Team Cayuga News

Monday, December 7, 2015

Upcoming Events

Friday (12/11) - Fun Night

Next Tuesday (12/15) - GEVA Field Trip

Note - we still have a few kids who have not handed in their permission slips and/or money; if your child is one of these students, please remind him/her to do so. (Please see the English Reminders message below if you need another copy of the permission slip).

Social Studies: Quiz Tuesday

We will be having a small quiz tomorrow (12/8) on the topics that we have learned about thus far in this unit.

Copies of our class notes are available on my website or by clicking HERE for note-sheet #1 and HERE for note-sheet #2. In order to help students learn this material, students should have flashcards for important vocabulary, as well as their own condensed, "creative" notes. (Students can also check my creative note examples to make sure they have included the important information).

Team Breakfast

Before departing for GEVA on Tuesday, December 15, we are planning on having a team breakfast. If you are interested in helping out, we would appreciate donations of any of the following items:

- bagels

- doughnuts/doughnut holes

- cream cheese

- butter

- juice

- cups

- fruit

- anything else?

Please note - we are only allowed to accept prepackaged food items. (Sorry - no home baked goodies).

Please email Katie Michalko at if you are willing to donate any of these items.

Math Fun!

Students will hopefully be receiving their recent test back tomorrow - if I am in school on Tuesday. (Unfortunately, my own little one has been sick, so I have had to miss a few days). Please ask your child to see the test and encourage her/him to stay after if the test grade is not up to your family's expectations.

PERIOD 2 - Students are beginning to learn about percentages!! Hopefully 100% of the kids will really enjoy this unit and understand 100% of it.

ALL OTHER CLASSES - Students are continuing to learn more algebra and will be working with multi-step equations!!

Be sure to check my website if you need copies of notes or assignments.

All classes: Please look HERE for thoughts on how to help your child succeed in Mrs. Olvany's math class.

English Reminders

Students should be reading and working on their “Book in a Bag/Box” projects to help share information to the class on their books. Projects are due on Monday, 12/14. Currently, students should be reading independently several nights per week and collecting artifacts to include in their decorated box or bag. Click HERE to view the Book in a Bag Project instructions and rubric.

Also, an reminder that on Tuesday, December 15th (the day after book projects are due), we are headed to Geva Theatre in Rochester to watch a live production of “A Christmas Carol”.

Permission slips are due back by Thursday, December 10th along with $10 for the ticket. Click HERE if you would like to print a new copy of the permission slip.

Is there any homework tonight?

All 7th grade students are expected to have and use their agendas throughout the day. Agendas should be the first source for info about assignments, tests, etc. If your child forgets to bring his/her agenda home, (or if what your child recorded is unclear or illegible), you can also try our "homework hotline". You can also check up on missing assignments and/or grades through our Infinite Campus Student/Parent Portal.

If students have work that has been saved on the school's network, they should be able to access the school network by clicking HERE; NOTE: The password for all school webpages is Canandaigua .

Teacher Webpages

Some teachers have their own classroom websites. You may be able to find more information, links, assignments, etc. by visiting their classroom webpages.

NOTE - the password to visit all school websites is: Canandaigua

Mrs. Olvany is particularly good about keeping her website up-to-date with assignments. Click HERE to visit her webpage.

How to contact your child's teachers

Follow SOCSTUDIES & CMS_Braves on Instagram

You can learn many interesting, historical facts and see lots of fun social studies photos by following SOCSTUDIES on Instagram. You can also follow CMS_Braves to see school-related photos.

Secret Snowmen

Cayuga students are starting to make "Secret Snowmen" during advisory this week. Secret Snowmen are holiday greetings with a candy cane that students will be able to purchase during lunch periods during the week of December 14-18. They are 50 cents each, and are "secretly" delivered to recipients during advisory the day after they are purchased. Team Cayuga has sold Secret Snowmen as a community service for the past several years and has raised hundreds of dollars which has been donated to families in need of help during the holidays. So, if your child asks for a few extra dollars that week, it might be for a good cause.