Explorer Team Newsletter

7th grade

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January 4-8, 2016

Welcome Back! We are half way through this year! It's hard to believe that we are already half way done. This is a time for new beginnings. 2nd quarter grade cards will be sent home with students on Friday (January 8).

Please make sure your students have appropriate materials for school. Many students are coming to class without pencils or papers.

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Upcoming Events

January 5: Grades are due

January 8: Grade cards sent home with students.

February 9: Renaissance Field Trip to Snow Creek

What's Going On in Class

English Language Arts (ELA)

I can define informational text and know how to write one. We are working on researching and writing an informational text essay. These will be researched and written on the iPad minis in class. If students keep up daily, these assignments will not be a home issue; however, if they do not get these done in class, they will need to work on them at home. This is a project that will take several weeks (like the Narratives).

Homework: Book Reflections are due next Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Please make sure you check with your child and that they have completed these. They are a major part of their grades. New book reflections will be handed out in a couple of weeks.


In science we are learning about force, motion and simple machines. Students will be working on experiments, vocabulary, and learning content vocabulary. This week they are working on speed calculations and force calculations.

Social Studies

Beginning Government Unit. Student have taken notes on the Foundations of Government from the My World Geography textbook pages 104 & 105. Students should spend at least 10 or 15 minutes studying these notes nightly.


7th Grade Math

Starting a new unit on Ratios and Proportions.

Honor's Math

Module 8 - Modeling Geometric Figures. Module 8 homework and quiz will be on Tuesday, January 12.

Meet the Explorer Teachers

Ms. Karen Salsbury (ELA)

As a 10-year veteran to teaching, Ms. Salsbury returned to teaching 5 years ago after a successful business career. Completing her Master’s in Education/Reading 3 years ago, her love of teaching literacy became the cornerstone of her return. She is an avid reader, loves her time in the classroom, travel and enjoys spending time at one of Kansas City’s local festivals, museums and attractions.

Mrs. Patty Steyer (Science)

Mrs. Steyer is in her fifteenth year of teaching. She has taught Science and Honors Science taught at Eastgate for 5 years. She has taught English Language Arts and Math at the Middle School Level, third and fifth grade at the elementary level. She strives to develop a curiosity about the world in students then answer questions with physical laws of the universe.

Mr. Kurt Koenig (Social Studies)

Grew up on Saint Joseph Missouri. Attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Graduated with a BS Ed. Secondary Social Science. I student taught and worked for two years at North Kansas City High School. This my seventh year at Eastgate Middle School.

Mrs. Amy Fiene (Math)

I am so excited to be a part of the Explorer team this year. I have been teaching math for 12 years. This is my 4th year at Eastgate. I got my undergraduate degree in education from the University of Central Missouri and my graduate degree in middle school curriculum & instruction from Drury University. I've been married for almost 20 years and have two wonderful sons, Trent & Tanner.