Otisco Lake Newsletter

Canandaigua Middle School (CMS) 7th grade

January 2016

Breakfast at CMS cafeteria before leaving for GEVA theatre.

Math Class - Mrs. Mapstone

In Periods 3, 4, 8 and 9 we started a unit on rates and proportions. It deals with many everyday issues of money and travel. Practical uses of math that every student will be able to use in their daily lives. Period 2 (Enriched math) is starting a unit on angles as they learn introductory lessons of geometry.


Calculators are now allowed in all math classes so please start bringing them in everyday to use in class and on homework’s. While a calculator may be used, please remember all work must still be shown. This means students still need to write each step down but now they can use a calculator to do the arithmetic faster. The calculator we are using in class is either the TI-30XS or TI-30XII. They can be found at Walmart or Staples.

Social Studies Class - Mrs. Mariano

Students are learning about our Constitution and how it was created. We began this unit with a mock Constitutional Convention, where each student acted as a delegate from one of the 12 states who wrote the U.S. Constitution. They had to make decisions on representation and population counting based on actual data from the time period. This unit will continue for several weeks and will require lots of work to remember and understand all the concepts. Please ask you child about what they are learning in Social Studies, especially as it relates to current news issues. Also, encourage them to look over their notes regularly, rather than waiting until the night before a big test.


We have taken a little break from writing about current events in order to ensure time for homework and memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution. All students will be required to recite the Preamble in class by Thursday, Jan. 21. We have been learning it along with the Schoolhouse Rock song. After this, we will be going back to our weekly current events articles.

English Class - Mrs. Wolf

This month, we will be reading the novel Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Throughout the reading, we will be analyzing the main character, Matilda Cook, while asking students to consider the following: Do life experiences have an impact on one’s character? and How does historical fiction enhance the understanding of culture and history? Students will be writing short responses throughout the unit as well as completing multiple short reading quizzes to check for understanding. An essay will be written at the conclusion of the unit which focuses on the transformation of the main character, Matilda Cook.


In addition to reading Fever 1793, students will be exposed to various non-fiction readings that will provide background knowledge and first-hand accounts regarding life in Philadelphia in 1793. Several passages will come from the text, An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy. Students will also make cross-curricular connections in science and social studies as we study the time period and how disease is spread.


Please note, students will be reading selected chapters in class while other chapters will be assigned for homework in addition to other assignments.


For additional information regarding local author Laurie Halse Anderson, please click here.

Science Class - Mr. MacNeil

Students in Science are currently learning about bacteria and viruses. As part of the Unit, everyone has had a chance to grow their own bacteria in a petri dish. It’s been pretty interesting seeing which surfaces from around the school grow the best colonies! Next up we will be studying how different organisms develop over the course of their individual life cycles.

Mrs. Ward's Class

ELA: We are currently reading Fever 1793. We concentrated a great deal on the background of this time period prior to beginning the novel.

Math: We are currently working on 1 and 2 step algebra equations.

More photos of GEVA. Watching a Christmas Carol.

Progress Reports

Please return progress envelopes as soon as possible. Reports were sent home on January 4th. If you have any comments, please write them on the envelope with your signature.