7 Black Team Newsletter

November, 2016

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Halloween Art by Lily N.

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Meet our November PACEsetter Martine R. (right) by Hannah P. (left)

Fun Facts about Martine:

Favorite color- blue

Favorite animals- turtles, dogs, sloths

Favorite food- tacos

Mrs. Luvert said, "As a PACEsetter Martine is always planning ahead."

Here are a few questions I asked Martine:

How have you set the PACE (Personal, Academic, and Civic Excellence) during the school year?

By helping others.

Who has encouraged you to set the PACE?

My friends, family, and teachers.

How will you help others set the PACE?

By encouraging them to have a PACEsetter attitude.


An Interview with Morgen L. by Julie R.

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Autumn Scene By Carly W.

Important November Dates at KV

KV Spirit Week: 11/7-11/11

No School: Election Day, 11/8

Quarter 1 Ends: 11/10

Veterans Breakfast: 11/11 from 8:30-10:00

Early Dismissal: 11/11

7/8 Intergenerational Breakfast: 11/16 at 9:30

KVHSA Meeting: 11/17

Principal Chat and Chew: 11/18 from 9:00-10:00

Report Cards Issued Online: 11/21

Early Dismissal: 11/23

Thanksgiving Break: No School on 11/24 and 11/25

KV Idol: 11/29 from 7:00-9:00 P.M.

An Interview with October's PACEsetter, Zach G.

How did it feel to be chosen as PACEsetter?

I was surprised that I was chosen. Last year I was chosen in October, so I didn't think I was going to get picked. At first I thought I was in trouble, but then I realized that I was PACEsetter, so I was happy.

What is the best part of being a PACEsetter?

I would have to say the best part of being a PACEsetter is when you get to go to the KV Cave. It was fun being able to play games during lunch, hanging out with my friends.


This election,

Deserves no affection.

A glorified execution,

Just internet pollution.

America's youth,

Not shown the truth.

It's all just too gory,

A perfect headline-story.

Some of us are deplorable,

And that just isn't adorable.

Others are stupid,

But we can't be muted.

Be smart about it,

Don't be a hypocrite


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Election 2016 Cartoon by Ty W.

A Review of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Jiahe W.

The book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a recommended book for people who like fantasy stories and fables from another culture. The story is about a girl named Min-Li and a dragon called Dragon as they travel up a mountain to the moon so they can fulfill their wish. There are also a couple Chinese fables which help set up a scene or explain the history of a certain area. This book is a great read for anyone. Get this story and see how you like it.
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Mandala Art by Emma S.

I Don't Know You, I Don't Know Me by Sylvia W.

Do you sometimes fell like you're the only and last one of your kind? When you say something everyone looks at you like you're crazy? and as if you're blind to what's going on in the world around you? When you see what I see and know what i know, then you can act like you know me. Because I don't act like I know you because I don't, and no one knows but you. If we're just people, than who am I to think I'm better than you because of some unknown, invisible standard that tries to weigh our decisions everyday? In truth I don't think anyone will be able to know themselves until they break the invisible wall that blocks us all from really knowing our true selves.

In the Classroom

Language Arts by Julia F.

In Language Arts we are currently reading the novel A Long Walk to Water and recognizing themes in the book. We chose a main theme to focus on: individuals are able to survive in challenging environments in remarkable ways. The main characters, Nya and Salva repeatedly are faced with obstacles that make them stronger along their journey. A Long Walk to Water doesn't just teach us Language Arts and reading; it also teaches us to stay strong when situations seem difficult.
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Math Examples by Yesung C., Joseph E., and Michael L.

Science by Dylan K.

In Science we are working on the Scientific Method. Some of our vocabulary terms are independent variables, dependent variables, controlled experiments, contrasts, making a hypothesis, data, theories, responding variables, and scientific inquiry. We are also learning about the characteristics of living things.

Later in November we will learn how to classify organisms. At the end of the month we will go outside for a leaf collection to learn about classifying plants.

Social Studies by Shane J. and Dustin E.

By Shane: We are learning in Social Studies about maps and Native Americans. We learned the 50 states in the U.S.A. We learned how to make iMovies about current events. It was fun working with Dustin and I learned to use a MacBook. We learned how to put music into our project.

By Dustin: We finished learning about the 50 states. Now we are learning about Native Americans interacting with the environment. I learned through iMovie how to put pictures into the movie and record yourself. I also learned that Michael Phelps was a really good swimmer and got lots of medals.

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Picture by Fiji by Andrew P. (Andrew wishes he were in Fiji.)

October Stories Below:

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

The 7 Black teachers would first like to thank the parents who were able to attend KV's Open House and Back to School Night. We truly believe that the more support a child receives from home, the more successful they will be in middle school. We’re just starting to get to know your children, but we have already been talking about how nice and polite they are, and how much fun this school year is going to be.

All students have been introduced to our 7th grade Principal, Mrs. Brea D'Angelo and our 7th grade Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Rebecca Lenthe. It is a pleasure to work with both of them.

Our successful KV K’NEX program is off and running. We meet most Wednesdays in small advisory groups to discuss and work on anti-bullying issues, character education, and team building. Keith Valley’s theme remains “Setting the PACE”. Setting the PACE means showing Personal, Academic, and Civic Excellence. Congrats to our first PACEsetter, Zach G. He will be interviewed in our November newsletter.

Please enjoy the rest of the newsletter, written by 7 Black students! If your student did not write an article this time, they will in the future!

