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Middle School Read Aloud (Scobie)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

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If you love listening to writing and stories read aloud, this is for you. Some discussion. Mostly just listening.

MS Math Lab (Nic)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Math is an art, even if our culture does not usually see it that way. Mathematicians make patterns out of imaginary ideas. (Whoa.) Math is wondering, playing, asking questions, and finding ways to do it beautifully.*

This is the math I want to do with you: math that will make you think “Oh, so this is math too? I actually like this!”

I won’t be teaching you how to calculate this, that, or the other thing. (Though you might find yourself doing some of that.) I won’t be having you practice some specific technique over and over until you’ve memorized it. (Though you may find yourself getting better at some techniques.)

Mostly, I’m just going to get you playing math.

I’ll bring in activities for us all to do together, with me facilitating. This won’t be the choose-your-thing-and-go-in-a-room model of Math Jam; it’ll be all of us in one room doing the thing I’ve brought in.


* Credit for some of this language to Paul Lockhart’s famous essay.

Mishmash (Liana)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Continuing from previous term, new members by permission only.

Required texts/materials: You will need your instrument, your music, and a pencil at each rehearsal.

Writer’s Workshop with Amy and Occasionally Simon (Amy Hollinger)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

I believe that writing is an essential skill for everyone. Come and join me in a language arts class using Columbia Teachers College Professor, Lucy Calkin’s, Units of Study Writer’s Workshop approach. This class is geared towards the middle school writer. It is really perfect for anyone from those that love to write to those that are reluctant and avoid writing classes. The format will be to present some general instruction and then to personalize pathways through the material based on where you are as a writer.

Here is how Lucy Caulkins describes her program, “I couldn’t be more delighted to be sharing this work with you. It is the understatement of a lifetime to say that Units of Study grow out of years of work in thousands of classrooms. This series also grows out of the greatest minds and most beautiful teaching that I’ve seen anywhere. To write the Units of Study, my colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and I have done what teachers throughout the world do all the time. We’ve taken all that we know—the processes, sequences, continua, books, levels, lessons, methods, principles, strategies…the works—and we’ve made a path for children, a path that draws all we know into a cohesive, organic progression. Our hope is that this path brings children along to the place where they can write clearly and skillfully and read flexibly and joyfully—and can live together as caring, thoughtful readers and writers.”


P.S. Added bonus will be occasional visits from “Professor Simon” as he loves writing almost as much as I do!



About the instructor: I love teaching and learning, I love animals and I LOVE PSCS!

Handwriting and stuff! (Chrissy) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Want to work on improving your handwriting and expand your vocabulary and spelling at the same time? Then this is the block for you! Each class we will most likely have stations that will include hand strengthening, letter practicing and repetition. While we work on improving our handwriting, we will also work on building vocabulary and spelling. For each class there will be 20 minutes of practice homework. Middle school only – if you are a high schooler and really want to join, talk to Chrissy.

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Required texts/materials: Can-Do Print The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

First Peoples (Sam)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

When we hear about the start of this awesome place, it always begins with the landing on the East Coast. We all know by now that much more was going on way before then. This class will talk about the many people groups and tribes that were a part of the these great United States before the invasion of British settlers. We will be learning about groups that lived in many regions and how they survived and thrived while doing some amazing things. Also, we will learn about the similarities that we come across in our state that reflect Native cultures, practices, and ideas.


Young People’s History (cont.) (Chrissy)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

You know who you are! Continuation of the year long Young People’s History class.

Required texts/materials:

Just Write (Sam) (BLOCK)

This is a block class.

This class is what the title says, Just Write. I want us to gather and work on building up our writing skills in a relaxed way. I find that just taking the time to write and process thoughts and ideas helps us to stay connected to the great skill of writing. We will have time to free write (journal), work on specific projects, blog and even the chance to do collaborative work. If you’re looking to get more into writing or take the time to just write more, this is the class for you!



Washington State History (Sam)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Washington my home

Wherever I may roam

You are my land

My native land

Washington my home

Your verdant forests green

Caressed by silvery streams

With nests of pines and brandied wines

Washington my home

Come join me as we learn about the beauty and versatile land we call Washington State. This class is for those who are wanting to know all about the history, culture, and geography of what people call one of the most beautiful states in the US! We will look at maps, timelines, stories, interesting facts and activities that will help us to become more familiar with this great place we call home.