7th Grade Scoop

Melissa Middle School

Writing

Tuesday is the day the kids have been working so hard for. The Writing STAAR test is Tuesday, April 10. We have written essay after essay, we have studied author's craft, we have learned various ways to use a comma and to construct a sentence, we have reviewed all of last week about thesis, revision, and how to edit...They are ready! Some are nervous, please assure them that they are ready for this.

After STAAR, we will jump right into Poetry. We will be learning the structures of various poems, study theme, and write some poems of our own. This is a unit that so many kids enjoy. This will be a nice break of the essay writing! We are all looking forward to it.



aeichel@melissaisd.org

jennifereckert@melissaisd.org

Reading

It's truly hard to believe this is the last quarter of the school year. It seems to fly by faster and faster every year.

Our students have thoroughly enjoyed our narrative nonfiction work on the Titanic story in our literature books. So many questions and curiosity about the Titanic. They will take their test over it on Friday.

Our HONOR classes will begin a unit on the Dust Bowl by reading the graphic novel, The Great American Dust Bowl and then the novel, Out of the Dust. We will learn about a horrible time in the life of Americans and how they dealt with their hardships in order to make a better life. We will focus on vocabulary, figurative language, symbolism, and characterization. This will be a new experience for us, since this is a new novel for us.

In our ACADEMIC classes, we will begin the novel, Tangerine. It is the story of a middle school boy who has some strong challenges and how he deals with them. He learns how courage and maturity can enable one to make the impossible possible. We will also focus on vocabulary, figurative language, symbolism, sign posts, and characterization.

JUST A REMINDER-Students are allowed to do corrections on all daily work, quizzes, and tests. Those who are consistently taking advantage of this see improvements in their test scores and grades. They can also make corrections and/or re-take tests (not including Benchmarks!). They need to come in for tutoring before they re-take their test.

Mrs. Webb's tutoring is on Tuesdays with a session before school and after school. Both sessions will continue through May 8. Students who have been invited will come to either the morning session or the afternoon session, whatever works best for their families.

Please remind your student that their homework for Reading class is to read 20-30 minutes a night. They won't be able to accomplish that without your help. Thank you for your support for your student and for our goals.

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. GO CARDS!!! MODEL EXCELLENCE!!!

swebb@melissaisd.org

jcastor@melissaisd.org

Social Studies - Texas History

Our unit over the railroads and cattle ranches of Texas is over. Our focus shifts to Texas transitioning into the 20th Century. The kids will begin working on a project that will cover the Galveston Hurricane, Spindletop, Prohibition, and Women's suffrage. Once this is finished, we will move into World War I. The kids will take part in the final war of the year.

Math - Academic

We can't believe we are in the 4th 9-weeks of this school year! It has moved so quickly and the students have learned so much. These next few weeks we will finish Unit 9 which is data analysis, and we will begin Unit 10 which is personal financial literacy. Unit 10 covers interest, budget, net worth and monetary incentives. After Unit 10 we will begin the STAAR Review.


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

Week of 4/9 - 4/13

· Monday – STAAR Review

· Tuesday – 7th grade STAAR Writing test

· Wednesday – 7th grade Honors will take the 8th grade STAAR Math test

· Thursday – Apply 7th and 8th grade concepts learned throughout the year to produce projects demonstrating the real world application of these skills

· Friday – Apply 7th and 8th grade concepts learned throughout the year to produce projects demonstrating the real world application of these skills

Week of 4/16 – 4/20

· Monday – Thursday: Apply 7th and 8th grade concepts learned throughout the year to produce projects demonstrating the real world application of these skills. It's My Life Project due Thursday 4/19

· Friday – Apply 7th and 8th grade concepts learned throughout the year to produce projects demonstrating the real world application of these skills. Scatterplot Project due Wednesday 4/25

Please continue to check Parent Portal to keep updated on your child's averages in their classes. Also, 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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Science

We began learning about tropisms, photosynthesis, primary/secondary succession, and erosion the past two weeks. We will begin talking about weathering, deposition, watershed and the effects of humans and catastrophic events on the environment. We will also be learning more about photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration. We will probably be having a test the week of April 16.


Students are allowed to do corrections on all daily work, homework, and quizzes. We don't have many students taking advantage of that. Students that are consistently doing corrections on daily work are seeing huge improvements on their test scores, so it does help a lot. They can also do corrections and a re-take on all unit tests. Again, not many students are utilizing that opportunity.


Our tutoring times are as follows:


Coach Gabel: Mondays, Tuesdays (when there is no track meet), Wednesdays, and Thursdays after school and Fridays by arrangement.

Mrs. McKoy: Monday through Thursday before and after school and Fridays by arrangement.

Coach Whetzel: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays after school.


The Seventh Grade Science Team