7th Grade Scoop

Melissa Middle School

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What's New

Dec. 4 - Writing Benchmark

Dec. 5 - Math Benchmark

Dec. 6 - Reading Benchmark


We are continuing with the study of Greek and Latin roots and will have another quiz Friday, Dec. 1. Sentence construction will remain a focus. We will practice by referring to our Comma Flip Book to identify and apply using the four ways to use a comma within a sentence: commas in a series (CS), combining sentences with a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS), beginning a sentence with a subordinating conjunction or a long introductory phrase (LIP), and appositives, or interrupter (INT). The week of Dec. 4-8, the kids will be taking their Benchmarks in Writing, Reading, and Math.

Alex Eichel: aeichel@melissaisd.org

Jennifer Eckert: jennifereckert@melissaisd.org


We began frontloading background information for A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens before we left for our Thanksgiving break. We will be reading the dramatic version of his novella. It will be a great opportunity to read about the importance of focusing on the needs of others and having a spirit of goodwill and generosity towards all people. We will also be focusing on the elements of a play and how a play is different from other forms of literature. We will continue to look for conflicts and resolutions to those conflicts, character motivations, how the characters are developed, symbolism, figurative language, and vocabulary. We will watch the TNT version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Patrick Stewart when we finish our unit. Please watch for a movie permission form this week your student will be bringing home. Your signature is needed for them to be able to watch the movie. Our hope is that through this unit of study our students will have the desire to look past themselves and look to meet others' needs--something from which we can all benefit.

The only homework our students have in Reading class is to READ for 20-30 minutes per night. Please encourage your student to read. Help them set aside the time to enrich their minds, vocabularies, and lives!

If your student is in one of Mrs. Webb's classes, you can join that class's Remind group.

1st PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/afe4d

2nd PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/14c132

3rd PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/e5557

4th PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/14c1321

5th PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/14c13215

6th PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/egf6ca

8th PERIOD: https://www.remind.com/join/a9a0

Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help your student.

Susie Webb--swebb@melissaisd.org

Jerad Castor--jcastor@melissaisd.org

Social Studies - Texas History

The war between honors classes is coming to an end in the coming couple of weeks. I believe the students have learned so much about leadership, teamwork, and always giving their best. It will be an exciting conclusion to the war. I am anxious to see who will win. We are deep into the causes of the Texas Revolution and next week will begin discussions of the war. We will continue to study the war from the viewpoint of both Texas and the United States.

Math - Academic

When we come back from Thanksgiving break we will wrap up Unit 4 and begin studying for our Benchmark. The Benchmark will cover only TEKS we have gone over so far this year.

The tutorial schedule has changed. We now offer specific times for grade levels. The new tutoring schedule is below. If you have any questions or concerns please email your child's teacher and we will get back with you quickly. Be sure to check out the 7th grade math website. The notes we take in class will be linked there.

Debbie Duguid- dduguid@melissaisd.org

Tyler Ragan- tylerragan@melissaisd.org

Kristi Brakebill- kbrakebill@melissaisd.org

Whitney Vana- wvana@melissaisd.org

7th Grade Math Website

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Math - Honors

There will be Benchmark Testing Dec 4th – 6th. The math benchmark test will be Tuesday Dec 5th.

Week of 11/27 – 12/1

· Monday – 8.5E,H – Proportional and non-proportional functions / Direct Variation

· Tuesday – 8.4B; 8.5A,B,E,F,G,H,I; 8.9A – Review

· Wednesday – 8.4B; 8.5A,B,E,F,G,H,I; 8.9A – Unit 5 Common Assessment

· Thursday – 8.5C; 8.11A – Construct Scatterplots

· Friday – 8.5D – Use a trend line between bivariate sets of data to make predictions

Week of 12/4 – 12/8

· Monday – 8.5D – Use a trend line between bivariate sets of data to make predictions

· Tuesday – 8.5D – Use a trend line between bivariate sets of data to make predictions

· Wednesday – 8.5D – Use a trend line between bivariate sets of data to make predictions

· Thursday – 8.5C,D; 8.11A – Scatterplot Review

· Friday – 8.5 C,D; 8.11 A – Unit 6 Common Assessment

Tutoring is for anyone struggling with a concept, needing help with corrections, reviewing for a quiz/test, or taking a re-test. Please continue to check Parent Portal to keep updated on your child's averages in their classes. Please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns and I will get back to you as soon as possible. My email address is cweaver@melissaisd.org.

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Students took a test over the skeletal, muscular, integumentary, and digestive systems right before Thanksgiving break. They will get those back on Monday. They will be able to do corrections and a retest if they are not happy with their score. We will begin studying the cardiovascular, lymphatic, and respiratory systems this week. After benchmark testing, we will continue body systems with the nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems. We will have a test over all of the body systems before Christmas break.

Students are able to correct any daily work or quiz by doing constructed response on the questions they missed. They can make up to a 100 on the corrected papers. They can also do constructed response for missed test questions and then do a re-test (except 9 weeks tests). We don't have many students taking advantage of these opportunities.

Students are welcome to attend tutorials, especially those students who are struggling. Mrs. McKoy has tutorials in the mornings Monday through Thursday, Mrs. Gabel has them Tuesday through Thursday after school, and Coach Whetzel has them Monday through Wednesday after school.

Thank you,

Mrs. Gabel tgabel@melissaisd.org

Mrs. McKoy catherinemckoy@melissaisd.org

Coach Whetzel padenwhetzel@melissaisd.org