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#### Parent Update: Week Ending 11/10/17

posted Nov 13, 2017, 5:50 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 5:50 AM ]

The school year is flying by! Our first report cards will be distributed at the end of the week. Our 2nd Parent Teacher Conference will take place on 11/29 and 11/30. And Thanksgiving Break is in between! Hopefully, we can all recognize something to be thankful for.

Have you heard about our new Student GO? Click here for more details.
And we are having a fundraiser for our Arts Department. Join our 6th Grade Parent Paint Night.

Mr. Gamsey:
The 6th grade scientists are learning about alternative energy sources that are used to generate electricity.  They are learning about hydroelectricity, geothermal energy and solar energy.  They are also leaning the negative affects fossil fuels are having on our environment.

Mrs. Maslow:
My 6th graders were able to explore student-sized solar panels and experiment to see how much voltage was generated using light energy and radiant energy. They also learned how the photovoltaic cell changes radiant energy into electrical energy. in addition they learned about the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy.

Ms. Duro:
Classes 6-4, 6-5, and 6-6 reviewed multiplying decimals and  then moved to Lesson 5.4 which is on dividing decimals.

My sixth grade classes read 2 stories, "Zlateh the Goat" and "The Six Rows of PomPons" and analyzed the elements of plot.

Mr. Murolo:
Students in 7-1, 7-2, 7-4, 7-5, and 7-12 took a baseline exam. Next, students designed a poster to submit into a contest regarding Water Conservation.

Mr. Tupper:
My students prepared for the Unit 1 Test encompassing the 4 basic operations on rational numbers. Students also began Unit 2 on ratios and proportional relationships.

Mr. Auguste:
This week Class 7-2 learned how to solve multi-step word problems.

Ms. Hansen:
This week, 7-6, 7-7, and 7-9, submitted their author's biography portion of their Author's Study project. Students explored O. Henry's use of irony throughout short stories and we are starting to prepare for The Outsiders unit.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-17 learned about racism in Mexico, wrote argumentative essays and reviewed important math skills before we start a new unit.

Spanish Department:
7th graders are learning to say what foods and activities they like.

Ms. Traiman:
In ELA - we are reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck. We completed Chapter One. We concentrated on setting and imagery as well as conflict and prejudice.

In math we focused on rate of change with review of proportions,  and unit rate.

Ms. Zhan:
This week the 8th graders are learning about how development occurs in humans after fertilization.  We are learning about tissues and organ development in class.

Ms. Casey:
My classes are working on Chapter 2 of The Pearl and the week 2 syllabus.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 8-2 and 8-5  created a table on values and  then graphed the tables.

Spanish Department:
8th graders are learning to discuss the foods of different Spanish-speaking counties.

uMs. Powers:
Debate team-
On November 11, 2017 the Marine Park Debate Team attended their first Debate tournament at Midwood High School. The Marine Park Debate Team is part of the New York City Urban Debate League. Our team of 30 students, comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders debated in a parliamentary style debate. Over the past two months, students have prepared to argue both sides of three different topics. Our topics for the month of November are:
This House would ban plastic bags
This House would repeal the Second Amendment
This House would make Puerto Rico a state.

posted Nov 10, 2017, 6:21 AM by Esther Keller

#### 6th Grade Parent Paint Night!

posted Nov 10, 2017, 6:14 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 6:19 AM ]

#### Parent Update: Week Ending 11/3/17

posted Nov 6, 2017, 7:04 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 7:04 AM ]

November already?! It's hard to believe. Please go out and vote tomorrow on Election Day. There are important items on our ballot, not just mayoral candidates.

Nov. 7 - Students are not in Session.
Nov. 8 - Our Open House for prospective 6th grade students
Nov. 17th - Report Cards Distributed
Nov. 24-25 Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 29 & 30 - Parent Teacher Conference

Ms. Hanley:
Students in 6-11, 6-14 & 6-15 wrapped up their thematic essays and began reading 2 new short stories "Zlateh the Goat" and "Six Rows of Pom Poms."

