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.)
Here are some pictures from Project Adventure. The students had a fantastic time and welcomed the team and individual challenges with open arms. They all had positive attitudes despite the rain which was not as bad as expected and we were thankful for that. They are already looking forward to the return trip in the spring!
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.
We had a great day at Children’s Island last week and we are looking forward to several upcoming field trips. Look for a permission slip coming home soon for our fall trip to Project Adventure on Monday and Tuesday September 24 and 25. We will be working on team building games and the stretching ourselves with the high ropes course. In early October we will go on a walking trip to Redd’s Pond and Old Burial Hill. We hope to see lots of parents on Parent’s Night Thursday September 20th from 6 to 8pm. We will introduce ourselves and discuss curriculum for the year. Bring your questions!
The map of Redd’s Pond is from ” Discovering Marblehead: A Guide to Open Spaces and Historic Places”
We will be going to Children’s Island on Friday, September 7th. Please keep an eye out for the permission slip going home today. School drop off will be at the usual time and we will walk down to the landing to take the Hannah Glover to the island. Dismissal for 7th grade will be at 3pm at the State Street dock. Students must bring a healthy snack and lunch. Please send a bottle of water in a thermos or plastic bottle ( no glass). Students should wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Hats and sunblock are recommended. Your child’s emergency card must be on file in the nurse’s office. Permission slip is due by Tuesday, Sept 4th.
We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for the first day of school. You do not need to bring school supplies in until Tuesday. We will meet on the field across from school for opening ceremonies. Parents are welcome to come as well. Parents are also welcome to sign up for our Parent Engagement Meetings. Look for a sign up email soon.
The 7th Grade Team
(7th graders finishing up their mini-golf projects)
They have had many critical thinking opportunities and the final 14 hole course is going to be amazing. Students will also have their reformer projects, Civil War book reviews and the end of the year portfolios. Come join us to celebrate the end of the year and to see how hard the classes have been working. Our last exhibition is next Monday, the 18th at 6pm. See you there! (Golf attire encouraged)