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    Middle School Weekly Communicator for Weeks of 1.25-2.5

    The MS Weekly Communicator is a weekly communication intended to keep families updated on each class’s academic focus. It provides an overview of what each class focused on last week and will be focusing on for the current week. If you need specific information about a class, please contact that teacher directly.
    The first week of February is designated as BLM Week of Action. Each day will focus on different principles of the Year of Purpose. Throughout February, we continue our commitment to the Black Lives Matter at School Year of Purpose by discussing the principle Unapologetically Black and celebrating the birthdays and work of Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison. In order to love, desire freedom, and justice for ourselves, it is a necessary prerequisite to want the same for others. At Hazel Wolf we unapologetically support our Black students, staff, and community members and center Black joy, Black brilliance, Black history, Black resistance, and Black liberation.
    What we did last week What we'll be doing this week
    Language Arts
    6th

    7th We finished reading our book – A Long Walk to Water. Students learned about future projects with the book and had time to make up or resubmit work any work. We will be connecting with the BLM Week of Action throughout our weekly lessons. We will also be learning how to revise topic sentences to align with thesis statements.

    8th

    Math
    6th Mah: Write and Solve Equations Write and solve equations with rational numbers

    7th Bisagna-Assess Topic 3 and begin Topic 4, Write and Evaluate Algebraic Expressions.
    Peterman – 4-2 Generate equivalent expressions.
    Mah: Use % to understand effect of pandemic on various communities.
    Bisagna-Generate and simplify equivalent algebraic expressions.
    Peterman – Simplify expressions
    Mah: Assess Topic 3 and begin Topic 4, Write and Evaluate Algebraic Expressions.

    8th Construct Functions to model linear relationships. Bisagna-Describe functions with intervals of increase and decrease, and sketch functions from verbal descriptions.
    Mah: Understand y-intercept of a line, and understand y = mx + b

    Algebra Write linear equations in point-slope form to model real-world data and convert between forms of linear equations. Convert between Forms of Linear Equations in order to highlight different features. Understand the basic form of exponential functions.

    Geometry Summarize Chapter 4-Triangle Congruence. Practice and compare two-column, paragraph, and flow-chart proof. Dilate shapes on the coordinate plane and relate dilation to similarity.

    Science
    6th Alston - Metabolism
    Students continued to investigate conditions in order to diagnose what could be causing Elisa to be so tired Metabolism
    • Learning more about conditions
    • Conducting SIM tests (digital modeling)


    7th (Alston) Plate Motion
    Students investigated the mantle, and how Earth’s Plates move


    Blea:
    Wrote a written explanation for how
    The South American Plate and African Plate moved apart gradually and what evidence there is to make that claim

    Plate Motion (wrapping up the unit):
    • Reading and article: “Listening to Earth”
    • Modeling Plate-Mantle Interactions
    • Identifying Plate Motion at Plate Boundary

    Blea:
    Go overwrite-up and quiz for Plate motion... both should be finished 100%

    Also be introduced to Unit 3: Phase Change unit, they will investigate the mysterious disappearance of a lake on Titan,


    8th FAM 3.3
    Prepare for the Final writeup, by summing up all of the evidence in the reasoning tool, finish up the final model FAM 3.4– Wrapping up the unit with an explanation to Dr. Gonzales with a full-page explanation “Why did the Pod crash into the space statiion and what was the result” They need to use the vocabulary and Key concepts

    Ei – On Thursday the students will be introduced to an engineering challenge: Making the best emergency supply pod (container)

    Social Studies
    6th

    7th

    8th We had time to revise assignments and submit missing work. Lessons relating to our BLM Week of Action – We will also have asynchronous lessons on Nearpod about the Haitian Revolution and a discussion about Black Workers in America. The week will conclude with a reflection of the week.

    Electives
    MESA

    Coding

    Spanish

    Environmental Science

    Multimedia

    Tech

    PE M. Riippa – Finish circuit workout routines with stretching/flexibility at the end. Complete and submit assessments (most important) and daily work by Wednesday (end of semester 1) M. Riippa - Intro to 2nd Semester PE and brief outline of class units/focus. First unit TBD this weekend.

    Art Students finished up Cubist Portrait and took Art terms quiz. Introduction to 2nd semester Visual Arts. Lesson relating to BLM week.

    Drama Drama class did improv exercises to strengthen body connection to character and then played the singing game Encore. (We only had one day of class this week.) Introduction to 2nd semester Drama, working on BLM lesson on Monday, rhythmic movement exercises, re-assigning groups for the Black History Month scripts.

    Choir talked about the use of the camera and why. Discussed the end of the semester. What was good and not so good. BLM Week and singing along with a little bit of listening and theory.

    Orchestra talked about the use of the camera and why. Discussed the end of the semester. What was good and not so good.
    BLM Week and playing along with a little bit of listening and theory.


    Band talked about the use of the camera and why. Discussed the end of the semester. What was good and not so good.
    BLM Week and playing along with a little bit of listening and theory.