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MS Summer & Back to School Info

We look forward to having your child join us! Below please find some general information about health forms, academic resources, upcoming dates, technology information, and more as you prepare for the upcoming school year. Please bookmark this page, as posted information will be updated throughout the spring and into the summer.

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Welcome, Orientation, and Back-to-School Events

Bus & Aftercare Registration

Bus Transportation
Information about bus routes can be found online here. Families can enroll in Bus Transportation and After Care services via MyBackPack > Program Registration. SSFS continues to accept bus registrations until August 1st, or until routes are at capacity. Please note that some routes will fill to capacity before August 1st, so be sure to register to ride the bus as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. Directions for bus registration may be found online here.

Middle School Aftercare
Parents may register Middle School students for Aftercare by logging in to My BackPack and clicking the "Program Registration" link. Click here for further instructions. 

Required Health and Permission Forms

Family health and permission forms that you will need to fill out for your child are submitted using Magnus Health. Families are asked to submit all required health forms for the 2019-2020 academic year by July 15. Parents should log in to the Parent Portal Page with the login information provided by the Technology Dept, and click the Magnus Health link to access your family account and download any forms that require a doctor's signature. View online instructions and FAQs.

Class Placements & Course Scheduling

Emails about schedules and book ordering will be sent to families in July, and schedules and book ordering can be accessed from your MyBackPack account after that date. If you have any questions about your child's schedule, please contact the MS office. Book ordering instructions are available here. The 2019-2020 Middle School Course Curriculum will be available soon. 

See the 2018-2019 Middle School Course Curriculum is available here (you may download the PDF, or view the e-booklet online).

iPad, Technology, and Website Information

Middle school students have family-owned iPads for daily school use. New students to the Middle School are expected to purchase an iPad for school use (see iPad system requirements). You can find out more about purchasing and repair options here.

Website login information for families will be emailed in mid-July, when we roll the student class lists over to the 2018-19 academic year. The website login gives families single sign-on access to MyBackPack and online classrooms from the website, but you do not need a website login to access your MyBackPack account; you can simply login directly to MyBackPack.

Technology questions may be directed to the Technology Office at tech@ssfs.org

My BackPack

After enrolling, each family gets a dedicated MyBackPack account with a unique username and password. If you have submitted your enrollment contract and have not yet received login information for (or need assistance accessing) your MyBackPack account, please contact the Technology department at tech@ssfs.org or 301-774-7455 x111. (Click here for a document with details on how to log in to the website.) 

Your MyBackPack account will give you access to a number of services including:

  • Billing and student accounts
  • Student class schedules and grades/comments
  • School directory
  • Family contact information
  • Enrollment contracts

Please ensure that your contact information in your MyBackPack account is accurate. As a part of our continuing efforts to act in environmentally sustainable ways, SSFS rarely sends information by paper mail. All communications about events, grades, billing account status, re-enrollment, and other information are sent electronically through My BackPack using the email addresses you have provided. An emergency notification service is also available via text message, so please also provide a cell phone number where you may reached. 

Book Ordering Information

The online bookstore via Follett opens Tuesday, July 16. Logging in to Follett after this date allows you to view the book list and access the online bookstore for your student via your My BackPack account. Click here to view an instruction page that will walk you through the process of viewing and ordering your child’s books. Please pay attention to the “Section Note” section of each course page, as there may be important details regarding a particular course’s books.

2019-2020 MS Student Supply List

Photo Forms

Grades 6-8: Forms for school photos for grades 6-11 will be available online in August, and hard copies will be available at the first day of school Orientation Day on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Questions?
Contact Us:

Erin Ryan
MS Administrative Assistant
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301-774-7455 ext. 160

Patti Lemere
MS Learning Specialist
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301-774-7455 ext. 116

Erin Rose
MS Counselor
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301-774-7455 ext. 175

Summer Reading and Resources

Sandy Spring Friends School develops the trained mind, the skilled hand, and the healthy body within a nurturing community centered in the Life of the Spirit. During the summer months, we encourage our Lower School students to explore their unique gifts through activities that interest them. The assignments below are provided to enhance a student’s curiosity about different topics and to guide parents who may be seeking appropriate academic activities for their child(ren). We hope our students will use them to think, discuss, create, enjoy, and mostly to “Let Their Lives Speak.”

Required Reading

All MS students are tasked to read the novel Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt (as part of the SSFS All-School Read) and two other books of interest. Humanities faculty recommend titles from Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susanand Newbery nominees and award winners.

While students are not required to generate a product (e.g. book report, poster, etc.), English classes are launched with conversations about students’ favorite summer reads. There is no need to bring in these titles in the fall; faculty encourage families to utilize their local libraries for books and suggestions.

