7th Grade Beaver Bugle

1st quarter happenings in the 7th grade hallway at Reed

Mr. Leeper's classes learning scientific experiment


We started off the year with the Scientific Inquiry unit and had a lot fun performing our experiments and collecting data in class. The students did a fantastic job of following all of the safety regulations (even though they may not have been too fashionable!).

We are now moving on to our Ecology Unit. Students will study how populations, communities and ecosystems all relate to one another. We will study the symbiotic relationships between organisms and how populations of species change over time.

Next up… the Ecosystem Unit where we will study cycles of nature with focus on how energy and matter move through the ecosystem.

-Mr. Leeper

Mr. Egesdal's novel approach for word problems

Math 7 classes have been full of word problems involving gardening and survival.

Every week student are given a new part to a story that is unfolding over the course of the year. Each student adds a little bit to the story every week and complete 4 word problems that relate to the story and are aligned to our core mathematical standards.

The students are doing a fantastic job pursuing mastery of our standards through multiple ways including paper practice, math games, math programs, and group work.

-Mr. Egesdal

Mr. Flannigan is working his way out of a job

Mr. Flannigan has been teaching signpost from the book Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. Students are learning how to look for signs that lead them to anchor questions that help them better analyze fictional texts. Students are learning theme, plot, character development, and more.

A few students repeat in Mr. Flannigan's class from Critical Thinking into English. Those students were part of a project where they planned a lesson and took part in a full class instruction. They did an exceptional job.

Staying Gold with Ms. Pellegrino

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In English-land we kicked off the year by designing descriptive menus in which students demonstrated their understanding of the 6 main parts of speech. Students have also read through S.E Hinton’s classic novel, The Outsiders, to examine literary devices like character and theme development, foreshadowing, flashback, and irony. The novel has also served as a mentor text for students to practice writing A.C.E constructed responses. Second quarter will start off with a unit covering argumentative writing that will transition into writing and delivering persuasive speeches. Stay gold, Ponyboy.

-Ms. Pellegrino

Writing prompts in math??

In Ms Russell's math classes we just finished our writing prompts. Writing prompts in math?? As different as that sounds, it is a great opportunity for students to be able to use their writing skills to explain their thinking and justify their answers while solving math word problems. In Pre-Algebra we have been working on operations with fractions and the students have done a great job modeling and presenting to the class. Algebra 1 is finishing up Chapter 2 and can tell you all about proportional reasoning. My Math 6 students have been learning about rates and unit rates. It’s been a great first quarter. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Where is the world is... Mr. Schlager

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Social Studies: Classes have started off great! We have created a multimedia production about what it takes to be successful at Reed Academy. We also talked about how to make Reed Academy better while learning about geography.

Science: Science has been off to an impressive start. So far we have learned about science safety and conducted our first experiment. We have just started learning about ecology and will dive into many issues we currently face dealing with the environment.


History repeats itself in Mr. Campbell's room

Campbell’s World History:

We have had a great start to the year. We reviewed the Five Themes of Geography and how historians discover the past to help us understand the present. We have began exploring Medieval Europe years after the fall of the Roman Empire. We about to begin constructing a board game over the feudal system in Europe.

Campbell’s U.S. History:

We have finished up discussing the beginning of the 13 British Colonies in the America. We created and held our Colonial Fair where the students tried to persuade their audience to come join their colony. The students are also in the process of an ongoing CIA mission. The students have worked hard and deep down, they are having fun.

Upcoming Events

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • October 25 and 27
  • By appointment only
  • Call the school or email a 7th grade teacher

Community members are invited to give input on facility master plan options

Springfield Public Schools is in the process of developing a facility master plan that will provide a long-range vision for future facility needs. Community input is a key component of the process so a series of public meetings has been scheduled. The meetings will provide information about two options for facility improvements currently being considered and provide opportunities to share feedback.

SPS employees, parents and community members are invited to participate in the meetings, which will include a presentation about the proposed options and an opportunity to provide input. For more information or to access an online survey, visit plan.spsk12.org.

Schedule of community input meetings:

Monday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., Sunshine Elementary School

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m., Kraft Administrative Center

Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., Cherokee Middle School

Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest High School

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., Jarrett Middle School

Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., Pipkin Middle School

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9:15 a.m., Wilson’s Creek Intermediate School, SCPTA meeting

Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., Pershing K-8 School

Monday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., Reed Academy

Thursday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m., Parkview High School