February: A Month of Celebrations and Accomplishments
January 2022 certainly went by quickly! We are now in the month of February in which we have already acknowledged the Chinese New Year and Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil, the weather forecasting groundhog, has spoken from Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania. Apparently, Phil saw his shadow. Legend holds that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Hopefully, meteorologists across the world will use their scientific knowledge to confirm or disavow Punxsutawney Phil’s weather prediction. An additional fact for anyone that may be interested, the first official Groundhog Day celebration was held in 1887 (AL.com News, 2022).
Black History is also celebrated in February. Have you ever heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson? Tyson is an African American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. Tyson is the fifth head since 1935 of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Neil deGrasse Tyson will be appearing at the Gaillard Center on February 10, 2022.
Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:
What’s happening in Science:
Seventh Graders have set up their ecosystem in a jar and contemplated what they will observe. They have developed questions, formulated hypotheses, and are working on their procedures to find out if their hypothesis is correct. They will be observing their ecosystem over the next 2 weeks while they learn more about populations, trophic cascades, invasive species, and biodiversity. Our trip to the beach was also a blast! I love that they are not afraid to get dity, wet, or have an adventure.
What’s up in Math?
Mathematicians are nearing the end of their solving equations unit. This week, we analyzed the number of solutions for each equation based on the coefficients of x. Students are becoming fluent with solving multi-step equations, including using the distributive property and equations with variables on both sides. Next week, we will test on Thursday and Friday. Then, we will move into Unit 5 which covers Linear Equations and Functions.
What’s happening in ELA:
This week your Seventh Graders are learning the art of argument through research-based essays. They have been learning to look at both sides of an argument and backing up claims with evidence. The Seventh Graders are also learning that from research-based essays, they can take their argument into a scrimmage. This is called “debating to test and strengthen a position.” Your children have also been watching the movie, “The Great Debaters” looking at ways debaters prepare their arguments. They have continued working on their grammar skills by reviewing the following: verbs, nouns, articles, pronouns, which-who clauses, defining vocabulary in context, and correct punctuation. They will have a grammar quiz on Weeks 7 & 8 on February 7th. The goal of grammar lessons is that students will apply the skills they learn to their writings.
February 21-22- February Break
February 23- Middle School Student Social (3pm-4pm)