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7th Grade Newsletter – 4/12

I hope you all are safe or managing in the midst of the crazy weather we’ve been having!

Important Dates

Friday, May 10th (7pm – 10pm)  – Spring Formal 

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand 

Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

  • English w/ Mr. Rouse – Students continued their reading of the book Legend by Marie Lu.
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick -The students took notes on functions, domain, range, and x and y coordinates. They evaluated functions, plotted points, and graphed lines. Next week, we’ll continue to work on graphing, slope, and slope intercept form. 
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-We spent the week solving systems of equations, culminating with a “scavenger hunt” on Friday. 
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – Last week and this week we started diving into our “Composer Time Travel” project! Students will be working together in pairs to research an assigned composer and write a story about meeting this composer in the present time, learning about his or her life and music compositions, and figuring out to help them return to their time. I’m really looking forward to the kids bringing their creativity to this!! 
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – We have planted the moon! Students completed the challenge and are soon to publish their research. We will share our final report next week! 
  • Elective w/ Mr. Hill & Mrs Chelsey – Rhythm! Rhythm! Rhythm! We have been playing rhythm games to get the students ready to start learning our “Field Day” percussion routine! We will begin learning it next week, so stay tuned!!!

7th – 4/6

Monday, April 8th – Middle School to 8 Park Road for Eclipse in Afternoon

Wednesday, April 10th – 6th/7th to Carneige French Art Museum

Friday, May 10th (7pm – 10pm)  – Spring Formal 

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand 

Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

April 2-5

  • On Monday afternoon, WCDS students will gather to view the solar eclipse from 3:00-3:30. Middle school students will be transported to 8 Park Rd, and we will all share in the wonder together. The school has purchased glasses for every child to wear and we joined together as a middle school today (Friday) for an explanation and fun stations, learning more about the eclipse and explaining the potentially harmful effects of viewing the eclipse without the necessary protection. 
  • We’ll set off early in a rented bus, arriving by 11:00 am at the museum.   We’ll divide into groups and be given a tour of their French Impressionist Collection by one of the excellent Carnegie docents.  They will offer commentary on works by Renoir, Monet, Seurat, Mary Cassat (originally from Pittsburgh!) and Van Gogh, amongst others.  

We’ll break for lunch.   This will be followed by a hands-on opportunity for students to create their own paintings inspired by Impressionism.   We will return to school before 3:00 pm.

We ask that students come with sufficient water for the day, and a brown bag lunch and snacks for in between.  

  • We have decided to have our Spring Formal Dance on Friday, May 10 from 7pm – 10 pm in the stone building at middle school.  

A Note from Angela about Field Trip:

Mr. Kalcum and Madame McAteer have organized a combined Art/French field trip to Carnegie Museum of Art on Wednesday, April 10th for our 5th – 8th graders.  The children will enjoy a tour of the French Impressionist collection conducted by museum docents and will also have some time to explore other works of art.   After lunch, the students will have the chance to create their own Impressionism inspired works of art.  If we have time, children could do pencil sketching of some of the copies of famous buildings in the Hall of Architecture, or visit the dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum.  

Your child is allowed free dress, but we ask that students appropriately represent Wheeling Country Day School and are encouraged to wear their favorite WCDS apparel. We ask that you send a brown bag lunch, a snack, and enough water for the day. Students are allowed to have ipads or phones on the bus but are not permitted to use them inside the museums. We plan to stop for morning gouter (snack) at a French pastry shop near the museum.  We have ordered and paid for enough pains au chocolat for the group.  If your child would like one, please send $3.75 on Monday, April 8th or Wednesday, April 10th, the day of the field trip.  We will leave by bus at 8:30 am and will return before 3:00 pm so plan for a normal drop off and dismissal. 

7th Grade 2/16

Second Trimester is slowly making its way to an end. It’s crazy how fast the time goes.

