Tarheels/ Team 1 Newsletter

March 6, 2015

Spirit Night for Landon Scronce

Cooksville Grille
March 31, 2015
4-9 P.M.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a great meal and show Landon how much our community loves and supports him.!
Make sure to tell the cashier you are there to support Landon Scronce or present a flyer that was sent home with your child today. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to help out with incurring medical costs.
Please note: Cash or Check ONLY - No Debit or Credit Cards are accepted
Thank you in advance!

Pi Day!

Dear Parents,

We would like to celebrate the special day of Pi Friday, March, 13th. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. We will celebrate Pi Day on Friday, March 13, 2015 (3.1415) by doing activities in our academic classes related to Pi. In order for this day to go smoothly, we need your help with materials. If you can help in any way it would greatly benefit all students. Please send in the bottom portion of the form to Mrs. Pitts or you can respond to the email by Tuesday, March 10th what you will be able to provide. You can also begin sending in the items on Wednesday, March 11th. Thank you for your help for this special day.

Pi Day Wish List:

STORE BOUGHT pies- any variety **We will need at least 20 pies to serve everyone in our team.** Students really like the cream pies J

Pies, Forks, Paper Plates, Napkins, Canned Sodas or Water

****Also, we will need round objects to measure. If you have any empty round containers (oatmeal, nuts, ,etc.) please send them before next Friday*****.

We will need all items by Thursday morning March 12th in order to ensure we have enough for all students. If you have any questions, please feel free to email @ deborah_pitts@catawbaschools.net

Yearbook Orders!

You still have time to order your child's yearbook! Just click on the link below.

The personalization timeline has passed but you can still order. Time is running out so don't delay!

Third Nine Weeks Reminder

Please do not forget that this nine weeks as an effort to better prepare your child for the future, no LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. Exceptions to this rule due to extenuating circumstances will be made on an individual basis.


Please have your child check at home for any OUTSIDERS books they still haven't returned. Our count is down to 11 books! Some students found some stashed away at home during the holidays. Please have your child check around! Thanks!

Also, if you are out and about at any used book stores and find copies we would love for a donation of these. The books we currently have are in pretty sad condition.
Mrs. Pavese and Mrs. Canerday would be eternally grateful!

Academic Class Information

Language Arts

This week we were able to finally get our introductory paragraph completed and typed in the computer lab. Our paper this nine weeks is a research based paper using MLA citations in support of or against subsidizing school lunches with fast food from outside sources such as: McDonald's, Taco Bell, Burger King, etc.
Students learned how to cite sources and have begun researching and sharing information with their writing groups. We will continue to work on support paragraphs and wrap up research next week.
This paper will take the place of the daily journal and will account for 35 % of their final average. Students are off to a great start and I'm so proud of the work they've accomplished thus far on this mammoth of a paper!
Keep it up guys!
Remember I only give approximately ONE homework assignment per week. This is the Article of the Week> I give this to them on Monday and it is due on Friday. No late work will be accepted. You can access additional copies if needed on my homepage under 7th Grade documents. Article 5 was due today.
All of these articles are extra research they might find beneficial to use in conjunction with their papers as well.

Math Group Tutoring and Afterschool Help Sessions

Mrs. Pitts will be having afterschool help sessions on March 9th.


Students have been modeling real-world situations using picture algebra to solve 2 step equations. They have practiced solving 1-step, 2-step and multi-step equations. They are taking a ch. 7 quiz on equations and will begin working with solving inequalities and understand how they relate to the real world.

Social Studies

We are still exploring in Social Studies. This week has found us focusing on Pizarro, Cortez, three French explorers (Cartier, Champlain, La Salle), and Sir Francis Drake. We veered off the present topic Wednesday and Thursday in attempt to understand the President's proposed policy regarding the Iranian Uranium Enrichment Program. On Wednesday we analyzed a portion of Israel's Prime Minister's (Benjamin Netanyahu) address to a joint session of the USA House/Senate as to his nation's concerns (as well as Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia). Thursday found us discussing the significance of the anniversary of Boston's Crispus Attacks Day/Boston Massacre commemoration, John Hancock, the importance of the introduction of tobacco in the colonies (particularly Jamestown). We learned that FDR's bank"holiday" was not a celebration, and discussed finance in the area of interest, and the importance of the creation of the FDIC. Friday will find us viewing Merriweather Lewis and William Clark in their exploratory journey through the newly purchased Louisiana Territory from Napoleon by President Jefferson. All-in-all, we are setting up the unit on colonization, and looking into the future American Revolution.


Students are engaging in activities that reinforce what they are learning about genetics and the inheritance of traits. This week (March 2-6), students will determine the parents of alien babies that have been mixed up at the Galaxy Hospital and students will create Smiley Faces by determining which traits will be passed from parent to offspring. Students had a Genetics/Punnett Square quiz on Friday, March 6th.