Monday, May 21, 2018

Teach In This Wednesday

Teach In This Wednesday

After all their hard work, the final presentations are upon us. This Wednesday is our Teach In. Please read below for answers to all of your pressing questions.

1. What is this thing?
The Teach In is a day of sharing information about social justice causes. Each student was asked to choose a social justice topic that they feel passionately about, passionately enough that they were willing to stand up for it regardless of the consequences. Students have 10 - 15 minutes to share their topic is some format. Some have chosen speeches, some have chosen documentaries, some have chosen to create websites, zines, art, or children's books.

2. What should they wear?
Monday we tie dyed t shirts because what sit in/teach in would be complete without tie dye? Students are permitted to wear jeans or shorts or skirts with their tie dye shirts. We're going for the "hippy" look. If students would like to add bell bottoms, funny glasses, fringed vests, or flower wreaths they are certainly welcome to. They are permitted to alter their shirts to add fringing and beads if they would like.
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3. What should they bring?
Presentation pieces are a must. They may bring a bean bag chair or other comfy pillow to sit on and snack to share. Neither is required.

4. What time will students be presenting?
We will begin presentations at 8:30 and go until they are done. There is no guarantee of what time a particular student will go.

5. May parents attend?
In order for students to feel comfortable speaking their mind, parents are asked to give them their space. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Exceptional NON Artifacts

This is the first year we've done artifacts instead of souvenirs and I'm very pleased with some of the results. Take a look at these!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Social Justice/Civil Rights Project - How Parents Can Help

The final project of 8th grade is a social activism project. Students were asked to choose a topic that they felt passionately about, so passionately that they would be willing to stand up before their peers and present it, even if their peers disagreed with them.

Students are allowed to choose their method of presentation as long as it meets the following requirements:

  • 10 - 15 minutes in length
  • Educates the audience about the issue
  •  Motivates the audience to act
  • Represents a significant amount of effort. (10 -12 hours worth of work over a 3 week period)

We talked at length about possibilities. A few I've seen in the past are:

  • Documentary written, filmed, and edited by the student
  • Webpages created by the student
  • Picture books
  • Zines
  • Speeches
  • Album of songs written and performed by the student
  • Murals
  • Social media campaign complete with slogan, graphics, and written business plan
  • Fundraising camping complete with art and written plan for dissemination
  • Writing a proposal for a bill and meeting with local congressional representatives to pitch their idea
As students get going, they are going to need some help and as parents, you'll want to be involved. This is a great idea, as long as everyone keeps a few main points in mind. 

  1. The idea behind this entire project is for the student to become socially active about a topic of their choosing. 
  2. Students should do the vast majority of the work. It is perfectly ok for parents to hold the camera while students interview someone for their documentary, not ok for parents to contact people for the student to be interviewed. Please ask them questions to clarify their process or thoughts, please do not provide them with a step by step to do list. Please drive them to the store to pick up supplies, please do not make the supply list for them. 
  3. There are many great ways to help! Ask questions, introduce them to community resources on their topic, visit the library, read articles together and discuss, shop for supplies, and most of all, tell them you believe in their ability to do this. 
  4. On May 23rd your student will be in front of the class for 10 - 15 minutes. They need to know their topic and feel passionately about it. Work that is done for them will leave them feeling unsure of themselves and nervous about standing up there. Work they have done will leave them confident and excited.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask via email or phone. I am excited by the range of topics that students chose and can't wait to see their presentations. 

Ashland Packing List

brush or comb
hair ties/bobby pins/other hairstyling accessories
hair dryer/curling iron
retainer/ washing stuff
rubber bands/wax/ other braces required stuff
face wash stuff
make up/chap stick
2 casual shirts
2 medium dressy shirts
1 dressy shirt/dress/tie/suit jacket
2+ pairs of underwear
2 pairs of socks
2 pairs of casual pants
2 pairs semi dressy pants
1 pair of dressy pants
dress socks/tights/nylons
shoes/dress shoes
sleeping bag
swim suit
towel x2
entertainment for the bus

NON Presentation Board

1. Size - The display board must be a trifold board. It should be a minimum of 36 x 48 inches. Smaller boards will not have enough room for everything required. Students are encouraged to reuse boards from previous projects. 

2. Border - All boards must have a border. This border should represent the notable character in images. For example, a writer might use a pattern of pencils and books. Other border ideas include quotes or photos. The border should be high contrast and add meaning to the experience. 

3. Center Panel - The center panel includes the notable character's name in large, high contrast letters. They should be at least 4 inches tall. Under the name is the black and white sketch which is being completed in art class this week. It should be backed on a high contrast piece of paper. Below that, along the bottom edge is the time line. This may go on as is or can be backed with another piece of paper for contrast. 

4. Left Panel - The left panel will hold 4 trivia questions. These will be done in class so that they are formatted correctly. 

5. Right Panel - 8th graders are to fill the right side with items that highlight their person's social justice impact. 

Promotion Slideshow Letter

 Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you!!!

Through the children and your efforts, we are only missing five children’s baby photos for the promotion slideshow!  I can’t begin to thank you enough for the extra effort everyone put into getting the pictures.  If you still would like to include baby photos, you can send them until Friday the 11th. 
If you have other photos that you would like to have included, you can send them to me at my email address.  If you need them to be scanned, I can do that for you as well.  I will be asking/taking any additional photos through May 25th.  It’s so hard to believe that the end of the school year is upon us.
Photos of particular interest are the following:
-        Field trips
-        Assemblies
-        Pictures from the scavenger hunt – could be on your kid’s phone. 
-        Pictures from years past
-        Photos with friends 
-        Pictures with Teachers
-        Pictures of Teachers
-        Anything else you would be willing to share
Thanks to your contributions, I have some really nice photos, however; chances are high that you are holding that rare gem.  I will include any photos received and not used in the slideshow in the disk at the end of the year. 
On a different subject, I would like to do something that hasn’t been done in the past. Since this is a promotion and not a graduation, I would like to include the parents in the slideshow. 
What I would like to have are any words of encouragement you would like to share with your promoted student.  This takes many forms, it can be in the way or wishes, compliments, acknowledgements, favorite sayings, use of inspirational sayings, etc. 
What I would like to stay away from are actual congratulations.  You might be wondering “Why not?”  Well, for the majority of kids – their educational journey is really just half beginning (high school and college or trade school) and I don’t want to use felicitations in this setting. 
Since this is the first time this has been attempted in a promotion slideshow, I need to receive at least 75%+ responses from families in order to do this.   If I don’t receive 75%+ participation, I don’t feel that it’s appropriate to use the material if the larger majority doesn’t participate.  Please send any words of encouragement by May 25th. 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Than you again for your participation and the great photos that you have sent (and will keep sending). 

steve campbell

Dance Chaperones Needed

Middle School Dance
May 24th, 2018 

Chaperones needed! If you are available to help, please let me know. We'd love to have you.