The Summer Haitus

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Here at the middle college we have entered our shorter — but no less intense — spring term. This means the ninth grade students have dispersed into various courses across campus. Several of them are enrolled in the advanced literature course, and a few have moved directly into technical courses at the college.

For now, this term also means a pause in the Sustainable Ninth Grade blog. We will be back in the fall semester, which begins on a most summer-like August 22.

Have a safe and fulfilling summer, everyone.


Ninth grade students in Mrs. Boland’s Critical Reading class have been reading self-selected books throughout the semester.  Mrs. Boland and her students value this time and see it as an important part of the Critical Reading curriculum, and other writers seem to think so as well

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Everything is coming together this spring












Students in the 9th grade program have been thinking a lot about what makes humans similar, and what makes us unique.  In science class we have worked to understand the biological basis of these things, particularly how genes become traits.  We have also worked to explain heredity, or how traits are passed from one generation to the next.  In the spirit of spring, we are also growing some plants for a new WCC/WTMC garden.  But, what does gardening have to do with heredity?  Can we really use cucumbers to help us understand something about ourselves?

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