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posted Aug 10, 2018, 10:52 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Aug 10, 2018, 10:55 AM ]

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Class of 2021 - Day of Fun! Welcome to our New 6th Grade

posted Jul 5, 2018, 9:49 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 9:53 AM ]


Parent Update: Week Ending 6/14/2018

posted Jun 17, 2018, 6:10 PM by Esther Keller

Mr. Auguste:  

This week Class 7-2reviewed for our last quarterly.

Classes 8-2 and 8-5 also reviewed for our last quarterly. 


Ms. Hanson: 

Classes 7-6, 7-7, and 7-9, will be finishing the year by reading the play A Raisin in the Sun and completing mini writing tasks related to the text. Students did an amazing job on the Younger family budget challenge.  


Ms. Hanley: 

Students in 6-11, 6-14 and 6-15 finished the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and are working on their culminating task: creating a scrapbook of the Logan family. The ELA Quarterly will be on June 19th. 


Ms. Cucos: 

Class 7-17 wrapped up WWII, mastered the distributive property and reflected on their accomplishments for the past school year. 


Mrs. Keller: (Library)

Check out our summer reading challenge. Students who join will start off the new school year with 40 PBIS Tickets. Summer Reading packets will be distributed the last week of school. In the meanwhile, check out our Summer Reading page!

http://marineparkis278.libguides.com/summerreading

There are many reading suggestions and other summer information.


Please clear your library accounts!  


Mr. Gamsey: 

The students have learned what makes a living thing "living".  They are about to learn how all living things rely on other living things for survival.  Over the next couple of weeks, the students will discover how populations interact within an ecosystem.  


Mrs. Maslow: 

My 6th graders are learning about how organisms interact with each other and depend upon each other for survival in an ecosystem. Students took the 6th grade Science Quarterly on June 12th and grades have been posted on Pupil Path. 

Have a wonderful summer!

Parent Update: Week Ending 6/15/2018

posted Jun 11, 2018, 6:50 AM by Esther Keller

School is winding down. And students are extremely busy. With Quarterlies and exciting fundraising events like Relay for Life, the year will be over in a blink of an eye.


Library:

6th and 7th grade students came to the library to hear about summer reading from a Librarian from Brooklyn Public Library. Students also heard about the Marine Park Summer Reading Initiative. Look out for the packets which will be coming the last week of school. In the meanwhile, you can see the page I’m currently updating  https://marineparkis278.libguides.com/summerreading. This will be linked to both the library's and school's website. 

Students are asked to clear their book accounts before the last week of school. 


Ms. Zhan: 

This week, the 8th Grade Science Class will be learning about the environmental, socioeconomic impact of the increasing population on Earth through the documentary, "People Paradox."  

We will also be preparing for the Science Quarterly this week.


Mr. Devito: 

My 6th graders are studying The Emperors of Rome.

My 7th graders are studying the Emancipation Proclamation and fighting during the Civil War. 


Ms. Gaskowitz: 

This week 6-6, 6-7, and 6-8 are reading chapters 10-11 of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


Ms. Cucos: 

Class 7-17 worked on pre-algebra skills, learned the causes of WWII and reviewed for quarterlies. 


Ms. Duro: 

Classes 6-4. 6-5, and 6-6, will be learning about Box Plots this week. They will have a test on said topic and MAD on Friday, June 8th.  


Ms. Hanley:

Students in 6-11, 6-14 and 6-15 are finishing their novel and working on analyzing the themes present throughout the novel. 


Ms. Maslow:

Students finished the unit on Living Structures and reviewed for the Science Quarterly, which will be administered on June 12th.

Parent Update: Week Ending 6/1/18

posted Jun 4, 2018, 12:10 PM by Esther Keller

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are reading The Help

Ms. Realmuto
ELA classes 6-4 and 6-5 are analyzing the conflicts in Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry.


Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 practiced solving two step equations, learned about the sun, the moon and the earth and began looking at the causes of WWII. 

Ms. Hanley: 
Students in 6-11, 6-14 and 6-15 continued their reading of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and used other works by Mildred D Taylor to compare themes and other literary elements. 

Mr. Devito: 
My 6th graders in social studies finished up the Roman Empire Essay and Unit.
My 7th graders in social studies learned about the start of the Civil War. 

