Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tombstone Trip Report

The Nanowrimo class went to a small town called Tombstone last week. The drive was long but it was worth it. We did several things in Tombstone. We went to an interesting play about the wild west shootout at the O.K. Corral. We went to a graveyard where we could see the grave sites of the people of Tombstone. And, we saw a movie explaining the long history of the town. We stayed in some pretty nice cabins. To finish the whole thing off, because we are creative thinkers and writers, we told ghost stories. Tombstone was a good place to tell ghost stories because there are many legends who continue to walk the land of Tombstone. Tombstone is a very interesting town, even with all of its up and downs. Tombstone is called the town too tough to die.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tombstone Writer's Retreat

The members of the NaNoWriMo elective who worked hard will be going to Tombstone, Arizona  December 8/9 with Ms. Goglin and Mr. Baumbach. The town is filled with western things such as gunfight re-enactments, caverns and more! They will be writing a short story the week after they get back based on something that they saw or learned in Tombstone. Here is a link to the Katie's Cabins in tombstone website. Here is also the link to O.K. Corral, where they will also get material for their story. And the trip itinerary. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MMUN Delegates Selected

It is a great day for the U.N. delegates! Everyone who tried out made the cut. The trip will be during the last week in April. You can find more information about the conference at the MMUN web site 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Oliver Twist Play

The Grail Theater of Britain is coming tomorrow to perform Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens! Here is the link to the information. It will be happening from 1:30 to 2:30. Core classes will be happening in the morning instead of math. We are just finishing studying Edgar Allan Poe and will be studying Charles Dickens for Language Arts class next.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

MMUN Update

U.N. speech is due Thursday.  U.N. is a trip to New York were some students will participate with students from other schools in a model U.N. session....the project has four parts...a speech, a four page paper, an interview and a presentation...there will only be 8 delegates....speech is Thursday.

Friday, November 4, 2011

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After school fencing will resume sometime next month we want more people for the class we have three and want six or more so if you are interested come and watch the class after school 3:30 through 4:30 in the lunch room and if you like it please come and join us.

Open Farm

Please join us on Monday, November 14 for our first annual Open Farm. This is an opportunity to visit the farm and to see what your adolescent has been working on. We will gather at the school at 3:45, and then carpool and caravan down to the farm. Once there, students will share their work and give a short tour. There will also be hot apple cider and small snacks. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to this email and indicate how many people will be in your group. This will help us organize the refreshments and carpool. We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Report Cards

All MS families should have received 1st Quarter reports in the mail by now. If you have not received one by Wednesday, please contact the office at 204-6464 and request that they send you another.

Hiking Club

Hiking Club will start this Thursday with a hike to Dry Creek. Any interested students should have received a permission slip and letter today, so please be sure to read, sign, and return it by Thursday if your middle schooler will be participating.

Lunch Menu

The lunch menu is back, and offering good things as usual! Here is the menu. It goes on until 11/30/11.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dance Tonight

This is a reminder that that the Halloween dance is tonight! It will be at Keep Sedona Beautiful on Brewer Road from 7-9. Student Council members need to arrive by 6:30 to set-up and stay until 9:30 to clean.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

First Quarter Ending Means Conference Time

There will be opportunities for scheduled conferences with teachers between Wednesday, 10/19 and Friday, 11/4. Conferences with any teacher can be scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays during those weeks between 1:00 and 3:00. Conferences with Mr. Anderson can also be scheduled on MWF between 10:30 and 12:00. Conferences will last 1/2 hour. To schedule a conference, please email Mr. Anderson mr.anderson.scs@me.com with a request for a date. Also, please indicate which teacher or teachers you would like to meet with, or if you would just like a conference with Mr. Anderson.

Click on the calendar below or to the right and look for available time slots.

Scheduled Lawn Maintenance Creates Opportunity

Since our lawn will be closed for healing from 10/11 through 11/11, we will have to suspend our ultimate frisbee PE class for the next month. Former SCS parent Tony Sills (his son Dylan is now at ASU!) has donated his time and energy to offer this activity and will have a well-deserved break while the lawn heals.  Tony has been occupying the time of 12 students every MWF morning and we need to fill that time with an alternative for those four weeks.

