Grade 7 Newsletters 4/15/2016

7A

April 15, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) –  We have wrapped up our unit of study on Genetics and Heredity this past week with Genetic Disorder reports and presentations and a Chapter 5 Test.  After break, our next unit of study is the Human Body unit!  Students will work from a packet and will be issued another text book for just this unit.  We will learn about medical terminology and the history of medicine to familiarize ourselves with the human body and medical progress.  Over the course of 3 weeks we will learn about the body systems and their functions and anatomy.  Many demonstrations, activities, and labs will engage student learning, foster an appreciation for medical milestones, and will reinforce concepts taught.  Keep the cans/bottle coming!  We have a total of $185.76 which we have raised for the Rainforest so far!  Enjoy your April Vacation!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) – Students have been working on a Geometry unit and will be exploring the surface area of prisms, cylinders, and spheres. They will then investigate the volume of prisms and cylinders and have been given formula sheets with which to become familiar to help them in solving these problems. Students will also be reviewing other math concepts that were focused on earlier in the year in an effort to prepare for the PARCC statewide test that will be given in math

May 3, 4, and 5. It is very important that all students get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy breakfast especially on the days of testing. Have a great vacation and come back ready for a busy few weeks!

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) –  This week, we are finishing up our poetry unit and taking the final poetry assessment.  When we get back from vacation, we will be doing a short science fiction unit, and starting adjectives and adverbs.  Students have also started reading a science fiction novel for their next book report.  Have a wonderful vacation!

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) –  Our final unit of the year, ancient Rome, will be the focus of study in the coming weeks. Initially, we will be concentrating on Rome’s beginnings including how geography played an important role in the rise of the Roman civilization, the legend of Romulus and Remus, and the birth of the republic. After vacation, a quiz will be given on 8-1. The date will be determined contingent upon our progress while students are participating in  PARCC testing. Have a wonderful and safe vacation.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will engage in a variety of activities to review Words 1 from Chapter 5. Students will take a Words 1 Vocabulary Quiz on Friday, 4/29. The following week, students will explore and review Words 2 from Chapter 5. The Words 2 Vocabulary Quiz is scheduled for Friday, 5/6. Extra help is available both weeks after school on Tuesday and Thursday. Have a great April vacation!

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – After vacation, Spanish students will be finishing Chapter 4 grammar (contractions al and del) and will be reviewing for the Chapter 4 test. !Buenas vacaciones!

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – We will spend the two weeks following the break reading through the stories in Stage 06 of our textbook. Grammatically, we will cover the imperfect and perfect tenses of the irregular verb ‘sum, esse, fuī: to be’, and will review other perfect and imperfect tense verbs. Culturally, we will learn about what slavery was like in the Roman world and will compare and contrast how the Romans viewed slavery with our modern perceptions. Have a great vacation!

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be writing twenty-five sentences for their autobiography projects which will be on display during open house on Wednesday, May 11th. They will need a baby picture to go with their project. Buone vacanze!

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be beginning the unit on the skin.  We will focus on how to keep the skin at its best, especially learning about acne and exposure to sunlight.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be learning about photo damage and photo protection.  They will be learning about UV protection.  Students will be watching PSA on the sun and be working in groups to design their own PSA’s.  

7B

April 15, 2016

Science: (Ms. Cerretani) –  We will be finishing up our chapter on Nutrients and Digestion when we return from vacation.  The students did a wonderful job on their vitamin/mineral brochures which you will get to see them displayed at our Open House on Wednesday, May 11th.  We will be moving on to the Circulatory System soon and students will learn how blood moves through the heart.  We will be comparing and contrasting veins, arteries, and capillaries.  We will also be doing a couple of hands on demonstrations on the components of blood as well as heart rate. There will be discussions on various diseases that can occur throughout the circulatory system.  Have a restful vacation!!

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – During the next two weeks after break, we will be continuing to work with topics related to Geometry. Our focus will be on solids and the concepts of surface area and volume. The primary solids we will be using for these calculations will be prisms, pyramids, and cylinders. PARCC testing in math will be held on the morning of May 3, 4, and 5th.

Language Arts: (Ms. D’Arcangelo) – We will be finishing our poetry unit when we return from April vacation. Our last focus will be to see how classic poetic devices are used in current music. Students will be analyzing song lyrics for their final assessment. In grammar, we will review adjectives and begin taking notes on adverbs. A test on both parts of speech will follow (date TBA). Science-fiction/Fantasy book reports are due May 6th. Students had book report homework every night this week to help with their time management of the project. Students may use April vacation as a time to work on the project if they wish. Finally, ELA PARCC testing will take place Tuesday – Thursday (4/26-4/28).  Please be sure your children have eaten breakfast and get to school on time! Happy Vacation!

