Dr. Paul Nettle Middle School

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    Nettle Middle School

    Classroom Updates 

    JANUARY 2017

    GRADE FIVE TEACHERS

    Mrs. Brandon – Grade 5 LCC

    Mrs. Joubert – Grade 5 Science

    For the month of January we will be reviewing the following:

    • How a fossil is made
    • Building our own erosion bottle
    • Reviewing the water cycle
    • Defining what is precipitation
    • Working with sound
    • Reviewing the phases of the moon

    Students will have a bit more homework this month – Parents please be on the lookout for the work.

    Mr. Mitton – Grade 5 Mathematics

    Mr. Perez – Grade 5 Mathematics

    Mrs. Perkins- Bouchard – Grade 5 Mathematics and Science

    Mrs. Spero – Grade 5 English Language Arts and Social Studies

    Social Studies:  Students have been covering many topics using many resources.  Study guides will be provided throughout the year which should be kept in their social studies folder.  Study guides will also be on my website noted below.   There will be homework almost every day.  Students will continue to work on Colonization of North America.

    Reading:  We have been reading selected stories and answering questions together in class.  Students have also been reading stories and answering questions online through

    www.digital.readworks.org;www.newsela.comhttps://listenwise.com/; and https://www.vocabulary.com/; Students will be working in small groups, whole groups and individually.   A monthly reading log will be sent home.  If students read at least twenty minutes every day, and a parent/guardian initials each day, a reward will be given at the end of each month.  Please remind your child to bring it in at the end of each month.

    Writing:  Students will begin memoir writing in our next unit.  It will be focused on reading, writing and listening to several mentor text.  A celebration of students’ work will follow.

    ELA:   Students will be covering grammar, punctuation, capitalization and parts of speech throughout the school year as it is incorporated into their reading and writing.  There will be quizzes and tests on various days depending upon the lesson.

    I have created a website for my students and their families.  Please log onto http://learnwithspero.weebly.com. Here you can ask questions, send me an email, visit the Haverhill Public Schools website and log onto SchoolBrains to see your child’s grades.  This will be a great way to keep the lines of communication open.    Also, you may also contact me with any questions or concerns at mspero@haverhill-ps.org. 

    Mrs. Tremblay – Grade 5 English Language Arts and Social Studies

    SIXTH GRADE TEACHERS

    Mrs. Bergeron, Mrs. McVey, Mrs. Libman – Grade 6 English Language Arts

    Students will be focusing on Non-fiction this month.  We will be reading various non-fiction articles and focusing on skills such as author’s point of view, comparing and contrasting different medias, using context clues to determine unfamiliar words and identifying the central idea of a passage.  MAP testing will take place on January 24 for ELA.

    Ms. Donais – Grade 6 Mathematics

    This month in math we will be exploring expressions.  Students will need to be able to use order of operations, exponents, the distributive property and simplifying expressions in this unit.  As always I have extra help on Wednesday and Thursday after school.  Please visit my classroom website for more information at facebook.com/ms.donais​.​

    Mrs. Joubert – Grade 6 Science

    Happy New Year !

    Now that we have had a few days off it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

    For the month of January 6th grade will be starting a new unit on Heat Transfer.  We will be doing seven experiments this month.  If your child asks to bring to school microwave popcorn packets they are not lying it is one of our up coming experiments.  Please ask them about the experiments we do, hopefully they will be able to teach you about them and then everyone is learning.​

    Mrs. Lavallee – Grade 6 LCC Math and Science

    Mr. Perez – Grade 6 Mathematics 

    Mr. Sayers – Grade 6 Social Studies

    Ms. Weber – Grade 6 LCC English Language Arts and Social Studies

    SEVENTH GRADE TEACHERS

    Mrs. D’Amico – Grade 7 English Language Arts and Social Studies

    Classroom website: http://www.learnwithdamico.weebly.com

    Mrs. Doherty – Grade 7 Mathematics

    Mr. Ducharme – Grade 7 LCC Science and Social Studies

    Ms. Gentile – Grade 7 English Language Arts and Social Studies

    Classroom website: https://dianemaygentile.com

    Mrs. Goodwin – Grade 7 Science

    Students in 7th grade science have spent the last month learning about genetics. They wrote position papers on various topics in genetics (human cloning, genetic screening, genetically modified food, etc.) and just finished researching and creating infographics on genetic diseases. Our next unit will cover Charles Darwin, animal adaptations, and evidence of evolution. Expect to see information coming home about Science Fair in February. Students will have some time to work on projects in class, but the bulk of the work will be completed at home.

