Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 21, 2016

Good bye to 2016...

Reminder: Please remember to not allow your kids to bring glass beverage containers to school. We do not have carpet in our classrooms. Therefore nothing bounces. We had a huge mess of smashed glass and liquid this week. Plastic, rubber coated or metal containers only.

Michelle York writes:
We have a busy schedule this week with chorus and band. We are playing math games today. The kids are enjoying the competition and are even enjoying the challenging level of math questions! It seems like no matter what, if you turn it into a game, they love it! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. See you next year!

Britni Rowe writes:
In ELA this week, we will be continuing to work on our This I Believe personal narratives. We will be working on incorporating sensory details and dialogue during their revisions. Students have a 2nd draft due on Thursday this week, and they will receive feedback when they get back from break.

Nancy Lindbom writes:
The students have completed their geography unit. This unit focused on standard G7.1-understands how to use a variety of geographic tools and standard RH6-8.7- can integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts. After the winter break, we will begin a unit on Africa. Wishing you all happy holidays, safe travels, and the best in 2017!

Fred Bloise writes:
In engineering, students will shape their air dragsters using power tools in the woodshop.  After their designs are completed, they will run time trials to test and redesign their work.  Students will paint their dragsters and end the project with a race competition.

Scott Dorr writes:
This week the kids will finish their CER write-up on the claim that the body is made up of systems and subsystems that work together.  They will also be making their own “Kahoot” game quiz which they will share with their classmates in an attempt to be the top team.

Monday, December 5, 2016


December 5, 2016

This is an exciting time of year for all. Holiday plans will begin to roll out and the weather will surely get colder. Many students are already talking about how much they are looking forward to snow!

Just a reminder, the Puma Team teachers offer Thursday meetings with parents at 10:00 am. The link for that sign up sheet is here.

Please remind your child to come to school dressed appropriately for cold weather. The students will continue to go outside for recess, weather permitting.

The library is hosting a gingerbread building contest. Advisories may submit an edible gingerbread house which must be literary themed by December 16th. The winning advisory will receive a hot chocolate party.  Students should bring in their gingerbread house supplies this week.

Look to the right of this column, you should see a link (above the Puma Team Calendar) to check out photos from our 2016 Merrowvista trip and in-class activities. Please remember if you are viewing this blog post on your cell phone, you need to change the view to web view.

Michelle York writes:
In math we have started work in chapter 3, Algebraic Expressions. We will continue to include the rational number rules for the four operations as we start to progress through our Algebra standards. Students will be receiving homework on a regular basis as this is VERY important work to continue into 8th grade Algebra standards.

Check out the mosaic of JFK that the York advisory created with 225 Rubik’s Cubes over the past few weeks:


Scott Dorr writes:
The cells models/presentations are complete and we’re off to start our next standard.  We will be exploring/researching  human organs and organ  systems.  The students will use arguments supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

Britni Rowe writes:
Last week we got started on our new vocabulary unit; students have been provided a green vocabulary packet with definitions and practice activities. Over the next two weeks, students will be practicing defining and applying these new words. Any students who feel they have a clear understanding of these words have the opportunity to test out early, and they will then be provided either an 8th grade or SAT level words to study and practice.

Also, this week in ELA we will be beginning our This I Believe narrative writing unit. This I Believe is a national project that began on NPR in the 1950s. During this project, students will be crafting personal narrative essays to show how they came to a certain belief. For more information on the project, check out: This I Believe.

Nancy Lindbom writes:
This week in Social Studies we started our geography unit for the standard G 7.1: Understands how to use a variety of geographic tools. The final assessment for this unit will be on Friday, December 16th. I will be hosting an after school study session on Tuesday, December 13th.

Fred Bloise writes:
In engineering, students have completed their computer (CAD) drawings for their air dragsters and will use the three dimensional images that they generated to create a foam prototype of their design.
Students will focus on shop safety this week as they begin to use power tools in the woodshop.