Team Owasco News

Canandaigua Middle School- 7th Grade

December 2015

In this Newsletter

  • Information about our trip to Geva Theatre
  • Join our school Instagram & Twitter
  • Team Class Updates
  • Other Important Dates

Field Trip: Geva Theatre

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We will be traveling to Geva Theatre to see an adaptation of the play A Christmas Carol. Permission slips are due on Wednesday, December 9 with $10. Students cannot attend without written permission. Students will need to bring a peanut free bag lunch with the trip. As part of this trip, we ask students to dress up as it is part of the theatre experience. The expectations were discussed in English classes.


We will be having a team pancake breakfast prior to our departure for the trip. If you would like to donate any of the following items to Mrs. Chapman for the team breakfast, please email her at chapmanc@canandaiguschools.org. THANK YOU!


  • Pancake mix (just add water type)
  • Syrup
  • Butter
  • Fruit (Apples or cups of fruit)
  • Juice Boxes
  • Doughnut Holes
  • Paper Plates
  • Napkins
  • Plastic Forks

Please note all items donated must be pre-packaged due to district policy.

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TEAM CLASS UPDATES

Math- Mr. Crnkovich & Ms. Reynolds

In math we are starting new chapters in all classes. Enriched math is starting percent’s while other math classes are working on multistep equations and inequalities. Calculators are now allowed in all math classes so please start bringing them in everyday to use in class and on homework’s. While calculator may be used, please remember all work must still be shown. This meas students still need to write each step down but now they can use a calculator to do the arithmetic faster. The calculator we are using in class is either the TI-30XS or TI-30XII. They can be found at Walmart or Staples.

Social Studies- Mrs. Chapman

Students are learning are currently learning about the Declaration of Independence and American Revolution. Students will have a test on Friday, December 11 covering notes #8-11. They will receive review flash cards on Monday, December 7. The flash cards will be due on Thursday, December 10.


Topics covered on the test include: The French & Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Proclamation of 1763, The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, the Quartering Act, the Declaration of Independence, Battles of the American Revolution, Treaty of Paris (1783), George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.


After we complete the American Revolution, we will move on to the creation of the United States Constitution.


Fun Social Studies Related Game: https://smartypins.withgoogle.com/

English- Ms. Gerstner

This month, we will be reading/performing an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” by Israel Horovitz. Throughout the reading, we will be analyzing Ebenezer Scrooge’s character to determine how he is a representation of Charles Dickens’ societal concerns during the Victorian Era. Throughout this unit, students will be completing multiple short responses as well as a unit exam.


In addition to our reading, students are expected to be reading their Independent Reading books. Independent Reading books were assigned in mid-November with a project due on Monday, December 14th. These projects will be presented to the class. This will be their homework, for English class, as the play we read will be done entirely in class.


Please note that student permission slips to attend the GEVA performance of “A Christmas Carol”, on Tuesday, December 15th, have been sent home and are due next week.

Science- Mr. Anderson

In Science students are finishing up with the microscopes and moving on to energy flow within an ecosystem. We will be focusing on food for the next three weeks. There will be a test on the upcoming material before winter break.


Please remember that students always have the option of quiz and test corrections.

ELA- Mrs. Canough (4th Period)

This month we start out by looking at the Victorian Era and Charles Dickens’s background as we prepare ourselves to begin reading/performing an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” We will be discussing the many different drama terms and learning stage direction in preparation for our GEVA field trip on December 15th. Throughout this unit there will be homework assignments as well as a few quizzes.


We are also picking back up with our skills lessons. These next few weeks we will be focusing on complex sentences, when to use conjunction words, when to use a comma, homonym errors, etc. We will have a test on these skills on December 11th.


Please remember to have your child check out the student portal to ensure everything is turned in. Students can always redo an assignment or complete test/quiz corrections.

Other Dates:


  • 12/9- Permission Slips to Geva Theatre Due
  • 12/11- Fun Night- 7th & 8th grade- 6 - 8 pm
  • 12/15- Trip to Geva Theatre
  • 12/23- Last day of school in 2015