7th Grade Scoop

Melissa Middle School

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What's New

Saturday, 10/21: MMS Fall Dance 7:45-10:15

Writing

Next week is Dead Week. We will have our last test on Monday, October 23 over all of the grammar we have learned so far: proper nouns vs common nouns, pronouns, articles, adjectives, prepositions, and verbs. After deconstructing and analyzing many essay examples, we will brainstorm together ideas for our first Expository Essay of the year. The kids will have four days to complete the essay which we will work on in class. We will be starting our Greek and Latin roots again as well. Keep an eye for for the new green sheets.


Alex Eichel: aeichel@melissaisd.org

Jennifer Eckert: jennifereckert@melissaisd.org

Reading

Our students have been learning how to recognize the different types of conflict and whether it is an internal or external conflict. As they read the passage, they highlight the information that helps them understand what type of conflict it is. They will take a test over Conflict on Friday, October 20. If they didn't do as well as they had hoped on the test, they'll have the opportunity to make corrections for a better grade. They will also be taking a test over vocabulary terms from this first quarter. That test will be on Monday, October 23. All Reading students received a study guide on Monday, Oct. 16 for the test.


The Greasers and Socs are still with us in our Reading classes. We are continuing to be involved in their conflicts, friendships, personalities, and life challenges. As we read THE OUTSIDERS, we will continue to learn more about ourselves, the battle between the rich and poor, the power of friendship, what it means to be a hero, and the journey from youth to adulthood. Get a copy of THE OUTSIDERS and read it with your student! You'll enjoy the journey!


The only homework our students have in Reading class is to READ for 20-30 minutes per night. Please encourage your student to read. Help them set aside the time to enrich their minds, vocabularies, and lives!


If your student is in one of Mrs. Webb's classes, you can join that class's Remind group.

1st PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/afe4d

2nd PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/14c132

3rd PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/e5557

4th PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/14c1321

5th PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/14c13215

6th PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/egf6ca

8th PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/a9a0


Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help your student.

Susie Webb--swebb@melissaisd.org

Jerad Castor--jcastor@melissaisd.org

Social Studies - Texas History

The war between honors classes is in full swing. It is very competitive and the kids are taking it seriously. There is leadership being developed along with increasing study habits. The kids are really taking ownership of their work and making sure they do all they can to make the class better and stronger.


There is a nine weeks test on Monday, October 23rd. All Texas History students received a review guide on the 16th. They will need to spend time studying and be prepared for Monday's test. We will play review trashketball to help the students prepare for the test. Once testing is over, we will continue analyzing the causes of the Texas Revolution.

Math - Academic

The week of October 23rd is Dead Week. During this week students will be reviewing for their 9 weeks test. This test will cover all material from Unit 1, Unit 2, and some of Unit 3.


Tutorials are offered Monday-Friday before school from 8:10-8:40am and after school Monday-Thursday from 4:10-5:00pm. If you have any questions or concerns please email your child's teacher and we will get back with you quickly. Be sure to check out the 7th grade math website. The notes we take in class will be linked there.


Debbie Duguid- dduguid@melissaisd.org

Tyler Ragan- tylerragan@melissaisd.org

Kristi Brakebill- kbrakebill@melissaisd.org

Whitney Vana- wvana@melissaisd.org

7th Grade Math Website

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Math - Honors

Week of 10/23 – 10/27

· Monday – 8.4A,B,C – Find the slope and y-intercept from a table and graph

· Tuesday – Review 9-weeks test

· Wednesday – 9-week Test

· Thursday – 9-week Test

· Friday – 9-week Test

The nine-week test will cover:

- Real Number System - Ordering Real Numbers – Scientific Notation – Mean Absolute Deviation – Model and Solve Multi-Step Algebraic Equations – Write Algebraic Equations and Inequalities from Real-World Situations – Write Real-World Situations from Algebraic Equations and Inequalities – Calculate and Compare Simple Interest and Compound Interest Earnings – Solve and Compare how Interest Rate and Loan Length Affect the Cost of Credit – Use Right triangles to prove slope of lines using (y2 – y1) / (x2 – x1) – Use a table or graph to find Slope and Y-Intercept

Week of 10/30 – 11/3

· Monday – No School

· Tuesday – 8.4B – Graph Proportional Relationships

· Wednesday – 8.4B – Graph Proportional Relationships

· Thursday – 8.4B – Graph Proportional Relationships

· Friday – 8.5F – Define Proportional and Non-proportional Relationships

If your child chooses to take the Unit 3 re-test it must be completed by Friday Oct. 27th. Corrections must be made on the test questions missed prior to the student taking the re-test. Friday Oct 27th is also the last day of the 1st 9-weeks please continue to check Parent Portal to keep updated on your child's averages in their classes.

Tutoring is for anyone struggling with a concept, needing help with corrections, reviewing for a quiz/test, or taking a re-test. Please continue to check Parent Portal to keep updated on your child's averages in their classes. Please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns and I will get back to you as soon as possible. My email address is cweaver@melissaisd.org.

Science

We began our unit over Human Body Systems with a pre-assessment to see how much the students already know. We learned a brief overview of each system and then began getting more in depth beginning with the skeletal system. We began a project over the skeletal system which is being done in groups. These projects will be due at the end of class on Monday, November 6. We will also have a quiz over the skeletal system on Monday. We will begin the muscular system on Tuesday and will study it for the rest of the week. The next two systems we cover will be the integumentary system and the digestive system. We will have a test covering those four systems the last two days before Thanksgiving break.


Students are able to correct any daily work or quiz by doing constructed response on the questions they missed. They can make up to a 100 on the corrected papers. They can also do constructed response for missed test questions and then do a re-test (except 9 weeks tests). We don't have many students taking advantage of these opportunities.


Students are welcome to attend tutorials, especially those students who are struggling. Mrs. McKoy has tutorials in the mornings Monday through Thursday, Mrs. Gabel has them Tuesday through Thursday after school, and Coach Whetzel has them Monday through Wednesday after school.



Thank you,

Mrs. Gabel tgabel@melissaisd.org

Mrs. McKoy catherinemckoy@melissaisd.org

Coach Whetzel padenwhetzel@melissaisd.org