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Team RedHawks Take a look at all that we have accomplished first quarter! ISSUE #1 First Quarter Newsletter

National “Make A Difference Day” On Saturday, October 22, 113 students, numerous teachers and many parents volunteered their time from 9-11AM to help clean up our planet! National “Make a Difference Day” is celebrated every year so people may show their awareness of the need to keep our ecosystems healthy. MJHS students partnered with the city of Milford to clean up the Little Miami River and its surrounding areas. Students were enthusiastic and worked incredibly hard to make a difference in the Milford area! The highlight of the day was separating items to be recycled so they wouldn't wind up in the landfill. There will be opportunities to participate in the Spring, so be sure to sign up in order to help clean up our planet!

Team RedHawks PBS (Positive Behaviorial Support) Plan: Team RedHawk Contact Information: Tim Breuer: breuer_t@milfordschools.org Chris Leonard: leonard_c@milfordschools.org Jaclyn Kamman: kamman_j@milfordschools.org Alan Grothaus: grothaus_a@milfordschools.org Stephanie Jacobs: Jacobs_s@milfordschools.org Chris Fansler: Fansler_c@milfordschools.org

Students earn a ticket when they: 1. Demonstrate any of the 6 pillars of character (responsibility, trustworthiness, respect, fairness, caring, citizenship) 2. Have their "behavior expectation card" (found stapled in the agenda) signed weekly by a parent/guardian (1 ticket for every 3 signatures) Tickets are used to buy from a large selection of items in the school store.

“Success. It’s what you do with what you’ve got.” -Woody Hayes, while coaching the Miami University RedHawks football team


Language Arts In the first quarter of Language Arts we covered a variety of topics. In the beginning of the year we worked with the book Freak the Mighty that we read over the summer. We did a full costume, one-act play over the entire book which was a lot of fun! After Freak the Mighty, we started to get into the genre of short stories. We read “Seventh Grade”, “Thank

To practice their story vocabulary, students collaborated and commented on Langston Hughes’ Facebook page!

You Ma’am”, and “Zebra”. Each short story fits into a bigger story. For example, “Thank You Ma’am” is about the importance of setting and how the same situation could never happen today. “Zebra” is about the tragic topic of the Vietnam War. In the last week of first quarter, we covered the topics of subjective/objective point of view and how that affects the type of stories that we read. We had a lot of fun in the first quarter reading short stories and learning the different elements of literature!

-By Abbie Howell

MATH

Students show off their “Trash to Treasure” projects after finishing the short story “Zebra”

In the beginning of the quarter, Math was a little bit of a transition with the new online system. However, it is really helpful and I like that I can do my homework online! So far, we learned about rational numbers, whole numbers, and integers. Since then, we have been doing Grab Bags to help us with the type of questions that we will see on the OAA.

Don’t forget about Mr. Grothaus’s extra credit math board! Who is the mathematician of the week?


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have learned a lot! -Nate Atwell

-Ellie Winterrod

There is no “I” in TEAM .


A tagged butterfly for the Monarch Project!

SCIENCE have had a very busy quarter in science class! We have been studying scientific SWe inquiry skills by working with live monarch caterpillars to see how they transform into butterflies. We had a very successful year raising caterpillars and were able to tag and release many butterflies so they could make their way to Mexico for the winter.

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We have worked with the scientific method, making observations, asking questions, designing investigations by determining variables, analyzing data and making conclusions. In one lab, we had to get a ping pong ball from one cup to another without using our hands or tools. By using the scientific method, we made observations and worked with variables to determine that we could blow into the cup and change the pressure and direction to move the ball. We completed several activities and labs to help us learn about the characteristics that all living things have in common and the basic necessities of all living things. Right now, we are in the middle of a cell unit and have been able to use microscopes to see plant cells as well as our cheek cells!

Students use a microscope to look at plant and cheek cells.

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