Ode to Bush-Honeysuckle

Honeysuckles must die, they are meanies,

They kill the earth and other native plants,

We must squish them into small paninis,

Chopping them all down, A wish I can’t grant,

They block sunlight, and invade big forests,

Leaf-growth is earlier for them to grow,

Nothing eats them, not even a tortoise

Growing everywhere, It’s too big to mow

It’s a lonicera that kills all plants

It grows too quickly, it is hard to tame,

This could be a 45-minute rant

Caprifoliaceae, is its family name.

Outcompeting plants like Blue False Indigo

We have a honeysuckle overflow



Trimester 2 presentations!

Today, the adolescents presented group projects to their parents and the Elementary and Primary classrooms of CMS. Students shared the experience and knowledge they acquired in their studies of Ancient African Kingdoms and computer programming with Raspberry Pi computers as well as the process of design and creation. While it is not possible to share all of their work from the second trimester in only one hour, the students crafted and delivered an informative and entertaining presentation. There was quite the buzz among the elementary students that were engaged in learning about the work of the adolescents. Well done, adolescents!

Trimester 2 Math Projects

Do you have a career that is based around science? If so, then your career involves a lot of math. Even if you don’t have a career in science, then you still might be curious about what people in those fields do. These students were definitely interested in many careers and branches of science. From Astronomy to Zoology, there was a wide variety in the fields of science that the students chose. The students then researched specific ways of how math is used in those sciences. Then in a great variety of ways, the students demonstrated these examples. Those examples that the students shared, connected well to their studies in Algebra, so everyone was able to understand what was going on. Everyone’s presentations were great, enjoyable and fun!



Week in Review-Thursday, September 20

Mathematics: “What’s going on in this graph?”, dot plots/bar graphs, binomial cube, fourth power of a binomial, mean, median, and mode, box plots, 5-number summaries, and more!

Language: Verb-agreement exercises, writing and identifying thesis statements, themes in works of literature, dialogue as a tool for characterization, dialogue skits, parts of speech quizzes.

Humanities: Defining humanities, defining a civilization,  introduction to the humanities timelines, introduction to Ancient Mesopotamia, Mesopotamia seminar, current events

Expressions/ Occupations: Winslow’s Farm visit, American Iris Society introduction (Thanks Erin and Jean!), Bush Honeysuckle table construction (Thanks Dale Dufer!), AP Inc. marketing and advertising for the Grillfest

Committee work: CMSAP compost program, GTC garden planning, Land School field guide/plant identification, Pink Tower Button quote, yearbook and technology

Week in Review: Friday, March 30

Mathematics: Quadratics projects, percents, proportions, ratios, math seminar, and intro to logarithms

Language: Picture prompt, Visual analysis presentations, Tips for writing emails (netiquette), How to write a screenplay, Endurance final discussion and film, Roots, prefixes, and suffixes quiz

Humanities: Human Trafficking/ Modern slavery seminar, Timeline of Atlantic Slave Trade, T3 research topics

Occupations: Painted and designed the bee box, Constructed the bee frames, Prepared the bee yard

Expressions: Scenes from a hat improv, Middle school monologues, Community lunch

Happy Birthday, Kaylee!






Week in Review-Friday, March 23

Mathematics: Factor cards, quadratic equations, logic puzzles, exponents and the number e quiz

Language: Prefixes, suffixes, and roots presentations, grammar stories and charts, Endurance Discussion Day/ film

Humanities: Howard Zinn’s Black and White, opening lessons on the slave trade

Expressions: Visual art analysis, beehive art proposal, improvs

Occupations: Bees!!!!, beehive construction, honeysuckle sweep, water investigation, and trench digging on the Land w/ Mr. Mike

Micro-economy: Economic systems, free-economy, current events (trade tariffs)

Community: Committee work (iris show, spring trip, land projects, bees, curriculum planning)