Explorer Team Newsletter

7th grade

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October 12th - 16th

We are a quarter of the way done with this school year! We are starting 2nd quarter on Monday, October 12.

There is also a link to the form for the next EDP session that starts on October 27. Cost is $10 per quarter, you can send the money to school with your student. Snack and transportation home is provided.

We will be sending letters home to those parents who have volunteered for the field trip within the coming week or so.

Don't forget to send your Missouri Gas Energy summary to school with your student for so they can complete their energy audit in science class.

Parent-Teacher Conferences is coming up very soon (October 26 & 29). If you have not signed up for a date and time yet, please click the link below to sign up for a data and time. Students must attend conferences with you, since we hold Student-Led conferences.

Explorer Facebook Page

This will take you to the Explorer Team Facebook page. We will post information and announcements from time to time. Please, LIKE our page so you can stay up-to-date with what is going on.

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-up

**TConference times fill up fast. Make sure you get the time you want. We will send reminder notices home about a week before conferences with your scheduled date and time.***

EDP - Session 2 - Sign up Form

This is the link to the EDP sign-up form. Take a look at all the cool clubs that being offered for those students who are passing their classes. For those students who are struggling, academically, there is homework help.

Upcoming Events

October 12: Second Quarter Begins

October 12: VB at Grandview

October 14: VB v Center

October 16: First Quarter Grade Cards go home

October 26, 29: Fall Conferences 3:00-8:00

October 27: 7th Grade Field Trip

October 27: EDP - Session 2 Starts

October 28: 1st Quarter Renaissance Party

October 30: No School

What's Going On in Class

English Language Arts (ELA)

Monday-Wednesday We will continue learning how to write descriptive sentences, encouraging imagery and review parts of speech so students will know how to use modifiers. We will learn how to write dialogue for our Narratives. These are all skills needed to write their narratives.

Thursday — Library

HOMEWORK: Students have a Book Reflection due next Wednesday, October 14. This is a huge assignment worth a lot of points. Please make sure your students are reading.


Science will be continuing their learning about energy, including energy efficiency and analyzing data to conduct a home energy audit.

The learning goal is to make changes at home based on what we learned from the Navitas Energy company engineers. The engineers visited Eastgate Wednesday, October 7 to conduct a building tour highlighting all the work their company did over the Summer to make Eastgate more energy efficient.

Please send the graph showing the energy use in your home. Students have an audit form to use and conduct this at home.

Enter the Raffle!! Students who bring in their data by Wednesday, October 14 will be entered in a raffle to win an LED lamp. The Navitas engineers generously donated two LED lamps for students to win. The raffle will be on Thurday, October 15. So please help your student remember to bring in their data!

Social Studies


Monday: Review for Culture Unit Test

Tuesday: Culture Unit Test

Wednesday-Friday: Culture Research Project


Prepare for Test Tuesday


7th Grade Math

Monday - Algebraic Expressions - Homework: 3.1 Practice Worksheet

Tuesday: Adding & Subtracting Linear Expressions - Homework: 3.2 Practice Worksheet

Wednesday: Study Help & Quiz

Thursday: Solving Equations Using Addition & Subtraction - Homework: 3.3 Practice Worksheet

Friday: Solving Equations Using Multiplication & Division - Homework 3.4 Practice Worksheet

Honor's Math

Monday- Representing Proportional Relationships - Homework: 16.1 Independent Practice

Tuesday - Rate of Change and Slope - Homework: 16.2 Independent Practice

Wednesday - Interpreting the Unit Rate as Slope - Homework: 16.3 Independent Practice

Thursday - Module 16 Quiz

Friday - Repressing Linear Non-proportional Relationships - Homework: 17.1 Independent Practice.

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.