Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Guest post - WK field trip by Morgan B





White Knight’s Travel to Gillette
By Morgan Beck



We started off the day of our field trip like any other--going to our lockers and heading to our first period classes. Yet, instead of cracking down on equations as we usually do in B period math, we sat and chatted at our desks while playing a game of Patriots-themed hangman on the whiteboard. At 8:00, two buses pulled up in front of the EWG Junior Senior High School, ready to take the Junior High White Knights to Gillette Stadium for a day of football, friends, and fun.










Upon our arrival at Gillette, we were escorted around the outskirts of the stadium and into one of the press boxes where we split into groups and worked together to create new “expansion teams” for the NFL. We drafted players for our new teams, created a logo, picked amenities for the new stadiums, and more, all while staying within a budget. Finally, we presented our new teams to our fellow classmates. Our chaperones analyzed our proposals in order to pick the group of students whose teamwork stood out against the rest.

After leaving the press box and the stunning views from above the field, the seventh grade met the eighth grade White Knights at Red Robin for a relaxing lunch. Afterwards, the seventh grade headed outside and hung out in one of the stadium’s courtyards to enjoy the gorgeous weather and take group pictures.







A short while later, a stadium employee came out to greet us from one of Gillette’s large buildings and split us into two groups. We then headed into the building, and one group went to the Patriots Hall of Fame while the other went to watch a 20-minute movie about the Patriots in a small theater.

My group went to the Hall of Fame, and after being given an overview of it, we headed off to experience the many activities the hall had to offer. We explored its various rooms where we could get our pictures superimposed on famous magazine covers, kick field goals into a screen that measured our accuracy, try on older Patriots’ jerseys and helmets, and more.

We were also able to view the various Super Bowl trophies and rings, and what made this part particularly exciting was we were the first fans allowed to photograph the trophy recently won by the Patriots in the AFC championship.


About twenty minutes later, we switched activities with the other seventh grade group and watched a short film about the history of the Patriots’ team. After investigating the various activities and display cases the theater’s floor had to offer, we headed down into the pro shop, explored a bit, and finally returned to the courtyard. Soon the buses pulled up and we boarded--happily exhausted and pleased at what an eventful and exciting day it had been.











Thursday, February 9, 2017

2/9/2017

Hope you are all enjoying your snow day. Being home today gives me some time to reflect on all of the great things happening at the Junior High School. 

As a whole school activity in connection with civil rights connections and activities teachers are making, we will all be going to Providence Place Mall on Friday, February 17 to see the movie Hidden Figures. The permission slip can be found at the link on this page as well as on the Junior High Webpage. There is a lot of information on the webpage including calendar updates as well as the daily announcements.

For the first time this year, Junior High School students have been involved in the AmGen Big Brothers Big Sisters partnership program. Students began working with their mentors at AmGen last year in the 6th grade and have continued to work with them this year. You may have seen the video on the Superintendent's blog of one of our students, Jillian H, participating in a press conference with Governor Raimondo and Congressman Langevin.


Ms. Winner coordinated a visit from Aimee Fontaine, the Children's and Teen Librarian from the Exeter Public Library to come visit the Junior High. She talked to our students during advisory about some great new teen books. 




On January 20, the student council hosted a game night where just about 40 students stayed after school to play board games and card games together. Everyone had a great time. 


Congratulations to all of the December Knights of the Month! 
And a big congratulations to Mrs. Borges who somehow managed to avoid having her picture taken but was recognized as our December Staff Knight of the Month!








Friday, January 13, 2017

1/13/2017

It's a Fabulous Friday and there was a spectacular moon out this morning. I loved seeing the snow over the weekend and can't believe that it is almost all gone now, except for the piles left behind from the plows in parking lots.

I have some catching up to do. There has been a lot going on!!

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Students in Mrs. Brocato's science class are learning about rotation and revolution. Tori H. found a very creative and clever way to explain the concepts, with the help of her furry friends.


Before the winter break the students on White Knights did a bottle flipping challenge and a mannequin challenge. Click on the links to check out the videos produced by Mrs. Reynolds' son Quintin Reynolds. 

Madame Hubertus is using the recap app to have students record themselves speaking French. Check out this short video of Kelly M. from French class.



Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the hat and mitten tree. Our very own Frosty - played by Conner S. - was happy to hand out candy canes to all who contributed.

Students in Mrs. Rourke's ELA class conducted memorial services for a character in their book The Pigman. Students put a lot of effort into their planning including bringing candles, sparkling water to toast, playing a song on their instruments, and even changing their clothes to be in memorial appropriate attire. 

This past Wednesday night, January 11, several families came to the library for a creative learning night.






Everyone had a great time. If you are interested in coming this upcoming Wednesday night, January 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, contact Bevin Winner  @ bevin_winner@ewg.k12.ri.us







Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Family Creative Learning Night invitation

Family Creative Learning Night Invitation

Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or piano on bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. Join the Director from Fabnewport’s Makerspace to learn how.
Use Scratch coding to create your own games, music,  stories and then use Makey Makey’s to bring them to life. Bring your family or friends and help build together.

