Posted by: aoifelove | October 1, 2016

Our New Student Council!

Dear Seventh Grade Parents and Students,

CONGRATULATIONS to all our ECDS students who were elected to sit on the Student Council (2016-2017).  Well done! Our new Student Council is as follows: John Gerdes (President); Faith Lyon (Vice President); Allie Kidd-Dragula (Secretary); Wesley Adickes (Treasurer); Claire Haverkamp and Kyan Barker (6th Grade Reps.); Ella Decking and Tanisha Prabhu (7th Grade Reps.); and Smita Varma and Armon Rahgozar (8th Grade Reps.).  I look forward to your great success this year.  I am so proud of you!

Last week, my Seventh Graders learned how to write a formal plot outline of Beowulf, using their laptops.  They will continue this work in class for the next two weeks.  In addition to this, they will read Beowulf by Robert Nye.  Most Seventh Graders are scoring high on their spelling/vocabulary test and on their Wordly Wise homework.  However, some of my students are not giving their homework enough time, which is reflected in their scores.  Despite this, my Seventh Graders did a great job in writing their myths and legends.  Well done, Seventh Graders!

This coming week, my Seventh Graders  will finish reading Beowulf.  Then, for the next two weeks, we will discuss and analyze the character of Beowulf, and the monsters Grendel, She, and the Firedrake.  We will also discuss setting, themes, symbolism, motifs, etc.  The next writing assignment is “Write a Narrative Heroic Poem,” which will be based on Beowulf.”  I will distribute the guidelines and an example for this assignment on Tuesday.  In addition to this, my students will commence their Poetry Unit with the epic poem, The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  This poem will take two to three weeks to read and analyze, as we wait for our next novel, Inside The Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren.

Reminder:  Our Disneyland field trip, regarding Leadership, is scheduled for Friday, October 7.  Thank You to Mr. Decking for arranging this trip, and for keeping you all up-to-date with the information.  Thank You also to all our parents who have volunteered to drive.  I look forward to seeing you next Friday.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Rewrites of the Myths/Legends are due on Thursday, October 6, with a colored illustration.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 4 in Wordly Wise, on Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises Lesson 4 of Wordly Wise, for Thursday.
  • Complete the CROSSWORD in Lesson 4.  You will receive extra points for it.

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, and the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.  ~ Aldous Huxley

Have a great weekend and a grand week ahead.

Sincerely,

Miss Susan

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