7th GRADE CLASSROOM UPDATE 
9/14/13
Principal's Message

The start of a new school year is a great time to examine the mindset we have about the learning experience in which we are about to engage.   Embedded in our strategic plan for the district are a series of calls to action. We have a mission that, "prepares each and every student to thrive today and excel tomorrow"; a vision of, "high achievement by each and every student - no exceptions, no excuses"; we value, "challenging oneself and others for excellence in all we do"; and we have the strategic direction of, "increasing the high levels of student achievement and college/career readiness without predictable gaps". Implied in each of the strategic elements of the district plan is the concept of growth. The belief that all human traits (intelligence, creativity, critical thinking, etc.) can improve given purposeful engagement, effort, and time on task rather than relying on a fixed ability is a critical distinction that must be reinforced in our students.

 

The classroom update is designed to give parents the information they need to have conversations with their child about school. All of the content your child encounters at school is achievable. I encourage you to have conversations about growth within each of the subject areas. Emphasizing that effort, purposeful engagement, and time on task are key elements of growth and will help each student reach their highest potential. We look forward to partnering with you throughout the 2013-2014 school year to create a culture that your child will experience growth.

Math

What We've Been Working On

  • We have started the year off by pretesting our students on rational number operations. We are now using the data to direct students to a better understanding of rational numbers in a unit called Accentuate the Negative.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • What are two examples of rational numbers, irrational numbers, and integers?

What We're Working On Next 

  • We will be working on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing rational numbers.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  •  What are the rules for adding and subtracting signed numbers? 

Notes

  • The textbook will be on Moodle. If students want a hard copy they should ask for one.
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Accelerated Math   

What We've Been Working On

  • We started the year out by reviewing equations,tables and graphs of linear relationships. Students took their first quiz on these relationships.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • How do you find the slope of a line passing through two points?

What We're Working On Next 

  • We will being solving linear equations and writing equivalent expressions in a unit called Say it with Symbols.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • How does the distributive property work? Give an example. 

Notes

  • The student text and handouts will be on Moodle. If a student needs a hard copy, one can be provided.

Science

What We've Been Working On

  • Students have been exploring the school grounds in preparation for their upcoming research project. Students will be learning how to create a trap for catching insects outside.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • What school site did you enjoy the most and why?

What We're Working On Next 

  • Students will be planning and implementing their outdoor investigation project. Students will learn how to write good hypotheses, materials and procedures sections, and analyze their results to create data tables and graphs.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • What are you planning to do for your outdoor investigation research? What do you hope to learn through this project?  

Notes

  • In the 7 Blue class, there are two class pets: Rosy, the Rose Haired Tarantula, and Sheldon, the Bearded Dragon.  
  • The outdoor investigation project is Due October 4th.

Language Arts 

What We've Been Working On

  • We set up classroom procedures and expectations.  
  • Students checked out an independent reading book (which should be read each night at home).  
  • We introduced the six reading strategies and the six traits of writing and had students self-assess their skills in these areas.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • Which reading strategy is your strength? Which reading strategy is your weakness?  
  • Which trait of writing is your strength? Which trait of writing is your weakness?

What We're Working On Next 

  • We will begin our Poetry Unit 
  • We will begin reading our first book, Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes 
  • We will be taking the MAP Reading test the week of Sept. 23

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • From the poetry pre-test, what learning targets are your strong and weak areas? 
  • Which character do you best connect with in Bronx Masquerade? Why? 

Notes

  • MAP Reading test week of Sept. 23 
  • Students should be reading at home each night 15-20 minutes

Social Studies 

What We've Been Working On

  • We have spent the early days of class getting to know each other through our own stories to see how we are all a part of history. 
  • We have analyzed and discussed the current situation in Syria along with the United States' current role in the world. We have also examined how that role has changed in the past decade since the 9/11 attacks.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • What do you think the United States should do about the chemical weapon situation in Syria? Can you think of other times in US history where the US had to decide whether or not to intervene in world events?

What We're Working On Next 

  • We will begin our unit on the early westward expansion of the US including the Louisiana Purchase, Florida, Texas, Oregon and the war with Mexico. 
  • Through treaties, war, annexations, and purchases, the United States took its current shape.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • What were some of the different ways in which the United States gained territory and land during the 1800s? 

Notes

  • This year we are using a brand new "textbook" called TCI: History Alive - The United States Through Modern Times. Each student has an online account to access the textbook, student notebook and other resources. If there are ever any issues with accessing the student textbook account at home, please let us know. 

Phy Ed

What We've Been Working On

  • In P.E. the first two weeks of school we have covered some general/common expectations for P.E. at East. We have also organized students in the locker rooms so they will be ready for the school year. Lastly, we have begin talking about fitness, heart rates, & cardio vascular endurance.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • Do you know your P.E. locker code?

