Frogs and Maps

7th grade students diligently performing a frog dissection. Students used the experience to further their knowledge about body systems. They start building models of bodies next week.

The 7th/4th grade map painting project was huge success! The mentor/mentee activity provided an opportunity for students to practice the Essential Habits of Perseverance, Initiative, Leadership and Problem-Solving.

Chicken Liver Dissection

Students in 7th grade dissected chicken livers and hearts to compare how the characteristics of tissues are related to the function of the organ. They will also be dissecting leopard frogs in a few weeks to continue their discovery of how organs are arranged in an organ system.

Project Adventure

We had a wonderful time at Project Adventure. The 7th Grade wrote letters to their future selves, sharing their hopes for our return visit on May 31 and June 1, 2018. They also wrote thank you notes to their group leaders. The letters demonstrate the positive impact of experiential learning on their relationships with each other, as well as their pride in successfully meeting or exceeding their goals.

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.