Semester Supplies and Resources!

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2nd Semester Supplies: 5th-8th Grade

5th/6th Grade families!: Pick up for 3rd quarter novels, art supplies, and 6th-grade science kits will run this Tuesday (1/12) and Thursday (1/14) from 9 am-4 pm at the front lobby doors. Please wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing. *If you cannot make it up to the school, please email me: sarah.dark@mnps.org

7th/8th Grade families!: Pick up for 3rd quarter novels and art supplies will run the following Tuesday (1/19) and Thursday (1/21) from 9 am-4 pm at the front lobby doors. Please wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing. *If you cannot make it up to the school, please email me: sarah.dark@mnps.org

Tech Updates: Computer Exchanges

Computer exchanges and acquisitions are ongoing at JTM M-F from 10 am-4 pm. Technology troubleshooting is always available in-person M-F from 9 am-3 pm, at Overton High School. Or call the Helpdesk for remote assistance (they can actually get into your computer right there on the phone!): (615)269-5956.

Project Lit Updates!

Project Lit book club is discussing Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir, El Deafo this monthIf your student is interested in joining this optional weekly group, please email me (sarah.dark@mnps.org) and I will add them to the invite list. We will begin meeting weekly starting Thursday, January 14th, from 12:30-1:30 pm.

Current Events

Finally, this week’s events have many of us shaken and thoughtful over the state of our common culture and how to live safely and helpfully within it. I wanted to share a quick resource for talking with children about the attack on the Capitol that came to my attention via Dr. Elizabeth Self, a JTM parent and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Social Foundations of Education at Peabody College. In the article, the author reminds us that listening to, speaking age-appropriately about, and examining news intake with our children helps them to become critical consumers of information. If you are looking to read something with your students, I recommend starting with this Newsela article covering the most recent news. You can sign up as a caregiver for a free account. Newsela allows you to change the reading level to suit your student’s needs. For a deep dive into the importance of civics education for young people, check out local author, Holly Korby’s Building Better Citizens: A new civics education for all.

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