February 17th, 2024

6th

Dear Middle School Families,

I am reaching out to let you know that we will be starting our swim season on Monday, February 26 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Wheeling Park High School Pool.  This year, Wheeling Park High School has allowed us to use their pool on Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm – 8pm.  We are going to have two coaches this year.  Airry Schultz, who was our coach our first year at WCDS will return to the team this year alongside Jade Miller, who is a student athlete at Wheeling University and helped out Coach Meredith the last few years.  We will be participating again this year in the middle school swim league that takes place on Saturday’s at Linsly.   If your son/daughter would like to participate, please have them tell me or you are more than welcome to send me an email.  

Thanks,

Carrie Ochap

cochap@wcdsedu.com

Important Dates:

  • March 2nd-11th Spring Break (March 11 classes resume at 10:00 am)

Sixth Grade Happenings:

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – This week we continued our novel study of “The Parker Inheritance”. This book has served as a springboard for discussions on Black History. It is also a mystery in which more clues about the inheritance are introduced in each chapter. We enjoyed completing a series of logic puzzles in order to determine who poisoned Snow White’s Valentine chocolates. 
  • Foundations of Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-We used formulas to determine area, perimeter, and volume.  Friday, we used word problem prompts to develop our own formulas.
  • Music w/Mrs. Chelsey – This week students continued learning all the line and space notes in the treble clef scale. We created a large stave on the floor and made large “notes” to practice knowing where they go. It was a fun way to see it! We are also in the final stage of our Mozart body percussion piece. We will be filming next week and I will let you know when it will be up on the WCDS Youtube Channel for viewing!
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – This week students became familiar with different instruments that measure. All ending in “meter” we discussed how root words can help us in science remember definitions. We learned about a hydrometer, refractometer, barometer, thermometer, and flowmeter. Then students tested each instrument. 
  • Elective w/ Mr. McFadden- Cultural cooking took us to Japan this week. This was a tricky week for recipes! One group had success using Liam’s “sushi cannon”, and everyone seemed to enjoy sampling the results.
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students are working diligently on their final design project. We are seeing creativity and ingenuity as they try new techniques such as using a sewing machine or using a hand saw (with teacher supervision of course!). The final projects are due the Thursday before we leave for spring break.
  • Deep Dive- Students are wrapping up their articles for the WCDS Zine, while the adults navigate uploading their pieces to the magazine software. This week students will gather photos, and work on the graphic design of the actual magazine.