Turkey Trot returns to SPS: Wednesday, Nov. 15th

This time last year Seven Peaks School students, with the help of family, friends and neighbors, raised a total of $4,890 which covered the cost of 200 complete Thanksgiving meals and a cash donation to a local food bank.

Tis the season of giving, sharing and embracing those who need of a little extra help in our community. We are happy to announce, in partnership with Whole Foods and The Giving Plate, that we are once again committed to providing complete Thanksgiving meals to local families. These special meal bags will include a fresh turkey complete with all the fixings which will be lovingly assembled by the grade level that raises the most money. Everyone is welcome to join the “trotting fun” on Wednesday, November 15 from 10:30am – 12:00pm at Skyliner Field, adjacent to Seven Peaks School. Once the bags are packed, the winners will also load them onto The Giving Plate truck which will then transport, store and disperse to families throughout our community.

Last year, our 4th graders raised the most money. Therefore, received the honor of assembling 200 meal bags and enjoyed an extended recess with hot chocolate. Our 6th graders ran the most laps during the Turkey Trot and they earned an extended recess with hot chocolate. But for the best turkey costume, Peyton Egeland received two movie passes.

“We are once again so blessed to receive this gift from Seven Peaks at such a critical time of the year. Thank you again for your support”. — Gary Kelso, Founder / Director at The Giving Plate

“We are glad Whole Foods was able to partner with Seven Peaks. We hope we can help again next year”. — Tyson Strople, Store Team Leader Bend OR

Language Arts with Mr. Wenger

During the first several weeks of school we spent a lot of time establishing a strong and productive classroom community. Now, as the leaves begin to fall off the trees, we are heading into the more academic section of our school year. In Language Arts, the kids have started to work on their first personal narrative. We have introduced and practiced several writing strategies designed to help kids generate ideas worth writing about.  It has been great watching the kids begin to compose stories about themes and experiences that they value! Enjoy this photo of 6th grade working on murals.

Art with Mrs. Santucci

The 6th graders have had a busy couple months in the art room. What a wonderful class of enthusiasm and creativity. So far this year we have been reviewing the elements of art through the creation of each student’s name designed on their art portfolio. Grades for this assignment, as well as comments, can be found on Canvas! Currently, we are working on a collage unit and student are developing the skills of collage making as well as creating a piece of art about self-expression. Please feel free to come by and visit anytime!

Science with Ms. Brannon

Hi 8th grade families! I am so happy to have finally started a science rotation! We’re off to an exciting start in the science lab learning about the nervous system. Students studied the brain and recently dissected a sheep brain! While the smell might not be my favorite, I love seeing students actively engaged in the learning process and dissections are a great way to make this happen. The dissection was a huge success and I was so proud not only of the level of knowledge your students showed during this activity, but also they way they all participated and worked together. This unit will conclude with a study of how drugs and alcohol interfere with the function of the nervous system, and specifically, why they are so much more harmful during teen years due to brain development. If you have any questions on how this part of the unit will look, please feel free to contact me or stop by for a conference. I’m looking forward to a wonderful 8th grade year with your kids!

Language Arts with Mrs. Foote

Grammar, usage, and mechanics – words that typically inspire shuddering and groans from students. Last week, students were introduced to my Harry Potter-themed “Grammar House Cup.” I am thrilled to report that I have seen tons of enthusiasm from students about this addition to Language Arts. Starting next Friday, each student will work on completing an individualized “game board” focusing on a grammatical skill set. The game board will lead students through a variety of self-paced activities to strengthen and improve their writing. In addition, students can earn points for their “house” by catching grammar and spelling mistakes in the real world.

In the coming weeks, we will continue our novel study of To Kill a Mockingbird, which is part of our larger unit on identity and relationships. Over the course of this unit, students will develop their craft as narrative writers and improve their ability to read classic fiction. My hope is that each student will complete the unit knowing and understanding that people of all races, genders, and ages can teach us life lessons and shape who we become.

