Class Poetry Competition

You are invited to attend the 7th grade poetry competition on Wednesday, April 18th at 8:15 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

Joshua Tree Field Trip Update

 

7th Grade Parents,

The 7th grade Joshua Tree trip will be here before we know it! In order to prepare, I would like to clarify a few things:

  •  Monday-Wednesday, May 21-23 are the travel dates. We will leave OTA that Monday morning and return Wednesday afternoon.  
  • In order to chaperone/drive you need to complete all paperwork in the office: get fingerprinted, verify insurance, etc. We will need a minimum of 3 chaperones on site, and enough drivers to accommodate the class.  
  • Below is paperwork you need to complete for our trip. Please print and give to me by May 7th
 
Also, please respond with the number of students you can drive to/from Joshua Tree.
 
Thanks to the success of our Jonathan fundraiser, the cost has been reduced to $250 per student! I will send out an OTA permission slip and detailed letter next week. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. The documents below have a lot of great packing tips and provide a detailed overview of what to expect. 
 
Thank you,
Turner Watts 
 

Math Exhibit!

Yesterday, the majority of the school (1st graders, 2nd graders, 4th graders, 5th graders, 6th grader, AND 7th graders), along with teachers, parents and other staff member came to watch the 8th graders give their Statistical Analysis presentations. The task was for students to pick any two variables of their choice and run a statistical analysis in order to determine if there is a potential correlation between the two variables. Topics ranged from height and free throw percentage, to fruits consumed and eyesight, and there was even one project on hours spent playing Fortnite and success in the game. This game is evidently inescapable. Students did an incredible job speaking to the wide ranging ages of students and it was fascinating to see the 8th graders relate their projects to even the 1st grade students in attendance. Overall, this was a huge hit here at OTA! Below are some pictures from the event.

  

-Mr. Solis

MS ELA Update

Monday 4/8-13 – Traffic Duty (7th)

Friday 4/13 – Last Day of Quarter (Minimum Day) and Disney Day!

Tuesday 4/17 “To Build a Fire” Vocabulary Quiz (7th and 8th Grade)

Wednesday 4/18 Class Poetry Competition (6th-8th Grade) Parents Welcome! 

Thursday 4/19 School Poetry Competition 

Friday 4/20 Grandparents Day! (Minimum Day)

Monday 4/23 – Liberty and Equality Unit Exam (8th Grade)

Friday 4/27 – Poe and Poetry Unit Exam (7th Grade)

Monday 5/14-16 – Middle School CAASPP State Testing

Monday 5/21-23 – Joshua Tree Field Trip! (7th)

Please have a conversation with your student about which day they plan to complete traffic duty. As a reminder, each student is expected to stay until 3:15-3:20 for traffic one day during assigned week. 

 

 

7th Grade/Math Update!

Hello! 

In just over two months, your child with be an 8th grader! The year is coming to a close, below are some important dates.

 

Friday, April 13 (10:00 – 11:10) Half-Day/End of Q3, Disney Day! Last math quiz of Q3

Thursday, April 19 – Poetry Contest!

Friday, April 20 – Grandparents’ Day/Half-Day

Saturday, April 21 – OTA Gala

Friday, April 27 (10:00 – 11:10)  – Math Exam (Percents and Proportional Relationships)

Friday, May 11 (10:00 – 11:10) – Math Quiz (Probability/Statistics)

Monday, May 14-18 – Middle School CAASPP State Testing

Monday, May 21-25 – Joshua Tree Field Trip

Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day (No School)

Monday June 4-5 (10:00 – 11:10) – Final Math MAP Test 

Friday, June 8 (10:00 – 11:10) – Math Quiz (Probability/Statistics)

Thursday – June 14 (10:00 – 11:10) – Final Math Exam (Probability/Statistics)

Friday – June 15 – Last Day of School 

Email me if there are any questions!

-Mr. Solis

Mock Trial Field Trip

Hello,

As a culminating activity for our “Tell Tale Heart” mock trial, the 7th grade will be going to the U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse on Friday, April 6th to participate in an additional mock trial. Although not everyone will be participating in the trial, everyone will get a chance to see a real court house and learn from a retired judge. The class will leave OTA at 9:30 and return before the end of lunch. We need driver volunteers to make this trip possible. Please sign up to drive HERE

-Mr. Watts 

“The Tell Tale Heart” Mock Trial

As a culminating activity for our Q3 project, the 7th grade will be participating in a mock trial based on a reading of “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. The trial will take place tomorrow 3/22 and Friday 3/23 between 8:10 and 9:10. Parents are welcome to attend. 

