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  • Happy summer! Looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year! 
  • Instructional Segment 1: Interdependent Ecosystems. 
Speech & Debate 2017-2018 Tournament Calendar

Recommendations to prepare...
  1. Science: Review your math skills. Make observations of interactions with living things. Ask questions!
  2. Speech & Debate: Read! Read! Read! Watch movies and tv shows. Study how emotions are conveyed through facial expressions, posture, and voice. Watch and read about the news. Discuss with your family your opinions and questions.
Wish List

Science
  1. LCD Digital Microscope II (5)
  2. The Art of Tinkering
  3. Maker Lab
  4. The Big Book of Makerspace Projects
  5. Soldering Iron/ Solder
  6. Mini 3D Printer
  7. Reprapguru DIY RepRap Prusa I3 V2 Black 3D Printer Kit

Speech & Debate
  1. Debate: Reference literature, Periodicals/Newspaper/magazine subscriptions (online and/or hardcopy -Newsweek, The Week, The Atlantic, The Economist, Time, LA Times, NY Times, Wall Street Journal etc.)
  2. Speech: Literature for acting/interpretive events- Books (Children's books, novels, plays), poems, anthologies (stories/poems/etc.), published scripts (TV, movies, plays, musicals, etc.)
  3. Camcorder or any other video recording camera

Homework

  • The purpose of assigning homework is to provide extra support in your academic success. Homework will be assigned on occasion, but expect at least 1 assignment every week. It is expected that all assignments are fully completed on time, neatly, and to the best of your ability.

Biography*Madlansacay = Mawd-lawn-sock-eye*                            

Hello! I am excited to be a part of the New West Charter community and look forward to getting to know you all! It will be my 6th year at New West and my 8th year of teaching.

Fun Facts: 
1. Born in the Philippines, raised in Walnut, California.
2. English is my 2nd language. My first language is Tagalog. I also learned a little bit of American Sign Language so that I could talk to my grandma who was deaf.
3. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Educational Studies from UC Irvine and earned my teaching credential and Master's degree in Education from UCLA. 

Course Descriptions

7th Grade Science

Next Generation Science Standards: Parent Guide
You will be learning about living things centered around the following themes:

Interdependent Ecosystems

 

Students view ecosystems as systems. They analyze the exchanges of energy and matter in the system and recognize patterns in the way different organisms interact.

Photosynthesis & Respiration

Students zoom into the most important processes that allows the exchange of energy and matter in ecosystems, photosynthesis and respiration. They develop models of how organisms rearrange molecules during these chemical reactions to survive and grow. They explain how reactions at the molecular scale explain the interactions at the ecosystem scale.

Cells and Body Systems

Students collect investigations to gather evidence that living things are made of cells. They develop a model of how cells work as self-contained systems and as part of broader body systems.

Evidence of Evolution

Students analyze structures of different organisms to notice evolutionary patterns. Their data comes from the fossil record, anatomical similarities, and embryological development.

Inheritance and Genetics

Students develop a model that explains how cells store and use their genetic code. They extend the model so that it can explain variation in traits caused by reproduction and mutation.

Natural Selection

Students analyze data that shows evidence of natural selection. They develop conceptual and mathematical models that explain how the traits of organisms and the availability of resources affect the survival of specific individuals, and how that translates into broader shifts in populations.

Ecosystem Interactions, Revisited

Students revisit ecosystem interactions as a capstone to develop solutions that maintain biodiversity and ecosystem services in the face of human impacts on ecosystems.


Elective: Speech & Debate

If you are interested in current events, acting, creative writing, or improving on your speaking skills, this elective class is for you!

Students will be part of a competitive team and will be participating in tournaments under the Southern California Junior Forensic League (local division of the National Speech & Debate Association). Students will also learn techniques to be an effective communicator through the context of competitive events, including:

Debate: Lincoln-Douglas debate, Congressional debate, Policy debate, Public Forum debate 
    Click on the following link to view a showcase of Lincoln-Douglas debate                                         
Speech: Interpretation (Dramatic, Humorous, Duo, Oratorical, Poetry, Prose), Declamation, Original Oratory, Original Advocacy, Original Prose/Poetry, Expository, Impromptu
    Click on the following link to view a showcase of Duo Interpretation

Students enrolled in the elective class must maintain the following expectations:
  • 1-year commitment to the elective class.
  • Maintain a high-level of work ethic by actively participating in the process of effective speaking and argumentation.
  • Maintain a B average in ALL classes.
  • Attend minimum 2 tournaments per semester (Most tournaments are held after-school or on weekends and usually last into the evening).
  • Adult family member must volunteer to judge at least 1 tournament (No experience is necessary and service hours are given).

X-Block: Tinkering Studio

Join this class to celebrate tinkering! Take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild things that combines science, art, technology, and your creativity!

2017-2018 Materials: 7th Grade Science

Composition notebook (Graphing-ruled preferred or college-ruled): Purchase at least 2, 100-page notebooks (1 per semester)
Extra loose-leaf lined paper (college-ruled)
Pencils
Pencil sharpener
Colored pencils
Highlighter
Glue sticks
Scissors
Calculator (no graphing!): Basic or scientific is fine
Ruler (metric)

Grading PolicyYour success in this class depends on your hard work and willingness to think creatively. Your final grade will consist of the following weighted categories:

  1. Formative Assessments (40%): Assignments are usually assigned point values of 2, 5, or 10.
  2. Summative Assessments (45%): Assessments are usually assigned point values of 10, 20, or more.
  3. Participation (15%): Assignments include notebook checks, reflection activities, and extra credit opportunities
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