Welcome to 7th Grade!
Best Team EVER!
WELCOME TO TEAM 7-1!
Welcome to the best year in all middle school (clearly, we are very biased). You have been placed on a great team; a team of great fun, great excitement, and of course, great education. This is your first update for the new school year. You can expect a Language Arts Update each month, so go ahead, save my e-mail! This newsletter will elevate any butterflies you are having about 7th grade and will also introduce you to the team and Language Arts class.
To get to know the team teachers, please click here to for our Welcome Letter!
Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you to help you get settled into 7th grade! Get ready for a great 2017-2018 year!
7th Grade Language Arts
General School Information
Language Arts Information
Unit 1: Science Fiction!
Our first unit is Science Fiction, and students will be learning the art of narrative writing. This includes literary elements such as the story arc, static and dynamic characters, effective dialogue, literary devices, descriptive adjectives and adverbs, and much more!
To help students develop these narrative writing skills, students will be reading an assortment of short Science Fiction stories in class, paired with choice book club novels they will be required to be reading outside of the classroom.
To view the list of novels students will be covering in this unit and all units, please click here.
To read more about the 7th grade Language Arts curriculum, click here.
Do not hesitate to contact me with questions.
District Testing Information for Language Arts
Click here to view Wallingford Public schools test administration schedule for these tests and other district standardized tests.
"When you enter this classroom...you are scientists. You are explorers. You are important. You are loved. You are respected. You are a friend. You are the reason we are here!"
Mrs. Bee and Mrs. Rosenberry enjoyed some popcorn during a field trip to the movies last year!
TO HAVE SOME FUN
Ms. Varrone, Ms. Dooley, and Ms. Wolfrum goofed around during a night out to the movies with our last year students!
Mrs. Sember and Mrs. Izzo enjoyed our end of the year trip to Lake Compounce!
TO HAVE SOME FUN
Team 7-1 Resources
Once the school year really kicks into full gear, all students will be joining Google Classroom for every core class on Team 7-1. Parents now have the opportunity to access Google Classroom to see work submitted, teacher posts, and late or missing work. If you would like access to Google Classroom, please e-mail the teacher for the core class you would like to join, and familiarize yourself with the Google Classroom support page by clicking here.
Wallingford Public Schools have completely implemented our district redo/retake policy. Please click here for requirements and conditions that apply to our policy.
Language Arts Class Calendar
This year in Language Arts, I am trying to be as organized as possible. Besides posting homework and assignments on Google Classroom, I am also going to post and keep updating a calendar for students online. This calendar will show lesson activities for the day along with any assignments and homework. Click below for access to the calendars.
Team 7-1 is dedicated to promoting reading. Students need to have a free reading novel with them at all times. Students should be constantly reading something! To help students find their love of reading, Team 7-1 will be using the website Goodreads. This website recommends books to students based on their interests and allows students to track books they are currently reading, books they have already read, and books they want to read. Students will be able to "friend request" each other and teachers to see what others are reading, too. We encourage you to register and begin tracking your books as well! Click here to get started.
7th grade is a great year for students to be more independent and more responsible for their own learning. To push students to move toward independence, I will be using ClassDojo this year to help students see the importance of their Habits of Work. This website allows parents to see updates from me as I report students work habits exactly as it happens in the classroom. These work habits include preparation, engagement, and interactions with peers and teachers in the classroom. I am new to this program this year, but I will have directions on how to get connected available as soon as possible. To explore this excellent learning tool, please click here.
Learning to study is a huge part of middle school. To help students learn those vocabulary terms for any subject, we highly suggest getting students logged on and active on Quizlet. This is an online flashcard maker that quizzes students in a variety of ways. Click here to help your student get studying!
7th Grade ROCKS!
Anne Varrone-Lederle (Team Leader, Spanish)
Michelle Wolfrum (Language Arts)
Corri Izzo (Math)
Sharon Dooley (Science)
Lauren Sember (Social Studies)
Kristen Rosenberry (Resource)
Christine Bee (Paraeducator)
Emily DeHaan (7th Grade Counselor)