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7 Red Newsletter

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Dear 7 Red families,
 
We’ve had many exciting happenings on 7 Red so far this year!
Our November Newsletter contains Conference Day information, Course updates, Team Communication, and upcoming events at Oak Middle School.
 


CONFERENCE DAY INFORMATION
Parent - teacher conference day is coming up on November 12th. Each team conducts conferences differently. On 7 Red, we schedule traditional parent-teacher conferences. Because of this, we do not meet with all families on conference day, only those with scheduled appointments.

Having nearly one-hundred students on team, we needed to prioritize to meet with parents of students that are new to Shrewsbury and those whom we have concerns about making effective progress in our classes. At this time, all of our appointments have been filled.

We understand that parents may feel the need for an update or a conference at a later time, which we are more than happy to do. If you would like an update on how your child is doing in each of the team classes, or you’re interested in scheduling a conference appointment at a later date, we kindly ask that you reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns.


Course Updates

SCIENCE- Brianna Mondello
We are off to a great start to the school year in Science! Here’s a little update on what we have been doing and where we are heading during the first trimester.  
 
We began the year with our Lab Safety Unit, where students learned the “do’s” and “don’ts” of safe lab protocol. Then we moved right into our Energy Unit. Students were busy conducting investigations to explore how energy changes form in a system. We began the unit by investigating the question, “Why won’t the bounce height of a ball ever reach its drop height?”  Students all began by measuring the bounce height of a tennis ball at different drop heights. Then, each group chose one variable that they wanted to test; some of the popular ones included changing the drop height,using different types of balls, using balls of different materials or masses, and dropping the ball on different surfaces.

After our ball-bounce investigation, we created a life-size pendulum with a stuffed animal, our “Piggy Pendulum”. Students predicted what would happen if we held the Piggy to their nose then let it go, would it swing back and hit them in the face?... Of course not! But why?! I encourage you to ask your child about their experience with the Piggy Pendulum, I think you’ll be very impressed with their explanation of how energy transforms!

Continuing with Energy transformations, we explored how energy transforms in a variety of toys, including wind-up toys, spinning tops and Newton’s Cradle. As a culminating project, students worked in groups to design their own roller coaster for a marble. Check out some of the groups coasters in the team photos below!

Following energy transformations, we narrowed in on thermal energy and explored the relationship between thermal Energy, temperature and heat. On Halloween, we had a lot of fun making Heat transfer slime! This week, we’ll be making popcorn using three different methods (air-popper, stove top, and a microwave oven) to demonstrate the three ways that thermal energy can be transferred from one object to another.

Up next, we will be competing to design the “ultimate home for a Penguin”. Students will work in groups using the Engineering Design Process to design a prototype that  keeps their ice-cube Penguin safe from heat transfer. I look forward to sharing our winning prototypes with you in the coming weeks!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any point during the year!


MATH- Lindsay Ventura
We are off to a wonderful start in math on 7 Red! We have wrapped up our unit on statistics. For the unit project, students worked on collecting data from various restaurants in order to determine where you can get a nutritious meal. Students worked together in groups of 3 or 4 and they had to choose three restaurants that they wanted to compare sandwiches between. Each group member was responsible for collecting data on a nutrition element of their choice such as fat, calories, sodium, etc. Once they had collected their data from all three restaurants, students had to calculate the mean, median, mode, mean absolute deviation, inter-quartile range, and range for their nutrition element. Students then worked together to analyze their data which helped them to make a decision  on which of the three restaurants offered the most nutritious sandwiches. Some of the more popular restaurants that students chose to compare was Burger King, Wendy’s, McDonalds, Chick Fil-A, and Panera. Oddly enough, McDonald’s seemed to be a top choice for many of the groups! Listening to their presentations was insightful to both myself as well as the other students in class. This was a great learning experience for students as they not only practiced calculating various statistical measures but they were able to apply their knowledge to a topic that was interesting to them.

Our current unit is titled “Accentuate the Negative”. This unit focuses on number sense and students will apply all four operations to both positive and negative numbers. Students have been working hard to master their understanding on how to add & subtract negative numbers. This unit can be quite challenging but students have had the opportunity to get lots of practice both in class and at home! Students have been taking part in various activities that allows them to explore the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative numbers. In the past, students have been able to discover these rules through these activities alone rather than me telling them what the rule is. This is great because this is what makes the rules that much more meaningful to them!


SOCIAL STUDIES- Carey Davis
Happy Fall! I hope everyone is doing well! We’ve had a busy first few months of the school year in Geography! To begin the year, we went over Geography Basics, including Geography vocabulary, maps, Latitude & Longitude, and landforms. Students completed two assessments in September, as well as a graded homework assignment! We transitioned from learning about the different climate zones to our first major unit, Climate Change. Students worked on creating awareness around their climate issue, as well as an action plan to help curb the climate crisis in their specific region of the world. We had some incredibly creative ideas presented! Some groups chose to create Instagram accounts to spread awareness on their climate issue. Feel free to check out @antartctica_climate_change, @climatechangeawareness2019, @antarcticacc19, @thegreatbarrierreefisdyning, @deforestation.south_america, @climate_change_Africa_20192020, @antarctica.ice.rescue.are, @_saveeurope_, @savetheamazon19, @saving_na_ice_7red, and @climatechange_antarctica1 to see some of the work the kids did!

