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Parent Update: Week Ending 4/13/18

posted Apr 16, 2018, 5:42 AM by Esther Keller

We came back from a restful Spring Break and headed right into NY State Exams. Our students surely worked hard during test taking days. This week, students will be taking quarterlies and in the beginning of May, the NY State Math Exams will be administered.

Did you hear about the #bestschooldayever? Ripple, an Internet based company, donated enough money to Donors Choose to fund every single project on the site. Many of our teachers and students benefitted. But many teachers are still looking for support. Check here and see if your child's former or current classroom teacher is looking to fund a project. Can't donate now? No worries. But please help spread the word! Thank you.

Ms. Hanson: 
This week, we prepared for our quarterly exam, extensively learning about John Steinbeck's use of setting and dialogue, exploring music of the time period, and discovering information about the Great Depression. 

Ms. Duro: 
604, 605 and 606 did Lesson 13.1- Areas of Quadrilaterals  and moving on to Areas of Triangles as well. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 performed last minute test prep activities and began part two of To Kill a Mockingbird

Mr. Devito: 
My 6th grade classes continued our unit on Ancient Greece (Athens/Sparta, Mythology, etc)
My 7th grade classes learned about the California Gold Rush, and Western Expansion. 

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
This week my classes did final reviews for the state exam. 

Ms. Zhan: 
The 8th grade science classes are learning about Ecology and the components of an ecosystem this week.
They will be exploring the different biomes that supports life in class.

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are preparing for the 3rd Quarterly Exam. 

Mr. Auguste:  
Class 7-2 learned how to find the circumference and area of a circle. 
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 learned how to determined which type of scatter plots to use when interpreting two ways of frequency. 

Ms. Maslow: 
Students in my 6th grade science classes continued learning about weather.  Students were also given direction booklets for the Science Fair. 

Parent Update: Week Ending 3/29/18

posted Apr 1, 2018, 8:11 PM by Esther Keller   [ updated Apr 1, 2018, 8:12 PM ]

Have a restful Spring Break!


Mrs. Keller: 

7th Graders have been visiting the library to study the Great Depression in preparation of the novel Of Mice and Men.


Keep Reading over the break! Use the library's catalog at is278library.org --> catalog --> collections to see reading suggestions. 


Mr. Auguste: 

This week inClass 7-2, we learned how to use a scale factor to find the actual size.

In 8-2 and  8-5  we we learned how to find the volume of different shapes. 


Mr. Devito: 

In 6th grade Social Studies we wrote an essay on  Ancient Religions and began a  unit on Ancient Greece

In 7th grade Social Studies we finished up Western Expansion/Manifest Destiny with the annexation of Texas/California and the Mexican American War. 


Ms. Gaskowitz: 

This week 6th grade is working on test sophistication skills in preparation for the upcoming exam. 


Ms. Casey: 

My classes are continuing their critical lens essays.  These essays are student choice essays and are on demand writing pieces. 


Ms. Duro: 

Classes 604, 605 and 606 completed Lesson 12.4 (Writing Equations from Tables and Graphs) this week.  


Ms. Kieran: 

My classes will be finishing up To Kill a Mockingbird over the next few weeks. 


Ms. Zhan: 

This week, the 8th grade science students will be wrapping up on the unit of Earth-Sun-and-Moon with Tides, Stars and Sun, Objects in the Solar System and a unit quiz. 


Ms. Cucos: 

Class 7-17 wrote and peer edited short responses in ELA and Social Studies to complete last minute test preparations. 


Mr. Bochbot: 

My 6th grade students learned about Greek Mythology and my 7th grade students learned about the Annexation of Texas and the Mexican American war. 


Ms. Maslow: 

Students learned how clouds form, are classified, and what kind of weather they bring. They made a graphic organizer about the three major types of clouds as well as a foldable to show their position in the atmosphere.


Parent Update: Week Ending 3/23/18

posted Mar 26, 2018, 8:53 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 8:53 AM ]

With Spring escorted in with 12 inches of snow, we sure had a busy week here in Marine Park. Our annual musical took place with the cast and crew of Hairspray doing an outstanding job... Thank you to Ms. Turoff, Ms. Wilkinson, and Ms. Pohl and all of the others who made this a success!

