mexico, Aruba and Canada. She studied French from 6th grade through college, and started learning Spanish in college. Madam Bird taught a few months at her former High School (Bishop Fenwick) then three years at Cardinal Spellman High School, and now has been in Shrewsbury for six years. She has a sister and a brother. Her sister knows some French, and her brother knows some Spanish as he lives in Los Angeles. Madam Bird also has two adopted siblings from India (Caitlyn Sunanda and Evan Vasudev) who do not know Hindi any longer, two adopted siblings from Puerto Rico who do speak Spanish (Josh and Rosa) and a half brother that doesn’t speak a second language. She loves candy but if she had to choose her top two would be chocolate and PEZ. Some of Madam Bird’s hobbies are reading about health and training for running and coaching Track and Cross Country but she doesn’t have time now with her son and daughter. Gavin is 2 and 1/2 and Avelyn is 9 months. Another one of her hobbies is playing with them as much as she can!!!
In the town of Shrewsbury lacrosse is a very popular sport. Teams go from town teams to the select teams like Nessel, Top gun lacrosse, Rising Stars, Shrewsbury select, ect. Ages for Shrewsbury lacrosse are from 3rd grade to 8th grade, but there are teams for lacrosse at Saint John’s and at Shrewsbury High School. I’ve been playing for 6 years now and as the years go on you have more opportunities like being able to check people. All of the coaches are really nice and hard working. In lacrosse there are 4 positions: goalie, attack men, midfielders, and defensemen. When your on a team you get a position and you stay with that, but if you’re on a younger team the coaches switch the positions around so you can play all of them and you can decide what you like. Shrewsbury lacrosse is a great organization for all ages and skill levels.
In math class, we had a unit test on similarity and ratios. Since we finished that unit we took a pre assessment on comparing and scaling. We recently finished a unit project called the Stretching and Shrinking Project. We had to pick a cartoon character and make it four times bigger or four times smaller. Lately, we have been doing
worksheets on Comparing and Scaling Rates. We will probably be having a test or a check-up coming up on Comparing and Scaling.