Welcome to the Seventh Grade

Homeroom Teachers: Joe Monroe and Olivia Graffis

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Announcements 

Welcome to Seventh Grade!

2017-18 DANCES:
Friday, October 20 - Dance at SMEDS (7:00 - 10:00)
Friday, February 2 - Dance at St. Albans  (7:00 - 10:00)
Friday, June 1 - Dance at SMEDS  (7:00 - 10:00)
 
2017-18 Student Council Representative Packet - Packet, Form, and Speech Template
 

Room Parent Announcements

LUNCHROOM DUTY THIS WEEK!  - Thank you to all of our volunteers. Please arrive at 11:00am and check into the office first for a name tag.
 
Mon 9/18 - Jennifer G/Kim Z
Tues 9/19 - Kelley D/Amelia L
Wed 9/20 - Terese C/Debra F
Thurs 9/21 - Emily and Eric G
Fri 9/22   - Kat S/Josh C
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT - Back to school night is at 7PM on Thursday, September 21st.  We will be collecting money to cover the cost of the year’s activities and gifts.  Please bring a checkbook/cash and we will let you know soon the amount we would like to collect from each family.  In addition, there will be sign up sheets for volunteers for the Fall Carnival driving to Eskaton, Marin Headlands, and helping out with other events throughout the year, so please bring your calendars as well.

HOMEWORK

For homework and calendared assignments in academic classes, please visit the St. Michael's Haiku Site: https://smeds.haikulearning.com.

IMPORTANT DATES

 

FORMS & HANDOUTS

Middle School Orientation Forms and Documents

 

OVERVIEW & CURRICULUM

Homeroom

 

 

History

This history class begins with the fall of the Roman Empire and how that led to the foundation of the Byzantine Empire.  We will then shift to the study of the origins and impact of Islam in history and modernly.  The students will learn about China’s dynasties, feudalism in Japan and systems of governments in other parts of the world, like Africa and  Central America.  The class will then study early modern Europe focussing on the Renaissance and the age of exploration.

 

Science

The 7th grade Integrate Science 2 curriculum focuses on organismal biology and the Characteristics of Life. We examine biodiversity, evolution, genetics and reproduction, chemistry of life, and organ systems.

The primary goal of the 7th grade Integrated Science 1 course is for students to improve their understanding of the process of science through hands-on projects that give them a better appreciation for the diversity of life. Homework is assigned three days a week for students to practice what they have learned in class.

Students will use the Holt California Life Science textbook and reading packets from outside resources.

 

7th Grade Grammar

Grammar 7 will help students exercise a clearer understanding of how English works: its rules, codes, logic, and flexibility. This course offers a review of the parts of speech and parts of the sentence and will introduce a variety of phrases and clauses that students may employ to enhance their own writing. Students will achieve this through word and sentence analysis, diagramming practice, and sentence composition.  Awareness of and application of capitalization, punctuation, and word usage rules will also be reinforced.

2017-18 Grammar Course Overview

 

7th Grade Language Arts

This year, St. Michael's is merging the two disciplines, writing and literature,  into one class: LANGUAGE ARTS. The writing portion of the class concentrates on establishing a firm foundation in the structure of a solid essay. Throughout the year, we will dissect and analyze the main components of a well-organized and structured essay. We will begin the year with expository writing and then transition into persuasive writing during the second semester. 

In literature, the class will focus on reading comprehension utlizing 4 novels, several short stories, autobiographies, informational text, and poetry. The class will learn literary terms, poetic devices, and the plot diagram. In addition, the seventh grade literature class will read and perform William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

Please visit HAIKU to see a details of the lessons and homework for the month.

 

7th Grade Mathematics

The middle school math curriculum at St. Michael’s is designed to ensure that the majority of our students complete Algebra 1 by the end of  their 8th grade year. In seventh and eighth grade students are split into differentiated math groups. There is an accelerated group and a grade level group as well as differentiation within each group. The curriculum is different for each group. Additionally, the two groups vary by the pace at which the concepts are presented and by the degree of rigor. The two math groups allow for students to be among like learners and work at an appropriate pace.

