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Seventh Grade, Week 31

Seventh graders learned this morning about the sudden and unexpected passing of a former classmate, Senesh Magill.  Amid feelings of shock and sadness, students found ways to comfort each other and to be comforted.  Many hugs were exchanged and happy stories about Senesh were shared; we especially recalled her sweet smile.  It was pretty amazing to see students come together to support each other. May Senesh’s memory be a blessing. HUMANITIES Seventh graders have been very busy these past two weeks: ERBs are now behind us! We visited Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and we read books to and led...
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Seventh Grade, Week 30

MATH It’s hard to believe that we have fewer than twenty days of school left for the year!  Some important deadlines: Wednesday, May 24 will be the last day of math help for the year. Friday, June 2 is the last day that students can retake tests or turn in corrections.  We have begun grading homework on a completion basis so students will not be graded on corrections, just on whether they completed the homework or not. Both groups of students will have a test on Friday, May 26. Judaic Studies “My friends walk around me not noticing I’m there...
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Seventh Grade, Week 28

HUMANITIES Ask your child/ren about: Who is Queen Mab and how does Mercutio use her to cheer up his sad friend, Romeo? How was “feast” pronounced during the time of Shakespeare–and how do we know this to be the case? How is a book review different from a book report or a summary of a book? Which Renaissance figure will they be researching–and becoming!–for our Renaissance Remix in June? How did people challenge the power of the Church during the later Middle Ages–and how did the Church respond to these challenges?  (We had some particularly powerful discussions about the role...
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Seventh Grade, Week 24

Purim/Passover Sock Drive Friday, March 10th – Friday, April 7th Our Senesh Sock Drive is the grassroots way to fulfill an unmet need of homeless men, women, and children. All sizes of new socks needed! The socks will be delivered to CAMBA’s Flagstone Family Center.   HUMANITIES It was great to see so many of you at parent/teacher conferences! Ask your child/ren: What were the goals of the Crusades and how did geography limit their success? What ordinaries, charges, supporters, metals, and colors have they chosen to include on their coats of arms?  Why? What progress are they making on...
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Seventh Grade, Week 23

HUMANITIES What a wacky week we had, with beautiful spring-like weather outside and snow on Purim!  Ask your child/ren about: what design decisions they are making as they work with a partner to design a medieval manor map. how challenging it is to compose a poem with (about) 31 syllables spread over five lines. what they think about the fact that Grendel’s mother’s name is Grendel’s Mother, and what is especially unusual about the battle between Beowulf and Grendel’s Mother. what book they have selected to read for the Middle Ages Independent Book Project (IBP) due on 5 April. Seventh graders, along...
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Seventh Grade, Week 22

REMINDER Purim Celebrated in School: Friday, 10 March! Parents are invited to a student-led megillah reading from 8:30-9:30am, followed by a costume parade at 9:30-9:45am. Come to school in costume! Please keep in mind that toy weapons and group costumes are not allowed. HUMANITIES Ask your child/ren about: What he/she thinks Grendel looks like and what is scariest about the monster?  Could there be more to Grendel than meets the eye? How did Beowulf manage to defeat Grendel–and why do we think J. R. R. Tolkein and J. K. Rowling were influenced by this story?  (Fun fact: Tolkein was something...
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Seventh Grade, Week 20

HUMANITIES We started reading Beowulf, though we haven’t yet encountered the title character.  Ask your child/ren about some of the characters we have met, and also about some of the poetic language devices employed in the telling of the story. We also started looking at the European transition from the end of the Roman Empire to what would come to be known as the Middle Ages–the time period between ancient and modern times. This was a busy week outside of our usual humanities curriculum: On Monday, Sonya, the teaching artist from The Jewish Museum returned to our class, and students...
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Seventh Grade, Week 19

HUMANITIES On Monday we trekked up to The Jewish Museum to meet with our teaching artist, Sonya, and to view some portrait/self portrait works in preparation for our museum partnership program.  On Thursday, Sonya came to Senesh for the first of three visits, and students began composing their own self portraits.  ASK YOUR CHILD/REN what is really different about the self portraits they are working on.  There are some clues to this answer in one of the photos from our trip. On the way to the museum we were excited to pass Samuel Seabury Playground–though later we learned the playground was...
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Seventh Grade, Week 18

MATH: UPDATED 2/2 Just a quick note to let everyone know that the 7Y group’s Unit 7 math test has been postponed until Monday rather than Friday.  (We lost a class period for a read-a-thon event.)  The 7X will have their Unit 6 test on Friday as scheduled. HUMANITIES Students were introduced to Beowulf this week, and next week we will begin reading a “new telling” of this Old English classic. On Thursday, seventh graders joined me in “Spreading the Glitter” in memory of my cousin who would have been 40-years-old this week.  His wife and children chose the day...
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