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Parent Update: Week Ending 5/25/18

posted May 29, 2018, 6:18 AM by Esther Keller   [ updated May 29, 2018, 6:19 AM ]
We hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. It's hard to believe that there are only 4 weeks left to the school year. It goes by fast.
Important Dates:
Students will not be in Session: June 7, 12, & 15.
Wednesday, May 30: Arista Archon installation. 

Library Dates:
Last day to borrow books was May 25th.
All books are due by June 6th.
The library will close for inventory on June 8th.
Students must clear their library accounts before the end of the school year.

Mr. Gamsey: 
Last Tuesday, the winners from each class participated in the school wide science fair.  There were incredible projects from each branch of science:  Physical Science (various chemistry and physics experiments); Earth Science; and Life Science (such as bacteria growth, DNA, and human responses).  The science teachers selected the winners to represent the school at the District 22 Science Fair.     

Marine Park Robotics
The Marine Park Robotics team took a break from their Robot Olympics to learn how to do 3D design and 3D printing.  They were so excited to design and print their first project.... a keychain!  

Ms. Zhan:
This week, our 8th grade students are reviewing reproduction, cell division, genetics, and the human body.
Students took their State Lab Practical between Wednesday and Friday. 

Ms. Casey: 
My classes are continuing evaluating character motives in The Help.

Mr. Auguste: 
This week, we were learning \ how to find the surface area and volume of a 3D figure in Class 7-2 
Classes 8-2 and  8-5 were learning how to use the zeros to write quadratic equations. 

Ms. Hanley: 
Students in 6-11, 6-14 & 6-15 took a test on the first 7 chapters of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and they continued to analyze Chapters 8 & 9 through the theme of injustice. 

Ms. Gaskowitz:
6th grade is taking a test on the first 7 chapters of Roll of Thunder and then writing an essay comparing it to the Gold Cadillac. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 worked on studying moon phases and practiced performing operations with different signs. 

Mr. Devito: 
The 6th graders learned about - The Rise of the Second Triumvirate in Rome. 
The 7th graders wrote an On Demand Essay about the the Civil War.  
Essay Prompt: Should the South have seceded from the Union?  

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are reading The Help

Ms. Peltz:
General chorus music classes are reading Broadway musical scores/scripts and analyzing the audition process and character development.  

Enrichment Chorus classes are preparing their Spring Concert, Arista/Archon, and Graduation music selections.  Congratulations on receiving two Gold ratings at NYSSMA and a Superior rating at Hershey Music in the Parks. 

Ms. Maslow: 
My classes learned how the Animal Kingdom is divided into vertebrates and invertebrates. We also learned that vertebrates, which only are 2% of all animals in the Animal Kingdom, are further divided into birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. In addition we learned about animal cells and plant cells.

Mrs. Keller
Ms. Shamir's 8th grade social studies classes backtracked a bit on their curriculum to take a more personal look on the Holocaust. Students came to the library and did a gallery walk on various topics relating to the Holocuast, such as the Rise of Antisemitism, Kristallnacht, the Concentration Camps, Final Solution, and they also studied the allegory by Eve Bunting, Terrible Things. We surely want to #neverforget. But classes discussed what they can do to make sure it never happens again.