# Valentine’s Day is Almost Here!

We hope everyone is as excited as us for the Valentine’s Day Book Fair, Bake Sale, and Bingo event! This is going to be taking place at 1:15 on Tuesday, February 14th. This week the Middle School had quite a busy week between Cooper Clusters, Middle School Meeting, and beginning their self-assessments. The middle schoolers have had to have good time management skills to make sure they are getting all their work completed, which they have all done. Their self-assessments will be presented to you, the parents, in order for them to show off the content they learned and projects they are most proud of from this school year.

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

What’s happening in Science?

Seventh worked on their Science Fair projects this week. Everyone has begun their experimentation which will be concluded next week. Some of the topics being explored include energy in energy drinks, plyometrics impact on vertical jumping, solar ovens, and more! Finding answers using the scientific method through collaboration involves more than logic, but also persistence, patience, and creativity. I am so excited to see the results and the final conclusions!

What’s up in Math?

Hello seventh grade parents! We used the middle and end of last week to review and study for

the End of Unit 5 Assessment. And we started taking it Friday. And yeah….So we modified our

format a bit. Why not all take the assessment together – a brand new assessment comprising

some questions from both printed tests, and some of the practice problems from the book. And

why not have everyone contribute, and everyone share, and everyone benefit from the same

stellar grade? Kind of like some Trotsky-based Math protocol but without the misguided

ideology. So we did, and we learned more, and we asked questions, and no one had to hand in

something with a bunch of useless guesses, and no one had to hyperventilate, because they all

knew how and why the correct answers were correct. And it was fun. And then came the next

unit: Functions. Ask your kids about functions, and let me know whether they laugh or cry – I’m

kinda curious, ‘cuz I still do both. Functions are staggeringly easy, but they’re surrounded by a

haze of enigmatic verbiage that makes them seem like something otherworldly. The most

important point: Every # we input can have 1 and only 1 output (answer), or it’s not a function. It

might still be a perfectly good math equation that we can answer, but it’s just not a function.

We’ve had a few days to work with them so far, and I think the kids are more bored and

annoyed by them than frightened, which is the perfect attitude! It means they’re ready for more

of it.

What’s happening in ELA?

Literary essays have been completed! You are going to be very proud of your seventh graders. They worked really hard on this writing project. Next week your students will begin week thirteen of grammar and get started on their nonfiction unit. Please make sure your students have nonfiction texts to read by Monday, February 13, 2023. Students may read nonfiction texts about the following: famous people, historical events, current events, plagues/illnesses/viruses, tools/inventions, ideas (MLK’s dream of people not being judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character), interesting places, etc. Realistic fiction is not nonfiction.

What’s going on in Social Studies?

This week the students finished looking at the Industrial Revolution and began looking into life in the South. Students also got a head start on their Black History Month Projects. These projects will be presented to the Parents on Friday. February 24th. Look for an email being sent out this Friday, the tenth!

Next week, the students are going to dive into the abolitionist movement and complete a webquest on the Underground Railroad. Students will then begin looking at some reformation ideas and women’s rights!

Important Dates:

• February 14 – Valentine’s Day Bake Sale, Book Fair, and Bingo! (1:15 – 2:45)
• February 20-21 – February Break (No School)
• February 28- Middle School Social (3pm-4pm)