7th Grade Scoop

Melissa Middle School

Core Classes

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We have already learned fifteen roots this year! The kids have had three quizzes on the roots as well as various tips from their journals on what makes a good personal narrative. The kids have been fascinated with learning how the brain works, the amount of symbolism in articles, books, and movies, and all of the figurative language that helps paint those pictures in your mind. This past week we worked on incorporating all we have learned into our first personal narrative essay. Next week we will tackle some grammar before we work on transitions for the flow of an essay.

Alex Eichel: aeichel@melissaisd.org

Jennifer Eckert: jennifereckert@melissaisd.org


Our students have been working on recognizing and understanding Point of View by working through task cards. They use their Point of View flip book and a handout that gives them steps to follow to help them nail down which point of view the passage is written in.

We, also, just finished putting together our I-SHAMPOO flip book for Figurative Language and will continue to practice recognizing and understanding Figurative Language. It's important that our students recognize it, but it's also important that they understand why an author would choose to use that particular technique.

We will front-load information for THE OUTSIDERS so our students will have a better understanding of what the 1950's and 1960's was like. We will focus on Characterization, Conflict, Setting, Theme, Sequence, Vocabulary, and the Sign-Posts found in THE OUTSIDERS as we read it as a class. It will take us about 6 weeks to complete the novel. Both ACADEMIC and HONORS classes will read THE OUTSIDERS.

At the beginning of Quarter 2, our HONORS READING classes will begin to learn how to tackle SAT words to help improve and broaden their vocabularies. They will find antonyms and synonyms, give a definition of the word, write a sentence using the word, and draw a picture for each word. They will also take a weekly quiz and then a 9-week test over that vocabulary at the end of the quarter.

If your student is in one of Mrs. Webb's classes, please join the REMIND 101 group for their class. PERIOD 1 LINK: https://www.remind.com/join/afe4d

PERIOD 2 LINK: https://www.remind.com/join/14c132

PERIOD 3 LINK: https://www.remind.com/join/e5557

PERIOD 4 LINK: https://www.remind.com/join/14c1321

PERIOD 5 LINK: https://www.remind.com/join/14c13215

PERIOD 6 LINK: https://www.remind.com/join/egf6ca

PERIOD 8 LINK: https://www.remind.com/join/a9a0

Please let us know if we can assist you in any way. Our desire is to MODEL EXCELLENCE in all we do and to help our students do the same! GO CARDINALS! RED, RED!!!

Susie Webb swebb@melissaisd.org

Jerad Castor jcastor@melissaisd.org

Social Studies - Texas History

The 7th grade Texas History students have done an amazing job this early part of the year. We have completed the physical geography aspect of the curriculum. We are now moving into Spanish control of Texas. Students are writing a biography over a Spanish Explorer. This will give them a chance to do some research as well as showcase their writing ability. Once the biography's have been turned in, our focus changes to Spanish rule in Texas and how that will lead into Mexico gaining its independence from Spain.

Math- Academic

UPDATE: I would like to appologize if you have been trying to email Mrs. Duguid, the email address below was incorrect. I have corrected the email address

On Tuesday 9/19 students took their first Unit math test. If your child would like to improve their grade on the test they will need to correct all problems they missed on the original test. This may be done at home. Then they will need to come into tutorials before or after school and take a re-test.

Tutorials are offered Monday-Friday before school from 8:10-8:40am and after school Monday-Thursday from 4:10-5:00pm. 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

We took our first test last Tuesday and the students performed well over all. However, if your student would like to try to improve their grade they must:

1) Complete corrections on all of the problems they missed on the original test. (This can be done at home or tutorials.)

2) Come in for tutorials any day this week (9/25-9/29) only to complete a re-test

Any student that made lower than a 100 on the test may come in for a re-take. The higher grade between the re-take and the original test will be recorded in the grade book.

Week of 9/25 – 9/29

· Monday – 8.8C – Model and Solve Multi-Step Algebraic Equations

· Tuesday – 8.8C – Model and Solve Multi-Step Algebraic Equations

· Wednesday – 8.8C – Model and Solve Multi-Step Algebraic Equations

· Thursday – 8.8A,B – Write Algebraic Equations, and Situations from Equations

· Friday – 8.8A,B – Write Algebraic Equations, and Situations from Equations

Week of 10/2 – 10/6

· Monday – 7.10B, 7.11A – Solve and Graph Inequalities

· Tuesday – 8.8A,B – Write Inequalities and Situations for Inequalities

· Wednesday – 8.8A,B – Write Algebraic Equations, Inequalities, and Situations

· Thursday – 8.8A,B – Write Algebraic Equations, Inequalities, and Situations

· Friday – 8.12D – Simple Interest

Tutoring is offered Monday – Friday before school (8:10-8:40) and Monday – Thursday after school (4:10-5:00) for anyone struggling with a concept, needing help with corrections, reviewing for a quiz/test, or taking a re-test. Please continue to check Parent Portal to keep updated on your child's averages in their classes. 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.


Students just finished taking their first test in Science over Lab Safety, Experimental Design, and Measurement. If your child did not do well, we invite them to come to tutoring to do corrections and then a re-take. They have until September 28 to complete that.

We just began our 6th Grade Review Unit with elements, compounds, mixtures, metals, nonmetals, and metalloids. We will continue this unit with physical and chemical properties and changes. We will probably test over this unit the week of October 2-6.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Tera Gabel


Catherine McKoy


Paden Whetzel