7th Grade ELA Update

This Week:

Monday 6/3 — Complete Romeo and Juliet Unit

Tuesday 6/4 — Complete Romeo and Juliet Unit 

Wednesday 6/5 — Study for Unit Exam

Thursday 6/6 —  Unit Exam / Romeo and Juliet Projects Due

Friday 6/7 — Field Day! 

Coming Up:

Thursday 6/13 — 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 

Friday 6/14 — Last Day of School / Minimum Day 

Below is a copy of the field day events. We are in need of parent volunteers to help with field day next Friday. The events will take place from 12:10-2:30 pm on the field. Please email me directly if you are interested in helping out! [email protected]

Field Day Activities Link

Joshua Tree Final Instructions

Thank you to everyone for getting all of the required forms turned in! Just a few final details before the departure on Monday:

  • Arrive to school on Monday at 7:45 
  • Students will stack there luggage on the field until and will not take it up to the classroom
  • After drop off, around 8:05, students will pack there luggage in the chaperone/driver vehicles 
  • The plan is to leave from OTA no later than 8:15
  • Students will depart from Joshua Tree on Wednesday around 11 am and will arrive back at OTA between 2:30-3:00 pm. 
  • Any students who are picked up prior to dismissal on Wednesday must check out with the office. 

Attached is the packing list, program agenda, and driver assignments. 

Participant Packet Old Town JTNP 2019 (1) School Program Plan Old Town Joshua Tree 5.20- 5.22.19 Driver Seating Assignments (1)






Field Day T-Shirts

Field Day T-Shirt

The deadline to purchase a field day t-shirt is Tuesday, May 7th. Please bring in the size form and 10$ in cash or check made out to Old Town Academy. Students are no obligated to purchase a shirt; however, please send students with a green shirt of their own on field day.

Field Day 2019

Field Day will be held on Friday, June 7th

This year, each grade will represent a different color and T-shirts will be ordered. 6th Grade’s color is orange. T-shirts cost $10 each. If you’d like to purchase one, please complete the order form that went home today and return it by May 7th.  Please pay with cash or a check made out to Old Town Academy.

Purchasing a t-shirt is not mandatory; however, If you choose not to purchase a shirt, please wear green on field day. 

CAASPP State Testing

The CAASPP testing for grades 6-8th is coming up next week.  

Testing will take place between Tuesday, May 7th and Friday, May 10th

7th Grade Testing Schedule:

The CAASPP includes 4 Tests (2 math and 2 ELA)

  • ELA CAT- this test requires students to read many passages and asks comprehension and vocabulary questions regarding the text. This includes all 6-8th grade ELA Common Core standards. There are multiple choice and short answer questions. (all short answer should be in complete sentences and very detailed)
  • ELA Performance Task- This test takes TWO days to complete. It is lengthy. The test is made of 3 sources about a certain topic. For part 1, students read the 3 sources and are asked 3 questions. These answers must be in paragraph form with textual evidence to support their thinking. For part 2, students are required to write an essay (they will be randomly assigned an opinion, narrative, or informative essay, etc.)

Testing Week Information:

  • It is very important to be at school on time, have a healthy/filling breakfast, and a full nights rest. 
  • These tests are long and students can prepare at home by eating and sleeping right. 
  • Students who are absent during a test will have to miss class time later to complete the test. Please plan now for your child to be here all week. (if your child is sick, we can accommodate for them to take the test at a later date.)
  • Tests will start first thing in the morning. If students are late- Mr. C will hold them in the office until after our testing block so that students are not distracted by people coming in and out of our classroom. So, make sure students are ON TIME! 
  • All students need headphones or ear buds for the tests. There is some audio that students are required to listen to. If students do not have headphones at school already, please arrange to send some with your child. I do not have any extra headphones. 
  • Consider sending your student with a snack. I will allow for a break half way through testing, and students can benefit from having a snack to recharge their batteries. If you have extra snacks (granola bars, pretzels, etc.), please consider donating to the class. 


7th Grade ELA Update

This Week:

Monday 4/22 — No School

Tuesday-Friday 4/23-26 — Traffic Duty  

Thursday 4/25 — Classroom Poetry Competition (All Students)  

Friday 4/26 — School Poetry Competition 

Coming Up:

Friday 5/3 — Grandparents Day (Minimum Day)

Monday-Friday 5/6-5/10 — State Testing Window

7th grade has traffic duty next week 3/18-3/22. Please sign up for at least one day. Remember, we need parent and student support to keep traffic flowing and the crosswalk safe. Traffic duty counts toward community service.

Thank you in advance! 

Sign Up Here

You are invited to attend the 7th grade poetry competition on Thursday, April 25th at 8:10 am in Mr. Watts’ room. Each student will recite their poetry by memory. The top three presentations will move on to the school wide competition. 

Please consider donating a snack or refreshment. Sign up HERE

Mr Hamm is still in need of a family to volunteer to provide a meal for approximately 20 kids on Thursday, May 23rd. If your family is able and willing to donate to this worthy cause pleas contact Mr. Bob Hamm at [email protected] 

7th Grade ELA Update

This Week:

Monday 4/15 — First Day Q4 / Poetry Practice 

Tuesday 4/16 — Talent Show Tryouts  

Wednesday 4/17 — Talent Show Tryouts 

Friday 4/19 — Disaster Drill 

Coming Up:

Thursday / Friday 4/25-26 — Poetry Competition

Get your tickets now!

 OTA Nacho Average Gala, Saturday, May 4. Tickets available at the following link:   Gala Tickets 

Want to volunteer at the event? Sign-up now and we’ll send you a promo code for $40 off admission price:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054aa4aa22a6fb6-fiesta

Check out live auction previews, the generous gala sponsors, a sneak peek at Teacher Experiences in the online auction, and more #OTAGala and Osprey Online Auction information.  

