Science 7 Newsletter

Hicksville Middle School

A Word from Ms. Rees...

In the past few weeks Hicksville Middle School students have been working to complete the new PARCC assessments and the final assignments for Quarter 3, while testing out the new Block Schedule. These last few weeks have certainly been met with much success, but also challenge as some students struggled to remember to complete homework assignments and study for tests/quizzes. As we look forward to the last quarter of the year, I have included in this email major topics of study and assignments for the upcoming week. I have listed a date to be assigned and/or due date for each.


Please note that I have included many pictures from our latest activities and of some unique creatures that I met while attending the 2015 National Science Teachers Association Conference. Scroll through the email to check them out!

Grades for this week?

Science 7 students will be earning grades on the following assignments for the week:


  1. Periodic Table Quiz: On Tuesday (3/24/15), students will complete a quiz over The Periodic Table of Elements. Students will be expected to use a copy of the table to determine the atomic number, symbol, atomic mass, number of protons, neutrons, and electrons for given elements. Additionally, students should be able to identify an element as either a metal, nonmetal, or metalloid.
  2. Cosmos Lesson: Students will be testing out a new online lesson program, Cosmos, which will connect them to current science news articles and to the concepts discussed in class. The selected lesson for this week will introduce students to mixtures and substances, while providing them practice questions and video clips. This lesson will be submitted on Friday (3/27/2015) for grading.
  3. Paper Chromatography Lab: As part of the Cosmos Lesson (see above), students will complete a lesson on Paper Chromatography as a means to separate the mixture found within felt pens. This lab will be graded along with the rest of the Cosmos Lesson - due Friday (3/27/2015).


Test Correction Opportunity: Recently, seventh grade students completed a test over Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration. Many students did a great job on this test, but a noticeable number of students appeared to rush through the questions, resulting in a low grade. Specifically, I again noticed an issue with a number of students not fully reading short-answer questions and writing answers that did not fully address the presented topic. Students who earned a "D" or "F" on this test will be able to make corrections during HomeBase, Study Hall, or after school on Monday (3/23/2015). Please encourage your student to take advantage of this opportunity and to study for all future tests and quizzes.

What have we been up to?

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Students worked in groups to design posters showing how matter may cycle through an ecosystem. This activity served as an extension from our discussion of Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.
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Students considered the idea of Conservation of Mass by using Skittles to represent the number of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms on each side of a balanced chemical equation.
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Recently I attended the 2015 National Science Teachers Association Conference. While walking the exhibit hall I found a group of Sea World handlers sharing interesting creatures with the visitors. Above you will find pictures of a Screech Owl and a Two-Toed Sloth. How exciting!
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