7th Grade Weekly Note

Good afternoon, parents!

This week had the seventh graders working on a joint Science/Language Arts project that asked them to develop a public service advertisement (PSA) addressing a health issue of their choice. We explored the purpose and presentation of existing campaigns via the Ad Council and investigated how these campaigns target specific audiences, capture that audience’s attention, and deliver relevant information and action steps. Many students were particularly fascinated by how these campaigns manipulate viewers into feeling guilty or sad in order to motivate them to the desired action step. Students then used this information to craft a print, audio, or video advertisement addressing their issue and to draft a written press release to accompany it. They will share their advertisements with the class next week, but be sure to ask to see them this weekend, too!

We need to put out the call for trip chaperones once more! On Tuesday, February 7, we will take the short walk over to the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to investigate artifacts in their Native American exhibits in support of our Cultural Studies work this term, as well as our upcoming language arts novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The time commitment would be from 9:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Jake at jhunter@tpschool.org

We’d also like to inform you of an Penn mindfulness program instructed by pediatrician Bidi McSorley, which seeks to teach middle schoolers skills to decrease the effects of stress, increase focus and attention, help regulate emotions, and improve communication. The program runs each Sunday from 12:30-2:30 p.m., starting on Sunday, February 5 (ending February 26). The cost is $195. If you’d like more information about this program, please click here.

Agnus Irwin Hosts Tech Savvy, Girls' STEM Event: On Saturday, April 29, Agnes Irwin will host Tech Savvy — a day-long science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference for 6th-9th grade girls and their parents. For the girls, this will be a day of interactive, hands-on STEM workshops that will introduce them to female scientists and engineers, as well as workshops to teach “savvy skills,” such as financial literacy, self-advocacy/interview skills, and creative problem-solving. Families are also invited to attend a separate parent program, which will include sessions on the college process and how to encourage girls in STEM, as well as time to visit student STEM workshops and resource tables staffed by representatives from colleges/universities and STEM-related organizations in the Philadelphia area. The program will run 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on April 29, and the cost to attend is $20 for students and $10 for parents. Agnus Irwin will post a link for online registration on their site in March. Questions? Contact Matt Murray in our Tech Department.

Finally, please see the letter below regarding an opportunity that will start in February. Thank you for your time, and have a great weekend!

Jake, Melanie, Steve, and David



TPS is looking for a group of 6-10 middle school students who would be interested in making a connection with students in India. Interested students would join Monday morning Skype sessions in Justine's office starting the first week of February. Breakfast will be provided. Here are the scheduled dates:

February 6, 7:10 a.m.
February 13, 7:10 a.m.
February 27, 7:10 a.m.
March 6, 7:10 a.m.
March 13, 8:10 a.m.
March 20, 8:10 a.m.

For more information, click here. If you are interested in participating in this exchange, please email Jena Croxford at jcroxford@tpschool.org.