Dear 8th Grade families,
My name is Doriane Marvel, and I am the IB MYP Coordinator at Grisham. My main role is coordinating the program’s elements with both teachers and students. This year, as 8th graders, your students will be participating in the Community Project. This independent project is the culminating piece to your child’s MYP education and provides them with the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills they have gained while at Grisham to plan and take action on a community service project of their choice.
Our project will not formally begin until December, but we have started the conversation with the students this week so that they can spend the time off from school discussing possible projects they are interested in. We encouraged them to think about things in the world that they care about, and look into ways they can use that interest or passion, to take action. We have asked them to reflect on the things they have seen around them that didn’t feel right, or that seemed unfair. This is their opportunity to make the change…to be the change.
Here are some ways you can help them explore possible project ideas:
- Think of things you are already active in (your Church, Boy Scouts, sports etc.). Are there ways to take action to support these groups?
- Consider current events that you have discussed as a family, what are some things you feel passionate about impacting?
- Are there places in the world you have been, or are connected to, that are struggling and need support? You can take action to support a place, a group of people or an organization.
We know that our students can make a difference! Here is a presentation we discussed that outlined ways middle school and younger children have become involved in their community.
We are currently at the exploring ideas phase, the completed project is not due until February 26th. There will be a formal parent information session regarding the timeline and expectations for the Community Project on MONDAY, DECEMBER 14th at 6:30pm. You can also find more information about the project on our website.
For more information or questions, contact doriane_marvel@roundrockisd. org
Food Services annual ViewPOINT Survey for 2015-2016 is now available. The survey is a valuable tool that helps us not only grade our performance but identify actions we can implement to provide better service. Some of the topics covered include:
- Student preferred breakfast and lunch items
- Student satisfaction with common menu offerings and new flavors they would like offered
- Specific reasons why students decide to eat or not eat meals at school
- Student perception of performance across 16 key food, customer service and dining environment attributes (taste, variety of food, line speed, staff friendliness)
- Students’ thoughts about making healthy choices and most effective methods of communication nutrition information to them.
This electronic survey can be taken anywhere – in school, at home or on the go and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Students will be able to begin taking the survey as early as Monday, January 18th by visiting http://www.studentvp. com/RRISD. (Survey ends February 12th)
As an incentive for participation, students will have the option to enter to win one of 20 Beats headphones upon completion of the survey. Winners will be selected form all entries across the country.
We will also offer $200 in RRISD Catering Bucks to 2 secondary schools with the highest participation.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey to make sure your voice is heard.
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
Why computer science?
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats on code.org.
Grisham Middle School students will participate in the Hour of Code during the week of December 7 – 11th.
Purchasing your yearbook online is quick and easy! Just click the link below to access Balfour’s website.
All ordering and payment information will be securely collected by the publisher, but the yearbooks will be delivered to and distributed at Grisham.
With all the great events that happen at Grisham, we know there are some amazing photographs out there. Give them a home in our yearbook!
ImageShare is a free, safe, and secure way for students and community members to contribute photos.
You can download the app to transfer photos directly from your phone, or upload from your desktop using the website.
Just search for “ImageShare” on your favorite app site, or use the link below. There is no password for our account (just leave it blank), but make sure to enter this project number: 617032.
Thanks for sharing and helping make our yearbook great!