For the entire year and over the summer, 7th graders will have access to an online program called IXL (I Excel).
This program allows students to work at their own pace and skill level and is aligned with the standards. There is a “Analytics” tab that allows both you and your child to view their progress, trouble spots, time spent on each skill etc…
Please ask your child to show you the program. They can also log in through the IXL app and work “on the go” if they want.
Today we took part in an “Hour of Code” activity where we plotted a narrative and added realistic dialogue using Scratch.
Students are getting ready for Exhibition #1 – Please attend next Monday the 19th, from 6 to 8 pm.
They have been working hard and are ready to show what they have been learning.
Students are gearing up for Exhibition #1 and what better way to learn about the body systems than to dissect a frog! Total engagement, excitement, and participation!
Please ask your student about their experience, their body system, and something they learned. They may surprise you!
Last week was STEM week for the State of Massachusetts. MCCPS had various activities throughout the week. The 7th grade and their 4th grade mentees investigated bird beak shapes and how they are adapted to the food the bird eats. They will design their own beak and explain how its shape affects what their fictional bird might eat.
Yesterday, the 7th grade went on a walking field trip to Redd’s Pond and Old Burial Hill. We met the Marblehead Model Yacht Club and discussed with them the impact algae blooms are having on their races and the health of the pond. Students took water samples and tested for pestcides, nitrates, and bacteria. They also worked on describing a setting and transcribing headstones from Old Burial Hill, which they might use for their spooky stories.
We ended our busy week with a mentor/mentee activity. The 7th graders assisted in peer editing their 4th grade mentee’s animal stories. The pairings have been succesful and both grades are enjoying the opportunity to work together.
Have you noticed anything new on the roof of Charter? We have installed a weather station that is collecting data and making it available to the world! Seventh grade is the home of the data console and we have a live link on the right side of this page. You can also see the data by downloading either the “Weatherlink 2.0” app or the “Weather Underground” app. In either application, search for MCCPS and make it a favorite. More to come on this project. (This program is supported in full by a grant from the Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools, Inc.)
We are having a BBQ this Sunday 9/16 from 12 to 3 pm. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP as soon as possible.
Also, Back to School Night is next Thursday 9/20 from 6 to 8 pm. This is a parents only event.