Middle School ELA Update

3/5-3/9  – Traffic Duty 7th Grade

3/7 The Chocolate Collection Reading Exam 6th Grade 

3/9 – Vocabulary Quiz (“The Gift of the Magi”) 7th and 8th Grade

3/10 – Middle School Dance

6th Grade:

  • Greek and Roman Mythology 

7th Grade:

  • The 7th grade has traffic duty this week. Please plan to stay until 3:15 on a day of your choosing. 
  • “The Tell Tale Heart” Edgar Allan Poe

8th Grade:

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

 

STANDUP FOR KIDS DINNERS




STANDUP FOR KIDS DINNERS

Thank you to the middle school families who provided dinners for the StandUp For Kids Center this Fall and Winter. We now need to continue our efforts to provide one meal a month for those kids. We need families to volunteer to provide meals on the following dates for the remainder of this school year:
		March 22
		April 26
		May 24

If your family would be interested in providing a dinner on one of these dates, please contact me for further information. 

The kids at the Center look forward to the home-cooked meals from OTA! 
	
Be a part of this very important OTA community outreach program.
Remember, eighth graders receive volunteer hours credit for participating in this project.

Bob Hamm
[email protected]

7th Grade ELA Update

2/12 – Complete Perception Academy Quest Activity

2/13-2/15 “The Man Who Mistook Himself for a Hat” 

2/15 – Vocabulary Quiz (“The Gift of the Magi”)

2/16-2/19 – Presidents Day No School

2/20 – Brain Science Unit Exam

2/21-24 Essay Writing Process 

2/27 – Begin Short Story Unit (Edgar Allan Poe)

The Perception Academy Quest takes students through a series of linked activities that focus on brain disorders and how they affect what we perceive and how we respond to the world around us. Students move through the periods of a school day as though they have one of the perception disorders detailed in the Oliver Sacks book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Students master excerpts from this difficult non-fiction text, building on the work they’ve done during the neurology unit so far. Hopefully the quest encourages students to continue reading in the sciences on their own.

Great job on those case study posters! 

 

Math Update

Hello Everyone,

We are officially halfway through the year having wrapped up quarter 2! In math class, we are in the middle of our unit on expressions and equations (algebra!). The unit will wrap up in a few weeks, culminating with an exam on March 2nd. This is the longest and most important unit of the year. Seventh graders have shown A LOT of growth in math class. Most students met or exceeded their projected growth on the winter MAP test. Below are some important dates to remember:

Friday 2/2 – Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences –> link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B4AADAC23ABFA7-middle2

Saturday 2/10 – OTA Family Dance

Thursday 2/15 – Math Quiz 

Friday 2/16 – Monday 2/19 – No School (4-day weekend)

Friday 3/2 – Math Exam 

As usual, contact me with any questions!

-Mr. Solis

Math Update!

Hello Everyone!

Wanted to provide an update regarding math and other important dates. We are currently in our algebra unit! Things are getting a lot more difficult now as we work on generating equivalent expressions with complex rational numbers. Here are important dates to keep in mind:

1/11 – 1/12 – Math MAP Testing 

1/15 – No School (MLK Day)

1/19 – Math Quiz and OTA Family Skate Event 

1/26 – End of Q2

Contact me if you have any questions 🙂

-Mr. Solis

Middle School ELA Update January 8-12

This Week

  • 1/8 A Raisin in the Sun Essay Outline Due 
  • 1/8 Essay Peer Revision
  • 1/12 Essay Final Draft Due 
  • Begin Brain Science Unit 
  • 7th Grade Traffic Duty 

Announcements

  1. The 7th grade has traffic duty this week. Please consider letting your student stay after until 3:15 ONE day next week for this important job. 
  2. STANDUP FOR KIDS DINNERS – We need families to volunteer to provide meals on the following dates for the remainder of the school year: January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, and May 24. If your family is interested in volunteering for these dates please contact Mr. Hamm at [email protected] 

Quarter 2 Parent Teacher Conferences

Hello Middle School Families!

 
Parent teacher conferences will be taking place on February 2, 2018 to discuss your student’s progress through the second quarter of the year. We will be meeting as a middle school team in the Media Center during the school day to conduct these conferences. Meetings will take place every 15 minutes with four families at a time, so please do your best to let us know if you are running late or will not be able to attend. Report cards for the 2nd quarter will be distributed at the conferences.
 
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, or any middle school teacher. Thank you!
 

