Seventh Grade Weekly Note

Good Afternoon, Parents!

It’s finally fall, and the crisp air and sunshine have been wonderful for our Tuesday Schuylkill Center outings. There, the students have continued to work on mapping the Pine Plantation with the view to claiming a territory for a Capture the Flag game. In math class, using a program called Geogebra, the students took their measurements and created a scaled-down outline of the boundaries of the Pine Plantation. They’ve also been hard at work collecting and classifying leaf samples in our introduction to scientific classification methods.

On the horizon, we also have some Tuesday trips to places other than The Schuylkill Center. Next Tuesday, half the class will visit Heritage Farm, a sustainable urban farm right here in Philadelphia, to explore our fall essential questions through the lens of urban agriculture. The other half of the class will visit the farm on November 1. We are also planning a trip to the Franklin Institute to see the current robotics exhibit on Tuesday, November 8. Because the Franklin Institute asks for one adult chaperone for every 10 students, we are in need of additional chaperones! If you are interested, please email Steve at sbartholomew@tpschool.org as soon as possible. We will be walking to and from the Institute, leaving at about 9:20 a.m. and returning to school close to 1:00 p.m.

In language arts this week, students began a thematic exploration in preparation for our first novel, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Students debated a question central to the text -- Are humans essentially good or bad? -- and considered the “state of nature” as imagined by Thomas Hobbes. Ask your child about these discussions over the weekend! We start the book next week.

Finally, one more reminder to sign up for a Fall Conference time with your child’s advisor and specialists, if you haven’t already. You can find the links for advisors and specialists here https://docs.google.com/document/d/100UNUU3BPX0NNHRtys_-i588hE1B19Dws88kgl6JrJo/edit?usp=sharing .

Thank you, and have an excellent weekend!

Melanie, David, Jake, and Steve