From the category archives: 8th grade

8th grade

Three Take-Aways from Spring 2020

We’ve been reflecting on the final ten weeks of our school year and reviewing feedback from the distance learning survey. Here are three takeaways from this unusual Spring:

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Interdisciplinary Unit Studies...What and Why?

What is a unit study and why do we make them part of the MGCS experience?We believe …All students can learn. They need experiences that build the context for learning. Learning should be meaningful. It should connect to the real world in a real way so that they can make a difference in the sphere of influence they have been given. Learning should empower kids to make positive choices.Learning is collaborative and holistic. Our world functions under the premise of relationship. Often in education we isolate our subjects and our students. Thriving classrooms take time to work together, integrate subject matter, and celebrate successes. For these reasons... We’ve incorporated interdisciplinary unit studies into our K-8 program. These units are designed as extended studies of a broad topic in which teachers collaborate across disciplines. These experiential and holistic learning opportunities help students make connections between subject matter including the arts and sciences. Unit studies c ...

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The Right Choice: The Diana's MGCS Story

Choosing the right middle school can be a weighty decision.  Grades 6th - 8th are a formative season in the life of a student.  As parents and students navigate these pivotal years, it is our pleasure to serve as a partner in this process and help prepare students for the challenges that await in high school.  Last August, the Diana Family joined MGCS. Here, they share why MGCS is the right choice for their family.

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For His Glory: Amy-Tucker Morgan Shares Updates on Choral & Drama Programs

This fall, Amy-Tucker Morgan joined our staff.  Amy teaches choral music and drama and has an extensive background teaching in both private and public schools.  Here she shares some updates on our choral and drama programs. 

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Live What You Learn: Angie's Guiding Principles

Over the summer, as part of our commitment to expand STEM programs and experiential learning opportunities, we constructed a STEM lab and hired Angie Pleasant to serve as STEM coordinator. In this role, Angie works to integrate STEM programming and experiential learning throughout our curriculum. Here, Angie shares three guiding principles behind her passion for experiential learning, STEM programming, and the motto, “Live what you learn”.

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Destination: Virginia with Melanie Coefield & 8th Grade Field Trips

Melanie Coefield has been a highlight of the 8th grade experience at MGCS for 20 years.  Since 1998 she has worked tirelessly to equip our students with the writing skills required for success in high school and college.  Melanie coordinates the 8th grade trip to Virginia each spring.  Here are her thoughts about this year's trip.

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