7th Grade Weekly Note

Good afternoon, parents!

It was a great week here in the seventh grade as we dove into an exploration of our first Seed of Change: water. In Science and Language Arts, we explored issues of water contamination and scarcity both globally and here in the United States. We also looked at competition for water rights in the drought-stricken Southwest and learned how basic water filtration works by constructing three-stage filters of our own in science. 

Our next “seed” is food, so don’t be surprised if your children ask you for some help identifying ingredients in some of your household foods over the long weekend. They’ve already started to explore the topic in Cultural Studies, where they discussed the challenges and benefits of hunting and gathering. Next week we will take a look at how we supply ourselves with food in the modern world -- namely how far we are from hunting and gathering -- and examine the advantages and dangers of our agricultural/food system.

We hope to see as many folks as possible at our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service here at school. If you’re interested but have not yet signed up, you can find the link to the signup form here. Even if you aren’t joining us, there are plenty of service opportunities around the city, as well as marches and protests in support and defense of civil rights and freedoms here in Philadelphia and nationally. It’s an important time for direct service and action. Please help us get our young people out there and participating!

Finally, a date to put on your calendar. The annual 6th/7th Grade parent potluck dinner will happen in the Garage on Tuesday, February 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This year's theme is Mardi Gras. We hope you'll join us and other parents for a bite and a drink. Thank you to all those who helped organize this event!

Thank you for your time,

Steve, Jake, Melanie, and David

“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.