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Parent Update: Week Ending 5/12/17

posted May 15, 2017, 6:25 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 15, 2017, 6:25 AM ]

Don't forget parent teacher conference Thursday evening May 18! From 4:30-7:30pm

6th Grade:

Ms. Fogorazzo:
In 6th grade the students finished a unit of study on Ancient Greece with an on demand essay that had to use textual evidence to determine if Alexander the Great was truly "great."

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Class 6-5 wrote an essay comparing the story elements of Mildred D. Taylor's novella The Gold Cadillac to her novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 6-1 and 6-2 learned about the organelles in an animal and plant cell and what their specialized jobs are.

Ms. Hanley:
Classes 6-3, 6-9, and 6-10 analyzed conflict in the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Students will have an exam on Chapters 1-7 on Friday May 19th.

Mr. Gamsey:
6th Grade Science
The 6th grade scientist are wrapping up their discussion about the role that cells play in all living things. They have discovered that a cell is its own living thing and trillions of specialized cells make up multi-celled organisms, like us!!!

7th Grade:

Ms. Gaskowitz:
Classes 7-1 and 7-5 continued their reading and analysis of Of Mice and Men.

Mr. Tupper:
This week my math class students learned about angle pairs and how to use spatial awareness to determine missing values. Students also began learning to determine the volume of prisms.

Ms. Maslow:
Classes 7-1 and 7-2 learned about how to calculate the number of protons, electrons, and neutrons in an atom. In addition students learned the early history of the Periodic Table of Elements.

Ms. Cucos:
Class 7-12 read chapters two and three in Of Mice and Men and completed a major project and presentation on human body systems.

Mr. Auguste:
Classes 7-5 and 7-7 learned how to contrast between vertical and adjacent angles.

8th Grade:

Ms. Fogarazzo:
In 8th grade, students continued to analyze the effects of the Great Depression as well as the reforms put in place to relieve the economic crash.

Ms. Kieran:
This week we compared The Help to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ms. Casey:
My classes continued to read The Help and worked on focus, discussion, and reader response questions.

Mr. Auguste:
Class 8-2 learned how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find a missing side.

Ms. Tammaro:
Last week we began chapter 10 of The Help. Students love the interesting language and deep subject matter. Aibileen is reluctant to help Skeeter, but she decides to help her and the book on African Americans working for whites is on the way. We are excited to see how Skeeter and Aibileen portray life and racial issues in the South during the 1960s.

Enrichment:

Ms. Realmutto:
Students in the Gardening class continued preparing the garden for planting of the vegetables and flowers that have been growing in the classroom.

Mr. Gamsey:
Marine Park Robotics
Although we ended our tournament season with multiple awards from both the First Lego League and SeaPerch tournaments, we are still hard at work. The four robotics teams are preparing their robots for our first-ever "Robot Olympics". There will be seven events. Some of the events include: The 50 yard dash (using gear systems to increase their speed); the shot put (tossing a ball a distance); a relay race (using touch sensors to "pass the baton"); and the final event, LEGO ROBOT BATTLE BOTS!!!