7th Grade Newsletter

Week of November 23, 2015


Welcome to the first edition of the student created 7th Grade Newsletter!!! We're thrilled that you're a part of our Butler community and hope that you find this newsletter beneficial. Every two weeks you'll receive this newsletter with upcoming information on your students' classes as well as any general updates. Our contact information will remain on this page so please use it whenever you need it. We love to hear from you.

As indicated above, students will update this newsletter including fonts, pictures and styles and students will edit the material. We can't wait to see their creativity. Big thank you to Elliyana and Vincent for their help on this first edition!!

Please scroll down to find more information on all your students' classes. Happy reading and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Social Studies Announcement: There will be a major Social Studies test on December 2nd.The test will cover up to Chapter 2, The Fertile Crescent.

Science Announcement: Bacteria Test on Tuesday, November 24

About Mrs. Doole

Phone: 978-937-8973 ext: 2223

Email: rdoole@lowell.k12.ma.us

Hi! I'm so happy to be working with Butler kids and the Butler team. It's been an amazing experience! I grew up in Lowell and attended Lowell Public Schools since grammar school. Though I moved away from Lowell for several years, it's been wonderful being back and contributing to the success of the kids.

Prior to teaching English, I worked as a Human Resources Manager for a small firm in Boston. After 13 years in this profession, I decided to fulfill my dream and began working on my Masters in Education in 2010. I've been working for Lowell Public Schools for several years and have been with the Butler Middle School for two of those years. I have a passion for English as a subject and a passion for learning. I can't think of a better way to live out my passion than teaching.

ELA with Mrs. Doole

Happy Thanksgiving! This week we will be closing our Realistic Fiction unit with a showing of the "Outsiders." Next week we will start our unit on Argument. I expect some lively debate. Ask your student about their text feature presentation. It was amazing to watch the students display and discuss their work and to see so many of them shine as leaders. It was awesome!

About Ms. Tapia

Phone: 978-937-8973 ext; 2218

Email: jtapia@lowell.k12.ma.us


I am excited to join the Butler Bulldogs family on my 10th year as an Educator! I have been an ELA teacher for 9 years in Lawrence (6 at the high school and 3 at the middle schools) and have educated in various settings such as the Adult Learning Center, summer programs in the University of Maine, Boys and Girls Club and Phillips Academy, even writing workshops in Vermont, New York, and throughout Massachusetts. As a daughter of an immigrant I have experienced the importance of literacy and hope to impart a love of reading, writing, communication, and analytical skills to my students.

My goal this year is to create a community within my classroom that encourages creation, expression, critical thinking, and most importantly that reflects the voices of my students and their families. I hope to build upon what the students know and to have them impart their knowledge and skills back to their peers and me which mold them into civically engaged young adults. If you would like to visit our classroom or participate in our activities do not hesitate to contact me.

ELA with Ms. Tapia

This week we'll be showing The Outsiders. Next week we'll start our unit on Argument writing.

About Mrs. Waugh

Phone: 978-937-8973 ext: 2227

Email: jwaugh@lowell.k12.ma.us

Hi! I'm a graduate of Umass Lowell and Cambridge College. I have traveled extensively around the world and lived in Egypt and Brazil where I taught English for three years. I have been teaching in Lowell since 1998. I love history and love to bring it alive for my students

Social Studies with Mrs. Waugh

Students will be finishing the chapter on the Fertile Crescent and learning about Judaism. Students will also be learning about covenants, Moses, prophets, diaspora and how these relate to the world we live in today.We will also begin a review of this chapter in preparation for a chapter test in December.

Students finished the section on The Mediterranean Sea, learning about the great sea power of the Phoenician people from ancient Tyre. How these great sea faring people traveled the Mediterranean Sea and the stormy Atlantic Ocean in search of goods, trade, all the while spreading the concept of civilization, education, and even an alphabet that has survived thousands of years and is the basis for our own language today.

***Students should be studying academic terms and reviewing class notes daily and complete any other homework that is assigned. Their 3 ring binders need to be kept neat and in chronological order to facilitate their learning and studying.

About Mrs. Kabriel

Phone: 978-937-8973

Email: ekabriel@lowell.k12.ma.us

I love teaching 7th graders and I love teaching math!

