Teacher Pages

Alphabetical Listing

Ms. Auckland - Grade 7 Learning Support

Welcome!

About Me

Hello! My name is Ms. Auckland and I am currently the Learning Support teacher on Team Bison. This year, I co-teach one ELA class and two math classes. This is my third school year teaching at Upper Perkiomen Middle School and I am proud to be a part of this community. Before UPMS, I earned my master's degree in special education from Lehigh University while teaching at Centennial School of Lehigh University for two years. Prior to that program, I was a substitute teacher in the area for three years. I also used to coach girls track and field as well as girls basketball, both at the varsity level. All of these experiences have solidified my commitment to students and their futures.

When I am not teaching, or thinking about teaching, I am enjoying life on the farm with my family. A few of my favorite things to do are listen to music, bake, read, and spend time outside.

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Google Classroom

Symbaloo

Team Bison Homework Log

Mrs. Baer-Berrodin - Grade 7 Math

Ms. Bintliff - Family Consumer Science

Ms. Bintliff's page

Welcome to the 2015-2016 website for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Family and Consumer Sciences classes.

This website will be used to post course descriptions and assignments.

https://sites.google.com/a/upsd.org/ms-bintliff-s-...

About me:

I am a graduate of Millersville University, Rosemont University and Wilkes University with a Bachelor's of Science in Art Education, a Masters of Science in Art and Cultural Management and certifications in Family and Consumer Sciences and Educational Practice and Management. I have been teaching at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School since 2001, initially as a long-term substitute art teacher for 2 years, then in 2003, taking on the transition of Home Economics to Family and Consumer Sciences.

Contact Information: Room: 115 | Phone: 215-541-7425 | Email: cbintlif@upsd.org


Expectations



^th Grade

Course Requirements


This course is an exploration of the Family Consumer Sciences State Standards, including Child Development, Finance and Resource Management, Food Sciences and Nutrition, and Balancing Family, Work and Community Responsibility. Students will participate in an Allowance Model, design a Family Home Floor Plan and Community Mapping, personalize a nutritional assessment with dietary recommendations, participate in food labs focusing on breakfast and healthy baking, and reviewing and writing children's books. In addition, communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, study and research skills and higher order thinking skills will be developed.


Grade 7

Course Description

This course is an exploration of the Family and Consumer Sciences State Standards, including Child Development, Finance and Resource Management, Food Sciences and Nutrition, and Balancing Family, Work and Community Responsibility. Students will participate in finance activities, learning to read and figure out paychecks, checking accounts and budget decision-making. They will work as teams to create a sweet and savory breakfast meal and quick healthy snacks, using a variety of kitchen tools. Exploring Resource Management through the Child Development lens of adolescent identity, student connect choices in living, interests and personal choice to family, community and the larger world. They will create a poster, illustrating their personal connection and answer debriefing question explaining their choices throughout the project.

Grade 8

Course Description

This course is an exploration of the Family and Consumer Sciences State Standards, including Child Development, Finance and Resource Management, Food Science and Nutrition, Balancing Family, Work and Community Responsibility. Students will participate in a Live Event Learning Activity, requiring interaction with the UPSD community. They will identify business and community organizations through their geographic and technological locations, investigate the overview of business vocabulary, organization, function, finance and employee details. Students will participate in roll play, adopting a community business and represent that business in a mock zoning board meeting. Working with partners, students will plan an event, create a shopping list, follow recipes for fast healthy light meals, kitchen management and meal service. In addition, communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, study and research skills and higher order thinking skills will be developed.


Mrs. Brenninger - Grade 6 Science

Contact Information

Phone: 215-541-7426

Email: kbrenninger@upsd.org

About Me

I graduated from Millersville University in May of 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and completed my Masters in Education from Kutztown University in May of 1990 with a Reading Specialist Certificate. I also received my Elementary Certificate in 1994 from Kutztown University. In August of 1984, I began my teaching career at Upper Perkiomen Middle School as a special education teacher. I taught special education grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 for 24 years. In 2007, I began teaching regular education classes for 6th grade. I coached several sports in the district. I coached for 24 years, and I am most fond of coaching the Upper Perkiomen High School Field Hockey Team from 1989 to 2006. I also volunteer my time on several committees (Wall of Fame, ACT Team, TRIBE Values, Distinguished Service Award, chaperone dances, Executive Committee Member, UPEA Welfare Committee, UPEA building representative).

Google Classroom Link

Mrs. Broney - Grade 7 Math

About Me - Mrs. Broney

Websites for Math

About Me

Mrs. J. Broney

jbroney@upsd.org
215-541-7427


Educational Background:

I graduated from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) in 1977 with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary & Secondary Mathematics Education and earned my Master's of Education degree in May 1981 at TCNJ, also. I began my teaching career in the Hamilton Township School District, teaching Middle and High School Math. I've been teaching Middle School Mathematics for the Upper Perkiomen School District since September, 1999.


Contact Information: Room: 102 | Phone: 215-541-7427 | Email: jbroney@upsd.org

CPM Book Links

CPM ebook Links

Core Math 7 - CPM Pin - G4F53

Enhanced Math 7 - CPM Pin - 8NF7Z

CPM HOMEWORK SITE ONLY: http://homework.cpm.org Click on Book 2 or Book 3

Math Reinforcement

7th Grade Math Reinforcement

·Bring home “drill sheets” every day. Re-do the problems for practice.

Correct answers should be written down in class during review.

·Look over the notes taken in class.

These problems should guide you in your homework assignment.

·Keep a well-organized notebook.

Write daily notes, date them.

Keep practice worksheets, quizzes, and tests.

·Review quizzes & tests immediately.

Find errors. If you let your errors go, you’re likely to continue to make them.

·Textbook – do odd problems, answers are in the back.

Read the explanation of the sample problems.

Pay attention to each step written.

·Workbook – do the section of problems that supplement the textbook.

·Workbooks – “Pre-Algebra” workbooks are available at bookstores, math websites, Amazon.com, etc.

·Web sites for math. (When in doubt, you can always “Google” the concept that we’re learning…. “Integers, equations, fractions…” This will lead you to various sites.)

·Practice Buddies – when paired with a diligent student, two students enjoy the competition of friendly practice.

·Tutors – the guidance counselors can lead you to local tutors.

ALSO:

KHAN ACADEMY units can be repeated several times. There are video tutorials and helpful hints along the way.

Homework

Math Standards

Tabs

Math Standards

Mathematics: Core 7

Common Core State Standards:

7.RP Ratios and Proportional Relationships

7.NS The Number System

7.EE Expressions and Equations

7.G Geometry

7.SP Statistics and Probability


This course is aligned to the Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards and is designed to develop an understanding of essential seventh grade mathematical concepts. The Upper Perkiomen Middle School mathematics courses are designed to implement problem-based activities through effective study teams. Concepts are revisited throughout the year with the understanding that learning takes time, effort, and support. This course demands that students develop a depth of understanding and ability to apply mathematics to various situations, preparing student for future college and career expectations.

Instructional time will focus on four critical areas:

  1. Developing an understanding of and applying proportional relationships;
  2. Developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations;
  3. Solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two-and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume;
  4. Drawing inferences about populations based on samples.


Mathematics: Enhanced 7

Common Core State Standards:

7.RP Ratios and Proportional Relationships 8.NS The Number System

7.NS The Number System 8.EE Expressions and Equations

7.EE Expressions and Equations 8.F Functions

7.G Geometry 8.G Geometry

7.SP Statistics and Probability 8.SP Statistics and Probability


This course is aligned to the Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards and is designed to develop an understanding of essential seventh and eighth grade mathematical concepts at an accelerated pace. The Upper Perkiomen Middle School mathematics courses are designed to implement problem-based activities through effective study teams. Instructional time will focus on seven critical areas:

  1. Developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships;
  2. Developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations;
  3. Formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equations, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations;
  4. Grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships;
  5. Solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem;
  6. Drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

Requirements

Requirements


7th Grade Mathematics

  1. Grades
  1. Summative Grades (70%)
  • Exams
    • Given a few days after the chapter is finished. Contains about 40% material from the current chapter and 60% review material from previous chapters. The closure problems at the end of the chapter are a great review to prepare for the tests.
  • Projects/Team Challenges
    • In class assignments that are graded for accuracy and completeness. Students work on the projects in teams, but each student may receive a separate grade based on the project they turn in and their contributions to the assigned task.

B. Formative Grades (30%)


  • Quizzes: Contain about 40% material from the current chapter and 60% review material from previous chapters. Homework problems from that week are a great way to prepare for quizzes.



  • Homework:
  • It is expected that students will ATTEMPT all homework problems and will SHOW ALL SUPPORTING WORK. Students will be given a homework log every Monday and the homework points earned for the week will be recorded on the log. Homework logs must be turned in on Fridays to receive homework credit for the week. Late homework will not be accepted.
  • Homework is checked daily for completion.
  • To earn credit for questions that you are struggling with, you will need to write a specific question
  • Rubric for homework

5 – All problems attempted, and all work shown

2 – Some problems were attempted, or only some of work shown

0 – Homework was not done

  • Notebook Checks:
  • Given occasionally and will include questions from the homework or from the toolkit. Half of the points will be earned for the work, the other half will be for the correct answer. Please make sure you keep track and organize your work from class!

Mrs. Bronsdon - Communication Technology

Mrs. Bronsdon's page

The Communication Technology Curriculum has grown to encompass a 36-day course at each grade level. Using the computer, students will produce everything from a simple short report to a short film. Students will learn skills that they will use throughout their entire lives.

The sixth grade course will emphasize correct touch typing skills, the arrangement of simple word processing documents, presentation software skills and the creation of a multi-media digital/video story.

Students in grade seven will review their touch typing skills and expand their arrangements of word processing documents to include commonly used documents in a business environment. They will create a business plan for an original business and create supporting documents.They will also complete desktop publishing projects including a web page design.

Students completing the eighth grade course will continue to polish their touch typing skills and word processing skills with Microsoft Office. They will investigate careers and create a video project depicting their chosen career, with examples (real life or from the Internet) that shows their career choice.

The Communication Technology curriculum will continue to evolve to promote student expression and publication using the most current technology available.
Mrs. Bronsdon


Mrs. Bronsdon has been teaching in various positions since 1976. She graduated from Penn State University with both a Bachelor's and Master's degree. As a certified Special Education teacher, she has taught every grade level from Pre-School through College. She also has a certification in Business Education, Middle School English and Educational Administration. She is currently teaching Communication Technology to sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Upper Perkiomen Middle School.

In addition to teaching, she has held various co-curricular and coaching positions. She has coached the Penn State majorettes at University Park for six years. She has been a sophomore, junior and senior class advisor at both State College High School and Upper Perkiomen High School. She has also coached both the boys and girls tennis teams at Upper Perkiomen High School as well as Cross Country and Track at Upper Perkiomen Middle School. Recently, she was the choreographer for the middle school musical, "Schoolhouse Rock." This year she is the advisor for a "Video Production Club" which meets after school.

