The Patriot Post

Community 7 Newsletter May 2 - 13

Dear Patriot Parents,

As we wind down the year, we want to say thank you again for all of your support. Thank you again to all of our wonderful Patriot parents who bravely chaperoned our Six Flags trip. We had an absolute blast and conquered some fears! We also had a great time discussing gravity, motion, and hydration (it was hot!).

We are so excited about the first annual Patriot Games coming up this Friday. Thank you again for your donations and volunteering your time!

Housekeeping points:

To ensure we are meeting any needs and concerns you may have, please email us directly. This includes issues regarding specific standards on Freshgrade you may have - instead of writing a comment, write a specific email to the respective lead learner you'd like to correspond with.

Instructional Tools

Edmodo is our learning management system where assignments are posted. Here you will see assignments, due dates, and resource links. We utilize the folders option and communicate expectations using the post feature as well.

Parents may access this through a unique code on your student's edmodo page. Ask your learner to sign in and show you the parent code. Once you have the code, signing up is easy--just go to , sign up as a parent, enter your access code and fill in the required information.

Google Drive is where our learners can collaborate with others and receive feedback from their lead learners. Each learner has a shared folder for each Lead Learner where they upload or create their work to be assessed. Ask your learner to open this folder and share their work with you. Click HERE for a basic overview of how Google Drive works.

Each lead learner will be having students work and receive feedback in their notebook as well.

Weekly Learning Goals

Ms. Austin's ELA/SS Family

This week we are wrapping up our studies of the justice system, including assessment and debating the question, "Is Our Justice System Just?" We will also be discussing terrorism, cooperation, and conflict. We will brainstorm, research, analyze and discuss the issues/events that lead to conflict or cooperation amongst groups of people. I would love to see this conversation continue at home.

Civics 8. Determine political, military, cultural and economic forces that contribute to cooperation and conflict among people.

Check out our new class website (it is a work in progress) to see examples of student work.

For any learner who would like additional support mastering standards, I am available at 7:30 most mornings and during the 2:00 PE time. Also, I am willing to work after school by appointment. Just email me and let me know!

Ms. Crowe's Science Family

We are currently looking at the misconceptions of evolution and investigating the evidence that supports the theory of how populations change over time. Learners will be listening to the experts in the field, reviewing the evidence within our fossil records, and formulating their own opinion for a debate on the topic of evolution. We are currently investigating the mechanisms that drive evolution to occur. I encourage you as parents to engage your learners in discussion at home. Topics to consider are mutations, natural selection, and gene changes within the population. Just this past Monday, Animal Planet aired a special about Chernobyl and the effects of this radioactive disaster 30 years ago. Maybe this could be a discussion point at the dinner table.

Mr. VanEgmond's Math Family

We have wrapped up our exploration of angle relationships with maps of cities we created. Some of the finished products are below. We wish Ms. Biggs the best as she finished her internship at the end of April - she was a great asset to our team!

Our focus is now on calculating and interpreting simple probability. We have applied this skill in a variety of games, including Deal or No Deal and a customized version of Rock, Paper Scissors. Considering all the outcomes of events or those that are most likely is something that can happen beyond campus. For example, question with your child how many different ways you could sit around the dinner table as a family.

The larger opportunity to apply these skills will be in an upcoming C7 Carnival. Stay tuned for more details!

(Don’t forget about the Everything You Need to Know List. It includes exercises we have done to master standards as listed in Freshgrade.)

How Can We Make Pike Road More Entertaining For Young People?

Our community project time is moving onto answering a new question:

How Can We Make (The Town of) Pike Road More Entertaining For Young People?

Our brainstorming session revealed a lot of great ideas (seen below) that learners are now pursing in two ways:

Option A - Preparing a proposal for Pike Road Town Council that could actually pave the way for bringing their idea to the Town of Pike Road. These presentations will be presented to Town Council either virtually or in person.

Option B - Building a real-life version of the idea for the Pike Road School and greater community to enjoy.

Update: We have several learners who chose Option A and we are evaluating their proposal videos to submit to the Town Council. We also have several who chose Option B and are continuing to develop their prototypes.

We have shifted our community over to a service-minded project, and also given learners the option of focusing on a passion project of their choice. Some of the projects that are coming out of this include our learners performing a basketball camp for Children's Centre in Montgomery and an opportunity to volunteer at Adullam House in Wetumpka.

Patriots Give Back!

Our community encourages a giving spirit, and what better way to wrap up our year than to have our learners give back to something they are passionate about or has influenced their life. Check out the options and guidance we have provided in the doc below, and talk to your learner about what they are developing!

If your family participates in any charity or volunteer work, please pass along pictures, information, etc. that might be helpful to our project!



Book Drive

We are currently searching for middle school level books to add to our classroom library! If you have any collecting dust and you want to make room for new ones, please send with your child to Ms. Austin! We love diverse fiction and non-fiction selections and would also love to have any books on building or making as well!

Absence/Makeup Work Policy

Please consult the PRS absentee policy and ensure you send excuses with your learner within the required timeframe for absences or check outs. Please check with your learner to ensure they are requesting any missed material from their lead learners and if they feel they are behind, to arrange time to work with any of us one to one. We are glad to help!

Wish List

If any of our Patriot parents wish to donate to Community 7, please refer to the below desired items. Thank you for all you do for us!!

  • washable paint of various colors
  • project clay
  • colored pencils
  • Lysol/ Clorox wipes
  • construction paper
  • copy paper of various colors, including white
  • hot glue sticks (thick and thin)
  • hot glue guns

Upcoming Events


  • 5/2-6 Lead Learner Appreciation Week
  • 5/5 Athletic Banquet
  • 5/6 C7 & C8 Field Day
  • 5/26 Learners' Last Day of School
  • 5/27 Lead Learners' Last Day of School

Supporting Your Learner at Home

We love our Patriot parents and their support throughout this year. It takes a village for sure, and we love that our village is so passionate about their children and supporting them in their learning! How can you continue to do this at home?


The research on the benefits of reading daily is overwhelming! We know for sure that the following things happen when you read every day:

  • Reading reduces stress! You bookworms know this is true!
  • Reduces anxiety and fidgeting
  • Analytical thinking is improved
  • Vocabulary acquisition
  • Improved memory
  • Improving writing skills
  • Allows our brain to take a break from our busy lives and really reflect

We encourage you to get access to your child's accounts and discuss with them their learning and expectations. We find that time management is crucial for our learners, and we would love your support in teaching methods that work for your child. Accounts to check: FreshGrade/Edmodo/Gmail.

Discuss with your child what they are learning or working on. Have them show you or demonstrate. Apply it to something that is happening at home, or work together to revise or dive deeper! Practice skills at home and encourage them to bring their A game daily!

Make sure your learner charges their laptop nightly, and brings headphones daily!

We appreciate all you do and hope you will reach out if you would like any more information, resources, or just to get caught up on what's happening!