Important Dates:

  • March 2nd-11th Spring Break (March 11 classes resume at 10:00 am)

“Oglebay is offering a student discount for skiing this season.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please use this link to fill out the google form: https://forms.gle/axgQgo64ZugL2kXB8

  • English w/ Mr. Rouse – Students continued their reading of Howl’s Moving Castle and wrapped up a famous person article for Black History Month.
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students have been working very hard with navigating through each operation using fractions and sometimes negative fractions. They will have a test on fractions next week on Tuesday, February 20. We’ll move into doing order of operations using positive and negative fractions.
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-We continued our work with linear equations, learning about formulas for perpendicular and parallel lines.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – This week students continued learning all the line and space notes in the treble clef scale. We created a large stave on the floor and made large “notes” to practice knowing where they go. It was a fun way to see it! We are also in the final stage of our Mozart body percussion piece. We will be filming next week and I will let you know when it will be up on the WCDS Youtube Channel for viewing!
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – Planting week! Students put their experimental design into action and set up an experiment to test the soil composition of lunar regolith blended with mushroom compost. Their aim is the mushroom compost will add microbes that are not present in the lunar regolith. 
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students are working diligently on their final design project. We are seeing creativity and ingenuity as they try new techniques such as using a sewing machine or using a hand saw (with teacher supervision of course!). The final projects are due the Thursday before we leave for spring break.

Winter Is Coming

Forgive my Game of Thrones reference, but it seemed fitting with the slow accumulation of snow throughout the week. Our students were very thrilled about the snow activities… I imagine they were thrilled about the snow day as well!

Important Dates:

  • Friday, January 26th – 11:30 dismissal- Aftercare until 3:00 
  • Friday, January 26th – 8th Grade Field Trip to Jamie Peck Productions recording studio. Jamie is an Emmy award winning composer and producer. We will be driving to the studio from MAIN CAMPUS. Students must be at Main Campus by 8:10am. Students will return to Middle School at 10:15am.
  • February 9th-13th Winter Break (February 13th classes resume @ 10:00 am)
  • March 2nd-11th Spring Break (March 11 classes resume at 10:00 am)

7th Grade Newsletter

  • English w/ Mr. Rouse – Students continued their work on a social media themed essay. We also started Howl’s Moving Castle. We didn’t have many classes this week with the delay, snow day, and MLK day.
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – The drone build unit is complete! It may have taken us a little longer than planned, but we did it. The students learned beyond the mechanics and science of the project – patience and perseverance. While some cameras were installed upside down, propellers backward, or wires crossed, the class showed determination and unity by troubleshooting together. A highlight of many was the VR headset to really get a “birds eye view.” 
  • Elective w/ Mr. McFadden- This week in Cultural Cooking, Mrs. Flannigan stopped in to show us how to make a traditional Filipino snack, lumpia. It was deep fried deliciousness! She also made puto (a steamed rice cake) for us to try, while some of the other students made chicken adobo and garlic fried rice.

7th Grade Newsletter 12/8

Important Dates: 

  • Wednesday, December 20th, 11:30 a.m. Dismissal – No Aftercare – Holiday Break!
  • Classes Resume January 4th with a 10:00 a.m. start

7th Grade Newsletter

  • English w/ Mr. Rouse – We started a read aloud this week to fill the time between now and Christmas. It’s called Crash by Jeremy Spinelli. We also workshopped professional letters in preparation for a assignment in which they would convince Santa to take them off of the Naughty List.
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – We spent the week practicing how to solve 2-step equations. They are still trying to check their work by plugging in their answer back into the equation. Next week, we’ll continue to practice this skill, while learning how to solve for a variable in volume and area equations.
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – Students are continuing to rehearse and prepare for the Holiday Show – it’s going to be great!!!!
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – Students shared their presentations of connecting science to their passion. I learned from each of them and enjoyed learning more about each interest. To build on a few topics presented, we will be beginning a STEAM drone project! We are also beginning to prepare for The Plant the Moon Challenge that begins in January. We are currently “hiring” students to fill class roles. Candidates were interviewed and the class chose Tristian to lead the project. 
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick – Design – The design class started cutting out and painting parts of their set pieces for the holiday show. We will finish these pieces by the end of next week. The students are excited to show off their work!Cultural cooking continued our studies of Mexican cuisine. This week we enjoyed sopaipillas and Mexican wedding cookies.