Math with Mrs. Hovey Vicknair

While group work is a consistent struggle for the 8th grade mathematicians, I continue to see improvement in the collective class dynamics.  They are finishing up their second unit where we investigated different ways to determine and define linear equations, making connections to different representations of linear relationships and investigating the meaning of these relationship when provided context.  The main focus is on making sense of the data and application by developing an understanding of how characterizing relationships allows us to solve problems and find solutions.

Geometry with Ms. Williams

In the last few weeks, the Geometry class has really come together to become a high-functioning team. Whether they are working together to design an apartment or figuring out how to calculate the height of a triangle, they do an impressive job of respectfully sharing their own ideas and thoughtfully listening to each other’s ideas. Recent group work has centered around the concepts of congruent angle pairs and similar shapes.

Art with Mrs. Macauley

The 8th graders have had a busy couple months in the art room. So far this year, we have been reviewing the elements of art through the creation of each student’s name designed on their art portfolio. Grades for this assignment, as well as comments, can be found on Canvas! Currently, we are wrapping up a collage unit that will become your students customized sketchbook cover and beginning to plan for the quickly approaching Empty Bowls unit. Empty Bowls is a local fundraiser to raise money for the local organization, Neighbor Impact, to help the less fortunate in our immediate community. There is a Canvas announcement posted on the art page with all the details if you would like to attend the event! Please feel free to come by and visit the art room anytime!

 

Science with Ms. Brannon

Hi 7th grade families! I am so happy to have finally started a science rotation! I’ve loved getting to know each and every one of your children over the past week, and I’m looking forward to continuing to get to know them better as we learn about some exciting science topics. We are currently almost finished with our introductory science unit covering the scientific method to prepare us to think like scientists and to be able to excel during the next two years in the IB program. After this unit concludes, we’ll dive into Chemistry where we study atomic structure, chemical reactions, and applications of chemistry.

Language Arts with Mrs. Foote

Grammar, usage, and mechanics – words that typically inspire shuddering and groans from students. Last week, students were introduced to my Harry Potter-themed “Grammar House Cup.” I am thrilled to report that I have seen tons of enthusiasm from students about this addition to Language Arts. Starting next Friday, each student will work on completing an individualized “game board” focusing on a grammatical skill set. The game board will lead students through a variety of self-paced activities to strengthen and improve their writing. In addition, students can earn points for their “house” by catching grammar and spelling mistakes in the real world.

In the coming weeks, we will continue our novel study of The Outsiders, which is part of our larger unit on identity. Over the course of this unit, students will develop their craft as narrative writers and improve their ability to read classic fiction. My hope is that each student will complete the unit knowing and understanding that our identities are a product of our experiences, relationships and the choices we make.

Math with Mrs. Hovey-Vicknair

We are settling into our new math schedules this week and charging forward into more complex representations of linear relationships. I can already tell with the smaller class sizes that we are capable of deeper understanding and more “aha” moments. This week we are solidifying conceptual understanding and procedural fluency working with single variable linear equations and entering the realm of the “multi-variables”. Our initial work with manipulatives and multiple representations of data should lend nicely to grasping the idea of multi-variable linear equations. We also are continuing to make connections to linear relationship found in the real world.

Art with Mrs. Macauley

The 7th graders have had a busy couple months in the art room. So far this year, we have been reviewing the elements of art through the creation of each student’s name designed on their art portfolio. Grades for this assignment, as well as comments, can be found on Canvas! Currently, we are wrapping up a collage unit that will become your students customized sketchbook cover and beginning to plan for the quickly approaching Empty Bowls unit. Empty Bowls is a local fundraiser to raise money for the local organization, Neighbor Impact, to help the less fortunate in our immediate community. There is a Canvas announcement posted on the art page with all the details if you would like to attend the event! Please feel free to come by and visit the art room anytime!

Language Arts with Mr. Wenger

During the first several weeks of school we spent a lot of time establishing a strong and productive classroom community. Now, as the leaves begin to fall off the trees, we are heading into the more academic section of our school year. In Language Arts, the kids have started to work on their first personal narrative. We have introduced and practiced several writing strategies designed to help kids generate ideas worth writing about. It has been great watching the kids begin to compose stories about themes and experiences that they value! Enjoy this photo of the kids working together to prep their pumpkin for decorating to our school wide pumpkin decorating contest.

