Tarheels/ Team 1 Newsletter

March 13, 2015

Spirit Night for Landon Scronce

Cooksville Grille
March 31, 2015
4-9 P.M.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a great meal and show Landon how much our community loves and supports him.!
Make sure to tell the cashier you are there to support Landon Scronce or present a flyer that was sent home with your child today. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to help out with incurring medical costs.
Please note: Cash or Check ONLY - No Debit or Credit Cards are accepted
Thank you in advance!

Pi Day! Rain Date: Monday, March 16th

We would like to celebrate the special day of Pi Friday, March, 13th. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. We will celebrate Pi Day on Friday, March 16, 2015 (3.1415) by doing activities in our academic classes related to Pi. In order for this day to go smoothly, we need your help with materials. If you can help in any way it would greatly benefit all students. Please send in the bottom portion of the form to Mrs. Pitts or you can respond to the email by Friday, March 13th what you will be able to provide. You can also begin sending in the items on Wednesday, March 11th. Thank you for your help for this special day.

Pi Day Wish List:

STORE BOUGHT pies- any variety **We will need at least 20 pies to serve everyone in our team.** Students really like the cream pies J

Pies, Forks, Paper Plates, Napkins, Canned Sodas or Water

****Also, we will need round objects to measure. If you have any empty round containers (oatmeal, nuts, ,etc.) please send them before next Friday*****.

We will need all items by Monday morning March 16th in order to ensure we have enough for all students. If you have any questions, please feel free to email @ deborah_pitts@catawbaschools.net

Yearbook Orders!

You still have time to order your child's yearbook! Just click on the link below.

The personalization timeline has passed but you can still order. Time is running out so don't delay!
http://www.jostens.com/

Third Nine Weeks Reminder

Please do not forget that this nine weeks as an effort to better prepare your child for the future, no LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. Exceptions to this rule due to extenuating circumstances will be made on an individual basis.

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 we worked on our support paragraphs for our research argumentative paper. Students wrote and researched within their groups and should have completed by this week paragraphs 1-4. This includes the introduction and 3 support paragraphs.
This paper will take the place of the daily journal and will account for 35 % of their final average. Students are off to a great start and I'm so proud of the work they've accomplished thus far on this mammoth of a paper!
Keep it up guys!
Remember I only give approximately ONE homework assignment per week. This is the Article of the Week. I give this to them on Monday and it is due on Friday. No late work will be accepted. You can access additional copies if needed on my homepage under 7th Grade documents. Article 5 was due today.
All of these articles are extra research they might find beneficial to use in conjunction with their papers as well.

Math Group Tutoring and Afterschool Help Sessions

Mrs. Pitts will be having afterschool help sessions on March 9th.

Mathematics

Students are finishing Ch. 7 solving equations and inequalities. They have used real world examples to understand how inequalities and equations are different. We will kick off our new topic with Pi Day on Monday and begin exploring circles. Students will understand the relationship with circumference, diameter and Pi. They will be able to calculate the circumference of a circle and the area.

Social Studies

FINALLY!!!!!! We have finished exploring with our unit post-test on Thursday. WHEW!! Now we will place another piece of the world puzzle together by analyzing the results of the exploration----colonization. We will focus on Great Britain's original thirteen colonies here in North America, learning about how each colony/later State was created and how they governed themselves, and how each area (Northern, Middle, Southern) became populated (the ethnicity and religion predominate in each area), the types of industries unique to each area, and their relationship with Parliament/British Monarchy. New video, vocabulary, writing activities, pre-test, etc. can be found on my webpage under Class Documents. Stay tuned for the excitement!!

Science

This week, students learned the basic structure of DNA molecules. Students entered DNA notes in their science notebooks and completed a color coded diagram of a DNA molecule. Students began a study of pedigree charts and symbols in order for them to answer analysis questions regarding a genetic trait or disease.