I am so happy to join the wonderful teachers and staff at the Butler Middle School this year, however it's my 9th year teaching 7th grade math in Lowell. Before coming to Lowell I taught special education for four years in an elementary school. Prior to changing careers to devote my energies to education, I spent almost 20 years working in the business world helping companies implement business information systems and business process


Middle school is an exciting and challenging time of change. With your help, I hope to ease each student's transition to seventh grade. My goal is to provide a high quality, safe learning environment that will academically challenge and develop your child's math abilities and skills in addition to facilitating his/her social and emotional growth.

Math with Mrs. Kabriel

7th grade students have been doing a fabulous job learning to add and subtract positive and negative integers and have applied their new knowledge to solving real world situational problems. Using their mathematical expertise, many students successfully solved the mystery of Pete’s Missing Pet using their calculation skills.

We will continue to add and subtract positive and negative rational numbers (fractions and decimals,) tackle more challenging absolute value problems and finally find the distance and the change between situational numbers. After the Thanks giving break we will move on to learn and practice all four operations with positive and negative integers and rational numbers and apply our new knowledge to increasingly complex situational math problems.

About Mrs. Pappalardo

Phone: 978-937-8973

Email: cpappalardo@lowell.k12.ma.us

Prior to teaching, I spent 15 years in Operations Management in the Mortgage Banking field. I always felt a pull to teaching, coming from a family full of math educators. This is my 7th year teaching 7th grade and 5 of those have been here at the Butler Middle School. I truly love what I do. Along with teaching at the school, I coach the girls basketball team and am a member of the PBIS Committee. I am dedicated to the middle school and would not want to be teaching at any other grade level.

Math with Mrs. Pappalardo

Thank you to Vincent for uploading the above picture until a new one can be uploaded.

Students are currently working on positive and negative integers.

About Mrs. Jordan

Phone: 978-937-8973 ext:2212

Email: ejordan@lowell.k12.ma.us

Hello! I am Emilia Jordan, the 7th grade science teacher at the Butler Middle School. In 7th grade, we study Life Science and I am very excited to about working with the great group of students in 7th grade this year.

A little bit about me…

I grew up near Detroit, Michigan in a family of six (mom, dad, and 3 younger siblings). After graduating as valedictorian of my high school class, I attended to the University of Michigan, where I was dually enrolled as both a science student and an art student. At the University of Michigan, I earned a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Scientific Illustration. For several years after college, I worked as a research assistant in a lung cancer lab and as an illustration assistant for a science art firm. Eventually, I began substitute teaching, which lead me to pursue my Masters degree in Education at UMass Lowell and my current teaching position here in Lowell. This is my tenth year teaching 7th grade science at the Butler Middle School. In addition to teaching science, I also coach the Butler Knowledge Bowl team.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy playing games, reading, camping, running (when I'm not injured), napping, and catching up on my favorite TV shows. One of my favorite things to do during vacation is travel—I love experiencing new places, eating new foods, and learning new things. This year, I've traveled to Brazil, Argentina, Denmark, the Netherlands, Maine, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Texas.

Science with Mrs. Jordan

Last week (November 16-20) and this week (November 23-24), we are studying bacteria. Specifically, the discovery of bacteria, basic characteristics of all bacteria, bacterial cell structures, Archaebacteria and Eubacteria kingdoms, reproduction in bacteria, bacterial survival needs, and ways bacteria are helpful/useful to other organisms and to the planet.

About Mrs. Clark

Phone: 978-937-8973

Email: kxclark@lowell.k12.ma.us

My name is Karen Clark, I have been a Special Education teacher for 13 years ranging from elementary to middle school. I have been at the Butler Middle School for 8 years, the last six have been in seventh grade. I am licensed in both special education and middle school math. I work closely with the seventh and eighth grade math teachers to support all students, and co-teach with both Mrs. Pappalardo and Mrs. Kabriel, and with Mrs. Gurriero, grade 8. I recently came back from maternity leave in the middle of September. I am the proud mother of a beautiful baby boy, Philip Joseph "PJ," with that said, I am only available after school on Monday's and Friday's until 3:45 to support students with their math.

Math with Mrs. Clark

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Ms. Segarra, ELA Special Education Teacher

Phone: 978-937-8973

Email: mssegarra@lowell.k12.ma.us

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Mrs. Coffey, ELL Newcomer Teacher

Phone: 978-937-8973

Email: dcoffey@lowell.k12.ma.us

Grades 7/8 newcomer students are finishing up a unit on Plymouth Colony just in time for Thanksgiving. The students are currently working on a writing piece out the hometowns where they used to live. Two reading groups have started reading The One and Only Ivan which everyone is really enjoying. We are all looking forward to the long Thanksgiving break.