Back to School Night and Project Adventure

We enjoyed seeing many of you during the “getting the conversation started” meetings and we look forward to further conversation throughout the year. Right now we are reading science fiction short stories in language arts, studying the Bill of Rights in Global Studies, and learning about Body Systems in Science. We are using the Big Ideas program in math. On Back to School Night, Sept 27th, after a brief presentation by Nina Cullen-Hamzeh, we will be meeting with you in our classrooms to discuss curriculum in more detail. Sept 27th is also picture day, so please remind your child to dress appropriately.
Hopefully your child has shown you the permission slip for Project Adventure. We request that you return the permission slip on Monday Sept 18th. Traditionally the 7th grade spends two days in September and two days in May team building through an experiential ropes course. This trip is an important part of learning to work well together as a group. The philosophy of ‘challenge by choice” means that your child can participate at various levels of personal challenge. In order to reduce the cost of this trip, we ask that parents assist in driving so that we do not need a bus. Please let us know if you have any questions after reading the material sent home earlier this week.
So far this year the 7th Grade has shown us curiosity, willingness to dig deeply into their studies, and respectful behavior. We are truly enjoying them. We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Welcome Back to School

The 7th Grade team is excited to begin the new school year. We look forward to getting to know you and learning together.

Our first field trip is coming up! The whole school will spend the day at Children’s Island on Friday September 8th. Look for the permission slip coming home this week and please return it by Tuesday Sept 5th.

We highly value communication. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can help you settle in for an engaging, challenging, and enjoyable year.

Warmly,

Ms. Churchill, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Roberts and Mr. McDonough

Community Service Learning Project

For their CSL project, the 4th and 7th graders have teamed up with Lifebridge and are collecting items to make personal care kits.  We will be collecting items from May 3 – June 7th in boxes in the front of the building.

Items being collected include:

  • Socks
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • etc.

Please do NOT include any aerosols and all items must be alcohol free.

Thank you for your support!

Lowell Mills Field Trip

The 7th Grade were able to spend the day in Lowell at the Tsongas Industrial History Center that is located in the Boott Cotton Mill.  Each student was able to get a glimpse into the daily life of the women who worked in the mills, known as the Mill Girls.  Inside the mill they saw the machines that they worked on and were able to experience how loud the working conditions were.  Our tour leaders also guided us through a mock town meeting to decide on a controversial issue that faced those that lived in Lowell at this time.  Finally each group participated in the ‘Yankees and Immigrants” program to role-play as an immigrant who traveled to America, examine reasons for their immigration and examine cultural artifacts.

4th/7th Grade CSL Project

4th and 7th grade mentors got together to discuss more of the needs that are found in our community.  To follow up from our previous activity each mentor/mentee pair put together a GoogleSlides presentation related to explain one specific need that they saw in the surrounding community.  Each presentation explained the need as well as giving some suggestions of how we could solve it.

Health Class

On March 31st, Captain Robert Erbetta presented the Drugs of Abuse, Campaign Drug Free America program to 7th grade students during their Health and Wellness classes. Cpt. Erbetta was able to bring in guest speakers from the community, including Essex County Deputy Sheriff Conrad McKinney, and use current events and news stories to reinforce that drug abuse isn’t just something that happens to other people in another place; the problem is here and it is real. Students were able to understand the severity and impact of drug abuse on personal health, social-emotional health, community health, and even our political and economic well-being.

One student spoke about how interesting it was to see brain scans of people who didn’t think they were addicted to drugs, but just used it “every once in a while”. The long-term impact of even casual drug use is significant and the students were able to see visual evidence of that.
It is so crucial for students to know that members of the community at large care about them and are willing to take the time to speak with them about important issues like avoiding drugs. We want to send a huge thank you to Captain Robert Erbetta and the entire Campaign Drug Free America team!

Lauren Donadio, RN BSN

School Nurse – Health Teacher

Biome Websites

Ocean and Coast Biomes

Tundra Biome

Alpine and Mountain Biome

Coral Reef Biome

Rainforest and Forest Biomes

Desert and Savanna Biomes

Museum of Science Posters

After our wonderful field trip to the Museum of Science, each group of 4th and 7th graders got together and created posters to show some of the new things they learned during the trip.  Keep an eye out for them on the walls during Exhibition and catch some of the creative posters they made.