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Day of Fun: 6th Grade Class of 2020

posted Jul 6, 2017, 7:12 PM by Esther Keller   [ updated Jul 16, 2017, 6:34 PM ]

Day of Fun: 6th grade Class of 2020

When: August 9th, 10th or 11th, 2017. 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Where: @ I.S.  278 Marine Park. 1925 Stuart Street. Includes lunch

Please RSVP by July 17, 2017 at 718-375-3523

*Please print required permission slip and photo release form to be submitted on Day of Fun*

If you need the photo release in a language other than English, please click here.

*Please have your child wear sneakers and comfortable clothing*

Final Parent Update of the Year: Week Ending 6/17/2017

posted Jun 19, 2017, 5:53 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 5:53 AM ]

6th Grade:

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Sixth grade learned about the origin of fairy tales in order to use them as primary source documents to study history.

Mr. Gamsey:
It is so difficult to believe the school year is coming to an end. In September, we promised to open your children's minds and start to look at the world in a whole new way. During this school year, we covered energy, including alternative energy sources (ex. solar, wind, geothermal) which are renewable, clean and natural. We learned the causes of weather and how to forecast the weather. We ended the year studying cells, organisms, populations and ecosystems. We hope your "scientists" take the knowledge we shared with them into the future.

Ms. Duro:
Classes 6-3 and 6-4 finished their Project: Make Your Own Math Game Board. They will be presenting their work to the class on Thursday, June June 22nd. A dry run test for the game boards will occur beforehand.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 6-1 and 6-2 learned about many topics this year. They also learned that science is an ever changing subject and that articles relating to science can be found in the newspapers and on the news every day. Students are finishing a unit on how energy flows through ecosystems and how organisms depend on each other for survival. During the summer please have your child read the section called Science Times, which appears every Tuesday in the New York Times. You can find this at NYTimes.com. Have a wonderful summer.

7th Grade:

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Seventh graders read abridged version of Oedipus to continue the year-long theme of pride and self -discovery/ acceptance.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 worked on an end of the year project and wrote letters for the new students coming in next year.

Ms. Maslow:
My 7th graders are becoming seniors! They certainly learned about many topics in science this school year. Each student was taught how to draw a model of the atom, a skill needed for high school. None of my 7th graders will be able to say they didn’t learn this skill in middle school. Students are presently learning about body systems and filling in giant sized diagrams naming parts and functions. Please have your child read each Tuesday the Science Times section, which can be found at NYTimes.com. Have a wonderful summer.


Ms. Flatts:
Classes 7-6 and 7-7 completed the writing process on their comparison essay on Of Mice and Men and 7-5 began gathering details for this essay for the following question: Was the film adaptation of Of Mice and Men accurate.Classes 7-6 and 7-7 began preparing for their class debate on whether or not Of Mice and Men should be banned from the seventh grade curriculum.

8th Grade:

Ms. Duro:
Class 8-3 is finishing the same project on making your own math game board. The level is much more advanced than those made by the 6th graders.

Enrichment:


Mr. Gamsey:
Marine Park Robotics
The 2016-17 robotics season was a very successful one for the Marine Park Robotics program. We hosted a Brooklyn qualifying tournament and won two awards; Best Research Project and Core Values (for teamwork and sportsmanship). At the SeaPerch underwater robotics tournament, we won the award for Best Team Spirit. We wish a fond farewell to our two 8th grade teams; the Stormtroopers and Brick Bashers. They will be greatly missed. The 7th graders of the Creative Ones and the Blockets will pick up the baton and are looking forward to mentoring the new members of the team next year.

Ms. Realmutto:
The Gardening students continued with ongoing cleanup, deadheading and planting seedlings in the school garden.
Each week brings us beautiful new blooms to enjoy.

Ms. Peltz:
Chorus students are reviewing music signs, symbols, and rhythmic reading through Music Bingo. They are also reviewing all songs learned this year. Talent classes are preparing their Showcase piece for the final classes. 8th Grade Talent students are working on graduation music.

Parent Update: Week Ending 6/9/2017

posted Jun 13, 2017, 11:32 AM by Esther Keller

6th Grade: 

Ms. Gaskowitz:

Class 6-5 completed the reading and analysis of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

 

Ms. Maslow:

Students learned about how ecologists go about studying an ecosystem and some of the methods that they use.

 

Ms. Fogarazzo:

In 6th grade students continued their study of Ancient Rome and how the government was created. In addition, some students took a field trip to the New York Liberty basketball game.

