To start off the 2018/19 school year, Band teacher Mrs. Stollberger had her students choose a specific goal they would like to accomplish this year in Band. Each member wrote down their goal on a post it and placed it on the wall outside the band room. All the post its together formed the word #GOALS. Some of the members goals were:
I would like to get way better at bells To play the drum set To play every scale from memory To play the trumpet better I want to play high notes
"Studies show that goal-setting can help kids gain the sense of discipline and that internal drive it takes to stay motivated to complete the tasks they’ve set for themselves. And once they’ve learned how to set their own goal it shows in their performance as well as in their self-esteem!"
7th Grade ELA Acrostic Poems
During our first week of school, English teachers Mrs. Pluth and Mrs. Edmonds had their 7th grade ELA classes working on poetry. These were no ordinary poems though, these were acrostic poems using the students first name. "An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. The most common and simple form of an acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out the word or phrase."
Students described themselves with words like; energetic, loyal, loving, awesome, and grouchy. All work was done on white typing paper and students colored their poems and added images. The acrostic poems were not only an introduction to poetry for the students, but also a way for them to get to express themselves and learn about their new classmates.
First Day of School 2018
Ronkonkoma Middle School students started their 2017-18 school year on September 6th this year. Students all hurried to their homerooms after exiting the buses. Students were welcomed by staff including acting Principal Joe Licato and Interim Assistant Principal Wayne Meyers. Teachers were on hand and in the hallways to assist new 6th grade students to their classes and help with locker combinations.
Prior to the first day of school teachers and staff attended a workshop during Superintendent Conference Day. The workshop was a continuation about mindfulness and how to not only use it in everyday lives, but how to incorporate it into education as well. A second presentation by Connetquot Security reviewed some of our lockdown and lockout procedures. Teachers used Teacher orientation Day to set up their classrooms and take care of any last minute details.
RMS went through some changes over the 2018 summer break. All classrooms now have a new phone with the ability to call outside the school, including 911 in the case of an emergency. The main gym was completely redone with new paint, finished floors, and all new banners will be up soon. Most rooms now have updated Smartboards.
On Wednesday, September 12, R.M.S. administration held an assembly for each grade level. Students were reminded of the school rules and the expectations of them for the upcoming school year. So far we've had a great beginning to this year and students seem excited to learn.
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