February 2016

PARCC Testing ~ Parent Resources

As March approaches, we will be preparing to take the PARCC assessment. Please visit the PARCC Parent Resource Site for information on the test itself. On this site, you can take a practice test to experience some of what your child will see. You can also learn more about reading and understanding your child's score. This website, also linked on the main PARCC site, has Maryland-specific information. Last year, PARCC testing took several weeks and closed down much of the school's instructional space. Thanks to the influx of Chromebook computers this year, we hope to complete the majority of testing in 6-7 school days.

Music ~ Dates to Remember!

  • The 7th/8th-grade band has a performance at Elkton High School on March 10th at 7pm.
  • 7th/8th Grade also has a field trip Band Festival performance on March 17th.

  • March 22nd-Chorus Festival (during the day) at EHS (7th/8th grade- students should wear black pants, long sleeve white shirts, dark shoes)

  • March 31st - 3rd Annual Benefit Concert for Pathfinders for Autism, featuring the CHMS Jazz Band. Admission is $1.00, but kids under 10 are free. Bring money for raffles, silent auctions, & snacks!
  • April 29th- Performance at the Lancaster Barnstormer’s Baseball Game (stay tuned for more information)

Seventh Grade Social Studies ~ Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Gawel

In marking period three, we will examine the concept of “Ethics,” by understanding global interactions and evaluating decisions made by individuals and groups. We will explore human interaction with the environment as well as human rights issues. Some topics we will focus on are the South American rain forest, apartheid, child soldiers, and genocide. Some of these topics are highly sensitive, so if your child comes home wanting to talk about these issues please engage them in conversation. Students continue to deepen their understanding of the world as they develop into global citizens.

Seventh Grade Language Arts ~ Mrs. Gawel and Mrs. Lee

Marking period three finds us in our Ethics Unit where will read and analyze literature, which deals with ethical issues. The focus of our Novel Workshop will be the Holocaust. We will allow students to select from the following novels: Daniel’s Story by Carol Matas, Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Soldier X by Don Wulffson, and The Wave by Todd Strasser. Students will continue to participate in weekly discussions through Touchstones. Student discussions are also occurring in Blackboard. Essay writing, along with weekly writing instruction, continues, and the students are developing into more confident writers.

6th Grade Math ~ Ms. Barbara Tice, Mrs. Lisa Smith, and Mr. Matthew Netta

The beginning of the new year saw us finishing our math studies for “The Number System” unit. Students demonstrated their understanding of the unit standards with a performance assessment and the unit assessment.

The third marking period brings our algebra unit, “Expressions and Equations”. We will be working on the writing and simplifying of expressions. This leads to the interpretation and solving of real-life problems using equations and inequalities. In our accelerated classes we will continue calculations with rational numbers as we solve equations. Keeping organized with a binder, tab dividers, and the planner is important for all our 6th graders. Please check your student’s materials to see if anything needs to be replaced at this point.

6th Grade Social Studies Classes ~ Ms. Gallaher and Mrs. Rossman

For marking period 3, students will remain in the Eastern Hemisphere but shift their focus to the ancient Mediterranean civilizations of Greece and Rome (foundations to Republic), and the patterns that existed between those civilizations with regards to geography, government, economics, expansion, and culture.

Students will continue to explore the uses of their Chromebooks from researching and organizing information to creating final products. However not all activities and assignments will be accessed and/or completed digitally, so students will still need to keep and actively use their binder for Social Studies class.

Julius Caesar said it best, “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

From the Library!!!

  • The Library is on Twitter! Check out our page for regular updates, book features, how-to videos and more.
  • The first meeting of the Cherry Hill Coloring Club has been scheduled for February 29th from 2:40-3:30 in the library. Students can bring their own materials or use the one's provided.
  • The Testing Time Reading Challenge is coming! Students who sign up for and complete the challenge will be able to leave their mark on Cherry Hill and graffiti the library glass.
  • Mark your calendars for Saturday May 21st! Star Wars Night at the Library is becoming the Cougar Con Student Expo. It's going to be bigger, better, and more awesome than ever.
  • For more information on these and other library programs, log on to our Twitter and News pages.

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