This week my sixth grade classes read 2 stories, "Zlateh the Goat" and "The Six Rows of PomPons" and analyzed the elements of plot.

Ms. Realmuto:
Classes 6-4 and 6-5 are continuing to study literary devices used in short stories.

Ms. Maslow:
Did you know that energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only change form? Students learned about the Scientific Law of Conservation. Students also reviewed the Science Quarterly and discussions in class were on how to develop good study habits for future exams. In addition, students had the opportunity to update their portfolios.

Mr. Murolo:
Classes 7-1, 7-2, 7-4, 7-5 and 7-12 will write an argumentative essay on the physical evidence that supports the theory of Continental Drift.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-17 wrote essays to argue the effectiveness of Reconstruction, learned about the history of Halloween, and performed a Science experiment identifying body parts.

Ms. Vieira:
This week 7-3 and 7-2 have been working on their O’Henry author’s study by reading “The Gift of the Magi” and “After Twenty Years.” Next week we will conclude with “The Last Leaf” and a writing piece that compares the three short stories. This helps to prepare the students for their own author’s study, which will be an ongoing project over the next few months.

Ms. McGee:
My 7-1, 7-8, and 7-9 English classes have been working on argument and debate in regard to the story "Icarus and Daedalus."  Toward the end of the week, we were studying three O'Henry stories for similarities in characterization.

Ms. Casey:
My classes began Chapter 1 of  "The Pearl," and completed the week 1 syllabus.

Ms. Traiman:
In ELA we read and compared Poe's "The Black Cat" to  "Tell Tale Heart" . We also  started the background information for "The Pearl."

In math we reviewed the math quarterly and concentrated on strengthening weak skills.

Ms. Zhan:
My 8th Grade Science classes will be learning human and animal development before birth.

Ms. Kieran:
My classes are working on "The Pearl."

Ms. Wilkinson:
8th Grade Talent  Students are hard at work on monologues.
7th and 6th Grade Talent Students are working on various Pantomimes.
Minor Drama Classes 6-4, 6-5, 6-8, 7-5, and 7-7 are reading and performing The Miracle Worker.
Drama Project classes are reading and performing The Diary of Anne Frank

Library News:

#### Parent Update: Week Ending 10/27/17

posted Oct 30, 2017, 8:02 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Oct 30, 2017, 8:03 AM ]

October is creeping to an end and so is our first marking period. Report Cards will be distributed November 17th and our parent teacher conference will take place on November 29 and 30th.

Mr. Gamsey:
Energy changes forms!  The 6th grade scientists are learning how energy changes from one form to another.  During that transformation, heat is a by-product.  They are also learning that energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it just changes form.  This is the Law of Conservation of Energy.

Ms. Maslow:
My classes finished learning about nonrenewable resources of energy. We reviewed for the Quarterly exam and you can view your child’s grade on Pupil Path.

Ms. Hanley:
Students in 6-11, 6-14 and 6-15 took their ELA Quarterly and worked on their thematic essays this week. They will continue their short story unit next week with 4 new stories.

6-6, 6-7 and 6-8 took their quarterly Monday and Tuesday, We then  reviewed the purpose of the informational/explanatory rubric. On Thursday we wrote an On Demand essay.  On Friday my students were introduced to portfolios.

Ms. Barra:
My classes began analyzing DBQs (Document Based Questions).  We gathered information to write a 5 paragraph essay on Prehistoric Times.

Mr. Auguste:
Class 7-2 learned how to subtract rational numbers.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-17 assessed their quarter one knowledge through taking Quarterly exams. We also reflected on best study practices.

Mr. Murolo:
Classes 7-1, 7-2, 7-4, 7-5 and 7-12 began the week learning about Mineral Characteristics and Mineral Identification. Next, students reviewed with Jeopardy for the  Quarterly 1 exam. Lastly, students took the  quarterlies Thursday (10/26) and Friday (10/27) as well as partook in Portfolio Friday.

