Thursday, April 6, 2017

4/5/2017

Spring is here!

On March 23, I was able to go with our students to AmGen to see the program there. Click on the link to see some photos from that day.


Student Led Conferences (SLC) will be held on Monday May 1st from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. SLCs are student-led, portfolio-based conferences that provide an opportunity for students to reflect upon pieces of work from each core subject area as well as their specials classes. You should receive a link to sign up for your SLC shortly.

Students will present their strengths, acknowledge their weaknesses, and with parents in attendance, plan for their continued academic and personal growth. It is important to note that these are student-led conferences and the teachers will be attending as observers, and only actively participate at the request of the student.

This is what you can expect when you attend the student-led parent conference:

  • Your child will greet you and welcome you to the conference
  • In 30 minutes, your child will present his/her portfolio to you
  • You and your child will discuss your child’s strengths and areas that need work - your child will have guided reflection sheets to facilitate this discussion
  • You will have the opportunity to respond to his/her work
  • Your child will take home their portfolio after the conference for you to keep
It’s important that each child have an opportunity to make this presentation. They have been working on their portfolios during advisory. In addition to this being an excellent opportunity for you and your child to discuss how his/her academics are progressing, presenting his/her portfolio also helps students with presentation skills. 

Conferences will be 30 minutes in length. Parents who have multiple students in the Junior High will have to sign up for one conference time for each child. If you are unable to attend and would like to send a representative such as a grandparent, please do so. If you cannot attend and do not send a representative, then your child will conference with a faculty representative at a later date.

Here are some photos from our February Knights of the Month.










Thursday, March 9, 2017

Movie Trip!


Movie Trip! Guest Blog By Haley-Jo Reis and Samantha McCullough

On Friday February 18th, we had a whole school field trip to the Providence Place mall. We had the opportunity to see Hidden Figures, a fantastic film that included elements of History, Science, Math, and ELA.

We left school at 8:30 on Friday and made the 24 mile trip to the Providence Place Mall. When we arrived we went to the theater on the 5th floor, we had the entire theater to ourselves and had comfortable seats. Before the movie officially started, there was a bit of fun trivia to play along with and trailers of other movies that might also be enjoyable.

The movie Hidden Figures was about 3 African American women in the 1940’s working for NASA. The 3 women are Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, all three of them have different life paths that contribute to the world in a positive way. 


Katherine Johnson is a mathematician who was able to solve any problem given to her. She worked as a computer in the Space program to check any math that came her way. She faced many challenges being a black woman mathematician in an all white department.

Dorothy Vaughan was the women in charge of the “colored computers” but she didn't get the pay or title of manager. When computers were being introduced at NASA Dorothy taught herself and the other computers how to program or talk the new computer language. 

Finally Mary Jackson was also a computer but she had a real talent for engineering. In order to become an engineer she had to take evening classes at a segregated high school. She fought to attend the classes and then became NASA's first black female engineer.  

The movie was very educational with how one person can make a difference and the effects of segregation in the 1900’s. There were many life lessons that you can take from this movie such as: you can do anything even when people tell you you’re wrong, people change people, and never give up on your dreams. This movie can truly inspire anyone. You can impact amazing things if you use your abilities to their fullest extent.

After the movie we went down a floor to the food court to get some lunch. We had many different options and sat with our friends. We walked around the food court eating, laughing and having a good day. At 12:45 we all loaded up to the bus. We headed back to the school ready to get on the bus and be on our way. A very good beginning to the start of vacation.

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!!

video

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.