Mrs. Kinard, , Mrs. Mascal, Mrs. Allen, Mr. Warren
Happy New Year!! As we begin our 3rd Quarter English 7 we will began our novel studies. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of building background knowledge, use their plot diagram to describe setting, conflict, climax and resolution, figurative language, describe the impact of word choice, Students will identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts. As well as be able to describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint.
In writing students will build on their writing skills by using complex sentences as well as transition words to enhance their essays.
Mrs. Pennell, Mr. DeCola, Mrs. Ellis
Science will be investigating how organisms are classified and the characteristics that scientists use to put them into their groups. We will then be looking at animal and plant behaviors. Be on the lookout for some in class projects and an at home project at the end of the quarter 🙂
United States History II
Mrs. Matern, Ms. Gibson, Mr. Barnes
The USII department is finishing up our 1930s unit and getting ready to dive head first into our World War II unit. Teachers and students are looking forward to this exciting unit! Topics will include causes of WWII, major battles and events, the Holocaust, and life on the Home Front. Some of these topics can be delicate, so if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your student’s teacher.
Mrs. Vanderherchen, Mrs. Uscilowski, Mrs. Thompson,
Mr. Tangard, Mr. McFadden
During the 3rd Quarter, Math 7 will be covering the standards that include inequalities, graphing linear equations, patterns and sequences, and probability. We will be creating new remediation groups, which will be focusing on reviewing and remediating weak areas in previously-covered SOLs. In Algebra, students have learned about the four different types of slopes as well as how to determine the slope of a line through either graphing or algebraically. To help remember the slope-intercept formula, students learned songs as well as movements to follow along with the lyrics. We are close to entering the fascinating world of exponents!
Please ensure that your student is bringing home their math notebook to study from, and completing math homework each week. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher directly.
Assistant Principal’s Note:
Greetings CMS families! Can you believe we are moving into the second semester? As we approach the end of the year common assessments and SOLs, we remain focused on increasing literacy skills for all students. Please encourage your child to read self-selected materials on a regular basis and generate conversations about what they are reading. Studies show talking and thinking about reading increase comprehension of the material read.
Our Talon Ticket Store is up and running and has a lot of fun and yummy treats. Encourage your child to meet and exceed expectations so they are earning tickets to purchase these rewards every other week at lunch. Students can also participate in raffles and experiences with their Talon Tickets. This information is shared with the students on the announcements and at lunch time.
Finally, as we begin the third quarter, please take the opportunity to check with your student to see if they need to replenish supplies such as pencils and paper and encourage them to bring these items to class daily. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s performance, please contact the teacher to discuss ways to ensure he/she is successful. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to continuing the race to success at CMS!
Counselor’s Corner – Mr. Parker, School Counselor
As excited as we are to get back into the groove with our academia curricular, the transition into the second semester is extremely important. Fortunately, with a positive mindset and a little effort, we can all make sure the second half to 2016-2017 school year at Caroline Middle School is a success! Here are some tips to help our students re-engage academically:
1. Use that agenda book! All students are required to bring their agenda to CMS every day. Not only is that their pass to the bathroom, library, other classrooms, etc. during the day, but it also helps students stay organized. It’s harder to forget to do your Math or English homework when you write it down!
2. Create a Designated Study Space! Nowadays, students’ struggles with multiple distractions while completing homework assignments, such as TV, cell phones, loud music, and other things can lead to mental frustrations. Keep the homework area focused on school work so that students stay on task. Be sure to have all required school supplies together and ready so students don’t waste time trying to find what they need. As indicated in our first newsletter, all 7th grade students will be creating their Academic and Career Plan this school year. I started classroom guidance lessons to help guide students in identifying the 16 Career Clusters and exploring their personal interests in colleges and careers aspirations.
Counseling groups have started and will be ongoing throughout the school year. Please contact me by email email@example.com or by phone 804.633.6561 if you would like your student to participate in group counseling.
Student who received a D or F will be contacted by teachers. A letter will be sent home informing you if your student is in danger of being retained. Please contact me if you have any concerns. Remember! School counselors are here to help. Parents feel free to call or email me any concerns or questions.