Ms. Erica Brannon, Science
I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer so far! I am looking forward to another great year at Seven Peaks while we explore some exciting science topics. The year starts out with a unit on the scientific method, where we will discover that science is present in numerous parts of our daily lives. In fact, we are all scientists in some way, whether we realize it or not! Over the remainder of the year we will study atomic structure, chemical reactions, cell structure, cellular reproduction and genetics, comparative anatomy, and geology. There are many exciting labs and experiments we will be doing over the year, as well as at least one dissection during our comparative anatomy unit! Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will see you soon in the science lab.
Mr. Greg Conrad, Humanities
I’m looking forward to beginning our year with returning and new students. I had a great summer and hope everyone else did as well. As you read this begin thinking about any history you experienced over the summer; maybe you traveled to an historic site or learned about your family’s background on a trip to visit grandparents. History is all around us, keep your eyes open. We begin our year with studies surrounding the Spanish-American War and how media influenced America’s involvement. This is a timely subject as there are many current events involving America in world affairs. We’ll study interesting people and events and learn about political cartoons. Then we’ll take that info to write expository paragraphs and create cartoon images to express understanding. What could be more fun than drawing cartoons as an assignment? See y’all soon!
Mrs. Amanda Holdredge, Language Arts
Welcome back to our returning students and a big hello to our new students–welcome to 7th grade! I’m looking forward to a great year with you in Language Arts, learning together while having fun. We’ll start the year with a selection of classic and contemporary short stories with a goal of refreshing and cementing the basic building blocks of literature (theme, plot development, characterization, etc.) as well as a character analysis essay. Mr. Conrad and I work closely together between Language Arts and Humanities to reinforce content, writing skills, and whenever possible make your job as a student easier (for example, the strategies you use to write your political cartoon paragraphs feed right into our expository essay).
Mr. Joe Kennedy, Math
I hope everyone has had a great, relaxing summer so far. As the school year approaches I know some students can feel a little anxious about what they will be learning during the year and how well they will understand the new material. In both 7th and 8th grade math the first 3 to 4 weeks of the year begins with a review of material from the previous year. This usually helps students “get the rust off” and helps ease the anxiety that many students feel at the beginning of a new school year. With that said, it isn’t a bad idea to start brushing up on some basic skills before the year begins. There are many options out there to help your child get started, but an one easy option would be to have them login to ixl.com and practice some of the 5th & 6th grade concepts such as adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing fractions, exponents, ratios and rates, percents, or any topic associated with equations. Even if your child doesn’t have a login name and password, they are allowed to complete 10 practice problems per day which is still practice, and every little bit helps. If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I hope everyone has a great rest of their summer. See you in a couple weeks.