Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Romanian Cultural Festival This Weekend

During the school year, I will post activities that enrich what students are learning in the classroom, or have learned in previous years. I encourage families to attend, but of course they are not required.

Saturday, September 22 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Help celebrate Maryhill's deep Romanian ties! Enjoy performances by Seattle’s Datina Folk Ensemble, St. Mary’s Youth Group from Portland, and singer Romeo Cristea. Sample traditional Romanian fare and try hands-on art activities with a Romanian theme. Lectures and presentations on  Queen Marie, Romanian identity, arts and architecture will also be part of the day.
MUSEUM ADMISSION is FREE on September 22

Hands on Art | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cut and decorate your own version of Queen Marie’s crown, place symbols of Romanian culture on a life-sized paper copy of Queen Marie’s gown on exhibit at Maryhill, create your own Romanian yarn doll, or try your hand at embroidery using traditional Romanian patterns. And if that wasn’t enough, enjoy a game of beanbag toss—through a cut out of Romania! You can also make a Romanian flag to show your love of Romania!
Sample Romania Fare | noon to 2:30 p.m.Enjoy tastes of traditional Romanian foods. Cannon Power Plaza. Hosted by members of the Romanian community in Portland. Cost: $5 for a meal sampler and $5.00 for a dessert sampler (tax included). 

Music and Dance | noon to 2:30 p.m.
Watch folk dance and music performances by Seattle’s Romanian Folkloric Ensemble, Datina, St. Mary’s Youth Group from Portland and singer Romeo Cristea on the Cannon Power Plaza. Emcee will be Michael Oros, president of the Romanian American Society and member of Maryhill’s board of trustees.

LECTURES in the M. J. Murdock Charitable Education Center:

Pelișor Castle and Queen Marie | 2:45 p.m.
Learn more about Queen Marie’s ties to one of Romania’s most stunning castles. Daniela Voitescu Head of Public Relations, Marketing and Cultural Projects, Peleş Castle Museum.

Revisiting Romanian Identity from Afar | 3 p.m.
Hear from Augustin Ioan and Anca Mizumschi’s, author of the essay collection “My Suspended Land” (2018).

Queen Marie in Romanian History | 3:30 p.m.

Presentation and Q&A with Beatrice Todireanu, historian and coordinator of the book The Queen and the Front will talk about Queen Marie and her contribution to the 1918 unification of Romanian provinces.
Romanian Royalty’s Impact on Architecture | 4 p.m
Architects Augustin Ioan and Marius Marcu Lăpădat in dialogue about royalty and architecture and the impact of the monarchy on Romanian architecture, with a focus on Queen Marie’s contribution.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

8th Grade Night THIS THURSDAY

8th Grade Meeting
September 20th,  2018
6:30 PM

September 20th at 6:30 PM is our 8th grade family information night. Every family will want to have at least one person there to learn about:

  • being promoted from 8th grade
  • understanding the wide range of options for high school
  • choosing a high school that best fits your student
  • our end of year trip
  • fundraising possibilities

This is your chance to help shape our end of year trip and have a say in the extent of our fundraising. 

Please come with any questions you have about high schools, GPA translations, deadlines, essays, recommendation letters, etc. 

Also, please bring any ideas you have for fundraisers that align with our school mission. 

Science Lesson

Today we dove head first into the study of physics, beginning with understanding the terminology used to describe things.

We learned about scalar and vector quantities and then used them while learning about distance and displacement. To practice using these terms, students were asked to build a maze and guide someone through it using the appropriate vector quantities.

These were three of the stand out mazes! Excellent work Jehan, London, and Riley!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Week 1 Summary

We've successfully completed the first full week of 8th grade. I couldn't be more impressed with how focused and hard working this group is. 

As I said at Back To School Night, this is the year to build systems of communication that center around your young adult. For a while, I will provide some starter questions for you. After  you've talked with them, if you still have questions, feel free to email me! 

Math - What kind of problems did you find yourself needed to correct this week? What lesson are you on and when will your first test be? 

Writing - What was the article about that you read? What thoughts did it prompt? How did you handle the shorter deadline? What are your plans for the next one? 

History - What are the PALS? What were some examples of effective monarchs? Which monarch were you and were they an example of a good monarch or a poor monarch? 

Science - What lab did you last Thursday? Tell me about your robotics plan. What is the goal and how is your team approaching it? 

Health - Tell me about analyzing influences? How do you see the things discussed influencing you? (Bonus points for sharing with your student the things that influence your decisions in life)

Vocab - How did your daily tests go? What is your plan to continue doing amazing work?

Google Classroom Family Invitations

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Today we added guardians to our Google Classroom invite list. What does that mean for you?

"When guardians join Classroom, they receive regular, automatic email summaries for each of their students. Guardians choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time.
Guardian email summaries include:
  • Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
  • Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
  • Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers"
You will not see the actual work they submitted or their grades on it. Those are things you will need to ask your student! If you did not get an invitation today, or want a different email attached to it, just let me know! 

Middle School Assembly Coming Up

We are pleased to be partnering with Kaiser to bring our anti bullying beliefs to the stage with their performance of "Above, Between, Below" on  Tuesday, October 9th at 9:30am.
"Have you ever sent a text message you instantly regretted but couldn’t take back? Posted a hilariously embarrassing video of your friend on Instagram, only to have them get really mad? Found out people were spreading nasty rumors about you and felt helpless to do anything about it?
Created specifically for a middle school audience, Above Between Below allows young people to observe the shifting status of bully, bullied, and bystander. The program features a school-wide performance, a post-show facilitated discussion, and optional classroom workshops.
Predominant messages include...
  • Actions can have unintended consequences.
  • Bullying is a behavior, not an identity.
  • Social media can be used as a tool for wide-scale gossip and public shaming.
  • People can be on both the giving and receiving end of bullying behaviors in different situations.
  • Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for their own power to harm or help others."

I encourage parents to attend so we can all use the same language in supporting our students.

Weekend STEM Extension Opportunity

September 15-16, 2018, 9:30am-5:30pm
The Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI showcases the amazing works of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. It is a community-based, fun and engaging learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. The sheer variety of the more than 100 exhibits, most of them hands-on, will boggle the mind. The Portland Mini Maker Faire will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printing and robot welding, to knife forging, bee keeping, recycled skateboard jewelry, and much more.