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Parent Update: Week Ending 1/26/18

posted Jan 29, 2018, 5:36 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 5:41 AM ]
Superhero Day was a huge success. The students (and teachers!)  had loads of fun dressing up in various costumes. Some classes even created their own competition against each other. But the best part of all was that students and faculty raised a significant amount of money for the Make A Wish Foundation.

Did you see the save the date notice for the PA's Raffle Night. Please do try to support the PA in this major fundraiser for our school's PA.

We are looking forward to the Drama Department's play, Curious Incident of a Dog in Night Time. There are still tickets for Friday afternoon's performance.

In class news....

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are continuing to read To Kill a Mockingbird and focusing on annotating the text and citing evidence. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 explored stereotypes through a shoe project for To Kill a Mockingbird.  We wrapped up our light waves unit and are ready to begin cell theory and cells.  In Math, we finished part one of our crash course in fractions.   

Mr. Devito: 
6th Grade - We are beginning our Ancient Religions section
7th grade - We are beginning The Articles of Confederation and Constitution.

Mr. Gamsey: 
It Just Doesn't Matter!!!  Well.. actually it does.  The 6th grade scientists have been learning about matter and how it changes states.  The students are learning how by increasing or decreasing thermal energy, matter will changes state (solid, liquid, gas).   

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
This week my classes are completing The Giver and will be introduced to the argumentative rubric. 

Ms. Hanley: 
Students in 6-14 and 6-15 read the short story "The Lottery" and determined the multiple ways the story aligns to the novel The Giver.

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are reading To Kill a Mockingbird

Ms. Maslow: 
M 6th grade students continued learning about matter in science. We learned how density and buoyancy are explained in Archimedes Principle. Students also learned how absorbing or releasing thermal energy affects each state of matter.

Ms. McGee: 
Ms. McGee's 7-1,7-8, and 7-9 ELA classes starting working on the pre-work and analyzing the first few chapters of A Long Walk to Water.  We have also started honing our annotation, inference, and vocabulary skills in preparation for the upcoming state exams.    

Spanish Department: 
In 8th grade Spanish students are using question words and all of the verbs and vocabulary they know to “interview” celebrities- and each other.

In 7th grade Spanish students are learning the verb ir (to go) and the names of places 

Ms. Zhan: 
This week, the 8th graders will be learning about the evolutionary arms race between humans and infectious diseases.  They will be writing On-Demand responses to questions about the speed of evolution.  The 8th graders will also be engaging in a virtual lab on natural selection to learn how mutations give rise to genetic variations for future descendants.

Other topics covered this week will also include Genetic Engineering and Selective Breeding.

Mr. Gamsey: 
Marine Park Robotics
Marine Park I.S. 278 will be hosting an official First Lego League (FLL) Qualifying tournament on Saturday, February 10th from 9:00AM-3:00PM.  Twenty-four teams from Brooklyn, including Marine Park's four teams, will be competing in the robotics challenge this year.  They will be judged on their research project, Core Values (teamwork and sportsmanship), and the robot game score.  The event is open to the public and is FREE!!!  Come cheer on the Marine Park Robotics teams.