The temporary schedule change presents an opportunity for someone else to come in, clock some parent partnership hours while spending some quality time with this group of fun loving students. If you can come on MWF from 8:30 - 9:10 and help supervise a game or other physical activity or your choice or ours (that will not involve use of the grass area), please email Mr. Anderson right away.

Montessori Model United Nations

It’s time to prepare for our annual eighth grade Montessori Model United Nations trip.  The United Nations is an organization that helps people all over the world.  The United Nations Helps by giving supplies and shelter to those in need.  As you can see it’s a great organization to study, and that’s just what the eighth grade students are doing.  The Montessori Model United Nations is were students from Montessori schools all over the country come together and face real world problems.  However since the U.N. building is in New York Mr.Anderson is once again unhappy that we can only take eight eighth grade delegates. But don’t give up yet, as long as you do the U.N. assigned projects you still have a great chance of getting in.

MS trip to the Arizona Ballet on 10/20

The MS class will be going to the ballet in Phoenix on October 20 to see a performance of Cinderella. Please take a look at the Ballet Arizona website for organization performance and location info.

Departure from the school will be  at 7:30 and return by 3:15. Please email mr.anderson.scs@me.com if you can drive. Please indicate how many passengers your vehicle can accommodate.

Drivers need to register with the office (copy of your license and insurance ). Thank you.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kids Need To Read

Everyone reading the book got their questions answered during our fun chat with PJ Harsma. Questions like “How long did it take to write the book?”, “If you were any character in the book who would you be?” and “Are you writing anything else right now?” were asked and each answered. The kids enjoyed it as more than ‘just an excuse to get out of the classroom.’

“I think everything went really well. I enjoyed it. People had some really good questions.” said Mrs. Goglin (Language Arts teacher) with a smile. The kids were all very happy to learn PJ’s favorite colors were blue and black, that he played Halo, and also works in making commercials.

PJ also mentioned writing a new book of witchery and adventure that caught the kids attention as they looked forward to its arrival. But that’s not the only book we’d been looking forward too. Kids Need To Read, an organization encouraging kids to read all over the U.S, donated a very large amount of books to Sedona Charter Middle School such as the rest of The Softwire Series, The Pendragon books, and even a few graphic novels that the middle school students are just gobbling up.

“I think these books are great. It’s good because I think these are books that everyone will love.” Mrs. Goglin said shortly after the arrival of the books. Well known book worm Zoe at Sedona Charter says she is currently enjoying the generously donated Softwire Series.

Kids Need To Read and PJ Harsma definitely had a fantastic impact on our school. We are all very grateful for the memorable experience and new books that we were given and will enjoy The Softwire Series and the many other books given to our school.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Movie Day

     This Thursday, the 29th, all of the well-behaved kids (most of the class) will be going out to see a movie!  This is the 1:15-3:15 p.m. showing of Dolphin Tale, at the sedona Harkins theater. How ever we will walk back and kids will stay 15 minutes later than usual.  Kids will need to bring 5 dollars to pay for the movie, they may also bring money for snacks at the theater.

Jumping In Head First

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Announcing the Sedona Charter MS Blog

MS Tech 0.1 is proud to introduce the long awaited Sedona Charter MS Blog. Your source of information for happenings in and out and around the Middle School classroom. Get signed up today (hint: scroll down to the bottom of the page) for automatic updates so that you do not miss a beat. 

It’s green, environmentally and visually, findable, useful and you can get to it at the touch of a button. And it’s nothing short of what a normal newsletter would be. We’ll keep you updated on upcoming field trips and what’s happening within the classroom with pictures and more! We’re striving to make this site as easy to navigate through as possible so you can get from the calendar, to the blog then back to the homepage by barely having to think about it!

 The Sedona Charter MS Web Site (links on the right) will serve as a more permanent place for specific projects and classes.

We will be participating in the 2011 International Day of Peace tomorrow September 21. Find out what that is all about and how you can be part of this event by clicking here.