Welcome Back.

Have breaks gotten shorter? Is time moving faster? Both? Well here we are. It was nice to get back into the swing of things this week. Christmas will be here before we know. Here’s to fitting in much learning as we can into three (now two) weeks!

Wednesday, December 6 – Whole school pajama pizza dance party – for 100% participation in 29 Hours. Wear pajamas all day. Pizza lunch.

Tuesday, December 19 @6pm – 2nd – 8th grade Holiday Show in the WCDS Gym

2-8th grade kids arrive in classrooms by – 5:30 

6-8th grade report to the community room

(5th grade arrive at 5:15)

Doors open at 5:30

Wednesday, December 20- Half day. 11:30 dismissal. No aftercare.

Thursday, January 4th- Students return @10 AM.

7th Grade Newsletter

  • English w/ Mr. Rouse – Students finished their presentations this week since we didn’t get to present them before break. We also continued our vocabulary unit and have started reading short stories since we don’t have enough time to complete a novel before break.
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – We started the week learning about one-step equations using multiplication and division and then moved to reviewing one-step equations using all four operations. By Friday, they were confident with their abilities and even solved an escape room project using their algebra skills. Next week, we’ll move on to 2-step equations.
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-In algebra this week, we solved absolute value inequalities, linear inequalities, and learned about the triangle inequality theorem.  Friday, we began reviewing for our quiz on Tuesday.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – The students are doing well at getting their parts down on their instruments for “Silent Night”. I appreciate their focus and the hard work will pay off!!! 
  • Art w/Mr. K – I’m late to the party, but middle school art has been working with washable markers to create watercolor style art work. The subject matter was to take a skeleton and have it do something in everyday life, lol. I know, right. The other goal was to understand techniques with marker and water and see how creative they could be with a commonly white skeleton. Another great thing in class was having a guest speaker, Mandy, who is related to one of the excellent 8th-grade middle schoolers. She works at the M+ museum located in Hong Kong. She spoke about her work at the museum as the Senior Registrar for M+ and what other behind-the-scenes activities happen in museums. I’m pretty excited to get into some digital work after the break, but until then, Great job!
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – Students have been challenged to connect science to their passion. A mini research project is underway. Students first identify reputable sources to gather background information, facts, and connections to science. They were challenged to think about how science could improve and potential careers related to their passion. 

BREAKING OUT THE BIG BOOT

Well! October to November is usually a sprint for teachers and students, but this year, I felt like Tom Hanks. The events started rolling, I blinked, Thanksgiving Break is upon us. There’s only one more event to get through… Two words for you. TURKEY. BOWL. Send tissues with your kids on Monday… They’re going to need them. IJ is resting his knees. I’m breaking out the big boot. Joe has done plenty of stretching. Carrie has her pitching arm ready. The undefeated streak will continue!

