Monarchs Team – 7th Grade

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Welcome to the Monarch Team! Please read the Monarch Musing Newsletter which is attached below.



Monarch Update – Monday, March 30, 2020 – Friday, April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Dear Monarch Team students and families,Here is your weekly digest of upcoming events! General Reminders:

  • Next week is Spring Break – there will be no update!
  • We hope everyone is healthy and maintaining good social distancing!
  • Students should make sure that they have turned on Canvas notifications so they can stay up to date on messages from the teachers!
  • Students should download the Microsoft Team App and the Flipgrid App ASAP!
  • Students should be using the Announcement and Calendar features in Canvas to make sure they are aware of what is going on in all of their classes. If they are not in school, they should check the Announcements to see what was done in class. The Calendar will let them see all due dates and it will also let them see when class meetings will be held. Students must activate the Calendar for each class!
  • Summer School registration is now open!
  • From Ms. Mills-Mirick – At this point in time there is nothing I can do about missing or damaged iPads.  With the building closed there is nothing I can do about physical device issues. Students can access applications on any device through including a phone, a family computer, or even a sibling’s iPad.  A lot of troubleshooting tips are posted on our website as a possible starting point for solving issues.  Finally, sometimes just rebooting the iPad (holding the home and power buttons at the same time until the Apple logo appears) can resolve an issue.  Thanks!

Here’s what’s happening in class this week:

Message from Ms . Wall and the TJ Library:Keep ReadingIt’s important for all students to keep reading while we are all at home.  Reading reduces stress, helps you sleep better, improves health, makes you smarter, develops your imagination, and is fun.  We wanted to make sure that you all know the options available to students online. In the Quick Links of each of Jefferson’s grade-level TA Canvas courses, we have put a document called “Jefferson Library Online Resources (with login information).”  This sheet lists, in one place, how and where to find e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines that can be checked out and downloaded onto student devices. We also explain how to access online encyclopedias.  Students should have the apps they need; this document should help refresh their memories. The Arlington Public Library has a bigger collection of digital books than we do.  With a public library card, you can check out e-books and e-audiobooks using the Overdrive or Libby apps. I just got information that Audible has made a collection of audiobooks for kids and teens free to stream and listen to.  You don’t need an account to start listening. Go to Battle of the BooksWe are continuing to vote to decide Jefferson’s Battle of the Books 2020 Champion.  For the next 2 weeks, students will get a Canvas announcement introducing them to the books battling that day and with a link to go vote.  We are at our Elite Eight now. Spring Reading ChallengeWe have also created a challenge to encourage students to keep reading.  We sent out a Canvas announcement the afternoon of Thursday 3/19. Reading more will give you more chances to win. Just a reminder: The Jefferson building is closed.  Please don’t worry about any books that have become overdue.  Just keep them safe at home for now…we will see you and your books when school reopens. Students, please feel free to contact us by Canvas message if you have any library questions or issues.
English Class – Mrs. Beyers In ELA this week, we will conclude Women’s month. You will find reading and writing activities in Canvas announcements. I am sending out team messages in Canvas, so please make sure you are checking it daily.APS is working on “what’s next” for us all after Spring Break. You will have lessons/activities through Spring Break. I hope you all are keeping positive. I miss you guys and hope you are happy, healthy, and safe during this time. Please email me or message me in Canvas if you find yourself struggling during this time. I’ll do what I can to help from afar. Hang in there guys!
Ms. Polek’s English ClassThis week we will continue working on reading and writing skills. We will examine how to determine author’s purpose. Please, watch the Power Point with instruction before completing tasks.We will also write three journal entries to finish the week.Please, look out for information when our class will meet virtually after Spring Break.Continue to read at least 30 minutes a day.Stay safe!
Science  –
Science –

  • This week we will be using what we learned in the cell processes unit about DNA to start our exploration of genetics! Students will learn about inherited traits from familiar and unfamiliar family trees. They will learn the difference between inherited and acquired traits, and all about the probability of genetic inheritance! Students should continue to access daily assignments through Canvas by clicking “assignments” on the Canvas course. Any questions or comments can be sent by email to or by messaging through the Canvas app.
Social Studies –

  • The Choice Board for WWII is due on Friday! All Discussion Boards will be open through April 10, 2020.
  • Everyday we start with the Announcement and I am screencasting so I can go through the directions and resources with the students.I have scheduled US History virtual meetings through the Microsoft Teams App for Monday and Thursday at 11:00 – 11:45 (the first meeting went well and I learned some things so I know what to expect going forward!). Students should follow the directions in this link: Joining a Microsoft Team Meeting on iPad with Teams application: I will also be messaging this to all students in Canvas on Sunday, March 29, 2020. STUDENTS WILL SEE THE MEETING ON THEIR CANVAS CALENDAR FOR US HISTORY – THEY MUST MAKE SURE THIS CALENDAR IS ACTIVATED!
  • If I haven’t seen a student in the discussions for the past two weeks they have already received a message from me in Canvas and the parents have been notified by email.
  • SOCIAL STUDIES GRADES WILL NOW BE IN STUDENTVUE/PARENTVUE as well as CANVAS. All work will be entered as formative assessments or  “Not for a Grade” since that is what the Department of Teaching and Learning has instructed. If your student has a “0” they have not completed the assignment.
  • I am working regular school hours and will reply to messages and emails during that time.
Social Studies – cindy.hooper@apsva.usWe started a unit on WWI and we will continue to study how America’s role in the world changed as a result of the war.
Math 7 –,,,,
Pre-Algebra 7 – or  This week we will be working on both a combination of review material and introduction of some new content under the Geometry standard. We are doing great things and continue to move forward, while staying balanced!  If you have not already done so, please create a DeltaMath account. Feel free to contact your mathematics teacher if you need assistance in setting up the account. We’ll be exploring Area and Perimeter of Composite and Irregular figures using the Grade 8 Formula Sheet and prior knowledge.Do not forget, students should be completing five DreamBox assignments per week.  Also, make sure you check the assignments and announcements daily via the Canvas page.
Intensified Algebra – or jason.busby@apsva.usPlease continue to be checking Canvas for any updates and announcements. Thank you to those who have reached out. Keep me post how you are doing. Delta Math assignments are posted in Canvas for review of all material covered including radicals. Keep up the good work! Miss you guys!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact any teacher directly.



Maureen Nolan Social Studies Maureen Nolan
Cameé Beyers Language Arts
Katarzyna Polek-Craven Special Education
Jennifer Vernier Science
Jennifer Gunderson World Language
Zachary Carter Math
Jeffrey Anderson Computer Science
Christopher Ammon Design Technology
Martha Byron Special Education