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Parent Update: Week Ending 9/15

posted Sep 18, 2017, 11:21 AM by Esther Keller
Welcome to our first Parent Update of the 2017-18 School Year. Make sure to check back 

6th Grade: 

Mr. Gamsey: 
Our 6th grade scientists are well on their way to changing the way they look at the world around them.  This year, the 6th grade science classes will focus on the three branches of science and some specialized area within each branch.  In Physical Science, we will be learning about forces, motion and simple machines.  In Earth Science, we will learn about our atmosphere and how specific weather conditions form.  The students will learn to create their own weather forecasts.  In Life Science, the students will learn what makes a living thing, "living".  They will discover how all living things are made from cells and rely on each other for survival.  We are very excited to share this knowledge with your "scientists". 

Mr. Bochbot: 
My 6th graders were introduced to geography. 

Ms. Barra: 
My 6th grade Social Studies classes had the following Essential Question.
What impact did geography have on the development of Ancient Civilizations? 

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
Classes 6-6, 6-7, and 6-8 began with a narrative account of September 11.  We then dove into the short story unit with Sandra Cisneros' "Eleven". 

Ms. Hanley: 
6-11, 6-14 and 6-15 began learning the different elements of fiction as well as analyzing figurative language through the short story "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros.  

Ms. Maslow: 
During the first week of school classes 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, and 6-5 completed many science experiments in class. This introduction of fun experiments was to bring the students attention to the process of following ‘steps’ to complete an experiment. Later in the week we learned that the series of ‘steps’ is called the Scientific Method and what value it has.

7th Grade:  

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 worked on getting to know each other, learning school and classroom routines, habits of effective students,  and about the events of 9-11. 

Mr. Hanley: 
This week in my US history classes we began discussing North America prior to European arrival and the interaction between the Native people and Europeans when the New World was discovered. 

Ms. Hanson: 
Classes 7.6, 7.7, and 7.9 are learning about how figurative language can be used to create stories that "show don't tell". Students are getting ready to write their own My Name pieces inspired by Sandra Cisneros.  

Ms. Lawson: 
Class 7-2 is currently working on annotating along with text analysis in English and Reading. Additionally, we are exploring the components of the Scientific Method and adding both positive and negative integers in Math.  

Mr. Bochbot: 
7th grade  is underway with Native Americans and  moving into Age of Exploration 

Ms. Gullo: 
My classes-7-6, 7-7, and 7-8 started Unit 1 Module 1.  We're working on adding and subtracting integers with like and unlike signs.  Also we're working on reading closely strategies to solve real world integer problems. 

Mr. Murolo: 
My 7th grade science students will learn about the steps of the scientific method and the vocabulary necessary to perform an experiment. They will apply their knowledge on the scientific method to determine variables and controls in an experiment. 

Ms. Ittah: 
We started the school year off by learning classroom routines in our main room and in our math computer lab. We will be learning how to add integers with the same sign and how to add integers with different signs. 


8th Grade:  

Ms. Traiman: 
 In Class 8-12 we had a Benchmark assessment in ELA and reviewed and responsed to the 9/11 poem "One." We also touched on the "Seven Good Habits of an Effective Teen." In Math, we also took a Benchmark Assessment and reviewed the number line and operations with Integers 

Ms. Kieran: 
This past week my classes worked on several On Demand Writing Pieces for their portfolios.  

Ms. Long: 
8-3 worked on the  9/11 commemoration essays in ELA and rational and. irrational numbers in math. 

Ms. Cedeno: 
In my  Living Environment classes  we conducted lab activities requiring analysis and inquiry.   

Ms. Casey: 
My  classes wrote an argumentative essay and took an ELA assessment.

Non-Academic: 

 
Mr. Gamsey: 
Marine Park Robotics: 
The award-winning Marine Park Robotics program has begun meeting each morning at 7:15AM.  The beginner 7th grade teams are learning to design, build and program our Lego robots.  The 8th grade advanced teams is already hard at work preparing the missions for the First Lego League (FLL) tournaments throughout the year. 

Ms. Pohl: 
Band Update:

Jazz Auditions
9/18 & 9/19 = 8th grade students
9/20 & 9/25 = 7th grade students
9/26 & 9/27 = 6th grade students
Rehearsals begin 9/28 at 7:15am

6th Grade Band
Students are beginning to try out instruments and learn basic music theory fundamentals.  

Concert Dates:
December 11 & 14, 2017

Mrs. Keller
Library
Students have been visiting the library with their ELA Teachers to learn (6th grade) or review (7th and 8th grade) the rules of the library. Open Lunch will begin Tuesday, 9/26. The schedule is as follows:
6th Grade Tuesday-Friday Period 4
7th Grade Tuesday - Friday Period 5
8th Grade Closed
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