Guess What's Coming To Charter

Ms. Goglin’s class has an interesting event planned this Friday, the successful author of the Softwire Series PJ Haarsma! That’s right, here at Sedona Charter School the man himself will answer the Language Art student’s questions over Skype. “I’m really excited. He’s already preparing to come. He speaks at a lot of schools. Unfortunately this one won’t be as interactive as usual because it’s over Skype, but it’ll still be great.” Says Mrs. Goglin, Sedona Charter’s Middle School Language Arts Teacher. From 12:30 to 1:30 the kids reading the book will ask PJ one question each. This is one day you won’t want to be absent for if you’re a big fan of the Softwire Series. Take a look at his bio here.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Photography class goes to Uptown!

Today, the photography class went to uptown to take some urban shots. Even though uptown isn't exactly an urban metropolis, it's as urban as It gets in Sedona!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Dance!

Our Back To School dance was a huge success. Almost Everyone who showed up had a great time, and anyone who stayed home and watched their Friday night game shows probably didn’t. Everything was a hit, there were streamers,music, lights, balloons and people! And that was only the Back To School Dance! There will be so much more, so we hope anyone who didn’t join us for this dance will join us for our future dance. Peace!

And since a pictures worth a thousand words we’ll give you a few million words.
Check out the pictures using the link below.

See the gallery of pictures here

Friday, September 2, 2011

2 September 2011 MS Announcements

Dear Middle School Families,

It has been an exciting, and very busy start to the year.  Aside from classes and several other activities, Middle Schoolers have been settling into their new schedules, contributing to the Sedona Charter School community through service work, harvesting crops from our gardens, and even learning how to handle chickens at the farm.  We are happy to have a great group of young people to work with this year; excited about the progress they have made so far; and are looking forward to what the next 8 months have in store for our community.  

The technology elective class is almost finished with the Middle School Blog.  The blog will serve as our main way of making important announcements and to communicate with you about what the Middle Schoolers have been up to.  In the next week or two, you will receive an email with a link to the blog.  In the meantime, please be aware of the following announcements:

Missing Work - Unfortunately, some students are falling into the habit of not completing their assignments.  Students have at least 4 hours of work-session time each week to complete their assignments, which should be enough time for them to complete all of their work at school.  If students are not turning in assignments, it is usually because they are not using their work-sessions effectively.  We are working hard to help our students make the most of their time at school, but if they choose not to complete all of their work at school they are expected to bring it home.  If after work-sessions and homework a student is still not completing his/her work on-time, we will be notifying you on a weekly basis and will ask for your help in addressing the problem.  Starting today, middle school teachers will email the parents of students who have work missing from that week.  The purpose of this is to notify you that there is work missing, and to ask you for your help with talking to your middle schooler about taking their work more seriously, and asking if they need help with getting their work done.  If you do not receive a missing-work notification email on Friday, then you may assume that your middle schooler has completed all of their work for the week.  

Gardening - Several students have been busy harvesting from our garden.  Among other items, the Gardening Club will be selling cantaloupes, tomatoes, zucchini, parsley, and basil on Fridays starting at 3:00.  

The Farm - Students have been working on mapping the property, deciding which animals they would like to work with, what work needs to be done, and learning how to feed and handle the chickens.  Also, if you have any construction or gardening tools you do not need, please consider donating them to the farm or gardens.  

Teacher Emails - If you need to reach a member of the middle school staff, the best way is through email.  Please use the following addresses:

Jon Anderson (Principal Educator, Discipline, MS Administration, Social Studies) - mr.anderson.scs@me.com
Rodd Baumbach (Science, Math) - rrbaum@hotmail.com
Kathleen Goglin (Language Arts, Drama) - kgoglinscs@gmail.com

Thank you for your help with getting the year off to a great start!

- Jon, Rodd, and Kathleen

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Back To School Dance!

Hey everyone! Ditch your usual Friday night game shows and come to Sedona Charter's Back To School Dance! Whether your going with friends, a date, alone, or with any other human being it's something you surely don't want to miss. Don't miss out on the music, the dancing, the food. It's only a car ride away to Keep Sedona Beautiful where the student council has set up the first dance of the year. Don't just read about the fun, go to it!
Where: Keep Sedona Beautiful.
When: Friday, September 2, 2011. From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
What: Semi-Formal. (Dresses and nice shirts.)
Who: You!
Check out the pictures on the Sedona Charter MS Site.