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) –  After we return from Spring Break, we’ll be moving into the Italian peninsula and look at the stories surrounding the birth of Rome.  We’ll look at the geography of the area and how the early forms of government developed.  

French: (Mme Pescatore) – Students will be writing twenty-five sentences for their autobiography projects which will be on display during open house on Wednesday, May 11th. They will need a baby picture to go with their project. Bonnes vacances!

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will engage in a variety of activities to review Words 1 from Chapter 5. Students will take a Words 1 Vocabulary Quiz on Friday, 4/29. The following week, students will be explore and review Words 2 from Chapter 5. The Words 2 Vocabulary Quiz is scheduled for Friday, 5/6. Extra help is available both weeks after school on Tuesday and Thursday. Have a great April vacation!

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – After vacation, Spanish students will be finishing Chapter 4 grammar (contractions al and del) and will be reviewing for the Chapter 4 test. !Buenas vacaciones!

Latin: (Mr. Finnigan) – We will spend the two weeks following the break reading through the stories in Stage 06 of our textbook. Grammatically, we will cover the imperfect and perfect tenses of the irregular verb ‘sum, esse, fuī: to be’, and will review other perfect and imperfect tense verbs. Culturally, we will learn about what slavery was like in the Roman world and will compare and contrast how the Romans viewed slavery with our modern perceptions. Have a great vacation!

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –   Students will be beginning the unit on the skin.  We will focus on how to keep the skin at its best, especially learning about acne and exposure to sunlight.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) –Students will be learning about photo damage and photo protection.  They will be learning about UV protection.  Students will be watching PSA on the sun and be working in groups to design their own PSA’s.  

7C

April 15, 2016

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) – When the students return from vacation we will be starting our human body unit.  We will begin with an overview of all of the major systems of the human body and then we will spend a bit more time with each system over the next three weeks.  We will start with the skeletal and muscular system, then move on to the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.  Enjoy the April vacation!  

Math: (Ms. Miley) – The students will be completing a unit on probability with a quiz on Friday, 4/29. We will be do some review and practice on the PARCC site to be familiar with the test tools. Students are encouraged to go on the BuzzMath app and do some problems there if they want to review more. They can also access the PARCC Practice test. After school help will continue on Tue and Wed after vacation. The makeup session for Math Prep is Monday, 4/25.

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) –  After vacation we will be starting a review unit dealing with specific capitalization rules – especially with regard to formal writing.  Students will also be completing background research on the Holocaust prior to our reading of I Promised I Would Tell.  The List I vocabulary words have already been introduced and will be tested on Monday, 5/2.  April book reports are due on Friday, 4/29/16please remember to follow all guidelines for reports to be accepted on time.  Finally, ELA PARCC testing will take place Tuesday – Thursday (4/26-4/28).  Please be sure your children have eaten breakfast and get to school on time!

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) –  We continue to study the ancient Roman civilization. In the coming weeks, we will explore how and why Rome transformed from a Republic to and Empire. Our chapter 8 test is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 6th. Have a great vacation!

French: (Mme Abrams) –  After vacation, French students will be creating an autobiography project with 25 sentences about themselves and a baby picture for visual interest. Projects will be displayed during Open House evening in May. Bonnes vacances!

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will engage in a variety of activities to review Words 1 from Chapter 5. Students will take a Words 1 Vocabulary Quiz on Friday, 4/29. The following week, students will be explore and review Words 2 from Chapter 5. The Words 2 Vocabulary Quiz is scheduled for Friday, 5/6. Extra help is available both weeks after school on Tuesday and Thursday. Have a great April vacation!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Famous Artist Projects are due on Tuesday, April 26th. Students will be learning Chapter 5 vocabulary after April Vacation- have a great week!

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) – Students will be writing twenty-five sentences for their autobiography projects which will be on display during open house on Wednesday, May 11th. They will need a baby picture to go with their project. Buone vacanze!

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –    Students will be beginning the unit on the skin.  We will focus on how to keep the skin at its best, especially learning about acne and exposure to sunlight.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be learning about photo damage and photo protection.  They will be learning about UV protection.  Students will be watching PSA on the sun and be working in groups to design their own PSA’s.  

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