Students have been placed in either Pre-Algebra or Algebra based on standardized test results, previous teacher recommendation and beginning of the year diagnostic assessment. Because math is developmental, students acquire mathematical reasoning at different times in their chronological and cognitive maturation, so their math placement is fluid. Placement is evaluated on a regular basis.

7th grade Pre-Algebra will cover concepts including the Principles of Algebra, Rational Numbers, Multistep Equations and Inequalities, Exponents and Roots, Ratio, Proportions and Similarity, Percent, Graphs and Functions, Foundations of Geometry, 2-D Geometry, 3-D Geometry and Data, Statistics and Probability. Projects may include a career report, scale model dinosaur project, and a bridge building engineering project.

Students will use the Holt California Mathematics Course 2: Pre-Algebra textbook and have access to the Premier Online Edition.
Each student will receive a password and instructions to access the online textbook and other supplemental materials.

7th grade Algebra will cover concepts including the Foundations of Algebra, Equations, Inequalities, Functions, Linear Functions, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Exponents/Polynomials, Factoring Polynomials, Quadratic Functions/Equations, and Rational Functions and Equations. Projects may include a biography on a famous mathematician, a factoring book, a bridge building engineering project and the creation of a proportional articulated body.

Students will also have access to the Holt California Algebra 1 textbook and to the Premier Online Edition.
Each student will receive a password and instructions to access the online textbook and other supplemental materials.



Parents may also wish to access the publisher’s parent online resources using the following link: http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?keyword=MA8CA+Parent&

 

Foreign Languages

Spanish

Listening + Speaking + Reading + Writing

Spanish class will follow an immersive approach that incorporates listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each unit will include activities, homework assignments, projects or assessments that will incorporate one or more of these elements.  Verbs and simple sentence structure will be taught along with each unit so that students’ writing, reading and speaking develop simultaneously. Grades will be based on homework, participation, projects, tests and quizzes.

 

 

Latin

This year the students will focus on completing the next 8 stages in Unit 1 of the Latin Cambridge Series. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary and transitioning from translating basic Latin sentences and paragraphs to reading complex Latin text. 

Please visit Haiku for lessons and homework.

 

Physical Education

Classes will focus on health-related fitness: body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Additionally skill-related fitness concepts such as agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed will be incorporated into daily activities.

In the first quarter our units will include flag football and our first racket sport: pickleball. Students will have daily physical fitness activities, and one day a week the concentration will be on cardiovascular fitness thru middle distance endurance as well as circuit training targeting agility, balance, and coordination.
 
Nutrition and heart rate monitoring will be an ongoing discussion during our school year.


Library

The St. Michael's Library is available for students to do research, self-select books for leisure reading, and to enhance library skills. Books in the collection support the curriculum and provide selections for leisure reading.

Visit the St. Michael's Library Website at
https://sites.google.com/site/stmichaelsschoollibrary/
Stop by and say hello to Ms. Martha Rowland, Librarian
HAPPY READING!

 

Field Trips, Class Parties, Lunchroom & Volunteers

Eskaton Buddy Calendar

 

Class Parties

 

 

Lunchroom

 


Other Class Volunteers

 

Fall Carnival Volunteers

 

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Seventh Grade Teachers

Mr. Joe Monroe
Homeroom, Literature, Writing and Latin
joemonroe@smeds.com

Ms. Olivia Graffis
Associate Homeroom, Grammar and History
oliviag@smeds.com

Mr. Jeremy Bolt
Music/Instruments
jeremybolt@smeds.com

Ms. Kami Davis
Music
kamidavis@smeds.com

Mrs. Veronica Graffis
Mathematics
veronicagraffis@smeds.com

Mr. Steve Grialou
P.E.
stevegrialou@smeds.com

Ms. Leslie Hackard
Art
lesliehackard@smeds.com

Dr. Nicole Jensen
Science
nicolejensen@smeds.com

Ms. Martha Rowland
Librarian
martharowland@smeds.com

Mrs. Lia Sioukas
Spanish
liasioukas@smeds.com

Chaplain Lynell Walker
Religion
lwalker@smeds.com 

Accreditations and Memberships