What We're Working On Next 

  • In the next two weeks in P.E. class we will cover what it means to be physically fit, reasons why it is important to be fit, and what cardiovascular endurance means.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • What does the F.I.T. principle mean? 

Notes

  • Please remind your child to bring their P.E. clothes home often to wash. Also, make sure your child's last name is written on the front of their shirt in the blue box with a black permanent marker. If it is ever misplaced we will be able to get it back to them. 
Choir

What We've Been Working On

  • Students will be able to identify and define basic elements of the musical staff. 
  • Students will know the basic expectations for choir this year.
  • Students will know the 6 elements that are assessed in our daily rehearsal skills points. 
  • Students will take risk and sing together as a group for the first time.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • Have you turned in your parent signature sheet? (Due this Friday. 9/13) 
  • What are the 6 things that Mr. Henschel looks for every day in choir?

What We're Working On Next 

  • Students will be able to identify note names on the treble and bass clef. Students will be able to identify the grand staff staff and identify notes and rests on it. 
  • Students will be able to identify rhythm in more complex time signatures 
  • Students will continue to take risk and we learn small portions of our concert selections.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • What songs are you singing in choir? What categories are these songs taken from (see course packet for options, ex. pop, folk, spiritual, etc). Are you all caught up with your daily choir packet work?  

Notes

  • All EMS students must have a $15 music polo shirt for our concerts. Polo shirts can be ordered on the ePay system. There have been no changes to the polos since last year. Paper order forms will be sent home in October if your student needs a new polo. 
  • Winter Concert: December 9th  
  • Information packets have been sent home regarding choir class expectations. Please sign and return by Friday, September 13th. 
  • Chamber Singers auditions are Thursday of this week for boys and next week for girls. Packets have been sent home.
Band

What We've Been Working On

  • We have been reviewing how to read treble and bass clef music. 
  • We have been reviewing some of our favorite songs from method book from last year.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • Tell me the names of the lines and spaces of either treble clef or bass clef.

What We're Working On Next 

  • We will finish our review of our 6th grade method book next week then begin work on our 7th grade method book. Also, we will start handing out concert music. This is a fun time for our young music students!

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • Tell me the name of one of your new concert songs.

Notes

  • Students should turn in "Test #1" and "Tell Us About Yourself".
Orchestra

What We've Been Working On

  • Handbook 
  • Review Page 2 
  • #5 for Formative Assessment

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • When is our first required Orchestra Concert?

What We're Working On Next 

  • Review in Essential Elements p.2-5 
  • Sightread

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • How do I make the sound softer in #8? 

Notes

  • Book and Parent Contract due September 13, 2013
FCS

What We've Been Working On

  • Careers-students did a interest inventory and looked at careers that fit their skills, they finished the unit by making a poster about a career of choice 
  • Time Management and PACED decision making

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • What did you learn about careers by doing your interest inventory? 
  • How can you use the PACED decision making model in your own life?

What We're Working On Next 

  • Credit and money management including a project where they compare a major product ($200+) from different retailers 
  • Advertising and Unit Price (getting the most for your money)

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • What did you learn about making large purchases by doing the Major Product Comparison assignment? 
  • What are the pros and cons of using credit?  

Notes

  • Major product comparison project due Wed. 9/18
ETD

What We've Been Working On

  • Introduction to Engineering, Technology and Design
  • New keyboarding Program
  • STEM: Whitebox Learning

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • What do you think of the new keyboarding program?

What We're Working On Next 

  • Finish up with STEM: Whitebox Learing
  • Introduction to Pro Engineer, a 3D CAD/CAM software
  • Designing Dragsters

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • What did you like about Whitebox Learnin?

Notes

  • There is a $10 lab fee associated with the class, please make sure that you get that turned in. If you are not sure, you can send terri.bostrom@wayzata.k12.mn.us an email. 
Spanish

What We've Been Working On

  • We reviewed numbers, describing words and some class objects. We also began studying food words for breakfast and lunch.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About What We've Learned  

  • Ask students how to say a few numbers between 0 and 199. Then ask them to list some foods they like to eat for breakfast and for lunch.

What We're Working On Next 

  • We will finish breakfast and lunch vocabulary then study family vocabulary.

Question(s) to Ask Your Student About Upcoming Material

  • Ask students to say a sentence about what they eat for breakfast and for lunch. Then ask them to say how many siblings, aunts and uncles, parents and grandparent they have then describe them.  
Sincerely,
East Middle School



East Middle School 
12000 Ridgemount Avenue West, Plymouth, MN 55441-5802
Phone: 763-745-6200 Fax: 763-745-6291  


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