Ms. McGee:
Classes 7-1, 7-8, and 7-9 are working on a common theme essay from the short stories that we have read so far this year.  We are also studying the short story "Icarus and Daedalus," exploring its theme and its significance as myth.

Ms. Hansen:
My 7th grade  ELA classes were working on their thematic essays. They will soon be starting their author’s study.

Ms. Traiman:
Class 8-12 did an all subject review and then the class took the Quarterly Exams. We then had  Portfolio Friday to review results.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 were learning about proportional and non-proportional relationship. We introduced slope.

Ms. Casey:
My classes took their quarterly, reviewed their grades and began reading and annotating an article for an informative essay.

Ms. Kieran:
My classes are preparing to read "The Pearl," by John Steinbeck.

Spanish Department:
7th grade began to learn food vocabulary and to express their likes and dislikes.
8th graders continued to learn about the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition and began to write picture books about it.

Ms. Peltz: Chorus
Chorus students are working on their music for the 6th grade Open House on November 8 and their Winter Concert music.

Mrs. Keller, Library
The library's "Open Lunch" program is in full swing for all grades. Students have been visiting the library to browse for books, do their homework, and relax. Most of the 6th grade has received their username and passwords and learned how to use the library catalog to search for books, place holds, and keep track of their accounts. The first set of overdue notices were sent using Pupilpath. Parents and students who have not registered for PupilPath are encouraged to do so. The library uses PupilPath on a weekly basis to communicate about

#### Parent Update: Week Ending 10/20/2017

posted Oct 23, 2017, 10:07 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 10:08 AM ]

Ms.Realmutto:
Classes 6-4 and 6-5 will be reading "The Great American Slurp," and preparing for their quarterly exam.

Ms. Hanley:
Students in 6-11, 6-14, and 6-15 are preparing for their Quarterly by reading the short story called "The All-American Slurp," then writing a thematic essay, and reviewing the stories in our short story unit.

Mr. Gamsey:
The 6th grade scientists have been learning about the different forms of energy.  They beginning to learn about mechanical energy, radiant energy, electrical energy, chemical energy, and nuclear energy.  During this unit, the students will learn that energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it just changes form,

Ms. Maslow:
This week my classes learned about potential and kinetic energy, the 5 forms of energy, and what are the forms of non-renewable resources of energy.

Ms. Keller:
Classes 6-6 (Ms. Gaskowitz) and 6-12 (Ms. Wahl) joined author Grabriel Gale in the library. The students were treated to an interactive presentation about his new book series Ages of Oz. The visit was sponsored by the Brooklyn Public Library. We already have a waiting list for the book

Mr. DeVito:
My students are finishing up the Neolithic Era in preparation for our Quarterly Exam!

Ms. Miglino:
6-1, 6-2 and 6-3 have completed their Unit 1 Test in Math and continue to prepare for their upcoming Math quarterly

Mr. Auguste:
Class 7-2 was learning how to turn fractions into decimals.

Mr.Murolo:
Students in 7-1, 7-2, 7-4, 7-5 and 7-12 learned about types of fossils, and relative dating. There will be a Class Practice of Determining Layers. An assessment in the form of a quiz was given on Friday.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-17 worked on wrapping up our short story unit,  on an On Demand writing assignment, and modeled plate boundaries with graham crackers and frosting.

Mr.McDermott:
Students are learning about the middle colonies and then will be learning about the southern colonies. This section will be completed by Monday in preparation for the quarterly exam.

Mr. Devito:
My students are covering the creation of the Middle and Southern Colonies in preparation for our Quarterly Exam!

Ms. Mcgee:
English Classes 7-1, 7-8, and 7-9 worked on the subject of jealousy,  and making plot diagrams of “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury, as well as review for the coming quarterly exam this week.

Mr. Tupper:
This week in my math classes students began reviewing the 4 basic operations on integers and rational numbers. Students reviewed the rules and "cheats" for each operation and received a set of "Mini-Notes" to help them study for the upcoming quarterly exam.

Ms. Casey:
My classes are creating mock trials for "The Tell Tale Heart".