Ms. Traiman: Class 8-12
In ELA students finished Chapter 21 in To Kill a Mockingbird. This chapter had the verdict of the trial.
In math my 7th graders solved 2 step equations (Mod. 6.4).
In math  my 8th graders- solved equations with no or many solutions (Mod. 7.4) 


Ms. Realmutto:
Classes 6-4 and 6-5 are working on completing the first draft of their Argumentative Essays.

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are finishing their discussion of the Tom Robinson trail. 

Mr. Gamsey: 
6th Grade Science
With Wednesday’s snow storm, it brought learning about the weather to life for our 6th grade scientists.  The students tracked the storm in the days before to see where it was moving towards.  The students themselves began to make predictions as to when the storm was going to hit. 

Marine Park Robotics
The Marine Park Robotics teams are hard at work building their SeaPerch underwater robots.  These remotely-operated vehicles will be used to compete in the U.S. Navy's SeaPerch tournament in April.  The students are building their own frames, motors and control boxes. 

Ms. Keller: 
6th Grade students continue to visit the library to learn about the Japanese Internment and the World War II era. 
The snow certainly threw the schedule off, but hopefully, all the classes will have an opportunity to visit before spring break. 

Ms. Duro: 
Classes 604, 605,  and 606 are doing Lesson 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3 this week. 

Ms. Casey: 
Mrs. Casey's classes are continuing their critical lens essays based on To Kill a Mockingbird

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 reviewed the ELA and Math practice tests taken over the past couple of weeks. We wrote short responses and discussed how to choose the best evidence for our answers. 

Ms. Hanley: 
Students in 6-11, 6-14, 6-15 finished their unit on Japanese internment by writing and argumentative essay determining the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066. 

Ms. Zhan: 
This week, the 8th grade science students will be learning about lunar and solar eclipses and tides.   

Ms. Maslow: 
Students began to learn about the relationship of the earth’s rotation and revolution around the sun as we prepare to start the unit of weather. We tied in some information from earlier social studies units by looking at Stonehenge, El Castillo, and the need for a calendar for planting crops.

Parent Update: Week Ending 3/16/18

posted Mar 19, 2018, 5:46 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 5:46 AM ]


Mr. Auguste: 
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 learned how to transform a figure by rotating and using two types of transformations at once.
Class 7-2 reviewed how to write and solve inequality word problems. 


Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 worked on answering short responses in all subjects and figured out how to eliminate poor multiple choice answers. 

Mr. Devito: 
My 6th grade students  started the Religions of the World Essay.
My 7th grade students learned about Thomas Jefferson and Western Expansion! 

Mr. Gamsey: 
The 6th grade meteorologists have been learning about the atmosphere and how winds form.  Winds, along with the Sun, are the driving forces behind most of our weather.  The students will be learning the basics of weather forecasting in the next few weeks. 

Mr. Gamsey:
Marine Park Robotics
The Marine Park Water Wires, one of Marine Park's four robotics teams, competed at the NYC First Lego League robotics championships on Sunday, March 11th at City College in Manhattan.  The 7th grade team competed against 65 other award-winning teams from throughout the city.  Unfortunately, we did not win any awards at this level but the kids did great!!!.  As the team said, "Wait 'til next year!!!!" 

Mrs. Keller - Library
6th Grade students have been visiting the library to learn more about the Japanese Internment by finishing 5 self-paced learning stations. You can see what they're doing here. Students loved learning independently at their own pace and liked that much of the learning came while interacting with technology. If your child's class hasn't come yet, they're probably scheduled over the next few weeks.


Look out for info on our 2 new library clubs. Maker Monday and Tinker Tuesday for 6th and 7th grade students.

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes analyzed Tom Robinson’s trial in To Kill a Mockingbird

Ms. Maslow: 
My 6th grade students learned how wind forms and how the sun’s uneven heating of the earth’s surface plays a major role. Students learned about trade winds, the Easterlies and the Westerlies.

Mr. Murolo: 
Students in Class 7-1, 7-2, 7-4, 7-5 and 7-12 finished learning about the Circulatory System. Students also learned about theLymphatic System ad the Integumentary System (Skin). 




Ms. Zhan: 
This week, our 8th grade science students are learning about the movement of the Earth around the Sun causing day/night cycles and seasonal changes.  They will be doing an interactive lab to learn about the Seasonal changes.

Later this week, they will be learning about the Moon phases and the effects of the Moon on Earth. 


Parent Update: Week Ending 3/9/18

posted Mar 12, 2018, 8:00 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 8:01 AM ]

Mr. Auguste: 
This week Class 7-2, learned how to write and solve inequalities.
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 learned how to use reflections and rotations. 

