NMMS 7th Grade Falcons Update

Mrs. Jenkins | Mrs. Kurbin | Ms. Martin | Mr. Palmer

Upcoming Events

  • Starting 2nd semester, late investment work will no longer be accepted. Students will be expected to turn in all investment work on time. A revised team policy and expectations was handed out on Tuesday, January 7th.

Team Tips for Success

  • Check your student's planner daily. He/she should be listing any assignments that still need to be completed for the evening.
  • Your student should have a homework folder that has the planner inside. This should have his/her work to be completed and work that is ready to be turned in.
  • Check powerschool weekly, if not more frequently.
  • Check this website so you know what work is being completed in class, what homework has been assigned and any upcoming tests or quizzes.


Homework for the Week

English Language Arts: apalmer@nkcschools.org

5/27/2014 Grades are due at 4 PM today. I forgot to share this with you last week as promised.


For many of the Falcons, this year was the most successful with regards to their independent reading in their life. Many of these students will leave me on Thursday having read more than they have ever read in their lives. And some of them, for the first time, see books as a positive thing. Please take some time to recognize your child's success with reading this year.


Overall the Falcons read over 1100 books as a team this school year! The team ended the year with an average Lexile level that is considered advanced (1132).


Summer reading loss is a real thing. Research shows us that students that don't read over the summer tend to perform at a lower level than their peers that continue independent reading during the summer months. Over time, this difference can become quite pronounced by their senior year in high school. Encourage your child to read over the summer months. Mid-Continent Public Library has a great summer reading program! If you can, please take them to the local library and encourage them to keep up the successes that they had during the school year.


5/17/2014 The following statement is not meant to be judgmental in anyway, just something to get you to think about. I came across an interesting article the other day that I wanted to share with you. Reading is something I am insanely passionate about, and I wholeheartedly believe that if all of us took the time to read more, even if just 15 minutes daily, that we would have a far more productive and successful society. Research shows that independent reading continues to decline among teens, and I suspect it would show the same among adults. Anyway, something to ponder as we head into the summer, because summer reading loss is a real thing.


Kids Don't Read Books Because Their Parents Don't Read Books


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5/16 We are currently working on a short novel called A Long Walk to Water. This book is a chronicle of the life of Salva Dut, one of the “Lost Boys” who, at age 11, survived Sudan’s civil war by walking across Africa’s harsh wilderness to reach safety in refugee camps. Nineteen years after being separated from his family, Salva went back to Sudan in search of his father. Ironically, his father had survived the brutal war only to become gravely ill from drinking contaminated water. Salva decided he would find a way to make sure his father never had to drink contaminated water again. He spent the next few years building his not-for-profit Water for South Sudan organization which has been drilling wells in Southern Sudan since 2005.


In conjunction with the novel, the entire 7th grade is participating in a fundraiser to benefit the Water for South Sudan organization. As of today, we have collected just over $200 on the Falcons, and $600 on the team! I have been impressed with the students interest in the novel and the fundraiser so far. We will continue to collect change until May 27th.

MATH HOMEWORK: Kjenkin1@nkcschools.org

  • Monday: NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday: None
  • Wednesday: None
  • Thursday: None
  • Friday: Have a Great Summer!


Test - Domain and Range, Function or not a Function, Checking Solutions, Graphing Linear Equations and Real Life Problems is on Monday 5/19/14. RETAKE and MAKE UP can be done on Wednesday 5/21/14, Thursday 5/22/14 during class, or on Friday 5/23/14 when we come back from the Field Trip.


MOBY MAX:

Students have an opportunity to earn extra points by visiting the Moby Max website. Go to the North Kansas City School District website, scroll down to click on Student Links, Click on Moby Max, select Student, type New Mark - Find, Click on New Mark Middle in Kansas City MO, their username and password is the first four letters of their last name and their lunch number. They have a wonderful opportunity to work on the many math skills that are available there. I advise them to spend at least one hour a week on this website and we will record their progress together. They are welcome to do this in my class at 7:30 a.m. if they do not have an internet at home. The students will record their times spent on the website every Monday for extra points.

