Tar Heel Talks

KMS 7th Grade Team Tar Heel Monthly Newsletter


Hi Tar Heels!

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, Tar Heel Talks. We will be sending a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of upcoming events, classroom experiences and other important school information. Please keep an eye on your inbox.

We wanted to take a moment to make sure everyone was aware of our discipline strategy. Each seventh grader received a blue "incentive card" from their homeroom teacher. Students are responsible for keeping up with their incentive card and making sure it is with them in every class. Each incentive card is issued for a 6 week period. A student's misbehavior will result in a signature from the teacher. Students have the opportunity to receive two "good signatures" to eliminate one of the signatures earned as a result of misbehavior.

Infractions that warrant a signature:

1)Not following class rules and procedures

2)Food in the classroom


4)Hands on another student/property

5)Misuse of electronics


3 signatures= lunch detention

4 signatures= parent contact

5 signatures= conference

6 signatures= office referral

The Tar Heels are off to a great start. Our seventh graders are excited to be back in the classrooms and we are already hard at work. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your students. We appreciate your support. Take a look at what's been going on!


Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 6-8pm

4000 Gallant Lane

Charlotte, NC


  • 9/19-9/23 Students will take the MAP Reading & Math Assessments in their Homeroom during PL time

  • 9/19 Kennedy Middle School Book Fair begins!

  • 9/27 Progress Reports

  • 10/3 No School

  • 10/12 Early Release Day/7th Grade Duke Energy Presentation

  • 10/31 Parent Teacher Conferences

Tar Heel Language Arts with Ms. Aust

Currently we are working on Story Elements and Conflict. We will have a quiz on these concepts on September 23, 2016. We also have weekly Vocabulary Quizzes from their pathway vocabulary work. We will start our first novel in a few weeks. 1st and 4th will be working with Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and 2nd and 5th Blocks will be reading A View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg. If you would like for your child to have their own copy of the book, they both will be available at the Book Fair.

Tar Heel Math with Ms. McPherson

This week we will be working on integer operations, converting decimals and fractions, and converting repeating decimals to fractions. Next week will be start fraction operations.

Homework is given out on Monday and is due the next day (we go over homework in class). Homework sheets are collected on Fridays for a homework grade.

Thanks for all your support.

-Shantel McPherson


Tar Heel Social Studies with Ms. Washington

Students have been working on Reading Strategies with skills such as annotating text, summarizing and paraphrasing, and Close Reading. We also started the Reformation with the role of the German Monk Martin Luther and his dissatisfaction with the Catholic church. Students will begin their first Pathway for Social Studies this year, the Reformation Pathway.

Tar Heel Science with Ms. Bova

Whatever Floats Your Boat!

In Ms. Bova's class, students put their knowledge of the scientific method to the test by building aluminum foil boats. Students were challenged to design and build the boat that could hold the most weight (pennies) before it sank. One group, got over 40 pennies on their boat!

Students have been learning about the layers of the Earth's atmosphere. Students created travel brochures for a "cruise" through the layers, don't wait too long to book your trip!

We will be continuing our Earth Science unit with Weather. I'm forecasting a sunny few weeks ahead, with a few scattered showers of success!