Seventh Grade Weekly Note

Good afternoon, Parents!

It’s finally feeling like fall!

Though some of us may be getting ready for trick-or-treaters, please remind your children that TPS will not be celebrating Halloween this year. That means there will be no Halloween celebration on Monday, and students should not come to school in costumes. If they do come in costume, they will be asked to change before school begins.

It’s been a powerful week in the seventh grade! Here are some highlights:

In science students discussed the question “What are the greatest problems facing the world?” Some of the class’s responses included war, racism, climate change, sexual assault, poverty, homelessness, hunger, education, terrorism, and discrimination. We will continue to explore some of these topics and examine potential paths and solutions during our Science Fridays.

In math students are finishing up their exploration of ratios, proportions, and scaling. At The Schuylkill Center, students used scaling and triangles to estimate the height of trees. Next we’re on to the properties of numbers!

In cultural studies the class explored the mixed and contentious legacy of Christopher Columbus -- intrepid explorer, racist slaver, or something in between? Today students debated the value of that legacy and whether we should celebrate a holiday and erect monuments to such a controversial figure.

In language arts we’re getting into the heart of our novel, Lord of the Flies, featuring a group of boys stranded on an island. Although the boys’ time started off as lighthearted fun, things are taking a turn. They’ve let the signal fire burn out, Jack has killed his first pig, and the group is being pulled apart by the fear of a beast on the island.  Over the weekend, students will write a paragraph analyzing one of the characters or symbols we have encountered so far.

Lastly, parent conferences will be held on November 3 and 4. All parents should be signed up on the Doodle poll for a time to meet with your child's advisor.  If there isn’t a time slot available that you can make, please reach out to your child's advisor to schedule an alternate time. Conferences, which last approximately 30 minutes, are an opportunity for you to meet with your child's advisor to discuss how the year is going and to answer any questions you may have.  If you have any specific questions or concerns, please email them to your child’s advisor so they can be addressed during your conference. We look forward to meeting with you!

Have a great weekend,

David, Melanie, Steve, and Jake