Ms. Mcgee: 
In 7-1, 7-8, and 7-9 ELA the students are wrapping up Of Mice and Men, and beginning our background study of the play A Raisin in the Sun

Ms. Maslow:
Students learned how a virus invades the body, takes over cells, and how vaccinations work.

Parent Update: Week Ending 5/25/18

posted May 29, 2018, 6:18 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 29, 2018, 6:19 AM ]

We hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. It's hard to believe that there are only 4 weeks left to the school year. It goes by fast.
Important Dates:
Students will not be in Session: June 7, 12, & 15.
Wednesday, May 30: Arista Archon installation. 

Library Dates:
Last day to borrow books was May 25th.
All books are due by June 6th.
The library will close for inventory on June 8th.
Students must clear their library accounts before the end of the school year.

Mr. Gamsey: 
Last Tuesday, the winners from each class participated in the school wide science fair.  There were incredible projects from each branch of science:  Physical Science (various chemistry and physics experiments); Earth Science; and Life Science (such as bacteria growth, DNA, and human responses).  The science teachers selected the winners to represent the school at the District 22 Science Fair.     

Marine Park Robotics
The Marine Park Robotics team took a break from their Robot Olympics to learn how to do 3D design and 3D printing.  They were so excited to design and print their first project.... a keychain!  

Ms. Zhan:
This week, our 8th grade students are reviewing reproduction, cell division, genetics, and the human body.
Students took their State Lab Practical between Wednesday and Friday. 

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are continuing evaluating character motives in The Help.

Mr. Auguste: 
This week, we were learning \ how to find the surface area and volume of a 3D figure in Class 7-2 
Classes 8-2 and  8-5 were learning how to use the zeros to write quadratic equations. 

Ms. Hanley: 
Students in 6-11, 6-14 & 6-15 took a test on the first 7 chapters of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and they continued to analyze Chapters 8 & 9 through the theme of injustice. 

Ms. Gaskowitz:
6th grade is taking a test on the first 7 chapters of Roll of Thunder and then writing an essay comparing it to the Gold Cadillac. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 worked on studying moon phases and practiced performing operations with different signs. 

Mr. Devito: 
The 6th graders learned about - The Rise of the Second Triumvirate in Rome. 
The 7th graders wrote an On Demand Essay about the the Civil War.  
Essay Prompt: Should the South have seceded from the Union?  

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are reading The Help

Ms. Peltz:
General chorus music classes are reading Broadway musical scores/scripts and analyzing the audition process and character development.  

Enrichment Chorus classes are preparing their Spring Concert, Arista/Archon, and Graduation music selections.  Congratulations on receiving two Gold ratings at NYSSMA and a Superior rating at Hershey Music in the Parks. 

Ms. Maslow: 
My classes learned how the Animal Kingdom is divided into vertebrates and invertebrates. We also learned that vertebrates, which only are 2% of all animals in the Animal Kingdom, are further divided into birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. In addition we learned about animal cells and plant cells.

Mrs. Keller
Ms. Shamir's 8th grade social studies classes backtracked a bit on their curriculum to take a more personal look on the Holocaust. Students came to the library and did a gallery walk on various topics relating to the Holocuast, such as the Rise of Antisemitism, Kristallnacht, the Concentration Camps, Final Solution, and they also studied the allegory by Eve Bunting, Terrible Things. We surely want to #neverforget. But classes discussed what they can do to make sure it never happens again.

Parent Update: Week Ending 5/11/18

posted May 14, 2018, 6:48 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 14, 2018, 6:49 AM ]

Did you see your child's report card? Report cards were distributed on Friday, 5/11.

Ms. Hanley:  
Students in 6-11, 6-14 & 6-15 continued reading Roll of Thunder and used supplemental materials such as visits to the library and documentaries to further their knowledge on the setting of the novel. 

Ms. Powers: 
Debate Team
A huge congratulations to the Marine Park Debate Team. They are officially the 2018 State Champions in the NYC Urban Debate Leagues Novice Parliamentary division. A special shout out to Aisha Badar, Joey Li, and Eammon O’Shea on their impeccable debate which placed them first in state.  Aisha Badar placed first in speaker awards at state finals as well. Also, congrats to Adelia Spevak, Madison Sierra and Jana Uones who placed second in the Parliamentary Open division.  We are extremely proud of all of you!  The hard work and dedication of the entire team clearly paid off.  Again, congrats to the 2018 State Champions.  