 

7th Grade:

 

Ms. Flatts:

Students continued to gather information and go through the writing process for their essay on whether the film adaptation on Of Mice and Men was accurate. Students finished chapter six in Of Mice and Men with an emphasis on character motive/decision, wrote an On-Demand short response on whether George's decision was justified, and begin the writing process on George and the American Dream.

 

Mr. Tupper:

My class used the Pythagoras’s theorem on right triangles to ‘Help’ an individual in need of a mathematician. Students solved a given issue while also presenting their findings in a cohesive and complete manner.

 

Ms. Gaskowitz:

Students completed their reading and analysis of Of Mice and Men and watched the movie.

 

Ms. Cucos:

Class 7-12 worked on defending the murders that took place in Of Mice and Men. In math we practiced basic math operations.

 

Ms. Maslow:

Students learned about the organelles in the cell and their function. Students took a closer look at skin cells and how they work.

8th Grade:  

 

Ms. Fogarazzo:

My 8th grade students continued their exploration of World War II. They also celebrated the end of the year with their prom and field day.


Non-Academic:

 

Ms. Peltz:

Students will be watching performances and assessing their glow and grows, reviewing new literature and studying sight reading skills. Eighth graders will be working on music for graduation.

 

Ms. Realmutto:

Students in the Gardening class did an amazing job of deadheading, planting seedlings, , and general garden clean-up, all in preparation for mulching and final June planting in the next few weeks.


Parent Update: Week Ending 6/2/2017

posted Jun 3, 2017, 7:43 PM by Esther Keller

Important notice: Library Books will be due no later than June 7th! The library will be closed for inventory as of June 9th. Students will only be able to come to clear their library accounts.

Congratulations to Rebekah Haddaway of class 7-10. Her bookmark was selected for our annual bookmark.

Some important upcoming events: Our Relay for Life Fundraiser - Date Change. The 7th grade will have their Relay for Life event on Friday, 6/23.

6th Grade:

Mr. Gamsey:
We all know that we need food and water to survive, but the 6th grade scientists of Marine Park are learning that food chains and food webs show how energy is passed from one organism to another. This energy is used for organisms to perform their life processes.

Ms. Wahl:
Students analyzed the different scenarios in Chapters 9 and 10. Students are also compared and contrasted how Taylor characterizes TJ and Stacey in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Ms. Fogarazzo:
Students looked at the government of Ancient Rome and what it meant to be a citizen in Rome.

Ms. Summer:
Students of 6-9 and 6-10 learned to create a box and whisker plot to organize and represent data.

7th Grade:

Mr Auguste:
Students reviewed how to make and analyze box plots.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 wrote an argumentative essay on whether or not fidget spinners should be allowed in the classroom.

Ms. Flatts:
The students published and presented their "Dear Abby"/ "Dr. Phil" interview with Curley's wife from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

Students also wrote an on-demand short response/paragraph on John Steinbeck's view on women based on Curley's wife's character.

In addition students continued the writing process for their essay on the American Dream.

Students will examine the topic of euthanasia/George's decision/foreshadowing in chapter 6.

8th Grade:

Mr. Auguste:
Class 8-2 reviewed the quadratic equation.

Ms. Fogarazzo:
Students examined the causes of World War II as well as US involvement in the war.

8th Grade Students in Ms. Shamir's class have started to come to the library to learn more about the Holocaust.

Parent Update: Week Ending 5/27/2017

posted May 30, 2017, 5:52 AM by Esther Keller

We hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Wow! 1 month left until the school year ends, but the days will be packed with learning and extra curricular activities!

Some important upcoming events: Our Relay for Life Fundraiser

Check our calendar on the homepage and see all the exciting events!

Important notice: Library Books will be due no later than June 7th! The library will be closed for inventory as of June 9th. Students will only be able to come to clear their library accounts.

Why don't you be part of the vote? We are holding our Annual Bookmark Contest. This year's theme is NYC Reads 365!  
Vote ends Thursday June 1!

6th Grade:


Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 6th grade we examined how the geography and economy of Ancient Rome were connected. They also took their Quarterly on Friday, May 26th.

Ms. Maslow:
Students took the 4th Science Quarterly on May 23rd. We are now continuing in the Life Science part of the curriculum. We learned about vaccinations, how they work, and viruses such as Zika, for which there is no vaccine at this present time.

Ms. Duro:
Classes 6-3 and 6-4 studied Lesson 16.4 which was on Box Plots and Data Distribution. They reviewed for the 4th quarterly which was given on May 25th.