MS ELA Update

This Week

Coming Up

  • 11/20-11/24 Thanksgiving Break 

Announcements

  1. The 7th grade has traffic duty this week. Please email me directly with a day that works best. Students are required to stay until 3:15 for one day next week. 
  2. I have created a planner that will be updated daily. Students can check for missed work if they are absent or check for homework/extended learning assignments.
  3. Remember that students are expected to read a minimum of three times per week for 20 minutes. Students should log each time they read in their notebooks. Writing responses are due every Monday regardless of if I collect the notebooks. Response topics are posted to google classroom each week. 
  4. Please check out the reading bingo project! If 100% of the class gets a bingo, I will throw a pizza party. All squares must be signed by a parent indicating that the book was finished. 

Parent Teacher Conferences 2017

Hi Middle School Parents,

 
Parent Conferences with Math, ELA, and History are November 15, 16, and 17 from 1:00-4:00, because of conflicting schedules STEM will be holding conferences on November 13, 14, and 15 from 3:00-6:00pm
 
Thank you! Please click the links below to sign up. 
 
 
To sign up to meet with Solis, Watts, and Church sign up here:
 
 
To sign up to meet with Schlose, sign up here:
 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B4AADAC23ABFA7-stem 

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

October 3rd-7th

“To a great mind, nothing is little.”

—Sherlock Holmes 

Middle School Announcements

  • ELA tutoring is held on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00
  • Flag football is going on for all interested middle school students (boys & girls)
  • Remember to turn in forms that are sent home with students
  • 7th grade has traffic duty this week

6th Grade

  • Check for reading response and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Complete unit on narrative and elements of fiction
  • Check Notes & Prepare for unit test next week

7th Grade

  • Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Funky Element Project
  • Continue  Amplify Unit 1 (Red Scarf Girl)

8th Grade

  • Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Resilience Café Project
  • Reading with a writer’s eye (Continue Amplify Unit 1)

 

Please remember that middle school students are responsible for traffic duty. The 7th grade will have duty this week. We ask that each student and parent commit to a 3:15 pickup time for one day this week.

 

 

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

September 26-30

“A writer should be judged on how red they make their reader’s eyes.”

—Luke Taylor

Coming Up

9/26     OLP/St. Augustine Visit (7th and 8th) 8:30 am

9/30     Osprey Pride Assembly & Ticket Drawing 8:00 am

Middle School Announcements

  • Reading/Writing Sections of the MAP testing will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • We will be using IXL for grammar beginning this week (more details in later post)
  • ELA tutoring is held on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00
  • Flag football is going on for all interested middle school students (boys & girls)
  • Remember to turn in forms that are sent home with students
  • Get those jog-a-thon T-shirt designs in!
  • A big THANK YOU for the generous 100$ gift card donation to Barns & Noble

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We were able to add 14 new books to the library! Thank you!!

6th Grade

  • Check for reading response and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Complete unit on narrative and elements of fiction
  • MAP testing

7th Grade

  • Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • MAP testing
  • Funky Element Project
  • Continue  Amplify Unit 1 (Red Scarf Girl)

8th Grade

  • Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • MAP testing
  • Resilience Café Project Introduction
  • Reading with a writer’s eye (Continue Amplify Unit 1)

 

Please remember that middle school students are responsible for traffic duty. The 5th grade will have duty this week. We ask that each student and parent commit to a 3:15 pickup time for one day this week.

 

 

7th Grade Math Update!

Hello!

Today concludes week 3 of the school year! We’re off and running in math class having started our grade level mathematics. The level of focus I’ve witnessed has been consistent and authentic across the board and as the year progresses I’m excited to see academic momentum continue. We achieve a lot in math class and the bar will continue to be set high.

This Week:

Students worked today on their first Math MAP test which will conclude on Monday. This is an exam that assesses students grade level proficiency. The exam is tailored to each student and depending on how students perform, the system is able to indicate at which grade level students are performing (I even saw some students assessed on Trigonometry! Great to see that). This week, we’ve worked on proportional relationships and how they’re represented in ratios, table, graphs, and algebraic equations. I must say, 7th grade’s performance in math class this year has been SUPERB. They have really learned to collaborate and work independently to problem solve, it’s been special to see.

Coming Up:

We will work on scaling next week and how this relates to proportionality (specifically around scale drawings and scaling shapes). There will be a quiz on Friday, September 30th to assess their understand of proportional relationships, an overview will be provided the day before. The following week (10/3-10/7) students will work on their first grade level project. This will be on scale drawings (more details to come next week!) and parents and family members are welcome to watch presentations on Friday, 10/7! We will conclude the first unit on Friday 10/14 with a unit exam.

Please email me if there are any questions!

