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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.

6th Grade:  


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. 

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

7th Grade:  

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.

8th Grade:  

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.

Non-Academic:  

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.