Updated: Aug 18, 2019
Hello Incredible Middle School Families!
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to Meet the Teacher night on Thursday. It was wonderful to see all of your faces, and hear that you had relaxing and fun summer vacations! We are even more excited to see everyone back at the school on Monday for the first day of school.
We have a few new faces on the Middle School team this year, and are thrilled to welcome Carly Sprano (7th, 8th, & 9th Grade Math), Kristin McGlothen (7th & 8th Grade Science), and Skyler McAllister (7th & 8th Grade Humanities).
Please help me in congratulating Mr. Romanyshyn on the birth of his son! Linden Romanyshyn was born on August 13, and the new parents are ecstatic to bring home a healthy baby boy. Mr. Romanyshyn will be out for the first week of school to spend time with his family. We anxiously await his return, but know that your children will have a great start in science with our long-term sub, Cat Martin.
As a Restorative Practices school, we believe strongly that all behavior is communication. We aim to work with students and families to uncover reasons for behavior, and find alternate pathways for success.
All students will have 30 minutes of crew to start out their day to further hone in on their social skills, habits of a scholar, and build relationships with each other and adults in the building.
The Roaring Fork School District is committed to your child's social-emotional development, and has implemented the Second Step curriculum to take place during crew. Once a week, students will work through a grade-level appropriate lesson during their crew to work on the following skills:
Mindsets & Goals: Students learn about ways to grow their brains and get smarter, along with research based strategies for achieving goals and handling difficult situations.
Values & Friendships: Students learn to identify their personal values and use those values to make good decisions and build strong, positive relationships.
Thoughts, Emotions, & Decisions: Students learn the positive role emotions play in their lives, how to handle unhelpful thoughts and strong emotions, and specific strategies for calming down.
Serious Peer Conflicts: Students learn how to identify and avoid serious conflicts, resolve conflicts that can't be avoided, think about other people's perspectives, and help stop bullying and harassment at school.
During crew, students will also be working on a weekly gratitude practice. Research shows that developing a practice of gratitude not only helps people "form, maintain, and strengthen supportive relationships, but it also helps them feel connected to a caring community that values their contributions...to further pique your interest, we've found that grateful adolescents (ages 11-13), compared to their less grateful counterparts, are happier; are more optimistic; have better social support from friends and family; are more satisfied with their school, family, community, friends, and themselves; and give more emotional support to others. They're also physically healthier and report fewer physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, and runny noses" (Froh & Bono 2014).
Furthermore, 6th grade students will work through the MindUp curriculum during crew to learn more about why their brains work the way they do, and how they can help regulate their high-functioning amygdalas.
Middle schoolers have an additional 15 minute block of time towards the end of the day to focus on Executive Skills. For further information and resources around Executive Skills & Developmental Tasks, click here.
First Week Plans & Info
We will welcome students back on Monday, and work through norms & expectations at school. Students will receive their lockers & combinations on Monday as well. All courses will be fully immersed in content by Wednesday.
Osprey Block has undergone a restructure for middle school students, and we are excited about the upcoming units being provided. Students who need literacy or language support during Osprey Block will still receive those supports. Students who are on or above grade level are in literacy based groups on a trimester schedule. These students will rotate through three units surrounding social studies and science. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.