7th Grade Panther Press

September 11th Newsletter

Welcome to 7th Grade!

The 7th Grade team is pleased to announce we have had an exceptional start to the 2015-2016 school year! We have enjoyed getting to know our students and are excited to see where the year takes us! We hope that with your help, this school year will be successful. A few friendly reminders to ensure student success are to:


  • Attend school every day, all day
  • Use the school planner to keep track of in-class assignments and homework
  • Complete homework assignments when due
  • Attend before or after school tutoring if extra help is needed
  • Bring a positive attitude each day and work hard

Upcoming Events

September 15 Old School "Curriculum Night" 6:00 - 7:30

September 22 Fundraiser Orders Due

September 25 Dance 7:30 - 9:30

October 3 Fall Festival

7th Grade Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 7:30-8pm

1314 North Waco Street

Van Alstyne, TX

We will meet in Mrs. Hensley's Science room immediately following Curriculum Night.

Reading News

We have started the year with reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Below you will find a preview of the book, and your child can tell you all about Auggie. We are focusing on plot, internal and external conflict, and will begin incorporating theme next week. Students have also been introduced to Thinking Maps, which are a type of graphic organizer that promotes higher level thinking, to describe the setting and identify character traits. Last week we participated in a QR Code Scavenger Hunt that the students really enjoyed! It would also be extremely beneficial for your child to be reading at least 30 minutes at home each night. Their first novel is due on September 17th and their Independent Novel Project is due on September 24th (see attachment below).
Independent Novel Project- 1st Quarter

Click here to access the novel project options your child can choose from to complete their first quarter independent novel project. They need to choose 3 of the 5 to complete by September 24.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

ELA News

English Language Arts has been pretty exciting so far this year!!! We just completed our unit over “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. I am sure you heard about some of our activities with marbles and stones. “The Lottery” was selected to entice your child’s imagination and release the flood gates of creativity…and it did just that! I am SO impressed with your child’s ability to think critically. This is a crucial skill that, when developed properly, will carry them throughout high school and into college.

For our next unit, we are diving deep into “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. This story has a hunting theme, lots of drama, and a sneaky twist. This reading selection is overflowing with high order vocabulary and metaphors that will challenge your child to think outside the box!!!

I am also very excited about our writing! Currently, your child is required to include five (5) elements within each writing assignment: complete sentences; proper punctuation; capitalization; seven (7) words per sentence; and a minimum five (5) sentences per paragraph. If you get a chance to read their work, please do so! I think you will be very impressed with their writing skills.

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your child’s education. They make my day, every day!

See you at Curriculum Night!!!

Mrs. Amanda Schroeder

Texas History News

In Texas History both Coach Land's and Coach Brogdon's classes are creating giant timeline/flowcharts that have the students working in groups. In these groups they are investigating the 12 major eras in Texas History. For each era they must have at least four significant events. They students really used their imagination and have created some awesome work.
In the next couple of weeks students will be able to explain the 4 Regions of Texas and be able to identify the differences between them. Once they have mastered the 4 Regions of Texas they will start studying the Native Texans/Indians.

Math News

In math, we have been reviewing converting fractions, decimals, and percents. Students completed a Grid Project to apply converting skills to a pix-elated picture. Integer operations are an important part of 7th grade. We reviewed these and added multiple steps which required applying the order of operations. We have practiced classifying rational numbers using Venn Diagrams. All of these topics will be included on the Rational Numbers Test that is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15th. Honors students have also studied scientific notation, square roots, estimating square roots, and irrational numbers which will all be included on the Honors Math Test on Tuesday, September 15th. Next week, we will be studying fraction operations. Extra Credit corrections submitted on or before September 14th will be recorded in Parent Portal in separate entries prior to progress reports. Weekly Skills are take home quizzes that are assigned on Fridays and are due the following Friday. Please see the attached syllabus for more detailed information about 7th grade math.

7th Grade Mathematics/ Honors

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VAMS Redo/ Retake Policy

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Science News

We have had an awesome start to our year. The students have had the opportunity to have some authentic hands on learning. We have used a variety scientific tools, reviewed the safety procedures and the scientific method.


Over the next few weeks we will be learning the parts of a microscope and viewing various slides as well as discussing the advantages/limitations of models. Next we will be diving into cells. We will study the parts of the cell as well has their functions, cell theory and comparing animal cells to plant cells.

Be looking for pictures of our labs!!