In the past, she has been involved with an organization called “Thinkquest.” She participated as a coach for three students from three different continents to create websites. In 1998 her team won the Collaboration Award for their website called “ The Global Gazette”; the students were awarded scholarships. In 1999 she coached a team who created a website called, "Scuba Diving: In Depth", which won an honorable mention award. In 2000 her team won the first ever “Digital Diplomacy Award” given out by the US State Department for a website on World Hunger.

Mrs. Bronsdon is married to Bruce and has three children. In her spare time she teaches adult technology classes for Souderton Area School District and has taught technology classes at Gwynedd Mercy College. She loves to read, enjoys running and traveling. Mrs. Bronsdon has chaperoned students as a Delegation Leader for People to People to many parts of the world. She loves sharing her travel adventures with her students.

email: cbronsdo@upsd.org

215-679-6288 ext. 7428


Google Classroom Links

https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MTY1OTYyMDYyMFp... 7-1

https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MjMzNzI4NTQ3M1p... 7-2


https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MjMzNzM0MDQ2MFp... 6-3

https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MjMzNzQzMzk5Mlp... 6-4


https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MjMzNzM3MTI5M1p... 8-8

https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MjMzNzQ3NjIzM1p... 8-9





Ms. Busolits - Grade 6 Math

About Me/Contact

Lyssa Busolits

6th Grade Math Teacher

Wolfpack

lbusolits@upsd.org

215-541-7471

Math Class

Daily Class Materials:

  • Chromebook
  • Pencil
  • Binder
  • Graph paper/graph notebook

Class Letter:

This Class Letter will provide more information on Math class. It is given to the students during the first week of school.


Meet the Staff Night:

The Meet the Staff Night presentation can be accessed HERE. Please view this presentation for information on class materials, homework, helpful links. etc.


CPM (Math Program)

CPM

The Middle School's math program is called College Preparatory Mathematics. This program focuses on team based, cooperative learning through problem solving. Students will work in their study teams through a number of problems each day which guide them to the discovery of new mathematics concepts. There is a large focus on why math concepts work and how they are related to one another. Students will each have an individual role within their study team which will help to engage students and facilitate cooperative group work. Teachers will work as a facilitator and provide assistance to individual student groups as the groups proceed through the problems. This assistance will focus more on asking questions to help guide students and clarify their thinking. Teachers will also help to summarize and highlight the important content and to strengthen student understanding.

You can find more information regarding CPM using the following link:

Parent support is also available through the CPM website! The link below will take you directly to their general support page. Under the Parent Support, if you click on "Additional Support" there is information about downloading (for free!) or purchasing a Parent Guide and/or CPM Extra Practice book. Please check it out!


***CPM Parent Information Presentation is available for you to view for further information regarding CPM.**

eBooks and Homework

The CPM textbook as well as homework is online for students to access both at school and at home.


eBooks (online textbook):

While CPM has many advantages, the online textbooks have some great features that a traditional paper textbook could not provide. Transitioning to an electronic textbook may take time to get comfortable with! However, there are several features like homework hints that the students will be able to utilize. Students will first access their online textbook in math class during the first couple weeks of school. Once they have accessed the textbook for the first time, future log-ins will be simple! Students will go to the link, click Sign in with Google, and it should direct them to the online textbook page. Students will be asked to bookmark the link for the textbook on their Chromebooks, but to access the textbook on devices other than the Chromebook, the link below can be used. This same link is posted on Google classroom as well.

CPM Online Textbook Log-In


Homework:

Homework is given on a regular basis. It is posted within the math classroom and should be written in their agenda at the start or end of class each day. Students are expected to complete their homework as well as make corrections to their homework the next day during class. Homework, and classwork as well, should be labeled with a lesson number and problem number. All work MUST also be provided for credit. This step is vital for success on quizzes, tests, team challenges, and on homework quizzes. Students will have a homework chart (printed on bright orange paper) that will be stamped daily signifying homework completion. It is important students have their homework chart in class each day. The homework chart will be collected periodically for grading.


Homework is posted within the math classroom each day. It is also posted on a Google document for students to reference during Quest and/or at home. That document can be accessed by clicking on the Homework Display link below. The link for the homework display can also be found on the Wolfpack team page. Additionally, homework can potentially be posted on Skyward via message. This is a great tool for students to use when they are absent so that they will be knowledgeable of what was missed.

Homework Display

Homework help is also available through the CPM website for homework assignment through the eBook. Please use the link below for additional homework help. The eBook also provides homework help/hints as well!

Preparing for 6th Grade

Preparing for 6th Grade

The link above provides some topics that are used within the 6th-grade curriculum that would be beneficial to review over the summer. These skills are taught at the elementary level, but are expanded upon or used in the new topics encountered throughout our standards. The links provided are helpful videos, websites, or practice pages that can be used at your leisure. The CPM parent guide referenced under the CPM tab also provides practice and instruction on some of these topics. There is also a list of apps that have been found to be helpful as well. If you have any favorite websites, apps, games, etc. please complete the survey under the Survey tab.

6th Grade Topics and Links

6th Grade Topics and Links

The link above has the topics covered throughout the school year. The links provided are helpful videos, games, websites, etc. Please complete the survey found on the Survey page if you have different ideas or any suggestions!


Survey

Please consider completing the survey linked above. This survey asks for any suggestions on websites, videos, games, etc. that help with math skills. I am always looking for new ideas! Math skills can include topics taught in 6th grade or even in elementary school. Please look under the 6th Grade Topics and Link and Preparing for 6th Grade tabs to get ideas of the topics covered/used in 6th grade. Thank you!

SURVEY


Google Classroom

New Panel

Mrs. Burns - Art

Mrs. Cahoon - Grade 7 ELA

Accordion

Contact Information

Contact Information

kcahoon@upsd.org

215-541-7435

About Me

About Me:

I graduated from Bloomsburg University in May of 2008 with a Bachelor's of Organizational Communications in Secondary Education. In September 2008, I began my teaching career at Upper Perkiomen Middle School teaching 7th grade Reading. I taught Reading for three years before moving on to teaching 7th grade Language Arts. I received a Masters' Degree in Library Science at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2011.


Google Classroom

classroom.google.com

-Must have student login and password in order to access Google Classroom

Mr. Detwiler - Grade 8 Social Studies


Mr. Detwiler's page

https://classroom.google.com/h

8th Grade American History Part 1

About Me: I received my bachelors degree in Political Science and History from Pennsylvania State University and my Masters degree in American History from Villanova University. I also completed my post graduate work in Special Education at Immaculata University.

Contact Information: pdetwiler@upsd.org

Mr. Dreisbach - Physical Education

contact Information

Bill Dreisbach

Email: wdreisbach@upsd.org

School Phone Number: 215-679-6288 ext 7433


About Mr Dreisbach

Mr Dreisbach graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1984 B.S. in Health and Physical Education. He then went onto Middle Tennessee State University where he graduated in 1985 with a Masters of Science in Health, Physical education and safety. He has been teaching at Upper Perkiomen Middle School since 1995.

Mr. Dulin - Grade 6 ELA

Tabs

Contact Information

Contact Information

Mr. Dulin

6th Grade English-Language Arts

Team Wolfpack

jdulin@upsd.org

215-541-7434



About Me

I grew up in Pennsburg and graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School. I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University and my Master's Degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University. I began my teaching career in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, where I taught for 9 years before coming back home to Upper Perk.

When I am not teaching, my favorite place to be is in the mountains of Sullivan County, PA with my wife, Kellie, our three children, Joey, Katelyn, Kassie Jo, and our German Shorthaired Pointer, Muncy. We all love the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, riding 4-wheelers, and just spending time outside together.
I also enjoy sports and taking the time to help coach my son and daughter in both baseball and softball.
Go Yankees!
Go Penn State!
Go Raiders!

Google Classroom

Welcome to the Google Classroom website for my 6th grade English Language Arts class. This website will be used to post assignment requirements, descriptions, general assignment documents, articles, and other activities. If you are absent, the documents you need to complete assignments are posted on this site. Additionally you can may access the "Homework Display" through the Wolfpack Team webpage.

classroom.google.com

Ms. Dynda - Grade 8 ELA

Ms. Dynda

About Me

Greetings! My name is Jessica Dynda and I'm thrilled to be teaching 8th grade ELA at Upper Perk. I have been teaching since 2003 and couldn't imagine doing anything else!

Outside of school, I am a mother of two amazing children, avid reader, and crazy Eagles fan!

I look forward to a fun, challenging, and rewarding school year.

Contact Information:

Jessica Dynda

Room 222

jdynda@upsd.org

215-541-7453

Welcome to 8th Grade English Language Arts!

ELA classes are structured as 90-minute blocks in which we teach reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, problem solving, and research skills. Students can expect to read and write on a daily basis, support their thoughts and arguments with evidence, and truly evolve as thinkers.

In addition to independent reading books, we will read the following novels:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Day of Tears

To Kill A Mockingbird

The Diary of Anne Frank

We will compose a variety of pieces, including journals, letters, creative writing, literary analysis essays, and research papers.

Students should come to class with these materials each day:

- pens, pencils, highlighters

- journals (these stay in the classroom)

- independent reading book (must be an AR novel)

Ms. Colapietro - Grade 8 ELA

Mrs. Fehnel - Grade 8 Math

Contact Information

pfehnel@upsd.org

215-541-7437

Google Classroom Link

About Me

Welcome to 8th Grade Mathematics!
I am excited to begin using our new math curriculum, College Preparatory Math (CPM)! This will be used for both the Core and Advanced Classes. CPM focuses on the use of study teams to work collaboratively through guided math problems instead of traditional teacher led instruction. Each student has an important role within the study team to make sure team members stay on task and understand what the team is working on. As a teacher, I get to support teams individually as I circulate around the room throughout the class period. I am looking forward to the extra small group and one-on-one interaction this will give me with students this year!


CC3 - Core Math 8
This course addresses all of the eighth grade PA State Standards through a blend of direct instruction, discovery learning and cooperative learning. Students in Math 8 will take Algebra I in 9th grade. Topics covered in Math 8 include:

·Rational and Irrational Numbers
·Expressions and Equations
·Functions
·Writing and Graphing Linear Equations
·Systems of Equations
·Exponent Rules and Scientific Notation
·Transformations
·Pythagorean Theorem
·Volume of Spheres, Cylinders and Cones
·Scatter Plots & Two Way Tables


AC - Algebra I
This course addresses all of the PA Keystone Algebra I State Standards through a blend of direct instruction, discovery learning and cooperative learning. Students in this course must master all of the eighth grade PA State Standards prior to taking this course. Students are expected to be more independent learners who have the ability to master concepts with minimal practice and repetition. Students taking this course will take Geometry in 9th grade. Topics covered in Algebra I include:

·Functions
·Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
·Writing and Graphing Equations in Multiple Forms
·Systems of Equations
·Exponent Rules
·Polynomials
·Radicals
·Rational Expressions
·Data Analysis



CPM Websites

Link to Textbook:
https://sso.cpm.org

Parent Support:

http://cpm.org/parent-support/

Classroom Information

Homework

  • Daily assignments/Homework checks (5 points per assignments)
  • Partial credit will be given if not complete
  • Students will record daily assignments in Homework Chart
  • For Daily Homework Lists, refer to Skyward
Assessments
  • A quiz will be given part way through the chapter
  • Tests and Team Challenges will be given at the conclusion of each chapter
Grading
  • Formative Assessments - 20%
    • Homework
    • Homework Quizzes
    • Individual Quizzes
  • Summative Assessments - 80%
    • Team Challenges
    • Individual Chapter Tests
Materials
  • Pencils
  • Graph Paper Notebook
  • 1" Binder
  • Calculator TI - 30XIIS

Mrs. Fluke - Grade 6 Math

Welcome - Mrs. Fluke - About Me

Welcome

HAWKS ~ SOAR to EXCELLENCE!!