  • Monday, November 20 – Pick up at Main Campus (Turkey Ball Game)
  • Tuesday, November 21st- Drop off and Pick up at Main Campus – Family Thanksgiving Feast, 12:30 pm Dismissal, No Aftercare that day
  • Wednesday, November 22nd-Sunday November 26th – Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, November 27th – Classes Resume, 10:00 am Start
  • Wednesday, November 29th – Please join the 8th Grade for a special Sound Bath Meditation Presentation, on Wednesday November 29th from 8:15-8:45!! Students will share a short morning meditation by playing cross-cultural instruments that are used to help the mind and body relax. Please bring a yoga mat, towel or small pillow to sit on the floor with. 8th grade students must arrive at 8:00. Doors open at 8:15 in the Main Room on Middle School Campus. We hope to see you there!!!
  • Progress reports are now available on Veracross. If you have any questions or difficulty logging on to the Parent Portal, please contact Asylnn Belancic at abelancic@wcdsedu.com.
  • The Wheeling Symphony will present Symphony on Ice Thursday, November 30, at WesBanco Arena.  This spectacular event features the WSO along with professional skaters, area choir students AND Mrs. Chelsey as the guest singer this year, performing all of your holiday favorites!  Student tickets are available for just $10 anywhere in the arena. See the flyer below.
  • As we begin the new trimester, please remind your kiddos to continue coming to class prepared with a charged computer, pencils, and their books.
  • English w/ Mr. Rouse – Students wrapped up their reading of Refugee and did a presentation on it. One more day to go!
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students learned, practiced, and practiced some more, solving one-step equations with addition and subtraction. By the end of the week, they felt pretty confident about the process. After the Thanksgiving break, we’ll continue with one-step equations using multiplication and division. 
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-In algebra this week, we solved multi-step inequalities and compound inequalities.  Friday, we worked on Thanksgiving logic puzzles.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – The students are doing well at getting their parts down on their instruments for “Silent Night”. I appreciate their focus and the hard work will pay off!!! 
  • Art w/Mr. KI’m late to the party, but middle school art has been working with washable markers to create watercolor style art work. The subject matter was to take a skeleton and have it do something in everyday life, lol. I know, right. The other goal was to understand techniques with marker and water and see how creative they could be with a commonly white skeleton. Another great thing in class was having a guest speaker, Mandy, who is related to one of the excellent 8th-grade middle schoolers. She works at the M+ museum located in Hong Kong. She spoke about her work at the museum as the Senior Registrar for M+ and what other behind-the-scenes activities happen in museums. I’m pretty excited to get into some digital work after the break, but until then, Great job!
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – Students have been challenged to connect science to their passion. A mini research project is underway. Students first identify reputable sources to gather background information, facts, and connections to science. They were challenged to think about how science could improve and potential careers related to their passion. 
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick – Design – We started the trimester in design class by designing and making “formal wear” using only trash bags, tape, and staples. Their creations were amazing! We also started a logo design project which involves creating a logo using their first and last initials. We’ll continue this project after Thanksgiving break.
  • Elective w/ Mr. McFadden- Cultural cooking is underway! The chefs learned a little about Canadian culture and made poutine and Tim bits.
  • Deep Dive-Deep Dive-  We kicked off our WCDS Zine deep dive this week with a presentation by Dr. Christina Fisanick who presented information on what zines are, how they got their start, and the endless creative possibilities they could use in their own zines.

7th Grade News – 11/5

Upcoming Dates and Announcements:
– Monday, November 6th – Normal Start (8:20am)

Friday, November 10– Color Run

Our inaugural color run, Run In Color, is happening next week!  On November 10th we will paint the campus and ourselves with all the colors of the rainbow.  Please remember to REGISTER HERE using the Google Form and include each participant (even yourself).  Sponsorship forms and money need to be turned in on November 9th along with the signed waivers.  We can’t wait to Run In Color!

– Tuesday, November 21st – 12:30pm Dismissal
– November 22nd-26th – Thanksgiving Break
– Monday, November 27th – Classes Resume, 10:00am start

It was a wild week with Fall Fest and the trip to Columbus. A special thanks to Britney Farris for helping to pull together a hay ride as part of the festivities!

  • English w/ Mr. Rouse- Students continued their vocabulary units and reading of Refugee.
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-In Algebra, we reviewed Chapter 1 and 2 in preparation for our quiz next Tuesday.
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – We moved on to writing and simplifying expressions with and without variables. We’ll then move into simplifying one and two-step algebraic equations. 
  • Deep Dive w/ Mr. Jividen and Mrs. McFadden
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – We divided up into instrument sections and worked in groups on our assigned parts for “Silent Night”. **I am still looking to borrow a few electric keyboards (with stands), so if you have one we could use, please bring it to middle school this coming week! Thank you so much! 
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick or Mr. Alex – Robotics – a sign-up for the Oglebay Institute Nutcracker Ballet/WCDS Mouse project will be emailed soon. All students must attend two shows with their “mouse.” 

