Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February Middle School News

Hello Parents,
It is almost time for the Invention Convention at Brookfield Middle School. We will be working with your student to help him or her decide on a topic/area of interest after our Ski Week Break. Stayed tuned for more information as we approach our start date.

STEM class working on their latest Engineering project
Straw Tower Competition

The Middle School Students have also been joining other classrooms across the world in live Geography lessons using Google Hangouts.The activity is called,"Google Mystery Hangout". The idea is to figure out ,using Google Maps and Google Earth, where the other classroom is located. The classrooms take turns asking only "Yes" or "No" questions to narrow down and pinpoint the location of the classroom's city.

Once that is accomplished, the students have a fact sharing session about the areas where we live and go to school.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

November Newsletter

Greetings Middle School Families:

November is all ready here!  Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the Fall Festival and to all who worked so hard to put it on.  We appreciate all you do for us.

It's time for our Quarter One parent/teacher conferences.  You will receive communication from Miss Hayes or Mrs. Caviglia shortly to schedule them for the week of 11/14/16.

Brookfield Middle School is engaging in amazing things across the curriculum this month.

In 5/6 Science students are studying the Evolution of Living Organisms and Adaptations of Species to Environmental Changes. Focused inquiry includes how living organisms obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and maintain stable internal conditions.

In 7/8 Science, students are designing and building online courses based in various arms of Earth Science Topics for other students to interact with and complete

7/8 S.T.E.M. students are collaborating in teams to Design and Engineer Structures that can withstand being built on severe slopes. Focus variables include center of gravity and weight distribution. Students are working together in class, online, and via Google Hangouts to develop their concepts.

5th Grade Mathematics students are beginning their Fractions and Mixed Numbers unit
In this chapter, students will learn to add and subtract unlike fractions and mixed
numbers. Students will also learn about the relationships between fractions, mixed
numbers, division expressions, and decimals. Students will express division expressions
as fractions and mixed numbers, as well as express fractions, division expressions, and
mixed numbers as decimals. Leaning to represent the same number in many ways will
be an important skill when students begin their study of algebra.

6th Grade Mathematics students are transitioning from Arithmatic to Algebra which covers the concepts of variables, algebraic expressions, and equations. 7th 

7th and 8th Grade Mathematics students are adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing Rational Numbers.

* Reminder* Mathematics Homework Expectation
6th grade through 8th grade students must spend 30-45 minutes outside of the classroom on Mathematics per weekday - either assigned homework or guided online practice on IXL or ALEKS. Please email Ms. Leonard at pleonard@brookfieldschool.com with any questions or concerns regarding this.


Miss Hayes' 5/6 Literature class is nearing the end of their novel studies on Coraline and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  These novels represent the Literary genres of Fantasy, Mystery, and Horror. Student inquiry topics include story mapping, character evolution, cause and effect/conflict analysis. End-of-Novel projects will be assigned shortly.

5/6 Writing classes are exploring the 7 key writing traits: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, and Presentation.  Students engage daily in writing prompts, collaborative workshops, journaling, and peer editing sessions to explore each trait in depth.

This month's 5/6 Grammar Focus is on Verbs: action, main/helping, direct objects, transitive/intransitive, being/linking, tenses, subject/verb agreement, and contractions.

5/6 Social Studies class is beginning an in-depth inquiry focused on the years 1777-1790 in colonial U.S. History which will explore the Articles of Confederation, Shay's Rebellion, the United States Constitution, and the passing of the Northwest Ordinance.  In addition, students continue to analyze and discuss current events through viewing, discussion and activities connected to CNN Student News.

In 7/8 Literature, students are beginning study on the Mystery Genre with The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

What is a mystery? The very term puzzles the imagination for some students who are unfamiliar with the genre. The mystery genre is meant to challenge and puzzle the reader by giving stubble clues, hidden paths, exploring the unknown, and above all, exploring the truth and outcomes within the given text. Although the mystery genre might be new to some students, by the end of the unit students will be able to analyze the structure, elements and style within the mystery genre. Students will learn how to analyze the role of antagonists and protagonists, and how their internal and external conflicts correlate to the theme by reading the novel. Lastly, students will be able to identify characteristics within plots and themes by solving mysteries with the supporting information. By the time we reach the end of the unit, students will have enough knowledge and information to become mystery writers as they creatively writing their own mystery story for the class Mystery Book for the cumulative project.

In 7/8 Writing, students will investigating Process Writing by working on prewriting tools, how to build good writing habits, and writing to communicate in a written form. Tools for prewriting include: Building a topic sentence, Formulating paragraphs, Daily writing prompts, and Journaling.

This month's 7/8 Grammar focus is on Nouns - proper/common, concrete/abstract, compounds/plurals/possessives, collectives, and contractions. 

7/8 Social Studies students are working on the unit "Reshaping the Nation" 1858-1914 with emphasis on the Growth of Industries, 1865-1914 and Toward Urban America, 1865-1914.

Congratulations to all Middle School students for successfully completing this year's Chautauqua Projects.  We had two days of in-class presentations, where finalists were selected to represent the middle school at our Brookfield Assembly this morning.  Special thanks to Katarina Hallerbach as Maria Tallchief, Natalie Hamilton as Eddie Arcaro, Madeline Bearfield as Audrey Hepburn and Joshua Miller as Walt Disney for performing a second time at the assembly!!!

Teacher contact information:
Science and S.T.E.M. - Mr Zunino czunino@brookfieldbears.comMathematics - Ms. Leonard pleonard@brookfieldschool.com5/6 Humanities - Ms. Hayes lehayes@brookfieldbears.com7/8 Humanities - Mrs. Caviglia vcaviglia@brookfieldschool.com

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Middle School October Newsletter

We had an amazing experience team building at our Project Discovery field trip.  Fourth grade joined Middle School to start this school year off with an adventure!

Our Fall MAPS testing is coming to a close.  We want to appreciate all the students for staying focused and PERSISTING!

Here are some curriculum highlights for the month of October:

Science and STEM classes began the year investigating the Scientific Method and lab safety. Now we are working on structural design projects using legos to determine the strongest and most durable geometric shapes.Using a series drop tests from increasing altitudes, students are collaborating in groups to build and modify their designs, in a competitive environment. 

Students are engrossed in their Chautauqua projects and studying the literary genres of Biography and Autobiography.  Student presentations will be Tuesday, November 1st and Wednesday, November 2nd at the Middle School from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Families are welcome to attend. Invitations to follow.  A finalist from each grade will be chosen to perform their presentation at our schoolwide Chautauqua Assembly Friday, November 4th.

Our Social Studies have been focused on current events in September. In October we will shift our focus to Nevada History and Geography.

Students are focusing on their individualized Mathematics levels in  IXL. Classroom investigation will be centered on Numbers and Operations moving into Algebra. 

Friday Electives are in full swing.  Students are enjoying Fit For Fun with Ms. Baran, Art with Miss Hayes, and Chinese with Miss Gigi.

Basketball Season is upon us.  Coach Aitchison is looking for any students in 4th through 8th grade who are interested in participating to sign up in the main campus office or email him at caitchison@brookfieldschool.com for more information. It's a great way to get some exercise and have some fun!

Teacher Contact Information:
  • Science and STEM - Mr. Zunino:  czunino@brookfieldbears.com
  • Mathematics - Ms. Leonard: pleonard@brookfieldschool.com
  • 5th and 6th Grade Humanities - Ms. Hayes: lehayes@brookfieldschool.com
  • 7th and 8th Grade Humanities - Mrs. Caviglia: vcaviglia@brookfieldschool.com