Hello and Welcome to my website! From here you can click on individual class page links to check for updates, assignments, and due dates.
Week of November 18:
Hope you had a great weekend! It was my daughter’s birthday last week, so we hiked into Tolovana Hot Springs on Friday for the weekend to celebrate with two of her friends. It was a cold windy trip, but the springs were hot and comforting!
7th and 8th graders are going skiing on Friday. We’ll take a bus to Goldstream Valley for a classic ski trip. Students need their classic ski gear, water, snack and warm layers!
The Middle School Silent Auction is Saturday from 10-4pm. 8th grade students need to bring in their donations by Friday! Please contact me if you are interested in helping us and/or sign up on the link here: Silent Auction Sign UP Link.
Both 7th and 8th graders are working on new academic projects-please check their individual class webpages for information and due dates!
Have a fantastic week!
- November 22: Ski Trip to Goldstream
- November 23: Silent Auction/Watershed Holiday Market: 10-4
- November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break!
- Week of December 2: Middle School MAPS testing
Week of November 11:
UAF Field Trip: Future City Project Students learned about UAF’s greenhouses and water management last week. Math 8 reviewed our Winterberry project data from this year, wrote stories using the data, and learned about water management. We were on the news and in the newspaper too! Below are links for the news stories:
Skiing this week! Please bring in skis and gear by Wednesday!
Middle School Silent Auction: Still need more people to sign up! Also, please email me if your child is coming to help too!
One of our largest fundraisers is coming up soon-Silent Auction! It will be on Saturday November 23 from 10-4. Please sign up to help run the silent auction tables. I will also need help marking items and creating bid sheets after school Friday November 22 from 3-345, and early on Saturday morning from 9:15-10:00am. 8th graders will begin writing letters to prospective local businesses this week and will need to deliver them. If you know of anyone who might want to donate an item, or gift card, please let me know! I do ask students to also show up for this event and help run the table, as well as ask some of the Holiday Market vendors for donations on Saturday morning.
Week November 4:
Halloween Fun! Middle Schoolers and our student council did a great job putting on the Halloween Carnival and costume contest last week.
It has been fun meeting with you and talking about your child’s progress. Looking forward to seeing more people this week.
UAF Field Trip: This week both 7th and 8th graders will be taking a field trip to UAF on Friday from 9-1:15. We are doing a few activities. First, special projects will separate from the group and take a tour of the green houses and learn about how and what they grow year round, as well as get a chance to ask botanists questions for their future city projects. The other students who aren’t in special projects will go with Ms. Beattie and participate in a “Data Jam” where they will meet with some of our Winterberry project scientists and learn what they do with our data. We will then all gather together and eat lunch (students need a sack lunch), and participate in a Watershed Water Day! The activities are set up and run by the UAF Introduction to Water Management class to teach students more about Watersheds, Water management, and water quality issues. We would love to have a few parent chaperones join us, it should be fun and interesting! Contact me if you’re interested in joining us! Here is the flyer for this event! WaterDay110819_IARC
Potato Wednesday: We still need next week and a few weeks after that covered! Please help raise money for our middle school trips by helping with Potato Wednesday by going to the sign up link: 2019 Potato Wednesday Link.
Week of October 28th:
Hunter’s Education Day and 8th Grade Sit Spots this week-first snow!
Looking forward to seeing you at conferences this Friday or next week! If you haven’t signed up yet, the link is in the Watershed bulletin.
This week students will begin planning their Alaskan Expedition! Feel free to give your child ideas of cities they might want to visit on their trip. This will be our next Social Studies unit for both 7th and 8th grades. It is an integrated project based unit for them to learn about their great state, without me lecturing about it! Should be fun!
In English this week, we will read and write some spooky stories!
Halloween: The Halloween Carnival is back! Student Council led the charge, and teachers agreed to bring it back this Thursday starting at 1:15. Middle school students will be helping in their mentor teacher’s rooms set up and clean up actives, as well as have time to enjoy the carnival themselves. For the middle school room, we will have face painting stations led by middle school students. If you’re interested in helping, feel free to contact me. At 2:15 we will clean up, head to the gym for the costume contest that begins at 2:30. Students are encouraged to join the school wide costume contest. Students need to have a costume they can either put on for the contest, or one they can wear all day that won’t get in the way of academics. They should be able to sit in their seat with it on. No weapons or masks please. Please contact me if you have questions about a costume! If you would like to help judge, bring in some candy or Halloween goodies, please contact me.
