## Important Dates

• Monday, February 5, 2018 - Spring Sports Sign-Up Begins
• Monday, February 19 to Friday. February 23, 2018 - Winter Recess

## ELA (English Language Arts)

• Mrs. Doupe - Students are completing a non-fiction Companion Book on fishing. We are beginning to look at different genres and text details.
• Mrs. Perkins - Students are engaged in composing Expository Essays in the structure of Writing Workshop. They chose their own topics from the list provided and are in the process of developing five paragraphs.
• Mrs. Campini and Mrs. Yokopovich - We just finished writing companion books and celebrated all of our hard work on Feb. 1st! See immediately below for pictures from the event. Students have been reading new good fit books and will soon engage in a project showcasing the elements of their books as well as their tech-savvy. Next up is literature circles!

## Math

• Mrs. Lana - We are currently in Module 3, expressions and equations. The students are learning how to simplify expressions, understand and apply properties of operations and solve equations. Towards the end of this unit we will be solving multi-step equations and inequalities.
• Ms. Burdick - We are continuing our module on expressions and equations. Students have learned to simplify multi-step expressions and are currently solving equations with two or more steps. Solving word problems using equations and solving inequalities will follow. Please remind your child to stay 13th when absent.

## Science

• Mrs. Freeman - Students have been utilizing their close reading strategies to interpolate and extrapolate information within a variety of graphs. Next on our list is to create our own experiment using the 5E science model which entails Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend (or Elaborate), and Evaluate which will incorporate graphing the outcome. Ask your scientist about their experiment!
• Mr. Lazarony - Students have been utilizing their close reading strategies to interpolate and extrapolate information within a variety of graphs. Next on our list is to create our own experiment using the 5E science model which entails Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend (or Elaborate), and Evaluate which will incorporate graphing the outcome. Ask your scientist about their experiment!

## Social Studies

• Ms. Bowen - Students are learning about the Constitution and the framework for the United States Government. We will be looking at the voting process, the job of the President, Congress and the Supreme Court. Students will have a test on this material prior to February break and should be making vocabulary cards as the unit progresses. When we get back from break students will be making a project demonstrating how the Constitution is alive with current events.
• Ms. Kiley - Students are analyzing documents to answer the question “Could the Revolutionary War been avoided?” Students are looking at primary and secondary sources to answer a series of questions and will be writing an essay to answer the “Big” question.

## World Language

• Señora Barratt - Students have just begun our unit on House and Home. In the next few weeks, we will be learning parts and contents of the home as well as chores done within the home. Please ask your student to review vocabulary weekly. All lists can be found on our class website. You can also have your child show you their Google Classroom for Spanish to see what we have been working on.
• Mademoiselle Wheeler - Students are beginning our unit on House and Home. We have covered parts of the house and objects that go into the house and will be starting chores. Please remind your student to review the vocabulary regularly in our www.quizlet.com classroom!

## Encore Subjects

• Mr. Englert and Mrs. Smith (Physical Education) - 7th and 8th grade girls will be in the fitness room working on various cardio equipment and weight machines. The boys will be playing floor hockey, learning many skills and having some competitive fun.
• Ms. Forsythe (Art) - No news to report
• Mrs. Leonard (Chorus) - Students in 7th Grade Chorus has been doing a phenomenal job reading through and beginning to learn new music and warm-ups. Many exciting pieces are already in the works for our Spring Concert!
• Mrs. Leonard (Music) - Students in 7th Grade Music are creating presentations on their personal musical interests using Adobe Spark. Thank you to Ms. Shafer for sharing this cool new technology with us!
• Mrs. Loop (Health) - 7th Graders taking Health during the 3rd quarter will start off learning about Consumer health! They will learn how advertising is used to promote products and how to be a wise and healthy consumer! They also get to design their own healthy product and produce a commercial to “sell” it to the class!
• Mr. Ronan (Band) - No news to report
• Ms. Shafer (STEM) - STEM class has started off this quarter with students using their area and volume skills to design treehouses which we will create as scale models. Ask your student to share their design ideas with you!
• Mr. Weiand (Technology) - We just started the CO2 car project. The students have to design a car keeping aerodynamics, friction, and Newton’s Laws of Motion in mind. Once they complete their design drawings, they will cut out their cars from a wood blank and race to victory.

## Extracurricular Clubs

• Health Service Project - Send a Carnation to your friends on Valentine’s Day! The carnations will be sold during homebase starting on Monday February 5th and will be sold until Monday February 12th or see Mrs. Loop. The carnations will be delivered on Valentine’s Day!
• Musical - Auditions for the Grades 3-12 District Musical WILLY WONKA Jr will be coming soon! More information will be coming out when the scripts arrive. Auditions and rehearsals will be after school and in the evenings.
• STEM Club - This month the Seventh Grade STEM Club will have its first meeting on Tuesday, February 27 during thirteenth period in Room 76. All seventh grade students are welcome to attend.
• International Club - January was a busy month for International Club! Officers were elected for our club. During this month’s meeting, we “traveled” to Senegal to learn about life, art, music, and customs in this beautiful country in West Africa. We also sampled mint green tea and Biskrem cookies popular in Senegal. Lastly, we finalized our Operation Agua service project. We are proud to announce our total raised to help our neighbors in Puerto Rico was \$802.00! (Total not updated on website below.) Please check out the American Federation of Teachers site links below that congratulate us on our effort and hard work! WCMS International Club is an AFT tweet! Our video on AFT's media page

Left: Fabric, artwork, and wooden sculptures from Senegal.

Bottom Left: The African Renaissance Monument is a 49 meter tall bronze statue located outside of Dakar, Senegal.

Bottom Right: Mademoiselle Wheeler talks about her experiences living with a host family in Senegal.