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are working on critical lens essays as well as analytical essays for To Kill a Mockingbird

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 worked on best practices to answer multiple choice questions. We also practiced annotating text to locate best textual evidence. 

Mr. Devito: 
In 6th Grade Social Studies we are finishing up the Islam Unit, and continuing on to the Christianity Unit
In 7th Grade Social Studies we are learning about Washington's presidency and the new nation. 

Ms. Duro: 
Classes 604, 605, and 606 learned about Lesson 11.2 and 11.3 (Equations). They had a Unit 4 Test last Wednesday. They also did Unit 4 Performance Task. 

Ms. Hansen: 
It was a pleasure to meet with parents during Tuesday's parent-teacher conferences. This week, classes 7-6, 7-7, and 7-9 created both two-voice poems and a poem inspired by Langston Hughes. Please remind your student to study for the A Long Walk to Water test next week. 

Ms. Kieran: 
My students are researching the Scottsboro trial in connection with the novel To Kill a Mockingbird

Ms. Maslow: 
My 6th grade classes learned about the Ozone Layer and why parts of it are destroyed. Students read a article on the causes of the breakdown of the Ozone Layer and wrote short responses. 

Ms. Mcgee: 
Classes 7-1, 7-8, and 7-9 have concluded their study of A Long Walk to Water in ELA this week, concluding with a unit review to get them prepared for their unit test next week. 

Ms. Zhan: 
This week, the 8th grade science classes learned about the Solar System and the motions of the interstellar objects around the Sun.  They will also learn about the effects of earth's rotation and revolution around the Sun.

Parent Update: Week Ending 3/2/18

posted Mar 5, 2018, 5:53 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 5:55 AM ]

It's hard to believe that it's only been 1 week since our Mid-Winter break. But March is in full swing here at Marine Park. Parent Teacher Conferences are this week (Tuesday, March 6). The musical, Hairspray, will take place at the end of the month. Faculty and students are hard at work! And before you know it, State tests will be here. Students are busily reviewing test sophistication skills, while continuing their regular curriculum.

Are you signed up for Pupil Path? If you're a 6th and 7th grade parent or student you received reading suggestions from Mrs. Keller.

Mr. Auguste: 
This week Class 7-2 learned how to solve one and two steps inequalities.
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 learned how to translate a figure. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 studied about the reasons for imperialism, took a gallery walk to learn about different cells and practiced short responses with questions from To Kill a Mockingbird. 

Mr. Devito: 
In 6th Grade Social Studies we are began our unit on Islam.
In 7th Grade Social Studies wee are doing a civil rights/African American History month unit. 

Ms. Hanley: 
Classes 6-11, 6-14, and 6-15 continued their unit on Japanese Internment through short response questions and the analysis of non-fiction texts. 

Mr. Hanley: 
In social studies we had a mini unit on the Civil Rights movement. 

Ms. Mcgee: 
ELA students in 7-1, 7-8, and 7-9 have been continuing their study of A Long Walk to Water which included an introduction and a library visit for their research papers. They are also working on testing taking techniques.

Ms. Maslow: 
My 6th graders began learning about the Earth’s atmosphere. They also learned about the Earth’s Systems. We made foldables depicting the characteristics of each layer of the atmosphere.

Ms. Realmutto: 
Classes 6-4 and 6-5 ELA classes will be continuing the study of Japanese Internment, reading "The Bracelet" and FDR's Speech. 

Ms. Zhan: 
This week, the 8th grade science students learned about how electricity and magnetism exert forces on each other.  They also completed their Car and Ramp Lab to reinforce concepts learned from Newton's Laws of Motion.

The 8th graders will have a unit test on Monday on Forces of Motion. 




 









Parent Update: Week Ending 2/15/2018

posted Feb 25, 2018, 6:46 PM by Esther Keller   [ updated Feb 25, 2018, 6:46 PM ]

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are deconstructing the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird and comparing it to the Scottsboro boys and Emmett Till.   

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 practiced operations with fractions, pretended they were living during the Great Depression by writing letters for help to Mrs. Roosevelt and began learning about American imperialism.

Mr. Devito: 
My 6th Graders began the unit on Hinduism. 
My 7th Graders analyzed the key amendments in the Bill of Rights.  

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are reading Part 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird! 

