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Final fiction BDR of the school year

It’s not quite here, but it’s near, so don’t sit on your rear or just stand frozen in fear like a frightened dear. Get it in gear! The final fiction BDR of the school year is due Friday, April 10! … Continue reading

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Annual research project

My seventh graders will workĀ from Thursday March 19 to Wednesday March 25 on a research project worth 250 points. Their research is designed to help them better understand the 1960s in America as preparation for reading The Wednesday Wars in … Continue reading

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Nonfiction BDRs – due date moved back

The deadline for the nonfiction BDRs has been moved from Friday, Feb. 27 to Monday, March 2. So … NO EXCUSES, right? Don’t be late! Don’t hesitate! It might be lead to a doomed fate! That would not be great. … Continue reading

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2015 theatre parent letter Ths Phne 2.0

Welcome to the 2015 CMS theatre team! I call it a team rather than a club because teamwork is essential to our success and one of the most valuable lessons anyone can learn from theatre. We call it theatre because, … Continue reading

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Woodsong

After reading author Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet fiction book), we will now be reading his autobiographical Woodsong. So why read two books from the same author? The Common Core emphasizes the use of both fiction and nonfiction literature. It also focuses … Continue reading

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“The Man in the Arena”

This is a poem written by the late President Theodore Roosevelt. It’s worth reading and learning.   It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of … Continue reading

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Theatre 2015

It’s that time of the year for theatre auditions! Here’s the basic information, and I’ve attached a parent letter to the bottom of this post. CMS Theatre 2015 AUDITIONS! When: Jan. 20, 22, 27, 29 from 3:15-5:15 (if you have … Continue reading

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Gary Paulsen project and books!

Welcome to 2015! We will invest considerable time and effort in January on two books written by author Gary Paulsen. One, Hatchet, is the fictional story of a seventh-grade boy who survives a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, but … Continue reading

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The two-minute warning!

In a football game, the last two minutes of both halves can be extremely important to the outcome of the game. How a team uses that time is essential to its success. In terms of this first semester of school, … Continue reading

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