Week of October 21st:
National Writing Week: “Sharing Stories”
This week students will participate in National Writing Week put on by the National Writing Project and The National Parks Service. I will be taking students on some daily local field trips (around our school) to get them out there writing! Feel free to join in and do some writing this week by going to Writeout! NWP!
We will be starting new projects this week, so please check individual class pages on my website to see what we are up to!
Parent/Teacher…Student conferences November 1st and after school the week of November 4th. Please use the link in the daily bulletin to sign up to meet with Ms. Beattie and myself. You sign up for 1 slot, which will give you 15 minutes with Beattie, then another 15 minutes with me. Please bring your child if possible, they have started a writing/language arts portfolio that they can present, as well as should be taking more responsibility in their learning as a middle school student. We will continue to add into their portfolios this year, they are tracking their strengths/weaknesses as writers, learners, and peers. They are also adding in writing pieces, projects and assignments they are proud of!
Outdoor Gear: Please check in with your child and make sure he/she has proper winter gear for school. Many students are not wearing warm clothes and are getting cold during our outings, recess, and morning PE. Students should have the following to wear at school daily: Hat, gloves, warm winter boots, warm jacket, warm snow pants, warm socks (not ankle socks). In addition, students should also have indoor shoes to wear inside.
Week of October 7th:
Snow is here! Students need to bring their winter gear to school for the outdoors!
Potato Wednesday: Thanks to Mrs. Rassmussen for helping with Potato Wednesday last week! We had quite an eventful day!
Students are wrapping up their Quarter One IRPs this week and completing their projects. These are due Friday!
7th grade has completed their Hunter’s Ed workbook! We will review for the test Thursday and take the test next week. We are tentatively scheduled to go to the Fish and Game Hunter’s Ed building next Tuesday, but I will send out an email once I get confirmation!
Math Counts is on Tuesdays in Ms. Beattie’s room from 3-4:30. If you are interesting, contact Beattie.
Student’s elected this semester’s Watershed Student Council:
- President: Owen Merrill
- VP: Lilly Penn
- Treasurer: John Haas
- Secretary: Zarah
- 8th Class Representatives: Miranda and Ted
- 7th Class Representatives: Heidi and Cal
Students will meet in my room on Thursday’s at 12:10.
Have a great week!
- Friday October 11-IRP DUE
- Week of October 14th-IRP Presentations
- October 18th-End of Quarter One!
- October 18th-Early Out Day and Gear Swap 1:30-5!
Week of September 30:
8th Grade Final “Source to Sea” Projects! Come in to see the rest-They are all wonderful!
Regular week this week!
Potato Wednesday: Wednesday is the first Potato Wednesday! Thanks to Mrs. Rasmussen, Mrs. Gagnon, Mrs. Irish, for signing up for the first 3 weeks! We still need 7 more Wednesdays filled! Please help raise money for our middle school trips by helping with Potato Wednesday by going to the sign up link: 2019 Potato Wednesday Link.
Grades: The end of Quarter One is Friday October 18th. There are many projects, tests, and essays due over the next 3 weeks. Please continue checking PowerSchool to see if your child is up to date with his/her assignments. If you ever see a “0” that means they didn’t do the assignment. The “MI” means missing, and “AB” means the student was absent. I also put in a few upcoming assignments, so the due dates may be for later this week or for the next 2 weeks. I updated grades this morning, however after students checked grades, a few more assignments were left in the basket for me to grade! I should have the late assignments graded tonight! I reminded students about my policy, once we take the test or write an essay for the unit/book, they can’t turn any late work in for that unit.
A gentle reminder, students need to have indoor and outdoor shoes here each day!
Please check individual class pages for what we’re up to, assignments and due dates!
Have a fantastic week!
