Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Week of May 22nd, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Important Team Announcements!
  • After-School Homework Help
June 1st is the last official day of afterschool homework help. If a student needs to meet with a teacher, he or she should connect with the teacher directly and schedule a time to do so.
  • A reminder of the several exciting events coming up:
  • Monday, June 5th Samantha Smith Project at Thomas College in Waterville, ME (See details below)
  • Friday, June 9th Immigration Community Celebration
  • Friday, June 16th Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 20th - 7th Grade Picnic & LAPTOP COLLECTION
  • Wednesday, June 21st - Team Day
  • Thursday, June 22nd - Step Up Day
  • Friday, June 23rd - LAST DAY 7th Grade World Cup
It’s important for students to keep on top of their work and connect with teachers if needed in order to fully participate in and enjoy these trips.


Michelle York writes:
We have begun our probability standards. This unit is FUN! We end the unit with a classroom carnival. The students end the year by making “games of chance” and inviting others to play their games. Obviously, we still have a lot of book work to do and they will also need to do a theoretical report prior to making the actual games. If you hear that we are playing card games in class, then you heard right! Playing card games is a great format for this unit.


Britni Rowe writes:
Our Samantha Smith Challenge field trip is fast approaching! Students received their Immigration Narrative drafts with written feedback and a rubric. Students should be working both in school and at home to revise their writing based on the feedback they received.


Each student has been provided a Revision Packet. Students are required to conference with a teacher, another adult, and a peer as well as record themselves reading their narratives. These steps are designed to support students in using feedback and recognizing edits in their own work.


The Immigration Narrative Best Draft are due on Tuesday, May 30th. The students narrative will be compiled into a collective book: The Many Stories of Immigration.
In order for students to have their work included in the book, it’s important for students to submit their work on time. Late work will not be included in the final product!


Nancy Lindbom writes:
Students are completing their art work and group presentations for the Samantha Smith Challenge. A permission slip will be sent home shortly.
Here are the details:
Date: June 5, 2017
Place: Thomas College, Waterville, ME
Time: 7:45 am-3:00 pm
Students need to arrive to school on time. The buses will be leaving at 7:45. Due to the extended day, all students will need to be picked up at 3:00pm. Students will need to bring a bag lunch.


Liz Schambach writes: Happy Good Weather!!!
We wrapped up our second fitness goal check last week.  Many improved and were excited to improve with even more various activities. Kids should be writing their fitness work from home...I have not seen many.
This week we are talking reputations and realizing what each other think about some serious issues.  It has been interesting to hear what they have to say.  


Scott Dorr writes:  
This week in science the students will be finishing work on their speech project discussing the topic of “Unique Mating Rituals in the Animal World.” Presentations will be 3-5 minutes in length and will occur on the Tuesday/Wednesday following Memorial Day. Students are also making the final push to finish the in-class reading book “Operation Redwood.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017


Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Puma moms! We have only a few weeks left, but we still have a lot of work to do. We have several exciting events coming up, including the following events:
  • Monday, June 5th Samantha Smith Project at Thomas College in Waterville, ME
  • Friday, June 9th Immigration Community Celebration
  • Friday, June 16th Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 20th - 7th Grade Picnic & LAPTOP COLLECTION
  • Wednesday, June 21st - Team Day
  • Thursday, June 22nd - Step Up Day
  • Friday, June 23rd - LAST DAY 7th Grade World Cup
It’s important for students to keep on top of their work and connect with teachers if needed in order to fully participate in and enjoy these trips.

As part of the Samantha Smith Challenge, we are in need of 15 tri-fold boards for student group presentations. If you are able to donate a black or white, 36" x 48", tri-fold, please let us know. Ideally, we would like the boards at school by the end of the week. Thank you once again for your support.

Michelle York writes:
The students are still working very hard in math. We are starting work in statistics. We will have math talks about populations, samples, random samples vs biased samples and the importance of knowing the difference between the two and how to collect random sample data. This is more of a conversational unit than a calculation unit. I will give out the exceeds work at the end of the week. Upcoming math assessments are: 5/24 for the final STAR assessment and 5/31 for the 8th grade placement assessment. After that we will compile the data for the principal to make her decisions on math placement for 8th grade.

Please ask your children to return any math textbooks that they borrowed over the course of the year. They are due next week.  

Britni Rowe writes:
This week in ELA we will be continuing to work on our Immigration Narratives. Throughout the week, we will be focusing on maintaining verb tense and adding dialogue. Students have a 1st draft due on Wednesday for Gryffindor, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw sections and Thursday for the Hufflepuff section.

Nancy Lindbom writes:
This week in social studies, the students are working on their research packets. The students are conducting research on the country of origin of their interviewee. The research packet is due on Friday, May 19th. The students also need to complete an individual art project and a group presentation board. Please see Google Classroom for rubric details and due dates.

