Classroom Blog Updates!


There have been some changes to this space, since we started using Google Classroom to post regular assignments.  What you can find here is a calendar with all student assignments as well as photo updates of class projects and activities.  The calendar can be found under the first page link under the header on this page, “Classroom Calendar.”  The photo updates will be posted weekly by our classroom documentarian.




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Stopping Point Presentations

These past two weeks, we presented our Stopping Points. Stopping Points are presentations that students give, focused on one topic. This time, the Stopping Point topic was African American Civil Rights. Each student chose a sub topic and then made an artifact. Examples of artifacts are movies, models, and posters.

Here are some pictures of students presenting their stopping points.

Nina presenting her Stopping Point on stop and frisks. She made a movie explaining what a stop and frisk is.

Jeanne and Greta presenting their Stopping Point on the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing. They made a model of the church.

Owen made a movie, explaining the Black Panthers’ goals and history.

Aidan and Marwan’s Stopping Point was on the Ku Klux Klan. They made a movie with clips of interviews of KKK members included in it.

Angelina and Ana’s presentation was on the 13th amendment. They made a cake with the American flag on it.

Everyone learned a lot from listening to people’s presentations. While the eighth graders at Montessori Model United Nations, or MMUN, and are interning, the seventh graders are assigned another Stopping Point to work on. This Stopping Point’s topic is women’s rights. I can’t wait to see what great ideas the seventh graders have!

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Winter Break Catch Up

Hello! These past few weeks after Winter Break have been busy. Seventh graders worked on January Term, for two weeks after our break. During January Term, teachers and students talked about what it means to be a hero and how to be a hero in everyday life. For their final project, seventh graders created a portfolio page which included people students identified as heroes and a reflection on their experience during January Term.

While seventh graders worked on January Term, eighth graders focused on their Montessori Model United Nations, or MMUN, projects. All classes were assigned a country, and researched more about it. Mr. Madgiak and Mrs. Spencer’s class were assigned Belgium, Belize, and the Philippines. The eighth grader’s hard work will pay off when they travel to New York in March.

As you may know, Sandwich Shoppe starts again this week. It has been almost a month since students have been working in Sandwich Shoppe. We are excited to be back after so long. Thank you to all who are ordering from Sandwich Shoppe, and continue to tell your friends to order!


Emily’s January Term portfolio page.

Trevor’s January Term portfolio page.

Natalie’s creative writing of a hero’s journey.


Rosie’s creative writing about a hero.

Thank you for reading!

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Opening Up Sandwich Shoppe

Hello, parents! As you may know, Mr. Madgiak and Mrs. Spencer’s class is taking over Sandwich Shoppe. We started discussing Sandwich Shoppe earlier in November. Jamee Warrenfeltz and Taylor Linser, the CEOs of Sandwich Shoppe talked to the students about what the core values were for the business. Sandwich Shoppe employees strive to work as a team to bring the freshest possible foods to students and staff at NNM, building a healthy community while doing so. After a few meetings talking about Sandwich Shoppe, students wrote job applications. Some examples of jobs at Sandwich Shoppe are Head Bakers, Creative Team Manager, and IT/Accounting Directors. Every job is essential to keep the business running.

Last week was our Test Kitchen week. Students came to school early and practiced what it  is like to be an employee at Sandwich Shoppe. We were amazed by all the new and innovative ideas proposed. On Tuesdays, we will not only be serving delicious pizzas, but will also be serving Trevor Boyd’s piquant pesto pasta. And if you have not already seen the beautiful menus that our Creative Team designed, then you should definitely go check them out! We opened up shop officially on December 4, so make sure to tell your friends to buy from Sandwich Shoppe on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, they will not regret it!

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Steppenwolf – “The Crucible”

Last week, the whole 12-14 level went to see the play “The Crucible”. The actors were very talented and did an excellent job. After the play, the actors answered questions that some people had. The set had a lot of meaning behind it, with chairs hanging all around to represent the people who were hung throughout the witch trials.

After the show, we had an open lunch. An open lunch is an opportunity for the students to choose where to go to lunch, using public transportation. Each student brought their own money. We split up into 5 groups, with one teacher per group. Mrs. Spencer’s group went to a taco restaurant called “Big and Littles”. Here are some pictures from the day.

Mario, Owen, and Lochlann sitting on the bus.

Mrs. Spencer and (part of) Kael enjoying tacos.

Kael and Marwan planning out the trip.

The day was very fun, and everyone enjoyed the open lunch!

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7th Grade Survival Guides

Hi, parents!

Last week, the Eighth graders in our class worked very hard on making their Seventh Grade Survival Guide presentations. These presentations are very helpful guides to new seventh graders with tips and words of advice on how to be a good student and “survive” in Mr. Madgiak and Mrs. Spencer’s class. The presentations were all very unique and creative. Here are pictures of the Eighth graders with their presentations.

Marwan and Jalil with their donkey puzzle presentation. Each piece of the puzzle had a tip on it.


Nina, Shreya, and Veronica with their “phone” poster. Each app was velcroed to the poster. When you take off an app, there is a tip underneath it.

Lochlann with his comic. The comic was of a boy asking his mother for help with getting good grades and being a great student.

Kael and Elah wrote their own rap album with rules of the classroom as the lyrics.

Ben, Aidan, Tyler and Alex showed the whole class their Prezi, a slideshow. Each slide had a different situation with choices that either led to the student receiving a good grade or a bad grade.

Halle made an awesome iMovie that incorporated different clips from tv shows, which taught students different rules in the classroom.

These presentations were very impressive. Nice job, Eighth Graders!

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Flex Friday Fun!

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Russian Revolution Stopping Points

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Animal Farm Videos!


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Recently, our class was reading Animal Farm. Our final project was to make videos/movies of one of our favorite scenes in the book. Here they are:

This is group six’s video. In it are Hoon, Valerie, Amelia, and Shreya


This is group 3’s video. In it are Sophie, Tye, Morgan, Hailey, and Aidan



This is group 5’s video. In it are Tyler, Jalil, Charlie, Leah, and Ben S.

This is group 4’s video. In it are Drew, Stella, Lochlann, Elah, and Alex

This is group 2’s video. In it are Marwan, Ben C., Jackson, Kael, and Nina.

This is group 1’s video. In it is Everett, Olivia, Sean, Halle, and Veronica.


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Art Deco Presentations

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Art Deco Presentations

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