Greetings SMS Families,
All LSUU K-8 Math teachers have been working with the All Learner’s Network this year learning about Math Menus. A Math Menu is a teaching strategy where students have multiple opportunities and experiences to use and practice a variety of skills to increase their conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. The primary components of Math Menu include:
- Window Panes – review of previously learned concepts
- Problem Solvers – Challenging problems that might have multiple solutions and provide opportunities for deeper thinking, out of the box thinking, and in some cases collaboration.
- Journal Writing – Students are learning that math is a language and this is an opportunity for reflection as well as reading, writing, and thinking about math and one as a learner.
- Games – Games are engaging opportunities for students to practice previously learned as well as skills/concepts. Game playing has a low floor low stakes opportunity that opens thinking and communication about mathematical concepts and problem solving.
- Technology – 21 Century learning provided highly engaging and visually appealing opportunities for new learning, review, and practice. Students are given opportunities on devices.
All teachers are working on the different components, at different levels and pace. Within all the above components teachers have their own choices just like students. All of these elements provide potential opportunities for all students to be able to engage and achieve at their own Choice by Challenge. Not everyone has the same problems or pathway to work towards proficiencies. We have had so many students actively engage in Math Menu and request more. When students ask for more math, that is music to our ears. Here are some pictures of students working and engaged in various components of the Menu. Be sure to ask your students what they like most about Math Menus.
Last month, 8 SMS students attended the Getting to the Y program at the Capital Plaza with Ms. Poe. Getting to the Y provides an opportunity for students to bring meaning to their school’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. During the day-long event, SMS student leaders worked with students from ten other Vermont middle schools and UP for Learning program leaders to learn and practice tools and strategies to organize a data analysis retreat in our own school community. Our student leaders will recruit a larger group of students to map existing assets and supports, identify strengths and concerns in our school’s YRBS data, think about root causes for these concern areas, and begin an action plan to address these issues. These students not only experience personal growth and build their capacity for future civic engagement, but also effect sustainable change in youth behavior, community, and school culture.
Jack Frost has arrived, but that doesn’t mean we will have recess inside. It is important that students get fresh air daily. It is our goal for all students to get outside as much as possible for some fresh air, room to run, play, and socialize. PLEASE, Help your student come to school with everything that they might need to stay warm. Everyone should wear a jacket, boots, and have hats and gloves… just in case.
We are also open to accepting gently used winter items so that kids who forget something can still go out and play, stay warm and have fun… especially when we go sledding or build snowpeople. Extra snow pants, jackets, boots, and mittens/gloves can be found in the office when needed. So, if you have a little extra, that would be welcomed.
Next week is Thanksgiving Week. Since we will only be in school for 2 days, we are going to take a break from our Family Communication. We wish you a happy, healthy, and family fun filled break.
Other Stowe Middle School News and Announcements
Important Dates to Remember and Other Resources
These events are always available on our website too! lsuu.org/schools/stowe-middle-school/
November 23-25th – Thanksgiving Break
December 2nd – ½ day School will be dismissed at 11:45am. Please make plans with your student so that they know what to do and where they need to be going after school.
Winter Break – No School Friday December 23, 2022 – January 1st – School resumes Monday January 2nd 2023
Athletics Update from Tim.Albertson@lsuu.org – Co-Curricular Activities Director
Middle School Winter Sports – 2022
Winter Sports Meeting Wednesday November 16th at 6:00 PM in the Gym
- Winter Sports begin on Monday November 28th.
- All athletes must be Registered through RankOne in order to play. If you signed up in the fall, you may have taken care of the winter. Feel free to check in with me.
- We are still looking for Coaches for the following positions: Nordic Skiing and 7th Grade Girls Basketball.
Fall Uniforms – Please return your uniforms to me (Tim Albertson in the High School Main Office). Uniforms must be returned before the Winter Season Begins.
Please take a moment to read a message from the Stowe Boosters.
Important Links and Community News
We are in the final stages of revising our mastery reports for the 2022-23 School Year based on the feedback of our students, educators, and families. You will notice that we are streamlining these reports and adding ways for teachers to provide more personalized information. Click HERE to review some of the sample reports and informational flyers going home at the end of the quarter or trimester. Reminder: These are still in draft form.
Working Communities Challenge (WCC’s Community Share)
Flu shots are now widely available. You can get your flu shot simultaneously with other vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccinations. Where to get a flu shot:
- State walk-in clinics
- Pharmacies (most want appointments, but not all)
- Primary care physicians