7th Grade ACTS Newsletter

January 11-15, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone!

Don't forget Monday is an inservice day for teachers. No school for students on Monday, January 11th!

Science - Mrs. Sexton

We will have a test on Friday, January 15th. This test will cover cell parts and their functions, cellular processes (including photosynthesis, respiration, waste elimination, and mitosis. It will also include bacteria, protists and fungi.

Science - Mrs. Griffin

The students will be continue working on the Cells and Heredity Unit. The focus will be comparing body shapes of bacteria and protists. The students will have a quiz on this information Friday the 15th. Please help students keep their handouts in their binders because this is the information for studying.

I have asked the students to bring in a wire clothes hanger for a class activity. They can also bring in puff paint if they wish for 5 extra credit points.

Math - Mr. Smith

7th grade math students have been studying exponents and exponent rules this week. While our textbook does not address this topic, our lessons, a nearpod presentation, and multiple videos and student practice have addressed this topic in detail. Students had a quiz on exponents on Friday and these will be returned next week.

Students have a Tenmarks homework assignment which is due Monday, January 11th. Students receiving a passing grade on the Tenmarks will receive 5 extra credit points on their quiz.

We will begin chapter 8 on Tuesday.

New York Payment Due January 20th.

Social Studies - Mrs. Babb

This week students move into the twentieth century with the causes and effects of World War I. Please enncourage your child to use homework time to read and review from their text as material is covered. I expect students to read each lesson as it is studied. World War I is covered in Chapter 6, Lessons 3 and 4. Students will also complete a project on this unit of study and a rubric will be posted in Google Classroom.

Also, if you would like to access the student text with support materials, the website with helpful step by step instuctions is posted also. All assignments will be posted in Google Classroom.

I also want to remind parents that Nine Weeks assessments do not count as a test grade since their purpose is to guide teacher instruction and reteaching opportunities.

Social Studies & ELA - Mrs. Owensby

7th Grade SS

Students will begin a unit on WWI. We will explore the causes and effects of WW!.

7th Grade ELA

Students will have a new stems list on Tuesday with a quiz Wednesday.of the following week. Students have begun new book clubs and will have assigned sections to read so that they are able to have discussions with their group. Students will continue their unit on informative/argumentative writing.

ELA - Mrs. Templeton

The students are identifying the parts of speech. Next week we will finish with conjunctions, interjections, and prepositions. There will be a test on all of the parts of speech on Friday. They will have a project that will include all the parts of speech assigned next week. It will be due the following week.

There will be no school on Monday, January 18th in observance of the MLK Holiday.

Dance - Mrs. Brewington

7th Dance Rotation- Course Requirements, Binders, and Joining Google classroom are all due January 15th. We will begin or study of ballet. Basic steps test on January 22nd. Please encourage your child to bring Chromebook fully charged to class and check google classroom daily. We have assignments daily on the Chromebooks.

7th dance focus: We began our second dance for the March performance, "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder. Attendance is so very important as we will use every day to learn new choreography or polish existing choreography. Costume letters were sent out January 12th money is due January 29th. Please encourage your child to bring Chromebook fully charged to class and check google classroom daily. We have assignments daily on the Chromebooks.

Save the Date Everyone! - Mr. Winchester

Caffe 312 has generously agreed to host a small show for my ACTS Art students. The show will feature 18 works of art ranging from 5th grade to 8th grade. Work will be hung on January the 24th, and the show will officially start the following week with the artwork staying up for one month.


On Thursday, January 28th, Caffe 312 will host a small reception for us beginning at 6:30. They have agreed to provide coffee and light snacks, but the shop will also be open for your other indulgences as well. Since they are supporting the local arts, I would love to pack the house that night in support of their local business.


We will also have some background music featuring Sam Wieters on the guitar. I hope that you can join us that evening.


Thanks for your support.

Strings - Ms. Hrivnak

7th Rotation will discuss the class syllabus, be assigned instruments, and review note reading. The syllabus and movie permission form is due Tuesday, 1/19. I encourage all parents and students to sign up for the class Remind. Sign-up information is attached to the syllabus.


7th Focus will continue learning concert music and practice tuning. There will be a tuning assessment on Friday.

Drama - Mrs. Keenan

Wow! We are finished with a semester already! Drama Focus students are preparing pieces for the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association, which takes place in February. While all students will not be competing, there is value in learning to create and critique performances on this different level. Students that are interested in attending the festival will be receiving field trip forms soon.