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A coded update
Students in every grade participated in the 5th International Hour of Code throughout the day today.  According to their own publicity, "The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered."  What I can tell you is that the students I observed participating today were laughing, collaborating, competing with each other, and having fun challenging themselves.  Seemed like a pretty good event.

Some other great events today included smoke, mummies, seizing castles, and granting wishes while realizing dreams!

So, there wasn't any actual smoke but we had lots of fun with dry ice inside today.  Some of our science classes were observing the effects water and soap have on pieces of dry ice and experimenting by making smokey bubbles and disappearing foam.

Social studies had a lot going on as well.  There was an entertaining presentation on Ancient Egyptian artifacts for our 6th graders today.  In an eighth grade social studies class, RAFT projects (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) were rapidly being shared in a "speed dating" or "speed interviewing" format which altered the typical whole class presentation format and required students to engage in more specific questioning and defending strategies as they shared their projects with one person at a time instead of a large group.  The projects were amazing and the investment on the part of the students in their own work was fantastic; they were truly taking ownership over their learning.  

Finally, Mr. Watson volunteered some of his time to help prepare the dry ice machine for tonight's performance of BIG:the Musical being presented by Stony Brook Theater Arts at 7:30 in the auditorium. When I was visiting with him for a few moments today, he confessed that it was a childhood dream of his to build a fog machine from scratch.  Well, he has indeed realized his dream and the machine that he has designed and built for this production is impressive.

Please remember that students do not have school on Monday Dec 11 so that the teachers can conduct conferences during the evening hours and we have a delayed start for students (2.5 hour delay= Classes begin @10:05) on Tuesday December 12 for the same reason.  Our annual Scholastic Book Fair  will be up and running next week.  If visiting the book fair in person is not a possibility,  we encourage you to visit the link to get a better understanding of the wide range of reading options students will be able to select from when the get a chance to visit the actual fair during their Language Arts classes next week.   

SAVE THE DATE:  On January 16, 2018 the East Coast representative from Stanford University's Challenge Success Program. Mr. Jon Kleiman, will be joining us for a parent presentation at 6:30 PM in the Westford Academy Performing Arts Center.  The focus of this parent evening with be ,”The Well-Balanced Student.”  We hope that you will join us for this special presentation.

Oh cards are available in the iParent portal in case you didn't know what all the cheering was about as the kids came home today.

Have a great long weekend,


Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 692-2708

Stony Brook Middle School  |  9 Farmer Way, Westford, MA 01886  |  ph: (978) 692-2708  |  fx: (978) 692-5391

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