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Parent Update: Week Ending 9/29/2017

posted Oct 2, 2017, 6:57 AM by Esther Keller
Welcome to another Parent Update. 

6th Grade:  

Ms. Summer: 
Students of 6-10, 6-11, and 6-13 learned how to find the GCF and LCM of two numbers (with help from the FACTOR NINJA and the MULTIPLE MONSTER). They applied their skills to solve real world problems. 

Mr. DeVito: 
My students finished up the unit on Geography and Map Studies. 

Mr. Bochbot: 
This week the 6th graders were learning about latitude and longitude and completed their first short response essay. 

Ms. Wacholder: 
In science class, Class 6-6 has been using the Scientific Method to answer questions. 

Ms. Realmuto: 
Students in class 6-4 and 6-5 have begun the writing process and learning how to write a narrative account. 

Ms. Gaskowitz: 
This week 6th grade is analyzing theme and conflict as well as writing personal narratives.  

Ms. Maslow: 
What can’t science measure? Students learned that our beliefs, values, and thoughts cannot be measured using the scientific method. We completed our first writing piece, an argumentative essay, on whether or not it is ethical to use animals in the testing of new medical drugs and procedures. This is an issue that science cannot measure in a scientific inquiry, as it is a personal  belief and value.

7th Grade: 

Mr. Auguste: 
Class 7-2 learned how to use multi-steps to solve real word problems. 

Ms. Cucos: 
Class 7-17 practiced the scientific method by experimenting with Skittles.  We also learned about different literary elements and took an exam on integers. 

Mr. Tupper: 
This week in my math class students finalized their ideas on adding and subtracting integers. This culminated in a Module 1 quiz. Students then began to explore how the inclusion of integers effects multiplication and division practices.  

Ms. Hansen: 
This week, students in 7-6, 7-7, and 7-9 submitted name poems to represent their individual personalities, which were shared with parents at Meet the Teacher Night. Students have also begun exploring what it means to read like a literary critic, and are learning to identify the five elements of storytelling. 

Mr. DeVito: 
We are about to begin our unit on European Exploration and the early colonies of the United States! 

Mr. Bochbot: 
7th graders explored with Columbus and wrote their second short response. 

Mr. Hanley: 
Classes 7-1 and 7-5 are working on their Cortes/Aztec DBQ essay.
Classes 7-12,7-13, and 7-15 were studying Christopher Columbus and analyzing what his legacy should be.  

Ms. Wacholder: 
Class 7-3 has begun social studies learning about the Native Americans and the  European explorers who arrived in the Americas.  We will be moving on to colonization. 
In science class the students have been honing their skills on the Scientific Method as well as map skills.  We will be moving on to exploring the layers of the Earth.

8th Grade:  

Ms. Traiman: 
In ELA, Class 8-12  finished the short story "The Necklace" concentrating on Characterization and Irony.
In math, Class 8-12  worked on Real numbers and reviewed Order of Operations. 

Mr. Auguste: 
Classes 8-2 and  8-5 learned  how to use the rules of exponents and how to order real numbers from least to greatest. 

Ms. Kieran: 
My classes are working on a short story unit. 

Ms. Zhan: 
The 8th grader students are learning about sexual reproduction and genetic variability this week continuing onwards to next week. 

Spanish Department: 
Please follow this link to see what we are learning.
Students have learned a few verbs in the present tense and are able to introduce themselves and ask others questions including what their name is, where they are from, how old they are and what languages they speak. 


Ms. Wilkinson: 
Students in 6th Grade & 7th Grade Drama Talent are performing basic acting exercises and learning/reviewing basic concepts. 
8th Grade Drama Talent has begun monologues.
6-4, 6-5, 6-8, 7-5, and 7-7 are enjoying performing and analyzing "The Miracle Worker". 
Drama 101 Project classes are performing and discussing "The Diary of Anne Frank". 

Ms. Dooley: 
My students will be starting to create their "Tree of Dreams."

Mrs. Keller
We've wrapped up orientation with all 45 of our classes and have started Open Access during lunch for the 6th and 7th grade. (Tuesday - Friday). 6th grade students are coming in to learn how to use the library's catalog and use their own username and passwords to keep track of their library accounts, renew, place holds, and check out e-books and e-audiobooks.