Liz Schambach writes:
Happy Spring!! With the exercise piece,  we have been working hard on our fitness goals. In the classroom, we have figured out what we want in our futures and what we want to avoid, finalized with a visual crest.  Last week, we had a pretty thorough Growth and Development unit with Nurse Moore and Ms. Gilday. This week we are back in the exercise room working on specific exercises for each goal.  

Scott Dorr writes:  
This week in science the students will be working on their Demonstrative Speech project.  The majority of the work will be done in school with most kids working with a partner.  The focus for the project is “unique mating rituals of animals.”  The students will need to deliver a 3-5 minute speech consisting of three parts: Introduction of the topic, body(including the demonstration/video) and conclusion to wrap it all up.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017


Tick Tock - the school year is winding down. We have 41 official days of school left (but who’s counting). Yet with end-of-year and special events, we have about 10 days fewer of teaching time. So planning is critical and we need to make sure that the students are here EVERY day to get the most out of the end of their 7th grade year learning experiences!


We have had a great learning experience with Orson “Pigeon” Horshler from France as part of our immigration unit today! We also met a man, Titi, who is seeking asylum from Africa. Ask your kids about the things they learned from them about immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.


Michelle York writes:
We have begun our work in our Geometry units. The students are enjoying using manipulatives as well as their algebra concepts to solve geometry problems. We are going to need to move quickly through the geometry standards in order to be able to tackle the statistics and probability standards by the end of the year too. Information on the final math STAR assessment as well as the 8th grade placement assessment will be coming soon.


Britni Rowe writes:
This week in ELA we will be continuing to learn about immigration. Students will also begin preparing for their interviews next week with local community members who immigrated to the United States. At the end of the week, students will be expected to complete an interview at home in order to practice their interview skills.


Nancy Lindbom writes:
This week in social studies, we will be focusing on the challenges faced by immigrants/refugees when they arrive in America. The students will be working with their peers to creatively present these challenges to their classmates.


Liz Schambach writes:
Welcome to Quarter 4~~ We have begun with setting fitness goals based off our fitness testing results for ourselves on the fitness side of things. In the classroom, we are diving into knowing more about ourselves with the first Essential Question-’Where am I now?’ (mentally, physically, socially, emotionally). We have, also, started our in depth look at the futures we want and ones we want to avoid.  


Scott Dorr writes:  
This week we will be spending a couple of days doing a group read of our book “Operation Redwood” with the kids taking on the roles of the characters.  We will then do a couple of activities on cellular respiration, finishing with the kids comparing and contrasting the chemical reactions of photosynthesis and the chemical reaction of cellular respiration.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Week of March 27

Welcome to Spring, Puma students and families! Remember that old saying, “In like a lion, out like a lamb…” Well, it seems March was confused this year! The past month has had its surprises, and we want to thank our Puma students and families for being flexible while we adjust schedules due to the weather. Hopefully, we’re done with snow days because with the spring, comes a lot of big events: MEA testing, conferences, and learning opportunities!

As a reminder, please sign up for student-led portfolio presentations: here.

Next week, April 3rd-7th, the Puma students will be taking the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA). April 2016 was the first administration of the new MEA, which all schools across the state were required to administer.  The new online format had some technical glitches for us during testing, and the individual student reports were only recently made available by the state of Maine.  We are hopeful that the testing next week will be more smooth, the results more indicative of the knowledge and skills of our students, and the reports to parents provided in a much more timely fashion. Please be sure your child attends school everyday that week.

Michelle York writes:
We have begun our work in the Ratios and Proportions unit. This is still pre-algebra work and this work is very important. There will be homework on occasion.

Britni Rowe writes:
This week in ELA, we will be diving into reading informational texts. Students will be practicing summarizing as well as determining the central idea of informational texts (Standard: YMS7.ELA.RI.02 - Determine central ideas; summarize objectively).  Students will also continue to practice applying their fifteen new vocabulary words. At the end of the week, students will be assessed on their new words.




Nancy Lindbom writes:
This week in social studies, we are beginning a new unit on immigration. We will be looking at the immigration experience and how can we welcome refugees to in their new Maine communities. We will start off this unit with vocabulary and background knowledge. We will be listening to the stories of immigrants, as well as looking at immigration reform and current policies on immigration.

Eileen Hickman writes:
We are busy this week planning and preparing a cook what you wish day. I will supply most of the ingredients. Students have made plans, given me recipies and will bring in the ingredients needed. We also made baked doughnuts and will be close to finishing up the term.