- Meghan Struzinski, 7 Black Captain

An Interview with my Dad by Sam H.

What did you do in the army?

Intelligence analyst. I analyzed intelligence from the front line scouts to determine the enemy course of action.

Can you tell me more?


When were you in the army?

I did 7 months of training and then one weekend a month. I was in the army from 1992-2002.

What did you learn in training?

We learned to shoot, use hand grenades, and how to get first aid. I also had to learn how to correctly march. We had to go to school and learn basic army skills like using bombs.

Why did you want to join the army?

Our country was in the middle of the war in Iraq. I wanted to help, so I joined the army.

Video Interview of Julie R. by Morgen L.

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An Interview with Dana R. by Maggie M.

Why do you like 7th grade better than 6th grade?

There are harder classes which is great because I get to learn more.

What is your favorite subject and why?

Social Studies is my favorite because we get to learn the countries of the world and the 50 states.

That's all of the questions I have today. Thanks Dana.

An Interview with Julia F. about Harry Potter by Cara B.

So Julia, when did you first find out about Harry Potter?

Well, I first found out about Harry Potter in about 3rd grade and I started reading the books around that time as well.

Okay, so what makes you love the series?

There is a little bit of everything in the series. Action, adventure, romance, plus it teaches life lessons.

I agree with your statement! So, last question. What would you say to all of the Harry Potter haters out in the world?

Um, I would tell them that they're missing all the great creativity and the magical adventures J.K. Rowling puts in the books.

An Interview with Mrs. Luvert by Manas D.

Subject: Language Arts

Years Teaching: 28

Years Teaching at Keith Valley: 17

Mrs. Luvert is married to husband Jimmie

What is your favorite book?


Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Puerto Rico

What's your favorite movie based on a book?

Holes again.

In the Classroom

Language Arts with Mrs. Luvert

In Language Arts we are learning how to use the Notice and Note Signposts. We are also beginning to read A Long Walk to Water, which is set in Sudan. We have learned about the war in Sudan too.

Math with Mrs. Sabaitis and Miss Wilson

We are learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions with integers. See picture below!
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Science with Mrs. Campellone

In Science we are learning about interactions among living things. We just finished out food webs. Next week will will be learning about Biomes in stations.

Social Studies with Mrs. Struzinski

This year in Social Studies we are covering many exciting topics. Our first project was to report on a current event. We picked an event going on in the world and reported to the class about it. Some of the reports included rhino poaching, a boy with Cerebral Palsy in Australia getting to visit a dream location, and typhoons hitting Asia. We are about to start an iMovie project in our continent groups. Finally, we are discussing the crazy Presidential election this year. (See cartoon below)
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Political Cartoon by Justin C.

Sports Articles

76ers by Aaron L.

The 76ers are one of the teams Philly is excited about this year. With the #1 pick in the 2016 draft they chose Ben Simmons. Ben Simmons is a 6'10'' Australian Small Forward from LSU. Sadly he recently broke his foot and might be out for a whole year. He is not the only one 76ers fans are pumped for. We have Joel Embid who was out for 2 years with a foot injury. We also have two guys coming from overseas, Sergio Rodriguez and Dario Saric. With a new front office this year, the Sixers might have a winning record!

The Cleveland Browns by Tim H.

The Cleveland Browns have had a very eventful, exciting, and heartbreaking season so far. They lost their season opener to the Eagles 29-10. Their starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III. suffered a shoulder injury and will miss most of the year. They then lost 25-20 to the Baltimore Ravens. After having 126 receiving yards, Corey Coleman, their starting receiver, broke his hand in practice and is out for six weeks. They also lost their backup quarterback to injury.

Cody Kessler, the new quarterback, started week 3 against the Dolphins. They lost 30-24 in overtime. After the game, they learned that their best receiver, Josh Gordon, who was suspended for four games for violating the drug policy, has entered rehab. and is likely sitting out for the rest of the year. They then released him.

Enter Terelle Pryor, a quarterback who tried out for wide receiver, as the number one receiver on the team. He immediately excelled at wideout, running back, quarterback, and even safety. Despite his efforts, the Browns lost to the Washington Redskins, 20-31. He caught a touchdown despite being covered by Josh Norman, an All-Pro cornerback. They now play the Patriots, an elite team with a legendary quarterback. The Browns are 0-4, and we await to see how this season goes.

Book and Movie Reviews

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Picture by Hunter L.

Movie Review: Batman vs. Superman by Connor K.

In late March of 2016, a highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman film was released. This snoozefest lacked intriguing characters and plot. Zach Snyder's over reliance on computer generated images and lack of practical effects made my eyes hurt. I felt like I was at a Michael Bay cinematic convention. Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill's dry acts compared with Nicholas Cage in Con Air. Overall, Batman vs. Superman was a huge disappointment and crushed the hype we had for Zach Snyder in the future. My final rating is a 1.5/5.

Review of The Football Champ by Annika D.

Football Champ is a great story about a kid named Troy who loves football. Troy snuck into the Atlanta Falcons and is now playing on the team. But there is one problem. The reporter Brent Peele is about to smear as much mud on the Falcons as he can. He is also after Troy's mom's job as well. Troy and his good buddies have to go through a lot of high risks, but Troy is willing to do anything to save his friends and family. Seth and Peele have been frenemies for a long time, which makes it very difficult to go through all the risks. Troy really cares about his family too much to not help with the conflict.
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Perry the Platypus Drawing by Faith B.