middle school news

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Summer Success Tips

Please take a moment to review the following middle school summer success tips.


We would like to see students continuing to grow as readers and foster the habit of reading for pleasure. We ask that middle school students at ISP read at least one book over the summer. Students may download books on their devices, buy them at books stores or amazon, or even check them out in the middle school/high school library after they complete the check-out form. If your child needs support finding a book, s/he can check in with their English teacher or Mr. Shapiro in the library. These resources below can also help your student find a good fit book.

Here are some great tips for fostering a love of reading from a trusted source. This applies to parents of young kids, but also of our middle grades.


One of the best ways you can help your child reinforce his or her math skills is through playing games. The following two websites describe many games you can play to reinforce number sense, or the ability of children and adults to manipulate numbers and build operational skills. All you need are a deck of cards and a pencil!

It is important that you demonstrate with your child that math can be fun and useful. Your attitude toward math can actually determine whether or not your child will succeed! Please take a moment to review some excellent tips from Stanford Math Education Professor Jo Boaler.

Spanish As An Additional Language (SAL)

In this site you will find listening activities classified by topic or level and includes vocabulary and video quizzes and listening and speaking options all with immediate feedback. 

Additionally, Duolingo can be downloaded onto mobile devices and provide fun, interactive mini-lessons in multiple languages.

8th Grade Showcase And Tribes Celebration

Middle school recently marked the culmination of a semester's worth of work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the visual arts and theater, as well as the year's effort in music class. This hard work paid off with an excellent showcase, featuring expositions from all of the subjects mentioned above as well a specific focus on integration.

Rather than presenting each branch of the arts and sciences as a unique and separate discipline, students explored the ways in which each subject is informed by - and, in turn, informs - other disciplines. For example, all 8th grade students undertook an interdisciplinary project in their social studies, English, visual arts, and music classes. The interdisciplinary work was rooted in the reading of Malala Yousafzai's I am Malala. From there, students explored the geopolitical context in which the book was written (social studies), the music of Pakistan, and how the author's experiences could be represented through painting. This came together to form a coherent, integrated exhibit that showcased student learning across and between disciplines. This interdisciplinary project was just one component of a showcase that featured excellent contributions across all featured fields. If you see an 8th grader, please congratulate them on a job well done!

We also recently had a chance to bring to a close our year-long involvement with the Tribes program. Middle school students are placed in a tribe that includes representatives from all three grade levels. Together with their tribe, students compete and collaborate to build community and respect. The year ending tribe event included academic and athletic competitions and made for a day of fun and community building. A special congratulations to the Wildfire Tribe for accumulating the most points over the course of the year!

Thank You From Middle School

Our middle school has focused this year on legacy: planning to add to our school’s traditions, building our contributions, and, in the end, leaving a positive legacy behind for future students. We have the opportunity, as the year comes to a close, to reflect on what we were able to build together.

We were able to build strong advisory communities that supported an understanding of legacy through instilling a growth mindset, practicing mindfulness, and investigating effective life-skills. We built and expanded programs in science and engineering, visual and performing arts, and global issues among other areas. And, perhaps more importantly, we nurtured relationships, many of which will last a lifetime.

Integral to all of this has, of course, been our teachers. Many of our teachers will return next year, continuing to build on our strengths and apply themselves to any challenges. But, as with every year, some of our teachers will be departing. We have appreciated having the opportunity to celebrate the legacies these teachers leave behind, and, while we hate to see them go, celebrate their accomplishments and wish them all the best in their upcoming endeavors.

The end of the year is a time for these reflections, but also a time to rest up and prepare for what promises to be an exceptional upcoming school year. We look forward to a relaxing break and to hitting the ground running next year. Please take a moment to view the grade 8 move up pictures. Happy summer to one and all!

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