Teacher Pages

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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. Berrodin - Grade 7 Math

Mrs. Berrodin's 7th Grade Math Class

About Me

My name is Kim Berrodin and I love teaching 7th-grade Math on Team Bison! Before coming to UPMS, I taught and lived in Chester County. I have been teaching at Upper Perkiomen Middle School for 13 years. I earned my undergraduate degree at West Chester University and my master's degree from Wilkes University.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my twin sons, husband, and dog. You may see us going for a walk or a bike ride on the Perkiomen Trail some time! In my spare time, I also enjoy cooking, entertaining family and friends, reading and traveling.

At any point during the school year, please contact me with any questions or concerns. Together, we can help to make this year a successful one!


Contact Information

Mrs. Kimberly Berrodin

Grade 7- Mathematics

E-mail: kbaer-berrodin@upsd.org

Phone: 215-541-7423

Office Hours: 8:30-9:10


Homework

Homework:

Homework is due at the beginning of class. The first thing students should do upon entering class is to take out their homework chart, their homework assignment, and the provided answer key.

Students should check and correct their homework with the provided red pen. Correcting homework is important because students will be able to use their homework as a resource on assessments.

Rest assured that homework is a time to practice, not a time where perfection is expected. Students will earn full credit (even if the answers are wrong) if they do the following: try all problems, show all work, and bring the assignment to class on time (assignment must be out on desk when I come around to check). It is okay to try different strategies to approach a problem as long as the work is shown in an organized, legible manner.


Homework is posted on the front board daily and here.


Note: late homework assignments will only be accepted for students who were absent.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a useful tool! Students can use it to learn about topics in Mathematics as well as other subject areas. Khan Academy offers videos to watch in order to learn new topics or refresh previously learned topics. Students can practice their skills by completing problems. Each problem has "Hints" if students are stuck, much like the homework help in our CPM e-book.

Students will be assigned topics to practice on Khan Academy. Students are expected to use the template to show work for the problems they do online. This work not only allows students to earn credit, but it also helps me address any concepts students are struggling with. The students will be provided with the schedule for Khan Academy and template in class. Students may find additional templates and the schedule on their Google classroom site.

KHAN ACADEMY- FAQ:
1.) How many problems should I do?
Students are only supposed to do the number of problems that pop up at the upper right-hand side of the screen. If there are 5 circles (the # of circles indicates the # of problems for the lesson) when the assignment is opened, students complete all 5 problems. If there are 3 circles when the assignment is started, students only need to complete 3 problems. Students are not required to do any more problems even if they get a lot wrong.

2.) Am I allowed to get help from my peers, teachers or parents if I am struggling?
Yes! Before starting any topic, it is advised that you watch the video before completing the practice problems. If you are struggling with the problems in the assignment, show whoever is helping you the work you have recorded on your template so that it will be easier to pinpoint what mistakes you are making with a particular problem.

3.) Will class time be provided to work on Khan Academy?
Most of the time class time will not be provided. If students finish class work early they may work on Khan Academy. In rare instances, class time will be provided, however most of the time you will need to complete the Khan assignments outside of regular class time. Students may use Quest period time or work on this at home. Any place with access to the internet is a place you can practice on Khan Academy.

4.) Can I work ahead on the Khan assignments?
Yes, you may work on Khan assignments if you finish early, however you may have difficulty completing those assignments as you may not have learned the material yet. When I make the Khan assignments' due date I consider the topics we will have practiced in class so that you will mostly be familiar with the content.

5.) Can I earn credit for the Khan assignments if I don't have my templates completed?
No, you can not earn credit for the Khan assignments without completing the templates. The templates are used to record the work you did to practice the problem and help us to pinpoint any issues students are having with a particular problem or concept.

6.) How many points is each Khan assignment worth?
Each Khan assignment is worth 5 formative points (just like homework). This is an easy way to not only get practice, but to boost your grade!

7.) How do I earn full credit for the assignments on Khan?
You earn full credit much like you do for regular homework assignments:
1.) Assignment is completed on time.
2.) All work is shown.
3.) All assigned problems are completed.

8.) I was absent, can I turn in my Khan assignments late?
Yes, school policy for make-up work will be followed.

9.) I didn't complete all of my Khan assignments, can I turn them in late?
Yes, you can turn in your Khan assignments within one week of the due date for partial credit. It is the responsibility of the student to turn their work in to me if it is late.




Resources

  • Each student and parent should have a log-in and password. This site is used for monitoring and reporting grades. If you are in need of a username and password, please contact anyone in the main office at 215-679-6288.

COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATHEMATICS (CPM):
  • Each student should be able to log in to their e-book using their school Google account by going to the website: www.ebooks.cpm.org
  • This website is for homework problems ("Review and Preview") only. No log-in is required. Keep in mind there aren't all of the resources that you will find in the e-book) http://textbooks.cpm.org
Google Classroom Sites:


CPM PARENT NIGHT POWER POINT:

RESOURCES:

Supplies Needed for 7th Grade

Supplies Needed for 7th grade

  • Expo Markers (black, 1 pack)
  • Graph paper notebook
  • 1" binder
  • loose leaf paper
  • folder
  • pack of pencils
  • eraser
  • highlighter

Skills Needed for 7th Grade Math

Skills Needed for 7th grade

Create an account using your school Google account on Khanacademy.org. Use the following suggestions (see below) to practice skills that need to be mastered before taking the following courses:

If you are placed in the Core class for 7th grade, please practice the following skills in the 6th grade mission on Khan Academy. You will be expected to be familiar and proficient with the following skills:
A. Variables and Expressions Introduction:
  • One-step addition and subtraction equations
  • One-step addition and subtraction equations:fractions and decimals
  • One-step multiplication and division equations
  • One-step multiplication and division equations:fractions and decimals
  • Inequalities from a graph
  • Plotting inequalities
B. Arithmetic Operations:
  • Order of operations
  • Order of operations- Challenge
C. Equivalent Expressions:
  • Combining like terms
  • Combining like terms with distribution
D. Ratios, Rates & Percentages:
  • Converting percents and fractions
  • Converting decimals to percents
  • Converting percents to decimals
If you are placed in the Enhanced class for 7th grade, please practice the following skills in the 7th grade mission on Khan Academy. You will be expected to be familiar and proficient with the following skills:
A. Negative Numbers: Multiplication and Division
  • Negative signs in fractions
  • Equivalent expressions with negative numbers (multiplication and division)
B. Rates & Proportional Relationships:
  • Proportional relationships
  • Proportional relationships: graphs
  • Solving proportions
  • Writing proportions
  • Writing proportional equations
  • Interpreting graphs of proportional relationships
C. Expressions, equations & inequalities:
  • Combining like terms with negative coefficients
  • Combining like terms with negative coefficients and distribution
  • Combining like terms with rational coefficients
  • The distributive property with variables
  • Equivalent expressions: negative numbers and distribution
  • Two-step equations
  • Two-step equations with decimals and fractions

Curriculum Maps

Core Math:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Gun31a4SpeDLhm16rkCAP5xknRGJzqHssW4gI_e_Rg/edit#

Enhanced Math:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15QCiWe83GLWRSaOaktEdvO15yLcZveP4HkN4S6cNVQc/edit#


Syllabi

Ms. Bintliff - Family Consumer Science

Ms. Bintliff's FCS page

Welcome to the 2017-2018 webpage for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Family and Consumer Sciences classes.

This webpage is used to post course descriptions and assignments through grade level FCS Curriculum Unit Maps.

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 additional 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: cbintliff@upsd.org

Office Hours: by appointment. When calling, please leave a message, including parent (guardian) name, student name and grade, return contact number, concern or question and convenient time for a return call.

Advisor: Technology Student Association (TSA)


Expectations

All students are required to provide a pencil, eraser and Chromebook for class daily.

Classroom expectations include daily participation in personal decision making, developing responsibility for personal and community success within the classroom, the larger Upper Perkiomen Middle School community and the greater Upper Perkiomen School District community .

Students are expected to answer YES to three key questions: Is it Kind? Is it Safe? Does it Build Community?

Most student work is completed during class sessions, with minimal out of school assignments.


^th Grade

Course Description


This 35 day 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 the development of literacy through the review and writing of children's books. In addition, communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, study and research skills, and higher order thinking skills are developed.


6th Grade FCS Curriculum Unit Map:

http://docs.google.com/document/d/15V5E-NX9c0PT8FAGsXWpHJR60cdWu6lbf6iT_T29t8g/edit

Order of Unit Activities as found on curriculum map is subject change due to length of individual calendar days of instruction.


Grade 7

Course Description

This 35 day 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 calculate paychecks, open and use checking accounts and make household budget decisions. They will work as teams to create a sweet and savory breakfast menu and meals as well as quick healthy snacks, using a variety of recipes and 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 create a poster, illustrating their personal connection to larger Resource Management topics of Clean Air, Clean Water, Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, Waste Minimization, Energy Minimization, Safety and Health. Through project management strategies, students answer debriefing questions, explaining their choices throughout the project. In addition, communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, study and research skills, and higher order thinking skills are developed.

7th Grade FCS Curriculum Unit Map:

http://docs.google.com/document/d/1ehWVNzcllz-56MrUFxyAHMtcm3Q9mpXXAoMwH1GrRoM/edit

Order of Unit Activities as found on curriculum map is subject change due to length of individual calendar days of instruction.


Grade 8

Course Description

This 35 day 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, listening, study and research skills, and higher order thinking skills are developed.


8th Grade FCS Curriculum Unit Map:

http://docs.google.com/document/d/1uggkWEejR10oON4lGPtkntQCn1cZnzCFuwGeAMm3Pjw/edit

Order of Unit Activities as found on curriculum map is subject change due to length of individual calendar days of instruction.