    Classroom website: www.sciencewithgoodwin.weebly.com.

    Mrs. Moulton – Grade 7 Mathematics

    Classroom website:  http://schoolrack.com/mmoultongrade7math.

    Mrs. Panici – Grade 7 LCC Mathematics

    I have created a website to make communication a little bit easier.

    How to get to the site:

    www.teacherweb.com

    click the tab “Find a Teacher”

    use the pull down menu, find our state Massachusetts

    another pull down menu, find our school Nettle

    final pull down menu, find your teacher Mrs. Panici

    This will take you directly to the website.

    EIGHTH GRADE TEACHERS 

    Ms. Cartier – Grade 8 Mathematics

    Mr. Cook – Grade 8 Social Studies

    As part of our exploration of U.S. government students will be working on a project concerning the amendments to the Constitution.  We will later use the projects as part of a classroom activity to help familiarize ourselves with the Constitutional Amendments.  Students have also been reciting the preamble to the Constitution, analyzing its meaning, and connecting it to the responsibility we have as citizens today.  To further examine how the Constitution affects our lives as citizens we will be taking a trip to the Moakley Federal Courthouse where students will participate in a mock version of the Supreme Court Case New Jersey v. T.L.O.  This case is related the 4th amendment and students rights in school as they relate to search and seizure.  The mock trial will be led by actual attorneys who will interact with our students.

    Mrs. Doherty – Grade 8 Mathematics

    Mr. Ducharme – Grade 8 LCC Science and Social Studies

    Mrs. Eddy – Grade 8 English Language Arts

    Mr. Jesionowski – Grade 8 Science

    Mrs. Killingworth – Grade 8 English Language Arts

    Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/mskillingworthsclass/

    Mrs. Panici – Grade 7 & 8 LCC Mathematics

    I have created a website to make communication a little bit easier.

    How to get to the site:

    www.teacherweb.com

    click the tab “Find a Teacher”

    use the pull down menu, find our state Massachusetts

    another pull down menu, find our school Nettle

    final pull down menu, find your teacher Mrs. Panici

    This will take you directly to the website.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER PROGRAMS

    Mrs. McVey ESL Classes

    Classroom website: http://room313nettle.weebly.com/

    LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM

    Mrs. Gould 

    Mr. Waller

    Mrs. Koocher

    SSC PROGRAM

    Mrs. Staples 

    SPECIALS/ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

    Ms. Boulger – Grades 5 & 6 Art

    Mrs. Cabrera – Grades 5 – 8 Technology

    Mr. Demarias – Grades 5 & 6 Physical Education

    Mrs. Fairbrother – Grades 7 & 8 Music

    Ms. Sharpe – Grades 5 & 6 Music

    Ms. St. Jean – Grades 7 & 8 Art

    Mrs. Torres – Grades 5-8 Health

    “Please use nettlehealth.weebly.com to find weekly updatesand unit plans for all grades.

    Our 5th grade classes started January with a new unit.  We will spend this month learning about nutrition.  Our 6th grade classes will continue working on peer pressure strategies and refusal skills. Next, we will learn about communication styles and how to communicate effectively.  Our 7th grade classes will continue working on our media literacy unit. Next, we will learn some ways to manage anger and express ourselves in positive ways.  Our 8th grade classes are connoting to learn about drug use, abuse, and prevention this month.  Some classes may have speakers or films to increase our understanding of the subject. Check the website to see what we will complete each week.  Links to films or clips can be found there.”

    Mr. Wood – Grades 7 & 8 Physical Education

     

    Nettle Teacher Classroom Updates

    November to December 2016

    FIFTH GRADE TEACHERS

    Mrs. Brandon – Grade 5 LCC

    Mrs. Bouchard – Grade 5 Mathematics and Science

    Mrs. Bouchard’s math classes are performing operations with decimals. The children have been mastering long division and dividing with decimals.  Science classes are studying a unit on Earth Science and identifying features of the earth caused by constructive and destructive forces such as earthquakes and volcanoes.

    Homework club is every Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:15 pm.