7th Grade:

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 finished Of Mice and Men. We read non-fiction articles about current basketball players and wrote argumentative short responses.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 7-5 and 7-7 reviewed for the 4th Quarterly Exam.

Ms. Maslow:
Students took the 4th Science Quarterly on May 23rd. We have completed the Physical Science section of the curriculum.

Ms. Flatts:
My students continued their writing assignment about Curley's wife from Of Mice and Men.

Classes 7-6 and 7-7 began the writing process for the essay on the American Dream.

Students took the 4th Quarterly and completed the items skills analysis.

8th Grade:

Mr. Auguste:
Class 8-2 learned how to graph a parabola.

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade the students began their World War II unit by examining the key leaders of the countries involved in the war. Their quarterly will be on Wednesday June 7th.

Ms. Kieran:
My classes have been reading The Help. We also voted for our school's bookmark.

Ms. Duro:
Class 8-3 finished their end of year project and started the presentation of such on May 25th.

Non-Academic:

Ms. Realmutto:
Students in the Gardening class worked on indoor activities, sowing seeds and re-potting seedlings.

Ms. Chaback:
This past Monday, we had our third Vision Day! 30 students got free eye exams and new glasses!





















Relay for Life

posted May 24, 2017, 6:30 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 24, 2017, 6:30 AM ]

Our school is proud to announce our participation in our 7th year of Relay for Life which will take place in Marine Park.

  • 7th grade will participate on June 2nd
  • 8th grade will on June 9th
  • 6th Grade on June 16th

Relay for Life is an event to honor the memory of loved ones lost to cancer, support those fighting cancer and celebrate cancer survivors and care givers.

Last year our students and faculty raised $20,000 for the American Cancer Society by walking the inside track of Marine Park and participating in outdoor activities supervised by faculty and staff.

We are asking our students to reach out to family members and neighbors for donations.

Students will be coming home with a Relay for Life envelope. All monies donated need to be in by the day of the event.

All participants who raise a minimum of $25 will receive a Relay for Life tee shirt to wear on the day of the event.

Thank you for your continued support in the fundraising efforts of our school.

Parent Update: Week Ending 5/20/2017

posted May 22, 2017, 8:46 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 22, 2017, 8:46 AM ]

This week, students are busy taking their Quarterly Exams. Our band came back from Hershey, PA. The trip was a resounding success, with many awards bestowed on our talented group of students.

6th Grade:

Ms. Gamsey:
The 6th grade "ecologists" are on their way to learning how the many populations in an ecosystem rely on each other in order to survive. They are also learning how abiotic factors, such as weather, can influence an ecosystem.

Ms. Wacholder:
In math Class 6-13 has been working on using a coordinate plane to solve real world problems. We will be continuing with net and surface area problems. In science Class 6-13 has been working on classifying living things.

Ms. Summer:
Students are reviewing geometry concepts including calculating area, surface area, and volume.

Ms. Hanley:
Students in 6-3, 6-9, and 6-10 continued reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and began writing a comparative essay using both the novel and the short story "The Gold Cadillac."

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 6th grade students finished their argumentative on demand essay on Alexander the Great. Then they began to explore the founding of Ancient Rome.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 6-1 and 6-2 learned about viruses and vaccinations. The Science Quarterly is on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Ms. Duro:
6-3 and 6-4 were doing Lesson 16.2 and 16.3 (Mean Absolute Deviation and Box Plots).

7th Grade:

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 continued on with Of Mice and Men. We also began Document Based Questions (DBQs) on human body systems and Westward Expansion.

Mrs. Maslow:
Classes 7-1 and 7-2 learned how the Periodic Table of Elements is organized as well as how to draw the Bohr’s model of atoms. The Science Quarterly is on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Ms. Flatts:
My students completed the final portion of the writing process for the argumentative essay on euthanasia.

In addition my students will continue reading Of Mice and Men to focus on Steinbeck's depiction of African Americans and women based on Crooks and Curley's wife's character.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 7-5 and 7-7 learned how to find the area of a composite figure.

8th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade students studied Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. They took a unit test last Friday.

Ms. Casey:
My classes are reading The Help and answering questions in their packet.

Ms. Duro:
Class 8-3 completed a project on Budgeting for a Vacation and at the same time, are finishing all the performance tasks.

Mr. Auguste:
Class 8-2 learned how to factor quadratic equations.


Enrichment: 

Ms. Peltz:
Congratulations to chorus students on their Silver rating given for their performance at NYSSMA!

Ms. Realmutto:
Students in the Gardening class planted additional annuals of flowers, vegetables and herbs.