Mrs. K. Fluke
Room 203
e-mail - kfluke@upsd.org
Phone - 215-541-7439

Welcome to the HAWK team's math page! My name is Mrs. Fluke and I look forward to working with your child on the CPM math program. This website contains information on our math curriculum, access to the e-Textbooks, a homework link, and more. Please feel free to contact me with any questions! Be advised that this website is currently "under construction". Check back periodically for updated information and completed pages! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

External links will let you leave the Upper Perkiomen School District site. Linked sites are not under the control of the Upper Perkiomen School District. The District is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any linked site, or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. The School District is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the Upper Perkiomen School District.

CPM

CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics)

The Middle School works with the math program called CPM. This program focuses on team-based, cooperative learning through problem-solving. Students will work in their study teams through a number of problems each day which guide them to the discovery of new mathematical concepts. There is a large focus on why math concepts work and how they are related to one another. Students will each have an individual role within their study team which will help to engage students and facilitate cooperative group work. Teachers will work as a facilitator and provide assistance to individual student groups as the teams proceed through each problem. This assistance will focus more on asking questions to help guide students and clarifying their thinking. Teachers will also help to summarize and highlight the important content and to strengthen student understanding.


Online Resources

The textbook is available online and each student will receive directions for a code to access the online textbook and resource sites . Therefore textbooks will not be sent home. In addition to the text, students can also access homework help (http://homework.cpm.org).

The website also provides helpful parent resources (http://cpm.org/parent-support) and a parent guide (http://cpm.org/cc3-parent-guide )

Grading

Formative

  • Homework- Homework is given on a regular basis. It is posted within the math classroom ans should be written in the student's agenda book at the start or end of class each day. Students are expected to complete their homework as well as make corrections to their homework the next day during class. Homework, and classwork should be labeled with a lesson number and problem number. All work MUST also be provided for credit. This step is vital for success on quizzes, tests, team challenges, and on homework quizzes. Students will have a homework chart printed on bright neon paper that will be stamped to signify homework completion. If students do not complete their homework on the day it is due, they are able to receive partial credit if completed by the next day. It is important students have their homework chart in class each day. If not, homework completion credit will not be given. Students who do not compete homework regularly may be asked to have their chart signed by a parent. The homework chart will be collected periodically for grading.
  • Homework is posted in the classroom each day and can also be accessed through the Hawk Team Homework Page.
  • Homework Quiz- Students will use their homework assignments for a given time period to complete a set of previously assigned problems. Students will be able to look back at all homework but will not have access to their textbooks or other resources.
  • Individual Quizzes- Throughout each chapter, students will complete individual quizzes which will be set up similar to the homework problems. These quizzes will contain both current concepts as well as review concepts.

Summative

  • Team Challenge- Study teams will be given a collection of problems to complete as a group for a group grade. These problems will typically focus on current concepts. While students will need to work cooperatively to complete the problems, each student will be expected to submit a complete challenge sheet including work and any explanations necessary. These will typically occur toward the end of a chapter.
  • Individual Tests- After the conclusion of a chapter, students will take an individual test. These problems will also be set up similar to the homework and quiz problems. Tests will be made up of both review and current concepts.
CPM Parent Information Presentation is available for you here.

Homework - Help

Homework

Homework is given on a regular basis. It is posted within the math classroom and should be written in their agenda at the start or end of class each day. Homework is also listed on the HAWK Team page. Students are expected to complete their homework as well as make corrections to their homework the next day during class. This step is vital for success on quizzes, tests, team challenges, and on homework quizzes. Students will have a homework chart (printed on bright paper) that will be stamped signifying homework completion and correction. Students who do not complete and correct homework regularly may be asked to have their chart signed by a parent. The homework chart will be collected after 10 assignments are completed and corrected for a grade.


Homework help is also available through the CPM website. Please use the link on the middle school teacher page for additional homework help. The eTextbook also provides homework help/hints as well!

Helpful Hints: Symbaloo Sites

Period 1 - Enhanced

eriod 1 - Enhanced

eTextbooks


Note: To log in, students will use their google username and password. The access here will include both the CC1 and CC2 program material.

While CPM has many advantages, the online textbooks have some great features such a homework hints that the students will be able to utilize.



Math Class

Tools of the Trade:
  • Pencil
  • Agenda Book
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • Graph paper spiral notebook

CAUTION! Minion Work Zone Ahead:
Each day a Math Message is posted on the board that lists the day's lesson, agenda (essentially the problems to be completed in class), homework, and any assessments. When students enter the room they are to view the Math Message and quickly take out their homework as well as their homework chart. The first 5 minutes of class is homework checking by both the students and the teacher.
Once any questions about homework are answered, we immediately begin that day's lesson.
Students work in their teams to complete the agenda items and move their team minion after each task is completed by the group. If students complete all of the daily tasks, they conference with the teacher and may begin their homework.

A class letter was provided with more information on Math class. It was given to the students during the second week of school.



Period 2

Period 2


eTextbooks

Click Here for eBook Access


Note: To log in, students will use their google username and password. The access here will include the CC1 program material.



While CPM has many advantages, the online textbooks have some great features such a homework hints that the students will be able to utilize.


Math Class

Tools of the Trade:
  • Pencil
  • Agenda Book
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • Graph paper spiral notebook
CAUTION! Minion Work Zone Ahead:
Each day a Math Message is posted on the board that lists the day's lesson, agenda (essentially the problems to be completed in class), homework, and any assessments. When students enter the room they are to view the Math Message and quickly take out their homework as well as their homework chart. The first 5 minutes of class is homework checking by both the students and the teacher.
Once any questions about homework are answered, we immediately begin that day's lesson.
Students work in their teams to complete the agenda items and move their team minion after each task is completed by the group. If students complete all of the daily tasks, they conference with the teacher and may begin their homework.

A class letter was provided with more information on Math class. It was given to the students during the second week of school.

Period 5

Period 5


eTextbook


Note: To log in, students will use their google username and password. The access here will include CC1 program material.

While CPM has many advantages, the online textbooks have some great features such a homework hints that the students will be able to utilize.


Math Class

Tools of the Trade:
  • Pencil
  • Agenda Book
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • Graph paper spiral notebook

CAUTION! Minion Work Zone Ahead:
Each day a Math Message is posted on the board that lists the day's lesson, agenda (essentially the problems to be completed in class), homework, and any assessments. When students enter the room they are to view the Math Message and quickly take out their homework as well as their homework chart. The first 5 minutes of class is homework checking by both the students and the teacher.
Once any questions about homework are answered, we immediately begin that day's lesson.
Students work in their teams to complete the agenda items and move their team minion after each task is completed by the group. If students complete all of the daily tasks, they conference with the teacher and may begin their homework.

A class letter was provided with more information on Math class. It was given to the students during the second week of school.

Period 6

Period 6


eTextbook


Note: To log in, students will use their google username and password. The access here will include program material.

While CPM has many advantages, the online textbooks have some great features such a homework hints that the students will be able to utilize.



Math Class

Tools of the Trade:
  • Pencil
  • Agenda Book
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • Graph paper spiral notebook

CAUTION! Minion Work Zone Ahead:
Each day a Math Message is posted on the board that lists the day's lesson, agenda (essentially the problems to be completed in class), homework, and any assessments. When students enter the room they are to view the Math Message and quickly take out their homework as well as their homework chart. The first 5 minutes of class is homework checking by both the students and the teacher.
Once any questions about homework are answered, we immediately begin that day's lesson.
Students work in their teams to complete the agenda items and move their team minion after each task is completed by the group. If students complete all of the daily tasks, they conference with the teacher and may begin their homework.

A class letter was provided with more information on Math class. It was given to the students during the second week of school.

Period 9 - Enhanced

Period 9 Enhanced

eTextbook

Click Here for eBook Access

Note: To log in, students will use their google username and password. The access here will include both the CC1 and CC2 program material.

While CPM has many advantages, the online textbooks have some great features such a homework hints that the students will be able to utilize.





Math Class

Tools of the Trade:
  • Pencil
  • Agenda Book
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • Graph paper notebook and a folder

CAUTION! Minion Work Zone Ahead:

Each day a Math Message is posted on the board that lists the day's lesson, agenda (essentially the problems to be completed in class), homework, and any assessments. When students enter the room they are to view the Math Message and quickly take out their homework as well as their homework chart. The first 5 minutes of class is homework checking by both the students and the teacher.
Once any questions about homework are answered, we immediately begin that day's lesson.
Students work in their teams to complete the agenda items and move their team minion after each task is completed by the group. If students complete all of the daily tasks, they conference with the teacher and may begin their homework.


A class letter was provided with more information on Math class. It was given to the students during the second week of school.

Preparing for 6th Grade

Preparing for 6th Grade

Below are some topics that are used within the 6th grade curriculum that would be beneficial to review. These skills are taught at the elementary level, and are expanded upon or used in the new topics encountered throughout our standards. The links provided are helpful videos, websites, or practice pages that can be used at your leisure. The CPM parent guide reference under the CPM tab also provides practice and instruction on some of these topics. There is also a list of apps that have been found to be helpful as well. If you have any favorite websites, apps, games, etc. please let me know.

Topics:

Mr. Fowkes - Grade 7 Science

Mr. Grigonis - Technology Education

Mr. Haas - Social Studies

Mrs. Haff - Grade 6 ELA

Tabs

Contact Information

Mrs. Haff - English Language Arts - 6th Grade - Wolfpack

nhaff@upsd.org

215 - 541- 7440

About Mrs. Haff

Educational Background:

University of Delaware : Bachelor's of Science in Human Resources

Wilmington University: Master's Degree Human Resources Management

Immaculata University: Education Certification

Certification: Middle Level 7-9 English/Language Arts
Secondary 9-12 English Literature and Composition
K-12 Family and Consumer Sciences Education

I am a 1984 Graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School. After attending the University of Delaware I spent 13 years working for the State of Delaware at Sussex Technical School District. I returned to the Upper Perkiomen Valley in 1997 where I worked for Muhlenberg School District and Pottsgrove Area School District. In 2004 I returned to Upper Perk as a Family Consumer Sciences teacher at the high school, then moved to the middle school to teach English - Language Arts.

