Language and Literature- Mr. Schaefer
6th grade: We have started Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Even before beginning the novel, we’ve had some fantastic discussion and I look forward to our future talks. There will be a vocabulary test on unit 10 on Feb. 6.
7th grade: The students wrote some very interesting versions of journal entries through the perspective of another of the members of the Secret Annexe. We will continue with our study of Anne Frank for quite a few more weeks. There will be a vocabulary test on unit 10 on Feb. 6.
8th Grade: We are moving on to the exciting world of pronouns. This is something that will help in their studies of foreign language, so we will definitely at this. There will be a vocabulary test on unit 10 on Feb. 6.
Language and Literature- Mr. Maddock
Science- Mr. Short
No updates this week.
Language Acquisition- Madame Rooks
Attention a tous! World Nutella Day is February 5th. Enjoy some Nutella with your family!
French 6th grade : We are finishing up our unit on Community this week and beginning a unit on Food and Culture. How fun is that?! We enjoyed our study of animals. Ask your students what the cow, pig, duck, etc. say in French!
French 7th grade: We continue to practice a French only atmosphere, with some explanations in English, while diving into more new verbs as we discuss and learn about French families and our own. We’ll be talking about where we live and how that affects who we are. This is an extremely important unit in our French careers, a real transition to some higher level thinking and commitment to being students in a high school level class.
French 8th grade: Bon Voyage! We are learning how to navigate around airports and train stations. Students will learn how to travel in a French speaking country. Many students who travel over the summer return to tell me how useful this unit, and their ability to speak French has been in their lives, and how they were able to help their families get around France.
Language Acquisition- Senora Thompson
6th grade-We have completed Three Units in Exploring and are getting ready to move on to High School Spanish level I. We are currently finishing up on our “Cognate Posters”. After the students have completed the posters we will begin by learning the
7th grade- We have completed Unit 4 and we will be begin our Food Unit next. Yum! This unit has quite a bit of vocabulary so we will split the vocabulary into four sections.
8th grade- We are finishing up Unit 9 and will have a test this week. As I am writing this on Wednesday, we are looking forward to our trip to Maya’s Grill on Friday.
Math- Mrs. Koehler
Math- Mrs. Schiavo
Sixth Grade Pre-Algebra
Individuals in Societies- Mrs. Tuskey
6th Grade US History
This week the students have learned about the many problems faced by the Washington Administration, including dealing with the national debt. We then spent some time discussing our current national debt. The students will have a quiz on the Washington Administration early next week.
7th Grade US History
The 7th graders are becoming experts on American Imperialism. Ask your child about the annexation of Hawaii or the Spanish-American War and get ready to be impressed with their answers. I anticipate a test on the topic by midweek next week.
8th Grade World Civilizations
After starting off the week with a test on ancient Greece, the 8th graders dove into the study of ancient Rome. They enjoyed learning about some of the achievements of this civilization, and several were ready to build a to-scale model of a ballista! I anticipate some sort of an evaluation by the end of next week.
Religion- Mrs. Slifka
Design- Mrs. Clopton
PE- Coach Spicer
No updates this week.
Music- Mrs. Taylor
Composer of the Month: January – Frederic Chopin
A great piece for the type of weather we have been experiencing:
6th grade-The majority of students have brought their Music Process Journals (1 in. binder) down to the music room. We began a piece of music that the students will be performing for the Spring Sing which will take place during school on Fri. May 1st. We also had our first Musical Inspiration presentations of the semester and we are off to a great start!
8th grade-Music: We are underway in our preparation for the 8th grade Dinner Theater production, a date will be released shortly. Students have also begun the World Music Report. Each student is assigned a category i.e. music history, instrument, songs as well as a continent to report on. Each continent is represented with the exception of Antarctica, not a lot of music coming out of that region, however there is a bit—
check out Antarctica: Music from the Ice http://www.allwaysnorth.com/antarctica.html
Art- Mrs. Dunham
No updates this week.