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De Nouveaux Amis: Fifth and Sixth Graders Start Communicating with French Pen Pals

This year, fifth and sixth graders are getting to know Upper Elementary students in southwestern France through new pen pal relationships! We already had some short exchanges by email, sharing some pictures and a presentation about Halloween, and we’re expecting our first letters any day now. In French class, students learned and practiced how to […]

Posted on December 18, 2018 in

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A Bear-y Inspiring Story About America’s 26th President

Fifth graders, who study American history, recently read about Theodore Roosevelt, revealing a very warm-and-fuzzy (literally) story about how the 26th president inspired one of the country’s most beloved stuffed animals. Luciana R. shared the story in a recent assignment—​read more here. Theodore Roosevelt was a president everyone loved—especially the press, who always had amusing […]

Posted on December 18, 2018 in

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Sixth Graders Create Ofrendas for Dia de Los Muertos

Sixth graders created ofrendas (offerings) this month to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, the Mexican holiday in which families honor the lives of their deceased loved ones. Each student picked a beloved former family member or pet and built a diorama highlighting their favorite things. On November 15, the students gathered to share their ofrendas […]

Posted on November 26, 2018 in

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“Giving Gifts,” an Essay on Stella by Starlight

Sixth graders recently read Stella by Starlight, a novel set during the Jim Crow era in North Carolina. The book’s main character, Stella, starts a newspaper to try to improve her writing skills. After finishing the book, students were asked to write an essay examining one of Stella’s articles and explaining how its theme relates to the […]

Posted on November 26, 2018 in

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Two Lessons in One: Studying “Sewer Lice” and Learning More than We Bargained For

Our science teacher Dr. Koh has often pushed us to question our observations. In many demonstrations, she has used everyday materials to show us that things are not always as they appear.  I am going to talk about one particular demonstration where she showed us live “sewer lice.” Our lesson started with a question: “How […]

Posted on October 23, 2018 in

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Learning How History Inspired the Harry Potter Series

Since its debut in 1998, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has spawned a movie series, a Broadway production, and several theme parks. But it all began with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,which fifth graders read this fall. They concluded their study with a visit to the New-York Historical Society for the fortuitously-timed exhibition, Harry Potter: A […]

Posted on October 23, 2018 in

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Global Math Week: Second, Fourth, and Fifth Graders Learn About Exploding Dots

This month, MMS students in second, fourth, and fifth grade participated in Global Math Week, a grassroots program that shares fun and creative math activities with students around the world. Organizers aimed for ten million children in 2018. This year’s assignment is based on the theory of Exploding Dots, which is directly relevant to elementary […]

Posted on October 19, 2018 in

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Our New Buddy School in Kenya

 This summer, our art teacher Madame Garnier and Upper Elementary teacher Mr. Preston spent time at the Sere Olipi Primary School in the Samburu District 200 miles north of Nairobi. Their visit was coordinated through The Thorn Tree Project, which helps create bonds between U.S. schools and Kenyan schools. Mr. Preston first encountered this […]

Posted on October 18, 2018 in

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Meet Dr. Koh and Mr. Litt, Upper Elementary’s New Teachers

Two teachers are joining the MMS veterans in Upper Elementary this year. Meet Mr. Litt, who is teaching fourth grade social studies and fifth grade language arts, as well as Dr. Koh, who is teaching fourth grade math, and fifth and sixth grade science.  Mr. Litt (1) Give us a preview of some of the things […]

Posted on September 27, 2018 in

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What It’s Like Being “Top Dog” at MMS

When I first started MMS and saw the sixth graders on stage performing or at community gatherings, I never thought that I would actually be in that position. Now that I am one of the “top dogs” at MMS, it is nerve-racking, but also kind of fun. Sixth graders are always one of the first […]

Posted on September 26, 2018 in

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