    Mrs. Joubert – Grade 5 Science

    Mr. Mitton – Grade 5 Mathematics

    Mr. Perez – Grade 5 Mathematics

    During the month of November students will take division of whole numbers a step further. Students learn how to divide any whole number by a two-digit divisor. In order to do this, Students must understand certain skills such as estimation, substitution, finding one- and two-digit quotients, and dividing greater numbers will be learned and practiced. Students will also learn how to multiply decimals, including money amounts. He or she will learn to multiply by whole numbers and by decimals and how to estimate products when multiplying decimals.

    During the month of December student will be learning how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. He or she will learn how to find the least common multiple of two or more numbers, and then will use this skill to find a common denominator of fractions with unlike denominators. Students will also learn how to estimate sums and differences of fractions.

    You can help your child practice renaming fractions as equivalent fractions by playing a game together in which the players add fractions with unlike denominators.

    Mrs. Spero – Grade 5 English Language Arts and Social Studies

    Social Studies:  Students have been cruising along covering many topics using many resources.  Study guides will be provided throughout the year which should be kept in their social studies folder.  Study guides will also be on my website noted below.   There will be homework almost every day.  Students will continue to work on Age of Exploration – Explorers and Vikings. 

    Reading:  We have been reading selected stories and answering questions together in class.  Students have also been reading stories and answering questions online through www.digital.readworks.org.  Students will be working in small groups, whole groups and individually.   A monthly reading log will be sent home.  If students read at least twenty minutes every day, and a parent/guardian initials each day, a reward will be given at the end of each month.  Please remind your students to bring it in at the end of each month.

    Writing:  Students will begin informational writing in our next unit.  It will be focused on reading, writing and researching the topic of the Westward Expansion.  A celebration of students’ work will follow.

    ELA:   Students will be covering grammar, punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech and spelling throughout the school year as it is incorporated into their reading and writing.  There will be quizzes and tests on various days depending upon the lesson.

    I have created a website for my students and their families.  Please log onto http://learnwithspero.weebly.com. Here you can ask questions, send me an email, visit the Haverhill Public Schools website and log onto SchoolBrains to see your child’s grades.  This will be a great way to keep the lines of communication open.    Also, you may also contact me with any questions or concerns at mspero@haverhill-ps.org.

    Mrs. Tremblay – Grade 5 English Language Arts and Social Studies

    Mrs. Tremblay’s ELA classes have wrapped up the personal narrative writing unit.  The students have worked long and hard for the past month writing excellent stories about a special moment in their lives. The next unit will involve writing a research paper on the Westward Expansion.   We will be learning how to find reliable websites for research as well as gathering, organizing, and summarizing notes to be used in our writing.

    Since the students have little background information on this topic, we will be spending a few days learning important background information on the Westward Expansion to familiarize students with this period of history prior to writing about it.

    Reading classes are reading novels independently as well as preparing for the upcoming MCAS test.  Our focus is on informational text and how to organize and write a thorough and correct  open response answer.  At home, students should be reading at least 20 minutes nightly and completing a reading log each week.  A comprehension packet is also assigned on Mondays and due on Fridays.

    In Social Studies, students have been learning about the explorations of Christopher Columbus and the effect it had on the  people living in Africa, Europe and the Americas.  After a quiz this week, we will begin studying the Spanish exploration of the New World.

    SIXTH GRADE TEACHERS

    Ms. Donais – Grade 5 Mathematics

    This month students will be exploring equivalent ratios.  Students will work with them through word problems as well as on the coordinate plane.  Students will then be exploring unit rates.  In December will start to explore how to convert between fractions, decimals and percents.  This will be students first time looking into percents more closely.  Students will also solve three type of percent problems in the real world. As always please visit our classroom website facebook.com/ms.donais.  I am after school for extra help on Wednesday and Thursday after school as well as am in during the morning.  If you have any questions please email me at jdonais@haverhill-ps.org.

    Mrs. Joubert – Grade 6 Science

    Mrs. Lavallee – Grade 6 LCC Mathematics and Science

    Mrs. Libman, Mrs. Bergeron, & Mrs. McVey– Grade 6 English Language Arts

    November
    ELA: We are working on the second unit of the Lucy Calkins Writing Program, the Literary Essay. This unit focuses on writing about reading. We are reading short stories, and analyzing the characters, theme, etc.

    Reading: Teachers have been busy building background, as students read the historical fiction novel, Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. This is the story of two young girls growing up in Denmark during the German Occupation.

    December
    Students will be participating in an author study on Chris Van Allsburg. He is the author of such popular books as Jumanji, The Widow’s Broom, and The Polar Express. Students will be reading multiple short stories of his, and analyzing theme, plot, making predictions, and comparing and contrasting.

