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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

6th Grade:  

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." 

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
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.

7th Grade: 

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. 

8th Grade:  

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: 
Did you know that the library has an app? You can download it for free on the Google Play, iTunes, Mac,, and Windows stores.  The app is free. Just search for Destiny Discover. Students have been learning how to use the library's catalog (through the web browser) to search for books for independent reading. They have been shown how to log in with their username and passwords to check their due dates, renew online, place holds, (Please place holds only on books that are marked out!), and to read e-books online. The 6th graders have all come to use the library's catalog to explore the catalog for independent reading while 7th graders have used the catalog to explore books for their author study projects.