My family resides in the Upper Perkiomen School District. I enjoy spending time on "Walt's Mountain" with my husband Scott, daughter Hannah, my hound Ernie, and doberman Redd.

Google Classroom

Welcome to the Google Classroom website for my 6th Grade (ELA) English/Language Arts Class. This website will be used to post assignment requirements, descriptions, general assignment documents, supplemental videos, articles, and other activities. If you are absent there is a good possibility the documents you need to complete assignments are posted on Mrs. Haff's Google Classroom Page. Additionally, you may access the "Homework Display" through the Wolfpack Team webpage or below.

classroom.google.com



ELA Course Description

Course Description:

English -Language Arts (ELA)is actually a combination of Reading and Language Arts (Writing), delivered in a way in which each skill set supports one another. ELA has moved away from the traditional skill and drill curriculum in teaching grammar to developing writing skills. ELA also incorporates such skills as text dependent analysis from supporting readings. Students will incorporate writing by using Writer's Notebooks,and writing in each mode (narrative, informative, and argumentative). Using writing workshop formats, students will learn to improve writing skills and produce polished pieces in each mode of writing. The new curriculum incorporates several classic and contemporary novels in which students may explore many different skills in literary analysis. ELA will also incorporate many facets of technology including Google Classroom, NoRedink.com, NewsELA, video technology, the Accelerated Reading Program, and several other technology tools.

Our curriculum is also designed to make students better readers. We raise the level of comprehension by teaching our students to read carefully, strategically, and with purpose. Additionally, we hope to create a greater love of reading by helping students find books that fit their reading level and appeal to their interests. Accelerated Reader plays and important role in our curriculum. Students will participate in this independent reading program to further practice literacy skills learned in class and to increase the frequency of their reading.

Mrs. J Hart - Grade 7 Learning Support

Mrs. Hart's page

jhart@upsd.org

215-541-7469

Welcome

About Me

I graduated from Kutztown University in May of 2007 with a dual Major in Elementary Education and Special Education. In May of 2011 I graduated with my Masters Degree in Special Education from St. Joseph's University. I began my teaching at Pottstown Middle School in August of 2007, and taught at the 7th grade level until June of 2012. In August of 2012 I happily accepted a position with the Upper Perkiomen School District. I began my teaching career at Upper Perkiomen as the 8th grade Learning Support Teacher for the 2012-2013 school year and the 2013-2014 school year. Since 2014, I have been the 7th grade Supplemental Learning Support teacher on the Thunderbirds team.



External links will let you leave the Upper Perkiomen School District site. Linked sites are not under the control of the Upper Perkiomen School District. The District is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any linked site, or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. The School District is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the Upper Perkiomen School District.

Google Classroom

Quest Period Google Classroom Link:

https://classroom.google.com/c/MjIxNTkzNjM1M1pa

CPM Online Textbook Login Page

Ms. N. Hart - 8th Grade Learning Support

Contact Information

Phone: 215-541-7450

Email: nhart@upsd.org

About Me

My name is Nickole Hart and I started teaching at Upper Perk in the 2014-2015 school year. I am originally from the Upper Bucks County area. I have worked as an educator in various Bucks and Montgomery County School.

I graduated from Kutztown University in 2009 with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. I also have my Middle-Level certifications in Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. I also graduated Wilkes University with an M.S. in Instructional Technology.

I have also been blessed with a beautiful little boy we named Sean Michael. Sean was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 22 months old. My husband spends his days with Sean, works with him through therapy then goes to work at night. I am on nighttime duty and also work through some of our therapy sessions and strategies. Sean has not only made me a better person, he has also made me a better teacher.

As a family, we love to watch football on Sundays (E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!!). We are also HUGE Disney fanatics. I love to watch Disney movies with Sean and I would live in Cinderella's Castle if I could. Walt Disney World is my happy place :).

I look forward to having a fun and productive year with you all!

Google Classroom

CPM 8

The Middle School has adopted a math program called CPM (College Preparatory Math). CPM focuses on the use of study teams to work collaboratively through guided math problems instead of traditional teacher led instruction. Each student has an important role within the study team to make sure team members stay on task and understand what the team is working on. As a teacher, I get to support teams individually as I circulate around the room throughout the class period. I am looking forward to the extra small group and one-on-one interaction this will give me with the students this year! For the first part of this year the students will be using a modified version of the CPM textbook which allows them to write directly in their textbook.

Resources:

ELA/Read 180

Students in my room are being instructed using a blend of modified 8th grade curriculum and Read 180. Read 180 is an intensive reading intervention program designed to improve the skills and raise the test scores of older students who read below grade level. Within the Read 180 program, students are given the Scholastic Reading Inventory periodically to monitor the progress and growth within the program. The SRI or Scholastic Reading Inventory is a "computer-adaptive" reading comprehension test.

Read 180

Lexia

Mrs. Hazelwood

6th Grade Special Education Teacher

About Me

Contact Information

I love to hear from you to understand how to best serve your child. You can reach me by email at nhazelwood@upsd.org or by phone at (215)541-7424.

Google Classroom


Parent Resources

Student Resources


Ms. Heckard - Grade 7 ELA

Miss Heckard - ELA Grade 7

Contact Information

Miss Ashley Heckard

ELA - Team Thunderbirds - Grade 7 - Room 105

215-541-7445

aheckard@upsd.org

link to website: https://sites.google.com/a/upsd.org/miss-heckard-s-ela-classes/

About Me

My background: I graduated from Bloomsburg University in December of 2007 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree with a specialization in English (7-12). In September 2008, I began my teaching career at Upper Perk Middle School as an 8th grade Critical Reading teacher. In years after, I've switched from 6th grade English, to 7th grade Critical Reading, zoomed back to 8th grade Critical Reading, and now I'm securely back in 7th grade as one of team Thunderbirds' ELA teachers. Furthermore, in the summer of 2012, I received my Master's degree along with a Reading Specialist Certificate from Cabrini College. I have previously coached middle school girls' basketball and high school field hockey here at Upper Perk. Outside of school, I am the proud mommy of a beautiful black Labrador mix named Taza. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, working out, playing with my pup, and travelling. Go Thunderbirds!

Google Classroom

Use the following link to access google classroom: https://classroom.google.com/h


Thunderbirds' Team Website

Use the following link to access Team Thunderbirds' Website:

https://sites.google.com/a/upsd.org/achievers-team---7th-grade/home

Ms. Holman - Band

Mr. Hysick - Grade 8 Science

Contact Info

Ron Hysick

Email: rhysick@upsd.org

School Phone: 215-679-6288 x7448

About Me

Mr. Hysick graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Microbiology in 1982. He earned a Master's degree in science education from Temple University in 1986. He has been teaching science at the Middle School since September, 1086.

Mr. Kalnoski - Grade 7 Social Studies

Mr. Kalnoski's page

Welcome to my website for 7th Grade Social Studies. This website will be used to post course requirements, course descriptions.

Course Outline/Guidelines/Expectations

Course Requirements


The purpose of this course is to allow students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of world history during the medieval and early modern time periods. This year long course will study history through the use of six themes: Geography, Culture, Economics, Government, Belief Systems, and Science and Technology. The course will begin with an introduction of the tools necessary to study history, detailing these themes. Using these themes, the course will then study the history of various places around the world. The standards-based curriculum that has been designed will incorporate many resources, but the majority of the course will revolve around the McDougal Littel's textbook titled, World History: Medievl and Early Modern Times. The course will focus on the following topics:
A. Ancient Egypt
B. Ancient Greece
C. Ancient Rome
D. Medieval Europe
E. European Renaissance
F. The Reformation

Students will have the opportunity to earn any grade that they wish. Grades will be determined based on the district's grading policy. Students will be able to earn grades based on several types of assessments. These assessments will include tests, quizzes, homework, classroom activities, projects, and student participation. Test will be announced in advanced, while quizzes may be given at any point during class.

Realizing that all students excel in different areas, attempts will be made to provide as many variations in assessments as possible. It is hope that all students will find a way to accumulate as many points as they can to achieve success in 7th grade Social Studies.

Throughout the school year, students will receive homework ranging from short reading assignments with comprehension questions to review worksheets. It is expected that homework is completed, correct, and on time. Students who are absent will be given time to make missed class work, but it is the student's responsibility to find out what they missed.

The following lists the classroom expectations:

1. Do not leave the room for any reason without permission.
2. Sign our for the bathroom or any other destination.
3. Closets and desks are restricted areas unless you are directed to them.
4. Always be prepared for class. Have a pencil, notebook, and textbook.
5. Absolutely no gum chewing.
6. Disruptive behavior and language will not be tolerated.
7. Remain seated until you are dismissed.
8. Respect you classmates, your teacher, and yourself.
9. Bullying will not be accepted.
10. Be Polite. Do not class out in class. Always raise your hand and wait patiently until you are called on. Do not interrupt others.
11. Be willing to work with others.

12. Textbooks are to be covered at all times.

Background:

Alvernia College, Reading, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Administrative Certification – Principal K-12

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, Doctoral coursework in Educational Foundations and Policy Studies

Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Masters of Education in Secondary Education – Social Studies

Pennsylvania State University, Middletown, Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Social Science – Public Policy

Valley Forge Military College, Wayne, Pennsylvania, Associate of Arts – Business Administration

EXPERIENCE

Upper Perkiomen School District, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, Social Studies Teacher, 2014-present

Taught – World History

·Head Coach – Boys and Girls Swim Teams, 2013 – present

·Head Coach – Boys and Girls Water Polo Teams , 2014, 2016-present. Assistant Coach, 2015.

Berks Career and Technology Center, Oley, Pennsylvania, Assistant Principal, 2008-2010

·Co-Chair – Safe Schools Committee

·Co-Chair – Bullying Free Implementation Committee

·Supervisor – All Student Organizations

·Liaison between the 16 sending Berks County School Districts and Berks Career and Technology Center

Boyertown Area School District, Boyertown, Pennsylvania, Social Studies Teacher (Grades 10-12), 1997-2008

·Chair – District Task Force on Discipline

·Mentor Trainer

·Member – Curriculum Council

·Member – Diversity Steering Committee

·Taught – AP, Honors, Academic, and General Economics, American Government, and Pennsylvania History

Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Tutor Coordinator, 1990-1991

MILITARY SERVICE

United States Army Reserves, Captain, Material Maintenance Management Officer, 1989-2002

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE

Upper Perkiomen School District, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, 2013-2014

·Long-term Substitute Teacher – 7th grade World History

Governor Mifflin School District, Shillington, Pennsylvania, 2011 to 2013

·Job Coach (9th-12th grade Life Skills Students), Personal Care Assistant (9th grade student), One-on-One Instructional/Emotional Support (5th grade Autistic Student)

Lebanon School District, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Long-term Substitute Teacher – 9th grade US History, 2011

Exeter Township School District, Exeter, Pennsylvania, Alternative Education Program Instructor, 1996-1997

Substitute Teacher, Pennsylvania, 1996-1997, 2010-2014

Boyertown Area Swim Teams, Boyertown, Pennsylvania, Assistant Swim Coach, 1997-2014

Shillington Streaks Summer Swim Team, Shillington, Pennsylvania, Head Swim Coach, 2011 and 2012

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Legislative Assistant, 1989

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Boy Scouts of America, Boyertown Troop 533, Committee Chairman

Boyertown Masonic Lodge, Past Master

Tall Cedars of Lebanon Spring City Forest #34

Scottish Rite Valley of Reading

American Legion Post 831

Past Member Valley Forge Military Academy and College Alumni Association Board of Directors


Contact Information: Room: 109 | Phone: 215-679-6288 x: 7467 | Email: bkalnoski@upsd.org



Mrs. Keiser - Grade 8 Learning Support

Tabs

Golden Eagles

Golden Eagles

Ms. Keiser - 8th grade learning support

Background Information

Educational Background:
I graduated from Temple University in May of 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. In December of 2003, I graduated from Arcadia University with a master's degree in Special Education. I am certified in Special Education, English, Math, and Science. My previous teaching experience has ranged from helping students with special needs from birth through adulthood. Some of my previous places of employment include: Carson Valley School, LifePath, and East Penn School District. In August 2009, I began my teaching career at Upper Perkiomen High School as learning support teacher. In August 2015, I began teaching at the middle school on the Golden Eagles team.