Library Notice:

All books/magazines will be due no later than Wednesday June 7th

After June 8th, the Chancellor’s Conference date, the library will only be open for the following:

  • Project Class (Thursday, pds 3 & 4 and Friday pds 2 & 3)
  • To return books
  • Pay/replace a lost or damaged book
  • Clear any fines, etc. from library account
From June 9th until the end of the year, I will be

  • collecting books 
  • weeding 
  • conducting an inventory 

Parent Update: Week Ending 5/12/17

posted May 15, 2017, 6:25 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 15, 2017, 6:25 AM ]

Don't forget parent teacher conference Thursday evening May 18! From 4:30-7:30pm

6th Grade:

Ms. Fogorazzo:
In 6th grade the students finished a unit of study on Ancient Greece with an on demand essay that had to use textual evidence to determine if Alexander the Great was truly "great."

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Class 6-5 wrote an essay comparing the story elements of Mildred D. Taylor's novella The Gold Cadillac to her novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 6-1 and 6-2 learned about the organelles in an animal and plant cell and what their specialized jobs are.

Ms. Hanley:
Classes 6-3, 6-9, and 6-10 analyzed conflict in the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Students will have an exam on Chapters 1-7 on Friday May 19th.

Mr. Gamsey:
6th Grade Science
The 6th grade scientist are wrapping up their discussion about the role that cells play in all living things. They have discovered that a cell is its own living thing and trillions of specialized cells make up multi-celled organisms, like us!!!

7th Grade:

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Classes 7-1 and 7-5 continued their reading and analysis of Of Mice and Men.

Mr. Tupper:
This week my math class students learned about angle pairs and how to use spatial awareness to determine missing values. Students also began learning to determine the volume of prisms.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 7-1 and 7-2 learned about how to calculate the number of protons, electrons, and neutrons in an atom. In addition students learned the early history of the Periodic Table of Elements.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 read chapters two and three in Of Mice and Men and completed a major project and presentation on human body systems.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 7-5 and 7-7 learned how to contrast between vertical and adjacent angles.

8th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade, students continued to analyze the effects of the Great Depression as well as the reforms put in place to relieve the economic crash.

Ms. Kieran:
This week we compared The Help to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ms. Casey:
My classes continued to read The Help and worked on focus, discussion, and reader response questions.

Mr. Auguste:
Class 8-2 learned how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find a missing side.

Ms. Tammaro:
Last week we began chapter 10 of The Help. Students love the interesting language and deep subject matter. Aibileen is reluctant to help Skeeter, but she decides to help her and the book on African Americans working for whites is on the way. We are excited to see how Skeeter and Aibileen portray life and racial issues in the South during the 1960s.

Enrichment:

Ms. Realmutto:
Students in the Gardening class continued preparing the garden for planting of the vegetables and flowers that have been growing in the classroom.

Mr. Gamsey:
Marine Park Robotics
Although we ended our tournament season with multiple awards from both the First Lego League and SeaPerch tournaments, we are still hard at work. The four robotics teams are preparing their robots for our first-ever "Robot Olympics". There will be seven events. Some of the events include: The 50 yard dash (using gear systems to increase their speed); the shot put (tossing a ball a distance); a relay race (using touch sensors to "pass the baton"); and the final event, LEGO ROBOT BATTLE BOTS!!!

Parent Update: Week Ending 5/5/17

posted May 9, 2017, 6:08 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 9, 2017, 6:08 AM ]

It certainly doe not feel like Spring, but it is here! The Math tests are over and we know our students worked hard!  

6th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 6th grade students analyzed Greek architecture. In addition they debated whether Alexander the Great was a hero or a villain.

Mrs. Maslow:
Classes 6-1 and 6-2 learned what the science of taxonomy is and how organisms are classified. They learned why the Animal Kingdom is divided into Vertebrates and Invertebrates, and that 98% of organisms on Earth are invertebrates.

Ms. Gaskowitz:
This week Class 6-5 analyzed African American poetry dealing with the theme of the American Dream while making connections to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

7th Grade:

Ms. Cucos :
Class 7-12 began Of Mice and Men and reviewed questions for our Math Exam.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 7-1 and 7-2 learned about the protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom. They learned about the energy shells that surround an atom and how many electrons each energy shell can hold.

Ms. Gomez:
This past week Classes 7-8, 7-9, 7-10, and 7-11 learned to tell time in Spanish. We also asked and stated at what time an event was taking place. We also took our quiz on telling time.

