Welcome to the Seventh Grade

Teacher: Steve Grialou - P.E. and 7th Grade History

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Announcements 

Welcome to Seventh Grade!

 

Math Placement Test

In the 7th grade, students are placed in one of two math courses, Pre-Algebra or Algebra. An algebra readiness placement test will be administered at the school on the Tuesday and Thursday of the first three weeks of August at 10:00 a.m.: August 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17.  If your son or daughter is not  able to attend any of the provided dates, you must schedule a time to have your student come in to the school office prior to August 17 to take the 45-minute placement test. Students who do not take the placement test by this date will be placed in the grade level Pre-Algebra course. Please email Dyan Carey with the date you would like to schedule for your student to take the placement test.

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

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! As the year progresses, please check the website for updates to the IMPORTANT DATES and FORMS & HANDOUTS sections. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at my school email address which is listed below. 

I look forward to an exciting and productive year!

Mr. Grialou

stevegrialou@smeds.com

 

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 Life Science curriculum will include units on The Study of Living Things, Cells, Heredity and Genes, Earth and Life History, Structure and Function of Plants and Animals and Human Body Systems.

Students will use the Holt California Life Science 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.

The primary focus of lab time during the fourth quarter will be the Lego Mindstorm Robotics Unit. http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/content/lego/index.htm.

Integration of math, art and technology will be a priority throughout the year.

 

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.

 

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 A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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 in their eighth grade year. In fifth through 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. Math sections 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. Each group will be presented with a core curriculum where the topics covered are typically the same but will vary in breadth and depth.

Students have been placed 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 in 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.

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.

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=MT8CA+Parent

Projects will include a career report, scale model dinosaur project, and a bridge building engineering project.

 

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.

 

Computers and Technology

During Computers students will place their efforts into developing a potentially viable business. The project will require them them to decide on a business, develp a logo (PIXLR Editor), search for suitable location, develop a floorplan (Flooplanner.com/ Frank Loyd Wright 3D Studio), create a radio or tv spot (iMovie or GarageBand), create a presentation and keep a blog.

Students will then begin their studies of digital safety and responsibility. They’ll openly discuss within groups and the class about the best practices and the actions they will take in certain situations. Common Sense Media, a research-based organization promoting digital responsibility, will be utilized for lesson content.

 

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

  • Tuesday, October, 11: Meet and Greet
  • Tuesday, November 15: Pop Culture and History
  • Tuesday, January 31: Field Trip (TBD)
  • Tuesday, February 28: Crafts
  • Thursday, March 30: Shakespeare Play at SMEDS
  • Tuesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 25: Chapel Presentation at SMEDS
 

Class Parties

 

 

Lunchroom

 


Other Class Volunteers

 

Fall Carnival Volunteers

 

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Seventh Grade Teachers

Mr. Steve Grialou
Homeroom, P.E. and History
stevegrialou@smeds.com

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

Ms. Kami Davis
Music
kamidavis@smeds.com

Ms. Sharon Fabriz
Grammar
sharonfabriz@smeds.com

Mrs. Veronica Graffis
Mathematics
veronicagraffis@smeds.com

Mr. Rick Hauch
Computers
rickhauch@smeds.com

Ms. Leslie Hackard
Art
lesliehackard@smeds.com

Dr. Nicole Jensen
Science
nicolejensen@smeds.com

Mr. Joe Monroe
Literature, Writing and Latin
joemonroe@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