Grade 7 Newsletters 9/3/2015

7A

September 3, 2015

Science: (Mrs. Pratt) – Welcome to 7A Science!  We have had a great first week and students have been settling nicely into our routine.  Living Things Day is Tuesday, 9/8.  Students are assigned to bring in a living thing.  It should be creative and thoughtful (does not need to cost anything), please no dogs or cats.  We will be beginning our year in life science with a study of living things.  I have a blog that students should access on a regular basis to keep up with what is happening in class http://mrspratts7thgradelifescience.blogspot.com/ .  I am looking forward to meeting you all at Back to school Night!

Math: (Mrs. Forrest) –   Welcome to 7A math!  We have had a successful first week and are organized and ready to go!  Students will be reviewing decimals with the four operations and then the order of operations with

exponents and parentheses.  Students will then explore absolute value and integers (positive and negative whole numbers).  Homework is displayed on the board everyday and students are reminded to write it into their agendas; however, as a back up, homework is also on my blog at  http://7amathmsms.blogspot.com .  Finally, students will have a quiz on Tuesday, September 8, on their multiplication facts.

Language Arts:  (Ms. Arrington) – Welcome back!  It has been a great first week, and I have truly enjoyed meeting all of our new students.  This week, students will be taking a series of skills pretests in grammar, reading, and writing.  These tests will not count towards their grades but will help me assess their skills.  Next week, we will begin working on our unit on “The Red Kayak” by examining theme, point of view, and conflict in this novel and other texts.  We will also begin working our way through chapter 8 in our grammar textbooks.  Looking forward to meeting all of you at Back to School Night!

Social Studies: (Mrs. O’Connell) – Students in 7A seem to be making a nice transition to grade seven. We have spent time this week getting to know one another, previewing our textbook, and discussing the way historians organize time. I have assigned an activity in which students will complete a timeline using events that occurred in the years BC and AD. Students have been given a paper copy of the directions and may also access directions for this assignment on my blog. http://7asocialstudies.blogspot.com/  The timeline will be due Thursday, September 10. Enjoy your long weekend!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley)- Students should be studying the colors and numbers. Also, parents and students should subscribe to the class blog: www.senorabarkleyespanol.blogspot.com

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be continuing to review the Spanish alphabet and Spanish/English cognates. Students should expect a quiz on these concepts during that week. After, students will begin a unit on Spanish greetings,goodbyes,and conversational phrases. Please subscribe to my classroom blog @www.msmirabellaspanish.wordpress.com!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Bienvenidos. Spanish students will be learning greetings, goodbyes and courtesy expressions. Students can expect a quiz on this material found on pages 2-7.

Italian: – (Signora Pescatore) – Students have chosen Italian names and will be asking each other what their names are. They will be learning some greetings (pages 1 – 3) and the alphabet (pages 7 & 8).

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will begin the year discussing how to prevent bullying.  Students will be completing lessons from the the Education Development Center (eyesonbullying.org) and Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org).  The first lesson will help students distinguish between teasing and bullying and identify different types of bullying.  Students will also be writing a letter to themselves about themselves to be handed back at the end of 8th grade.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan) – Students will be translating the Cerberus paragraph on page 7 and will be learning the position of subject, verb and direct object in sentences.

7B

September 3, 2015

Science: (Ms. Cerretani):  Welcome to 7B Science!!  The students are off to a great start in science.  They have spent the last few days working on a scavenger hunt familiarizing themselves with what they will be learning this year in life science.  During the next week, we will be reviewing the skills of a scientist and concentrating on the question, “What is life?”  The students will learn characteristics that constitute what a living organism is.  They will be bringing in a living thing from home for a homework assignment which will be due on Monday, September 14th.

Math: (Mr. Vitale) – We have had a nice start to the 2015-16 school year in mathematics. During the next two weeks, we will be studying the concepts of absolute value and opposite numbers. We will also work with integers and learn/review how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with positive and negative numbers.

Language Arts: – (Ms. D’Arcangelo) –  Welcome back 7B ELA! We are off to a great year! This week students became familiar with our classroom’s policies and procedures. Students received their Literature and Writer’s Choice textbooks yesterday; they are to stay at home until the end of the year for homework and study purposes. In the coming weeks, we will begin working on our Red Kayak unit in literature. This unit includes two vocabulary word lists and a writing assignment. Quiz and due dates will be posted on my blog. In grammar, we will begin looking at types of sentences and the parts of a sentence. Students will receive the book report schedule in class next week and will need to begin bringing their book to class everyday on 9/22. Please bookmark and refer to my blog https://7blamsms.wordpress.com/ for daily assignments, book report information, test/quiz previews, and general guidelines for class.

