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1 Littleton Middle School Back to School Night Welcome! September 24, 2012

2 Advisory  Monday, Wednesday, Friday: --Reading (book of choice) and summarizing ( using Reading Log)  Tuesday and Thursday: --Student reports on Current Events; curriculum enhancement & practice; test-taking skills; MCAS prep

3 Seventh Grade  Responsible,  Independent,  Organized,  Successful students

4 Tools  Accordion folder— Each subject is labeled; going home every night for “To be completed” & “Completed” assignments  Agenda/Planner— going home every night; daily and/or weekly assignments recorded  On-line homework postings— access through LMS Home Page and click on teacher’s name; assignments may change last minute—check planner first — check progress of student

5 After School Help  Mondays= Mrs. Pistorino and Mrs. Stanton  Tuesdays= Mrs. Ingemie and Mrs. Stephenson  Thursdays= Ms. Orcione and Mr. Giabbai *Late busses start in October

6 7 th grade English/Language Arts Ms. Janel Orcione Littleton Middle School

7 Writing Currently--- Structure & types of paragraphs October--- Six Traits of Good Writing (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions) Late November--- Long compositions (five plus paragraphs) with thesis statements and strategies to develop the topic April--- Mini research papers with correct MLA documentation and citations. **Assessed writing assignments usually count as a quiz or test grade. These assignments are placed in the student’s writing folder, which is kept in the classroom for reflection purposes.

8 MCAS Late March —MCAS Long Composition Early April —ELA (English/Language Arts) MCAS

9 Grammar Every other week a new grammar skill is covered Writer’s Craft book is used for grammar assignments along with grammar worksheets Grammar quizzes are given about once a month

10 Vocabulary Wordly Wise book for vocabulary New lesson every other week--two weeks on each lesson Each week vocabulary homework is assigned on Mondays and due on Wednesdays. Vocabulary tests are every other Friday.

11 Reading and Literature Currently--- The Westing Game (Along with class discussions, Active Reader handouts, chapter questions, open-responses, and tests will be assigned for this book.) October--- Star Girl (Planned to be tied in to advisory reading and discussions) December- -- Short stories from class anthology and Jr. Great Books (Along with class discussions, Reader’s Notes handouts and open-responses will be assigned for these short stories.) April--- Poetry (mini research paper ties in to the poetry unit) May--- The Giver (Along with class discussions, Active Reader handouts, chapter questions, open-responses, and questions on the final will be assigned for this book.) Literary terms

12 Notebook English notebook is the student’s on-going portfolio. All classwork and homework in notebook All work should be complete and neat. Sample notebook available to check Notebook checks (two or three test grades) near the end of each semester

13 Evaluation Tests=50% Quizzes=30% Homework=15% Participation=5%

14 Learning Center 7 th Grade Room 212 Jessica Stanton

15 Role Support curriculum development Support curriculum development Develop correlating activities to reinforce concepts Develop correlating activities to reinforce concepts Guide students towards personal independence Guide students towards personal independence After school help day: Monday After school help day: Monday

16 Ancient History Mr. Giabbai

17 Curriculum Aligned with the Massachusetts History and Social Sciences Curriculum Frameworks, the National Standards in History, and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies Historical Sources & Archaeology Ancient Mesopotamia Ancient Egypt Ancient India Greek Mythology Ancient Greece Ancient Rome

18 Goals for Students Building tolerance by learning about other cultures and the similarities and differences between peoples Understanding cause and effect and how the actions of individuals and groups can change societies Analyzing artifacts and primary sources to determine what they reveal about the people who made them Using evidence to support a thesis Practicing reading comprehension, expository writing, oral presentation, and critical thinking skills Utilizing 21 st century learning skills via the Moodle online learning platform

19 Grading Grading is done on a points-based system. Each assignment or assessment will be worth a certain number of points. These points add up to calculate the student’s grade. Examples:Homework Quiz10 points Homework Assignment10 points Regular Quiz150 points Test200 points Binder Check200 points Project50 points

20 Homework Quizzes Students use their own homework to answer the questions All questions come directly from the homework Low grades are an indication that the student did not do the homework or did not do it completely

