Tarheels/ Team 1 Newsletter

November 14, 2014

Upcoming Dates/Events/Information

  • Please donate tissues and hand sanitizer. The cold season has begun.
  • No school for students November 26-28 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Special Events

  1. Field Trip Announcement! On November 25th students will travel with their homeroom to the Green Room in Newton to view "Miracle on a 34th Street" a musical. Students will need a bagged lunch on this day. Some students ordered bagged lunches from the cafeteria. If your child did not turn in their order form they MUST pack their own lunch that day.
  2. 4 1/2 Week Reward for qualifying students will take place on December 5th during 3rd and 4th periods.

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Popcorn Poppers Needed

Friday, Dec. 5th, 9-11am

JFMS Team 1

We are in need of parent volunteers to help pop 120 bags of popcorn for our Team Reward on December 5th. Students will receive a bag of popcorn to enjoy while we watch our movie, The Outsiders, in self selected movie groups.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Academic Class Information

Language Arts

This week we worked on using our new reading strategy called the Close Reading Strategy. Students will be given one "Article of the Week" to practice this strategy with each week. This week our article was on "Yellow Fever Attacks" which ties in with the content in our new anchor text Fever, 1793. Students are REQUIRED to read their article of the week 3 times, each time doing something different with the article.
All Articles can be found on my webpage under 7th Grade Documents. They are identified by the title of the article for that particular week. Novels will be checked out to students by next week.
1st and 3rd periods were assigned a Think Tac Toe choice board for upcoming projects. They are given 9 options and must choose 2 projects from those choices to complete. The due date is December 18th and one of the two must be presented to the class.
2nd and 4th period will receive project information in two weeks.

Math Group Tutoring and Afterschool Help Sessions

Report to Mrs. Pitt's room by 3:00 with a note from your parent. This is every Monday unless otherwise indicated.


1st, 2nd & 4th periods have been working on recognizing proportional relationships, identifying if their is a constant of proportionality and explaining what a point (x,y) means on a graph of a proportional relationship. They will be taking their Ch. 2 test later this week on Wednesday or Thursday.

3rd period is finishing up Ch. 1 understanding unit rate and using proportional relationships to solve multi-step ration problems. They will be taking their ch. 1 test on Tuesday.

Social Studies

We have been trying to finish our unit on politics/gov''t. We have explored Presidential Powers, Electoral College, and the Branches of Government. There will be the last vocabulary quiz on these terms on TH (11-20-14). We are privileged to be having a guest speaker on Wednesday to discuss with us pandemic/epidemic of AIDS Crisis and Ebola occurring in West Africa. We will end this unit learning about the G20, WTO, IMB, NAFTA, OPEC, EEU, etc., as well as a debate on immigration policies.


Cell Unit Projects are due on Nov. 21, 2014. Each students was given a detailed rubric of the project criteria and this rubric will be used to grade the project.

Council on Adolescents of Catawba County will be delivering the Entering Adolescence program to our students on Dec. 1st - 4th. Permission must be given by parents/guardians for students to participate. Permission forms will be sent home on Nov. 17, 2014. Parents/guardians should return the completed and signed forms immediately. For more information on the COA program visit www.coacatawba.org or call 828-322-4591