Ms. Realmutto: 
ELA Students in classes 6-4 and 6-5 are analyzing events in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and the similarities to real-life events.  

Ms. Traiman:
Class 8-12 
We started our final novel, The Help, and discussed background and  exposition.
In math both 7th and 8th graders are working on angles-to different degrees. 

Mr. Auguste: 
Class 7-2 learned how to distinguish between complementary and supplementary angles.
Class 8-2 learned how to use distance formula to find the Pythagorean theorem. 

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are analyzing major quotes from chapters 1-6 of  The Help.

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 began learning the causes of WWI, started a new math unit and strengthened inference from skills using articles about professional basketball players. 

Ms. Zhan: 
The 8th grade Science students will be doing lab practicals in preparation for the State Science Practical Exam on May 23-25th.

Mr. Gamsey:
6th Grade Science
What is Life?  It is an age-old philosophical question, however in our 6th grade science classes, we will be learning about the scientific definition of "life".  We will discover what classifies a living thing as "living".  We will discover what all living things have in common, whether it is a microscopic organism, a plant or a person!

Marine Park Robotics
With our official tournament season over, the Marine Park Robotics program had a very successful year, racking up five awards at three different tournaments.  To hone their skills, the robotics teams are competing in an intra-squad "Robot Olympics".  Some of the robotic events include a 50-yard dash, relay race, shot put, and Greco-Roman Battle Bots. 

Ms. Maslow: 
Classes 6-1 - 6-5 began the Life Science Unit. Students learned about the 6 characteristics of living things that scientists, called taxonomists use to determine how to classify an organism. In addition students learned about the 4 basic needs of living things.

Parent Update: Week Ending 5/3/18

posted May 7, 2018, 6:56 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 7, 2018, 6:56 AM ]

The NY ELA and Math tests are complete, save for a few make-up math exams still being administered. Students are busily working on their science fair projects. Music students are preparing for NYSSMA and Hershey Competition.  The 8th grade still has their State Science Exam coming up. 

Don't forget there is a parent teacher conference scheduled for Wednesday evening, May 9th at 4:30-7:30 p.m..

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 performed last minute math review, finished To Kill a Mockingbird, and began a new Social Studies unit. 

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are staring to read The Help. (Need an audio version? Click here. Ask Mrs. Keller for your username and password if you no longer remember it.)

Mr. Devito: 
My 6th grade students began a unit on Ancient Rome.
My 7th grade students are continuing to learn about the era of Industrialism in the US. 

Ms. Duro: 
Classes6-4, 6-5, and 6-6, continued with Test Prep up to the MathState Exam. We then continued learning about surface areas and volumes of prisms. 

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are researching and writing informative essays on background information for the book The Help(Need an audio version? Click here. Ask Mrs. Keller for your username and password if you no longer remember it.) Topics include the integration of ‘Ole Miss’, the Civil Rights Movement, and Jim Crow laws. 

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
6th grade classes are continuing to explore background information of the segregation period and beginning to read Roll of Thunder.

Mr. Auguste: 
In 7-2, we were learning how to find the compound, theoretical, and simple probability.
In 8-2 and 8-5, we were reviewing for the Math State Exam. 

Ms. Maslow: 
Students learned about the formation of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Students continued working in their Weather Booklets.

Parent Update: Week Ending 4/30/2018

posted Apr 30, 2018, 5:36 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 5:36 AM ]

Tomorrow students will be taking the NY State Math exam.  Other dates to note: May 9th is Parent Teacher Conference from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and on May 11th reports cards will be distributed.

The Spanish Department: 
8th grade Spanish students are preparing for the speaking component of the proficiency exam which will be administered in early May. Students have sheets of important phrases and material to review,  and the study sheets are also posted on our website- www.is278spanish.weebly.org

7th grade Spanish students have recently begun writing paragraphs and will soon put everything they’ve learned to use in creating original magazines in Spanish.  