When:  Wednesday’s January 11 & 18, 5-8pm.   
Where: EWG HS Library
Dinner will be provided
Space is limited.  
Sign up with Ms Winner - bevin_winner@ewg.k12.ri.us


Monday, December 5, 2016

Screenagers

One of the biggest issues that we face on a regular basis is the issue of technology. It is an issue in and out of school. At a younger age, we are involved with students sending inappropriate pictures and text messages. Students' interactions on social media become an issue for the school and for their personal development.

Please join us this Tuesday night, December 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, in the Jr/ Sr High School library to watch the movie Screenagers and follow up discussion. This is a topic that is important to all of us. 

Report cards

If you have a child in the Senior High School you may have noticed a change to the report card. Throughout the district we are making changes to our current report cards in an attempt to give you as much information about your child's performance in class and to be in compliance with our updated Grading Policy #7800.

Teachers are currently in the process of posting Trimester 1 grades using the new report card system. Here is some information about the changes you can expect when report cards are updated.

1) Students will receive a traditional letter grade based on performance in the class.
2) Students will also receive a performance indicator. These indicators are designed to give you feedback on your child's current level of performance at the close of the trimester. These scores are a measure of how students are doing right now and are not indicative of end of the year benchmarks. 
3) Students may receive content comments that are intended to help identify student's individual strengths and weaknesses in the class. These are not required and therefore may not be present for every class.
4) Students may receive learner quality comments. These comments indicate student's individual work habits, educational practices, social, emotional, academic or personal traits that impact the classroom. These comments are also optional and may not be present for every class.

Over all, the new grading and report card is designed to give you and your child as much feedback as possible about their academic performance in each class. We will continue to work through the new grading system and determine any improvements that might need to be made at the end of the year. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving


We have a short week this week, but I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I would also like to say thank you for all of the thoughtful cards, notes and comments this fall. I appreciate your kind words.


One of the issues that I deal with most frequently as an educator and a parent is the growing concern about technology. As a principal I am often dealing with the negative effects of comments made, photos posted, and friendships ruined because of technology. I field many questions from parents about screen time, keeping kids safe online, and managing devices. 

As a parent of a junior high student I also struggle with balancing the educational benefits and other positives that can happen because of technology and the challenge of managing my son's use of technology. 
We use this graphic of "THINK before you post" throughout the Junior High to help kids become more responsible in their online habits. 

I have seen the dangers of what some individuals are doing online. I have talked to parents about their concerns and as an EWG school community we would like to extend an invitation to all parents throughout the district to attend a community forum movie and discussion of the movie Screenagers on December 6 at 6:00 PM in the Jr/ Sr High School Library. Click to see the official trailer for the Screenagers movie and join us on December 6th to watch the movie and discuss the information presented. 


EWG Senior High Drama presents: Clues: An Interactive Murder Mystery

Join a zany cast of colorful character for a dinner party where the main course is motive for murder. Our audience will help solve who done it in this hilarious Clue inspired show. For tickets and more info please visit www.ewgdrama.com



As we approach the holidays, please take a moment to read the RI Student Assistance Service newsletter. This newsletter has lots of valuable information and tips about keeping your kids safe during this holiday season.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

11/17/2016

It has been a hectic start of the school year. I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week.

Reminder that we do not have school next Wednesday, 11/23.


Please take a moment to read this note from the Superintendent:


In addition to the move to full-day kindergarten, our district has experienced a dramatic increase in enrollment at the elementary level over the past few years. As a result, we have been monitoring enrollment trends and our school's space capacity. We are currently in the process of reviewing our needs and exploring potential changes to the grade structure at each of our schools, including the possible (probable) move of grade two to Metcalf Elementary School and the possible move of grade 6 to the Junior High School. Including grade six as part of our middle school (JHS) also has significant programmatic benefits. These changes may be implemented as early as next school year. Stay tuned for further details on our progress, and watch for surveys as we work to gather information from parents to assist us with our planning.



In Mr. Wallace's History class, students worked on project from the colonial times. Read some of these exceptional projects students completed. They even made their paper look dated. Great job!






 
In October for Red Ribbon Week, advisories had a competition to make the best posters about staying drug free. The posters were judged by High School VAASA The 7th grade winning advisory was Mrs. Goldstein and 8th grade winning advisory was Mrs. Reynolds. Congratulations.




Here are some photos from our October Good Knight Meeting. Special thanks to Mr. Charest for running the meeting. 


Please be sure to congratulate all of the winners of the Knights of the Month including our Staff Knight of the Month Mrs. Goldstein who had fun posing with Junior Knight in his fun turkey hat.








Knights of the month are recognized for Respectful, Responsible and Safe behavior. Mrs. Capuano's class has this fun class rules poster using hashtags to help students remember how to behave in class. Remember students nominate their teachers for Knight of the Month for showing respectful, responsible and safe behaviors in the classes. 




The Junior High teachers have been taking advantage of the great weather this fall and kids have been getting outside for different activities. Mrs. Emery's science class was outside experimenting with stream tables in the STEM outdoor classroom.





Mrs. Guglielmo's PE class was outside playing tennis on our new tennis courts.