Posted by: aoifelove | January 11, 2015

Great Trip To The Getty!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to all our parents who drove and chaperoned on the field trip to the Getty Center Museum, last Tuesday.  THANK YOU to Michelle and Raphael Acosta, Karen McKinsey, Riz Bugawan, Carmela Escobar, Jane Morse, Laura Visco, Demet Yelder, Bob Brown, Guadalupe Fanning, and Sandy Young.  It was a great experience for our students, despite the long drive.  Hopefully, they will look at art in a different way now.  They had interesting workshops, saw works of art worth millions of dollars, great photography, beautiful gardens, and amazing views of Los Angeles.  Most of our Middle School students told me that they want to return to the Getty Center Museum.  I distributed free parking tickets to them, which expire on June 30, 2015.  I am so proud of all our Middle School students, their behavior on this field trip was outstanding!  A good time was had by all!  Once again, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Last Monday, the Seventh Graders prepared for our field trip to The Getty Center, with an introduction to the history and appreciation of The Impressionists and Post-Impressionists.  In addition to this, I showed them the Orientation video for The Getty Center.  Then, they watched a video about an 18th century piece of French furniture, a Mechanical Table, with its many hidden compartments.  Fascinating!

This week in literature, the Seventh Graders will continue to read Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  In class, they will focus on comprehension, note-taking, grammar, and writing.  In addition to this, they will continue their Poetry Unit, which we started last week.  We will reread and analyze “O Captain, My Captain ” by Walt Whitman.  I have cancelled Wordly Wise homework for this week, as I want my Seventh Graders to study for their History Test, which is scheduled for Thursday.

During Literature on video, this past week, we finished watching the court scene in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  This week, we will finish watching the movie.

During our history class, the Seventh Graders will continue to read Chapter 18, which concentrates on “The Reformation.”  In addition to this, they will watch short history documentaries on the Smart Board.

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Study the history definitions and questions from Chapter 17 for the History Test, on Thursday, January 15.
  • Work on your “Magazine Project,” which is due on Friday, January 23.

REMINDER: On Wednesday, I will send home large envelopes of all the work to date, from the Seventh Graders’ files.  Please sign the envelope, to assure me that you have received the work, and return it to me on Thursday. MANY THANKS!

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. ~ Aristotle

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead.


Miss Susan