7th Grade Panther Press

December 4th Newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, December 8- Field Trip to Wyly Theater in Dallas
  • Thursday, December 10 - College Day
  • Friday, December 11 - Student Dance - 5th/6th grade dance 5:30-7:00 & 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:30
  • Thursday, December 10 - Progress Reports
  • December 14-16 - Quarterly Tests (see schedule below)
  • Thursday, December 17 - Fundraiser Party 8:30-10:30
  • Friday, December 18 - Early Release @ 1:25
  • December 21- January 3 - Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 4 - Staff Development

"A Christmas Carol" Field Trip

On Tuesday, December 8th, the 7th grade students will be traveling to the Wyly Theater in

downtown Dallas to see the 10:30 matinee performance of A Christmas Carol. Students should dress in their best formal occasion (church dress) clothes for the play. We have tickets reserved for 105 seats. We plan to leave VAMS at 8:00. Following the performance, students will be eating lunch at CiCi’s Pizza in McKinney. Parents are welcome to join us for lunch. We plan to return to VAMS before 3:25. Students may also bring a snack to eat on the bus ride to Dallas.

2nd Quarter Testing Schedule

Monday, December 14- Reading and Science

Tuesday, December 15-Math and ELA

Wednesday, December 16- Social Studies

Reading News

I hope you have all enjoyed a great Thanksgiving holiday! We have jumped into our Christmas Spirit in class by reading and performing A Christmas Carol dramatized by Fredrick Gaines! The students have chosen characters and have taken their roles very seriously-so much fun to watch! We have finished reading and performing the play, and are working on Instagram posts that depict our favorite scene from the play.

Next Tuesday, we will be taking a field trip to see a live performance of A Christmas Carol! The students are looking forward to this trip , and it will definitely be experience for them to be apart of. Next week students will be researching Victorian London (the setting of A Christmas Carol) and will complete character sketches for their chosen character.

Our 2nd Quarter Assessment will be on Monday, December 14th. Corrections will be due on Thursday, December 17th.

Scholastic Book Club

We have many students who have been purchasing books through Scholastic Reading Club, and I have been stocking our classroom library as well. If any are interested in ordering online, please click the button and it will take you to their website.

ELA News

Happy November!!!

The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind! We wrapped up the “A Rose for Emily” unit right before Halloween. This short story was so much fun to work with. We re-created the ending scene with Mrs. Hensley’s skeletal buddy, Max, as Homer Barron. With eerie music and fog, the story came to life in the classroom- what fun!

Last week, we wrote spooky stories and presented them while we sat in a circle on the floor with flashlights!!! These oral presentations were very creative and perfect for a haunted holiday. I continue to be blown away with your child’s creativity and attention detail…they are amazing!

In the next two weeks, we are buckling down and digging into grammar and punctuation. How boring, right? Well, I am planning to spice it up a little…

Along with all of our engaging lessons, we are rapidly preparing for our Veteran’s Day program. My group has been working to design, create, and write cards for our local veterans. They have been very diligent in their efforts. I cannot wait to see the finished product! If you know a veteran, please be sure to bring them to this special event.

As always, I am so proud of your child! They are out-of-this-world, but I know that is only because of you and your amazing support. Middle school is tough. There are lots of activities and assignments. Rigor increases drastically. In the beginning, there was a bit of a learning curve, but I am confident we are on the right track. Keep on doing what you’re doing, because it is working.

Thank you for being phenomenal!!!

I am always available before and after school if you want to chat~

Make it a GREAT Week!

Mrs. Schroeder

Texas History News

In 7th Grade Social Studies the students will start a lengthy project that will cover Texas in the Civil War through Reconstruction. This project will be very time consuming and challenging to all students.

Math News

In math, we have been studying proportional relationships in geometry. We have studied similar figures and how to use them to find measurements in the real world that are too big or too inconvenient to measure in person. We will be applying scale to maps, blueprints, and models next week. The students will choose their favorite college and apply scale to create a drawing of the logo. The college scale drawing will be due December 17th. We will work on most of the college logo scale drawing in class.

Our math quarterly test is scheduled for December 15th. There is a review on Study Island that is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to properly prepare for the test.

7th Grade Mathematics/ Honors

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Science News

This nine weeks 7th grade Science is exploring all of organ systems of our incredible body! We have been studying the circulatory and respiratory systems; the structure and function of each and how they work together to provide our cells with oxygen. We are creating a 3D paper model of a body with the respiratory system, heart, digestive system, liver and excretory system (kidneys and bladder).

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VAMS Redo/ Retake Policy

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