2nd Semester

7th Grade Otto Middle School

Every Kid Needs A Champion

In just a few short weeks, the first STAAR tests will begin, and it is so easy for students, teachers, and parents to get caught up in the stress of passing "the test." Rita Pierson gives teachers and parents a great reminder in her TED Talk attached below. She says, "No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship." It is a simple truth. Students are far more likely to work hard and push their thinking to the next level for the adults in their life that have made them feel important and valued. It is our desire at Otto Middle School to help every child reach their full potential, and to be their CHAMPION as they attempt to reach their academic goals.
Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Communication with Teachers

The Otto staff has been working hard to find productive ways to interact with parents and students about upcoming assignments and due dates. A few of the formats frequently being used by the Otto teachers and staff.


1. Google Classroom - Check out this link to get started on Google classroom and to help your child get signed up to his or her classes.

https://docs.google.com/a/pisd.edu/file/d/0ByqrAI5UxSJNNmxYVlNZalZiNWc/edit?pli=1


2. Remind 101 - Find out from your child's teacher what their classroom code is and receive communications about upcoming assignments and due dates via email or text.


3. Mypisd - The districts website is available to all parents. This site is a great way to access your child's grades and attendance throughout the six weeks.

https://sso.portal.mypisd.net/cas/login?service=http%3A%2F%2Fportal.mypisd.net%2Fc%2Fportal%2Flogin

English

In English, the students will be continuing their Journey and Passages unit. In this unit, students will be reading and analyzing stories that send the character on a physical journey in which they are challenged to grow and mature mentally and emotionally. The students will be finishing their class novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. The students will use their understanding of Crispin's journey to explain how specific themes fit into the story by crafting expository essay responses.


In Honors English, the students will be continuing their Journey and Passages unit. In this unit, students will be reading and analyzing stories that send the character on a physical journey in which they are challenged to grow and mature mentally and emotionally. The students will be finishing their class novel, The Hobbit. The students will use their understanding of Bilbo Baggin's journey to explain how specific themes fit into the story by crafting expository essay responses. The students will finish the unit by selecting a book club novel that contains a journey by a major character.


Contact Information:

Kristin Ernst

469-752-8563

kristin.ernst@pisd.edu


Erin Kerry

469-752-8560

erin.kerry@pisd.edu


Anna Mackey

469-752-8561

anna.mackey@pisd.edu


Tara Browning

469-752-8559

tara.browning@pisd.edu


Niki Matasso

469-752-8556

niki.matasso@pisd.edu

History

Texas History will be Moo-ving on up at the start of this next six weeks. We will begin looking at the role Texas played in the Cattle Trails and the economy that was built from this. Planes, Trains, and the Galveston Hurricane?! Where will Texas be at the turn of the 19thCentury? This six weeks students will discover the Wild West and how Texas will prosper and thrive.


In PACE, the unit focuses on the economic development of Texas from Reconstruction to the 21st century. Students will see how Texas changed from an agrarian to urban society and investigate the causes of that change. The class will study specific events such as Spindletop, the Galveston Storm, and the Texas City Disaster and their effects on the Texas economy. The students will then use their knowledge to predict how an industry might affect a fictional town.


Contact Information:

Miriam Carpenter

469-752-8571

miriam.carpenter@pisd.edu


Daniel Moman

469-752-8570

daniel.moman@pisd.edu


Brent Truitt

469-752-8576

brent.truitt@pisd.edu


Zeshan Khan

469-752-8577

zeshan.khan@pisd.edu

Math

Math 7

Shape Up (continued)

  • Solving problems involving volume (prisms, pyramids)
  • Solving problems involving surface area and lateral surface area from nets (prisms, pyramids)

Dealing with Data (statistics)

  • Making inferences from a variety of statistical representations
  • Comparing distributions of two sets of data using measures of center
  • Using data collected from a sample to make predictions about a population
  • Analyzing data from a statistical representation


Honors Math 7

Wrapping and Filling (continued)

  • Connecting a figure to its corresponding surface area and volume formulas
  • Solving problems involving volume and surface area

What’s Trending? (Data Displays)

  • Making inferences about a population
  • Making predictions about relationships found in scatter plots using trend lines
  • Analyzing a scatter plot and determining the association between the variables
  • Comparing data sets
  • Calculating the mean absolute deviation for a data set up to ten values
  • Identifying appropriate methods of generating random samples

Focus on Finances (Financial Literacy)

  • Solving percent problems


Contact Information:

Fern Johnson

469-752-8573

trudy.johnson@pisd.edu


Cindy Ramirez

469-752-8553

cindy.ramirez@pisd.edu


Alex Rosenfield

469-752-8595

alex.rosenfield@pisd.edu


Caresir Gonzales

469-752-8597

caresir.gonzales@pisd.edu


Elizabeth Jacobsen

469-752-8591

elizabeth.jacobsen@pisd.edu

Science

This six weeks we are learning about the human body systems: Nervous, Integumentary, Excretory, Endocrine, Muscular, Reproductive, and Skeletal. We will be discussing the structures and functions of all these systems and learning how the human body is able to maintain balance despite all the external stimulus.

Reproduction will be taught over two days on March 17th and 18th, with boys and girls in separate classes. A letter will be sent home on February 18th outlining the lesson. Please send it back signed if you would not like your child to participate in the lesson, however they will be responsible for the information.


Contact Information:

Jamie Bell

469-752-8587

jamie.bell@pisd.edu


Maritza Bradshaw

469-752-8589

maritza.bradshaw@pisd.edu


Ron Ohlig

469-752-8594

ron.ohlig@pisd.edu


Elizabeth Jacobsen

469-752-8591

elizabeth.jacobsen@pisd.edu