Scott Dorr writes:  
This week we will be watching the documentary “Fed Up”.  The movie directed by Stephanie Soechtig and narrated by Katie Couric, focuses on the growing link between sugar consumption and the obesity epidemic, with more than 70 percent of Americans overweight or obese, and the epidemic going worldwide.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Feb 27, 2017

Welcome back Puma students and families! We are enjoying hearing about the kids vacations: from sports tournaments to traveling to sleeping in. Last week, York got a glimpse of Spring, so hopefully we don’t have any more snow days coming our way. We’re looking forward to moving forward and diving into new learning.

Michelle York writes:
We are going to be finishing our lessons in chapter 5 this week: expressions and equations. Afterwards, we will be going on to ratios and proportions.

Britni Rowe writes:
I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break! Due to the many snow days and delays before break, I postponed the reading of A Long Walk to Water. Today in class, we will review the history of South Sudan and who the Lost Boys of South Sudan are. Students will also receive a  copy of the text today. To find out more about the novel, check out: Goodreads: A Long Walk to Water.

Nancy Lindbom writes:
Welcome back Puma students! I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing vacation week. Thank you so very much to all those who cooked and donated paper goods for our African celebration. The food was amazing!

This week in social studies, we will be completing our document analysis and beginning our next argumentative essay. Details to follow. The students have also been given back their grades for their African postcards. Please check in with your student and remind them that revisions are due within 2 weeks. Please email me with any questions.

Eileen Hickman writes:
This week, we are finishing kitchen safety and food borne illnesses. We have been watching clips and videos. We will have a review sheet and quiz the end of the week.

Scott Dorr writes:  
This week we will be finishing up our latest standard, the kids worked with partners on developing a Kahoot quiz which we will use as a review process.
There will be an assessment on Tuesday/Wednesday covering the 21 key terms from our last standard.  We will begin reading our science novel “Operation Redwood” as a lead in to our next standard.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Week of 2/8/17


Michelle York writes:
We are chipping away slowly but surely at our algebra standards. The unit 4 exceeds packet is due next Wednesday. The students have had about a month to work on the exceeds work.

Britni Rowe writes:
This week we are finishing up the film: The Good Lie. Students have been having good conversations about the experiences of the Lost Boys of Sudan and the challenges they are faced with. At the end of the week, we will begin our new class novel, A Long Walk to Water.

Nancy Lindbom writes:
I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed that Patriots win!!! The students will continue to work on the DBQ: Is Chocolate Good for Cote d’Ivoire? The students will be analyzing documents this week to answer that question. All homework is posted on the Puma team calendar.

Please, I need your help! On Friday, February 17th (the last day before the winter break), the Puma team would like to host “A Taste of Africa” for our students. While the students were researching a country in Africa, they found many recipes that they would like to try. I have compiled a booklet of these recipes, but I need cooks. If you are able to help, please send me an email at nlindbom@yorkschools.org. I will send the booklet home with your student. Then, please let me know what you are willing to make. I need to know by this Friday if you are able to help. Any questions, please let me know. Thank you again for your help and support.  
 
Eileen Hickman writes:
We have finished studying how to measure in the kitchen. Quiz this week. Starting safety and food borne illnesses.

Scott Dorr writes:  

This week the students will be applying various scenarios to designed ecosystems, then use cause-and-effect relationships to predict possible responses within the components of the ecosystem.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Week of 1/30/17

It's so hard to believe that February is upon us already!! Time flies when you are having fun at York Middle School!



Michelle York writes:
We are working our way carefully through Unit 4 Algebraic Equations. The exceeds packet has been given to every student for this unit. It was not optional for them not to take one and at least try. They will be due before February vacation.


Britni Rowe writes:
Students worked hard last week to summarize and represent a theme of their independent reading books; I saw a lot of creativity in how students chose to represent the theme of their book: from book trailers, to game boards, to scavenger hunts and more. This week, students will be presenting their independent reading book projects.


We will also kickstart our next class novel: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. To find out more about the book, check out: Goodreads: A Long Walk to Water. To help students learn more about journey of the Lost Boys of South Sudan and to support their visualization of the text, we will be watching the 2014 film, The Good Lie.

Nancy Lindbom writes:
On Friday, the Puma students were treated to a “Chocolate Fest” for the afternoon. If your student has not shared this information with you, please ask them about the day. Some of the treats they tasted included organic dark chocolate bars, Nutella, brownies, Mars products, and organic raw Cacao Nibs. The festival kicked off our next unit in social studies where the students will learn about the history of chocolate, where it comes from, and the positive and negative impacts of the industry. Stay tuned for more details.
 
Eileen Hickman writes:
Welcome to Family and Consumer Science class. We will be learning about equivalents and abbreviations in recipes. We have also gone over the tools used in measuring. A quiz will be in the near future.


Scott Dorr writes:  
This week the kids will be doing activities centered around competition, predator/prey and mutualism.  We will be working on describing how organisms depend on their environment and the various factors that affect population size.