7 Maroon Newsletter

What's Happening in September!

Welcome to 7 Maroon!

This monthly newsletter is to inform 7 Maroon families about what's happening on our team and in each of our classrooms. Here are some important announcements:

-9/7 is Labor Day--NO SCHOOL
-As a team, we are planning for upcoming field trips, including:
  • Going to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science at the end of October for the Sherlock Holmes exhibit
  • Possibly going to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in November
  • Sky Sox Math Day in April or May
-Be sure to check out teachers' individual webpages for calendars and class specific resources. Click HERE to go to the team's page.

Social Studies

We are currently working on geography and map skills. Students have been practicing reading a variety of maps and began working in their Interactive Notebooks. We will study the Five Themes of Geography this month and analyze these themes throughout the world.


Students are also working on current events. We will continue to consult multiple sources and explore different perspectives on current issues. Students should bring a current event to school with them on Fridays. Please check our website for up to date information on homework and useful resources.

Science

Please check Mr. Ortiz's website for details.

Language Arts

We are currently working on an Adventure unit. Students are reading either White Fang, Hatchet, or The Raft. Each week they will be assigned 50-60 pages. See my website and student planners for weekly reading requirements.

Students are also working on a mini-essay for this unit titled "This I believe..." in which they share their own statement of believe in values, such as courage, compassion, perseverance, etc.

Vocabulary and Outside Reading will be on-going throughout the year.

Important Dates in September:
-Weekly vocabulary quizzes on Fridays
-"This I believe" Final Draft due 9/25
-Begin Sci Fi 9/28

Advanced Language Arts

We are currently working on an Adventure unit. Students are reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Each week they will be assigned reading, and will have weekly reading quizzes. See my website and student planners for specific schedules.s

Students will complete a variety of projects for this unit, as well as a short end-of-novel test, and an accompanying essay. We will work on all of these things in class to a degree.

Important Dates in September:
-Weekly vocabulary quizzes on Fridays
-Weekly Quick Quotes Quiz reading quizzes on Mondays
-Photo Scene Summary Project 9/24-10/2; due on 10/2 for in-class presentations

Math (Grade Level)

We are currently working with rational operations (add/sub/mult/div) using integers (whole numbers +/-) and the order of operations. We will be expand our investigations to include fractions and decimals. In mid-September we will begin the essential skills quizzes as explained in the parent letter.

Math (Accelerated)

We are currently reviewing linear equations and solving systems of equations and will transition to exponential and quadratic equations later in September. Like with the grade level class, we will begin the essential skills quizzing in the coming weeks. We are also reviewing 7th grade standards as we go to ensure that learning gaps don't creep in as a result of their acceleration.