-Mr. Solis

Middle School ELA Update

Middle School ELA Update

September 19-23

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”

—Ray Bradbury

Coming Up

9/21     OTA Board Meeting

9/23     OTA Movie Night—6:30

Middle School Announcements

  • Amplify digital curriculum will begin this week
  • We will be using IXL for grammar beginning this week
  • ELA tutoring is held on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00

6th Grade

  • Check for reading response and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Continue unit on elements of fiction

7th Grade

  • Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Complete informative texts mini-unit
  • Funky Element Project
  • Begin Amplify Unit 1

8th Grade

  • Check for reading response (2-4 pages) and reading log (weekly on Mondays)
  • Complete informative text mini-unit
  • Resilience Café Project
  • Begin Amplify Unit 1

 

Please remember that middle school students are responsible for traffic duty. The 6th grade will have duty this week. We ask that each student and parent commit to a 3:15 pickup time for one day this week.

 

 

Weekly Math Update!

Welcome back everyone! It’s been an amazing week seeing how much the kids have grown on so many levels. I’m excited for the upcoming year! Here are a few updates.

Math

Students worked hard this week on a project called “Math About Me.” The purpose was to start the year with students reflecting on their personal lives, such as their future aspirations and hobbies, and relate them to math. They were asked to create a poster or some form of art project that expressed how math related to their lives. It’s amazing to see  the quality and unique nature of their work when we let them use their creativity.

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         Math About Frankie!

On Monday (9/12) we will start on 7th grade level mathematics, specifically around ratios and proportions! Here are some important dates to flag.

Quiz #1 – Friday 9/16 

Quiz #2 – Friday 9/30

Unit 1 Exam – Friday 10/14

**Tutoring Update – Tutoring/Homework Help will start Monday the 12th, hope to see students there!

We’re off to a great start!
-Mr. Solis

Middle School ELA Update

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Announcements:

  • Outstanding job this week! We are off to a great start.
  • Information about Power School and the online grading system’s parent portal is coming soon!
  • In an effort to stay organized and to save time, I am asking students and parents to print large writing assignments (3-4 timer per quarter). I will be available in the mornings for students who are not able to print an assignment. I only ask that students bring the assignment on a flash drive. Telling me that they don’t have a printer on the day an assignment is due is not an acceptable excuse. Thank you in advance.
  • Starting next week, tutoring will be held on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00 pm.

 

Stand Up for Kids

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Once again the middle school families will have as their major community outreach project, StandUp For Kids. The middle school families have, for the past five years, served dinners each month to the homeless kids at the center. We need families to volunteer to serve dinners for September 29th and October 27th. If you would be interested in helping us, please contact Bob Hamm at [email protected] for more information.
Thank you!!!

2016-2017 School Year__ELA

Good afternoon!

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer! I’m excited to see some familiar faces and some new ones as well. I look forward to working in partnership with you throughout the coming year and I am confident that together we can provide the support and encouragement needed to help your child excel in language arts. My goal is to help each student become a better reader, writer, and critical thinker. In addition, I strive to hold students accountable for their actions and promote positive citizenship.

Beginning of the Year:

6th grade update:

We will begin the year with a focus on close reading and writing to learn. Students study how an author develops point of view and how an author’s perspective, based on his or her geographic location, is evident in his or her writing. We will begin to place a great deal of emphasis on working with evidence.

7th grade update:

Similar to 6th graders, we will focus on close reading and writing to learn. Students will build proficiency in using textual evidence to support ideas in their writing, both in shorter responses and in an extended essay.

8th grade update:

Students will continue to develop their ability to closely read text while studying the theme of taking a stand. Like 7th grade, we will continue to build proficiency in using textual evidence to support ideas at a higher level in preparation for high school and beyond.

**A syllabus will be given on the day they arrive detailing everything students and parents will need to know for the upcoming school year**

Classroom Requests:

There are a few classroom items that I would like to ask parents to help purchase for the class to have. Please email me if this is a possibility. Thank you in advance!

-Boxes of tissue
-Wet Wipes (I really believe this keeps germs/illness at bay.)

-Paper -Pencils

-Books! Any new/used books are welcome to join our class library. I would love to see some young adult titles (those books that the students get excited to read on their own) join the library. **This is especially important as we unfortunately don’t have a school library** I will post an amazon wish list with some titles in the next few days.

-1 subject notebooks (I would love if each student purchased one or two of these). They don’t have to be college ruled.

-Note cards -Markers

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. As usual if there are any questions, concerns or if you would just like to talk about the upcoming year I am available through email or phone at 443-939-6944.

-Mr. Watts