This school year went by so quickly; it's difficult to believe that we have almost completed a year's worth of school work. Sixth grade students just completed another module in the engageNY common core math curriculum and are currently working on various topics in geometry.
Last trimester, the fifth and sixth grade students read "The Circuit" by Prof Francisco Jimenez, Santa Clara University. This critical thinking project focused on the lives of children affected by illegal immigration and the contribution that their families make in food agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley. The students analyzed the author's purpose for sharing his childhood story with us and they further reflected on the values instilled in us by reading his story. The artwork and analysis were outstanding.
Social studies topics from the modern world to the US Constitution were the focus of last trimester in 6th/7th and 8th grade respectively. Sixth and seventh grade students studied Japanese feudalism while transitioning into European feudal life. During the third trimester, the students will make a comparative analysis of the social, political, economic and cultural contributions of these two medieval societies. The last trimester will include the Renaissance and the development of western thought.
On the other hand, eighth grade dealt with the Articles of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights Challenged by the language spoken and written during that time period, the students discussed the constitution as a living document that serves American citizens today.
We look forward to the final trimester. Students are highly motivated and enthusiastic about the topics. Discussions are lively.