Tarheels/ Team 1 Newsletter

January 16, 2015

February 5th- 9 Week School Reward- Skateland

On February 5th, students who qualify for our 9 Week School Reward will be traveling to Skateland at 12:30 and return at 2:30. This is a school-wide incentive reward where 7th graders who meet specific criteria will receive a permission form with report cards on January 29th. Permission forms must be returned WITH money no later than February 2nd. The criteria for invitation is below. Please send in $5.00 if your child qualifies.
Criteria:
1. No majors
2. No more than 2 minors
3. No unexcused absences
4. No more than 2 unexcused tardies
5. No more than 1 zero per class period on assignment/test/project

OUTSIDERS NOVELS

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 in class we concluded Chapters 23-25. We worked on the skills of Skimming/Scanning and The Process of Elimination when looking at vocabulary in context.
Students also created a "TOONDOO" to accurately portray a scene from this weeks readings and they were very creative. We have some talented cartoonists in our midst!
Students will have an open book/note test on this weeks readings on the 19th. If they missed any days this week, they need complete these chapters by Tuesday of next week.


First period has been interacting with other classes doing an interview series for our rising 7th graders for the 2015-2016 school year. We also have some students working on an amazing art project about our theme entitled CHANGE. One student is writing a school song and finally a group of students has been working on an online collage to display activities here at the Fork. I encourage students in this class to work on this project outside of the school day. I'm excited to see how our final TEAM project turns out in March.

Third period is working on the Great American Mail Race and will be writing to and receiving mail from a 7th grade student in a school of their choice in any state they choose. Please have your child bring in one Forever stamp for this activity by next week.

The end of this nine weeks is January 23rd. Please make sure all missed work is turned in by January 21st to my class. After this date, missed work or late work will not be accepted.

Math Group Tutoring and Afterschool Help Sessions

Mrs. Pitts will be having afterschool help sessions on January 20th.

Mathematics

Students in 1st, 2nd & 4th are finishing their study of scale model/drawing. They have been solving problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures and computing actual lengths and areas from scale drawings and reproducing a drawing using different scales. They have looked at real world examples of blue prints, flags of the world and the ratio that all flags of world use when making replicas and have looked at the tallest buildings of the world and models.

Students in 3rd period are finishing their study of percents. This week we focused on calculating simple interest and percent of change. We have looked at real world examples of how items can depreciate or appreciate over time. We also related simple interest to saving money and borrowing money from the bank.

Social Studies

We finished the Reformation Movement, have grabbed our astrolabe and magnetic compass, and are sailing in the seas of exploration!! The first big question we have answered the last two days has been "Why the need to explore?" We also have a new mantra: "God, Glory, Gold!" as well as a new 'theme' song, "Everybody Knows 'Em Now" (sung to the tune of Toby Keith's song "Everybody Knows Me Now". Hopefully today the students saw the connection of Henry VIII's six wives (especially one and two), their daughters, the English Reformation, and why Philip of Spain so hated Elizabeth I. The students also have been given a pretest that should be completed and ready for checking/correcting on Tuesday. There will be a quiz on our first eleven vocab words on Wednesday, 21st. A new partnership project will begin--creating an "Explorer Trading Card", with our first research Media Center date being the Fri. 23rd (also the 29th, and Feb. 2nd). Many explorer websites and documents can be found under Class Documents on my school webpage.

Science

This week our class started their study of the circulatory/cardiovascular system. In connection, we had Kilby Davis as a guest speaker in our room on Thursday. Kilby is a 16 year old student at St. Stephens HS and the daughter of our SRO, Trent Davis. Kilby has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and Danon Disease. HCM causes thickening of the heart muscle and Danon Disease is characterized by weakening of the heart muscle and weakening of the skeletal muscles. HCM affects about 1 in 500 people and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death among children and young adults. Kilby's visit helped our students gain an understanding of how the function of the heart and the circulatory system directly impacts all other parts of the body. Kilby's family wishes to increase awareness about HCM and the need for organ donors. For more information about these subjects, I have provided links on Ms. Peck's webpage.