Contact Information

email: jkeiser@upsd.org

phone: 215-541-7462

Classroom: 121

Mr. Kooker - Grade 8 Science

Mrs. Lerch - Orchestra

Ms. Levan

Mr. Lewis - Grade 8 ELA

ABOUT ME:
I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor's degree in secondary English. I received my master's degree from Wilkes University. I also coach the Upper Perkiomen girls junior varsity soccer team.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Mr. Casey John Lewis
8th Grade Language Arts
clewis@upsd.org
215-541-7451

COURSE MATERIALS:
I utilize Schoology for nearly all content provided. Please email me if you are interested in access.

I utilize Skyward for all student grades.

Mrs. Lonergan

Contact Information

Mrs. Janice Lonergan

6th-8th grade Life Skills Teacher

(215)541-7442

Email: jlonergan@upsd.org

Ms. Macioge - Heath Education

Contact Info

Deb Macioge

dmacioge@upsd.org

215-541-7454


Google Classroom

About Me

I graduated from East Stroudsburg University in May of 1994 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. While at ESU, I was a member of both the field hockey and lacrosse teams. In September 2001, I began my teaching career at Upper Perkiomen Middle School teaching 8th grade health and grades 5th ,6th, & 7th grade physical education. Prior to teaching at UPMS, I taught health and physical education at a middle school in North Carolina. In 2006, I received my master's degree in Education from Wilkes University. Over the years, I have coached many different sports including track & field, gymnastics, cheerleading, softball, basketball and water polo. I have been the U.P.M.S. girl's field hockey assistant coach since 2007 and I am currently the head coach of the U.P.M.S. girl's lacrosse team.

Expectations

Grading: A point system will be used in this course and may be earned in the form of quizzes, homework, worksheets, writing prompts, and projects.

Materials: all students will be assigned health folder which contains all the information that will be used in class. Students will be required to return the folders in good condition at the end of the course. Students should not write on, tear out, or deface the folders. Folders are kept in the classroom but may be taken home if the teacher is notified.

Expectations:
  • Students are expected to bring several sheets of lined paper (to be placed into their health folder) and a writing utensil (pencil, blue or black pen) to class every day.
  • Students are expected to hand in all assignments on time. Some assignments might require collaboration at home.
  • Students are expected to make up all missed work due to an absence from class in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Students are expected to follow school policy as stated in the UPMS handbook.
  • Students are expected to strive to achieve the UPMS building values, TRIBE PRIDE:
    • TOLERANCE
    • RESPONSIBILITY
    • INTEGRITY
    • BRAVERY
    • EXCELLENCE

Course Description

This course covers important topics related to adolescents such as nutrition, growth & development, safety, body systems, and substances. The focus of the health curriculum is to provide information which will allow students to make good decisions when dealing with real life situations. Throughout the class, students will gain knowledge in various mental, physical, and social health topics preparing them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

6th Grade Curriculum

6th GRADE CURRICULUM

DECISION MAKING: 5 STEPS TO DECISION MAKING

BODY SYSTEMS: SKIN, MUSCLES, URINARY, & ENDOCRINE

SAFETY: AT HOME, IN THE COMMUNITY, ON THE INTERNET, ON THE PHONE, & IN SCHOOL

SUBSTANCES: MEDICINE & ILLEGAL DRUGS

NUTRITION: FOOD LABELS, FOOD GROUPS, & www.choosemyplate.gov

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: PUBERTY, MALE & FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEMS (Presented through the Physical Education teachers in same gender groups)

7th Grade Curriculum

7th GRADE CURRICULUM

BODY SYSTEMS: CIRCULATORY, RESPIRATORY, & DIGESTIVE

SAFETY: FIRST AID, CONCUSSIONS, SPRAINS & STRAINS, FRACTURES, & CHOKING

SUBSTANCES: TOBACCO & MARIJUANA

NUTRITION: BODY IMAGE & EATING DISORDERS

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: ABSTINENCE & SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

8th Grade Curriculum

8th GRADE CURRICULUM

BODY SYSTEMS: NERVOUS, SKELETAL, & MUSCULAR

SAFETY: TRANSPORTATION, AT HOME, & IN PUBLIC PLACES

SUBSTANCES: ALCOHOL

NUTRITION: SERVING SIZE, HEALTHY CHOICES, MENU PLANNING, www.choosemyplate.gov

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: BODY LANGUAGE, ACTIVE LISTENING, PEER PRESSURE, & CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Mrs. Maldonado - General Music and Chorus

Tabs

Contact Info

amaldonado@upsd.org

215-541-7447

Google Classroom link: https://classroom.google.com/

Educational Background

Educational Background:

Degrees:
B.S. in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College
B.A. in Music Performance (Clarinet) from Lebanon Valley College
M.M. in Music Education (emphasis in Conducting) from Kansas State University


Teaching Experience:
Approximately 15 years teaching MS General Music, Chorus, HS Band (Concert, Marching, and Jazz), HS General Music (Musical Theater, History of Popular Music, and Music and Film).

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus is a full year class and is open to all students who have an interest in singing. The UPMS Chorus performs two concerts each year. Memberswill participate in both our Winter and Spring concerts (required). There will also be performance opportunities outside of school (optional) in a variety of PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) festivals and community events.


Most students join Chorus because they believe it will be, in some form, like America’s Got Talent or American Idol. While there will be opportunities for students to showcase their rendition of a Lady Gaga piece, these opportunities will be less than 5% of the time they spend in Chorus. The other 95% will be a team effort. Included below is what students should expect to do and learn in Chorus.

Students will:

  • Sing and expand their repertoire of music
  • Sing in large and small group settings
  • Further develop their knowledge of proper vocal techniques
  • Express themselves through music and choreography
  • Listen to, analyze, and write about music and music performances

(Based on State Music Standards)



Concert Dates:

December 12th, 2017

May 2nd, 2018

Chorus Sectional Schedule for October 2017:

Weds. 10/25 – 6th grade GROUP A

Weds. 11/1 - All 6th grade students in Auditorium

Weds. 11/8 - All students who missed their Oct. Sectional AND students in all 3 Music Ensembles (Band, Orch, Chorus)

Weds. 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 - ALL Chorus Members - in Auditorium

6th Grade Music

6th Grade Music

Curriculum

Sixth Grade Music focuses on the question “What is music?”. As we explore this question, we will focus on the different elements of music – rhythm, melody, harmony, lyrics, etc. We will continue to build our listening skills as well as our vocal skills by singing songs and playing instruments. By the end of this class, our goal is for every student to understand these elements, be able to identify them, and write intelligently about them.

7th Grade Music

7th Grade Music

Curriculum

Seventh Grade Music focuses on American Music. This year we will continue to build our vocal skills, play instruments, and focus upon Blues, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Guitar (if time permits). By the end of this class, our goal is for every student to understand these types of music, where they come from and how/why they have affected our society.

8th Grade Music

8th Grade Music

Curriculum

Eighth Grade Music focuses on Music History in the Twentieth Century to the present. This year we will learn about the various genres of Twentieth Century music, their artists and how they have impacted music. We will also use two of the most popular instruments from this time period – percussion and guitar (if time permits).

General Music Procedures and Guidelines

General Music Classroom Procedures and Guidelines

Grading

Students will receive a grade trimesterly.

As much of this class is based upon classroom participation, every period you have an opportunity to earn 10 points. These points are based on class participation, preparedness to class, and positive classroom contribution. The remainder of the points in this class will be made up of classwork, homework, quizzes, tests, and performance experiences.

The report card grade will be divided into:

50% Summative (Tests, quizzes, final activities, etc.)

50% Formative (Learning activities before the summative experience, daily points, etc.)

Extra credit is available and up to 2% of the marking period total points may be earned at any time during trimester. Points will be entered into Skyward at the end of the trimester. Only 1 extra credit assignment will be accepted per trimester. This will be counted towards the Formative portion of the trimester grade. The following may be counted as extra credit:

1.Attending a cultural event (concert, dance recital, museum, etc…). The student brings in a playbill, or program, or some other proof of attendance. They must also complete a five minute conference with the teacher.

2.Music in the News – The student may bring in an article from a news paper or magazine which features music. The student must complete a five minute conference with teacher.

Student requirements

-Students will be required to participate in every class. We will be exploring many types of music and students are expected to be respectful and open to these new experiences.

-Promptness – students are expected to be seated and prepared to begin music class on time. Instructions will be written on the board. Lateness will result in the loss of participation points.

-Music Materials – (Pencil) – Students must bring their pencil to every music class.

-Group work – At times, students will be expected to work in group activities. We expect students to be respectful of each other, take turns, and be fair to one another.

-Always come to music class prepared to make music.

Mrs. McGovern - Grade 7 ELA

Mrs. McGovern's page

Contact Information

pmcgovern@upsd.org

215-541-7455

Educational Background:
I graduated from Millersville University in December of 1979 with a Bachelor's of Education in Secondary Education/English with a minor in Communications. In May 1986, I received my Master's of Education degree from Kutztown University. In August of 1996, I began my teaching career in the Quakertown School District at Milford Middle School in 1981. My time in UPSD began at Upper Perkiomen High School teaching 9th grade English. I taught English in 9th, 11th, and 12th grades for three years before moving on to the middle school where I have made my permanent home in 7th grade.

Mr. McNally - Grade 6 Science

Mr. McNally's page-Technology makes our lives easier.

Mrs. Miller - Grade 6 ELA

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Contact Information

Mrs. Miller - English Language Arts - 6th Grade - Hawks Team

hmiller@upsd.org

215-541-7459

About Me

Background information:

I grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Parkland School District in 2003. After high school, I attended Penn State University and earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Afterward, I obtained my Master's Degree from Kutztown University with a Reading Specialist certification.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Eric, and our two children, Jaxson and Nia. I can also be found reading a good book in my free time.