Ms. Flattts:
The students reviewed the theme of power vs. powerlessness and individual vs. community in an on demand writing assignment. The On Demand question was ‘Was George a brother or bully to Lennie?’

Mr. Auguste:
In Classes 7-5 and 7-7 we learned how to draw figures that satisfy figures that satisfy the given condition.

Ms. Gaskowitz:
7-1 and 7-5 read and analyzed Chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men, while discussing foreshadowing.

8th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade students analyzed the reasons that caused the Great Depression.

Ms. Long:
8-4 completed final test prep for the State Math exam as well as test prep for the upcoming State Science exam.

Mr. Auguste:
In Class 8-2 we learned how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing side.

Ms. A. Klein:
Algebra
How did we use statistics to draw conclusions from quantitative data?

Grade 8 math
How did we review and prepare for the math state assessment?

Non-Academic:

Ms. Realmutto:
Last week students in the Gardening class continued to sow seeds for herbs, flowers, and vegetables. After the amazing garden clean-up the previous week the garden is almost ready for transferring our seedlings outdoors.

Parent Update: Week Ending 4/28/17

posted May 1, 2017, 5:24 AM by Esther Keller

Spring is certainly in the air!  And so is learning at I.S. 278.

6th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 6th grade students completed a group research project on one aspect of Ancient Greece and the impact it had on American life. Students worked with iPads and computers to create a presentation.

Ms. Wahl:
My students identified figurative language, symbolism, and dialogue in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Ms. Hanley:
Students in 6-9 & 6-10 began reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and have begun analyzing the setting of the novel as well as how the setting affects the characters we have been introduced to.

Ms. Wacholder:
Class 6-13 has been working on finding the area of a rhombus, triangle, trapezoid, rectangle, parallelogram, and polygons. We will be taking the state math test on Tuesday , Wednesday, and Thursday May 2-4.

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Class 6-5 read Chapters 3 and 4 of Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and analyzed conflict, theme and characters.

7th Grade:

Mr. Tupper:
Students reviewed the concepts and ideas that were taught this year in preparation for the upcoming math state exam. Students used evaluation practices to identify their own areas of strength and weakness for the purpose of directed study/review. Students also reviewed test taking strategies and protocols that can assist with the evaluation and interpretation of word problems.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 prepared for the Math exam by reviewing key topics such as linear equations, finding GCF and plotting points. We also wrapped up our Constitution unit and A Long Walk to Water.

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Students in 7-1 and 7-5 continued learning about the Great Depression, including the definition of migrant workers and FDR's new deal. They began reading chapter 1 of Of Mice and Men. 

Ms.Flatts:
Students read chapters 1-3 in Of Mice and Men with an emphasis on John Steinbeck's life, his Nobel Prize speech, predictions, tone, and the theme of power vs. powerlessness.

Mr. Auguste:
Students in Classes 7-5 and 7-7 reviewed how to find the unit rate, area of circle, percent of change, simplifying integers, and writing and solving equations and inequalities.

Mr. Murolo:
My classes are finishing up the unit on Chemistry.

8th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade students learned about the Roaring 20's and how the lives of women and African Americans were impacted during this era.

Ms. Kieran:
My classes were working with Mrs. Keller and creating Google Doodles that depicts the "struggle for Civil Rights.". This project is in conjunction with a visit to the library where students engaged in learning tasks about the Civil Rights movement to prepare us for reading The Help.

Ms. Traiman:
Class 8-12 finished Chapter 26 in To Kill aMockingbird and concentrated on the plot of "falling action"
In math we finished learning how to use the Pythagorean theorem and reviewed for this week’s state test.

Mr. Auguste:
Students reviewed how to find the slope, y-intercept, system of equations, transformation and writing an equation of a line.

Ms. A. Klein:
What have we concluded learning about functions, measurement geometry, systems of equations, and transformations. (We reviewed all 8th grade math topics for NYS Assessment)

Non- Academic:

Ms. Realmutto:
Students in the Gardening class began sowing seeds indoors for the school garden. They also went outside for a tour of the garden.

Ms. Peltz:
Chorus Talent students are working on NYSSMA entry songs to be performed on Friday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. They have also been reminded to check their uniforms and be sure they have everything they need: Chorus polo shirt, black dress pants (no leggings), black dress shoes. Other upcoming events are: Hershey Trip May 19-20, and Spring Concert May 25.

General Chorus students are working on material in their class songbooks and will have an opportunity to perform on Monday, May 22. Students interested in this performance will vote on their concert songs and begin polishing them.

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