Posted by: aoifelove | January 9, 2016

Happy New Year!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

Happy New Year!  I hope that this new year will bring you all much love, happiness, smiles, laughter, success, good health, and lots of surprises on a daily basis.  I trust that you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families.  Your children returned to school happy and rested. They definitely enjoyed their Christmas break, as per “Share Time,” last Monday.  We have just begun a new year in the education of your children. We have a lot of new and exciting work to study, learn, research, ponder, explore, and discuss before June, 2016.

THANK YOU once again for all the great gifts that you showered upon me and my co-workers for Christmas.  We are indeed blessed to have such thoughtful and generous parents.  THANK YOU also for your generous donations to our adopted family.  You made their Christmas!  A very special THANK YOU to my Homeroom Mom, Laura Visco, Michelle Acosta, Mary Rudick, Cheri Bell and their team of parents who helped with the gingerbread houses.  Great job!

This past week in literature, the Seventh Graders continued to read Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.  In addition to this, they worked in their grammar and comprehension workbooks.  This week, they will focus on literature, literary terms, journal writing, and their next writing assignment, “Write a Screenplay,”  which is due on Thursday, January 22.  In Literature on DVD, my Seventh Graders started to watch To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, as it demonstrates great examples of camera angles and how to build suspense in a screenplay.  They will continue to watch it for the next three weeks, on Wednesdays.  To Kill A Mockingbird is also a great lesson in the history of the South.

This past week in history, my Seventh Graders started to read Chapter 18, which focuses on The Reformation.  They will finish reading this chapter this coming week.  In addition to this, they will prepare for the next History Test, which is scheduled for Thursday, January 29.  Please encourage your child to study for this test.

Please Note:

  • Many of our parents in all our Middle School parents are experiencing difficulty in logging on to the Sycamore Portal, to obtain our classroom information.  Hence, I chose to continue with Word Press for another week.  We, Middle School teachers, hope to solve this problem this coming week.  Please let us know if you are experiencing any problems with the Sycamore Portal.  Thank you!

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 11 in Wordly Wise for Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 11 of Wordly Wise for Thursday.
  • Write up your history notes.
  • Study for your History Test on Thursday, January 29.
  • Work on your “Screenplay,” which is due on Thursday, January 22.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


Miss Susan 🙂