Do you pay attention to the way your middle schooler talks? The vocabulary that we use in informal settings is pretty different from the academic vocabulary that students need to master for formal settings such as school and work. We generally use this specialized type of vocabulary to explain concepts, and it’s often the vocabulary found in our textbooks and educational articles. For our students, especially our language learners, developing a comfort with not academic vocabulary and the types of sentences in which they are used is a must.
How can you help? I’m glad you asked :) Start by always asking your child about school on a regular basis. Be specific in your questions, and keep digging until you’ve figured out whether they can answer your questions. Have conversations about proportions, Greek Mythology, and energy transfer. See if you can start a debate about whether being a teenager is like being the 13 colonies under Britain’s rule. In your talks with your child, see if he or she is using these sentence frames for discussion. Take it one day at a time, be persistent, and listen to them improve their use of academic vocabulary!
Eighth Grade Yosemite Trip
The District is delighted to sponsor an outdoor education trip to Yosemite National Park during Spring Break: April 6-10, 2015. A group of 8th-grade students from Crittenden and Graham will have the opportunity to spend time in one of the most iconic places in the world. Run by NatureBridge, a renowned environmental education organization, the trip promises to be a fun and educational, blending adventure with learning. To participate in this Yosemite pilot trip, students need to complete an application (download forms at tinyurl.com/mvwsd-yosemite). The District and its partners, including MVEF and NatureBridge, are working to secure the resources to offer this program to all of its 8th-grade students beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.
Come to a Yosemite Info Night to learn more about the program. A NatureBridge representative will be at hand to answer questions. Spanish translation will be provided.
* Thu, Oct. 16, 7-8pm @ Crittenden MUR
We’ve recently rolled out updates to our homepage that we think will make it easier to use. The Announcements section is now a Twitter feed, which makes it possible for anyone to get timely updates by following @crittendenmvwsd. Also, you can now scroll to see past announcements that you might have missed. You may have noticed that I have separated my own professional Twitter account (on which I share a lot of food for thought articles having to do with pedagogy) from our school account (on which we post announcements about the week-to-week events at school). If you are on Twitter, follow both accounts! @gchangEDU @crittendenmvwsd
Sign up for the PowerSchool Parent Portal
Thank you to the parents and families who have already set up their PowerSchool Parent Portals. The Parent Portal gives you additional options that the student accounts do not. For example, it gives you the option to get regular emails updating you on your children’s assignments and grades. According to our records, it seems that many parents have not yet set up accounts. If you need assistance or no longer have the information that was sent home with your child two weeks ago, please call the office.
Rainy Day Activity Room
The rain is coming (we really, really hope)! Leadership would like to set up a rainy day activity room full of games like ping pong, foosball and the sort. If you know anyone who would like to get rid of a game table and is willing to donate it to a worthy cause, please contact Ms. Mogin at email@example.com. Thank you!
Crittenden 2014-15 eScrip Drive is here
Have you ever heard of eScrip? If you haven't, the word basically means EASY MONEY for our school!
This is how it works:
• Your family members register any one or all of their existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program. Like a Safeway club card!
• Participating merchants will make financial contributions to their chosen group, like Crittenden, based on purchases made by them, just by using the cards they have registered.
• The purchases are tracked and available online at www.eScrip.com, allowing your family to see just how much they are earning for Crittenden!
There's no selling any products and NO COST TO YOU OR YOUR FAMILY. It's free and easy. See your first period teacher for the eScrip form and take this home to your family today to start earning thousands of dollars for Crittenden Middle School. The money will be used to fund our dances, student activities, classroom supplies as well as music and art materials. You and your family CAN make a difference in our school. Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to visit eScrip.com and add Crittenden to their membership TODAY!
Volunteer at the Landels Elementary Walkathon on Friday, October 24. It’s a fun way to earn school spirit/volunteer credit!
Crittenden Middle School students, come volunteer at the Landels Elementary Enchanted Walkathon on Friday, October 24th from 3:30-6:00pm as a lap card puncher, prize distributor, or carnival game co-host. It’s a great way to earn volunteer hours. Volunteer half of the time and then enjoy the games and food the rest of the time!
Contact Casaundra Davis, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (408)677-1987 to volunteer or if you have any questions. Click here for more info.
Check the Crittenden Sports Twitter feed here. Look out for announcements about signups and tryouts for Girls' Soccer and Boys' Basketball.
Flyers and Important Information
Click here for the comprehensive school calendar.