Mrs. Brenninger- Grade 6 Science

Mrs. Kelly Brenninger

Grade 6 Science

Email Address: kbrenninger@upsd.org

Phone Number: 215-541-7426

School Hours: 7:20 am- 2:45 pm

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 PRIDE, Distinguished Service Award, chaperone dances, UPMS Liaison Committee, Executive Committee Member, UPEA Welfare Committee, UPEA Employee Recognition Committee, UPEA building representative).

Classroom Resources: pocket folder, Chromebook, pencil

TCI Student Sign- In

Grade 6 Science Unit Map

Homework Calendar

Mr. Brittain - Physical Education

Contact Information: Phone #: 215-541-7425 ext. 7433 Email: jbrittain@upsd.org
Mr. Brittain, Health and Physical Education teacher at Upper Perkiomen Middle School

Head Golf Coach - Upper Perkiomen High School, Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach - Upper Perkiomen High School


Mr. Brittain's Bio

Educational Background:

I graduated from East Stroundsburg University in 1992 with a Bachelor's of Science in Health and Physical Eduaction. In 1999, I began my teaching career in the Upper Perkiomen School District as a health and physical education teacher at the high school. I taught at the middle school for eight years, Marlborough and Hereford for the past 10 years. In April of 2018, I was given the great opportunity to return to the middle school and I am thrilled to embrace this new challenge. In 2013, I earned my Master's degree from Wilkes University. I have a strong coaching background in football, baseball, basketball and golf . Currently, I am the head golf coach at Upper Perk. In 2014, I became co-owner of Up Start Sports Academy, an organization that will run youth camps and clinics in various Sports throughout the Greater Upper Perkiomen area.

6th Grade expectations

Upper Perkiomen Middle School 6th Grade Physical Education Requirements

The middle school physical education program encourages the development of every child mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically through physical activities. A focus on lifetime sports, personal fitness, and team sports will be taught.

Uniform

  • 1. Athletic shorts without zippers. Girls may wear Yoga Pants. NO boxers, pajama pants, jean shorts, or writing on the backside.
  • 2.T-shirt without collar. NO tank tops or muscle shirts.
  • 3.Sweatpants/shirts can be worn at any time. Jackets can be worn outside. Weather permitting we plan on going outside until late fall.
  • 4.Sneakers and socks. Sneakers MUST be tied on the outside and tight.

Requirements/Rules

  • 1. Jewelry may not be worn. Watches, necklaces, bracelets, and hooped earrings must be removed.
  • 2.No gum or candy or drinks in the locker room.
  • 3.No cell phones or ipods in the locker room. Do not bring valuables.
  • 4.No glass containers such as cologne or perfume is permitted in the locker room- do not spray each other with cologne/perfume, or body spray.
  • 5.Each student is required to change in appropriate attire and participate – to be excused from class a written note from a parent/guardian or doctor is needed.
  • 6.A student must present a pass if he/she is going to be late to class. Students who are not in the gym when attendance is taken will be considered tardy and lose points for the day.
  • 7.Inappropriate language and behavior will NOT be tolerated.
  • 8.Bathroom/Drink – just ask, once out of the locker room will use the hall.

Grading

Students can earn up to 5 points a gym class and will be graded each marking period and can earn a letter grade of A,B,C,D,F, or M(medical). The students will be graded by:

1.Cooperation

2.Safety

3.Participation

4.Preparation for class

5.Respecting others and teacher

6.Following directions and class rules

7. Skill Practice

Students will receive an “U” if not prepared for their gym class or without a note from a parent/guardian or doctor. The first time will result in losing a point, the second time they will lose 2 points and the third time they will lose 3 points, fourth time they will lose 4 points any time after will result in a zero.


7th Grade Expectations

Upper Perkiomen Middle School 7th Physical Education Requirements

The middle school physical education program encourages the development of every child mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically through physical activities. A focus on lifetime sports, personal fitness, and team sports will be taught.

Uniform

  • 1. Athletic shorts without zippers. Girls may wear Yoga Pants. NO boxers, pajama pants, jean shorts, or writing on the backside.
  • 2.T-shirt without collar. NO tank tops or muscle shirts.
  • 3.Sweatpants/shirts can be worn at any time. Jackets can be worn outside. Weather permitting we plan on going outside until late fall.
  • 4.Sneakers and socks. Sneakers MUST be tied on the outside and tight.

Requirements/Rules

  • 1. Jewelry may not be worn. Watches, necklaces, bracelets, and hooped earrings must be removed.
  • 2.No gum or candy or drinks in the locker room.
  • 3.No cell phones or ipods in the locker room. Do not bring valuables.
  • 4.No glass containers such as cologne or perfume is permitted in the locker room- do not spray each other with cologne/perfume, or body spray.
  • 5.Each student is required to change in appropriate attire and participate – to be excused from class a written note from a parent/guardian or doctor is needed.
  • 6.A student must present a pass if he/she is going to be late to class. Students who are not in the gym when attendance is taken will be considered tardy and lose points for the day.
  • 7.Inappropriate language and behavior will NOT be tolerated.
  • 8.Bathroom/Drink – just ask, once out of the locker room will use the hall.