Week of September 23:
Thanks to the hardy parents and students who ran this year’s Equinox “Out and Back” aid station: Sheldon Helms, By Valentine, Tammy Wilkerson, John Lyons, and Kathy, Kameron and Keith Petersen! Students who braved the cold temps included Emma Lyons, Adah Decker, Liam Irish, Charlie Schuldt, Kody Helms, Lilly Penn, Lucie Meyer, Zarah Laker-Morris, and Kassie Petersen! I helped set up in the rain and snow, then left to run leg #3! I heard there were many folks talking about the warm fire at our station! There were many Watershed staff teams and individual racers this year. Pretty muddy, chilly, wet, snowy, and fun! Thanks to Lynn Petersen, Mrs. Lyons, and Saddie Goddard who made some yummy treats for us. Congrats to everyone who was a part of making our station a success!
This week is a short week-no school on Friday. PowerSchool has been updated, and students have checked grades. We are working with Downtown IT to fix the Algebra and Special Projects grade pages which are inactive. These should be up soon! Students are seeing effects of using class time, studying and keeping up with reading, projects, and classwork reflected in their grades. Some students may need to utilize their class time better and use their planners. Please check individual webpages for this week’s assignments and due dates.
Potato Wednesday starts next week! Please sign up using the link below so we can get this going!
Please make sure your child has indoor and outdoor shoes at school, they also need to have rain jackets, pants, and boots here everyday!
Have a great week!
Week of September 16:
We made it back from Homer! What a fun trip we had. This year was an especially fun trip because of our fantastic chaperones and new adventures. Students kayaked around an island in Kachemak bay, hiked a fun trail to the Grewingk glacier, crossed a river via a hand tram, and learned about glaciers! We saw 46 invertebrates in Peterson Bay and studied plankton, algae, and saw some bioluminescence at night! Some students and chaperones even touched a Giant Pacific Red Octopus! Can’t wait to read their trip reflections this week and finish our final round of traveling trivia!
I have added a page for this year’s Homer trip to my website where I will post a link to google drive for all of us to add photos from this year’s trip. Thanks again to the wonderful chaperones and parents who helped make this a successful trip: Brandy Helms, Amy Larsen, Sarka Paragi, Kathy Petersen, Jennifer Young, Natalie Ott Schuldt, Anna Merrill, and the solo male: John Haas! Thanks to the wonderful cooks who made lasagna for us: Natalie Ott Schuldt, Tammy Wilkersson, Jen Babcock, and Jami Rasmussen. Thanks to Marita Bunch for the amazing Moose Chili-we ate all of it, every last bite! Also to all of those who made the wonderful homemade brownies and sweet treats-it was nice to have a little bite of home for us on the road!
Sounds like the 7th graders survived a Beattie trip! It has been fun hearing about their Donnely Dome adventures and the beautiful canoe trip!
Today we have been cleaning up, wrapping up and getting back into school. 8th graders will continue their studies of “Sustaining Our Oceans”, finalizing nature journals, downloading photos, and beginning their final invertebrate scientific posters. Students are also turning in IRP reading log #1 this week. We will be visiting our sit spots later this week, it may be raining, so students need all rain gear back at school!
7th graders will get back into Two Old Women, practicing skills to help with “What Great Readers Do”, Writer’s Notebooks, Alaska Geography Regional Projects, and Hunter’s Ed. On Friday I’ll collect Reader’s/Writer’s notebooks to grade. Students are turning in IRP Reading Log #1 this week!
Equinox is this Saturday: This year Mrs. Petersen and Mrs. Wilkerson will be in charge of our Equinox Aid Station. I’ll be confirming details with them and the Equinox director tomorrow, then emailing out final details for parents who are helping and dropping off kids to help. Ms. Beattie and I are on a team this year-she is running leg #2 and will be heading through the aid station! We have a few other Watershed teams in the race as well to look for. Students will be putting gear together and making a poster by Thursday!
Equinox: The Equinox Marathon is Saturday, September 21 this year. We will need a few parents to help students run our Watershed “Out and Back” aid station. Students are well know for all their positive encouragement and loud motivating music out in the woods! If you can help, we meet up at the top of Ester Dome at 7am, we are done around 2. The road closes at 730-8am and reopens around 1. We will need to get 6-8 5 gallon water jugs, two foldable tables and some food snacks for racers out there and set up by chaperones with ATVs as it is about 1.5-2 miles to our station. Here is a link to sign up to help bring in needed water jugs, speakers and gear as well as to volunteer to help run the station! Equinox Aid Station Sign UP
Middle School Dance this Friday!
