Hello Everyone,

Middle school continues to be full of creative endeavors.  Our “A Like Totally Radical Midsummer Night’s Dream” play continues to come together.  Every single middle school kiddo in our program is involved in the play in some way; whether they are designing set pieces, programs or working on lines, this is certainly a community effort.  I have tremendous gratitude for my colleagues’ and their support of this artistic mayhem.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 18th at 3:30 and 6:00 when this production will make its much awaited debut!

In Language and Literature, 8th graders are reading To Kill a Mockingbird and currently working on mini creative non-fiction, “slice of life” pieces as they work on their voices as writers.  7th graders are studying World War II through the lenses of Anne Frank and the memoir, Farewell to Manzanar and writing a creative journal correspondence between the two girls.  6th graders are learning about the refugee experience through the book, Inside Out and Back Again, honing their paragraph writing skills and learning about figurative language.  They were lucky enough to meet with Molly Cottrell of Soft Landing Missoula to hear about refugee resettlement in our own community.  On November 21st, 6th graders will have the opportunity to spend the morning at the MAM and the afternoon at the Missoula Public Library.  Let me know if you’d like to join us as a chaperone on that trip.

Advisors look forward to meeting with all of you during our student-led conferences next week.  This is a wonderful way for our kiddos to share their social and academic goals with you as well as give you a snapshot of what they’ve been learning these first two months of school.

Enjoy the Monday holiday and see you next week!

Warmly,

Gillian