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Dear Classical Studies Scholars,

As we prepare to delve into our studies of ancient languages, cultures and literature, we need to be sure that we share a crystal clear understanding of the expectations, rules and grading for this course.

Please review the class expectations (click here: Classical-studieswhat-to-expect_20140829-160001_1.pdf ), class rules ( click here: CLASSICAL-STUDIES-rules.pdf ) and class grading policy (click here: classical-studies-grade-breakdown_20140829-160245_1.pdf ) with your parents. 

-Ms. Stockton

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The Student Council will be holding a Warm Mitten & Scarf Drive through February 1st. We are asking that donations be new and in sizes suitable for children ages 3 through 14. Thank you for putting the S for Sharing Hands and the S for Service into CLASSICAL!

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Due to the forecasted inclement weather, New Haven Public Schools will be cancelling all weekend activities. All schools will be closed. We want our families, and staff to be safe and take the necessary precautions as we anticipate this snow storm.

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Families are invited to explore the Yale University Art Gallery.
Enjoy an afternoon of art-making activities, storytelling from around the world, and tours for children ages 3 to 10. This event is free and open to the public. To download the flyer, click here: Family_Day_Flyer.pdf
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At RWCSMS, we cooperate and work together for the common good of all. Our February Schoolwide Seminar Day will focus on our fourth core value, SHARING HANDS. Please find text suggestions here: text-suggestions--sharing-hands.pdf .

Our seminar planning meetings will be held the week of Febrauray 1st. 

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The 2016 New Haven Public Schools Expos and Open Houses are coming up. The expos are your opportunity to learn more about your high school options. By attending open houses, you can actually see the schools, meet the teachers and get a real feel for the different school communities. To download all the information about the upcoming expos and open houses, click here: High-Schools-Eng-PP.pdf High-Schools-Span-PP.pdf

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The New Haven Public Schools Office of Choice and Enrollment presents the following events:

NHPS Choice Expo: Wednesday, February 3rd from 6-8pm at the Floyd Little Athletic Center (Hillhouse High School)

All Magnet, Neighborhood, ACES and Charter Schools will be represented. This event is open to New Haven and suburban residents.

NHPS Choice Expo: Saturday, February 6th from 12-3pm:

  • High Schools & Middle Schools will present at Wilbur Cross High School
  • K-8 Schools will present at East Rock Community Magnet School

All Magnet, Neighborhood, ACES and Charter Schools will be represented. This event is open to New Haven and suburban residents.

Applications will become available on February 3rd. For more information visit newhavenschoolchoice

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Wednesday, January 20th is Schoolwide Seminar Day! This month we will take a deep dive into our third core value: ACCOUNTABILITY. Text selections include The Ant and the Grasshopper, Horton Hatches the Egg and President Obama's 2009 Back to School Address. We're looking forward to exploring the idea of taking responsibility for our actions and the great conversations to come!

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We Stand United

Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016
8:30AM - 3:00 PM
Wexler-Grant Community School, 55 Foote Street, New Haven, CT

Celebrate the legacy and honor the dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions.

You will enjoy student performances, a keynote speaker, entertainment, free raffles and prizes, and a continental breakfast and hot lunch. 

Fun and educational workshops for all ages, youth and adults, on topics such as:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Storytelling
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Finances
  • Nutrition
  • and many more to come!
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We have terrific seminars planned for SWSD on January 20th. Please check in with your facilitation partner to review your text and plan. Looking forward to the great conversations to come!


Have You Filled A Bucket Today?


The Little Red Hen 


Horton Hatches the Egg


What If Everybody Did That?


7th Heaven




The Ant and the Grasshopper


President Obama’s Back to School Address (2009)

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Dear Classical Scholars,

As we approach our final days of the first semester, I want to provide you with an overview of what you can expect:

1/13: Final vocab study guides distributed (begin studying NOW!) STUDY-GUIDE-2016.pdf

1/14: Discussion points for final Socratic seminar distributed (catch up on any/all reading NOW!)

