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Principal's November Newsletter

November 6, 2017


Dear Los Cerros Families,


It is hard to believe that there is less than six weeks until the end of the first semester. When I walk through classrooms, I see student engaging in the curriculum, experiencing success through trial an error, being hands on in their learning and most importantly, showing academic competency. Our teachers have spent over 15 hours this year working on connecting their lessons to the State’s college and career readiness Blueprints. Through collaboration and research, students will directly see engaging and relevant lessons the focus on inquiry, research, and higher depth of knowledge.


Los Cerros has also been focusing on school connectedness and school pride. Our climate committee has shared some desires for our campus to bring our school together. One thing in particular when it comes to school pride is that we don’t show off our Panther spirit. Because our students did so well with the Magazine and Cookie Dough fundraiser and knowing that our students want school pride, I ordered every student and staff member a school pride Panther t-shirt. These shirts are being handed out today. I hope everyone enjoys them, wears them on Fridays and really makes the connection of being a Panther and what is means to go to Los Cerros. Parents, I ask that you remind you student that regardless of wearing the shirt, being a Panther means being respectful, showing academic success through hard work and being a model citizen.


Math support has begun at Los Cerros on Wednesday mornings. Students needing help in Math should come to Room 1 on Wednesdays starting at 8:00 am. Peer Tutoring is also underway on Monday’s after school. If you are interested, please go to the counseling office to sign up.


The Basket Brigade is here and we are celebrating our 23rd year of raising donations for 300 families in our community. We thank you for all of your support and donations in making this event our largest community event on campus. If you are available, the assembly of the baskets will take place on Thursday, November 16 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the MPR.



What’s Happening on Campus?



Library – Students in7th grade core are working on an immigration/refugees literature circle unit. Students will begin to explore patterns, trends and themes across different books on the topic as well as engage in meaningful, small group discussions drawing connections to current patterns, trends, and themes around the world.


7/8 Physical Education – Students are playing touch football and have really showed an interest in the game.


6th Grade Science - Students have been busy in science learning about different approaches to problem solving in science.  We have solved some problems using the Scientific Method, the Question Formulation Technique, CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) and Think Like an Engineer.  While learning these methods, we have been able to do some fun labs using the Bunsen burners, poppers, rubber bands, Miracle Fish, and dental floss!  Next up for 6th graders is learning about heat and heat transfer.


7th Grade Science - Students just finished a fun week of lab activities illustrating Weathering, Erosion and Deposition. We have started studying Wegener’s Theory of Continental drift and will continue to investigate the evidence that he used when proposing his theory. In the upcoming weeks we will examine mantle convection and seafloor spreading, as well as other processes that eventually proved Wegener’s theory correct. The Plate Tectonics unit will wrap up with a test right before Thanksgiving Break.


Spanish 1A - Seventh graders are learning how to talk about personality traits, and how to describe themselves and each other (using ser + adjectives).  They are also learning how to say what they like to do in their free time (using Me gusta + verb).   Also in this unit, we will examine different cultural perspectives on friendship.  


Spanish 1B - Eighth graders have completed the unit on places around town, activities outside of school, and extending invitations to friends.   They are just beginning the unit on families and celebrations.  We will also compare and contrast cultural perspectives on families and celebrations here with those in Spanish-speaking countries.


English 8 - We have been writing position papers on the topic of simulated violence. We have utilized organizational strategies to improve the structures of introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs, researched to find evidence that supports our claims, and lifted the level of our writing by using sophisticated transitions and thoughtfully elaborating upon our evidence. We will be moving into a second position paper, choosing a teen issue to focus on as we refine the writing skills we’ve learned and use argument as a way to raise awareness and promote justice.


History 8 - We have been studying the American Revolution, focusing on the reasons for the Revolution, the concept of natural rights, and the legacies of the Revolution. To better understand the content, we have been trying out various note-taking strategies such as Cornell, sketch noting, outline, and structures, to determine which style(s) fit us best as learners. We have also been learning how to source documents to gain a better understanding of the author and context and improve our analysis of documents.




Evan Powell


Los Cerros Middle School

Posted by: Cecilia Brear Published:11/6/17
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