17 Mar

Annual Health and Wellness Week

Our Middle School enjoyed the invigorating experience as we participated in the 2017 version of the “Annual Health and Wellness Week,” with the theme of  “Building A Stronger Community.” The week’s Opening Ceremonies introduced the focus and schedule of various festivities during our Monday Morning Meeting. Dwight-Englewood’s executive chef, Luke Kuchavik and Director of Dining […]

17 Mar

Message from Kathy Christoph

Folks, I came across an article the other day where the author, Cheryl Mizerny, talked about why she loves working with middle school children. I immediately felt a strong kinship to her as she described the wonderful and often-times wacky world of working with young adolescents. Here is an excerpt that I’d like to share […]

17 Mar

Message from Kathy Christoph

Folks, This evening, you will have access to your child’s interim comments report for the spring semester. These comments summarize months of hard work and productivity, and I hope your child feels accomplished with his/her progress. You may access the comments through the D-E website. Please see the instructions listed at the end on how […]

17 Mar

Grade Level Updates

In the World Language classes, some of our 6th graders are learning the food vocabulary with the verbs “gustar”, “querer” and “pedir”. Our 7th graders are continuing learning some idiomatic expressions with the verb “tener que”, “venir a” and possessive pronouns. Some of our 8th graders are learning the appropriate use of direct and indirect pronouns and past tense “el pretérito.”  Others finished presenting their PBL: What do food and language have in common? Why are corn, chocolate, and potatoes so important in our diet today? It was so nice watching and hearing great information they brought about these products. Our grade Latin students are continuing to work on their PBL Unit, endangered languages, and they are working delightfully and making great progress on it. Our 8th French students are in the process of reading full-fledged short stories that combine their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. The students are asked not only to be able to read and understand but also they should put their knowledge of verb tenses into practice by highlighting in various colors the verbs in the story, then transcribing them into a chart and deciding if they are regular or irregular verbs.

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In 7th grade we just finished writing and performing round one of the ONE-MINUTE PLAYS and for 8th grade we are gearing up for our Spoken Word PBL Celebration with 8th grade Coffee House on Friday!

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Our singers are continuing to learn and memorize music for the upcoming spring concert. They are excited to finalize our animation drawings to start the next process of transferring them to animation paper and tee shirts.

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We will be kicking off our PBL unit with the film “Urbanized”; students will visit their favorite sites on campus they voted for, engage in discussions about form, function and community. Students were asked to look for a building or site that needs improvement in their own community and document it in their sketchbooks.

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Students are completing their Coloring Book Pages as their PBL. We are in communication with three different hospitals and hope that one or all will decide to use the pdf’s in their Art Therapy programs with patients. Also, parents, family and friends look for printed copies at the Spring Arts Festival to color and/or take home!

17 Mar

Our Community of Learners

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HomeBase advisors are diligently working this week writing comments to the students.  The comments include the SAL (Student as Learner) traits that our students are familiar with and that we focus on both in the classroom and in HomeBase.  Students will have a chance to read and reflect on their comments prior to Spring Break.  […]

17 Mar

Tech Tips: Free books (and more) from anywhere

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Contributed by Bill Campbell, Academic Technology Director Spring Break is right around the corner so some D-E Middle School students may have more unscheduled time available than usual during those two weeks. Reading for pleasure is a good way to fill some time, and you don’t have to go to a bookstore or the library to […]

06 Mar

Grade Level Updates

8th Grade: The 8th grade English teachers have rolled out a new unit on Ad Rhetoric. Students will examine explicit and implicit rhetoric through the visual and verbal elements in advertisements.  For the final project students will rebrand an advertisement in the hopes of making the brand/product more honest, ethical, and/or empowering. In math class 8th graders have been […]

06 Mar

Our Community of Learners

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Well, the weather is starting to get warmer, the grass is getting just a little bit greener, and the birds are starting to begin their pilgrimage back to the North for the Spring… and do you know what that means? You’re right!  It’s time for the “2017 Health and Wellness Week!” This year’s “Health and Wellness […]

24 Feb

Message from Kathy Christoph

Folks, Learning changes dramatically when students have opportunities to produce work that matters to them. We know this from our own lives—I only need think about the past few days in my life to know this is true. It’s easy for me to recall that moment this past weekend when I dragged my feet completing […]