    Mr. Perez – Grade 6 Mathematics

    Mr. Sayers – Grade 6 Social Studies

    Ms. Weber – Grade 6 LCC English Language Arts and Social Studies

    SEVENTH GRADE CLASSROOMS

    Mrs. D’Amico – Grade 7 English Language Arts and Social Studies

    Classroom website: http://www.learnwithdamico.weebly.com

    Mrs. Doherty – Grade 7 Mathematics

    Mr. Ducharme – Grade 7 & 8 LCC Science and Social Studies

    Ms. Gentile – Grade 7 English Language Arts and Social Studies

    Classroom website: https://dianemaygentile.com

    Mrs. Goodwin – Grade 7 Science

    Classroom website: www.sciencewithgoodwin.weebly.com.

    Mrs. Moulton – Grade 7 Mathematics

    Classroom website:  http://schoolrack.com/mmoultongrade7math.

    Mrs. Murphy – Grade 7 & 8 LCC English Language Arts

    Mrs. Panici – Grade 7 & 8 LCC Mathematics

    I have created a website to make communication a little bit easier.

    How to get to the site:

    www.teacherweb.com

    click the tab “Find a Teacher”

    use the pull down menu, find our state Massachusetts

    another pull down menu, find our school Nettle

    final pull down menu, find your teacher Mrs. Panici

    This will take you directly to the website.

    EIGHTH GRADE TEACHERS 

    Ms. Cartier – Grade 8 Mathematics 

    Mr. Cook – Grade 8 Social Studies

    The students in Mr. Cook’s history class had a great experience visiting Minuteman National Park.  They stood on the site, the Old North Bridge, where the war for independence began.  Students participate in a hands on activity working with primary source, watch a short film at the visitor’s center, and witnessed a musket firing.  We are planning another trip to the Moakley Courthouse in January to go along with our study of the Constitution.  Permission slips need to be returned by December 2nd.  In class students are just starting to explore the War for Independence, The American Revolution.

    Mrs. Doherty – Grade 8 Mathematics

    Mr. Ducharme – Grade 7 & 8 LCC Science and Social Studies

    Mrs. Eddy – Grade 8 English Language Arts

    Essential Questions for the month of November:  What does it mean to be brave?  How are we changed by war? Texts that will be read include Drummer Boy of Shiloh and Anne Frank.  Historical background will be from Vietnam, Civil War, Revolutionary War, WWII.  We will be using historical fiction, speeches, interviews, and poems to examine the essential questions.

    As for writing, we will continue to work on creating pieces that analyze theme and will begin work on research papers that utilize the skill of citing text.  November will also feature our Ask a Vet project which has students interviewing veterans and creating writing pieces from the shared experiences.

    Essential question for the month of December:  Why do people follow the crowd?  What are the effects of doing so?  We will continue with the Holocaust and Anne Frank, writing a research paper, and begin working with persuasive writing.

    Mr. Jesionowski – Grade 8 Science

    Mrs. Killingworth – Grade 8 English Language Arts

    Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/mskillingworthsclass/

    Mrs. Murphy – Grade 7 & 8 LCC English Language Arts

    Mrs. Panici – Grade 7 & 8 LCC Mathematics

    I have created a website to make communication a little bit easier.

    How to get to the site:

    www.teacherweb.com

    click the tab “Find a Teacher”

    use the pull down menu, find our state Massachusetts

    another pull down menu, find our school Nettle

    final pull down menu, find your teacher Mrs. Panici

    This will take you directly to the website.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER PROGRAMS

    Mrs. McVey ESL Classes

    Classroom website: http://room313nettle.weebly.com/

    LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM

    Mrs. Gould 

    Mr. Waller

    Mrs. Koocher

    SSC PROGRAM

    Mrs. Staples 

    SPECIALS/ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

    Ms. Boulger – Grades 5 & 6 Art

    Mrs. Cabrera – Grades 5 – 8 Technology

    Mr. Demarias – Grades 5 & 6 Physical Education

    Mrs. Fairbrother – Grades 7 & 8 Music

    Ms. Sharpe – Grades 5 & 6 Music

    Ms. St. Jean – Grades 7 & 8 Art

    Mrs. Torres – Grades 5-8 Health

    Classroom website: http://nettlehealth.weebly.com/

    Mr. Wood – Grades 7 & 8 Physical Education

     

     

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