Middle School Weekly

We were thrilled to finally have a full five-day school week together to dive back into our academics.  This week, students served as curators, historians, artists in residences, and in other roles to plan and create an atomic history museum, focusing on models from Aristotle to Dalton to Schrodinger.  Ask your children how they contributed to the museum, and what they know about atoms.  Students also explored the career path of an illustrator, and had an opportunity to consult with a peer and create an illustration to accompany someone else’s writing.  How did your child represent a friend’s writing with art?

Other ongoing experiences are also underway.  We have started individual goal-setting meetings.  Students have a one-on-one meeting each week, during which they spend approximately fifteen minutes setting and reflecting on short-term and long-term goals.  Check in with your children to find out what day they meet, and what they are working toward.  Additionally, we have started a new Tuesday morning elective series.  Students selected an option for second quarter, including opportunities like Lego Robotics and Molecular Gastronomy. Find out what elective your children chose.

As you saw in Chad’s email earlier this week, the Murray HS staff is strongly considering adding the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program to the school’s course offerings.  The IB program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced course of study for 11th and 12th graders with a curriculum and assessment model that aligns with the existing philosophies of the school.  Please take a few moments to complete the survey by Monday: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/UWQDrK

Have a great weekend,
Stephanie Passman, Lead Teacher

An archive of all weekly newsletters can be found here: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/middle-school-weekly/ 

Middle School Weekly

Greetings, Families,

We spent our short week focused on serving and celebrating our community.  Students worked in groups to plant tulips, fix picnic tables, clear the trail, build bird feeders, and more.  Ask your children how they served as stewards in our community. We also practiced applying terms like deposit, withdraw, and balance through student-created math board games. Involve your children when you’re balancing your checkbook and using a debit card.

Thank you to all who contributed to our potluck lunch today, and to our already-amazing PTO for organizing.  It was really special to come together with all of your families, and we look forward to continuing to do so. We are incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to learn alongside your children every day.  Enjoy the long weekend with your friends and family, and have a happy Thanksgiving!


Stephanie Passman, Lead Teacher

An archive of all weekly newsletters can be found on the leadership blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/middle-school-weekly/

Squash Team Makes Competitive Debut

The Community Public Charter School (“Community Middle”) and Murray High School squash team made its competitive debut on Saturday, November 14 at the McArthur Squash Center Junior Tournament in Charlottesville, VA.   Of the nine players registered, several placed and all played hard, learned lots, and had fun!

A few pictures from the event:

Middle School Weekly

Happy Weekend!

Our immersion at Wildrock this week allowed us to focus on a mix of civics, science, and art standards while we explored how to be good stewards of our communities. We started the week of a design challenge, to consider how our school’s green spaces can be best leveraged to enhance the experience for animals and humans. Along the way, we learned a lot! Ask your children if all snakes lay eggs, how they could start a fire out in the wilderness, and what type of art they created around our school today.

Next Monday and Tuesday we will focus on applying our learning from Wildrock toward a specific design project at school. Ask your kids what they might do with their new learning to improve our grounds. Extend the conversation to think together about the volunteering and service you might do in your lives. A key learning in the civics Standards of Learning is that service is an important way that we effectively participate in civic life within a democracy.

Be on the lookout for report cards, as paper copies are being sent home and should arrive in the mail next week. If you would like a digital copy, email Stephanie and she will share the documents.

You should also be on the lookout for the first message straight from our PTO. Add CPCSPTO@gmail.com to your address book, as regular updates will come about events and upcoming opportunities. We look forward to the Thanksgiving Potluck next Tuesday, November 20 in the Hub at noon, and hope to see you all there! Remember to update the sign up here. Normal school lunch will not be sold on Tuesday.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Stephanie Passman, Lead Teacher