Welcome to the EXPLORERS TEAM website
Welcome to 7th grade! We're so happy to have you on our team!
We will display important announcements, projects, assignments, and upcoming events on this page. You can get to each teacher's individual page by clicking on his or her link below. ~The Explorer Team Teachers
Important News and Upcoming Events
Second Quarter Begins: Monday, November 4
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
(Veteran's Day Holiday)
Camp Hanes Field Trip: November 20-22
Thanksgiving Holiday (no school): November 27-29
Week of November 18 Due to Camp Hanes trip there will be no homework this week. For all the students staying at school we will be doing several fun, hands-on enrichment activities.
Monday: 3rd Period: 4th & 5th period:
Tuesday: 3rd: 4th & 5th periods:
Wednesday: 3rd, 4th period:
Thursday: 3rd period:
4th & 5th periods:
Friday: No homework.
WEBSITE for Connected Math: phschool.com/cmp2
Offers homework help for parents and students as well as other useful information about the new textbook.
Science Curriculum: This quarter we continue our investigation into living things. We are especially concerned with how cells reproduce, both asexually and sexually, and how offspring inherit traits from their parents. By the end of the quarter, your child should be able to compare the benefits and drawbacks of each form of reproduction.
For a good introduction to the topic, please watch the following videos by Frank Gregorio on Vimeo.com:
Introduction to cells
Introduction to DNA
Introduction to Genetics
Cell division and the cell cycle
Meiosis - the continuation of life.
SRA Reading Selections: Too many students continue to tell their parents that they have no science homework. NOT TRUE! This quarter, students will have up to 26 reading selections/quizzes that are due by Friday, December 20. These are short readings on the topics we're covering in class. We continue to suggest that students complete at least 3 readings each week, and we remind them nearly every day about their progress. Students have time during homeroom, some class time, and homework time to complete the assignments. Students tell me that readings generally take 10-20 minutes each to complete, so this is about 30-60 minutes of work each week. Each reading selection has a short 20 point quiz attached to it. Students who score a 15 or less on a quiz (D or F) are required to reread the selection and retake the quiz. Each student has a reading log to keep track of their work. That log should be in their science binder. Your child should be able to show you that log and tell you exactly which selections they've completed, and the grade they received on each one.
In addition to the required readings, I have given students a number of optional selections that they can read for extra credit if they wish to do so. Some of those selections include more advanced information about topics we are currently covering. Others provide a review of material from first quarter. However, students MUST complete all required readings in order to be eligible for extra credit. Students who do not complete the required readings will not receive extra credit for optional reading selections.
Tutoring: My regular after school schedule is shown below. However, students should always check with me whenever they wish to stay for tutoring, just in case my schedule changes. Parents: if you have questions about the tutoring bus, or want to sign up your child to ride it, please call the EFMS front office for more information and instructions.
Monday: tutoring by appointment
Tuesday: tutoring 2:00-3:30, drive bus 3:30-4:30
Wednesday: Robotics (no tutoring) 2:00-3:30, drive bus: 3:30-4:30
Thursday: tutoring by appointment
Friday: tutoring 2:00-4:00