Be sure to FOLLOW the Parent Foundation on Facebook and Instagram for important event tips and announcements. We look forward to seeing you on May 4 at Liberty Station. 



Dear 7th Grade Families,

Our trip to Joshua Tree is rapidly approaching! We will be heading to beautiful Joshua Tree National Park where we will be going on a number of scenic hikes, climbing through caves, rock climbing, and participating in countless fun and inspiring outdoor education activities. Listed below is some basic information about the upcoming trip:

Where: Joshua Tree National Park

When: May 20-22, (Monday-Wednesday)

Depart OTA 7:30 a.m. Monday

Arrive back to OTA around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

Cost: $235 per student (Due to the overall success of the jog-a-thon, the cost has been reduced to $235 down from $340)

Please return to school by Friday, May 3rd:

  • Permission Slip (Handout)
  • Medical Release Form (Digital)
  • Payment (make check payable to Old Town Academy)

We still need several volunteers to chaperone and drop off or pick up students at Joshua Tree! Please contact me as soon as possible if you are willing to drive on either Monday, Wednesday, or both.

I have been on a number of trips with Positive Adventures, and I believe they provide a first rate outdoor education experience!

Thank you,

Mr. Watts

[email protected]

MS ELA Update

This Week:

Monday 4/8 — Unit Exam Review

Tuesday 4/9 — Poetry Close Read Assignment

Thursday 4/11 — Poe Unit Reading Exam

Friday 4/12 — Minimum Day/Spirit Day (Tacky Tourist) 

Coming Up:

Thursday / Friday 4/25-26 — Poetry Competition

ELA Update 3/18-3/22

This Week:

M-F 3/18-22 — Traffic Duty 

Monday 3/18 — Mock Trial Group (A)

Tuesday 3/19 — Mock Trial Group (B)

Wednesday 3/20 — Book Fair 

Coming Up:

M-F 3/25-3/29 — Spring Break

Please join us on Monday or Tuesday at 8:10 am for the much anticipated mock trials. Trial (A) will take place on Monday, and Trial (B) will be held on Tuesday. Please ask your student which trial they will be participating in. 

Mock Trial 

Don’t forget to bring a few extra dollars for the book fair on Wednesday! The 7th grade will be attending the fair from 8:30-9:00 am. 

7th grade has traffic duty next week 3/18-3/22. Please sign up for at least one day. Remember, we need parent and student support to keep traffic flowing and the crosswalk safe. Traffic duty counts toward community service.

Thank you in advance! 

Sign Up Here


7th Grade ELA Update

3/11-2/15 — Mock Trial Prep

3/14 — Vocabulary Quiz

3/15 — Mock Trial Walk Through

On MondayMarch 4th, 2019, all forms will be available for you to re-enroll at Old Town Academy.  This is only for returning students, and if you have a sibling that you would like to enroll, please submit a new applicationThe deadline to complete and submit re-enroll forms will be FridayMarch 15th, 2018. Below are the instructions:

Please access the SchoolMint website with the URL link oldtownacademy.schoolmint.net . All registered OTA families should have an account with your chosen primary email address, so go ahead and login.  If you have forgotten your user information, please follow the prompts for “Forgot Username” or “Forgot Password”.  From your “Student Dashboard” select “Re-Enroll” and Complete Forms.

We look forward to having your child/children for another great year at Old Town Academy! Should you have any questions or issues, please contact our office at (619) 574-6225


7th Grade Update


2/11-2/14 — 7th Grade Traffic Duty 

2/11-2/14 — Heart Felt Donations

2/14 — Valentines Day

2/15 and 2/18 — Presidents Day Holiday (No School)

To continue our commitment as a Heart Safe School, and to increase awareness of a healthy life style, next week we will be handing out “felt” hearts in exchange for “heart felt” donations of a minimum of $1.00. These hearts, cut from felt by the students, will help us sustain AED supplies and ongoing heart hero education for the students. Cash will be accepted at morning drop off an afternoon pick up starting Monday February 11 through Thursday, February 14th. Thank you for joining in our celebration as a heart safe school.

Next Thursday, February 14th is Valentines Day. We will have a relaxed flex period in which students can enjoy candy, refreshments, and kind words before the long Presidents Day Weekend. 

7th grade has traffic duty next week 2/11-2/14. Please sign up for at least one day. Remember, we need parent and student support to keep traffic flowing and the crosswalk safe. 

Thank you in advance! 



StandUp For Kids Dinners

Every year the middle school families of OTA take an active part inn community outreach by providing meals for the homeless kids at StandUp For Kids Center here in San Diego.We are committed to providing a home cooked meal for the kids once a month during the school year.At this time we need volunteer families to provide meals for the following dates: Feb. 28, Mar 28, Apr 25, and May 23. I ask you to seriously consider volunteering your family to provide one of the meals. The meal you provide needs to feed approximately 20 kids.If your family can provide a meal for one of these dates, or you would like more information before making a decision, please email me at [email protected]
Thank you for helping your kids help other kids who desperately need our help.

Class Poetry Competition

You are invited to attend the 7th grade class poetry competition tomorrow. The celebration of poetry will take place from 8:10-8:45 in Mr. Watts’ classroom. Each student will recite from memory a poem chosen from the 7th grade core knowledge list. The top three recitations will be chosen to move on to the school wide competition on Friday. 

Following the competition, students will celebrate their accomplishment over some refreshments. Please consider donating a snack, drink, or cups/napkins.