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Parent Update: Week Ending 12/1/17

posted Dec 4, 2017, 7:11 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 7:12 AM ]
You can feel the learning and festivity in the air. December has arrived!
December 11th & 14th our Winter Concerts. 
The first day of Winter Recess is 12/25/17. We return to school on Tuesday, 1/2/18.

6th Grade:  
Ms. DeGrotta: 
The 6th grade is going on a trip to see the movie Wonder . Odd numbered classes will be going on 12/5.
Even numbered classes will be going on 12/13. 
Mrs. Keller's note: Students who are waiting to read Wonder by J.R. Polacio or have read the book and want something like this, should check out these titles we have in the library. Click Here for a book list.

Mr. Devito: 
My students have completed the unit on Mesopotamia and Hammurabi's Code. 

Ms. Realmutto: 
Students in ELA Classes 6-4 and 6-5 are learning how authors create suspense in a novel. 

Mr. Gamsey: 
May The Force Be With You!!!  That's great for Star Wars, but our 6th grade scientists are discovering that a "force" is any push or pull.  Whether it's the pull of gravity or pushing a shopping cart around the supermarket, they are learning all about science behind forces, work and power. 

Ms. Maslow: 
My students learned about work and power in science. We also used the mathematical formulas to determine how much work was done and how much power was involved.

Ms. Duro: 
Classes 604, 605 and 606 were learned Lessons 6.1 and 6.2. These lessons dealt with ratios, rates and unit rates. 

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
This week my classes read and discussed chapters 1-3 of The Giver, and began outlining their suspense essays.

7th Grade:  

Mr. Devito: 
My students started the Declaration of Independence Unit which includes Lexington and Concord. 

Ms. Mcgee: 
The ELA classes of 7-1, 7-8, and 7-9, continue to analyze The Outsiders.  They have also started their first Outsiders writing assignment in the form of a Character Motive Essay. 

Mr. Auguste: 
This week we learned how to find the unit rate and how to identify and represent linear relationships. 

Mr. Mcdermott: 
In social studies this week we learned about the Boston Massacre, Patrick Henry, and the Declaration of Independence.  We wrote our first short response of the marking period at the end of the week. 

Mr. Murolo: 
Classes 7-1, 7-2, 7-4, 7-5 and 7-12 are learning about the phases of matter and density in addition to the density formula. Students will perform a density lab to apply their knowledge. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 began reading the Pearl. We also practiced writing proportions. In preparation for Parent Teacher conferences we reflected on our quarter one progress and determined how we could improve our grades. 

8th Grade:  

Mr. Auguste: 
This week we learned how to write a linear equation of a line from a table and from a graph. 

Ms. Zhan: 
The 8th grade Science classes are beginning their unit study on Heredity.  
They will be learning about how genes are responsible for carrying hereditary information from one generation to the next.  They will also identify their own dominant and recessive traits. 

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are working on the chapter 4 syllabus for The Pearl

Ms. Kieran:
My classes will be reading Part II of The Pearl.


Mr. Gamsey- Robotics 

The four Marine Park Robotics teams are hard at work preparing for their First Lego League competition on February 10th here at Marine Park.  They are building and programming their Lego robots to navigate around the game table while accomplishing as may missions as possible in 2-1/2 minutes.  Each teams' researchers are preparing their research projects related to this year's theme, "Hydrodynamics" (human water usage).  No Pressure!!! 

Ms. Wilkinson: 

8th Grade Drama Talent students are staging their monologues for presentation and auditions.
7th Grade Drama Talent students are learning new theater vocabulary and will so begin an Improvisation unit.
6th Grade Drama Talent students are working on improvisations.
6-4,6-5,6-8, and 7-5 are wrapping up The Miracle Worker with a project and watching the film version. 
7-7 is still working on The Miracle Worker.
Drama Project classes are performing and discussing Act 2 scenes from The Diary of Anne Frank.