Mathea and Scott



Hey all,

It seems like a quick winter to summer transition from the looks of it.  We had our all school photo on Tuesday.  If you haven't ever taken a look at all the photos at the front of the school, you should.  An entire school community in one photo, these memories all captured once a year for 20 years.  It sheds a light on the reality of our multi-aged community.  A special place to say the least.

Our MCAS testing has ended, as the fifth graders have finished their Science MCAS today.  Thank you again for having your kids well rested for the week. Students should have found out what Project Period they will be joining, with a starting date on June 12th.

On Monday, the 6th grade students will begin their project with the MV Museum, interpreting data from West Tisbury gravestones and working to create an Art, Math, and ELA based exhibit.  This exhibit will open June 2nd with an opening reception at the MV Museum from 4-6 PM (parents, friends, and kids all welcome).  The field trip will be rain or shine.  If it still looks like rain on Monday, please send your sixth grader in with a rain coat.  We will leave from school and will be back at school for snack.

We have also been working on solar cars for a good part of the week.  Ask your kids if they can explain how a Solar (Photovoltaic) Panel works.  They should be able to muster a pretty good answer.  Let them explain why they have chosen their specific gear ratio and what might make their car the winner.  It's really unbelievable to think that electricity is "simply" the flow of electrons.

In ELA, creative writing has been much of what the kids are excited about.  It seems to be their refuge after a long day of testing.  In Social Studies, the lyrics and songs of Hamilton, the musical, continue to be an aid to teaching the history of our country.

If you have any advisor requests for your 6th grader, as they transition to the upper middle school, please put that request in writing to Bob.

Homework will continue until project period. (Reading, Reading Journals, Dreambox or Khan Academy)

Enjoy the weekend!
Best,

Scott, Mathea, Sam, and Emily


~ABOUT US ~

Mathea Morais teaches ELA and Social Studies.  She has been teaching for over ten years both here and in Boston. Her work in the middle school and high school at MVPCS means she’s well prepared to get students ready for the work ahead of them. Her favorite things in the world are helping students learn to love reading and increasing their awareness of global and social issues. 

Mathea’s students will read challenging books with compelling characters and interesting themes. They will create works of fiction, poetry and memoir. They will study societies around the world and learn to make connections with people across time and space. 

In her free time, Mathea loves spending time with her family, writing fiction and looking at art.


Scott Goldin teaches Science and Math.  He has been teaching at MVPCS for five years.  He most recently was serving as a Learning Facilitator, Advisor, and Math teacher in the Upper Middle School. Scott has been working with Island Grown Schools and throughout the farming community to make connections with kids and our Island agriculture.  He spent several years working with the Trustees of Reservations as well as serving with Americorp and the Pacific Crest Trail Association in the Northwest.  Scott loves to encourage students to connect with the outdoors, get into our school garden, or just ask “Why?”.  He looks to challenge his students to find real world application in the studies of both Math and Science in a project based setting.


In his free time, Scott loves being with family or exploring the Island with an inquisitive eye.


 

TO CONTACT US:

Scott - sgoldin@mvpcs.org

Mathea - mmorais@mvpcs.org


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