We did a three week geography unit between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. We used our new mapping skills to create large maps of real and imaginary places. The Star Wars Galaxy and Hogwarts, our favorite video games and our own houses are all on display. We used light tables, projectors, and old fashioned math to expand maps to a larger scale and we used our own creativity to add interesting details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Churchill, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Roberts and Mr. McDonough
The attached document is the Summer Math Calendar for the upcoming 7th graders. As you enjoy the sun, don’t forget to work on your math so that you are ready for your first day of school. Be ready for a great year!
For the upcoming 7th graders, you will find your reading assignments on the attached document. Have a great summer and be ready for a great year.
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:
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Please do NOT include any aerosols and all items must be alcohol free.
Thank you for your support!