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REGULAR Schedule
  • 9:15 - 9:30 Arrival

  • 9:30 – 9:35  Announcements

  • 9:35 – 10:35  Focus/Science

  • 10:35 – 11:05 Snack/Break

  • 11:10 – 12:10 Focus/Science

  • 12:10 - 12:40 Lunch/Outside

  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry

  • 1:35 – 2:30  Leadership Club


Beginning October 30

Showcase/Teambuilding is usually the last Wednesday of the month from 12:45 - 1:30!

Showcase is an opportunity for students to showcase something they have done, made, learned, shared with their peers.

Ocean Theater Options:

Advanced Theater: Where the Wild Thyme Grows

Join us for a spoof of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, written by the same playwright who brought us the hilarious Outrageous Fortune.

Sign up with SURVEY by NOV. 15

AUDITION DAY NOV. 22 at Ocean from 10:00–12:00 

Theater Tech Fine Arts: Sets, Props, Costumes

URCHIN & GROUPER Theater Class for those NOT in the Advanced Play 

NOTE: for GROUPERS the time is 1:00-3:00 pm for this option, which is a change from their regular Thursday Art class time.

Please sign up by filling out interest survey by January 22nd or SOONER. SOONER IS BETTER!

Five weeks of working on the sets for Where the Wild Thyme Growsas well as possibly acting in minor parts or a pre-show skit, and possibly developing sets, props, or costume pieces for Tales of the Hundred Acre Wood.

Class times will be five THURSDAYS

February 13–March 12 


Everyone participating can be at Ocean as usual from 1:00–3:00.

Fill out survey by JANUARY 22


Wednesday (6th - 8th grade)

Welcome to the Grouper Page



Focus Groups are small groups that focus on a specific content area. We cycle through two themes each year: Math and Literacy

Math Focus Groups are ongoing for 1st Semester.


This year, I am lucky to work with very small Focus Groups in math. We'll spend time deeply exploring concepts, thinking flexibly about computation,  playing games to build fluency, and working to connect concepts to traditional and alternative algorithms. 

Here are some of the things we've looked at so far: Primes, Composites, and Squares; Multiplication arrays, and finding smaller arrays within. Here's an example: 

Here we have an array that shows 8x5, but inside of it are arrays made up of 5x5 and 3x5 (which most kids know fairly easily). So 8 x 5 is also (25 + 15). We start with fives because it's an easy number, easy to visualize and to count.

Oh, and when we build this with square tiles (sadly, the image is small rectangles so it's not clear), they can see which of these smaller rectangles in the array is a square. Can you?


We will be working on a variety of Middle School skills and concepts using group games, visuals, and challenges, working together and  sharing our strategies in a supportive environment. We are working on ratios, and proportions, comparing decimals, fractions and percents, and we will be doing some algebra later in the semester.  11/6: This week we did a roller coaster design challenge which we will complete next week.



Advanced Theater Option 

Sign up with SURVEY by NOV. 15

AUDITION DAY NOV. 22 at Ocean from 10:00–12:00 

Ocean Theater Page


Hey Groupers!   Students shared the information they gathered about the stellar body chosen.  Students had an option to create an alien with features designed to survive in their stellar home, find out their age on different planets or how high they could jump.  Next week, we will continue our presentations and activities.  Information about science camp is available!! Look in Google Classroom.

Google Classroom      Classroom Code: fdrnxa

HW: Planets

For previous weeks', go to Mary's Science Page


Inquiry Groups are student-chosen groups with the focus on topics/projects of interest to the group, facilitated by a staff member.

Inquiry Groups chosen:

Pounce, Dungeons & Dragons, and Heddi's Crafts

Inquiry meets weekly from 12:45 - 1:30 except on the last Wednesday of the month which is Showcase. 


If you have an idea for an after school group that you'd like to lead, let us know! 

After School Clubs - Check out the Club page to see all the opportunities!

Running Club - Mondays 1:30 to 2:30 (starting 10/7)

Minecraft Club - Tuesdays (if space allows)

Strings Club - Tuesdays/Fridays (starting October 1)

Chess Club - Fridays 10 - 11 (Final one 11/8)

(and the ones listed below special for Groupers)

Film Club

Film Club - Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 pm

 Teacher: Connor Luther-

Connor is a local filmmaker and OA grad bringing his knowledge to Groupers. The club will create different group projects (ie. documentary, music video, short film) as well as individual projects. Students will learn professional filming technique, sound, lighting, and editing skills. 

Who:  Groupers (6th - 8th graders)  All skill levels welcome.  

Leadership Club

Leadership Club - Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 pm - NO CLASS NOVEMBER 6

We will meet November 13 and 20 to collect food for local families in need and start planning for our holiday project.

Teacher: Mary

Who:  Groupers (6th - 8th graders)

teen club

Wed, December 18

1:30 to 4:00

Strike Out Hunger - Let’s help feed our local people in need and have some fun while doing it. Bring a can

(or two) of food and get a free game of bowling. Bring $15 for food, shoe rental and extra games. We will leave from school. Pick up at bowling alley by 4 pm sharp or Ocean at 4:30 pm. Drivers will be needed.

Who: Groupers (6th - 8th graders)

Teen Club activities are open to all Groupers

(even if you aren't a teen yet).

Yearbook Club

   Meetings will be Wednesdays beginning mid-year.  All Groupers are welcome to join. Students will select, crop and enhance pictures of the school events for the yearbook. Questions ask Mary.