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Weekly Newsletter:

Updated 11/14/22


Alexa Santora: santoraa@tapestryschool.org

Week of January 30th:

This week we are continuing our new unit, Food Choices! We have started our new novel, Omnivore's Dilemma and discussing where food comes from and how it is made. We are working on delineating arguments by differentiating between evidence and opinion.

Office Hours: Every Tuesday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Homework: Throughout this unit, homework may be reading a chapter from our class novel, or completing individual homework assignments that are sent home with students.

THIS IS THE SECOND WEEK OF QUARTER 3! We encourage parents and students to regularly check powerschool for updated grades and information regarding assignments. Remember to click on the numerical grade to see each assignment and score.

ELA Syllabus


Danielle Smerda: smerdad@tapestryschool.org
Office Hours: Mondays 7:30am - 8:00am and Tuesdays: 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Week of January 30th

This week, students will continue to discover how World War I changed the lives of American citizens. Students will discover how the Home Front was affected and the changes that everyday Americans made to their daily routines and lives. Students will learn about the improvements in military technology that affected the lives of soldiers on the battlefields of Europe. Students will finish the week off by engaging in a Trench Warfare simulation!

On Wednesday, students will be taking their World War I Mid Unit Assessment! Students received a study guide on January 25th, one week before the test date.

Civil Rights Unit Projects (Netflix Project) was due on Friday January 20th and will be the first grade for Quarter 3. It is worth 40% of their overall Q3 grade!

Graded Assignments:

Assignment 304: Propaganda Poster
Assignment 301: MANIA!
Assignment 300: Civil Rights Unit Project

Homework: America in the War due Friday


Michael Capestrani

Email: capestranim@tapestryschool.org
Office Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday 7:30-8:00 or after school by appointment

WEEK OF December 5TH

Math 8: This week, students will continue to expand their knowledge of transformations by introducing Dilations. We will be learning key vocabulary associated with this and diving into multiple different types of problems. We will have a mid unit quiz on lessons 1-10 on Monday, 12/5.

Algebra: This week, students will begin learning unit conversions as well as continuing their knowledge about understanding linear equations and how they relate to an associated graph. We will have a progress quiz on Wednesday, Decmber 7th on unit 4, lessons 2,3.


David Raham

Email: rahamd@tapestryschool.org

Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:00- 3:30pm and Thursdays 7:30-8:00am

Science 8: This week in Science 8, we will be starting our new unit, "Earth, Moon, and Sun." In this unit students take on the role of student astronomers, tasked with advising an astrophotographer who needs to take photographs of the Moon. The astrophotographer can only take pictures of specific features on the Moon at certain times, and this serves as the anchor phenomenon for the unit. In order to provide advice about when to take photographs of the Moon as well as how to take photographs of a lunar eclipse, students will need to investigate where the Moon’s light comes from, what causes the characteristic changes in the appearance of the Moon that we observe, and what conditions are required to view phenomena, such as particular moon phases and lunar eclipses

We will be using computers in Science 8 everyday. It is important to come to class prepared with a charged computer

Earth Science: This week in Earth Science, we will be finishing our Weather unit. We will be reviewing the key concepts from the unit and have our Weather unit quiz mid-week. By the end of the week we will begin our next unit, Climate. In our climate unit we will be discussing the factors that effect a locations climate such as latitude, elevation, bodies of water, mountain ranges and wind belts.


Jessica Hills: hillsj@tapestryschool.org

Week of January 24th, 2023

We are officially halfway through the school year! This week in Spanish we will finish up the school supplies unit. We will then start our mini unit on body parts and medical vocab!

Homework will be given Tues, Weds and Thurs.

Office hours are Wednesdays 3:00-3:30 & Thursdays 7:30-8:00

SPA1 Syllabus is link here

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Special Education

We are so excited to be working with our 8th graders again this year! Both teachers were in 7th grade last year and have moved up with the students. Mrs. Winarski will be providing support in ELA and Science classrooms. While Mrs Jakiel will be supporting students in Humanities and Math classrooms.

Please reach out to either of us if you have any questions or concerns.

Amy Jakiel: jakiela@tapestryschool.org

Office Hours:

Jennifer Winarski: winarskij@tapestryschool.org

Office Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 3:00pm- 3:30pm or by appointment

The Arts

The Arts Program at Tapestry Charter School

We are excited to announce that Tapestry Charter Middle School will be combined arts with rotation throughout the year. Our Middle School Art Team has developed a comprehensive curriculum which all students will partake in.

This curriculum will allow all students to sample exploratory learning and develop new skills: physical, social, and thinking. The units in each of the arts classes is designed to challenge students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills to foster a greater sense of self-esteem through creativity and expression.




Literacy Specialist

Kelsey Hoerner: hoernerk@tapestryschool.org

Office Hours:

Monday or Tuesday (A day Dependent) from 3:00-4:00

*Students must notify teacher if they are planning to stay after school.