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Grade 7 Team
Page Updated: September 17, 2017
Grade 7 Brochure:

Grade 7 Team Faculty:
Teacher Subject Room E-Mail
Mr. Christopher Barnes English 24 cbarnes@nlsd.org
Mr. Jeremy Battista Science 22 jbattista@nlsd.org
Ms. Blasia Dunham Developmental Reading 30 bdunham@nlsd.org
Mr. Jason Graver Social Studies 27 jgraver@nlsd.org
Mr. Steve Hluschak Mathematics 26 shluschak@nlsd.org

Important Reminders:
  • Parents and students are encouraged to check grades on PowerParent often!
  • The middle school's Back-to-School Night will be held on Wednesday, September 27th from 6:30-8:00 PM! We hope to see you there!
  • First marking period progress reports will be sent home with students on Friday, October 6th!

Classroom Assignments:
All dates are approximate and subject to change.
Mr. Barnes' English Class
In Mr. Barnes's English class, we will continue our unit on "Generations" with a short story called "A Simple Act." More close reading, comprehension questions, grammar conventions and writing prompts will be practiced/assigned. Parents: Please ask your child what they learned or remember from last week's story "Two Kinds." Remember to join the Twitter fun: @MrBarnes24.

Visit Mr. Barnes' website: www.barnes1027.wix.com/barnes

Visit Mr. Barnes' Classroom Twitter page: www.twitter.com/MrBarnes24
Mr. Battista's Life Science Class
In Mr. Battista's Life Science class, you should continue to work on your leaf project! Make sure that your leaves all collected and pressed. Start identifying them! Also, be sure to read over your notes on tree identification!
Ms. Dunham's Reading Class
In Mrs. Dunham's Reading class, she sent home missing assignment reports in person, and grades are posted online. Because it's early in the marking period, even missing one assignment could really hinder students' grades. If a student has a missing assignment, they may turn it in. Also, be sure to check Powerschool often as it will have the latest update in grades. Students should be getting close to finishing their Independent Reading books. Many students have finished already, which is great! If your son or daughter finishes another book in the month span, they will be rewarded with extra P.A.C.K cash and other goodies. As usual, students should be completing their daily journal entries as well as the weekly journals. Any questions let Mrs. Dunham know!

Monday, we will go over Lesson 2 Vocabulary from Vocabulary Power, and I students will be given time to complete their weekly reading journal. This week in class, we will be continuing our short story unit and reviewing terms that we learned last week: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, protagonist, antagonist, internal v external conflict, foreshadowing, symbolism, allusion, plot twist and flashback. There will be a quiz (tenatively) on these terms on Wednesday, the 20th. Notes will be posted on Google Classroom for the students' review. Continuing with the theme of adolescent identity, we will also be reading "The White Circle." Students will also have a writing assignment to write an alternate ending to their choice of story towards the end of the week. Within their own stories, students will be making a key to highlight portions of their alternative endings that display at least three terms listed above. For example, if the student has foreshadowing, they would highlight their sentence in blue. In addition, we will be working on Lesson 3 Vocabulary from Vocabulary Power.

Lastly, if your son or daughter would like to purchase some books from Scholastic Book Club, order forms are available in class. Cash or checks will be accepted. If you're writing a check, please make it out to Scholastic Book Club. If you would like to pay by credit card, you may click on this link here. Book orders are due September 28th for a September order, and orders will be taken monthly from this point forward. Happy reading!
Mr. Graver's Old World Cultures Class
In Mr. Graver's Old World Cultures class, we'll continue with the 5 Themes of Geography and find out that you can't study history without studying geography.

On Tuesday, we'll work on our first official Current Event. Click HERE for the article and HERE for the Current Event Form. There's no need to print these -- You'll get paper copies in class! This 20 point assignment will be due on Friday!

Your "Can You Give Me Directions?" Project is due on Tuesday, September 26th. Please see Mr. Graver if you need help or have questions! Take paper for your project when you are ready to begin!

If we stay on schedule, our Map Master Chapter Test will be on Wednesday, September 27th!
For descriptions and documents for Mr. Graver's Old World Cultures class, please click here.
Mr. Hluschak's Math Classes
In Mr. Hluschak's Math class, we will be using the rules for Subtraction Of Rational Numbers. We will focus on Solving Real World Problems using Subtraction. There will be a Graded Journal Activity on Friday, September 22nd . Students who ordered calculators will receive their new calculatorS this week.

A few students may have homework this weekend because they did not finish their classwork due to picture day. This assignment is graded.

For descriptions of Mr. Hluschak's classes, please click here.