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Sixth graders sat down for “A Taste of India”—vegetable pakora, samosas, nan, and chicken tikka masala. Before they tasted anything on their plate, they discussed how to eat like an Indian.
“What do you notice?” asked Ms. Daley-Savo.
“We don’t have any silverware,” said the students.
“Right!” said Ms. Daley-Savo. “We’ll tear our nan, the bread, and pinch up our food.”
“Why is there no hamburger on your plate?” asked Ms. Daley-Savo.
“Most Indians don’t eat beef,” the students responded knowledgeably.
Earlier that morning, Team Panorama met with Dr. Rubina Nitta, a JJMS parent who grew up in in Chandigarh, which is northern India. She explained that her family would have been part of the Kshatriyas caste--of warriors and nobility--if the caste system was still used.
Sixth graders study the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Egypt, China, and India in social studies.
“Next week we’ll begin learning about ancient China,” Ms. Daley-Savo told the students.
“Will we have Chinese food?” a student asked.
“No, we won’t eat again until we ‘visit’ the Mediterranean civilizations.”
Greetings John Jay Middle School families! I am honored to be your Principal and a member of the JJMS community. Our motto is "Learn. Care. Lead." We are looking forward to a terrific school year and invite you to join us in helping achieve our school mission.
Aspects of anime, a Japanese form of animation, can be found in films, books, video games, haircuts, music, and even foods, and JJMS’s Anime Club explores them all. The club meets once a month in room 111, from 2:10 to 4:00 p.m. Students are welcome at any meeting.
Club meetings are attended by anywhere from ten to fifteen fans, and include doing an activity loosely based on anime culture, and watching a portion of an anime film together. Members love to play games on Kahoot. Snacks often include Pocky and Hi-Chew. Hands down, their favorite films are by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, such as “Spirited Away.” MORE.
John Jay Middle School has more than twenty clubs, with over 400 participants! These include enrichment clubs, performance clubs, competition clubs, service clubs and leadership clubs. Watch here for more club news!
All 6th graders participated in an Internet research lesson on density and oil spills in the library computer lab. Mrs. Carolyn Kelly, Technology Education teacher, and Ms. Clare Pomerleau, Library Media Specialist, co-taught this lesson along with the 6th Grade science teachers.
Prior to the research portion of the lesson, an oil spill was simulated with used motor oil and water. Students were able to clearly see that oil floats and understand the fact that oil is less dense than water. A discussion followed on the effects of oil spills on the environment.
The Internet research portion of the lesson focused on the effects of oil spills on aquatic wildlife. Students were asked to research methods of cleaning a bird covered in oil from an oil spill. The importance of considering website extensions including .gov .edu .com .net and .org was reviewed with the students prior to beginning their research. Understanding the importance of selecting reliable research sites and citing sources in educational projects was stressed.
A favorite aspect of sixth graders’ study of ancient Egypt is exploring the paintings found in this culture’s temples and burial places. This year, students will create their own Egyptian tomb painting.
“This is the first time that middle school teams have scheduled an 80-minute block of art to Egyptian tomb paintings,” said Mrs. Jean Capuano, sixth grade art teacher. “Creating their own painting will reinforce students’ learning about this culture.”
The art studio naturally lends itself to an engaging, active learning. Students will learn about the relevance of symbols and colors the ancient Egyptians used, as well as try their hand at the ancient method of painting on plaster.
The sixth grade’s Egyptian tomb paintings will be displayed later this winter.
All requests for transportation to non-public schools for the 2017-2018 school year must be submitted by April 1, 2017.
At last night’s Board of Education meeting the administration presented its proposed budget for 2017-2018. Included is a proposal regarding transportation and school start and end times. More information about this proposal can be found in the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget. See page 5 of the document (page 8 of the PDF).
This proposal will be discussed in more detail at our March 9th Board of Education meeting.
We are pleased to announce that after almost two years of looking for a tenant for Lewisboro Elementary School, the KLSD Board of Education has reached a tentative agreement with the Town of Lewisboro to rent approximately 20% of the vacant school's space for use as town offices and police headquarters. MORE.
Please note that the Katonah-Lewisboro School District offices have moved to the John Jay High School campus, 60 North Salem Road, Cross River.
Your District Nurses would like to remind you that it's flu season! To help prevent the spread of the flu, remember to:
Wash hand frequently
Keep hands away from your face and mouth
Stay home if you are sick
Get a flu shot!
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Sixth graders are conducting a controlled study using a Slinky to figure out which earthquake body wave travels faster--a p-wave or s-wave.
Students used virtual reality goggles to travel back to ancient Egypt to explore a pharaoh's tomb. The learning started by constructing the goggles using cardboard and a smartphone. This project was funded partially through the KL Foundation and the John Jay Middle School PTO.