Google Classroom

Welcome to the Google Classroom website for my 6th grade English Language Arts class. This website will be used to post assignment requirements, descriptions, general assignment documents, articles, and other activities. If you are absent, the documents you need to complete assignments are posted on this site. Additionally you can may access the "Homework Display" through the Hawks Team webpage.

classroom.google.com

Mrs. Moll - Gifted Education (PEG)

Mrs. Moll's page

bmoll@upsd.org

215-541-7458


Welcome

About Me

I graduated from Kutztown College with a Bachelor's of Elementary Education degree. I also attended Lehigh University, Wilkes University, and Kuztown University to further my education and earn middle level language arts certification. I started my teaching career in the Owen J. Roberts School District in 1982 and came to Upper Perkiomen School District in 1983. Over the years here at Upper Perkiomen I have taught Technology, 5th Grade, and 7th Grade Reading. Currently I am teaching the Gifted Program.

I have enjoyed advising many clubs and extra-curricular activities throughout the years including Cheerleading, MS Majorettes, Relay For Life, and HS Band Front.

PEG Overview

PEG Overview

UPMS Gifted Program

The UPMS gifted program provides students with: a specific block of time when students are together to relate to others at a comparable level; opportunities to delve into questions, subjects, and issues; and a flexible environment to accommodate ability levels and affective needs. The basis of the gifted program is built upon a foundation for intellectual questioning that promotes thinking skills, knowledge base, decision-making, thoughtful listening and discussion, as well as group dynamics and leadership.

The gifted program is designed around a fundamental structure for academic challenge and enrichment in all content areas. It provides students with the opportunities to understand the attributes of and concepts associated with the:

1. Researcher

2. Scientist

3. Mathematician

4. Social scientist

5. Reader

6. Writer

7. Oral communicator

8. Inventor

9. Artist

10. Scholar

The enhancement of the following essential skills and abilities are woven throughout the UPMS gifted program.

1. Leadership

2. Problem-solving

3. Critical thinking

4. Self-reflection

5. Technology

6. Creative thinking

7. Decision-making

8. Research and independent study

9. Organization/management

10. Individual/group communications

Google Pages

Mr. Moyer - Grade 6 Social Studies

My background:

I grew up in Pennsburg and graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School in 1994. I received my degree in Elementary Education from York College in 1998 and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Strategies from Wilkes University.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Stacey, and our three children, Evan, Taylor, Mady, and our puppy Sophie. Our family enjoys a variety of sports including cheer, dance, basketball, and baseball.

Contact information:

Room: 208

Phone: 215.541.7460

Email: rmoyer@upsd.org

www.classroom.google.com


Mrs. Muthard - Grade 6 Learning Support

Welcome 6th grade

Contact Information

Contact me by email at

tmuthard@upsd.org

or by phone at

215-541-7461

About Me

Hello, my name is Tara Muthard, and I am a 6th grade learning support teacher on the Wolfpack team. I have been a learning support teacher at UPMS since 2006. Throughout the school day, I am co-teaching in ELA and math classrooms.


I grew up in Macungie, PA and graduated from Emmaus High School in 1992. I graduated with a dual Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from DeSales University in 2005. I obtained 2 Master's Degrees in Classroom Technology and Curriculum and Instruction from Wilkes University. I am also certified to teach middle school level Math and English Language Arts.

My husband Matt and I have been married for 21 years, and we have 3 beautiful sons: Creyn (16), Cadeyn (15) and Maseyn (8). When I am not in a classroom, you will find me on a soccer field cheering for my 3 sons who play for Western Lehigh United Soccer Club. I also enjoy reading and taking day trips with my family to Manhattan or to the beach!


I look forward to working with every one of my students and collaborating with their parents this school year. Here is to an AWESOME year at UPMS!!!


Take Pride in Our Pack!!!

Google Classrooms

Homework Link

Mrs. McPherson - Grade 8 Math

Contact Info

amcpherson@upsd.org

215-541-7472

About Me

Welcome to 8th Grade Mathematics!

I am excited to begin using our new math curriculum, College Preparatory Math (CPM)! This will be used for both the Core and Advanced Classes. CPM focuses on the use of study teams to work collaboratively through guided math problems instead of traditional teacher led instruction. Each student has an important role within the study team to make sure team members stay on task and understand what the team is working on. As a teacher, I get to support teams individually as I circulate around the room throughout the class period. I am looking forward to the extra small group and one-on-one interaction this will give me with students this year!


Core Connections 3: This course addresses all of the eighth grade PA State Standards through a blend of direct instruction, discovery learning and cooperative learning. Students in Math 8 will take Algebra I in 9th grade. Topics covered in Math 8 include:

·Rational and Irrational Numbers
·Expressions and Equations
·Functions
·Writing and Graphing Linear Equations
·Systems of Equations
·Exponent Rules and Scientific Notation
·Transformations
·Pythagorean Theorem
·Volume of Spheres, Cylinders and Cones
·Scatter Plots & Two Way Tables

Algebra Connections: This course addresses all of the PA Keystone Algebra I State Standards through a blend of direct instruction, discovery learning and cooperative learning. Students in this course must master all of the eighth grade PA State Standards prior to taking this course. Students are expected to be more independent learners who have the ability to master concepts with minimal practice and repetition. Students taking this course will take Geometry in 9th grade. Topics covered in Algebra I include:

·Functions
·Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
·Writing and Graphing Equations in Multiple Forms
·Systems of Equations
·Exponent Rules
·Polynomials
·Radicals
·Rational Expressions
·Data Analysis


Classroom Info

Materials
  • pencil
  • graph paper notebook
  • binder or folder
  • TI 30XIIS Calculator
Homework
  • Homework will be assigned nightly.
  • Assignments should be recorded on the student's homework chart.
  • Assignments are worth 5 points each and partial credit will be given.
  • Homework will not be accepted late.
  • Homework charts will be collected on Fridays
  • Points will be posted in Skyward as a total for the week.
Assessments
  • A quiz will be given part way through the chapter.
  • Tests and Team Challenges will be given at the conclusion of the chapter.
Formative- 20% of total grade
  • Homework Chart
  • Classwork assignments
  • Individual Quizzes
Summative- 80% of total grade
  • Individual Tests
  • Team Challenges

Google Classroom

CPM Website

Online Textbook Link: https://sso.cpm.org/

Parent Support Link: http://cpm.org/parent-support/


Mrs. Olson-Berryman - Art

Contact

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Mrs. Olson-Berryman MFA
Upper Perkiomen Middle School Art Teacher Grade 6,7 and 8
Art Room 114
Phone # (215)754-7465

About Me

  • 1993 until present art educator at Upper perkiomen Middle School
  • 1992 earned my MFA from The University of Florida
  • 1988 earned my BFA from West Virginia University
  • working artist since 1990

Mr. Pierce - Grade 7 Social Studies

Mr. Pierce - 7th Grade Social Studies

About Me

My Background:

Having grown up in Green Lane, I am a 1995 graduate of the Upper Perkiomen High School. While in at Upper Perk, I participated in baseball, basketball, and performed in the A Choir. I completed my college education at Ursinus College in 2000 with a B.A. in History and a secondary Social Studies teaching certificate. I began my teaching career in the fall of 2000 as an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School. Since 2000, I have remained teaching at UPMS and have taught Social Studies at the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels. During my time at Upper Perk, I have received my Master's Degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University. I have also coached baseball and golf for the district.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Lori, and our three children, Braden, Cole, and Maya. We spend many days and evenings at different sporting events for our children in the community. When time allows I like to spend time trout fishing. Lastly, I am a huge fan of the Phillies, Eagles, and the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Contact Information

Mr. Dave Pierce

Grade 7 Social Studies, Room 103

215-541-7466

dpiercejr@upsd.org

http://https://sites.google.com/a/upsd.org/mr-pierce---grade-7-social-studies/

Thunderbirds' Team Website

To access the Thunderbird's website, please click the link below.

http://https://sites.google.com/a/upsd.org/achievers-team---7th-grade/

Google Classroom Link

Mrs. Rambo - Grade 6 ELA

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General Information

Welcome to the website for my 6th grade English Language Arts Class. This website will be used to post course requirements, descriptions, assignment documents, homework, and other activities. If you are absent, check here AND Google Classroom to see what you missed; there is a good possibility the documents you need to complete assignments are posted on these page for the current unit!

Homework/Google Classroom

Homework will be posted in this link, as well as on the homework board in class. Please check this daily!


Course Description

English-Language Arts (ELA) is actually a combination of Reading and Language Arts, delivered in a way in which skill sets supports one another. ELA has moved away from the traditional skill and drill curriculum in teaching grammar to developing writing skills. ELA also incorporates such skills as text dependent analysis from supporting readings. Students will incorporate writing by using Writer's Notebooks, and writing in each mode (narrative, informative, and argumentative). Using the writing workshop format, students will learn to improve writing skills and produce polished pieces in each mode of writing. The new curriculum incorporates several classic and contemporary novels in which students may explore many different skills in literary analysis. ELA will also incorporate many facets of technology including Google Classroom, NoRedInk.com, Padlet, NearPod, the Accelerated Reading Program, and several other technology tools.

Our curriculum is also designed to make students better readers. We raise the level of comprehension by teaching our students to read carefully, strategically, and with a purpose. We also hope to create a greater love of reading by helping students find books that fit their reading level and appeal to their interests.

Accelerated Reader plays a major role in our curriculum. Students will participate in this independent reading program to further practice skills learned in class and to increase the frequency of their reading.

Lastly, we have begun to use MAPS diagnostic testing to help shape our curriculum. These tests allow the ELA department to students' strength and areas of growth, allowing data to drive what is happening in the classroom.

Expectations and Policies

Grading Policy:

Assignments are broken up into two categories: Summative (quizzes, tests, projects, final writing pieces) & Formative (classwork, homework, participation)

Grade 6 (Core Courses) Achievement Assessments (Summative) – 60% Learning Activities/Practice (Formative) – 40%


Missed Work Due to Absence

Students with planned extended absences must collect work prior to leaving and return with work completed. If work for planned extended absences is not submitted upon student’s return to school, it becomes late work.

Students who miss school because of an absence will receive the opportunity to make up missed work. It is the student’s responsibility to collect and complete assignments missed due to absences. A student shall be given no more than three school days to turn in assignments that he or she missed while being absent unless there are extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances will be determined by the teacher. Students who miss an achievement assessment due to an absence must complete the assessment within three days of the student’s return to school unless the information on the assessment had been known to the student prior to his or her absence. If the information on the assessment was known to the student, then he or she must take the assessment the day that he or she returns to school.


Homework

Homework may be graded by the teacher either based on effort and completion of the assignment or based on accuracy and completion of the assignment. Homework that is a “Learning Activity” will be graded based on effort and completion of the assignment.


Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is the act of copying someone else’s work and passing it off as one’s own, or the work or ideas of another taken and passed off as one’s own. This includes any work copied or dictated by others. Copying electronically generated information without proper citation will also be considered plagiarism. Cheating is using any other method but your own ability and materials to complete an assignment/assessment. Please refer to the online student handbook for disciplinary actions regarding academic integrity.


Laptop Use

It is imperative in a 1:1 classroom with daily laptop use that students have integrity while using technology. Students need to be completing the given assignment and that assignment only. Students should NOT have multiple windows open, multi-task, check social media/email. etc during class time. The laptop is an educational tool, and should be used as such. All district rules regarding technology use will be enforced.

Laptop Rules

1. Work on the task at hand only. NO checking e-mail, social media, ESPN, etc. The only windows open on your laptop should be English class related.

2. The general rule is no music in class. If a lesson requires listening to music, the teacher will let you know.

3. All sites visited need to be school appropriate.

4. No chatting/Skyping/IMing/etc. online with peers unless the lesson calls for it.

5. Teacher will ask you at times to half close or fully close your laptops. Please do so immediately so we don’t waste time.

Cell Phones

To foster the focus needed for academic achievement, there is a zero tolerance policy in our classroom regarding cell phones. Students should put them away BEFORE entering the classroom. If a student’s cell phone is out during class, even if they are not using it, the Upper Perkiomen Middle School rules regarding cell phones will be strictly enforced.

About Me/Contact

Kathleen Rambo

6th Grade Hawks ELA Teacher

krambo@upsd.org

215-679-6288


Mrs. Rogers - Reading Intervention

Mr. Smoger - Grade 6 Science/Math

Introduction

Welcome to Mr. Smoger's classroom. Mr. Smoger teaches 6th grade math and science at Upper Perkiomen Middle School on both the Hawks and Wolfpack teams.

Many of my assignments will be sent out and collected via my Google Classroom pages. There you will find assignment and test dates, as well as extra copies of worksheets and homework. Please click the appropriate link below for your classroom page.

Classroom Expectations

6th grade is an exciting year for students. It's the first year that students change classes and have more freedom in their daily activities and learning. In order to help the year go smoothly for everyone, there are some classroom expectations that should be followed.

  1. Timeliness - It is important to be on time to class to insure that you don't miss any of the lessons or activities.
  2. Appropriate Computer Usage - We are lucky that every student has a Chromebook for school this year. Please remember that the computers are for school use and should be used appropriately.
  3. Homework - Homework will be assigned on an as-needed basis. Homework is meant to help you practice and learn. If you play sports, you know how important it is to practice in order to get better - the same applies to your brain.
  4. Respect - We are all people. We all deserve respect and should respect each other. We all lead our own lives and each one is as unique and valuable as those around us.
  5. Asking questions - There is no such thing as a stupid question. If you need more explanation on an idea or lesson, ask! Your job is to be a student, and we want you to do the best job that you can do.

Math

Math is the universal language of the stars. No matter who you meet or where you go, numbers always work the same. It is important to make sure that students have a conceptual understanding of mathematics in order to help them with their successes as they grow. This year, we will focus on problem solving and critical thinking in order to prepare our children for the future.

The topics we will cover:

  • Area/Perimeter/Volume
  • Graphs/Plots
  • Greatest Common Factor
  • Distributive Property
  • Fractions/Decimals/Percents
  • Ratio/Rate
  • Integers
  • Variables
  • Rate

Science

Science is an important and essential part of our every day lives. From the synapses firing in our brains to the electricity flowing through our smartphones, science is an integral aspect of everything we do and everything we experience. This year, we will spend time learning how to look at the world through a scientific lens and how experimentation and observation can lead to new and exciting discoveries.

Our topics will include:

  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Measurement
  • Matter and Energy
  • Physical Sciences

Every trimester, each student will be tasked with researching and giving a presentation on a scientific current event going on in the world. Each student will be given a date to present, and will have to look for an article starting 10 days before their presentation date.

  1. Current Events Rubric
  2. Current Events Reporting Sheet
  3. Current Events Presentation
  4. List of News Sites

Current Events Dates (see schedule here)

  • 9/22/2017
  • 10/6/2017
  • 10/13/2017
  • 10/27/2017
  • 11/3/2017
  • 11/10/2017
  • 11/17/2017

Resources

  • Google - When you have a question, Google has the answer.
  • Wikipedia - Wikipedia is a great resource to begin researching a topic. Just don't use it as your only source!
  • UPSD Website - For all your school district needs.
  • Math Papa - A great resource to help you solve and see the work behind difficult math problems.
  • Khan Academy - An amazing collection of videos explaining various math concepts.
  • NASA - If you've ever want to go to space, here's a great place to start!
  • Interactive Periodic Table - Ever wondered about the properties of an element? Wonder no more!
  • The Mathematics of Electronic Music - You all know that Mr. Smoger loves writing music, here is some of the math behind the process!
  • CPM - Login to CPM for your math textbook.
  • Math is Fun - A great resource for easy to understand explanations of math concepts.

Contact

You can contact me via email or telephone. I will do my best to check email up until 5pm on weekdays, and you can feel free to call me before school begins.

Calendars

Hawks Math

Hawks Science

Wolfpack Math

Wolfpack Science

Mrs. Smolinsky - Grade 7 ELA

Mrs. Smolinsky's 7th Grade ELA

Daily Agendas~ Absent? Forgot what we did in class today?

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Click here to take an AR quiz.

Note: You will not be able to access quizzes from home.

Information about Accelerated Reader:

Each marking period, students must earn a specified number of Accelerated Reader points. This can be achieved by independently reading novels and then taking the Accelerated Reader quizzes on those particular novels.

The information below will help students and parents monitor the number of Accelerated Reader points earned:

Your child uses a software program called Renaissance Place at school. This program has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which you and/or your child can access outside of school from any computer with an Internet connection. Renaissance Home Connect is fun and easy to use. It allows the teacher, you and your child to share information about his/her progress in Accelerated Reader.


Dear Parent or Guardian:

You can view Renaissance Home Connect from any computer with an Internet connection using these browsers:

• Internet Explorer® 7.x-9.x

• Firefox® 4.x or later

• Safari™ 3.x-5.1

User Name: first letter of first name and first four letters of last name

Password: lunch pin

Ex. Dylan Dinnall would enter

User Name: ddinn

Password: 123456

To log in to Renaissance Home Connect

Website: https://Hosted205.renlearn.com/26553/HomeConnect

If you'd like to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add homeconnectautodelivery@renlearnrp.com to your address book.

If you have questions about Renaissance Home Connect, please call your student's school.

Thank you.

Please open the PDF below for information on alternate AR assignments. You will be permitted to complete an alternate assignment only if you did not pass the AR quiz for a particular book.

Monthly Reading Log

Reader's Notebook Prompts

Creative Writing Prompts

Grammar Through Mentor Text

Course Requirements and Description

Course Requirements Letter

Course Description

Language Arts Course Description


In 7th grade English Language Arts, the goal is to improve reading and writing skills by working with Pennsylvania Common Core standards and with six specific reading strategies. Those strategies include predicting; clarifying confusion; evaluating; and connecting the text to self, to another text, and to the world. This year’s curricular units include:
  • An Introduction to Language Arts: Who Am I?
  • Thinking about Thinking: Metacognitive Reading Strategies
  • Storytelling through Greek Mythology
  • Novel: The Lightning Thief
  • Sticking Together: Stories of Friendship
  • Novel: The Outsiders
  • The Civil Rights Movement: A Historical Literary Perspective
  • Screenplay: Driving Miss Daisy
  • When Disaster Strikes
  • Novel: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster
Within each unit, there are writing assignments which represent the five levels of Collins writing. Students will write in different forms, from short stories to persuasive essays. Pre-writing strategies will be explored by the students, and revising and editing practices will be employed. In addition, students will be participating in a variety of technology activities related to each unit.

The Accelerated Reader and Star Reader are used in 7th grade ELA to help identify students who require extra help and those who need to be challenged at a higher level. These programs, along with the inclusion of the Reading Specialist, afford the teachers the opportunity to determine those who would benefit most from academic
intervention.


Meet Mrs. Smolinsky

I am one of the Team Bison ELA teachers. I earned my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and in French from Bloomsburg University, and I have my 7-12 English/Language Arts certification as well. My master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction was obtained from Gratz College. I have been teaching for over 15 years. In addition to being an educator, I am a mom of two amazing sons. We also have two pretty fantastic dogs. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, and spending time with my family.



If you need to contact me, you may call me at 215.541.7463 or email me at bsmolinsky@upsd.org

Contact Mrs. Smolinsky

Telephone: 215.541.7463

Email: bsmolinsky@upsd.org

Team Bison

Google Classroom

www.classroom.google.com

Mrs. Sparacino - Grade 7 Science

Mrs. Stephenson - Autistic Support

Mrs. Storti - Emotional Support Teacher

About Me


Contact Information

2155417436

mstorti@upsd.org

Ms. Stotsenburg - MS Physical Education

Contact Information

Contact Information

Ms Stots

6th-8th Grade PE

215-541-7473

cstotsenburg@upsd.org

About Me

About Me

Educational Background:
I received my bachelor degree in Health/PE from East Stroudsburg University. I also received my masters degree from East Stroudsburg in Movement Studies.


I was a 3-sport athlete in high school and played volleyball in college. I enjoy golfing very much and actually had the privilege of hitting a hole in one. I have my personal training certification and enjoy working out. I participate in a Fit Body Boot camp. I have a dog named Brody which keeps me very busy. One little thing about myself I love sneakers!!

Mrs. Taylor- Speech and Language

215.541.7446

ataylor@upsd.org

Mr. Verna - Communication Technology

Contact Information

Luke Verna 215.541.7475 lverna@upsd.org

Google Classroom Link

Symbaloo Page

About Me

I am the youngest of seven children. I got married in 1998. My wife’s name is Tina. We have two kids, Brandon and Mia.

I have been teaching at the Middle School for over 20 years.

I grew up in Pennsburg and went to elementary school at St. Philip Neri. In fifth grade I started at the Middle School.

I graduated from Upper Perkiomen High School in 1990. From third grade to twelfth grade I played soccer and basketball through school and through Valley Soccer Club.

I graduated college in 1994 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania to learn how to teach. I earned my Master’s degree in 2001 from Kutztown University.

I’ve spent over 20 years coaching basketball and soccer at the elementary, Middle School and High School levels. I retired from Middle School and High School coaching and now I coach my son. Coaching sports is a hobby for me.

Also, I like to spend time on the internet and with computers in general. The internet helps me keep in close contact with family and friends all over the country. Also, I help make the middle school web page. I really enjoy using different websites and apps.

I like to read informational books, websites, and magazines. I am a fan of all the Philadelphia area sports teams.

I have 2 cats and a dog. One cat is named Malaki and the other is named Tyrone. Our dog is named Dotty.

Mr. Voth - 8th Grade, Social Studies

Mr. Voth's home page

Contact: svoth@upsd.org or 215-541-7431

I have been teaching in the Upper Perkiomen School District for over 20 years at both the High School and the Middle School.