Grading

Students can earn up to 5 points a gym class and will be graded each marking period and can earn a letter grade of A,B,C,D,F, or M(medical). The students will be graded by:

1.Cooperation

2.Safety

3.Participation

4.Preparation for class

5.Respecting others and teacher

6.Following directions and class rules

7. Skill Practice

Students will receive an “U” if not prepared for their gym class or without a note from a parent/guardian or doctor. The first time will result in losing a point, the second time they will lose 3 points and the third time they will automatically get a 0, any time after will result in a zero.

8th Grade Expectations

Upper Perkiomen Middle School 8th Physical Education Requirements

The middle school physical education program encourages the development of every child mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically through physical activities. A focus on lifetime sports, personal fitness, and team sports will be taught.

Uniform

  • 1. Athletic shorts without zippers . Girls may wear yoga pants. NO boxers, pajama pants, jean shorts, or writing on the backside.
  • 2.T-shirt without collar. NO tank tops or muscle shirts.
  • 3.Sweatpants/shirts can be worn at any time. Jackets can be worn outside. Weather permitting we plan on going outside until late fall.
  • 4.Sneakers and socks. Sneakers MUST be tied on the outside and tight.

Requirements/Rules

  • 1. Jewelry may not be worn. Watches, necklaces, bracelets, and hooped earrings must be removed.
  • 2.No gum or candy or drinks in the locker room.
  • 3.No cell phones or ipods in the locker room. Do not bring valuables.
  • 4.No glass containers such as cologne or perfume is permitted in the locker room – Please do not spray cologne/perfume, or body spray on each other.
  • 5.Each student is required to change in appropriate attire and participate – to be excused from class a written note from a parent/guardian or doctor is needed.
  • 6.A student must present a pass if he/she is going to be late to class. Students who are not in the gym when attendance is taken will be considered tardy and lose points for the day.
  • 7.Inappropriate language and behavior will NOT be tolerated.
  • 8.Bathroom/Drink – just ask, once out of the locker room will use the hall.

Grading

Students can earn up to 5 points a gym class and will be graded each marking period and can earn a letter grade of A,B,C,D,F, or M(medical). The students will be graded by:

1.Cooperation

2.Safety

3.Participation

4.Preparation for class

5.Respecting others and teacher

6.Following directions and class rules

7. Game Play

Since 8th grade is a transition year to high school, grading will be a little different from past middle school years. Students will receive an “U” for not being prepared for their gym class without a note from a parent/guardian or doctor. Each unprepared will result in “0” Points. (0/5)

Physical Education Units

The Middle School Physical Education Program encourages the development of every child mentally, emotionally, socially and physically through physical activities. Physical activity improves muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility which helps students establish self-esteem and strive for personal goals. By providing a range of aerobic and anaerobic activities, it enhances students personal fitness levels. A focus on lifetime sports, personal fitness, and team sports will be taught. We promote positive attitudes toward lifelong activities. Young people can build healthy bodies and establish healthy lifestyles by including physical activities int heir lives.

Units

Football Golf Fitness Soccer Volleyball

Floor Hockey Basketball Softball/Whiffle Ball

Badminton Large Group Games (dodging/throwing/fleeing)

Kickball Games Team Building Fitness Circuits

Lifetime Sports (bocce, ladder golf, 4-square, bowling)

PE Curriculum Unit Map

Mrs. Broney - Grade 7 Math

About Me - Mrs. Broney

Websites for Math

About Me

Mrs. J. Broney

jbroney@upsd.org
215-541-7427

7:20 AM - 2:45 PM

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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!

Curriculum Unit Maps

Supplies

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. She was the choreographer for the middle school musicals, "Schoolhouse Rock." and "Into the Woods." This year she was an assistant Cross Country Coach, Student Council Advisor, sponsor of The Inventors Club and the head coach of the Middle School Track team.

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 has taught 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: cbronsdon@upsd.org

Office Hours - By appointment only

Phone: 215-679-6288 ext. 7428


Assignments, Tutorials and Rubrics can be found below:

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


6th Grade Curriculum

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bYTBDCwueRrrzN...

7th Grade Curriculum

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1We1OGpUHHxiO2l...

8th Grade Curriculum

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DfdichtiaBssYS...






Mrs. Burns - Art

Mrs. Burns

Welcome to Middle School Art. I hope that you have a creative and extraordinary year! The art room is where you can make your dreams come to life.

Assignment Calendar: Please visit Skyward

Classroom supplies: Please arrive to class with your pencil, chrome-book and assignment book.

Curriculum Maps:

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Information

Contact Information

Mrs. Burns, M.Ed.