Social Studies: (Mr. Kingston) – Welcome Back! Hope you are ready for a great 7th grade year.  We’ll begin by doing some basic geography review and then we’ll begin looking at our first unit which covers pre-history and the world’s first civilizations.

French (Mme Pescatore) – Students have chosen French names and will be greeting and asking each other what their names are. They will also be learning the alphabet and the accent marks in Lesson 1. There will be a quiz on this material found on pages 14-17.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will be continuing to review the Spanish alphabet and Spanish/English cognates. Students should expect a quiz on these concepts during that week. After, students will begin a unit on Spanish greetings, goodbyes, and conversational phrases. Please subsribe to my blog at

www.msmirabellaspanish.wordpress.com!

Spanish (Sra. Abrams) – Bienvenidos. Spanish students will be learning greetings, goodbyes and courtesy expressions. Students can expect a quiz on this material found on pages 2-7.

Latin (Mr. Sullivan) – Students will be translating the Cerberus paragraph on page 7 and will be learning the position of subject, verb and direct object in sentences.

Health: (Mrs. Fay)  –  Students will begin the year discussing how to prevent bullying.  Students will be completing lessons from the the Education Development Center (eyesonbullying.org) and Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org).  The first lesson will help students distinguish between teasing and bullying and identify different types of bullying.  Students will also be writing a letter to themselves about themselves to be handed back at the end of 8th grade.

   7C

September 3, 2015

Science (Mrs. Scelsi) The students are off to a super start in science!  For the next several days we will be focusing on the question: “What is life?”  The students will learn what the features are that constitute a living organism.  We will also study the relationship between the living parts of the Earth and living things.  The students will receive their Life’s Structure and Function textbook next week.  These books need to be covered and they will be used at home and at school.  Tuesday, September 8th will be our “Living Things Day.” I have asked the students to bring in something from home that they consider to be “living.”  Students should be discussing this with you and have been told that they are not allowed to bring in cats, dogs, or younger siblings :-).  I have also stressed that they should NOT go to the pet store and purchase an animal for this assignment.  Some examples of living things that can be found at home are:  leaves, grass, fruit, yogurt, potted plants, small animals in cages (I am okay with this as long as the students understand that the animals must be treated humanely at all times.)  I will assign a project on September 9th which will be due on September 21st.    Some of the work for this project will be completed at school, but most of the project will be completed at home.

Math: (Ms. Miley) – We are off to a great start to the year.  Students have received their textbook and it can be kept at home. We will begin the year with some review of order of operations including exponents, and operations using negative and positive numbers.  I have posted the class letter sent home on Wednesday to class blog as well as the daily homework information. The blog is: msms7c math.blogspot.com

Language Arts: (Mrs. Donovan) – Welcome back to school!  We have begun our “Parts of a Sentence” unit in Grammar classes and will continue to review simple and compound subjects and predicates.  The red Writer’s Choice textbook should remain at home until the end of the school year for homework/study purposes.  Likewise, the red Literature textbook distributed in class should also be kept at home.  We will be completing our discussion and writing related to Red Kayak in the next week or so.  The vocabulary quiz is scheduled for Wednesday, 9/16 – the format will be discussed in class ahead of time.  We will then begin a short story unit with a focus on plot development.  Please remember to refer to our class blog – 7cla.blogspot.com – for daily assignments, book report information (once introduced), test/quiz previews, and general guidelines for class.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Evans) – Welcome to 7C Social Studies! We will begin the year with a look at the concept of BC/AD and then move on to the prehistoric times. A textbook will be distributed for students to keep at home and return in June. Students have been given directions for a timeline project, due Friday, Sept. 11th. Details about the project, along with homework assignments and other important information, can be found on my blog: 7CSS@wordpress.com.  

French: (Mme Abrams) – Bienvenus!  French students will be learning greetings, goodbyes, and courtesy expressions from Lesson 1. Students can expect a quiz on this material found on pages 14-17.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will be continuing to review the Spanish alphabet and Spanish/English cognates. Students should expect a quiz on these concepts during that week. After, students will begin a unit on Spanish greetings, goodbyes,and conversational phrases. Please subscribe to my classroom blog

at www.msmirabellaspanish.wordpress.com!

Spanish (Sra. Barkley) – Students should be studying the colors and numbers. Also, parents and students should subscribe to the class blog: www.senorabarkleyespanol.blogspot.com

Italian: (Signora Pescatore) –   Students have chosen Italian names and will be asking each other what their names are. They will be learning some greetings (pages 1 – 3) and the alphabet (pages 7 & 8).

Health: – (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will begin the year discussing how to prevent bullying.  Students will be completing lessons from the the Education Development Center (eyesonbullying.org) and Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org).  The first lesson will help students distinguish between teasing and bullying and identify different types of bullying.  Students will also be writing a letter to themselves about themselves to be handed back at the end of 8th grade.

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