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What Goes on in Sixth Grade Math? A Voice From the Inside Reports

By Jackson H., Sixth Grader Math, math, math. As sixth graders, we have a full first semester to make sure we’re ready for the ISEE, our admissions test. That includes reviewing fractions, decimals, and studying probability, data, and beginning algebra with one and two-step equations.  It keeps us busy!  But as we’re cramming all these new […]

Posted on December 10, 2019 in

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How to Make An Entire School Feel Great in Three Seconds Flat? African Dance!

The last day before Thanksgiving break, MMS students, faculty, and staff gathered in the gym for an assembly. At a certain point, the fifth and sixth graders quietly slipped out the back door, and when they returned they came running in, hands in the air, feet kicking, as an African beat reverberated around the room. […]

Posted on December 5, 2019 in

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Learning About “Sculpture in Situ” at Storm King Art Center

 Every year, fourth graders go to Storm King Art Center in upstate New York. The trip is an opportunity to celebrate the milestone of reaching Upper Elementary, the first time students spend most of their day together as a grade (as opposed to the multi-grade classrooms of Primary and Lower Elementary). Of course, fourth graders also […]

Posted on October 28, 2019 in

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Upper Elementary Book Club Launches with “Harriet The Spy”

Three members of Upper Elementary Book Club—Ally S., Veronika H., and Audrey K.— share how the club operates and insights from their first first meeting to discuss Harriet the Spy. Book Club is a group of kids in Upper Elementary that get together to discuss the book they’re reading. This semester there are 18 kids in […]

Posted on October 23, 2019 in

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Students Interview Their New Teachers, UE’s Ms. Tonetti and LE’s Ms. Braun

MMS is a tight-knit community, but we’re always excited to welcome new people. This year, the Elementary division includes two new teachers, Ms. Braun in Lower Elementary’s IC and Ms. Tonetti, an Upper Elementary Social Studies teacher. Students in both divisions volunteered to interview their teachers to help introduce them to the broader community! Meet Ms. […]

Posted on September 26, 2019 in

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Combining Efforts to Learn About Exponents

By Dr. Ingrid Ko, Upper Elementary Math and Science Teacher  Students in fifth grade math are learning about exponents, a topic with many real-life applications such as cell divisions in biology and binary codes in computer science. To that end, they investigated the Sierpiński triangle, which has a “self-similar growth pattern,” which means that it […]

Posted on September 25, 2019 in

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Upper Elementary Field Day Photos

On May 31, Upper Elementary students gathered in Riverside Park for a morning of races, games, and teamwork. Want to download a photo? Hover your mouse above the slideshow; then click on the arrow on the bottom ride side of the slideshow to sign into Vidigami.

Posted on May 31, 2019 in

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Welcome to Upper Elementary: Advice for Rising Third Graders

Gather round! Our sage fourth graders recently shared some pearls of wisdom for their third grade peers, who will soon be ascending to Upper Elementary. Class of ’22 parents, safeguard these practical tips for next September. You may even want to read them to your new fourth grader the night before school starts: One suggestion encourages […]

Posted on May 30, 2019 in

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Balancing Act: Sixth Graders Create Mobiles that Represent Equations

When you enter IIA and look up the first thing you see are colorful, three-dimensional shapes hanging from the ceiling. These geometric mobiles were built by the sixth grade and are physical models of the mobile puzzles they created in class. Students Emily M. and Camille B. describe the project below.  Mobile puzzles are pictorial representations […]

Posted on April 25, 2019 in

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Sturbridge Village Log: A Journey Back in Time

All year, fifth graders focus on American history in their social studies class. In April, they visited Old Sturbridge Village and came together as a class to recount their very memorable trip here: In a plain, white church on the Sturbridge Village green our fifth grade class participated in the purest form of democracy. We had come […]

Posted on April 24, 2019 in

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