Upper Perkiomen Middle School Art Teacher,

Grades 6, 7, 8

Art Room 226

Phone: 215-541-7430

mburns@upsd.org

Office hours are by appointment only.


Course Description

The Middle School Art Program encourages creative development by giving students an opportunity to express themselves through the elements and principles of art. Students will gain knowledge as they learn techniques, processes, and explore a wide array of media. Students will learn of the historical and cultural context of art and transform ideas from these inspirations to create their own works. Students will learn to communicate about art through visual, oral, and written explanations. They will learn to reflect on their work through perception and analysis.


Art Expectations

Art Expectations

Fine Arts Class: Student Expectations

Mrs. Burns

(215) 541-7430

mburns@upsd.org

  1. All students are expected to arrive to class on time and be prepared by bringing a pencil, chrome-book and hall pass. Students should sit down quickly and quietly.
  2. All students are expected to follow directions for each project from start to finish. Constructive criticism should be followed and appropriately acted upon.
  3. All students are expected to give an honest effort! This includes completing all projects on time regardless of ability, participating in class discussions, and completing written exercises.
  4. All students are expected to stay out of off-limit areas, such as, the teacher’s desk, paper-cutter, kiln and closets.
  5. All students may make arrangements with their art teacher to complete special projects or make- up missed assignment. Students must have a pass signed by the art teacher.
  6. All students are expected to take home every graded art project. Art work which is held for display will be returned by the end of the school year.
  7. All students are required to print their name, homeroom number and title of their work on the back of each art project, and to complete a short writing prompt that supports the art assignment.
  8. Extra credit is available for all students. Directions are in the sketchbook, as well as, on my web-site. A maximum of 2 extra credit projects per semester is permitted.

Classroom Rules

Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible

·Follow the directions the first time.

·Do not talk when the teacher is speaking. (See attached.)

·Raise your hand to speak.

·Stay seated

·Clean and put away supplies.

50%Summative (Projects) + 50% Formative (Extra Credit, Daily Engagement, Writing Prompt)


Extra Credit

Extra Credit Assignments

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade


Ms. Busolits - Grade 6 Math

About Me/Contact

Lyssa Busolits

6th Grade Math Teacher

Wolfpack Team

lbusolits@upsd.org

215-541-7471

Office Hours 7:15 am to 2:45 pm

SAP Team Member

Math Class

Daily Class Materials:

  • Chromebook
  • Pencil
  • Binder
  • Graph paper/graph notebook
  • Binder Tabs (suggested)

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!


For more information regarding topics and curriculum click here for the curriculum map for 6th grade Math.


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

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Ms. Colapietro - Grade 8 ELA


Ms. Colapietro's page

About Me

My name is Lisa Colapietro and I'm thrilled to be teaching 8th grade ELA at Upper Perk. I have been teaching since 1999 and couldn't imagine doing anything else!

Outside of school, I am a mother of one amazing child, avid reader, and a runner!

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

Contact Information:

Lisa Colapietro

Room 221

lcolapietro@upsd.org

215-541-7429

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)




Mr. Detwiler - Grade 8 Social Studies


Mr. Detwiler's page

8th Grade Team Tecumseh

Office Hours 7:20 am-2:45 pm

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.

Required Classroom Supplies: Students should bring their Chromebooks, a notebook, and a pencil to class on a daily basis.

Contact Information: pdetwiler@upsd.org

Phone Number: (215) 679-6288

Co-Chair of Gaming Club

Homework Link

Curriculum Unit Map

Mr. Dulin - Grade 6 ELA

Contact Information

Contact Information

Mr. Dulin

6th Grade English-Language Arts

Team Wolfpack

jdulin@upsd.org

215-541-7434

Hours- 7:20-2:45



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

Homework

Curriculum

6th Grade ELA Curriculum Map

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.

Materials

Students are expected to be prepared each day with their charged Chromebook, notebook or binder, a sharpened pencil, and an accelerated reader book.

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)

Mrs. Fehnel - Grade 8 Math

Contact Information

pfehnel@upsd.org

215-541-7437

Google Classroom Link

https://classroom.google.com/h

See Skyward for daily homework assignments!

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
    • Team Challenges
    • Individual Quizzes
    • Classwork
  • Summative Assessments - 80%
    • Individual Chapter Tests
    • Prompts
Materials
  • Pencils
  • Graph Paper Notebook
  • 1" Binder
  • Calculator TI - 30XIIS

Curriculum Maps

Mrs. Fluke - Grade 6 Math

Welcome

Hawk Team Homepage

HAWKS ~ SOAR to EXCELLENCE!!

Mrs. K. Fluke

Sixth Grade Math

kfluke@upsd.org

(215)541-7439

7:20am - 2:45pm

Activities & Responsibilities - Teacher Representative for UPMS-PTFS, UPEA Executive Committee member, UPEA negotiations committee member, Employee Recogition committee, Distinguished Service Award committee, Team Leader - Hawks, UPMS Team Leader committee, Building Values Committee member, and UPMS Liaison committee.

