January 21, 2018

Notes from 4/4 Corbett Middle Parent Meeting

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the meeting.

Here are some brief notes from Corbett Middle School Parent Meeting on 4/4. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s core teacher.

Please join us for our principal chat, first Thursday morning each month at 8 a.m. Coffee is provided. There is no agenda, just time to ask questions and learn more about the school.

Outdoor School – If you need any copies of paperwork, especially the packing list, see Mr. Lutes. Waterproof and warm gear is needed. All information has been sent home.

The spring overnight field trip for 7th & 8th graders is 4/18-4/19. A permission slip has been sent home. We will be doing our science inquiries. We will stay in heated cabins. Their is a reduced cost of $10 for this trip. We will return by 2:00 on Thursday so that students participating in track can attend their meet.

All parents/guardians with access to the internet should utilize the connect feature of the corbett website. Go to www.corbett.k12.or.us and click on “connect” at the top of the screen. Be sure to sign up for your student’s teacher’s name and middle school notes. This is a great tool for communication because sometimes things get lost when they are sent home with students.

We will wrap up our studies on ancient civilizations and move into modern civilizations this spring trimester. Students will focus on writing compare and contrast papers. Right now for writing we are working on Art Talks. Some classes will complete an object story. We are hoping to work with the Portland Art Museum to showcase our stories in May. We will be doing science inquiry at Outdoor School and on our overnight field trip. We will be also focusing on energy for science this trimester. Health will include studies on virus, bacteria and epidemics. We will tie both the science and health studies into our focus on modern civilization. Math every day, reading every day, like normal.

Cardinal 3 – Students should have had conversations about what they are doing by this time. Portfolios are due at the end of May (due dates vary in each classroom). The teachers will collectively go over Cardinal 3 portfolios of 8th graders to decide who gets Cardinal 3 honors.

If you want a copy of the promotion slideshow, we hope to make them available at the end of the year for $10.

Wildhorse – We go to this location, to celebrate our year and build community in our school. This is the 16th and 17th of May. We will leave at the beginning of school on the 16th and return late on the 17th. You will get a list of things to bring. We need a work crew and life guards. The work crew is hard work. Vance Rogers will help coordinate that crew. Please sign up and give your email and let us know if you have a truck/trailer that can haul gear.

It’s a magical time here. 8th grade speeches have been going on. If you would like to see an 8th grade speech sneak in the back of the commons at the beginning of morning meeting.

Student led conferences are May 23rd from after school until 8:00 p.m. This is not an individual conference but a time for students to walk through their portfolio and what they have accomplished this year. If you want to set up a conference, contact your child’s core teacher.

Last day of school is 5/31. Promotion is that evening. Students should dress sharp, but it’s not the prom. It’s important for kids to come to school that day. There will be a dance after the ceremony. Any parents who would like to help out, especially parents of 7th and 6th graders, please let Mr. Leone know. Exact times TBA.

Move up day will occur the last week of school during class time. It is not affiliated with promotion.

Again if you have any questions, please contact your student’s core teacher. We only have about nine weeks left in school. It’s a busy time and we have a lot of exciting things planned to finish out the year.

Rhiannon Young About Rhiannon Young

Ms. Young is in her 12th year in the Corbett Middle School. Besides spending her days with middle schoolers, she loves to travel (often with middle schoolers as well), spend time with her family and read.