Ms. Kieran:
My classes will be preparing for their Quarterly Exam on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 8-2 and 8-5 were reviewing real numbers, exponents and scientific notation for the upcoming quarterly.

Ms. Zhan:
This week, the students will each take a role in their study groups to complete a modeling lab  to visualize the difference between mitosis and meiosis enabling them to see where genetic variation takes place.

They will also be reading and discussing the link between mitosis and cancer and writing an On-Demand prompt citing evidence for their position on whether humans can live with or without mitosis.

Spanish:
Students are reviewing word order and noun/adjective agreement by designing and describing monsters. 8th graders are beginning to learn about the Day of the Dead and are discussing the beliefs and traditions of this holiday with the verbs to do, to say and to think.

Ms. Traiman: Class 8-12
In ELA we finished our last short story, "Tell Tale Heart", We also created Bloom Balls to review for the  Quarterly.
In 7th grade math we continued practicing Integer operations to solve real-world problems.
In 8th grade math we learned  Scientific Notation.

Ms. Peltz:
Chorus classes are starting a new piece of literature and continuing to learn sight reading skills.

Mr. Gamsey:
Marine Park Robotics
The Marine Park Robotics teams visited the NYC Department of  Environmental Protection's Newtown Creek Waterwaste Recycling Plant in Greenpoint.  This trip was to conduct research for their First Lego League theme; Hydrodynamics.  All of the research, robot games and Core Values (teamwork/sportsmanship) will involve human's use of water.  This trip gave the students to see what happens to our water after it is used.

#### Parent Notice: Letter from the Chancellor

posted Oct 18, 2017, 9:19 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 9:20 AM ]

#### Parent Update: Week Ending 10/13/2017

posted Oct 16, 2017, 8:25 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 8:26 AM ]

Our first marking period is coming to a close and next week our students will be busy with Quarterly Exams in each subject.

6-6, 6-7 and 6-8 are reading the story "Raymond's Run" and crafting their informational essays.

Ms. Realmutto:
Students in 6-4 and 6-5 ELA classes responded to an on-demand writing prompt.

Ms. Hanley:
Students in 6-11, 6-14, and  6-15 are continuing their short story with "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara. They are using the story to analyze theme, conflict, and characterization and how they connect with other works of literature.

Mr. DeVito:
My 6th grade Social Studies classes wrapped up our first 5 paragraph essay of the year. We are also beginning to learn about the Paleolithic and Neolithic Era.

Ms. Miglino:
This week 6-1, 6-2, and 6-3 continued working on Module 3.  We identified the opposite and absolute value of rational numbers and compared and ordered rational numbers.

Ms. Maslow:
Students in my classes finished the unit of study on Acquiring and Using Scientific Skills- Working and Thinking Like a Scientist. This unit of study included all the parts of the Scientific Method, the use of models in science, and how to use critical thinking when advertisers make outrageous claims about the products they are trying to sell you. The last lesson in this unit was on the differences between Scientific Laws and Scientific Theories.

Mr. Gamsey:
The 6th grade scientists are wrapping up their introductory unit, "Working and Thinking Like a Scientist".  We are going to be moving onto "Energy and Energy Transformation".  In this unit, the students will discuss, "What is energy?" and a discover a variety of energy sources (including alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal).

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-17 worked on reading short stories, found evidence to support continental drift and took an exam on integer operations.

Mr. Murolo:
Students of 7-1, 7-2, 7-4, 7-5 and 7-12 learned about rock classification, the Rock Cycle and the differences between weathering and erosion. Later in the week students wrote an On-Demand writing piece about the Rock Cycle.

Mr. Hanley:
This week students focused on the original 13 colonies.

Mr. DeVito:
My 7th grade Social Studies classes began learning about the US Colonies.

Ms. McGee:
This week we started writing our next portfolio piece in which the students have to pick an object that is important to them, and write about it. Classes 7-1, 7-8, and 7-9 started drafting and revising their essays, using the story "The Jacket" by Gary Soto as their mentor text.

Mr. Auguste:
In Class 7-2 this week, we used division to solve real word problems.

