Good Afternoon, Community Middle!
There was a lot of traffic in our hallway this week! Students investigated force and work while building cars that are powered by a mousetrap. All week, cars were rolling up and down the hallway, improving with each round of troubleshooting. Ask your children what they need to do in order to be ready for next Thursday’s grade level mousetrap car tests. What can they do it make theirs travel farther? If you are available, please join us on Friday, March 22 for our Mousetrap Car Competition and Exhibition, 9:25 – 9:50 in the school gym.
It was no mistake that Pi Day perfectly coincided with our study of geometry! The students baked homemade (schoomade?) pizza, and applied knowledge of the area and circumference of circles to solve complex problems. Perhaps your family can make pizza at home and continue the circle measurement fun! We even read one of my all-time favorite math books, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table. Ask your children about all of the punny character names!
The students from one of our Tuesday morning electives also have a message for you:
The elective CMS Gives Back is holding a food drive March 18 – April 18. The grade level with the most food wins an ice cream and pizza party! We ask that you do not bring in glass or any perishable products. Examples of food to bring in are canned foods, pasta, and mac and cheese. Thank you!
On Thursday night, Chad, Stephanie, and Josh Flaherty presented the Charter School Update to the Albemarle County School Board. The Board is very excited about the work going on at Community Middle, and is eager for us to continue sharing with the other ACPS middle schools. You can find the agenda item and presentation here. Through our work as a lab school, we also hosted school leaders from Fairfax and Rockingham counties this week.
Next week, our eighth graders will take the Writing SOL tests, so please help them get to bed early, eat breakfast, and arrive to school on time. The multiple choice test is Tuesday, March 26 and the writing prompt portion is Wednesday, March 27. We know that they will rock it!
Stephanie and the Community Middle Team
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