1/15: cap, aqua, hydra quiz

1/18: MKL Day: No School

1/19: Perseus & Heracles Heroes Seminar

1/20: Vocab Review

1/21: Final Exam

1/22: Closing Ceremonies: End of Semester I

Be prepared to do your best each and every day. Let's finish strong like the champions we are!

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The RWCSMS School Apparel Store is now open for a limited time. To purchase Explorer shirts, shorts, (hoodless) sweatshirts, and fleece jackets visit schoolspiritwear and click on our school. The store will be open until Friday, January 29th. Show your Explorer pride and wear your blue & green!

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The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute’s School Representatives, invite all teachers to their Open House on Tuesday, January 12th.  Attend the Open House to learn more about the Institute and the 2016 seminar offerings. The event begins with refreshments at 4:15, followed by an informal program at 4:30 or so, at Rosenfeld Hall (109 Grove Street, with entry from Temple Street).

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Marking Period II will come to a close on Friday, January 22nd. Be sure you are on track by checking in on PowerSchools and with your teachers. Turn in all your assignments, do your best and be ACCOUNTABLE (after all, it is our January Core Value). Let's aim for high-quality work and a strong finish to Marking Period II.

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Martin Luther King Day, 2016
Monday, January 18th

Ages 6 -15


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rhetoric that condemns whole cultures is reckless. it creates divisions and enemies. Martin Luther King argued that we can build peace and security only when we work to understand the beliefs and dreams of those we perceive as different from us.

This Martin Luther King Day, explore the art and history of Islam.

Construct a Dhow, a triangular-sailed scow that explored and traded from the Red Sea to the South China Sea centuries before European navigators arrived to that part of the world.

Build a Whirling Dervish, a dancer who finds peace in meditative spinning from the Sufi tradition.

Finally, join students who are new to New Haven, (sponsored by IRIS - the Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Service) and students from Dwight Hall at Yale, to work on a mosaic in interlaced geometric patterns built round  the word HAVEN. This distinctive tiling appeared in Islamic art and architecture seven centuries ago.

This is not a workshop of doctrines. It is an opportunity to create art in new forms and to make connections.

Resident Artist: Kiran Zaman

Guest Artist: Beth Klingher

Fee: $65 (members $60)

Ages 6 - 15 years old

Click Here to Register

The Eli Whitney Museum | 203.777.1833 | www.eliwhitney.org

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Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with articles and primary sources with ReadWorks question sets and vocabulary support. Plus, share videos related to the life of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement with your students:   

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Videos, Articles, & Primary Sources for K-12th Grade


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The Snowflake Ball will be held on Friday, January 22nd from 6-9PM. 7th & 8th Grade Ross Woodward students are invited to attend- please see Ms. Teague to purchase tickets.

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, school will be closed on Monday, January 19th. Please visit the Parents Blog for MLK events and activities throughout New Haven.

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     The students in Read 180 have been very busy! One of our 8th grade classes hosted a Sugar and Spice celebration for our Pre-K and Kindergarten students. They created a variety of learning games, assisting the children with alphabet letter and shape recognition, as well as story time and pin the gumdrop on the Gingerbread Man!

     All classes grades 5-8 in Read 180 have started their SRI testing. Students are off to a fantastic start, our Lexile Reading levels are going up and up!!

     A few reminders:

     Grade 5 has an immigration interview project due on January 22nd.

     Grade 7 has a Peer Pressure project due on January 22nd and Grade 8 has an Alien Invaders project due on January 22nd.

     Our 6th graders are finishing up their workshop and have not yet been assigned their project yet.

Please continue to encourage your child to complete their homework book which is due every Friday and to read at least 20 minutes each night and to complete their Reading Logs daily.

Happy New Year To All!!!

Mrs. Criscuolo


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