From Our Minds,
written by your teens
The flower-fed dream dreams of a fifty-eight degree spring
were slowly shattered by the words they’ll soon sing
little by little, forcing the sky top colors down low
the tossing, blooming, rigid, mint perfumed grass
is swept away by the blistering, scorching heat
wheels and wheels and wheels of my life
in the dreams that don’t sting,
the dreams that are still sweet like frosting
the flower-fed dreams of the spring, now sugar-free
left us, breathing but dying
They gore no more, they bellow no longer
forever they’ll frolic around these hills.
These dreams, I’ll soon forget
but now they burn a hole in my heart
these dreams don’t know what to be,
yet they lead the way, at least for me
Sometimes they’re dark,
sometimes they’re bright
right now all I can do is wait and see,
to discover who I’ll grow up to be
for now these flowers are rich and knowing
helping me out of my own black hole.
- Cassie Marshall
Komachin Middle School’s looping model allows students to keep the same teacher (in each of the core areas) for two years. Seventh and eighth graders work together in classes, creating a mix of experiences and expertise in reading and writing workshops.
This year, we will be traveling to Mount St. Helens with science classes to extend field journaling and narrative writing experiences. We will also read selections from the Junior Great Books Science Fiction Reader to encourage students to make text-based inferences, generalizations, and interpretations as well as to become active participants in a shared inquiry discussion. We will be reading and discussing Orson Scott Card's novel 'Ender's Game' using socratic seminars as a format. Poetry is also woven into the daily discussions and writing prompts. Independent reading, expository & persuasive writing modes, vocabulary, and workshop progress in writing using the Six Traits scoring guides are also important components of the year’s work.
Parents & students can log onto my real-time grade book with the Family Access LInk. I usually enter homework each Wednesday by 7pm. Late work is accepted with a written explanation and posted in the grade book by 4pm Monday. Please check student's planners for specifics on other assignments or large writing projects.