Global Languages

Global Languages REQUIRED summer work for NEW 7th or 8th grade students: See below or download the PDF here

Welcome to Sandy Spring Friends School! We hope you are excited to learn French or Spanish! In order for you to feel comfortable and be familiar with the material you missed in our program, we ask that you complete EACH Quizlet set created for you.

If you are a French student, please follow these steps:
1.    Go to www.quizlet.com
2.    Search liz_donelson in the search box at the top of the screen 
3.    Click on the set you want
4.    Do the first step, Flashcards (from French to English, then English to French). Make sure you listen to the correct pronunciation as well as pay attention to the spelling of each word.
5.    Then do the next step, Learner.
6.    Then do the next step, Speller.
7.    Skip the next step, Test (for now), and play the Games Scatter and Gravity
8.    Finally, do the TEST. Keep doing the Test until you have earned 80% or higher. 
9.    Once you are happy with your final score, print out the Test result (and save it to turn in on the first day of school).
10.    REPEAT the above process until you have printed out the test results for the sets assigned per grade.

Incoming 7th grade French Quizlet flashcards sets: *Remember to search liz_donelson to find them!

  • Summer greetings
  • Summer family
  • Summer colors
  • Summer days
  • Summer months
  • Summer weather
  • Summer numbers

Incoming 8th grade French Quizlet flashcards sets: *Remember to search liz_donelson to find them!

  • Summer greetings
  • Summer family
  • Summer colors
  • Summer days
  • Summer months
  • Summer weather
  • Summer verbs
  • Summer numbers
  • Summer question words
  • Summer conjugating ER verbs
  • Summer adverbs
  • Summer objects
  • Summer adjectives
  • Summer house

If you are a Spanish student, please follow these steps:
1.    Go to www.quizlet.com
2.    Search “mccarkr” in the search box at the top of the screen
3.    Click on the set you want
4.    Do the first step, Flashcards (from Spanish to English, then English to Spanish). Make sure you listen to the correct pronunciation as well as pay attention to the spelling of each word.
5.    Then do the next step, Learner.
6.    Then do the next step, Speller.
7.    Skip the next step, Test (for now), and play the Games Scatter and Gravity
8.    Finally, do the TEST. Keep doing the Test until you have earned 80% or higher. 
9.    Once you are happy with your final score, print out the Test result (and save it to turn in on the first day of school).
10.    REPEAT the above process until you have printed out the test results for the sets assigned per grade.

Incoming 7th grade Spanish Quizlet flashcards sets: *Remember to search “mccarkr” to find them!

  • Summer greetings
  • Summer family
  • Summer colors
  • Summer days
  • Summer months
  • Summer weather
  • Summer numbers

Incoming 8th grade Spanish Quizlet flashcards sets: *Remember to search “mccarkr” to find them!

  • Summer greetings
  • Summer family
  • Summer colors
  • Summer days
  • Summer months
  • Summer weather
  • Summer numbers
  • Summer question words
  • Summer food
  • Summer important verbs

Math

Everything given below is optional and is meant to be used to help students be successful when they come back in the fall. If you have questions please reach out to heidi.duff@ssfs.org. Download PDF version of this information here

Below are the skills that students need to be proficient in so that they are successful in the class they are entering in the fall.

Sixth Grade Math

  •  Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with whole numbers
  •  Understanding of fractions
  • Understanding of place value and decimals

Pre-Algebra

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions
  •  Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with decimals
  • Understanding of negative numbers

Bridge to Algebra

  • Solving one and two step equations
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with fractions, decimals and integers
  •  Understanding slope
  • Combining like terms and distributive property

Algebra

  • Combining like terms and distributive property
  •  Solving equations, including putting an equation in slope-intercept form
  • Graphing a line in slope-intercept form
  • Solving a system of equations by graphing

Geometry

  • Solving equations and systems of equations
  •  Evaluating expressions and using formulas
  • Simplifying and evaluating radical expressions and equations
  • Understanding scale factor
  •  Applying area and perimeter to figures with algebraic side lengths

General websites to use to strengthen the skills given above. Some of the websites have games, some are meant for students to do the work on them and some allow for printing of worksheets to be done with paper and pencil.

Science

The DC metro area is ripe with summer events and opportunities for enrichment in Science. All of the museums in the following list have great regular daily exhibits to visit; in addition here are some of the calendars and websites the Middle School Faculty use to find special events with our families. See below, or download the PDF here.