Library
The library has been a hub of activity. 6th Grade students have been coming to the library for a Gallery Walk studying topics related to their novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. They are using photos, videos, and songs to relate to topics of Reconstruction, Segregation, Jim Crow, Ku Klux Klan, and the Great Depression. The "walks" are self-paced, but once students start, they really engage with the content.

In other news, our "Maker Monday" and "Tinker Tuesday" groups have been working with Ozobots, little robots, and racing them. Students are using color to code the robots. 

7th Grade art students have signed up to compete in a NYC Reads 365 Display Contest. The winner for the best display will receive $1,000 to order books for the library! Let's hope their creativity and talent win!

And have you heard about the wonderful projects funded by Donors Choose for the library? We received a wide-format printer from Donors Choose during the #bestschooldayever. And 2 separate projects were funded for large poster-sized photo collections on topics of Japanese Internment and the Holocaust. The donations for each of those projects were very personal, and we hope as our students learn about the terrible times in history, they will #neverforget, and help make our world a kinder and better place to live. Many of our teachers have projects up on Donors Choose.... Take a look at them https://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?includeNearbyLocations=true&school=757 and even if you can't donate, please pass the word around to help our teachers better serve your children.  

Ms. Duro: 
Classes 6-4, 6-5, and 6-6 will be having test prep for the entire week.  

Ms. Maslow: 
My 6th graders are continuing learning about weather. This week we started the section on severe weather and learned about thunderstorms. We also learned how to protect ourselves if caught outside during a thunderstorm.

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 performed spiral review math tasks and wrote an argumentative essay on whether or not children should receive a trophy just for participating. 

Mr. Devito: 
My 6th graders will be completing our "Contributions of the Greeks to Modern Society" DBQ essay.
My 7th graders started learning about the Age of Industrialization in America. 

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are reviewed for the MOSL exam and writing argumentative essays based on To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone With The Wind in preparation for our next novel.  

Mr. Gamsey: 
6th Grade Science
As the weather warms up, we are ready to wrap up our Weather unit.  The students have been learning about our atmosphere, why we have different types of weather, and how severe storms form.  Next up, we will finish out the year learning about Life Science, specifically, Populations and Ecosystems.

Marine Park Robotics
On Sunday, April 15th, two of Marine Park's robotics teams participated in the U.S. Navy's Seaperch underwater robotics tournament.  The teams built their own Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), motors and control boxes.  At the tournament, we were plagued with technical issues, such as having our propellers fall off the ROV.  Grrrr!!!  However, in keeping with our philosophy of never getting upset and "working the problem", we were awarded the "Team Spirit Award" for the event.  The organizers of the event were amazed at how calm and cool the kids were when faced with adversity.  Robotics coach, Bruce Gamsey, was incredibly proud of his team and the reason the won this award!   

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
My 6th grade classes are continuing to explore background information of the segregation period and beginning to read Roll of Thunder

Mr. Auguste: 
In class 7-2 we are learning how to find the compound, theoretical, and simple probability.
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 were reviewing for the Math State Exam. 

Parent Update: Week Ending 4/20/18

posted Apr 23, 2018, 6:22 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 6:22 AM ]

It was a frenzy of testing... as our students were busy taking Quarterlies for their 3rd Marking Periods. Parents, please keep in mind that report cards will be here soon and another Parent Teacher Conference is shortly afterwards.

Ms. Zhan: 
This week, the students were mainly preparing for the Science Quarterly.
They also learned about the cycles of matter and succession in an ecosystem. 

Ms. Realmutto: 
In ELA Classes 6-4 and 6-5 are reading "The Gold Cadillac" and studying plot elements and mood. 

Mr. Auguste: 
This week Class 7-2 learned about random sampling, population, and biased and not biased questions.
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 were reviewing for the math state exam.

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
This week 6th grade classes are taking their quarterlies and then beginning to learn about the historical context for Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (segregation/Jim Crow Era). 

Ms. Duro: 
Classes 6-4, 6-5, and 6-6 are reviewed for the math quarterly. Then they will be learning about volume and surface area. 

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes will be starting their essay which will contrast the novel and movie versions of To Kill a Mockingbird.  

Ms. Casey:  
My classes are taking their quarterly exams and researching the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 reviewed for our quarterlies and began part two of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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