Dragons’ Lair




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Week of 3/18/19 – 3/22/19

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English Language Arts

HW: Read for thirty minutes every night. Please bring your book with you every day. This is the only homework I give you, so the expectation is that you are actually doing it! Let me know if you need help finding books.

In-class: Students will be taking a PowerTest for two days this week. The PowerTest is designed to replicate the SOL. The data I receive from the test will inform how we move forward as a class on SOL test prep. Students will also begin their Q3 portfolios this week.


This week in Science class, we will be continuing our two-week unit on Genetics and inheritance. In this unit, students will assume the role of a geneticist and analyze various case studies. Students will investigate and understand Mendelian Genetics. Investigate pedigrees and analyze punnet squares.


Period 1:  This week we will be preparing for our IB summative on cells.

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Math: Please contact your child’s math teacher.

Pre-Algebra 7-8

Week 3/18/19

Mr. Cater & Mr. Dow – Pre-Algebra 7/8 is going to begin the second part of Unit 5. We will be working on angle relationships, classifying quadrilaterals and reviewing similar shapes. We will be quizzing on Monday 3/25 and testing Thursday 3/28 (powertest) and Friday 3/29 (cumulative).


Math 7:

Week of 3/18/19

Math 7: We have recently concluded Surface Area and Volume.  On Monday 3/18, we will begin powers of 10 with negative exponents and scientific notation with positive exponents. Students will use these topics to compare rational numbers. We will quiz on this topic Monday March 25th.  In preparation for the Math SOL, we are offering Math Boot Camp.  It is a comprehensive review of the topics covered during the year.  There are two options. One option is an after school session which will begin the week of March 25th.  The second option is Saturdays from 9am to 12 pm.  This will begin Saturday April 27.

Mrs. Kramer’s Intensified Algebra: We are completing our Radicals unit this week. Plan on unit exam by end of the week (either Thursday or Friday). Next week we will begin our polynomials unit.  Future planning: quarter 3 benchmark is scheduled for April 4th.

Mrs. Kramer Pre-Algebra 8: We are continuing with linear relationships this week. We are working on writing linear equations in slope intercept form this week . Future planning: Unit exam is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 29th. Quarter 3 benchmark is currently scheduled for April 4th. Make sure you are checking Student Vue and Canvas if you have questions about missing assignments. Last day to turn in any assignments for this current unit will be March 27th! I will available after school this week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If you have not completed your unit 5 exam or quiz from March 15th, they need to be done no later than Friday, March 21st!

Ms. McMorrow’s Civics, History and Economics

Monday- Who were the Codetalkers? In class, students used short fiction to understand the contributions of the Navajo during WWII.

Tuesday- How did WWII end? In class, students used archival footage and short fiction to complete ATL 13. For HW, students will complete the document study on ATL 14.

Wednesday- What was the Holocaust? In class, students completed ATL 15 using artifacts. For HW, students will study a GI account of the liberation of a Concentration camp to complete ATL 16.

Thursday- What was the Legacy of WWII? In class, students will complete ATL 17 using the article. For HW students will study the UN Charter to complete the document study.

Friday- Students will review for Monday’s UNIT TEST


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Counselor’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians- If you have not done so already, please sign the Course Request Forms—both the green full sheet and the yellow half sheet for English 8—as soon as possible. Students may return the form directly to me or to her/his English teacher.  

7th Grade School Counselor



Clan Leaders 

Peter Andersonpeter.anderson@apsva.us Language Arts

Traci Holland-Shufordtraci.holland@apsva.us  Life Science

Maureen McMorrowmaureen.mcmorrow@apsva.us US Civics, Economics and History

Kipchoge Dowkipchoge.dow@apsva.us  Math

Emily Calhounemily.calhoun@apsva.us Special Education

Cassidy Nolencassidy.nolen@apsva.us Technical Education

Iris Jonesiris.jones@apsva.us HILT A

Jeffrey Lashjeffrey.lash@apsva.us HILT A

Reema Chawlareema.chawla@apsva.us HILT B


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