September Newsletter

It has been an awesome start to the school year!

Field Trip Update

Grade 7 will be going to the YMCA on Oct. 8th. Grade 8 will be going on Oct. 15. If your child has not brought back their slips yet, there is still time. Please contact your child's PB teacher for an extra slip if needed! :)


ALL STUDENTS NEED- a lunch, bug spray, sunscreen, and a water bottle. It will be a great day for all.

English 7 and 8-


7th Grade English: It’s been a great start to the year!! The Bystander summer reading has come to a close with the “One-Pager Project." The kids have done an excellent job on it and with their packets. We’ve also spent some of the time on grammar and writing, which will continue into October. Let the creative juices flow! In mid to late October, we will also be diving into some of the spooky stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe to get ready for Halloween!



8th Grade English: We’ve been bridging the time gap between the 1960s and today comparing The Outsiders novel to our new novel Long Way Down. The students really seem to be getting into this novel even though it really is a long poem! :) We’ve also spent a lot of time boosting our writing and adding to our grammar folders from last year. This will continue as the year progresses.

In October, we will unearth Frankenstein and his monster, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and jump into a few other spooky stories along the way.


Please continue to check Google Classroom updates. Please make sure you are checking Aspen to see your child’s grades. If you have questions about Aspen, please email John Collins at jcollins@wbridgewater.com. Please feel free to email either Mrs. AJ or Ms. O’Bryan at any time as well at maiellojones@wbridgewater.com or lobryan@wbridgewater.com .

Science 7 and 8-


Science- Grade 7: We have gotten off to an excellent start in science class -the students have been starting to learn all about Electricity and Magnetism. We started the year by practicing measuring using metric units, and we have now moved on to our Physical Science content. We have been playing with lots of different materials and magnets to see what we notice and what we wonder about non-contact forces. The students are asking great questions and working hard to understand these concepts! We will be moving on soon to our first hyperdoc activity - during which we will explore electricity and magnetism even further!


8th Grade Science: So far our year has gone really well! Students seem to be proficient with their use of technology which is a huge help for the year. Please make sure each day that students are attending class with a charged device and a set of headphones. We are currently studying chemistry - starting with atoms and the Periodic Table. We already completed our first unit about measuring using Metric Units.



Please check ASPEN and Google Classroom for grades and all other announcements/updates that are science related!

I am always available for any of your questions/concerns! Please email me: jparenteau@wbridgewater.com

Reading 7-

Welcome to grade 7! Over the next few classes, students will be taking a reading comprehension assessment practice. This will not count as a grade but rather as an indicator of what areas of reading comprehension I need to focus on. We will then read a short story titled, Seventh Grade by Gary Soto. We will work on the vocabulary and the main ideas of the story. Up next, we will analyze a poem by Soto and compare similarities. Students also checked out pleasure reading books from the Learning Commons. I hope they are enjoying them!

Please email me with any questions at atheriault@wbridgewater.com. Please continue to check Google Classroom. Thanks!

Math 7 and 8-

7th grade Math Math, everyone’s favorite! Well, maybe not. Welcome to 7th grade. Math is always a tough class for 7th graders, but we want to do our best to make sure everything goes well for this year. If you were unable to swing by curriculum night, please review the syllabus on Google Classroom to view our grading policies and reach out with any questions. Students do not have homework in our classes. The only reason something should ever go home is to finish the classwork if they were unable during class time.

The class will be a little different to other classes because we offer a lot of choices each day starting after the 1st test. The students are not required to do everything on the Choice Board. Some start with the basics and end with the required work. Some start with the required work, and then go back or move on to higher-level problems. All assignments will be available on Google Classroom.

Our first test will be, September 27th and 28th depending on your student’s block. The test will cover equations, angles, and scientific notation. Our tests are always online, and you can login anytime on the app Edulastic and look at their tests or practice tests. The login for Edulastic is the student’s school Google login.


8th grade Math What an amazing start to the year and we are so excited about this group of students! If you were unable to swing by curriculum night, please review the syllabus on Google Classroom to view our grading policies and reach out with any questions. It will be the same as last year but just as a refresher, students do not have homework in our classes. The only reason something should ever go home is to finish the classwork if they were unable during class time.

Class will be a little different to other classes because we offer a lot of choices each day starting after the 1st test. The students are not required to do everything on the Choice Board. Some start with the basics and end with the required work. Some start with the required work, and then go back or move on to higher level problems. All assignments will be available on Google Classroom.

Our first test will be, September 27th and 28th depending on your student’s block. The test will cover equations, angles, and scientific notation. Our tests are always online, and you can login anytime on the app Edulastic and look at their tests or practice tests. The login for Edulastic is the student’s school Google login.


Feel free to email us anytime!

Gina Romano Sarah DeLuca

gromano@wbridgewater.com sdeluca@wbridgewater.com

Social Studies 7 and Civics 8-

7th Grade Social Studies: Welcome to Social studies! We will be learning all about Ancient Civilizations this year. Students will have access to the online text in Google Classroom. If you ever need help, feel free to ask Ms. Martin or Mr. Despier! We started September with a quick geography review and headed into Chapter 1: Prehistory. We looked at the Iceman and learned about archeology. Get ready to go into the past and have fun learning history! Check Google Classroom for all updates to the class. We look forward to a great year of learning social studies!


8th Grade Social Studies/Civics: Welcome to Civics! We will be looking at how our government was started, the history of our government, and how civics works in this country. We will become informed citizens. We started the month off learning about The Mayflower Compact, the early influences of our government, and more. Once we complete the early influences we will be following the online text throughout the year, you will be getting a username and password to access it. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us! This year we will be watching daily news that gives everyone an unbiased view of what’s going on in the world. We will also be participating in a civics project, more details to come! We are looking forward to a great year of social studies!


Matthew Despier: Jaimee Martin

Mdespier@wbridgewater.com jmartin@wbridgewater.com

Spanish 8-

Buenos Días y Bienvenido a la Clase de Español! It’s been a great start to the year so far! We have begun to have conversations regarding what it means to be proficient in a language and are setting our learning goals for this year. We are also learning about the dangers of using online translators and the importance of doing our own language work. We are in the process of logging in and establishing accounts on all of our language websites so that we can best learn both in person and online. The first unit is all about greetings and introductions, so we will be working on introducing ourselves, asking others where they come from, and stating our age and our birthdays. Looking forward to a great year! Please email me with any questions or concerns at soliveira@wbridgewater.com .

Guidance-


Welcome and welcome back. What a great opening! We are all under stress due to the changes that were necessary to keep schools safe. Self care is important for yourself and your middle schooler. Please remember to take time to unwind.


On another note! It is that time of year for our 8th graders who may be considering attending other high schools. If your 8th grader is interested in applying to SE, the application can be done at any time and is completely online (https://www.sersd.org/). Please check the Southeastern Website for information on their open house being held on November 20th.


If you are considering private high school for your student, simply send in the transcript request portion of the application and we will send along everything they require.


For any questions, concerns or to submit a transcript request contact me, Ms. Wilder at awilder@wbridgewater.com.