CRMS Update for 4/10/17

posted Apr 13, 2017, 3:39 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing spring break last week!  For the next four class mornings we will be participating in the statewide SBAC testing, so our mornings will be a very quiet, focused time with garden breaks between tests and as needed.  If you’d like to give your kids (or yourself) a chance to get used to the SBAC test interface, or just to see the type of questions your kids will encounter, I suggest you hop on this link:   It is already set to Guest, so you only need to select the grade and Math or ELA to get started.  If your intention is to help your child acclimate to the interface, then I recommend choosing a lower grade than your child’s grade of enrollment.  Please make sure your child gets adequate sleep and eats a good breakfast (which includes protein) before testing to help support brain function.  If your child has headphones that are comfortable for them, please send them to class on Wednesday.

Thank you to the parents who signed-up up to be in the garden so the kids can change focal length, get some fresh air, and move their bodies!  Testing time at CRMS is always weeding time.  It would be great if we could get the entire garden weeded and mowed by the end of our testing time next Thursday.  If any of you have an hour or two (or even just a few minutes) available, I invite you to stop by and join in the effort. The gate is unlocked, so you can come in any time. Many hands make light work!

Marcy Reynolds

Coast Redwood Middle School


Dates to Remember:

April 12, 13, 19 & 20, CAASPP/SBAC Testing at CRMS.


Friday, 4/14, 10:30am-12:30pm  Capture the Flag at the Quail Hollow School Site (not at Quail Hollow Ranch).


Wednesday, 4/19, 2:15-3:30pm, CRMS Parent Meeting



To Do/Homework:

Complete Alliterative Acrostic: (Please see summary below.)  If your child did not finish their alliterative acrostic poem in class, please have them  finish it up at home.  They should have it in their white binder.  A dictionary or thesaurus can be helpful.  The purpose of this assignment is not only to learn about alliteration and stretch vocabulary, but also to develop a word bank that we can pull from when writing advertising and website copy for the business.

Project Presentation:  Time to finish up project presentations and meet with me for a preview.



Summary of Class Activities for 3/29 & 3/30:



Monster Mummy:

We attended Quail Hollow Homeschool’s comedic play on mummification.  They did a great job!


Class Business:

Creating a Webpage:  I set up a way that each of the kids could log on to Wordpress, showed them some basics of web design including using the tool bar, using ipsom lorem as dummy text, how to imbed images, and how to create columns.  All the kids who could log-on to their personal gmail address were able to start working on webpage design for the class business.  Those who weren’t able to get on directly, worked with others who could.  Please make sure that your child knows their own personal gmail address and password since we’ll not only be using them for work related to the business, but also for working on the yearbook.


Crafting a Logo:  The kids watched a short EdCorps video on branding which included a discussion of font and color.  After a brief tutorial, they used to create digital logos for the class business.  Logomakr was a bit buggy and limited in what it could do, but was simple enough so that all the kids were able to come up with nice-looking designs.  At the end of the class we admired each one and noticed how the different designs created a different sense of the product.


Alliteration:  We explored how alliteration, like rhyme, makes statements more memorable.  The kids worked on creating an alliterative acrostic poem, finding alliterations to go with every letter in our company name.  Much fun was had by all creating silly, as well as serious alliterations.


Photography:  The kids took spring-themed photos in the meadow and the forest for potential use on the Healthy Redwoods website.  They uploaded their photos into Google Photos and some of the kids started the editing process.



Ryan came and led the kids in sit-ups, push-ups, lunges, and medicine ball relay races.



The kids loaded up all the junk and weeds that we had piled up at the bottom of the garden into Orion’s truck.  Many thanks to Orion for offering his truck and bringing the load to the transfer station!


Project Presentation:  We were treated to a project presentation on U.S. Dialects.  Thanks to Jack and all of you who participated in Jack’s survey!


Wish List:

We could still use more hot pads, another small saucepan, and a couple of Pyrex two-cup measures.


Screenagers: Wednesday, April 19, 7-9 pm, Performing Arts Center on the Tri-campus. 7105 Highway 9, Felton, 95018. Suggested donation of $10  Please contact Danelle Matteson at 335-0932 for more info.