For 6th graders, who will study Earth’s systems and structures, some great options might be:

For 7th graders, who will study Sustainability, some great options would include the above places as well as:

For 8th graders, who will center their study on the Human Body, some great options might be:

Because of our spiraling curriculum in which every year of Middle School Science explores multiple scientific disciplines, there may be particular events or exhibits at all of the above locations that would interest students. In addition, there are a few event calendars that are not particularly tied to our curricula but often have things that are of interest to our students.

Humanities

(Click here to download PDF of info below)

Rising Sixth Graders: World Cultures and Geography

Local Day Trips: The following Smithsonian museums on the Mall in Washington: African Art Museum, Freer Gallery and Sackler Gallery (Asian Art), The National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of the American Indian, Natural History Museum, National Museum of African American History. Also, the National Geographic Museum (17th St. NW).

Books: Excellent historical fiction available at the public library.

  • Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (An orphaned boy in medieval England leaves his village and is taken on by a traveling juggler known as Bear. He learns about the social, cultural and political world of England during the time of plague and warfare.)
  • Stowaway by Karen Hesse (Based on a true story, a boy stows away on the ship on which Captain Cook began a secret mission 1768 in search of an unknown continent on the bottom of the globe. He survives storms and cannibals and proves himself a valuable member of the crew.)
  • Dragon’s Gate by Laurence Yep (A boy leaves his village in China in 1867 to join his father in California to work on the transcontinental railroad. He survives danger, disease, death and racial prejudice, hoping someday to return to China and fight for independence from Manchu rule.
  • Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story by Beverley Naidoo (A sister and brother journey from their village to find their mother in Johannesburg and learn about the dangers of their country during the fight against apartheid.)

Rising Seventh Graders: U.S. History from Colonization through the Civil War

Local Day Trips: In Washington D.C.: Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of African American History, American History Museum, the National Archives, Frederick Douglass House (Anacostia), President Lincoln’s Cottage (Rock Creek Church Road, NW), Ford’s Theater (10th St., NW)

In Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia: Mount Vernon (Alexandria); Monticello (Charlottsville); Manassas National Battlefield (Prince William County); Antietam National Battlefield (Sharpsburg); Monocacy National Battlefield (Frederick); Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia); Fort McHenry (Baltimore); the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (Washington DC to Cumberland, MD), USS Constellation (Baltimore).

National Parks: The National Park Service has many historical sites across the country. If you are traveling, check their web site for parks around the country.

Books: Excellent fiction and historical fiction available at the public library.

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (An orphaned young woman moves from the Caribbean to live with her aunt and uncle in the Puritan settlement of Wethersfield, Connecticut and struggles to find her place in a very different world.)
  • A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials by Ann Rinaldi (While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692.)
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (A yellow fever epidemic wipes out 10% of Philadelphia's population in three months. 16-year-old Matilda, separated from her sick mother, is forced to cope.)
  • The Fighting Ground by Avi (Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.)
  • The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss (Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, causing hurt and self-doubt among the girls.)

Rising Eighth Graders: U.S. History from the 1870s to the present

Local Day Trips: Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of African American History, American History Museum, Baltimore Immigration Museum (Locust Point), Baltimore Museum of Industry (Key Hwy.), B & O Railroad Museum (Baltimore).

National Parks: The National Park Service has many historical sites across the country. If you are traveling, check their web site for parks around the country.

Books: Excellent historical fiction available in the public library.

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. (A classic coming of age story of an Irish American adolescent girl struggling to survive life in a tenement in early 20th Century New York.)
  • Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix. (The story of the shirtwaist factory strike and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911 from the perspective of two immigrant girls and the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Excellent history about industrialization and labor in early 20th Century America.)
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (The hardships of living in Oklahoma during the dust bowl in the 1930s told in a series of poems.)
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (The story of the children of an African American family living in rural Mississippi during the Depression. An instance story of the horrors of growing up in the Jim Crow South.
  • Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells (As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known.)
  • True North: A Novel of the Underground Railroad by Kathryn Lasky (Because of the strong influence which her grandfather, an abolitionist, has in her life, fourteen-year-old Lucy assists a fugitive slave girl in her escape.)
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (The unforgettable story of young Jethro Creighton who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.)
  • The Cold War Pigeon Patrols and Other Animal Spies by Danielle Denega (How animals are used for espionage in a setting that deals with war.)
  • Crash by Jerry Spinelli (Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.)
  • The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss (Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, causing hurt and self-doubt among the girls.)
  • The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers (An illustrated biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali that addresses his politics, his fight against Parkinson's disease, and boxing's dangers.)
  • Guts by Gary Paulsen (The author relates incidents in his life and how they inspired parts of his books about the character, Brian Robeson.)
  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (Sixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks inherits her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana in 1917 and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war in Europe.)

Athletics, Electives, and Arts