Spring has finally sprung! It is so wonderful to see how excited the students are to be active and enjoying the nice weather. It certainly felt like spring was going to take its time arriving this year, but now - before we know it, the school year will be over. Please help us to remind the students that even though the weather is nice and summer is near - there are still two full months of school to go!
We are excited to announce our plans for another Field Trip. On Thursday, May 24th the cluster will be going to Franklin Park Zoo! The week prior we will send home permission slips. Please reply to this email privately if you are available to chaperone.
End of the Year
There is, traditionally, a whole grade/school field trip near the last days of school (probably Friday 6/22).
Also, the 7th Grade does a Talent Show for students on the last day which is a half day, Monday 6/25 this year.
Term 4 - Late Work / Absences
In order to prepare students for 8th Grade expectations, the cluster teachers will not be accepting late work in quarter 4. We have messaged this to each of our classes. When students are absent, as per the student handbook, they have two days to show the missed work after school for credit. Especially when students miss a test, please make sure they are coming after school immediately upon their return!
We have been studying Asia since February break. Our South Asia Test proved to be very challenging for many students and it turned in to a wonderful learning experience. We are wrapping up East Asia and moving on to South East Asia where we will discuss the Vietnam Conflict. Our last significant unit will be South West Asia / The Middle East and will culminate in a large, creative project/presentation called "Peace or Pieces?" Ms Flynn will be sharing her experiences from visiting Australia in our last week of school.
English Language Arts
In ELA we are finishing our poetry unit. We have a poetry terms test on May 10th, and their international poetry project is due on Monday, May 14th. We then begin our last unit of the year, which is reading The Outsiders… yes, this is still widely read in middle school. We’ll write our last essay of the year on themes from the book, and then finish the book, and the year, with a major group project.
Students have successfully wrapped up their Earth Science unit and hopefully did not destroy too many kitchens in the process ; )
Fourth terms consists of an introduction to Chemistry, Classification of Living Things, Cells and additional microscope use. The final project of the year will be for students to write a "Cell Book" and many students may want to purchase a blank bound book for this purpose-although stapled paper is also sufficient. Looking forward to finishing the year strong!
Things are heating up outside and in math class. As you probably know, we're solving equations! Math 7 and Math 7A are in the midst of a "mini-unit" on linear equations and inequalities. Both classes just quizzed on equations, which is a nice place to "pause" for MCAS before moving to inequalities. After MCAS, we will finish our study of linear relationships and move to statistics, probability, and 3 dimensional geometry. These are some of my favorites (I think I say that about every unit) and will be fun to use to close out the year!
The math MCAS will be next Tuesday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 9. For the calculator portion of the exam the students can bring their own calculator or use the one that is embedded in the test. I don't have enough to supply for the cluster, so if your student would like to have a physical calculator (not just the one in the test) I suggested to them that this weekend would be a good time to track one down.
Thank you for all of your support,