Salmon Bay 6--7-8th Grade Advisory Periodand 7th & 8th Grade Friday Clubs
During the summer, many of our Middle School teachers are participating in Advisory Training, which is offered by Origins (Developmental Designs), the Midwest center for the Responsive ClassroomApproach. Developmental Designs’ comprehensive practices integrate social and academic learning. Knowing that teaching and learning are weakened by misbehavior, lack of a safe, inclusive community, and student apathy, the practices in the Developmental Designs approach are designed to meet adolescent needs by addressing these key elements of effective teaching and learning.
A key component of Developmental Designs is Advisory. Next year’s schedule includes a block of time each morning (homeroom) for an Advisory meetingand each Friday afternoon (6th period - 1:00-1:50) for our students to regroup with their Homeroom Advisors. The Friday afternoon Advisory period will offer students time to wrap up the week through a class meeting and will also offer time for students to receive individualized or small group support from their Advisors for their long-term 8th Grade Promotion Projects.
This adjustment to our schedule has opened up a 50-minute block of time each Friday (7th period - 1:55-2:45) for us to offer Clubs. While we understand that many of our students are involved in a variety of activities and/or clubs outside of school, we firmly believe that our students will benefit from similar opportunities within the school community. Each middle school student will select a club of interest and we will do our best to consider students’ preferences . Club choices were made through a combination of student survey, teacher passion and connection to our mission, vision and values statement. Through these Clubs, students will be able to pursue passions, experiment with budding interests, and forge friendships with peers and staff. Students will learn about clubs and submit preferences during the first week of school.
Calling ALL SB K-8 Parents: If you are interested in being the instructor of a middle school Friday club (1:55-2:45) that is not mentioned below (or are interested in co-teaching one of our clubs listed below), please contact Glyde (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
FRIDAY CLUB DESCRIPTIONS:
Glee Club/Rock Band: sing and dance with your friends. Do you play an instrument? Bring it on! Flash mob performances. Instructor: Glyde
GSA:GSA stands for Gay Straight Alliance. In addition to participating in the GSA meetings, club sessions will give us the opportunity to work on projects, learn about what is happening at other GSA groups, listen to guest speakers and plan for future GSA events. This is an opportunity for students to broaden what we do as a GSA and to connect with what is happening outside of Salmon Bay K-8. Instructor: Markos
ASB:ASB stands for Associated Student Body. The purpose of ASB is to promote representative and democratic government, outstanding sportsmanship, student activities, and the general welfare of Salmon Bay K-8. Students will collaborate with instructors to: improve and promote student, staff, and community interaction through mutual respect and communication; increase student voice in school management; and continue and establish traditions, activities, events, and responsibilities that promote a positive school atmosphere and culture. Instructors: Jen and Brett
Panther All-Stars:Students will have an opportunity to engage in thoughtful debate, analyze trends, understand the rules, and discuss current events of Washington's college and professional sport teams, specifically soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. Instructor: Anthony
Cooking Club:Learn about people and places by exploring recipes and cultures from different regions. Instructor: Cindy
Cartooning Club: Learn basic cartooning techniques, idea development and publishing styles. We use Gary Larsen as our mentor/text but you may develop your own style as well. Then DRAW! Instructor: Tim
Fitness Challenge:Experience different challenges in traditional and alternative sports. Focus on (but is not limited to) cardiovascular endurance, balance, flexibility, strength, power and accuracy. Instructor: Domingo
Jazz Club: For students interested in playing America's own music--Jazz! The Jazz band will perform with marimbas during school concerts, as well as possible outreach events outside of school. No previous experience playing Jazz required, but students should have a working knowledge of their instruments and be able to read musical notes and rhythms. Instructor: Mark
Library Club: Library Club students will be involved in shaping the library’s future by increasing its usability by groups that currently don’t use it as much as they could.
Library Club tasks may include:
- Creating user surveys to gather data about what school-community stakeholders want in a library program;
- Analyzing that data and coming up with a project that meets an important need;
- “Resourcing” the project (i.e., what resources do we need, what do we already have; what do we have access to - ex. Donor’s Choose/FOSB, etc.);
- Marketing our project; and
- Reflecting upon the project - - successes, challenges and next steps.
And here are some ideas for additional clubs we might offer with parent support/instructors:
- French Club (or other language)
- Photography Club
- Stage Tech Club
- Spelling Bee Club
- Geo Bee Club
- Anything you want to share with our students? You’re on! Just let Glyde know...
Assistant Principal’s Note
I was utterly delighted to see our community members share their appreciation for the teachers and staff members of Salmon Bay K-8 last week. Each morning started with a small group relaxation session. We started the week with a beautiful staff sing with Mary K, followed by Yoga, Oom Yung Doe, guitar circle, and then ended with staff massages. The 15 minute massage sessions on Friday were without a doubt, the most popular relaxation event. On Tuesday evening, nearly 40% of the staff attended a fun Appreciation Hour at the Matador Restaurant; it was nice to connect with each other outside of school!
Each day of the week also included a special treats and gifts from our parent community. We had a wonderful breakfast bar on Monday, special coffee delivery on Tuesday, an amazing potluck on Wednesday, creative brown bag lunches on Thursday and then gifts of potted plants on Friday. These five days of appreciation were warmly received and greatly appreciated. Thank you to all who helped make this a special week!
Bike to School
This month is bike to school/work month. We have noticed a significant increase in our two wheel commuters. It is nice to see so many students and parents ride to and from school. Keep up the great work!
Have a great week,
Brett and Jen