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.

Enhanced Math Grade 6 Unit Map

Core Math Grade 6 Unit Map


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 and 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 Homework 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

Period 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. Fowkes

Grade 7 Science

Student Assistance Program (SAP) Coordinator, UPMS Tribe TV Faculty Advisor, UPMS Light & Sound Technician

cfowkes@upsd.org

215-542-7421

Office Hours: 7:20am-2:45pm

Assignment Calendar - Access to Skyward is your 24/7 view of how your child is performing. It is suggested that one checks it on a daily basis.

Classroom Supplies

A student should have a folder dedicated to Science class, a year's supply of writing utensils (pencils are preferred over pens), and any materials requested by Team Bison.

Curriculum Maps This link will take you to a DRAFT copy of the current curriculum for 7th grade Science. However, as the curriculum is a living document, it is open to change.


Mr. Grigonis - Technology Education

Mr. Haas - Social Studies

Mr. Haas' page

Grade levels: 6, 7, & 8

Subject Area - Social Studies

Email address - rhaas@upsd.org

Telephone number - 215-541--7444 Note: This number will go to voicemail during the school day. Please leave a message.

Hours: 7:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

National Geographic School Wide Coordinator

Please use the parent access to Skyward account for updated information. Click here: Skyward Access

Classroom necessary resources: Pencil, Notebook, Assignment book and Chromebook

Mrs. Haff - Grade 6 ELA

Contact Information

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

nhaff@upsd.org

215 - 541- 7440

Hours: 7:15 am - 2:45 pm

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.

http://classroom.google.com



ELA Course Description and Required Class Materials

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.

Homework Page - Display

The Homework Page (display) is updated daily by the team of teachers. This link will take you directly to the homework page. It includes important information reminders, homework information, due dates, and other pertinent information. Parents and students should review the Homework Page and Skyward assignment/grades nightly to track academic progress.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KLAcm_wBaODIqP...




Curriculum Maps

6th Grade ELA Course Materials:

Students are expected to be prepared for class each day by entering ELA with the required materials and ready to work! Materials needed each day are: a 3-ring binder, a sharpened pencil, a charged chromebook, and an Accelerated Reader book.

Mrs. J. Hart - Grade 7 Learning Support

Mrs. Hart's page

jhart@upsd.org

215-541-7469

7th Grade Learning Support - Middle School Special Education Curriculum Assistant

Room 101

I am available daily by phone or email from 7:20am - 2:45pm

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.

Thunderbird Team Website

To access the team website, please click the link below. The teams daily homework and announcements are posted within this site.

Thunderbird Website

Google Classroom

Quest Period Google Classroom Link:

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

CPM Online Textbook Login Page

7th Grade Team Thunderbirds Supply List

In order for the students to be successful, they should be prepared each day with the attached supplies.

7th Grade Supply List

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 Schools.

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 graduated Wilkes University with an M.S. in Instructional Technology in 2015.

My husband recently joined the U.S. Navy and is currently in training. He has recieved his orders and we will relocating in the near future.

My husband and I have been blessed with a beautiful little boy we named Sean Michael. Sean was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 22 months old. My son has made tremendous progress since his diagnosis, going from nonverbal to incredibly vocal in a short period of time. Early Intervention has been an amazing resource for him. Sean is going to be a big brother in September 2018 and I am excited to see him in his new role! Overall, 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 - Grade 6 Learning Support

6th Grade Special Education Teacher

About Me

I am a Special Education teacher who is passionate about helping all students reach their potential, both academically and socially. I began working in public education in 2007 and have worked with students across all grade levels and core subject areas. I look forward to working with a new group of students this year.

I am also a mom of two girls, a wife of one amazing husband, and a life-long learner.


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

ELA Curriculum Map

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.

Mrs. James - Guidance Counselor

Tracy James

School counselor Grades 6 - 8 for students whose last names begin with the letters A - K.

tjames@upsd.org

215-679-6288 ext. 7416

215-541-7416

Office Hours 7:20 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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

Hello! My name is Jamye Keiser and I have been working in Upper Perkiomen School District since 2009. I spent my first 6 years working at the High School as a learning support teacher before moving to the middle school in 2015. I am so happy to be part of the Golden Eagles and love all the teachers I work with.

Outside of school, I spend lots of time enjoying nature bike riding, paddle boarding, camping, and skiing with my daughter and three dogs.

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

Contact Information:

Jamye Keiser

Room 121

jkeiser@upsd.org

215-541-7462


Learning Support Math and Co-taught CC3

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

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

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

https://classroom.google.com/


Mr. Kooker - Grade 8 Science

Two Column Layout

Welcome to Mr. Kooker's Classroom Page

Team Golden Eagles, Grade 8 - Earth Systems Science

Contact Information:

(215)679- 6288 ext. 7499

skooker@upsd.org

School Hours - 7 - 3, Phone calls are voicemail only until after 3 P.M.

