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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.

6th Grade:  

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.  

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
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.

7th Grade:  

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.

8th Grade:  

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