Monday, June 26, 2017

Congratulations Class of 2017!

What a beautiful moving up ceremony we had last Thursday morning. It was a wonderful celebration of the amazing EWG Jr. High School class of 2017.


As we reflect on another year gone by, I would ask that you take a moment to think about the people who have helped you this year. Whether it was a teacher, or a parent, or a friend, or someone else, let them know what they mean to you. I received a beautiful letter from a student sharing about her journey here at the Junior High. I believe we should always let the important people in our lives know what they mean to us. So take a moment to thank those people who have helped you through something this year.

A parent suggested that I share my moving up speech here on the blog, so here is a link to my speech

Thursday afternoon as the buses left, the teachers waved good-bye to the buses.




We are all ready for summer to begin.  
Don't forget to do your summer reading!!



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

5/31/2017

Good afternoon!
This is more of a business post than usual, but it's the time of the year when a lot of things are happening, and I want to be sure you are aware.



Moving up ceremony - 8th grade will have their moving up ceremony on the last day of school, June 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM in the Senior High School Gymnasium. There are no tickets required so feel free to invite grandma and grandpa and whomever else you would like. 

Any student not passing for the year who needs to attend summer school to complete 8th grade or who will be retained will NOT be allowed to attend the moving up ceremony.


End of the Year Field Trips - The end of the year celebratory field trips will be happening on June 21, 2017. They will take place during the school day. Any student who is not passing for the year and either needs to attend summer school or who will be retained will NOT be allowed to attend the end of the year field trips.

Summer School - Any student failing ELA or Math must take summer school in order to move on to the next grade level. Summer school letters will be sent home this week and registration can be found on the junior high website at this link. Any student attending summer school is not permitted to attend the end of the year trips or the moving up ceremony. 


School Lunches - We have recently become aware of an issue of students owing excessive amounts of money on their school lunch accounts. Phone calls are being made home and emails should also be coming directly from Aramark. You can check balances and put money directly on student accounts at www.myschoolbucks.com. There are many a la carte menu items that students can choose at the Junior High School, and therefore it is easy for them to develop huge bills without you even being aware. Please take the time to check your balance and send the money in or pay online. Pricing is listed below.

Lunch Pricing:
Full lunch: $2.80
Reduced: $0.40
A la carte menu
Drinks
Small water:  $0.50
Large water: $1.00
Tropicana Juices: $1.40
Chips: $1.00
Cookies: $0.50
Dippin Dots or Yo Dots: $2.50
Extra milks: $0.50





Thursday, May 4, 2017

5/4/2017


Ms. Lico, Red Knight Science teacher, was part of a great article in South County Life Magazine about the importance of school gardens. Check out the article, with pictures from our STEM Park. 


Thank you to all the parents who came to Student Led Conferences on Monday night and those who have come in this week. It is really important for all students to have the opportunity to present. Thank you for the outstanding turnout.


Enjoy some pictures of the student presentations!














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!