Team 7 Newsletter

May 11-15

This Will Be the Last Week with New Assignments

This week will be the last week where students are assigned anything new for grading. At the end of this week, the items that are in the grade book with be everything that the teacher is taking for a grade.

Contact Information for Teachers

Math

email: rachellemcgehee@usd475.org

phone: 785-289-9724 (Google Voice)

online: Schoology Messenger

Language Arts

email: kimberlymartin@usd475.org

phone: 785-915-1275 (Google Voice)

online: Schoology Messenger

Social Studies

email: dillonbeles@usd475.org

online: Schoology Messenger

Science

e-mail: lalanibrown@usd475.org

phone: 785-717-4844 (leave a voicemail it will be forwarded to my e-mail)

online: schoology messenger

Live Help Sessions

Teachers will be holding Live Helps Sessions during the following times:

Math

Monday: 9:00-10:00am


Wednesday: 1:00-3:00pm


Friday: 9:00am-10:00am

SCIENCE


Wednesday: 11:00 am - 11:30 am


Friday: 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Social Studies

Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Fridays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Language Arts

Email Mrs. Martin to set up a time :)

ELL Aide Help Sessions

7th grade Math: Mon / Wed 9:40-9:55 & Mon / Wed 2:00-2:50; 7th grade Science: Mon / Wed 1:00-1:50

7th grade LA:Tues / Thurs 1:30-2:15;

ALL grades and all subjects: Fri 1:00-2:30

Technology Help

Help Desk

If your student is have problems with his/her tablet please contact the help desk.


phone: 785-717-4357


The Help desk is open from 7am-5:30pm

Student's Daily Expectations

Every day students are expected to attend live sessions, complete work for classes and check their email.


Live sessions are for students to ask questions and teachers to clarify certain concepts.

Daily work is for students to receive lessons and work on practice.


This means that work will be required of the student for each day of the week, even if the student does not meet for a live class that day.


So for example: a student in 2nd hour math attends a live session on Monday and Wednesday, and they have work that they need to complete for math Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Here is a weekly checklist you can have your student follow...

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Student Schedule and Class Information

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Class Information

Math

Only a few more weeks left!


Thank you for working with me and your student during this time. I know that it has been difficult. Please remember that I am here to help, please have your student reach out to me if he/she is struggling. I am here to help your child succeed!


Below are the following things for my class:


  • A snapshot of the calendar for the week of what will be expected from students everyday
  • A brief description of what my office hours looks like
  • Course Syllabus

Week at a Glance

At the top of each day is the topic that will be covered, each bullet point is the things that need to be completed that day.
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Office Hours

I will meet with students who sign up for my office hours through Zoom.


Students will receive an email from me with a link to join the Zoom meeting. Students should click that link at the start of their office hours in order to meet with me.


It is very important that if a student does not need to meet that day, they either remove their name from the sign up sheet or email me saying they do not need to meet.

Updated Math Syllabus

Language Arts

This week we are beginning our final assessment: a poster project to synthesize all of students' learning about challenging the status quo from the three articles we have read this term.


Essential Questions:

Is it ever a good idea to challenge the status quo?


Students will need to complete a planning sheet to help them gather ideas and evidence prior to completing the project.


**Please make sure you are watching the video in the Live Lesson folder (inside the weekly folder). This video explains how to complete the project.

LA Week at a Glance

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Help

If students need help, please have them contact me through email. We will set up a meeting to work on whatever they are struggling with, whether it's the assignment, understanding the text, or the website itself.

Helpful Tools for external sites in Language Arts

Social Studies

Week 5: May 4th- May 9th


We about to finish up our unit in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the last lesson coming up on Monday/Tuesday for this region. After that, I will introduce our final project of the year for Social Studies!


This project focuses on our broad topic for the year, which is understanding and connecting to the 5 themes of Geography. Those themes include Place, Region, Location, Movement, and Human Environment Interaction.


The final project will be in the 80% category, and final grades will be significantly impacted by student performance on this assignment. Although this project reflects the entire year, I am confident that students will have to spend little time reviewing anything from before this term. I will provide a review slide and resources in our live sessions on Thurs/Wed this week, and students can use those to help them through the project.


The assignment as a whole is to create either an online presentation, or video log (vlog) of students finding examples of the 5 themes of Geography in their life or in the world around them. This can be done in one of two ways:

1. Students can find things in their home that represent each theme and take a picture/describe the item and why it relates to the theme.

2. Students can go around the neighborhood, or around town (with parent permission of course) and take pictures or record themselves describing how the item relates to Geography.


I will have an example video and slideshow available soon for some ideas! I will walk students through it more next week, but as always, contact me about any questions or concerns via email, or we can schedule office hours to work on things as well!

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Health Update

Dear parents,

Due to the transition to online learning, we will be modifying the topics for our health unit. You probably received a letter with the original topics with your child’s grade card, please disregard those topics for this school year. The following is a list of topics that we will focus on. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

7th Grade topics-

· 7th grade - "Stranger Danger" - what could happen if you are talking to people you do not know online?

All grades – (Pearson Book)

· Smoking/Vaping

· Substance abuse - alcohol and other drugs

· Skin safety - (I'm dubbing it Summer Safety Tips - we could add why we should drink water, etc.)

· Infectious Diseases - how they spread - why it is important to wash your hands

· Non-infections diseases (just so they see not everything is contagious/to be afraid of.)

Science

Our next chapter is a short section on Health focusing on a healthy lifestyle. Please check out the week at a glance and there is a toxin report assignment due for grading on Thursday.


Thank you so much for all you are doing during this difficult time. Together I am sure we can help your students finish the school year strong. I have been sending missing assignment e-mails, but please check skyward to be aware of what they might be missing. The assignments students are responsible for completing are all in schoology.


Check out the help sessions on Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 am for extra help.

E-mailing also works well :)


Hope you are all staying healthy. If you have questions, please let me know.

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