21 Regular Quizzes & Tests Study guides are provided All questions are based on the study guide Students may not use study guides or homework outlines – only their brains May consist of multiple choice, matching, fill- in-the-blank, short answer, picture identification, and open response questions

22 Projects Projects may include traditional paper-based projects, online projects, and oral presentations Projects are done in class and may have to be finished up at home Directions are always provided for projects

23 Binder Check Binder checks will usually be held at the end of each unit of study. As long as students are completing their daily filing in class, they should have no problem with the binder check. Students are given time daily in class to file assignments into their binder with the specific instructions provided and posted in class. No credit will be given for assignments that are not complete or are not filed on the correct numbered page. Students are encouraged to come in to check the sample binder in class or online at the Moodle site.

24 Class Preparation Grade Students begin the term with class preparation grade of 100. If a student has to go to his/her locker to retrieve any of the items below, he/she loses 5 points off the class preparation grade for the day.  pen/pencil  history binder  homework  textbook (if there is a large tri-fold board outside the classroom that says “bring textbook”) The class preparation grade is averaged into the term grade

25 Online Classroom Students will often have to complete homework using the online classroom on the Moodle online learning platform Students will have a username and unique password to access this site Individuals who are not 7 th grade students are not able to access the site

26 Spanish Mrs. Ingemie

27 About the Class Equivalent to the first half of Level 1 Spanish Grade 8 is the second half Students may be able to take Level 2 Spanish in ninth grade Textbook, activity books, and the evaluation process are the same as in high school in order to maintain consistency in the program

28 Class Content Basics of Language Learning: – Listening – Speaking – Reading – Writing – Culture Class activities will include, but not be limited to: – Group work – Audio & video clips – Instruction – Written activities

29 Students are Required to Bring Textbook Writing Journal Activity notebook Homework Planner Writing Utensil

30 Grading Quizzes 35% Projects 25% Homework 20% Class Work, Participation, Effort 20%

31 Mrs. Lynne Pistorino Math 7 Pre-Algebra

32 Grades 5-12 Mathematics License MCAS Grade 7 Assessment Development Committee for DESE District Coordinator for the Mentor Program Mentor

33 Standards form the backbone of my curriculum. What the students learn and need to master is based on the Massachusetts Frameworks which incorporate the Common Core Standards Standards describe what to teach, not how to teach it.

34 New Math Program Math 7 Connected Math, course 2 or Pre-Algebra Glencoe McGraw Hill, 2012

35 Online Math Resources: Textbook—students given redemption code Homework: Email:

36 Practice, practice, practice… Homework New concepts are taught daily so… ….homework is assigned every day (including weekends) 15 - 30 minutes Full Credit: on time, attempt every problem, show necessary work

37 Grading Policy Tests : 45% Quizzes: 45% Homework: 10%

38 Make Up Policy Tests—retakes for a maximum average of 70% Within 1 week after the test has been returned Redo all incorrect problems After school, Mondays Quizzes—based on homework and classwork; no retakes Homework—one day, unless absent Usually a quiz or test each week

39 Extra Help Mondays, after school Math Lab with Ms. Pisano for MCAS prep

40 7 th grade Science Ms. Stephenson

41 Curriculum Term 1 – Human Body / Nature Journal Term 2 – Astronomy / Moon Journal Term 3 – Cells / Nature Journal Science Fair – November - April

42 Science Fair Mandatory in 7 th & 8 th grade Partners (2 or 3), solo Worth 2 tests, 2 quizzes, 100 hw Thursday - S Fair extra help day

43 Science Fair Timeline Nov. – Ideas, topics of interest Dec. – Research paper Jan. – Project proposal By mid-January, should begin experiment Feb. – Data collection March - Data analysis, Conclusion, Display board April – Class presentation April 14 – Science Fair Open House

44 Hands On – Minds On Hands on activities and labs If students can see, touch, ‘taste’, build or take apart content………… Inquiry

45 Grading Policy Homework/ Class Participation – 20% Quiz / Lab Sheets - 30% Tests / Lab Reports- 50%

46 Important Websites Homework school website On-line Gradebook Communication

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