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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


January 29

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


Please sign up for Theater Tech Now!!!

Regular Thursday Theater Experience URCHINS and GROUPERS, 3rd-8th: THEATER TECH FINE ARTS—SETS, COSTUMES, PROPS. This option will happen at the same time as the rehearsals for the Advanced Theater play and will have an option for some small acting parts if desired (Similar to Theater Tech and Acting two years ago) INTEREST SURVEY

Starts Feb. 13th


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

We will be gathering a writing sample this coming week which we will use to form Writing Focus Groups


I will continue 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.  For the next 2 weeks we will be working on games for the Family Math Festival Jan. 16th!




1/15 We continued our understanding of density and completed an experiment comparing densities of ocean materials.

Look in Google Classroom for this week's homework.

Google Classroom      Classroom Code: fdrnxa

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 

(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 -  Thank you to Leadership members for your efforts in making the holiday special for a local senior.  She is very appreciative of the gifts, food, and holiday cheer we gave her.  We will meet on January 8 & 15 to plan for our second semester activities.  

Teacher: Mary

Who:  Groupers (6th - 8th graders)

teen club

Wed, December 18

1:30 to 4:00

Our next adventure is to test our skills of miniature golf and laser tag.  We will leave from school on Wed, January 29 at 2:00 and head to the Boardwalk.  Bring $20 for an afternoon of fun.  Parents, please pick up in front of Neptune’s Kingdom at 4:00 pm or Ocean at 4:30.  Drivers are 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 February 5 from 1:30 to 2:30.  All Groupers are welcome to join. Students will select, crop and enhance pictures of the school events for the yearbook. Questions ask Mary.