MAP Testing Schedule

2 Sep


Math – Friday, Sept. 5th (G Block)

Language Usage – Monday, Sept. 8th (D Block)

Reading – Tuesday, Sept. 9th (H Block)

Science – Friday, Sept. 12th (B Block)


September Birthdays

31 Aug


Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays this month: Aditya and Kazu (9/7), Sravya (9/8), Lucie (9/10), Sriya (9/12), Alice D. (9/15), and Jeremy (9/26). If we forgot anyone or made an error, tell us and we will edit this list. Have a great day!

Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, and Ms. Jaya

Maps and GPS

28 Aug

We have been learning about different types of maps and key terms used when reading maps.  The end of chapter 1, lesson 2 (pages 24 – 25)  features information on the future of navigation and the use of satellites of the Global Positioning System, of GPS.  What uses for GPS can you think?



How to become a better writer

26 Aug


Archaeologists and Artifacts

25 Aug

This playlist features information on archaeologists, artifacts and a nice video by Bill Nye, the Science Guy.
Comment: What do archaeologists do? After reading sections 1 – 2 (‘Finding Clues to the Past’ and ‘The Search for Early Humans’) tell us why you think studying early people is so hard for archaeologists. Tell us something new you learned from any of these video clips?

Dangerous Books?

24 Aug


Has any book changed your life?

Find that ‘Just Right’ Book

20 Aug

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General Reading Expectations:

  • Always bring the book you are reading to L.A. class.

  • Read every night for a minimum of 20-30 minutes.

  • You can take your literacy notebook home, but you need to bring it to L.A. class.

  • Choose a wide variety of genres that are age-appropriate and at your “just right” level.

  • Maintain your 40 Book Challenge!

What is the first book you are reading in 6th grade Language Arts? Write a comment and tell us the title and author.

What should I read next?

18 Aug
Source: Thinkstock

Source: Thinkstock


Tomorrow, the remainder of the 6th grade will go to the CIC (library) during advisory to meet Mr. Jet and his staff and to learn more about the M.S. CIC. All students will go to the CIC to get books during L.A. on Wednesday and Thursday.  In order to help you choose a book, take a look at the two book review blogs that your 6th grade L.A./S.S. teachers created last year:
Mr. Martin/Ms. Jaya’s Book Review Blog
Mrs. Hall/Ms. Jaya’s Book Review Blog
We also discovered this cool website – What Should I Read Next? Click on the links and find a book to read. The CIC catalogue link is at the bottom of this blog. Remember that you can go to the CIC before and after school and during breaks or lunch.


18 Aug
A civilization is made up of many parts. We will use G.R.A.P.E.S.  to remember them. The GRAPES acronym in Social Studies means:
Social structure
We are currently learning about historical themes (pages xxii – xxiii in your textbook).  The themes listed in the book are the same as GRAPES. Click on this link to learn more about GRAPES.


What is Social Studies?

12 Aug



August Birthdays

11 Aug

happy-birthday-picture-wallpaperHappy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays this month: Alexandre and Raphael (Aug. 3); Soo Youn (Aug. 11); Lin and Dohun (Aug. 16); Yuki (Aug. 20); Rishi (Aug. 24).  If we forgot anyone, please let us know. Have a great day!

Welcome back!

6 Aug

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Greetings and welcome back to AISC!  It’s going to be an exciting year, and we welcome you to the middle school. This blog, along with our Moodle pages will help provide support and resources for what we will learn this year. Please take some time to look at it and to view the teacher bio pages to learn more about your Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. We recommend you ‘follow’ our blog, so add your email address and you will receive a message in your school email inbox every time a new post is created.  We also encourage you to post comments, ask questions, share information, politely agree or disagree with your classmates and use the blog to extend learning in the classroom. Check out this helpful video, if you are still having trouble with your combination lock.
 Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, and Ms. Jaya


Lego Ancient Monuments

12 Jun


Check out this article and the images of ancient or modern monuments made of Legos. We hope your summer is going well!

We Made It! Congratulations!

27 May

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Grade 6 Humanities Students,

It has been a fantastic year! We thank you for your hard work and positive attitude. We will miss you next year. Have a wonderful, restful summer! Enjoy your final three days.

Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, Ms. Jaya, and Mr. Seth

Research Projects & Documentaries

26 May

Check out some of the videos that students in Mr. Martin, Ms. Jaya, and Mr. Seth’s class created for their research project.  Many were very creative and artistic and focused on a topic of the student’s choice. Enjoy!


