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FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of March 16-20

Washington, D.C. and New York, NY Details for 2021 Trip:

Come to the information meeting on Thursday, March 19, at 6:00 PM in the Fulton MS Gym to learn more. Contact Mrs. Yates with questions:

7th Grade Field Trip

Tuesday, April 7th, 8am

115 Lafayette Street

Jefferson City, MO

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Whew! We finished our week of NWEA testing with our extended testing blocks. Next week, we will be looking to do testing retakes for final grades as we head into the end of 3rd quarter next week. Students are getting to go to the Churchill Museum on Tuesday and looking forward to a happy Spring Break!

Week at a Glance:

Monday - A Night Divided, Poetry

Tuesday - Field Trip to Churchill Museum

Wednesday - A Night Divided, Poetry

Thursday - A Night Divided, Poetry, Post-assessment on figurative language

Friday - A Night Divided, poetry writing

Learning Target for the Week:

This means I can determine word meanings by determining the figurative, connotative, and/or denotative meanings.

Important Vocabulary:

  • Connotative

  • Denotative

  • Literal

  • Figurative

  • Poetic Language

Power Standards for the Quarter:

RL1D (fiction): Using appropriate text, determine the theme(s) of a text and analyze its development over the course of a text; provide an objective summary of the text.

RI1D (non-fiction): Explain the central/main idea(s) of a text and explain the relationship between the central idea(s) and supporting evidence; summarize the text distinct from personal opinions.

RI1B (Vocabulary): Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative, connotative, and content-specific meanings using context, affixes, or reference materials. [Specifically focusing on connotative, denotative and figurative meaning]

Writing: Use a given process to create clear expository writing that is developed, and organized for the task; including style, voice, purpose, and audience.


Gradebooks are up to date. Students can request a reteach assignment for practice and request a retake to improve scores. Students may also use the Proficiency Checklist and Resources.

This week, we will begin Unit 6: Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities. Please see Family Materials for Unit 5 to see important vocabulary from the unit, as well as problems you can practice with your student.

Power Standard for Unit 5:

7.NS.A.3 - Solve problems involving the four arithmetic operations with rational numbers.

Power Standards for Unit 6:

7.EEI.B.4 - Write and/or solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable.

7.EEI.A.1 - Apply properties of operations to simplify and to factor linear algebraic expressions with rational coefficients.

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

This week we will finish up the cardiovascular system and begin learning about the respiratory system.

Learning Target for the Week:

I can identify the main functions of the cardiovascular system and how it is structured.

I can identify the main organs associated with the cardiovascular system.

Important Vocabulary

  • Heart
  • Capillaries
  • Valve
  • Aorta
  • Oxygen
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Atrium
  • Vein
  • Ventricle
  • Artery
  • Vena Cava
  • Lungs
  • Trachea
  • Bronchi
  • Diaphragm
  • Alveoli

Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS1.A.4: Present evidence that body System interact to carry out key body functions, including providing nutrients and oxygen to cells, removing carbon dioxide and waste from cells and the body, controlling body motion/activity and coordination, and protecting the body.

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week students looked at The Declaration of Independence and analyzed Thomas Paine's "Common Sense". Next up students will be exploring their inalienable rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!

Learning Target for the Week:

Students will apply the ideas of inalienable rights, popular sovereignty, natural rights and social contract to explain the purpose and legacy of the Declaration of Independence.

Key Terms & Events:

preamble, natural rights, liberty, inalienable rights, popular sovereignty, social contract

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates -

Lara Brunk -