Seventh Grade Newsletter

December 2018

Wayland-Cohocton Central School

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Important Dates

  • Friday, December 14, 2018 - End of fifteen week progress period
  • Monday, December 24, 2018- January 1, 2019- Holiday Recess - No school

A Note From the Principal

Thank you for your continued support as we transition into our new positions within the M.S. We look forward to partnering with families to promote your child’s growth and success across all domains of life. There are many events scheduled during the month of December which spotlight our talented students, please check out the December calendar on the school website for specific dates and times. Wishing everyone a joyous and healthy holiday season with your families.

Leader in Me

No news to report.

ELA (English Language Arts)

  • Mrs. Perkins - Reading and writing skills continue to strengthen as students engage in Workshop lessons to move them beyond simply identifying a character’s traits. We will look deeply into how a story’s setting impacts a character in order to understand how the elements of a narrative affect the story’s outcome.
  • Mrs. Campini & Mrs. Yokopovich - Thank you to everyone that came to celebrate our narrative authors! We are now moving into our non-fiction text structures unit. Students will then apply those structures to their own writing. In the middle of December students will begin writing their own companion book!
Two students share their stories with two teachers
A student shares their work with their mother.
Two students share their work with the French teacher.

ELA (English Language Arts) Continued

  • Mrs. Jerome - No news to report.
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Math

  • Mrs. Lana - Students are starting their new unit on rational numbers. They will be able to represent real world situations with integers and be able to solve problems involving all operations.There will be a Module 2 exam before the winter break.
  • Ms. Burdick - Students are starting their new unit on rational numbers. They will be able to represent real world situations with integers and be able to solve problems involving all operations.There will be a Module 2 exam before the winter break.
  • Mrs Jerome- No news to report.

Science

  • Mrs. Freeman - Our 7th grade scientists are beginning their journey of learning about genetics. There are a ton of questions as you can only imagine. We begin the unit developing an understanding of sexual reproduction by dissecting flowers and talking about genetic diversity. We will then create a gallery of monster babies which will be generated by the flip of a coin to show how traits are passed from parent to offspring. We will end this genetics journey with human genetics. Please feel free to talk with your scientist about your family tree.
  • Mr. Lazarony - Our 7th grade scientists are beginning their journey of learning about genetics. There are a ton of questions as you can only imagine. We begin the unit developing an understanding of sexual reproduction by dissecting flowers and talking about genetic diversity. We will then create a gallery of monster babies which will be generated by the flip of a coin to show how traits are passed from parent to offspring. We will end this genetics journey with human genetics. Please feel free to talk with your scientist about your family tree.
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Social Studies

  • Ms. Bowen - 7th grade colonists of room 201 will be learning all about the road to the American Revolution. They will see the changes in their relationship with King George III and see how different colonists react to the events occuring in the years leading up to the Revolution. The colonists of room 201 will experience taxation without representation, the Boston Tea Party, a colonial town meeting and more! The colonists will also have to decide if it is Common Sense to break away from England or if their loyalty is still to the King of England across the ocean. December is sure to be a revolutionary month in room 201!
  • Ms. Kiley - Students will be investigating why the first colonists came to America. They will be examining sources to learn similarities and differences between the first 13 colonies.
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World Language

  • Señora Barratt - Seventh grade students are competing in a Pageant of Nationalities! Our Module 1 Assessment is well under way. Please ask your world traveler about their nation. Students have been researching one Spanish- speaking country. As a “citizen” of that country, they will tell their classmates about themselves and their adopted nation… in Spanish!
  • Madame Holderer- We are competing in a Pageant of Nationalities in French class. Students are researching a French-Speaking country and sharing their research and creativity with their classmates. We will celebrate the completion of our first module and look forward to our new learning. We will begin our family unit following the Pageant!
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Encore Subjects

  • Mr. Englert (Physical Education) - PE Shorts: Mr. Englert’s classes are just finishing up the swim unit learning many different strokes, techniques and swim skills. The month of December will be the Basketball Unit, where the students will be working on individual skills and games to work on positive teamwork and cooperation.
  • Mr. Flickner (Physical Education)- PE Shorts: Mr. Flickner’s classes recently ended the basketball unit, where we learned different skills and strategies to be successful in a game like setting. For the month of December we will be doing the swim unit where we will be focusing on different swim strokes and techniques to help us become better swimmers.
  • Ms. Hadac (Art) - The 7th grade will begin learning about surrealism and creating a landscape reflecting the art style.
  • Ms. Grant (Chorus) - Chorus Concert for all middle school choirs is December 11th at 7pm. Students will need to be here at 6:45 dressed in concert black. We are very excited to share our music with you!
  • Ms. Grant (Music) - 7th Graders in music are beginning to explore rhythm through different meters and will compose rhythms to set to popular songs.
  • Mrs. Loop (Health) - 7th graders taking health this quarter finished up their consumer health projects and will become detectives to figure out an epidemic that is sweeping our country!
  • Mr. Ronan (Band) - No news to report.
  • Ms. Shafer (STEM) - Students have begin studying the "S in STEM" by working with Snap Circuit Green kits to review electrical circuits and study how they can be powered through renewable energy sources. They will use this knowledge combined with the engineering design process to design a circuit powered by renewable energy.
  • Mr. Weiand (Technology) - Students are beginning the design phase of the catapult project. From their design and drawing, teams will build their catapults and compete for a chance to represent the school at GCC Tech Wars. Tech Wars is a regional technology competition hosting over 700 and has eight different contests for middle school students.
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Extracurricular Clubs

  • International Club - International Club met on November 29th. Our next meeting will be on December 3rd during 13th period in room 82.

We are excited to announce that our fundraiser for The Pulsera Project was a huge success! We raised $1,530.00 for our world neighbors.

Students attending our meeting in October were invited to attend a unique presentation at the Seneca Park Zoo on December 4th, about the amazing country of Madagascar. Look for more information in the January newsletter.

  • STEM Club -