Week in Review- January 27, 2017

Mathematics: Warm ups- scientific notation, angles, fractions, and puzzles/ Group Math- tests and evaluations of January lessons

Language: Vocabulary videos, Writing a Film Review, The Outsiders final exam and discussion

Humanities: Hellen Keller’s speech Strike Against War

Occupations: Atmospheric conditions and weather, pressure and frontal systems, relative humidity calculation activity.

Expressions: Rock Climbing

Community Work: Spring trip, spring play, iris show, and robotics curriculum planning



Vocabulary Videos

This week, to help learn new vocabulary, we split into two groups and made funny videos to represent new words. We chose three words from a list made by New York Times from 2016. My group’s words were effigy, braggadocio, and consign. After we watched each group’s  videos, we guessed the definition of the word. These are pictures from the word “Consign” (deliver something to a person so that they can sell it). I played the role of the latest advancement in genetics, the “woman-dog!”

~ Annabel




Yesterday the students visited Principia to meet with high school students from their FTC and FRC Robotics Class. What an awesome space and what an awesome experience for our students! The class is looking forward to creating their own robotics program for CMS and is lucky to have such great mentors.


Week in Review- January 19, 2017

Mathematics: Warm Ups – conceptual exponents, rules of exponents, graphing inequalities/ Group Math – systems words problems, complex numbers, probability, seminar

Language: The Outsiders book discussion and writing exercise, vocabulary videos, 1865 grammar test, types, lengths and balance of sentences, label & analyze your own writing

Humanities: social, political, economic, & environmental reform mini presentations, labor monologues and unions, Presidential Inauguration, WWI play

Occupations: Introduction to the wonders of weather, weather instruments, The Coriolis Effect, barometric pressure

Expressions: St. Louis early 1900s, community lunch

Micro-economy: Movie night

Community Work: FTC, Spring Trip, Spring Play, Irish Show

Which Side do You Choose?

Hello, ladies and gentlemen. It is I, Carson Kizer, slayer of many a seventh grader in the CMS Adolescent Program, and I have an update for you! Yesterday (meaning January 5th), the class was asked to “make a choice and defend it” as a writing prompt. If it was left to me, I could choose to declare a war or put my name on every history book in, well, history. Sadly, however, we’re apparently supposed to stick with small stuff, so, here’s something I put together!

Why History is a Better Subject Than Everything Else

We all know the dissatisfied groans you make when your mom says “Time to go to school!” but what we also know is that school can also be fun. No, I don’t mean lunch or recess when I say that, but it’s still good. I’m talking about the subjects you learn like math, science, grammar, and history. History is by far my favorite subject out there, and I’m gonna tell you why.

First of all, you’re looking at stuff that actually happened, whereas in subjects like math (science seems to be the only other exception to this) some guy put a bunch of problems in a book and forgot about it the next day. Don’t take this too seriously, I like other subjects, but #VoteForHistory. Anyway, history is something you can actually remember and tell others about instead of using a board to help write down incredibly hard grammar rules

History also holds extraordinarily cool stories, like how Star Wars was made, the mystery of the two princes, and even recordings of gladiators fighting each other to the death with crowds wildly cheering them on. Yeah, it was that bad.

As if that wasn’t enough, there are some important figures that we have all come to know and love… or hate, depending on the person. We had people like Julius Caesar, King Nebuchadnezzar, General George S. Patton, Issac Newton, and at least a thousand others. Pretty cool, right?

Finally, and perhaps best of all, it has things everyone will love and never grow out of them. If I listed all the examples, this page would completely hog the blog (please excuse the pun), so I’ll limit this to a fair few: wars, betrayals, torture, romance, brave sacrifices, secret pacts, mythology, major accomplishments, claiming territory, trade boycotts, rock music, computers, and men on the Moon.

Are you feeling it? Are you feeling it? ARE YOU EVEN BEGINNING TO COMPREHEND THIS AWESOMENESS (wow that sounded weird)?! Remember, vote for history, and not these darksiders.

Week in Review-Friday, January 6

Mathematics: Factoring Bingo, Math maps meeting (probability, factoring, & systems),  simplifying expressions with exponents and roots, seminar

Language: World religions research paper peer edit session, final draft student meetings and writing goals, creative writing workshop (Make a Choice and Defend it)

Humanities: Defining progressivism, What was the Progressive Era?, Andrew Carnegie’s Steel Industry

Seminar: Invisible to Most, Immigrant Women Line Up for Day Labor

Micro-economy: Types of business organizations, Upcoming projects, update ledger book & binder

Expressions: Spring project committees (yearbook, spring trip, spring musical, FTC), Rock Climbing