Good afternoon, Parents!
It has been a week of exciting culminations in the 7th grade as we head into the long conference weekend. Here’s what we’ve been up to!
Our trip to Blue Rocks Campground and the Deer Lake fossil site has marked the end of our geology trips. We are now done collecting rock specimens and are focusing our attention on completing and editing the specimen labels for our collections. Over the long weekend, students should complete label drafts for ALL specimens and respond thoughtfully to all feedback. This kind of work requires focused, uninterrupted time. Resources such as their geologic maps, textbooks, class notes, and field journals should be at the ready when working on labels. In addition, students should continue to organize their materials for the final test (November 12-13) and begin to review vocabulary.
Rock collections should come to school on Thursday, November 5, for a check-in. Final collections are due Friday, November 20.
We also finished reading To Kill A Mockingbird this week. Over the long weekend, students are editing and revising, along with teacher notes and edits, a paragraph examining one theme that they identified in the text. They also have a study guide for the final test, which will be next Thursday, November 5. They are allowed to prepare one page of notes or an outline to bring with them for the short essay section of the test. Be sure to ask them what theme they are writing about, what essay prompt they plan on choosing for the test, and what their thoughts on the book are now that we’ve finished reading it.
The Mini-Course Catalog and online signup form was emailed to you this week. Please review the menu of courses with your children and complete the signup as soon as possible to ensure that your child has the best chance of getting the mini-courses they want!
FInally, as you know, Parent Conferences will take place next Monday and Tuesday, November 2-3. We look forward to seeing you all there to discuss your child’s progress and growth so far in the 7th grade!
See you next week,
David, Steve, and Virginia