Richard Walker: rwalker@mdpsc.org

Patricia Vroom: pvroom@mdpsc.org

February 15, 2017


Significant Upcoming Dates:

Presidents’ Day Monday, February 20thSchool closed – no extended care

Early release – Wednesday, February 22nd – 11:30 a.m.

Child as Teacher – Tuesday, February 28th – 3:30-6 p.m.

Parent Conferences – Thursday-Friday March 2nd – 3rd

Spring Break – March 20th – March 24th

AZ MERIT Testing – Tuesday – Thursday, March 28th –.30th

Early release – Wednesday, April 19th – 11:30 a.m.

New Mexico Camping Trip – Friday, April 21st – Monday, April 24th


Homework Expectations:  Middle School students have received a complete set of Study Guides that list all of their assignments for this six-week cycle of work.   To find out what their assignments are for any given night, have your student explain the study guides to you.  Please contact us if you still need some clarification.  Vocabulary, grammar, literature, and math are regular homework assignments for Monday through Thursday evenings. The homework is due the next day and will be graded at that time. There is a weekly writing assignment along with other assignments due each week. You will be notified of any late homework.


This is the third week of Cycle 4. The theme of this cycle is Systems.

Personal World: This cycle’s study guide starts with this overview.

The dictionary defines a friend as a person that you know, like, and trust.  Most people have a range of friends, from acquaintances to very best friends.

How close you are to someone, (their “Intimacy Level”) can be arranged on a continuum from Level 1 (strangers) to Level 6 (yourself).  For some, intimacy is a scary word.  Its basic definition simply means “closely acquainted; familiar, close.”  We communicate with our friends differently at each level of intimacy.  We disclose different amounts of ourselves at different times to different people.

Communication plays an important role in forming and maintaining friendships.  One approach to improving communication is to identify things that encourage communication and those things that can block it.

Guiding Questions:

What does it mean to be a friend?

What does it mean to have a friend?

What are the 6 levels of intimacy?

Social World: Our social studies of economic systems are framed in our guiding questions.

What is economics?

What are the major types of economic systems in use in the world today?

What are businesses like in the U.S. economic system?

Natural World:  Our fourth cycle in life science  is devoted to looking at the organ systems of the human body.  

Our studies follow these guiding questions:

What are the eleven systems of the human body?

What effects do disorders and diseases have on the human body?

What effects do drugs have on the human body?

Street Law:  This cycle covers Introduction to Criminal Law,”  “Crimes Against the Person,” “Crimes Against Property,” “Defenses,” and “Criminal Justice Process:  The Investigative Phase.”

Classical Music Program:  This week we are listening to Gioachino Rossini’s “String Sonata No. 5.”  Rossini wrote this sonata at the age of twelve.

Note:  We look forward to meeting with all our families at the Parent-Student-Teacher conferences.  As before, your student is expected to participate in the conference.