DRAGONS AND ESSAY POINTS

*Sips a Pumpkin Spice Latte and watches the leaves fall.* Actually, it’s black coffee. Are you feeling the fall festivities? We are! October is a long haul, but we’re through the thick of it. We’re excited for Halloween next week. To wrap up the week, we hosted a grade-level art contest. For extra points on their essay- or for a homework pass, Carrie judged the best drawn dragon for each grade!

Important Dates:

Friday, October 27 – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Middle School Monster Mash Dance @ the Classrooms

Tuesday, October 31st – Fall Family Fest: Haven’t you always wished that there was a field day in the Fall?  A chance to come hang out with your kids, their teachers, and fellow parents and enjoy the changing leaves around campus?  Us too!  So we decided to make it happen with Fall Family Fest.  The WCDS Inaugural Fall Family Fest will be held on October 31st from 1:20-3:00 for 2nd-8th grades.

After lunch, children can change into costumes before the festivities begin. Parents, please join us for an afternoon of fun at the middle school branch campus anytime after 1:00.  We will begin our parade around the pool as soon as the children arrive at the park led by our grand marshals Ms. H and Maddie Kirchner, the winner of the Grand Marshal auction prize. Then, the children will rotate through different stations with their classmates. 

Friday, November 3 – No School

Tuesday, November 7 – Middle School Exhibition @ 5:00 pm (More info to come)

7th Grade Newsletter

  • English w/ Mr. Rouse- Students continued their reading of the book, Refugee. We ended the week with a Halloween inspired writing contest. It was called, “The Making of a Monster.”  In this activity, students are following a prompt and using it to make their own Frankenstein. Best portrayed piece gets a prize!
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – 
  • Deep Dive w/ Mr. Jividen and Mrs. McFadden
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – We are continuing our work on “sisi ni moja”, but also on developing sound as an ensemble, and what it means to work together as a musical group. We will be starting to learn a christmas carol or two soon as well!

7th Grade News (10/13)

It was a strange week here at the middle school due to the long weekend and missing 8th graders. Do you think fall is her for good? If fall is here, how long before winter decides to run the show?

Upcoming Events: 

October 31st – Fall Family Fest: Haven’t you always wished that there was a field day in the Fall?  A chance to come hang out with your kids, their teachers, and fellow parents and enjoy the changing leaves around campus?  Us too!  So we decided to make it happen with Fall Family Fest.  The WCDS Inaugural Fall Family Fest will be held on October 31st from 1:20-3:00 for 2nd-8th grades.

After lunch, children can change into costumes before the festivities begin. Parents, please join us for an afternoon of fun at the middle school branch campus anytime after 1:00.  We will begin our parade around the pool as soon as the children arrive at the park led by our grand marshal’s Ms. H and Maddie Kirchner, the winner of the Grand Marshal auction prize. Then, the children will rotate through different stations with their classmates. 

From The Office:

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  • English w/ Mr. Rouse – Students started another unit of vocabulary and the novel Refugee by Alan Gratz.
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – While the 8th grade students were away in Florida, the 7th graders reviewed exponents and order of operations. Next week, with the whole class back together, we’ll work on graphing on the coordinate plane.
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-We only had 2 students for the week because 8th grade was in Florida.  We spent the week learning about strategy with different math games and activities.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – On Wednesday we reviewed for our first music quiz on notes and rhythms and started learning a couple basic vocal warm ups, as well as began learning our choral piece. Friday morning students took the quiz, and we continued getting to know our voices through song!
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – Students embraced lecture-based classes and began to build an understanding of cell structure. To connect the smallest unit of life to the world around us, cells are the building blocks (bricks) that form tissues (walls), organs (buildings), and organ systems (cities). We identify organelles and their functions. Students completed notes during lecture to prepare for our model building next week.