KVMS 7-White Team Newsletter

December 2014

Happy Holidays from 7 White

As 2014 comes to a close, the 7 White teachers would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our students’ families a joyous holiday season. We are delighted to spend our days with your children and thank you for entrusting us with their academic education.

Best wishes during this holiday season!

With warm regards,

Nicole McClure, Stephanie Keene, Nancylynn Sicilia, Tom Sabaitis, Stephanie Rachuba, and Dawn Gallagher

PACE Setter of the Month

Brianna Barone has been named our "PACE Setter" of the month. Brianna has been invited, along with her family, to a special breakfast later this month to honor her commitment to being personally, academically, and civically excellent. Congratulations Brianna!

Upcoming Events

12/11 & 12/12 - Early Dismissal (Parent-Teacher Conferences)

12/12 - KV Winter Fun Night

12/16 - 7th & 8th Grade Winter Concert; 7pm

12/18 - KV Orchestra Winter Concert

12/23 - Early Dismissal-Winter Break Begins

12/24-1/2 - No School

Team Calendar

Language Arts with Ms. Sicilia & Mrs. Rachuba

In Ms. Sicilia’s ELA class, students spent the last few weeks studying the genre of memoir under the direction of our student teacher, Miss Rush. The kids read mentor texts and then selected a significant moment from their own life to write about. Colorful revisions were made throughout the unit as the students worked to improve their use of dialogue, sensory details, and vivid vocabulary. Miss Rush’s last day was on December 3rd and we all wish her the best of luck!

We are now reading lit circle novels that each contain a strong teenage main character. While time for reading is given in class, students should also be taking their novel home to read each night. The first deadline is this Tuesday, December 9th. Please contact Ms. Sicilia with any questions.

In Mrs. Rachuba’s class, students have finished the book Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick and completed a text-dependent analysis final exam. In addition, they enjoyed the movie The Mighty based on the novel. Students compared the book and the movie. Before the holiday break, the students will be reading the novel, Max the Mighty and beginning a memoir writing piece. We continue to review and apply strategies that successful readers and writers use.

Math with Mr. Sabaitis and Mrs. Gallagher

In Math, all 7 white students will complete a “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” project in the technology lab just before winter break. The project was designed to enhance students’ understanding of scale factors and proportions. Students used adobe and geometer sketchpad to make a PowerPoint. They also used a scale factor to create slides with pictures of themselves scaled down as if they were in the movie.

Algebra students just completed a chapter 4 test and will start fresh with chapter 5 in the New Year. Please encourage your children to continue on Khan Academy; it will help them build a strong math foundation which is an essential step for a bright future.

Students in 7th Grade Math are working on Module 2 material and will have a test on the module after the break. Please encourage students to continue to use the Khan Academy to review for the test (if they have a chance over break). A list of suggested topics to review for the test will be listed on Edmodo.com

Science with Ms. Keene

Students finished their Virtual Zoo projects last week and gave a tour of their zoo of invertebrates and vertebrates to their class. Samples of students' maps are linked below. Students had a great time designing their zoos and researching information about the various organisms of the Animal Kingdom.

Now that our virtual zoos are complete, we are focusing on Animal body systems and behavior. Students will learn the skeletal system of various rodents as we dissect owl pellets. In addition to the skeletal system of rodents, students will also study the human body systems. To learn the names of the bones in the human body, students will create model sized cut-outs and label about 20 of the main bones.

Later this month, students will have the opportunity to participate in the world-wide initiative “Hour of Code.” We will work with a program called “Scratch,” where students can program animations for any image. To connect the "hour of code" with our current unit, students will be animating skeletons!

Ms. Keene's Science Website

Social Studies with Mrs. McClure

Next week we will finish our “Colonial Unit” with student performances of colonial skits portraying a family’s story of emigration to the colonies. What a fun, entertaining, and informative time we’ve had so far! We are excited and looking forward to studying the American Revolution. Our focus will be on the rising tension between England and her colonies in the 1700's as well as the causes and events leading up to the revolution. This unit will incorporate an in-depth study of revolutionary documents such as Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence as well as an overview of the battles of the American Revolution. We have spent some quality time with “primary source documents” and will be using and analyzing them throughout this unit.

It is extremely important that your child continues to spend time each night reviewing the work we did in class that day. This will help him/her absorb and retain new information so that they can demonstrate mastery on any assessment, whether a quiz, test, project, or pop quiz. It will also allow them to feel confident in their ability to participate in class discussions, debates, and lessons.

As the marking period progresses, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns or even just to touch base and say "Hi”! The easiest way to contact me is through e-mail: (nmcclure@hatboro-horsham.org). I will respond as soon as I possibly can. Please also check the team website and Edmodo for information concerning long-term assignments, projects, and our progress in class.

Mrs. McClure's Website