Ms. Erica Brannon
I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know students over the past week! I can tell we have a great year ahead of us. Our first unit is an in-depth look into the Scientific Method and what it means to be a scientist. During this unit, I focus on developing curiosity about the world around us and how to ask and answer questions around this curiosity. On Tuesday, we did a fun lab activity to help inspire students to be curious and wonder “how” and “why.” This led us into a discussion about the questions we had, and how to frame them as a guiding scientific question for an experiment or a research project. Here are a few pictures from our activity on Tuesday, which was a huge success in teaching us to be curious and also in making some pretty awesome colors and shapes!
Mr. Greg Conrad
Students were fantastic with their reintroduction to school routines. Working with Mr. Vallier and the middle school team they were able to create important and usable “norms” to follow. These will help lead students to success in our classes. We are beginning our first unit on America Becomes a World Power centering around yellow journalism and the Spanish-American War. Mrs. Holdredge and I have posted our office hours, Tuesdays from 8:30 till 10:00, and you can sign up via Signup.com. I look forward to seeing many of you soon.
Mrs. Amanda Holdredge
We’ve had a productive first week in Language Arts and are now beginning to dig into our first unit, Literary Elements in Short Stories. I was impressed today with the students’ insights and contributions to our discussion about theme. Parents, Mr. Conrad and I are now offering weekly office hours on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-10:00 (we are flexible if those times don’t work for you). Please sign up via SignUp (follow the link on the Seven Peaks website), especially if you would like assistance in navigating and understanding Canvas. See you tomorrow night at Back-to-School night!
Mr. Joe Kennedy, Math
We had a great first week of school last week and it has been a pleasure getting to know your students. Not much has been happening as far as math goes, just a lot of getting to know the students and them getting to know me and the procedures for the class. I hope you all enjoyed the friendly competition of multiplying 2 digit numbers by eleven. Looks like most of the parents need to work a little harder on the multiplication facts, since most of the 7th graders beat their parents! 🙂
Mrs. Melissa Landolt, Physical Education
Hello! My name is Melissa Landolt and I am your child’s physical education teacher and also the Middle School Athletic Director. This is my 7th year at Seven Peaks and my 10th year teaching PE. I am a Central Oregon native who grew up in Madras. I have lived in Bend for 15 years with my husband. I enjoy watching and playing all types of sports. During the summer I love to travel and hang out at our beautiful lakes. This year my classes are going to learn and practice many skills. They will be encouraged to be physically active, develop cooperation and teamwork, increase personal fitness and motor development, and participate in many fun games and activities. I am looking forward to a fun and active year!
Ms. Hope Royes, 4th -8th Visual Arts teacher
We are gearing up for a great year in the art room! I have been teaching at Seven Peaks for 10 years now and have worked to develop and art program that allows students to explore a wide range of mediums, artists and art movements. We will start out the year with a unit reviewing the elements of art while designing each students portfolio. We have a lot of exciting projects this year and I am looking forward to getting to know each student as we kick off the school year. Please email me with any questions you might have about the art program at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in volunteering in the art room you can find the website to sign up through the SPS website under Volunteer.