Seventh grade families, your students are proud to present their original free verse* poetry, inspired by our study of the Dust Bowl era lyrical narrative novel Out of the Dust. Students were challenged to create their own free verse works about a memory or experience significant to their own lives, just as the work we read together was significant to the protagonist’s life. The results range from whimsical to profound, from humorous to heart-wrenching. We hope you enjoy our work!
Enjoy our digital anthology.
*poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter
One of the biggest holidays in the world of mathematics takes place this week. March 14, also know as Pi Day (3/14 or 3.14) to those in the math community is a day to celebrate any and all things round. This Tuesday the students will discover how the number Pi (3.1415926…) is derived, use Pi to calculate the area and circumference of a variety of round objects, sing Pi Day carols, compete to see who can memorize and recite the most digits of pi (I have had students recite over 100 digits) and the activity that the students like best of all is eating round pie, even if r2.
Our classes are moving forward with our studies of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. Students have learned some facts of American and world events that shaped the twenties that connect to today. One idea we explored in class is how there was racism and discrimination with a resurgence of the KKK in the early twenties and how our country is experiencing challenges with discrimination today. We also looked at the challenges of immigration then, many feared the influx of eastern Europeans and the possibility of a communist overthrow of our government, and now, many fear middle easterners and the possibility of terrorist activities.
Tuesday, the students had a one-class debate on reasons for and against Prohibition. The students really enjoy arguing and may not even realize they are honing critical thinking and speaking skills. After, we connected Prohibition to the current debate on the legalization of marijuana with really interesting insight and perspective from the students.
We are now beginning the next step of looking at the characters of the era with students choosing a historical person to research, to create an informational brochure on, and to create a skit around their connection to our studies. These skits are supported in Mrs. Holdredge’s class and will be presented one morning in the commons with an invite going out to families. That info will be coming in about 2-3 weeks.
Seventh graders are currently participating in My Future My Choice during science classes – a comprehensive healthy decision making curriculum that covers peer pressure, healthy decision making, and sexual health. I’ve covered this in my past few highlights so I won’t bore you with it yet again, but as always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out via email, phone, or just stop by!
The days that we don’t have MFMC provide an awesome opportunity to complete some fun science labs and activities that don’t necessarily fit in with the rest of the curriculum, but are no less exciting and important! We started with a Design Challenge that put students in the role of designing the physical space of our new Design Innovation lab and also the curriculum! Students did a wonderful job thinking critically about spacial and financial requirements, as well as providing us with valuable information about what they want to learn about in this exciting new space. I’ve had a great time looking through their ideas, and look forward to passing them along to administration as we begin construction and curriculum planning! As a side note, thank you to everyone who came to the auction, supported this space through the paddle raiser, or simply encourages and supports this type of hands-on discovery that this space will provide. I believe this is going to be an incredible addition to our school and I’m so excited to see what your kids will create next year! Other than this design challenge, we also completed a DNA extraction lab and some fun, community building activities. Next, we will explore DNA structure by building models out of candy, and discover some “magic” chemical reactions! After Spring Break, we will dive into possibly my favorite science topic, Genetics!
In the art room 7th grade has just finished up their figure drawing unit as well as their wire figure sculpture. Please stop by the middle school wing and look in the display cases by the art room to see your students creative work! We have since then launched into a copper relief project where students are pressing into a thin sheet of copper. Look for these finished pieces in the quickly approaching Annual Art Show!