Ms. Traiman:
ELA - We finished the short story "Pandora's Box" and reviewed it using story elements. We started reading "Thank You, Ma'am".

MATH - We used integer operations to solve real-world problems.

Ms. Zhan:
For 8th grade science, we are reviewing and preparing for our 4-point writing prompt.
Students will be writing an argumentative essay using evidence from the article to explain why sexual or asexual reproduction is more advantageous in general.

Ms. Kieran:
This week my students worked on short stories.

Mr. Auguste:
In Classes 8-2 and 8-5  we reviewed the 4 operations for scientific notation. Also, we were solving word problems using scientific notation.

Ms. Traiman:
In math we  developed and used properties of integer exponents.

Ms. Peltz:
Students are continuing to improve their sight reading skills in chorus.  They are working on harmony parts to their first song and will begin to learn their second piece by the end of the week.

Ms. Wilkinson:
Drama 8 Talent Students are choosing monologues from plays and will begin analyzing, blocking and staging them.
Drama 7 Talent Students are finishing tableaus and will begin pantomime .
Drama 6 Talent Students are still hard at work on tableaus.
6-4,6-5, 6-8, 7-5, and 7-7 are about halfway through The Miracle Worker .
Drama Project classes are performing and analyzing The Diary of Anne Frank.

Mr. Gamsey:
Marine Park Robotics
The four Marine Park Robotics teams ventured to the First Lego League (FLL) kickoff event on Saturday, October 7th to meet the judges and learn more about this season's robot mission.  This year's worldwide theme is called "Hydrodynamics". All of the missions and research projects revolve around human's usage of water.  On Monday, October 16th, the teams will take a tour of a waterwaste recycling plant in Greenpoint to learn more about the human water cycle.

#### Parent Update: Week Ending 9/29/2017

posted Oct 2, 2017, 6:57 AM by Esther Keller

Welcome to another Parent Update.

Ms. Summer:
Students of 6-10, 6-11, and 6-13 learned how to find the GCF and LCM of two numbers (with help from the FACTOR NINJA and the MULTIPLE MONSTER). They applied their skills to solve real world problems.

Mr. DeVito:
My students finished up the unit on Geography and Map Studies.

Mr. Bochbot:
This week the 6th graders were learning about latitude and longitude and completed their first short response essay.

Ms. Wacholder:
In science class, Class 6-6 has been using the Scientific Method to answer questions.

Ms. Realmuto:
Students in class 6-4 and 6-5 have begun the writing process and learning how to write a narrative account.

This week 6th grade is analyzing theme and conflict as well as writing personal narratives.

Ms. Maslow:
What can’t science measure? Students learned that our beliefs, values, and thoughts cannot be measured using the scientific method. We completed our first writing piece, an argumentative essay, on whether or not it is ethical to use animals in the testing of new medical drugs and procedures. This is an issue that science cannot measure in a scientific inquiry, as it is a personal  belief and value.

Mr. Auguste:
Class 7-2 learned how to use multi-steps to solve real word problems.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-17 practiced the scientific method by experimenting with Skittles.  We also learned about different literary elements and took an exam on integers.

Mr. Tupper:
This week in my math class students finalized their ideas on adding and subtracting integers. This culminated in a Module 1 quiz. Students then began to explore how the inclusion of integers effects multiplication and division practices.

Ms. Hansen:
This week, students in 7-6, 7-7, and 7-9 submitted name poems to represent their individual personalities, which were shared with parents at Meet the Teacher Night. Students have also begun exploring what it means to read like a literary critic, and are learning to identify the five elements of storytelling.

Mr. DeVito:
We are about to begin our unit on European Exploration and the early colonies of the United States!

Mr. Bochbot:
7th graders explored with Columbus and wrote their second short response.

Mr. Hanley:
Classes 7-1 and 7-5 are working on their Cortes/Aztec DBQ essay.
Classes 7-12,7-13, and 7-15 were studying Christopher Columbus and analyzing what his legacy should be.