M.S. Party – Goodbyes – Birthdays – Ayyanar Horse

26 May

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Here are a few photos of 6th graders from the final MS social event, the end of the year party. Make sure you thank Mrs. Hall, Ms. Jaya, and Ms. Lakshmi for organizing all of the events this year. Along with the various chaperones, they have worked hard.
This is a difficult time of year, a time when we say goodbye to friends returning to their country for good or moving to a new country and starting a new adventure. The following students will be leaving AISC this year: Emma, Rika, Jason, Yeon Su, Arya, Mara, Loren, SooIn, Rintaro, Ramu, and Nolan (are we missing anyone?). Please take some time this week and say goodbye and exchange email addresses.  Here are students celebrating birthdays this summer:
June – Aravind (6/2), Mara (6/17), Rintaro (6/25)
July – Seo Young (7/4), Taiga (7/6), Aniketh (7/7),  Mr. Seth (7/11), Alessio (7/13), Natsumi (7/15), Leander (7/19), Margot (7/21), Jason (7/25), Mrs. Hall (7/28)
Finally, check out Karthik and Ramu’s great video and interview with the artists creating the great Ayyanar horses at AISC. I am also including a video in this playlist from our ES tech integrator, Ms. Priya. Both are fantastic!

Celebration of Reading: Book Trailers and Reviews

23 May



To celebrate our year of reading, we have been creating book trailers and our final book review for our book review blogs. In 6th grade Humanities this year, we have calculated that students have read 2,180 books total (at last count). Many met the “40 Book Challenge,” several surpassed it. All students read a wide variety of genres this year, and we are very proud of them.  Some students are finishing book trailers this weekend, and we will add more to the playlist below.  Check out the book review blogs here:

Mr. Martin/Ms. Jaya/Mr. Seth  and Mrs. Hall/Ms. Jaya

What is your superpower? Vote. Comment.

23 May


Vinay made a funny video that he shared with the Middle School at today’s final assembly. X-Men – Days of Future Past is also being released today. If you could have one superpower, what would you want?  Summer is all about blockbuster movies, and they always seem to include a superhero movie. What is your favorite superhero or superhero movie? Vote! Post a comment.


Projects, Projects!

21 May

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The students have been working hard in recent weeks on a research project in our non-fiction unit. They are currently working on creating book trailers for a book they have read this semester. This is an opportunity to celebrate our year in language arts. Student samples will be added to the blog soon!


20 May
Image source: Edutopia

Image source: Edutopia

The Persian Wars

15 May

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The wars between Persia and Greece took place in the early part of the 5th century BC. Persia had a huge empire and had every intention of adding Greece to it. The Battles of Marathon, Thermoplyae, and Salamis will be discussed in class. 

The Persian Wars were immensely important for Western civilization. The Greeks, a relatively small and dis-unified nation, unexpectedly defeated the greatest empire on earth. Afterward, this experience compelled the Greeks to identify themselves culturally. The world’s first real historian, the Greek Herodotus, writing in the mid-400s BCE, chose the Persian Wars as his story to tell; it was the greatest understandable event in human memory, and it distinguished the Greek from the “barbarian.” Similarly, the amazing Athenian cultural achievements of the 400s and 300s BCE—in theater, philosophy, sculpture, architecture, and the development of democracy—were products of a confidence adopted because of the Persian Wars. Had the invading Persians won and had Greece become just another province of their empire, there would have been no brilliant Athenian century to serve as the foundation of modern culture. 
Becoming a Spartan Soldier


Textbooks & Library Books

13 May
world-history-ancient-civilizations-mcdougal-littell-hardcover-cover-artWe would like students to return textbooks by Friday.  Also, please return novels to our Humanities library. Here is a message from Mr. Jet:
Please note that the last day for student and parent check-out is May 16.  The CIC Library will still be open of course for students to visit, work on projects, and look at books until the end of the school year. :) We also have a wonderful collection of eBooks (over 4,000) which we would love to encourage students, parents, and staff to use.  They can be accessed at home or at school and our eBook collection covers both curriculum content and pleasure reading.  If you would like to take advantage of our eBooks, but need help, please let us know and we can assist you.  We are here and happy to help!  Mr. Jet



Birthplace of Democracy

12 May

In Social Studies we have learned about citizenship and ancient Greece being the ‘birthplace of Democracy.’ A playlist has been created here to share some short video clips and a documentary (optional) to help you understand the vocabulary and content.

20 Awe-Inspiring Ruins from the World’s Greatest Civilizations

12 May
Photo Credit: agap/Shutterstock

Photo Credit: agap/Shutterstock

“All over the globe, from Italy to Zimbabwe, civilizations have left behind impressive monuments and structures that attest to their former glory. Appearing in literature, songs, and films, these mystical sculptures, sacred religious sites, royal palaces, fortifications, ancient centers of commerce, ports, and tombs are all we have left of some of history’s most illustrious societies. While some sites were lost for centuries, engulfed by overgrown jungles, others never fell out of use. Either way, these 20 awe-inspiring places are sure to inspire travelers looking for adventure and a connection to the past.” – by Laura Itzkowtiz
Click on the link and check out this slide show. It’s hard to pick 20 places, and I am sure some should be added or are missing from this list. Have you been to any of these places? 

Keeping track of my responsibilities

9 May
In advisory class we are talking about responsibility. How you do you keep track of your responsibilities? What is your favorite way to keep track of assignments and things you need to do? If you selected ‘other,’ please post a comment and tell us what you use.  Do you think next year’s 6th graders should also have a planner? Share your opinion.

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