Email is monitored throughout the day and at 7 P.M. on school days

All students are requested to have a 1.5" Three Ring Binder for class to provide the orderly collection and maintenance of classroom materials

Golden Eagles Team Page - link pending

- Homework

- Events

- Trips

Curriculum Map - Pending


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.

Curriculum Map

Mrs. Lonergan - Life Skills

Contact Information:

Mrs. Janice Lonergan
6th-8th grade Life Skills Teacher
(215)541-7442
Email: jlonergan@upsd.org


About Me:

Educational Background:
I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor's of Education in Elementary Education and Special Education. In August of 2000, I began my teaching career in the Upper Perkiomen School District. I have spent my time here at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School as an itinerant learning support teacher, supplemental leaning support teacher, and now as the 6th-8th grade life skills teacher. I received my Master's of Education degree from Kutztown University in Reading and earned my Reading Specialist Certificate. I am also certified in Middle School Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Ms. Macioge - Heath Education

Contact Info

Deb Macioge

dmacioge@upsd.org

215-541-7454


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.

Google Classroom

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

Curriculum Map:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fgoKgB2lYreZlN5srBCl1ZTBzuGhzzTyGNqdXxtxy1A/edit

DECSION MAKING: 5 STEPS TO DECISION MAKING

BODY SYSTEMS: SKIN, MUSCLES, URINARY & ENDOCRICE

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

SUBSTANCES: MEDICINE AND ILLEGAL DRUGS

NUTRITION: FOOD LABELS, FOOD GROUPS AND 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

Curriculum Map:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VQYSQbfpu6oztB...

BODY SYSTEMS: CIRCULATORY, RESPIRATORY, & DIGESTIVE

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

SUBSTANCES: TOBACCO AND MARIJUANA

NUTRITION: BODY IMAGE AND EATING DISORDERS

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: ABSTINENCE AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

8th Grade Health

CURRICULUM TOPICS

Curriculum Map:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XzVl_Wsk9EdHyQ...

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

BODY SYSTEMS: NERVOUS, SKELETAL, & MUSCULAR

SUBSTANCES: ALCOHOL

SAFETY: TRANSPORTATION, AT HOME, & IN PUBLIC PLACES

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


UNITS-FOLDER INFORMATION & WORKSHEETS

BODY SYSTEM UNIT

Mrs. Maldonado - General Music and Chorus

Contact Info

amaldonado@upsd.org

215-541-7447

Office Hours: by appointment

Assignment Calendar: Please refer to Skyward for assignments and due dates for each class.

https://skyward.iscorp.com/scripts/wsisa.dll/WServ...


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)


Required Materials:

Pencil (provided by student), Chorus folder and music (provided by teacher)

Curriculum Map: unavailable at this time

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.


Required Materials: Pencil

Curriculum Map: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1410mWF9CxwbNPK...


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.


Required Materials: Pencil

Curriculum Map:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Nocj1d2NhF8SJI...


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).


Required Materials: Pencil

Curriculum Map:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w1Ex0aKDT7OLjh...

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.

Ms. McFadden - English Language Development

Mrs. McGovern - Grade 7 ELA

Mrs. McGovern's Page

Contact Information

Mrs. McGovern, 7th Grade ELA and JSJ Advisor

Room #104

Email: pmcgovern@upsd.org

Phone: -215-541-7455

I can be reached by phone or email between the hours of 7:20am and 2:45pm

To access Mrs. McGovern's website, click HERE.

My Background

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.

Thunderbird Website and Homework page.

To access the Thunderbird's website, please click the link below. Daily homework assignments are posted on the Homework and Assignments page within the site.

Thunderbird's Website

Mrs. McGovern's Google Classroom Pages

7th Grade ELA Curriculum

Supply List for the Thunderbirds

Students are expected to arrive daily to Social Studies with the following materials:

  1. A charged Chromebook
  2. A writing utensil

A link to the full supply list for the Thunderbird Team can be found HERE.

Mr. McNally - Grade 6 Science

Please click here to access Google Classroom

About me- * 35 years teaching experience

St. Croix, USVI

San Jose, Ca

North Penn Schools At UPMS for 28 years

* Enjoy golf, the outdoors, fishing, guitar, and music

Mrs. Miller - Grade 6 ELA

Contact Information

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

hmiller@upsd.org

215-541-7459

Hours: 7:20 - 2:45

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.

General Information

Welcome to the 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

Check out our Hawks homework page:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lKV82J1ZTSZPqN...



Course Description & Classroom Materials

6th Grade ELA Curriculum Map

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.

Materials

Students are expected to be prepared each day with their charged Chromebook, notebook or binder, a sharpened pencil, and an accelerated reader book.

Expectations & 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.

Mrs. Moll - Gifted Education (PEG)

Mrs. Moll's page~Gifted Education Grades 6, 7, & 8

Office Hours and/or Conferences upon request. Contact:

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

Homework

Team homework links:

Hawks Team~

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lKV82J1ZTSZPqN...