Have a great week!
- Tuesday: REAP guest speakers for Future City Class (GVEA & REAP presentations)
- Thursday: Middle School Cross Country Race at Chena Lakes
- Friday: Middle School Dance
- September 29: No School-Teacher PD Day
- October 11-IRP Due
Week of September 2:
Hope you had a fabulous four day weekend! We are having a lovely fall. Please check individual class pages for assignments, projects and due dates!
8th Grade News: Last week the 8th graders and I had a beautiful hike up Moose Mountain. As you can see in the above photos, many students decided to roll instead of walk down! A few students were feeling sick, hopefully with four days of rest, everyone is back to normal. Last week 8th graders also met Dr. Spellman who is in charge of the Winterberry Project, and she had students act out “berry stories” which might explain what happens to berries in Alaska! Dr. Spellman gave students an overview of the project as well as she stressed the importance of their role as citizen scientists for this project! Thanks for filling out the parent surveys, it has been fun reading these! If you haven’t seen one yet, please contact me and I’ll get one to you.
8th Grade Homer Trip News:
- Gear checks are this Wednesday and Thursday
- A few students haven’t turned in forms yet. I need these by Wednesday!
- We are up to 8 chaperones! Thanks to Mr. Haas, Mrs. Larsen, Mrs. Petersen, Mrs. Merrill, Mrs. Meyer, Mrs. Young, Mrs. Helms, and Mrs. Schuldt for taking on the adventure!
- Please check the snack/dessert and Group Gear sign up links to help us get what we need to make this trip a success!
- Please bring in gear and food items by Friday so we can get things packed.
Group Gear Needed: Please sign up on the signup genius website for anything you can lend us for the trip! Here is the sign up link-Homer Group Gear Sign Up Link
Snacks and meals: If you would like to bake a treat or cook a meal for our trip, please sign up by using the following link- Homer Desserts/Snacks
HOMER GEAR LIST: Homergearlist
7th Grade News:
Sounds like students are staying afloat and are ready for their big canoe trip with Ms. Beattie next week! It had been fun to read the student and parent surveys. If you haven’t seen one yet, please contact me and I’ll get one to you!
September 4 & 5: 8th Grade Gear Checks
September 8-14: 8th Grade Homer Trip
September 21: Equinox Marathon! (Aid station 7am-2pm)
September 27: No School! Teacher professional development day
Have a great week!
Week of August 26:
It was great meeting everyone on Thursday, I know it’s a lot of new information, so if you have any questions about how middle school works get in touch! If you couldn’t make it and I didn’t get to meet you, please stop in and say hi!
Potato Wednesday will begin after our middle school trips. The sign up should be up and linked here on the website by the end of the week!
8th Grade Homer Trip:If you missed the Homer trip meeting, please make sure you get the required forms to review with your child, sign and return. I need them, and the $200 fee by Thursday!
We have chaperones! This year we’ll have the following parents chaperoning this trip:
John Haas, Natalie Ott Schuldt, Brandy Helms, Amy Larsen, Jennifer Young, Kathy Petersen, and Anna Merrill!
FNSB Volunteer Packet Link: FNSB Volunteer Packet Link
Week of August 19:
Welcome Back to School!
Can you believe it’s already time for school on Monday? Hope you had a restful, adventuresome, and enjoyable summer break. I am excited to see you on Monday!
Ms. Beattie and I are excited for this year’s academic units and outdoor adventures we have planned for you. Starting on Monday, we will pass out class overviews/syllabi, upcoming trip plans/information, and other Watershed forms to sign and return. When you get to school we will help you find lockers, review the schedule, and get materials organized and ready for class.
Please remember to bring the following to school:
- School Supplies! (list is on Watershed website and in stores)
- Rain Gear-Jacket/Pants/Boots (Please plan on leaving these at school in your locker)
- Water bottle
- Indoor and Outdoor shoes (we will be running on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Please feel free to contact either one of us with any questions or concerns you may have at any time.
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Watershed Middle School
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709