Google Classroom link:

https://classroom.google.com/h

Mrs. Wambold - Grade 8 ELA

Hello! Welcome!

Feel free to contact me either by phone or email:

lwambold@upsd.org 215-541-7441

After graduating Cairn University, I began my teaching career on the high school level teaching before moving onto the middle level teaching 8th grade ELA. I'm married with three children and find myself busy with teaching and driving my kids around. I love teaching and am thrilled to be teaching your child.

https://edu.google.com/k-12-solutions/classroom/?m...



Mrs. Wietecha

Mrs. Wietecha

UPMS Librarian

Reading Olympics Coach

UPMS Drama

Contact Information

The best way to reach me is through email, MWietecha@upsd.org

Phone - 215-541-7476, please note the phone goes directly to voice mail during the school day.

About Mrs. Wietecha

Mrs. Wietecha attended Hofstra University, where she majored in Psychology and Elementary Education. She then attended Beaver College, now Arcadia University where she earned her Elementary Education K-6 and School Librarian K-12 Certfications. She has been the UPMS Librarian since 2002, prior to that she worked as an elementary school librarian and in a first grade learning support room in other school districts.

The MCIU Reading Olympics program was brought to Upper Perkiomen School District by Mrs. Wietecha and she has since helped to get Reading Olympics teams in the high school and elementary schools.

Since starting at UPMS Mrs. Wietecha has been involved in either the high school or middle school dramas and/or musicals almost every year. As a graduate of the Performing Arts School of Philadelphia Mrs. Wietecha has a background in theater and musical theater and likes to share this with the students.


Google Classrooms

Reading Olympics

Mrs. Wietecha coaches the UPMS Reading Olympics team.

All books are available in the UPMS Library.

For more information see the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit page at http://readingolympics.mciu.org/

Mrs. Zimpfer - Grade 6 Social Studies

Contact Mrs. Zimpfer

Telephone: 215-541-7477

Email: dzimpfer@upsd.org

About Mrs. Zimpfer

Hello! I am a graduate of Arcadia University and Kutztown University. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in both Psychology and Special Education. I earned my Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I have been a teacher here at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School for over 20 years!

Classroom Resources and Google Classroom

Mrs. Schlatterer - Guidance Counselor


School Counselor
Students last name L-Z
tschlatterer@upsd.org

(215) 541-7480

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Developing Strong Study Habits

Developing Good Study Habits


The following 7 tips are the most important in developing good study habits and to get on the "right track" for obtaining better grades in any class.

1. Determine what your specific goal is for the class and what you need to do to accomplish your goal.

2. Plan how much time you will need to accomplish your goal. Some classes may need more of your attention in order to accomplish your goal. " If you fail to plan, you will plan to fail.

3. Study everyday. Take home notes to review the notes from class. If the teacher felt that it was important to share with you during class, then the information is important.

4. Take good classroom notes. If the teacher has the notes on the board, on a handout, on shown on an overhead, then these notes are very important.

5. Write down assignments in your school issued handbook. Check your handbook every afternoon before you leave to go home. Write down long- term assignments in the monthly portion of your handbook and break the assignment into smaller assignments to make sure that every part of the larger assignment has a completion date listed.

6. Even if you complete your homework in school, take it home in the evening just to make sure that all the details are completed.

7. After you finish your homework and studying for the evening, place all your work in your backpack. Do this after you have completed all work and place your backpack in a spot that you can pick it up and go the next morning without any hassles.

Test taking Strategies

1. When taking a multiple choice test, read the questions carefully. Words to pay close attention to would be, never, not, except, and unless. These words change the meaning a question.

2. Read the question first and before looking at the possible answers, think of the correct answer first.

3. Read all the choices before making your choice.

4. If you are unsure of your answer, make the best choice after you have eliminated other possibilities.

Use your test to help you out. Generally, the questions that are asked on a test will provide you with answers that are other questions within the test.

Don’t over analyze your answers. Generally your first response is the correct one.

Answering Essay Questions

1. Read the essay question carefully. Words to pay attention to are: define, explain, compare/contrast, explain, prove.

2. Make an outline on a separate sheet of paper using the key words that are going to support your opinion. Your essay should have an introduction, a body, and conclusion.

3. Create a thesis statement that will draw your reader into the body of your essay with a complete understanding of the points that you are making.

4. Print neatly, if a reader can read your essay you will be given a higher grade.

5. Reread what you have written to make sure the essay states your information correctly.

Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety

Small Group Counseling

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Attendance- Attending school regularly is important to school success. Arrange for make-up work during extended absences. Communicate with the school whenever your child is not in attendance.

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Books - Have books and an assortment of printed materials available in your home. Read and discuss newspaper and magazines with your child. With the Holiday season fast approaching, a great book to read or a journal to write or draw in would be a great gift for any junior high student.

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Communication - Communication between home and school has positive effects on a child's achievement. Participate in any and all events that our school sponsors. Not only does the school know that you are a parent actively involved in your child's education, but your child knows that you are involved and care. Always feel free to call school with any concerns.

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Discussion - Discussions between you and your child, you and your child's teacher's always shed light on what is going on in your child's life. Discuss with your child what interesting event occurred in each of her/his classes that day. Ask, "how was practice today?” if she/he is involved in an extra-curricular activity. Discuss what is happening in your child's life with a teacher if you feel it would help the teacher get a better understanding of your child. Always keep lines of discussion open to help provide for more understanding.

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Encouragement - Encourage your child in whatever she/he maybe involved in during school or after school. Encourage your child to try to accomplish the best that she/he can in all aspects of her/his life. Encourage your child to enjoy life, it's the only one she/he will ever have and it should be enjoyed. There will certainly be struggles, but trying the best that she/he has to offer is all anyone can ask for.

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Family and Friends - An important part of any child's development are the family times spent together everyday. Talking about each other’s day at dinner, about a recent family outing, about what friends are up to are all vitally important parts in a child's development. When you ask questions, your child gets the sense that you want to be involved by caring about what is most important to her/him. Finding out what the day was like and how friends are, let's you child know you care. Be involved in every aspect of your child's life so that you can teach what a healthy family lives and looks like.

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Good times - Encourage your child to have good healthy times with family and friends. Provide a safe home to have friends over participate in positive activities like watching a video or DVD, play card games, or just get together to talk. Provide quality fun family time with cooperative play. Have fun over the Holiday break so that every family member will have great memories of a special time.

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Homework - Encourage your child to bring home daily notes and all homework every evening. Even if your child has completed homework in school during a study hall period, it is always a great idea to have her/him review the assignment/s in the evening. It is always a great idea to ask you child what is being taught in a certain class as well. It affords you the opportunity to find out what is being taught throughout the school year.

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Interest - Try to find activities in school or outside of school for your child to become interested in joining. It is healthy for children to have interest in other areas beyond school. Music, theater, dance, sports, volunteering at a nursing home, hospital, day care, gardening, whatever. Opening a child's world to many fun activities will help her/him to develop interests that will bring enjoyment to her/his life as well as yours.

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Joy - Try to find joy in all areas of your life and your child's life. Life is full of good times and times that we struggle. Even during times of struggle, we can find joy. Getting through a difficult time by sharing in your child's difficult time will bring joy to your child just by her/him realizing that you are there to support her/him. If appropriate, you can share a time of struggle that you may have had in your life and how a positive outcome was achieved. Try to find joy!

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Kindness - All positive relationships have kindness built into them. Children need to witness kindness at home to learn how to incorporate it into their everyday lives. Try a little kindness everyday!

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Laughter and Listening - Try to have something to laugh about everyday. Laughter is healthy for our bodies both inside and out. It takes fewer facial muscles to laugh than to frown. "Did you hear the one about...”? Listen to your child. Watch what your child is saying both verbally and non verbally. We share many feelings with what we say with our mouths and our bodies. Body language is an important listening skill for parents!

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Modeling - Not the industry...Model to your child the right way to ask for help, solve disagreements, complete chores, being kind. The list is endless. A Child will behave in many ways by what she/he sees. If we model positive behavior and apologize when we have made a mistake, a child will have a healthier life.

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Nurturing - Give a hug, listen and respond. Give your child the sense that whatever happens in her/his life, you are there with love.

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Opportunities - Try to provide as many opportunities that you can for your child. You don't have to spend money to provide this either. Research an opportunity before going head first into it. The pros and cons and then go from there.

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Praise - Don't be afraid to praise your child for all of their great achievements. Children need praise, just like we adults do. When you catch your child doing anything well, let her/him know. Praise will make a world of difference in your child's life.

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Quality - Make the time you spend with your child to be quality time. You don't have to spend an enormous amount of time with your child, kids want to be with their friends anyway, but make the time you spend meaningful. Even if it's a ride to go pick up dinner, ask about the day, their friends, even something that happen in school that was funny.

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Respect - Respect goes both ways. Give it and you will receive it!

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Support - Support your child in good times and bad times. Every person makes poor decisions once and a while. It is easy to support a child when times are good, make sure you are there for the tough times too!

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Trust - Make sure your child understands what you are saying, when you say, "I trust you." This statement means that I love you and trust that you will always give me the answer that I am seeking when we talk about life events.

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Unconditional Love - " I love you in good times and during tough times."

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Values - Let your child know what you value in life and why it is a value to you.

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Wisdom - Wisdom comes from all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, and genders. Open your heart to the wisdom that your child may share. Your child may open her/his heart to hear wisdom not only from you, but from others as well.

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Excitement - Have some excitement in your life everyday!

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You - You are the most important person in your child's life.

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Zest - Have zest in all that you do. Show your child how to have zest in all aspects of her/his life. We only have one life, enjoy it!

1.Start the School year with a good attitude and high expectations of what you will learn and achieve.

School can be a terrible time or a good time, the choice is yours. Choose a good attitude. Attitude is everything in life. A positive attitude will affect your life in everything you do

For instance a positive attitude will help you to:

a. Show up to school everyday.

b. Be kind to people, everyone, even people you do not know.

c. Focus in your classes. Paying attention to the class discussion will help you be successful in all aspects of your class. Quiz and test scores will be higher.

d. If you need help, ask your teacher. Your teachers are here to help you.

e. Self-talk in a positive way. “I am going to do very well on this test/quiz/discussion today.

f. You will struggle in class and almost everyone has struggled in at least one class, You are not unique in this. Talk to your teacher as soon as you have a problem.

g. Make friends. Ask people what they are doing for fun.

h. Complete ALL Homework assignments. Use your assignment book for every class.

i. Listen more than you talk. This will help you all through life.

j. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

2. Begin the School Year with a “game plan”. Answering the questions of Who, What, When, Where, and How will help you to be very successful in a game plan for the year.

3. Know who you are. People become who they think they are. Do not buy into you become who you think other people think you are. You decide who you are.

4. What do you want to be known for?

5. You have a destiny. Make your destiny, your journey, meaningful and fun and full of excellent life decisions. Your destiny is not determined by chance.

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