Grade 6: Egghead Postcard Assignment

As we continue our novel study of Egghead by Caroline Pignat, this week we are focusing on writing from a character’s perspective. Students are being tasked with choosing an event from the novel and creating a postcard. Each postcard will contain an illustration (either digital or hand drawn) and a writing sample from a character’s perspective. This assignment asks students to “walk in the shoes of another” as they attempt to create a higher level connection with the thoughts and feelings of the characters.


Click the link below to access the assignment: 

Egghead Postcard Assignment

Grade 6: Egghead Comprehension Questions + Journal Reflection

Throughout our novel study of Egghead, students will be asked to respond to comprehension questions and journal prompts. Each student will create a Google Doc that will be used to record their responses.

This week students will work on the following questions:

  • Katie 47-49
  • Devan 50-51
  • Katie 52-55

Respond to ONE of the following reflections: 

Journal reflection—Once everyone believes it – well, it might as well be true.

Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Journal reflection—Maybe it is better not to know what you are missing.
Katie and Will have both lost their mothers, but Will knew his mother. Is it better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all?

  • Ant-Farm 56-57
  • Devan 58-60
  • Katie 61-63
  • The Samurai Ant 64-65 (first three questions)
  • Devan 66-68
  • Katie 69-70

All of the questions/prompts can be found in this document:


Grade 6: Introduction to Egghead

Today students were asked to complete a Bullying Awareness Survey. This anonymous survey provided students with a series of questions relating to their own personal experiences with bullying. We will analyze this data as a class in preparation for our first novel study. Tomorrow our class will discuss the results of this survey and create connections to our North Stars and Seven Habits.

Each student was given a copy of the novel Egghead by Caroline Pignat. Tomorrow we will have the opportunity to begin the novel in class. Throughout this novel study, students will be asked to read both in class and at home. There will be corresponding activities for each chapter throughout the novel.

Grade 6 Unit 1: Egghead Google Slides

Please respond to the following task below via a comment to this post:

Students are asked to comment a prediction about the novel Egghead based solely off of the front cover of the book. Support your prediction by referencing specific details from the cover. (Think about the following question: Why could making predictions be an important reading skill?)

Comment due by: Thursday (9/23)

Parents: Virtual Back to School Night (9/23)

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our “Virtual Back to School Night” at OJCS! If are unable to make it to our live Google Meet discussions, please check out the video presentations below. Each presentation contains expectations, a curriculum overview, behaviour management policies, homework policies, distance learning information, and contact information.

Click the link below to access the Middle School Distance Learning Schedules: Distance Learning Schedules


Grades 6-8: Accessing the Library Online

This year, students will access the library online to reserve books! After students have reserved a book, Mr. Washerstein will deliver the book to you during English class. When you are finished, you can return your book to Mr. Washerstein.

Click here to view our library catalog: OJCS Library Link

It will then ask you to log in.  Your login is the first letter of your first name, then a period, then your last name.

Example: b.areader 

Everyone’s password is the same: books


How do I reserve a book?

Step 1: Select a book

Step 2: Click the holdings tab

Step 3: Click the reserve button




Grades 6-8: Moving Forward During a Pandemic (Due: Friday 9/18)

Reflection is essential in order promote personal growth. Today we will spend time discussing mindful moments.

The purpose of this activity is to reflect upon your experience over the past 7 months. Our lives have changed in various aspects for better or worse. How can we learn from these experiences moving forward?

Click here to access the assignment:

Moving Forward During a Pandemic Assignment Sheet

Grades 6-8: Welcome Back Middle School Students!

Welcome back! We are excited to begin a new school year filled with learning, personal development, and critical thinking. Today we spent the first three periods discussing expectations, changes, and other essential information that every middle school student should be aware of. As questions arise, please reach out to your teachers as soon as possible!

Click the link below to access and review our presentation:

OJCS Middle School 2020

Grades 6-8: Language Arts Summer Review

Check out some of the summer reading recommendations from Brigitte: Summer Reading Recommendations

In addition, for those who want to practice their writing skills over the summer, check out these writing prompts:

Creative Writing Prompts

Personal Narrative Writing Prompts

Students are encouraged to post their writing pieces on their blogs over the summer.

Grades 6-8: Wrapping Up The Year

All parents should find their way to campus at some point on Thursday-Friday, July 2nd-3rd from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM to pick up all your children’s belongings and to drop off anything that belongs to the school (like LIBRARY BOOKS) at curbside in front of the school. 

All desks and lockers will have been emptied, bagged, and labeled and members of the Admin Team will be there to assist.