Our fourth and fifth grade science students are buzzing with excitement, and so is the Potomac School apiary! Last week, we received our first hive, and the bees are already out foraging for nectar and pollen, working to store enough honey to survive next winter. Meanwhile, our students are learning the basics of beekeeping and discussing how we can help these amazing pollinators stay alive despite the many challenges they face in today's world.
Middle School Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2021
Potomac Middle Schoolers have had a busy and exciting year. Hallmarks of the MS traditions include our yearly May Day performance, class plays, service learning, and the fifth grade Invention Convention.
Check out our class pictures!
Middle School Handbells
Middle School Student Projects & Plays
- Grade 6 (Ms. Morgan) Class Play - Good Masters, Sweet Ladies
- Grade 6 (Mrs. Fields) Class Play - Good Master, Sweet Ladies
- Grade 5 (Ms. Westermann) and Grade 1 (Ms. Koo) Earth Day Poetry Padlet
- Grade 5 Civil Right Project
- Ms. Brooks's sixth grade class reads the collaborative poem they wrote, which was inspired by Langston Hughes's poem "I Dream a World."
- Grade 4 (Mrs. Hoogstra) Poetry Padlet
- Grade 5 (Ms. Westermann) Ode Padlet
- Grade 4 (Mrs. Furr) Poems
Read about what we are doing in the classroom!
Sixth grade Spanish students recently worked with Environmental Studies Coordinator Albert Pingree and Sustainability Project Manager Sean Conroy in the campus gardens. They learned which plants are ingredients in popular Hispanic foods and researched the origins of some of those ingredients, like tomatoes, chocolate, corn, and potatoes. They also studied these foods’ roles in Mesoamerican civilizations; for example, in Mayan culture, cocoa beans were once used as currency. Finally, the students spent time weeding (sacando monte), planting (sembrando), and watering (regando).
Our fourth graders studied the arthropods of the world. They proved to be keen observers and amazing artists!
Sixth grade Spanish students recently practiced using verbs and prepositions by working through code in games.
Our fifth grade scientists have been busy building robots. To view a photo gallery, click here.
In March, Potomac Middle School handbell students participated in this video. Click the link to hear the ensemble play “Ring Joyfully” by Susan Geschke.
Fourth grade scientists are wrapping up a unit on bones by dissecting sterilized barn owl pellets. For a photo gallery, click here.
This year, each fourth grade class has engaged with children enrolled in Martha’s Table’s preschool program.
In music class, fifth graders learned some traditional Chinese drumming patterns, which are often used to accompany lion and dragon dances.
All of our Middle Schoolers have been creative in art class this year. Fourth graders learned to create animal models using clay techniques. Click here for photos.
Fourth grade scientists investigated bones and skeletons for a unit on the vertebrates of the world. Click here for photos.
This year, in addition to doing a card exchange at school, sixth graders created valentines for older adults served at local senior living centers.
Our fifth graders enjoyed their unit on Ancient China. As part of their studies, they were assigned to one of four dynasties (Shang, Zhou, Qin, or Han) for further research.
Fifth graders designed and created products that they thought could improve some aspect of their lives. You can view the Invention Convention videos by clicking here.
Enjoy some of our photo galleries!