Ms. Maslow: 
My classes finished the Unit of Study on Thermal Energy. Vacation homework was given out and it is due back on Monday 2/26.

Ms. Traiman: Class 8-12 
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird we finished Part 1 (Ch. 11) and examined the true meaning of courage based on the character Atticus.

In math the  7th graders learned expressions and equations (Mod. 6), and the 8th graders solved linear equations in Module 7. 

Parent Update: Week Ending 2/9/18

posted Feb 12, 2018, 9:29 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 9:29 AM ]

Mr. Auguste: 
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 learned how to solve systems of equations by substitution.
Class 7-2’s  students learned how to solve rational equations and write two steps equations from word problems.

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are reading part two of To Kill a Mockingbird, deconstructing the trial and character motives as well as identifying Maycomb's "usual disease". 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 learned about how America became a super country. We also compared school during the Great Depression and school in today’s society.

Mr. Devito: 
My 6th Graders in Social Studies are beginning our Buddhism Unit.
My 7th Graders in Social Studies are finishing up our Ratifying of the Constitution essay and moving into the explanation of the Bill of Rights. 

Mr. Gamsey: 
6th Grade Science
The 6th grade scientists have wrapped up their unit on States of Matter.  After a brief unit on Thermal Energy, the students will return from the mid-winter recess to begin learning about our atmosphere and weather.

Marine Park Robotics
Marine Park hosted the First Lego League (FLL) Brooklyn Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, February 10th at 9:00AM -   The event was free and open to the public.  

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
My 6th graders finished the unit on The Giver, finished their argumentative essays as well, and are taking an exam. 

Ms. Hanson: 
This week in 7th grade ELA, students connected current issues in Sudan to the struggles faced by main characters in A Long Walk to Water. Students in 7-6 and 7-7 assessed their on-demands to see writing skills they need to improve upon as they get ready for their research paper. 

Ms. Keller: 
7th grade classes have started to visit the library to learn about The Struggle for Civil Rights in honor of Black History month. Students are engaging in self-paced learning modules and exploring the struggle of African Americans to get equal rights. in addition 7th grade classes are researching the South Sudan and were using the library databases in addition to other search tools to find information on their individual research questions.

And are you reading 18(books) in 2018? Many of our students have joined the challenge. 

Students are trying to read out of the box and some have really spread their reading wings! Learn more about the challenge by visiting the library's website

Mrs. Maslow:
Students learned how thermal energy travels by conduction, convection, and radiation. After the mid-winter break, we will be starting our unit on the atmosphere. Students will be given a homework packet with review questions from the unit on matter. 

Mr. Murolo: 
Students in 7-1, 7-2, 7-4, 7-5 and 7-12 were introduced to the digestive system and will write a short response about mechanical and chemical digestion used during the digestive process.   

Ms. Zhan: 
The 8th grade Science students learned about Forces and Motion with Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws.  Next week, students will continue with Newton's 3rd Law and graphing motion.  We will also be conducting ramp experiments to explore more on the relationship between forces and distance. 









Parent Update: Week Ending 2/2/18

posted Feb 5, 2018, 6:15 AM by Esther Keller

Mr. Auguste: 
Class 7-2 learned how to factor algebraic expression and solve one step equations.
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 were learning how to solve systems of equations graphically. 

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are reading To Kill a Mockingbird and working on the coordinating package to determine character motives and overall themes in part one. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 performed operations with fractions and finished a Document Based Question (DBQ) on The Progressive Era. 

Mr. Devito: 
My 6th graders finished up learning about Judaism and and we moved on to the Buddhism unit.
My 7th graders are writing our "Should the Constitution Have Been Ratified by the 13 States?" essay. 

Ms. Duro: 
Classes 604, 605 and 606 will be having a Unit 3 test.  Then they will learn about Lesson 9.2 which covers Prime Factorization, and Lesson  9.3 which covers   Order of Operations this week. 

Mr. Gamsey: 
The 6th grade scientists have been learning about the properties of matter.  Within these lessons, they have discovered how thermal energy plays a role in matter changing state/phase.  Additionally, they are learning why some object float and others sink (buoyancy). 

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are reading To Kill a Mockingbird

Library with Mrs. Keller
Are you trying to read 18 in 2018?
Many of our students have taken on the challenge. Read books in different categories to broaden your reading habits. We have students who've moved from comics to prose, from romance to realistic fiction. What are you reading in 2018? Check out my picks here:

Ms. Maslow:
What is the difference scientifically between thermal energy, heat, and temperature? How does heat travel from one place to another by radiation? These concepts were taught in class to classes 6-1 - 6-5.