Pre-Algebra Homework: Kjenkin1@nkcschools.org

  • Monday: NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday: None
  • Wednesday : None
  • Thursday: None
  • Friday: Have a Great Summer!


Test Chapter 8 is on Monday 5/19/2014. RETAKE and MAKE UP can be done on Wednesday 5/21/14, Thursday 5/22/14 during class, or on Friday 5/23/14 when we come back from the Field Trip.


MOBY MAX:

Students have an opportunity to earn extra points by visiting Moby Max website. Go to the North Kansas City School District website, scroll down to click on Student Links, Click on Moby Max, Select Student, Type New Mark - Find, Click on New Mark Middle in Kansas City MO, their username and password is the first four letters of their last name and their lunch number. They have a wonderful opportunity to work on the many math skills that are available there. I advise them to spend at least one hour a week on this website and we will record their progress together. They are welcome to do this in my class at 7:30 a.m. if they do not have an internet at home. The students will record their times spent on the website every Monday for extra points

Science Homework: mkurbin@nkcschools.org

Monday:
  • What is pressure? p. 60-61
  • C-Notes p. 160-161


Tuesday:

  • Bottle Rocket Launch Day


Wednesday:

  • Career Fair
  • Gravity Imagineers


Thursday:
C-Notes Due

  • Forces Review Day


Friday:
2nd Bottle Rocket Due

  • Forces Test


***Bottle Rocket #2 launch, May 19th!

Social Studies Homework: kmartin@nkcschools.org

  • Students will be starting an African Mask research project Monday--this will be the last academic grade for this quarter
  • Masks will be due Thursday May 22

Team Information

Science Resources

Check e-campus for the latest science resources. You will find links to the science textbook, lab/activities, etc. You can also find links to notebook organization and movie permission slips. Go to ecampus. Log in using your regular log in information. Choose your science class and look under resources.


For other resources check out:

Computer Access Information

  • Computer Log On: Username and Lunch Number * if they changed their password it will be whatever they have changed it to*
  • Study Island: Username and Lunch Number
  • Ecampus: Username and Date of Birth mm/dd/yyyy
  • PowerSchool: Username and Lunch Number *if they changed their log on password then they will need to use whatever they changed it to*


Make-Up and Retake Assessments

Our first retake/make-up session will start, Wednesday, September 4th and run through Wednesday, December 18th. We will resume with the retake/make-up sessions on Wednesday, January 22, and end on Wednesday, May 21.


We are starting the first few weeks of this testing with a time frame of 3:00-4:00pm. If we find that we need to extend the time to 4:45pm, we will make that adjustment if and/or when the situation requires we do so.


Students need to make arrangements to be picked up from school no later than 4pm. Students that are already staying for BASA can ride the bus at 4:45pm. They would report to their assigned activity when they have completed the testing.


Students will report to room 514 for the testing. Small quizzes or formative assessments should be given to student during class time or homeroom. These testing make-up/retake sessions are for large unit summative tests that will take considerable time to complete.


In order to retake a test, students must have all investment materials completed and have a retake form signed by a teacher. The teacher will be responsible for getting the retake test or make-up test to the Wednesday afternoon testing teacher.


9/9/13 Update from New Mark Technology Dept. About PowerSchool

I have spoken with the help desk and as of this afternoon the students will no longer be prompted to change their passwords. So there should be no more issues with students not being able to log onto Power School from home.


The students that have already changed their passwords will need to continue to log in with their new passwords. From what I have been told they may not all be reset until after Christmas.


If the students or parents have any questions please feel free to have them call or email me.


Thanks and have a great weekend!


Tina Hilton

Technology Department

New Mark Middle School

515 NE 106th Street

Kansas City, MO 64155

816.413.6310

thilton@nkcschools.org