# We Hope You Have a Happy Thanksgiving Filled With a Lot of Gratitude!

The Harvest Festival was an absolute blast and a big thank you to all of you who helped to make it so great for our kids! This week, leading up to Thanksgiving break, was filled with activities surrounding having gratitude for the things we have in our lives. It was inspiring to see all of the things the middle schoolers recognized they have in their lives that they feel grateful for. Here is a short Thanksgiving quiz to get you in the holiday spirit!

(All Answers are at the bottom in bold)

1. What was missing from the first Thanksgiving feast?

2. How long did the first Thanksgiving last?

3. TRUE/FALSE   Did a city in Connecticut once cancel/postpone Thanksgiving due to a lack of pumpkin pie?

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

What’s happening in Science?

During our field trip to the College of Charleston Natural History Museum, our docent was very knowledgeable about the bones, teeth, and artifacts in the museum. It was fun to get off campus and learn from an expert. Seventh graders also reviewed how the transfer of energy flows through food chains in different ecosystems. They explored how all organisms have adaptations, both physical and behavioral to help them to survive. Seventh graders will create their own ecoscenarios when we get back to school to see living things interacting with each other and their environment close up.

What’s up in Math?

Woohooo! We have successfully wrapped our Solving Equations Unit! The students all had a chance to show their understanding on a final assessment. They had an opportunity to correct their mistakes for half credit on Thursday. They were very enthusiastic about making the corrections and did a great job asking questions and seeking clarification. I am optimistic about starting our new unit after Thanksgiving break. We will continue to use skills learned with solving equations by adding inequalities and expressions.

What’s happening in ELA?

Seventh graders are continuing to work on their Investigating Characterization Unit. They are also doing a great job completing their digital notebook on a short story by Matt de la Pena. In grammar, they completed week eight grammar/vocabulary quiz.  Signed papers will be sent home the Monday following Thanksgiving Break.

What’s going on in Social Studies?

The seventh grade finished their Constitution units this week. Students will be taking home their assessment during the break to complete. This will allow us to just move forward after the break rather than recalling past information.

When the students return we will be moving into Washington’s presidency. Students will act as journalists and “interview” George Washington based on the information we discussed. Students will then begin to take a look at the formation of political parties.

Important Dates:

• November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break (No School)
• December 16th: 11:30 Dismissal Pajama Day
• December 17- January 2: Winter Break