7th Grade Weekly Update!

Week of February 10th

What's Going on in the Classroom...

Core Classes

Mrs. Morelock - Math

Students will be starting Expressions this week. This is topic 4 in Envisions (the math workbook). If a student wants to retake their topic 3 test, they must have no missing work, study guide complete, and test corrections finished. Once this is done, they can schedule to retake the test during FPC or at Academic Lab, the final day to retake is February 13th.

Mrs. Sullinger - Science

We are in the middle of our Energy Unit and talking about Kinetic and Potential Energy. Students have until Thursday to complete any missing work from the previous weeks. We will be celebrate those with no missing assignments on Jan 21st.


We will be having a quiz over Kinetic and Potential Energy next week, so students can prepare for that. We have been taking notes over it and have assignments to help prepare for it.

Mr. Ruiz - English

During the final week of January, the students both continued to receive feedback on their debates and turned them in. They also began to think about and work on rebuttal cards.


The fact cards were graded individually so as to give students the most accurate and fair grades. In most cases, this resulted in students receiving different grades than their teammates. Students were docked points if they did not turn in the required number of cards, did not get their cards stamped and verified by me, or did not revise them when revisions were necessary.


If a student has received a zero on their fact cards, it is either due to not turning in any cards, or claiming someone else's work as their own.


Some students were removed from their debate groups due to any of the following reasons:

• Failure to meet due dates.

• Repeated plagiarism

• Taking credit for the work of other students

• Failure to be a positive and focused member of their team

Mr. Cerutti - Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra students just tested over percents, the percent formula, the percent equation, percent increases and decreases, markups and discounts, and simple interest. They will go on to learn about writing and graphing linear equations next. I hope to test over this prior to spring break. It is a very difficult unit that leads them into next year's algebra class topics. They will need to get this put into long-term memory as soon as possible. Please work with them at home on this as this is a key moving forward. It is the hardest unit we have remaining for the entire rest of the school year. I have told students to take home work every night, even if it's just to look over notes for 5-10 minutes.

Mr. Cerutti - Algebra

Algebra students just tested over exponent rules, exponential growth, exponential decay, and compound interest this week. Our remaining units will all involve polynomials and quadratics.

Electives

Coach Baker & Coach Milne - PE

We have been fitness testing this week and us coaches have been really pleased by our students' effort and results. We look forward to using these numbers to help them make goals for the rest of the semester!

Mrs. Delaney - Computer Literacy (Design)

Students have been working with Google Sheet and continue to learn about creating formulas and charts using Sheets.

Mrs. Eastep - Design and Modeling

This week students are finishing up their sketching unit. They used linking blocks to sketch a multi view of 4 different geometric objects. The views they sketched are top, front, and right views. The class had to complete a sketching assessment on Friday by building a six sided shape and using isometric paper to sketch the multi view and isometric or 3D view of their chosen shape.

Ms. Chesney - Band

7th Grade Band students will be completing a series of Pass-Offs on Tetra Scales in all 12 major keys to prep them for learning all the full scales. Pass-Offs will be completed in Google Classroom via recording and there will be one due each week. Pass-Offs will occur in conjunction with weekly in-class playing assessments.


7th Grade Band Students have the opportunity to participate in the Platte County Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival on March 4th from 4pm-7pm at PCMS. This event is not mandatory and not for a grade. Students that have expressed interest in preparing a solo or playing is a small ensemble have been given entry forms to bring home. There is a small entry fee for events in the Festival. $6 for solos and $3 per student in ensembles. Please see the attached entry form for more information.

Nurse Kelly's Update

Don't forget that Barry School is partnering with the Platte County Health Department to host an immunization clinic at Barry on March 26th. Your child can get their required 8th grade immunization at that time as well as recommended age appropriate vaccines. Your child should have brought home a packet of information regarding the clinic and it has been sent to your emails as well. If you need further information please contact the school nurse. Forms are due March 9th in order to participate.

Upcoming Events

Important Dates

February 12/13:

  • PTSA Carnation Sale at lunch

February 14:

  • No School, Professional Development

February 17:

  • No School, Presidents Day

February 26:

  • Professional Learning Communities, 2-hour early release
  • Parent Teachers Conference (Invite Only)
  • FYI

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    This group meets at 7 am in Ms. Shoup's room on PLC Wednesday's. We are open for 5th - 8th grade. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Shoup or Mrs. Sullinger

    Immunizations

    It's not too early to start thinking about your student's required 8th grade immunizations! The State of Missouri requires all incoming 8th grade students to have a Tdap booster and a Meningococcal vaccine in order to enroll in 8th grade next year. While your student is out of school over winter break, have them get their vaccines and turn in an updated vaccine record to the health room when we return to school. You will have one thing to check off your to-do list to get your student ready for school next year!

    School Closing Notification/Winter Weather Information

    Cancellations

    Safety is priority number one when making the determination to cancel school on any given day due to inclement weather. If snow, ice, or extreme cold make conditions unsafe, we will cancel school and add that day(s) to the end of the school year.



    Notification

    In the event of school cancellation, PCR-3 will get that information out as early as possible through automated phone calls and text messages, the District website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the District Hotline (816-858-2752), and local media. Please rely on these sources only for accurate information. If you haven't yet opted in to receive texts and wish do so, please text the word "YES" to 67587.