Ms. Wacholder:
Class 7-3 has begun social studies learning about the Native Americans and the  European explorers who arrived in the Americas.  We will be moving on to colonization.
In science class the students have been honing their skills on the Scientific Method as well as map skills.  We will be moving on to exploring the layers of the Earth.

Ms. Traiman:
In ELA, Class 8-12  finished the short story "The Necklace" concentrating on Characterization and Irony.
In math, Class 8-12  worked on Real numbers and reviewed Order of Operations.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 8-2 and  8-5 learned  how to use the rules of exponents and how to order real numbers from least to greatest.

Ms. Kieran:
My classes are working on a short story unit.

Ms. Zhan:
The 8th grader students are learning about sexual reproduction and genetic variability this week continuing onwards to next week.

Spanish Department:
Please follow this link to see what we are learning.
Students have learned a few verbs in the present tense and are able to introduce themselves and ask others questions including what their name is, where they are from, how old they are and what languages they speak.

Ms. Wilkinson:
Students in 6th Grade & 7th Grade Drama Talent are performing basic acting exercises and learning/reviewing basic concepts.
8th Grade Drama Talent has begun monologues.
6-4, 6-5, 6-8, 7-5, and 7-7 are enjoying performing and analyzing "The Miracle Worker".
Drama 101 Project classes are performing and discussing "The Diary of Anne Frank".

Ms. Dooley:
My students will be starting to create their "Tree of Dreams."

Mrs. Keller
We've wrapped up orientation with all 45 of our classes and have started Open Access during lunch for the 6th and 7th grade. (Tuesday - Friday). 6th grade students are coming in to learn how to use the library's catalog and use their own username and passwords to keep track of their library accounts, renew, place holds, and check out e-books and e-audiobooks.

#### Parent Update: Week Ending 9/20/17

posted Sep 25, 2017, 9:07 AM by Esther Keller

Our week ended early last week, just as Fall crept in. Hard to believe it with this hot weather!
In class, our students are busy learning.

Ms. Duro:
6-4, 6-5, and 6-6 learned about Lesson 1.3- Absolute Values of Integers.

Ms. Hanley:
Students in 6-11, 6-14 & 6-15 continued their short story unit by finishing up "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros and read the poem "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" by Maya Angelou. They analyzed these texts using the 2 point rubric.

This week classes 6-6, 6-7, and 6-8 read "Tuesday of the Other June" and learned about the RACE  memory device to follow in a written response.

Ms. Realmutto:
Sixth grade English classes (6-4, 6-5) read and analyzed the short story "Eleven." They studied the figurative language and making text-to-self connections.

Ms.Maslow:
Classes 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, and 6-5 learned about what are variables in science experiments. In addition students learned how to identify the control, independent, and dependent variables in an experiment.

Ms. McGee:
My 7th grade ELA students learned about sensory and figurative language, and how this type of language can enhance their writing. They also completed their own  essays based on their names, mimicking Sandra Cisernos' style.

Mr. Auguste:
Class 7-2 was learning how to subtract integers by using the memory device of  Keep Change Change.

Mr. Tupper:
My math class students explored the additive properties of negative values. Students did this through performing same sign and different sign addition and subtraction as well as multi- sign operations.

Ms. Cucos:
7-17 worked on writing essays which compared 9-11 with Hurricane Sandy, learned about the scientific method, and compared positive and negative integers.

Mr. Murolo:
My 7th Grade Science Students are learning about lines of longitude and latitude in addition to time zones. Also, my students solved a Murder Mystery scenario in groups using the Scientific Method.

Mr. Hanley:
My social studies class worked on a DBQ essay about Herman Cortes and the Aztec empire.

Mr. Auguste:
This week Classes 8-2 and 8-5 was learning how to estimate a non-perfect square.

Ms. Zhan:
Currently, my ICT co-teachers and I are working day by day to plan and discuss about the best pedagogical methods and implementations.
We have established methods for assessment, introducing our science key ideas and standards, and student-centered practices.

Ms. Casey:
My classes in ELA deconstructed "The Necklace" and wrote argumentative essays.