Letter from Claire - Nov 7

November 7, 2016


Dear Families,

Please come to the Annual “Fireside Chat” on MSC Middle School, on Wednesday, November 9th from 6:00-7:30 pm in classroom 603. This events is an informative forum for 4th and 5th parents to hear from a panel of current MSC middle school parents, and parents of MSC Grads now in high school. Listen as the panel shares anecdotes and observations about their child/children’s experiences in MSC Grades 6 – 8.


Thank you to all families who attended family conferences. We appreciate your partnership in the conversation about your child’s strengths, needs and progress. Each family received a copy of NYC DOE STARS (Student Transcript and Academic Recording System) progress report. Remember that you have access to STARS progress report through your NYC Schools Account.  For assistance in gaining access, contact Maxine at MWitherspoon2@schools.nyc.gov

If you were unable to attend a conference, please schedule a conference with your classroom teacher this week. If you need help scheduling a date, reach out to Maxine for help. Our goal is for all families to have a family conference.

Field Trip First Friday was a wonderful day for all. I visited most of the classrooms after you all returned and students were so excited to share what they learned. One student shared that it was the best day of her life. Thank you for helping planning trips and volunteering to be a chaperone.


From the Classroom

I visited Round Table student work showcase presentations.  6-8 grade students presented a piece of work from the first marking period.  Students evaluated each other, shared a glow and grow with each of their group members, and then reflected on the feedback writing a goal of what to do next. Samanatha, Muriel, Jahir, Jet, Eva and Maya presented their personal narratives: a cold stormy night and friendship, science effective campaign from module: drinking healthier drinks and not sugary drinks, early humans, and prime time greatest common factor work.


I also visited a cross grade share in action. 7th graders in Nicki’s history class shared their projects on the colonies and taught Eunice and Jessica's 4th grade class all about the thirteen colonies. Then fourth graders asked questions, gave feedback and now have a preview to what they will be studying soon about colonial times.