Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 2017

This fall seems to have gone by very quickly. I started a blog a few weeks ago, and now suddenly it is November.
We have had a great start to the school year with lots of exciting things happening.




First of all, a big shout out to the amazing staff here at EWG Junior High. 3 of our staff were recognized at the opening day celebration by Superintendent Erinakes.

Red Knights Special Education Teacher, Mrs. Meriano, was recognized the Junior High School Teacher of the Year award.




Red Knights Teacher Assistant, Mrs. Dion, was recognized at the Support Staff Personnel of the year for the entire district of EWG.






Mr. Wallace, Black Knights Social Studies Teacher, was recognized as the EWG District Teacher of the Year!





Congrats to all of our amazing staff who make working on this Junior High team so special.




At the beginning of the year students worked on several different activities related our One School One Book summer reading book, Echo.



Students made timelines based on the different stories in Echo...



Mrs. Brocato's advisory held a "table-top twitter chat."






White Knights created a display about Echo in the hallway. 
Students in the full year art class enjoyed the exceptionally beautiful weather this fall to do sketches outside.

Mr. Wallace's Geography classes used shaving cream to show how much they learned about landforms.


Mrs. Capuano and Mrs. Reynolds' advisories made cards to send to 9 year old Jacob Thompson in Maine who is celebrating Christmas early because he has stage 4 Neuroblastoma. There is a lot  







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.