In order to complete the novel, you will need to do some reading at home.
The above link will get you to an e-text of the novel for at home reading.
For Friday, you will need to read Chapter 5 and complete the worksheet given in class.
At this point, all students have an independent reading book, which you should see coming home. Students have been given a blue folder to keep their books and reading logs in. Homework for tonight: Continue reading their independent reading book, fill out the reading log, and pick 2 Character response questions to answer (there are 9 options, but students only need to pick 2). I will collect these on Wednesday.
There is no school on Tuesday. When we return to school on Wednesday, students will return to our CORE text, The Lightning Thief. We'll work on chapters 3-5, focusing on close reading for details to infer character traits, and explore the use of foreshadowing in the text.
Welcome to week 2 of the 7th grade!
Thank you for providing your email addresses through my parent survey. (If you haven't please send me a message through the website or email me directly at Caroline.Apgar@new-haven.k12.ct.us). I will send emails when we start new projects, etc. to help keep you in the loop. The expectation is that 7th graders bring their planners to each class so they can record their assignments. I will also post this information to my school weebly website: http://msapgarlanguagearts.weebly.com.
I will begin updating PowerSchools with grades this week. We spent last week doing a variety of freewriting and getting to know you activities, while also previewing future independent reading books. Students in 7A have already had a chance to take some books home. Students in 7B and 7C will get books on Thursday. Reading log activities will start later this month, but I encourage each student to read nightly, even if there is no written work assigned! Book reports will be assigned later in the marking period. I will email the directions, once it is assigned.
Today, we started The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, which is our CORE novel for quarter one. Most of the reading for this book will be done in class, although there will be some chapters assigned for homework. We will also start brainstorming and prewriting for our personal narratives, which will be our first piece of major piece of writing. This will be one of several assignments that will go into each student’s portfolio binder. If students have not brought in a 1 or 1.5 inch binder, please have them do so by Friday. Most of the personal narrative writing will be done in class. Again, I will post updates on our progress to my school webpage, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
Tonight students were assigned a letter to write to me. They have until Friday to complete it. Starting next week, homework will be assigned nightly. If they prefer to type their work, that is always acceptable. I am willing to accept assignments through Google Docs if printing at home is unavailable, but the assignment must be shared with me BY 9am on the day the assignment is due!
Please be sure to send in all paperwork from orientation! This paperwork was sent home with students who did not attend the orientation last week. The paperwork includes emergency contact cards, lunch information, school health clinic paperwork, etc.
A few dates to remember:
September 12: No School
September 18: Students are dismissed at 1:30pm
September 19: Open House/ Meet the Teacher Night
September 21: No School
I look forward to a productive school year! Please reach out with any questions!
I hope everyone has had a happy and healthy summer! Orientation sessions have happened this week, and our building is busy getting ready to see everyone on Monday!!
Students will report to the cafeteria on Monday morning! See you then!!
As we wrap up the last day of school, I want to wish you all a happy summer. It has been a pleasure teaching your child this year! We've made a lot of growth this year in SRI Scores, Smarter Balance test scores, in the quality of written essays, etc.
Report cards are being mailed home this week, and in them are several different resources and notices.
You will find information regarding the New Haven Free Public Library's Summer Learning Program. Each student had the opportunity to take home two free books last week. While many students are off to summer camps, summer jobs, and summer trips these next few months, please take a moment to have your child sign up via their website. Students will set their reading goals, and have the opportunity to each a free book and t-shirt. Your child can register by going to .http://nhfpl.org/ymsummerlearning.
You will also find your child's most recent Scholastic Reading Inventory score. 80% of the 7th graders met or exceeded their growth goals, and continuing summer reading will help them maintain their current scores! By the end of 7th grade, students should fall between a 970-1170. Continuing to read over this summer is a great way to continue building vocabulary!
There is also a notice regarding the 8th grade trip to E.P.C.O.T/ Disney World. A payment plan begins in September. Students were given a "Sponsor Sheet" last week, but I have attached another copy as well. Summer is a great time to start fundraising! If you are seeing out-of-state friends and family, consider having your child ask for sponsor help. In the past, students have paid for most of their trip by bring sponsor sheets to Summer Family Reuinions and other events. The letter outlines other fundraising ideas. For example, returning cans and bottles for the 5 cent redemption has raised over $250 to put towards the trip. Consider starting a collection at home.
Thank you again for all your support this year!
Wishing you a happy summer,
As we approach the end of the year, I want to take the time to say THANK YOU for all your support!
The 7th graders have made tremendous growth, with over 80% of students meeting or exceeding their reading growth goals.
As we enter the summer, it is important that students continue to read over the summer, to maintain their growth. They recieved information regarding summer reading at the New Have Free Public Library summer reading programs, and had the opprotunity to pick books from the donation piles.
Please encourage your child to read 30 minutes a day, and to sign up for the summer reading program: http://nhfpl.org/ymsummerlearning/
Believe it or not, we are almost to the mid-point of 4th quarter! Progress reports will be sent home next week!
In the mean time, we have started our 4th quarter text: The Outsiders. We will do most of the reading in school, but here is a link to an e-text, in case students are absent or need to work on assignments at home.
Now that we are back from April Break, we are hitting a busy time of the year!
Tuesday (April 25) starts the Smarter Balance Testing! Students in section A will take the Language Arts assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday, and students in sections B and C will take the Math assessment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. (Testing will resume May 9-11 with students section A taking the math assessment, and B and C will take Language Arts).
Please encourage your child to get a good night's sleep tonight, eat breakfast tomorrow, and do their best! We feel they are well prepared, but a good night's sleep is always best!!
Wednesday is also a half-day and report card conferences. If you have not signed up for an appointment between 2-4 or 5-6:45, please let me know what will work for you!! The 7th grade team will be in room 212!
Thank you for your support,
Students are recieving their April Break packets today. The packets will have students select an independent reading book and record their observations. There is an article that will relate to our current Argument Essay unit. Then they will complete a journal over the break, use 5 different text structures. The directions for the packet are below. The article and the text structure pages are in the packets that are sent home with students. The packet is due on Monday, April 24.
Please be aware, on Tuesday, April 25, 7th grade students will begin Smarter Balance testing.