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Learning Updates for February 7 to February 11

February 11, 2022

Seventh Grade Math Digs Into Proportions & Percents

In unit 4 of their math class recently, seventh grade students have been studying proportional relationships and percents. After revisiting proportional relationships, the bulk of the unit dives into percent increase and decrease and real-world applications of these topics. Students applied their knowledge of percent change to solve real-world problems involving concepts like sales tax, tipping, discounts, markup, markdown, and commission. As a wrap-up for this unit, students designed a concept for a store and created flyers advertising a sale at their store. In addition to creating a flyer, students completed work to show how the prices of their items compare before and after the discount is applied.

– Elinor Klein, middle school math teacher

Celebrating Black History Month in Spanish Class

Culture is a determining factor in language learning, and celebration is a big part of Latin American cultures. During this month in Spanish class, we are celebrating Black History Month and honor Afro-Latinx in the different areas of their contribution to the United States Culture. Eight-grade Spanish students learned about Afroliatinidad and worked on various projects, creating posters, tear-off flyers with the music of Afrolatino bands, and biographies. Many of those projects are now on display in the sixth grade hallway.

– Ana Maria Restrepo, middle school Spanish teacher

PE Update: Lighting the Torch of Olympic Challenges

The Olympics creed states, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” In this spirit, our little Olympians-in-training have embraced the struggle this winter with joy and athleticism.

At various stations in physical education classes this week, students have attempted various Olympic challenges, whether it is working on hockey skills, synchronized yoga, curling, or slaloming through obstacles, our students have shown that they will try just about anything and do it with a smile. There are no medals at stake but after showing off their stuff there are always plenty of shout-outs to go around.

– Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher

Eighth Grade Social Studies Examines US Civil War & Slavery

Eighth graders wrapped up their study on the US Civil War this week by considering contrasting arguments from two historians about whether the majority of the credit for freeing enslaved people should go to Abraham Lincoln or the enslaved people and freedom seekers themselves. They also looked at a number of ways that Americans currently think about and interact with the Civil War and considered questions about when the Civil War should be taught and what should be taught about it. Next week, they’ll do their summative assessment for the unit: a research project about anything connected to the Civil War that they choose. We look forward to seeing what they learn and create!

– Kate Burns, middle school social studies teacher

By John O'Neill, director of athletics |

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Coach Tzelnic took the helm of the boys’ varsity basketball team three years ago. That team started a pair of sixth graders, lost Friday Night Hoops by 20 points, and finished their season with a 2-6 record. Fast forward to…

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February 16, 2024

Eighth Graders Share Original Poems After a week of learning about and experimenting with the Shakespearean sonnet, the modern English ghazal, and contemporary free verse poetry, eighth graders worked hard this week on crafting their poetry portfolios that touch on…

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February 2, 2024

Pre-k Welcomes Guests for Lunar New Year Celebration On Wednesday, our pre-kindergarten classes were joined by the parents of Averie, Oliver, William, and Zachary for a celebration of the Lunar New Year! We learned all about foods with special meaning…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

February 2, 2024

Belmont Day’s girls’ basketball program recorded a pair of wins against Nashoba Brooks this week, improving their combined record to an impressive 11-0. The junior varsity team continued its torrid pace by doubling up Nashoba Brooks. Relying on strong defense…
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