Team Howlers Newsletter

Week of January 5

School News & Important Dates:

  • January 5, Students return from Winter Break
  • January 6, Report Cards go home with students
  • January 7, Discovery Place Field Trip
  • January 18, No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observation

Team Howlers News:

Discovery Place Field Trip Information:

We are excited about our upcoming field trip to Discovery Place on this Thursday, January 7. Please let Mrs. Munn know if you have any questions: (mailto:munns@fortmillschools.org )

  • We will be leaving the school around 8:30 AM and returning around 1:30 PM. If at all possible please make sure your student is here on time.
  • Students that ordered a shirt, should have received it today. Please have students wear this shirt on Thursday. If a student did not purchase a shirt, but he/she has another Banks Trail shirt or a purple, black, or grey shirt, can you please have them wear that on Thursday.
  • Students will be responsible for keeping up with their jackets.
  • Students will need to pack a disposable bagged lunch, that does not need to be refrigerated, for the field trip.
  • There is a souvenir shop. Students may bring money to purchase items, but it is their responsibility to keep up with the money.
  • No book bags are allowed. Only small purses, if needed, are allowed.
  • Students will not be allowed to have any electronic devices on the trip. We will ask students to put any electronics they bring with them to school on that day in their lockers before we leave.


A/B Day Schedule:

In trying to prepare the students for 7th/8th grade, we are going to start using A/B scheduling. A/B scheduling is where students will flip their academic schedules every other week. Related arts classes will remain the same regardless of if it is an A or B week This week is a A week, which is a normal schedule: 3rd, 4th, Lunch, 5th, and 6th. Next week will be a B week, which is when the students schedule will be flipped: 6th, 5th, Lunch, 4th, and 3rd. We will have signs posted to help ease the students into this process.


Report Cards:

Report cards will be sent home with students on Wednesday, January 6. Please make sure to ask your child for his/her report card. Please sign the envelope and send that back to the homeroom teacher by Monday, January 11. If you have any concerns about a specific grade, please contact that teacher.


Please make sure you check Parent Portal (https://fortmill.powerschool.com/public/home.html) to see how your child is doing in his/her classes. If you should have a question about grades, please contact your child’s teacher directly.


If your child is ever out, please make sure to check each teachers’ websites for material covered in class that day. If you have any questions or concerns that are subject specific, please contact that teacher.

Math:

Mr. Donnelly - mailto:donnellyp@fortmillschools.org

GT Math Website Address - http://goo.gl/Gpb4bs

Regular (Grade Level) Math Website Address -http://goo.gl/DTr7EV


GT Math:

Content Focus: Ratios Review & Ratios and Unit Rates as Complex Fractions


Assessments: No major assessments


Tutoring: 7:40 AM Tuesday (Adldoost)


Homework:

Thursday: Lesson 1.3 Complex Fractions-7th Grade Workbook #'s 1-10

Friday: Lesson 1.4 Unit Rate with Fractions - 7th Grade Workbook #'s 1-8


Regular (Grade Level Math):

Content Focus: Rational Numbers Review, Introduction to Ratios, & Equivalent Ratios


Assessments: No major assessments


Tutoring: 7:40 AM Tuesday (Webster) & 7:40 AM Wednesday (Adldoost)


Homework:

Thursday: Lesson 10.1 Ratios - Workbook #'s 1-10

Science:

Ms. Lyle - mailto:lylei@fortmillschools.org

GT Science Website Address - http://goo.gl/gbsvyZ

Grade Level Science Website Address - http://goo.gl/tzuO5y


This week in science we will be completing part 2 of our weather unit. Students will be learning about weather tools used to accurately measure data and will use these instruments to measure data. Students will also learn how to read radars, weather maps, and satellites and tell the difference between the three.


Homework: To complete station model handout due Friday and it will be graded.


Assessments: Students will have their weather test part 2 the Week of the 18th. This Friday We will have an EOW quiz on Weather Maps, Station Models, and Weather instruments.


Happy New Year!!!!

Language Arts:

Mrs. Munn - mailto:munns@fortmillschools.org

3rd & 4th Periods (GT) Website Address - http://goo.gl/Gpb4bs

5th & 6th Periods (Grade Level) Website Address - http://goo.gl/GkIU3M


This nine weeks we will be doing a research project. Students will pick a career that they may want to pursue. Mrs. Becker, our guidance counselor, will be conducting a guidance lesson on Wednesday that will help students choose a career to research. Students were given information today about what they will need to do for the career research project. The research portion of the paper will be due Tuesday, January 26. The career tri-fold will be due Tuesday, February 2 .


3rd 9 Weeks Independent Reading Project: Students are to select a novel to read independently this nine weeks. Students should show this novel to me to make sure that it is approved. All students went to the media center today to check out books. Students will be given a sheet on Monday, January 11, explaining the project. Students will have to complete one 60 point and one 40 point activity for the book they are reading. There are several activities for the students to choose from. This project will be due on Friday, March 11.


If your child needs some help choosing a book to read, he/she can come to me for some suggestions or you may go to http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/ - there are several options to search by such as: similar book to one they liked or by series.


Homework:

*Get a book to read for the 3rd quarter reading project.


Upcoming Tests and Projects:

Tuesday, January 26: Career Essay

Tuesday, February 2: Career Tri-Fold due

Friday, March 11: 3rd Quarter Reading Project due

Social Studies:

Mr. Pauley - mailto:pauleyc@fortmillschools.org

GT Social Studies Website Address - http://goo.gl/vpvnQI

Grade Level Social Studies Website Address - http://goo.gl/qjJ94y


Welcome back – I hope you all had an enjoyable break with family and friends!


This week we will begin by taking notes on the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Byzantine Empire. On Tuesday, we will complete atlas work and focus on the multiple reasons why the Roman Empire collapsed. On Wednesday and Friday (Thursday will be our field trip to Discovery Place), students will complete a web quest on the Byzantine Empire and begin reading Anna of Byzantium. During this reading time, students will focus on the Byzantine view of the Romans and the role of religion in the empire. Thank you and have a great week!