Spring 2017

* 4th Qtr * 


* Spring Break (3/27-3/31) *


ASPIRE Testing will begin mid-April. Here are the dates:

  • 6th grade: Math (Wed., 4/12)  Reading (Thurs., 4/13)
  • 7th grade: Science (Mon., 4/17), Math (Tues., 4/18), Reading (Wed., 4/19)
  • 8th grade: Math (Thurs., 4/20), Reading (Fri., 4/21)
  • Make-up Testing (4/24, 4/25)

GT ELA 8 Curriculum Focus:

  • Argumentation/debate
  • Independent Study projects
  • Allusions 
  • Poetry & Shakespeare

GT ELA 7 Curriculum Focus:

  • Argument writing (with a focus on bias and reliability)
  • Public Service Announcement projects
  • Poetry
  • Novel study/literature circles

GT ELA 6 Curriculum Focus:

  • Expository Essay Writing (exploring gifted traits)
  • Nonfiction Reading Comprehension
  • Persuasive writing
  • Poetry and/or novel study

ELA 6 Curriculum Focus:

  • Expository Essay Writing
  • Nonfiction Reading Comprehension
  • Persuasive writing
  • Poetry and/or novel study

Chess Team News

Members of the MMS Chess Team participated in the National Chess Day Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Brookwood Village.  


Chess players included Luke Emiliano, Jeffery Green, Emmanuel Hernandez, and William Zou.  Luke received all-around 3rd place trophy, Jeffery received Gold medal, Emmanuel the Silver medal, and Williams the Bronze medal.  Great job to all these players on competing and learning to become better at chess!

Chess Team News 2016

Calling all Chess Players!

Students interested in joining the MMS Chess team should see Ms. Hamilton about information to qualify!

Pre-requisite: Students must meet one of the first 5 requirements and the last two skills to be on the chess team:

  • have at least 4 months experience playing chess regularly.
  • have completed and passed chesskid.com lessons up to a Queen level.
  • know all the chess pieces names, their values, and legal moves on the board.
  • must demonstrate knowledge of the chess board such as the names of tiles, ranks, files, and sides of the board.
  • should be practiced at castling, en passante, rook roller, and other important chess tactics.


About Ms. Hamilton

 Hello everyone!  I’m Ms. Hamilton aka Ms. H. 🙂


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     Currently, I am blessed to be in my 4th year teaching at MMS.  I moved here a little over 3 years ago from Baldwin county (down there close to the Gulf Coast) where I taught at Spanish Fort High School and also taught at Avalon Middle School in Pensacola, Florida.  I completed my Gifted Specialist certification in summer of 2015 from University of Alabama.  I received my Masters in English Education at UAB in 1998 and my Bachelors degree in Speech Communication /Theater at UA in 1992. Overall, I have 13 years of teaching experience expanding from 6th grade to 10 grade…middle school is definitely my favorite grade level to teach.

I have one 19 year old son who is beginning college next year, and I am excited to see where his journey takes him in life!

I look forward to working with you all this year!                                                   
<3 Ms. H





DRP stands for Daily Reading Practice

DRP provides students with one reading selection per week.  Students reread the selection every day, each time focusing on a different set of comprehension skills.  The goal of DRP is to teach students to analyze and understand written texts so they can become life-long readers and learners.

Each day focuses on a different skill:

Monday – students work with the subject, the title (simple main idea), the author’s purpose, the genre of the selection, and usually the tone or mood of the selection.

Tuesday – students work with vocabulary.  Synonyms, antonyms, base words, and words in context are a few of the skills practiced each day. Sometimes they will need to utilize a dictionary.

Wednesday – students practice inferences, use prior knowledge, test true/false statements, find problems in the fiction selections, and identify literary or rhetorical techniques.

Thursday – students work with information they discussed in the previous days and find evidence and details to support their assumptions.  For some selections, they build and use graphic organizers to understand the text.

Friday – after the students have dug deeply into the selection for four days, they identify key words and use the key words to write a summary of the selection.


Welcome to 6th grade Gifted/Talented ELA.

Please select the links under the main GT ELA 6 heading to access assignments.

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