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Parent Update: Week Ending 9/20/17

posted Sep 25, 2017, 9:07 AM by Esther Keller
Our week ended early last week, just as Fall crept in. Hard to believe it with this hot weather!
In class, our students are busy learning.

6th Grade:

Ms. Duro: 
6-4, 6-5, and 6-6 learned about Lesson 1.3- Absolute Values of Integers. 

Ms. Hanley: 
Students in 6-11, 6-14 & 6-15 continued their short story unit by finishing up "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros and read the poem "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" by Maya Angelou. They analyzed these texts using the 2 point rubric. 

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
This week classes 6-6, 6-7, and 6-8 read "Tuesday of the Other June" and learned about the RACE  memory device to follow in a written response.

Ms. Realmutto: 
Sixth grade English classes (6-4, 6-5) read and analyzed the short story "Eleven." They studied the figurative language and making text-to-self connections.

Classes 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, and 6-5 learned about what are variables in science experiments. In addition students learned how to identify the control, independent, and dependent variables in an experiment.

7th Grade:  

Ms. McGee: 
My 7th grade ELA students learned about sensory and figurative language, and how this type of language can enhance their writing. They also completed their own  essays based on their names, mimicking Sandra Cisernos' style. 

Mr. Auguste: 
Class 7-2 was learning how to subtract integers by using the memory device of  Keep Change Change. 

Mr. Tupper: 
My math class students explored the additive properties of negative values. Students did this through performing same sign and different sign addition and subtraction as well as multi- sign operations.  

Ms. Cucos: 
7-17 worked on writing essays which compared 9-11 with Hurricane Sandy, learned about the scientific method, and compared positive and negative integers. 

Mr. Murolo: 
My 7th Grade Science Students are learning about lines of longitude and latitude in addition to time zones. Also, my students solved a Murder Mystery scenario in groups using the Scientific Method. 

Mr. Hanley: 
My social studies class worked on a DBQ essay about Herman Cortes and the Aztec empire. 

8th Grade: 

Mr. Auguste: 
This week Classes 8-2 and 8-5 was learning how to estimate a non-perfect square. 

Ms. Zhan: 
Currently, my ICT co-teachers and I are working day by day to plan and discuss about the best pedagogical methods and implementations. 
We have established methods for assessment, introducing our science key ideas and standards, and student-centered practices. 

Ms. Casey: 
My classes in ELA deconstructed "The Necklace" and wrote argumentative essays.


Ms. Peltz: 
Chorus students are reviewing music notation and learning to sight read rhythmic and melodic exercises. 

Ms. Wilkinson: 
Drama Talent Classes are still enjoying Icebreaker exercises , getting to know each other and learning to " let go".
6-4,6-5, 6-8, 7-5 and7-7 are beginning a condensed version of " The Miracle Worker", using costumes , props and scenery.
Enrichment classes will begin "The Diary of Anne Frank" this week.