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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 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 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.


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.