March is Here!

March has snuck up on us, unlike this pollen which has been blowing its way into our lives and sticking. This week was wonderfully gleeful with the highlight being the middle school social where we hosted a talent show. There were so many fabulous talents showcased, that we never  even knew about! The students have done a great job this week working hard to get their various projects and papers finished. The science fair projects are unbelievably innovative and are turning out very nicely, their scientific experimentation process’ are truly impressive.

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science?

Seventh graders completed their Science Fair report and their boards this week! They are so excited to show you their science fair boards. They worked so hard on them! The boards will be in the library for you to view during self-assessment conferences. Please be sure to stop by after your conferences to see all of the hard work. Seventh graders also summed up what they have learned up to this point in science this year in their self assessment portfolio. Next week, we will wrap up our scientific method unit and then move on after self assessment.

What’s up in Math?

Hello, Seventh-grade parents! Our current unit is called Functions and Volume. We’ve

spent our initial time learning about the Function part of it: For example, if you are driving in a

car, is distance traveled a function of time spent driving, or is the time spent driving a function of

the distance traveled? But now we’re applying it to 3-dimensional shapes. So, let’s take a cone,

for example. The volume of a cone is expressed in the equation V=⅓ ��r 2 h, where r = radius of the base, and h = height of the cone. Let’s leave the height alone and make it 6. Now we can

only change the radius. When the radius of the base is 2, the volume of the cone is 25.13; when

the radius is 4, the volume is 100.53; when the radius is 8, the volume is 402.12. Each time the

radius doubles, the volume quadruples! Seeing the effect of changing one characteristic of a

solid or shape has by enlightening. It’s not all linear – many of these functions are exponential.

Still lots of work to do on this: the equations will be new and odd-looking the math gets more

difficult because we’ll be working with �� and simply grasping it as a concept can be a bit of

stretch. There will probably be another week of lessons and practice before they begin to review

for the End-of-Unit Assessment. This is when Math begins to get really fun, but I think they’ll be

happy to see the end of the unit. (Careful what you ask for….Who knows what’s waiting around

the bend?!)

–Mr. Dan

What’s happening in ELA?

Seventh graders have started reading nonfiction articles and taking notes for their research paper. However, they may need your help. Your students have been challenged to use vocabulary words they have learned in grammar and to apply MLA academic writing concepts to their papers. They are working on their rough drafts through the box-and-bullet concept of writing a thesis, coming up with reasons, and defending their reasons through textual evidence. Students need to understand that a research paper means that they actually have to research. This week, they also worked on their self-assessments and week fourteen grammar lessons. We have been so busy, so we are not having a grammar/vocabulary assessment until March 8th. We have also temporarily canceled reading log assignments. I will let you know when we will resume working on our reading logs.

What’s going on in Social Studies?

Students took a deep look into the Antebellum Period of the United States. Students were asked to complete a webquest on the Underground Railroad. Students then began to look into different reforms that started to take place in American society.

Students will begin the week by looking into Women’s Rights and created propaganda posters on a specific reform that we have discussed. Students will then move into the arts and literature portion of this time period before ending the unit.

Important Dates:

• March 6th & 7th – Student-Led Conferences (11:30 Dismissal)
• March 28 – Spread the Word (11:30 Dismissal)