# Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

Wow! What a short week and how it flew by, just like this month! We hope everyone had a relaxing or exciting long weekend, however, we were ecstatic to be back! This week we have been working on getting self-assessments polished, presenting the 7th grade Black History Month Presentations they made in Social Studies, and finishing all artwork and artist statements for the artist of the month presentations which took place on Friday. A largely exciting week filled with beautiful artwork and inspiring presentations.

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

What’s happening in Science?

Seventh graders completed their science reports this week. They learned how to analyze their data quantitatively and qualitatively. They also learned how to write a conclusion using evidence from their data, considering potential errors, and applying possible applications. They will begin working on their Science Fair boards next week which will be a learning process in itself. They not only have to understand their results and process, but will also have to be able to summarize and present their findings in a creative and compelling way.

What’s up in Math?

Hi seventh grade parents. We started the week slowly, what with having 2 days off, &amp; all. We all know that kids are never really happy, though, unless they’re in school, and I’m sorry for the groans and pouting you all must have dealt with over the long weekend. But they came back to a Mid-Unit Assessment, and, like, how could anything have worked out better for them?! I know, right? We’d reviewed heavily for it, spent a few more minutes reviewing Wednesday, they let it rip. And they crushed it! They did excellent on it, and I’m proud of them. I think a few of them even surprised themselves with how well they knew the material. So, okay, fun over, give them their tests back Thursday, and jump right into the next lesson….and…crickets. Nothing but

blank looks and snoring. But, and here’s the important part, it truly wasn’t that exciting. It was a

quick, intro lesson about slicing up 3D shapes: when you slice through a solid, what shape does

the resulting cross section make? Have you ever tried to draw that kind of thing? Well don’t, just

leave it to Picasso, Georges Braque, and all the other cubist artists – they’re properly trained.

The point of it, I suppose, was to give students some visual representation of solids in their

various forms of dissection. It leads us into playing with volume, and what happens to a

measure of liquid in a solid when we change length, height, diameter, etc. What we lose one

way, we have to gain in another if we’re to maintain the same volume. We’re just getting into it –

we’ll end the week fiddling with an octagonal prism. Crazy times.

What’s happening in ELA?

Seventh graders are off to a great start in their nonfiction book unit. They are also using boxes-and-bullets to write a research paper on a topic that they are passionate about. If you have a Kindle or the Kindle App, please connect to your local library using Libby or Hoopla app to have access to e-books. We did not do week fourteen of their grammar workbook  because of the short week. We will start week fourteen next week and continue with their study of figurative language.

What’s going on in Social Studies?

This week the students perfected their Black History Month Presentations and prepared long and hard for their presentations in front of both the Middle School and the parents!

Next week, we will revisit the Antebellum Period of history and move into the Underground Railroad webquest. Students will end the week by looking into Women’s Rights and Reformation!

Important Dates:

• February 20-21 – February Break (No School)
• February 28- Middle School Student Social (3pm-4pm)