Our 7th graders are narrowing down their topic for their PBL or Problem Based Learning Project we are starting as a group. We spent most of last Friday brainstorming ideas our class can make a difference in our school, community, country and world. We are trying to answer our question about cancer and have this week to research properly before presenting to Mrs. Makruski our findings on Friday. If it is not approved, we will need to start over and most likely continue with our second choice with school safety.
We are getting into a routine as we finish the first few weeks of school! The students have handled the transition well! The first round of book reports are due October 24, so students have been informed to pace themselves. After a fun-filled Fish in a Tree Review, SJS teachers and staff voted on three categories of fish created by the students and displayed. The 7th graders are now working on a writing activity. I am excited to see how these turn out!
We are getting into the swing of our classroom routines, finally. The first round of MAP tests have now been completed, so those results should be here in a few weeks. We started the school year by reviewing Fish in a Tree and doing a Fish contest in which the students designed a fish and the teachers and staff voted on the prettiest, coolest and most unique. We started analyzing our first short stories and are now working on proper writing concepts, focusing on grammar and vocabulary.
What a wonderful, fun-filled year it has been! We have learned and created many things throughout the school year. Sixth grade made replicas of landmarks for their research project. Grades K, 1, 3, and 7 worked incredibly hard on creating a community garden. Seventh grade was heavily involved in many other STEM related projects like designing can-characters for their research project and researching reasons to implement sidewalks near Amherst schools. Other fun and exciting things we did were visiting LCCC for Tech Friday, going to the Crushers stadium to watch a game, and going on an upper-hall class field trip to Pittsburgh. Overall, this year has been amazing and memorable. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer break!
Last Friday, grades 6, 7, and 8 went to LCCC to learn about STEAM-related jobs and technologies. While there, they learned techniques such as welding and engraving, and even observed wooden Legos being made. Students were happy to take home dog tags with their own personalized engravings as well as take home a wooden Lego. What fun!
Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades played Minute To Win It with an Easter spin. They were split up into teams and were given one minute challenges using colored, plastic Easter eggs. Later, students were given a Holy Week STEM challenge. They created a map of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus’ crucifixion using blocks, magnets, and other materials to outline the city and its buildings.
This week, students designed their classroom door for Stations of the Cross. They also created a prayer chain and crosses made of cardboard and puzzle pieces to be displayed out in the hallway.
Valentine’s day was a blast! For the whole-school design challenge, students had to build the tallest, free-standing tower made out of note cards. All note cards had to have friendly messages written on them before use. 7th grade students also played some bingo for prizes.
Last Friday, our class teamed up with the third grade class on a saints project for Catholic Schools Week. Students will present their finished products the morning of Wednesday, January 30. Can’t wait!
Thanks to my awesome 7th graders for the wonderful Christmas card and the lovely gifts. They are truly the best! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!