JCMS Team 2 Newsletter
Week of September 2, 2019
What's going on in class?
Another week down! This week in math we have finished our first seven lessons over ratios. Our first quiz of the year will be on Friday. The class completed a study guide in class that they will be able to use as a resource for the quiz. The students have done well with the first set of lessons, participating in small group discussions as well as providing good input during class discussions. Have a good weekend!
Wow, week four is already over! The school year is progressing quickly and so are our students! This week in Language Arts we continued "marking the text" and had a quiz. We started reading our first unit text which is a speech given by Steve Jobs. We will be using this text for approximately a month and it will serve as evidence for our first essay which will be due towards the beginning of October.
Next week we will continue analyzing the speech and discussing character traits which will be the basis of the essay. We will also have two quizzes. They will be over capitalization and writing claims. Both of these topics have already been introduced to the students and they have been practicing each week in the "Paragraph of the Week".
I would also like to let parents know that students will soon have a long term substitute teacher in Language Arts while I go on maternity leave. There is not a set date for this to begin but we will communicate with you and have more details at a later time.
This week Team 2 Scientists completed their work on Standard ESS2-4, and began the ESS 2-6. The essential question we are trying to answer is, “How does unequal heating of the Earth and Earth’s rotation determine regional climates?” We are starting this by looking at how currents impact climate, and will expand from there next week. Please anticipate an exit ticket quiz on either Monday or Tuesday.
Students will continue to work on an Article of the Week (AOTW) as their bell work. These will always be due on the fourth day of the week (usually Thursdays). I have also had a large number of no name papers. If your student has a missing assignment, there is a good possibility it may be in that stack if they think they turned it in. Finally, in addition to an interactive science notebook (INB), students have a science textbook that they can leave in the classroom or take home nightly. This textbook is for their use – students may highlight, underline, and answer questions in it. We will be using textbooks, interactive notebooks, and Schoology on a regular basis in the classroom so all should be brought to class every day.
This week in Social Studies, we wrapped up our first unit of the year which covered the history of early humans. On Tuesday we focused on a 5,000-year-old man from the Neolithic Era called Otzi the Iceman. On Wednesday the students studied and created their own cave art. On Friday we took a quiz over early humans, and this marks the last day of that unit. Next week we will begin learning about Mesopotamia and the beginnings of human civilization.
Students of the Week!
What parents need to know...
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It will be basically be first come, first serve so if students are interested they should return the consent form immediately. If selected to attend with JCMS, the $30 registration fee will be paid for by USD 475. Students will be bused from JCMS to Kansas State University and Mrs. Russell (7th grade science teacher) will attend with them for the day. Parents will only need to pick up and drop off from Junction City Middle School at the designated times. I would love to see as many Team 2 students as possible attend!
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