Ms. McGee: 
Classes 7-1, 7-8, and 7-9 ELA classes are continuing with our study of A Long Walk to Water.  We are also reading, annotating and close reading articles based on the Sudanese conflicts of the 1980s and 1990s.  

Ms. Miglino: 
Classes 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3 are finishing Module 7 in math class and preparing for their Module 7 test.   

Robotics with Mr. Gamsey: 
The Marine Park Robotics teams are excited for their First Lego League qualifying tournament on Saturday, February 10th here at Marine Park.  We are hosting 25-teams who will compete to move on to the city championship round.  Only 7 teams of the 25 will advance.  No Pressure!!!  The tournament is open to the public and admission is free.  The earlier part of the morning is "technical judging", so there is not much to see.  However, if you would like to cheer on the four Marine Park teams, please arrive after 10:30AM.  The final round ends at 2:00PM with the awards ceremony soon after.   

Ms. Zhan: 
The 8th graders will begin the unit on forces and motion and will learn more specifically about the concepts of motion, relative motion, displacement, and speed.

Parent Update: Week Ending 1/26/18

posted Jan 29, 2018, 5:36 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 5:41 AM ]

Superhero Day was a huge success. The students (and teachers!)  had loads of fun dressing up in various costumes. Some classes even created their own competition against each other. But the best part of all was that students and faculty raised a significant amount of money for the Make A Wish Foundation.

Did you see the save the date notice for the PA's Raffle Night. Please do try to support the PA in this major fundraiser for our school's PA.

We are looking forward to the Drama Department's play, Curious Incident of a Dog in Night Time. There are still tickets for Friday afternoon's performance.

In class news....

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are continuing to read To Kill a Mockingbird and focusing on annotating the text and citing evidence. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 explored stereotypes through a shoe project for To Kill a Mockingbird.  We wrapped up our light waves unit and are ready to begin cell theory and cells.  In Math, we finished part one of our crash course in fractions.   

Mr. Devito: 
6th Grade - We are beginning our Ancient Religions section
7th grade - We are beginning The Articles of Confederation and Constitution.

Mr. Gamsey: 
It Just Doesn't Matter!!!  Well.. actually it does.  The 6th grade scientists have been learning about matter and how it changes states.  The students are learning how by increasing or decreasing thermal energy, matter will changes state (solid, liquid, gas).   

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
This week my classes are completing The Giver and will be introduced to the argumentative rubric. 

Ms. Hanley: 
Students in 6-14 and 6-15 read the short story "The Lottery" and determined the multiple ways the story aligns to the novel The Giver.

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are reading To Kill a Mockingbird

Ms. Maslow: 
M 6th grade students continued learning about matter in science. We learned how density and buoyancy are explained in Archimedes Principle. Students also learned how absorbing or releasing thermal energy affects each state of matter.

Ms. McGee: 
Ms. McGee's 7-1,7-8, and 7-9 ELA classes starting working on the pre-work and analyzing the first few chapters of A Long Walk to Water.  We have also started honing our annotation, inference, and vocabulary skills in preparation for the upcoming state exams.    

Spanish Department: 
In 8th grade Spanish students are using question words and all of the verbs and vocabulary they know to “interview” celebrities- and each other.

In 7th grade Spanish students are learning the verb ir (to go) and the names of places 

Ms. Zhan: 
This week, the 8th graders will be learning about the evolutionary arms race between humans and infectious diseases.  They will be writing On-Demand responses to questions about the speed of evolution.  The 8th graders will also be engaging in a virtual lab on natural selection to learn how mutations give rise to genetic variations for future descendants.

Other topics covered this week will also include Genetic Engineering and Selective Breeding.

Mr. Gamsey: 
Marine Park Robotics
Marine Park I.S. 278 will be hosting an official First Lego League (FLL) Qualifying tournament on Saturday, February 10th from 9:00AM-3:00PM.  Twenty-four teams from Brooklyn, including Marine Park's four teams, will be competing in the robotics challenge this year.  They will be judged on their research project, Core Values (teamwork and sportsmanship), and the robot game score.  The event is open to the public and is FREE!!!  Come cheer on the Marine Park Robotics teams.

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