7th Grade Weekly Note

Good afternoon, parents!

We’re really in the home stretch now. Here are the highlights:

First, some thank yous. Thanks to all those who attended Move-Up Night last night. It’s an exciting reminder of how far the class has come this year and what we have to look forward to in the next. If you were unable to attend last night, feel free to reach out to Ashley (aopalka@tpschool.org) for information. She will also be sending out a general informational email with the presentation slides and high school info soon.

We’d also like to thank the parents who accompanied us as chaperones on the trip to Washington, DC, this past Monday (as well as all those who volunteered after we’d already reached our needed number). We know it was a long and tiring day, but we hope you enjoyed visiting the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture as much as we and the class did. Thank you -- the trip would not have been possible without you!

The history galleries at the NMAAHC provided some powerful background and context for our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird, which we began in advisories last week. This is different from how we’ve approached the novel in years past, but we are excited at the opportunity to read the book aloud in small groups. Each advisory is using a different mix of student and teacher read-aloud and individual reading, and we are confident that they will have a powerful experience of the novel through follow-up conversations and discussions. 

Next Tuesday we will head to Penn's GRASP (general robotics, automation, sensing, and perception) Lab for a tour of their robotics facility and some presentations about their ongoing work and projects. 

In two weeks we will be taking the annual ERB tests. Next week we will spend some time in academics discussing the format of the test and the types of questions to expect in each section. Make sure to remind your children as we draw closer to test days that they should be getting plenty of sleep, eating well, and drinking lots of water. Basic health maintenance will help ensure the best focus and results on the tests.

We hope to see you this evening at Spring Fling! Have a great weekend!

David, Melanie, Jake, and Steve