After climate change, we moved on to our second global issue, which is the ongoing global refugee crisis. Students were broken up into groups of 3, and given a specific country where many refugees tend to come from. They were asked to not only research the issue, but find a unique way to present the information they’ve learned. As a final assessment on the topic, students were asked to write a one-page paper on comparing the lives of refugees from two different countries and/or regions of the world. Students were able to choose from Afghanistan, Central America (El Salvador & Honduras) Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Starting the week of November 11th, we’ll be heading to our first continent of study, South America, and focus on two major global issues; the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and how people adapt to living in the Andes Mountains region. Students will not only be focusing on how people adapt to and live in both the regions of the continent, but how the two major landforms (Amazon Basin and Andes Mountains) are being impacted by climate change, thus making a connection with a unit from earlier in the year!

My current curriculum map for November is up on my Schoology page, so feel free to view it at any time! I’ve shared it with all students in class, and do every month! I think it’s important for students to know what to expect in the weeks ahead in terms of the content we’re covering as well as when assessments will take place. If you have any questions regarding Social Studies, do not hesitate to reach out! I’m always happy to discuss the curriculum or just how things are going for your child in general! I can be reached at cdavis@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us - Thanks!
Sincerely, Carey Davis


LANGUAGE ARTS- Gabriela Belliveau
This month students have been hard at work becoming strong arguers! We have shifted gears from learning about how to navigate nonfiction literature to understanding the role of argumentative writing. Students have learned how to write a claim and use supporting evidence and reasoning to argue that claim. We as a team debated over the hot topic of homework and currently are in the midst of writing about whether or not homework is beneficial to student learning. Later on this month students will be engaging in a "writing boot camp" and choosing their topic for our final writing assignment. We will test student knowledge or research skills and develop an understanding around how to cite sources properly.


Role of Special Education Teacher- Heather Ponte
In addition to co-teaching a Math class and an ELA class, the Special Education teacher also teaches a Learning Skills class for students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  The students attend Learning Skills class in lieu of a foreign language where they receive individualized instruction from the Special Education  teacher or the classroom aid in a small group setting..  The Special Education teacher in conjunction with the aids attends classes with the students in order to support them and to provide the accommodations that are outlined in the IEP so that they can access the curriculum.  Although the priority is to support the students who have an IEP, the teacher and the aid provide assistance to all of the students in the class by clarifying instructions, asking guided questions during group work and facilitating instruction along with the classroom teacher.  The Special Education Teacher also provides academic testing to specific students as a part of their 3 year re-evaluation and is the liaison for annual IEP meetings.

Sincerely,
The 7 Red Team Teachers
Brianna Mondello, Carey Davis, Lindsay Ventura, Gabriela Belliveau, and Heather Ponte


Email:

We are all readily available by email. We check our email periodically throughout the day, but sometimes may not have enough time to send a thorough reply. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response, although we will almost always reply within the day your email was originally sent. If you have a question or concern, or if you want to make us aware of something that involves your child, please email your child’s homeroom teacher. If you want to email the team as a whole, you can also use the team email address at the bottom. Keep in mind that the email will go to all 5 of us.
 
Science: bmondello@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us
Language Arts:  gbelliveau@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us
Math: lventura@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us
Geography: cdavis@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us
Special Ed. & Co -Taught Educator:  hponte@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us
7 Red Team: 7red@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us

Schoology:

Our team website is Schoology. This site (or app) is connected with PowerSchool. Your child is currently in one Group (7 Red Team) and at least 4 Courses (Science, Geography, Math, and ELA). Your child’s Allied Arts or World Language teachers will likely have courses as well.

You can connect with your child’s Groups and Course so that you can see information such as assignments, due dates, test and quiz dates, field trips and spirit announcements.

SCHOOLOGY
To get connected to Schoology as a Parent:

*Do not go to Schoology.com!
 
*Go to this link HERE (https://schools.shrewsburyma.gov/it/schoology-parent-instructions)

On the left click on “Account Creation Instructions”.
Once you are in you can look at any group or course your child belongs to. We recommend book-marking the link to Schoology, so that you have quick/easy access to it.
 
POWERSCHOOL
We also suggest you go into the Power School Parent Portal (https://schools.shrewsburyma.gov/it/powerschoolparentportal)   to be sure all of your information (email, phone numbers, address) are up to date!!!  It is important to keep your email address up-to-date and “subscribed” to continue to get our newsletters and updates

Upcoming Events:
Now - November 18 - Fair Trade Caravan PTO Fundraiser
November 11 - Veteran’s Day - No School
November 12 - Conference Day- No School for students
November 15 - Oak Fall Play 7pm in the OMS Auditorium
November 16 - Oak Fall Play 3pm & 7pm in the OMS Auditorium
November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break - No School

Thanks for reading! Again, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out! We look forward to working with your son/daughter this school year, and meeting you in the near future!

Sincerely,

Brianna Mondello
Gabriela Belliveau
Carey Davis
Lindsay Ventura
Heather Ponte