Art with Mrs. Santucci

The 5th graders have had a busy couple months in the art room. What a wonderful class of enthusiasm and creativity. So far this year we have been reviewing the elements of art as well as just completing a unit on Picasso inspired self portraits. Please visit the middle school wing soon to see your child’s fun and creative contour line drawing self portrait! Currently, we have launched into color theory and the students are busy demonstrating their color knowledge through Op Art. Please feel free to come by and visit anytime!

Last Friday the 4th graders put on an amazing Energy Exhibition for the lower school and their parents.  The exhibition featured their custom, hand made light devices as well as energy learning stations about: waves, soldering, circuit building, kinetic and potential energy.  The students were enthusiastic and knowledgeable teachers which helped their visitors learn all about energy.  Sharing learning with others is so rewarding!  That’s a wrap on our exploration of energy.

Art with Mrs. Santucci

Putting color theory into practice can be a challenge, but the 4th graders tackled the challenge with engaging results. Choosing complementary colors, and a basic shape, the students learned  how to change the value of a color and had a ball mixing paint to fill in their shape. Moving from color to line, the next challenge presented was to create a collage landscape using a different line pattern for each section-foreground, middle ground, and background. This project involved detailed application of design, an overlay of paint, careful glueing and an eye for composition. They have just finished, and the result shows the time and work they put in. Next on the journey of creative exploration in art class….clay and 3D design!

We have created a strong community of learners in 3rd grade. We have formed reading and writing partnerships during our workshops. Your child’s reading and writing partners will be by their side, supporting them as they work toward their self-selected goals. If you peek into the class, you may see your child sharing their thinking about their book with their partner, or sitting side by side, sharing their writing and their plans for future writing. Learning is a social act and our peers help to lift the level of our thinking, and support us in accomplishing our goals. As readers this week, we focused on Author’s Purpose by noticing the details authors include in their stories. In reading partnerships, third graders considered and shared their thinking by asking, “Why did the author make this happen?” or “Why did the author write this part this way?” Asking and considering these types of questions allows the reader to understand the story more deeply. As we say in third grade, reading is thinking, and there is a lot of thinking going on!

Art with Mrs. Santucci

Putting color theory into practice can be a challenge, but the 3rd graders tackled the challenge with engaging results. Choosing complementary colors, and a basic shape, the students learned  how to change the value of a color and had a ball mixing paint to fill in their shape. Moving from color to line, the next challenge presented was to create a collage landscape using a different line pattern for each section-foreground, middle ground, and background. This project involved detailed application of design, an overlay of paint, careful glueing and an eye for composition.  They have just finished, and the result shows the time and work they put in. Next on the journey of creative exploration in art class….clay and 3D design!

In the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that the second graders have a passion for nature and taking care of their environment. As they begin to wrap up their first unit focused on community, they followed the design process to identify a need in their community: pollution and waste that is finding its way to bodies of water. They are now ideating on how to solve this problem and will be coming up with prototypes to test. Immediate steps have been taken, such as picking up trash outside. We hope others will join us in these efforts!

They also took a field trip to Pilot Butte to learn more about their local community. During their hike, they identified local plants in a scavenger hunt. At the top of the butte, they learned how our beautiful landscape came to be created over the last thousands of years. New vocabulary arose such as tectonic plates, earthquakes, and erosion. They observed different types of rocks and identified the mountains around us. It’s hard to not feel passionate about saving the environment when you are surrounded by such beauty!

Art with Mrs. Santucci

From learning how to create color values for their stunning night sky pieces to using their knowledge of line to design and paint watercolor seahorses, the second graders have been amazing the school with their careful, creative talent. We are now studying about the artist and architect Hundterwasser whose unique and colorful buildings and art brightened up the era following WWII. After learning about him and his philosophy, they will create their own unique landscape incorporating what they have learned about line, pattern, shape, color and symbols.