Wolfpack Team~

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KLAcm_wBaODIqP...

Bison Team~

https://sites.google.com/a/upsd.org/ms-auckland/te...

Thunderbirds~

https://sites.google.com/a/upsd.org/achievers-team...

Golden Eagles~Found in Skyward and Teacher Google Pages

Tecumseh~ Found in Skyward and Teacher Googles Pages


Enrichment Opportunities

MOOCs~

http://mooc.org/


Math Planet~ High School Math Courses~ Content, but no practice questions

https://www.mathplanet.com/


School Yourself~ Upper level courses, videos, questions throughout with responses

https://schoolyourself.org/

1XL Math~ All subjects

http://www.math.com/

MITOpen Courseware~Massachusetts Institute of Technology

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/


Brilliant~ Love this one! Higher level thinking/problem solving. Math/Science etc.

https://brilliant.org/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=display&utm_term=&utm_content=squareblueare_more&utm_campaign=remarketing_similar_cart_abandoners&ga_referrer=www.educatorstechnology.com&gclid=CIDHzdDZ2NMCFYKEswodAGwJ0g

TES

https://www.tes.com/resources/search/?utm_campaign=RES-1018&utm_content=tes-us-welcome&utm_source=exact-target&utm_medium=email

Curriculum Maps

PEG is an extension or enrichment of the core content area classes and project-based learning activities. Please see individual content areas for curriculum maps.

Supplies:

PEG students should come to class with a positive attitude, mindset for higher-level thinking, motivation, and an understanding that each individual in the class is participating as a lifelong learner, including Mrs. Moll.

On a daily basis, please bring to class:

1) Pencil

2) Chromebook (charged)

3) Projects or Books used for instruction

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

I can be reached between 7:20-2:45 by phone or email.

Email: rmoyer@upsd.org

Homework Display:

www.classroom.google.com

Curriculum link:

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

Hours: 7:20 to 2:45

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 English Language Arts and Math class.


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 since 1996, and we have 3 beautiful sons: Creyn, Cadeyn and Maseyn. We are also the proud owners of a puppy named Zoey. When I am not in a classroom, you will find me cheering for my 3 sons who play soccer. 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

Curriculum Maps

Mrs. McPherson - Grade 8 Math

Contact Info

8th Grade Math Teacher
MS Math Curriculum Assistant

amcpherson@upsd.org

215-541-7472

About Me

Welcome to 8th Grade Mathematics!

I am excited to be using our 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
  • Team Challenges
Summative- 80% of total grade
  • Individual Tests
  • Prompts

Google Classroom

https://classroom.google.com

Assignment Calendar located under the ABOUT tab in Google classroom.

CPM Website

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

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


Curriculum Maps

Ms. Olson - Art

Ms. Olson

Welcome to Middle School Art. I hope that you have a creative and extraordinary year! The art room is where you can make your dreams come to life.

Assignment Calendar: Please visit Skyward

Classroom supplies: Please arrive to class with your pencil, chrome-book and assignment book.

Curriculum Maps:

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Information

Contact Information

Ms. Olson, M.F.A.

Upper Perkiomen Middle School Art Teacher, Grades 6, 7, 8

Art Room 114

Phone: 215-541-7465

kolson@upsd.org


Office hours are by appointment only.


Course Description

The Middle School Art Program encourages creative development by giving students an opportunity to express themselves through the elements and principles of art. Students will gain knowledge as they learn techniques, processes, and explore a wide array of media. Students will learn of the historical and cultural context of art and transform ideas from these inspirations to create their own works. Students will learn to communicate about art through visual, oral, and written explanations. They will learn to reflect on their work through perception and analysis.

Art Expectations

Art Expectations

Fine Arts Class: Student Expectations

Ms. Olson

(215) 541-7465

kolson@upsd.org

  1. All students are expected to arrive to class on time and be prepared by bringing a pencil, chrome-book and hall pass. Students should sit down quickly and quietly.
  2. All students are expected to follow directions for each project from start to finish. Constructive criticism should be followed and appropriately acted upon.
  3. All students are expected to give an honest effort! This includes completing all projects on time regardless of ability, participating in class discussions, and completing written exercises.
  4. All students are expected to stay out of off-limit areas, such as, the teacher’s desk, paper-cutter, kiln and closets.
  5. All students may make arrangements with their art teacher to complete special projects or make- up missed assignment. Students must have a pass signed by the art teacher.
  6. All students are expected to take home every graded art project. Art work which is held for display will be returned by the end of the school year.
  7. All students are required to print their name, homeroom number and title of their work on the back of each art project, and to complete a short writing prompt that supports the art assignment.
  8. Extra credit is available for all students. Directions are in the sketchbook, as well as, on my web-site. A maximum of 2 extra credit projects per semester is permitted.

Classroom Rules

Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible

·Follow the directions the first time.

·Do not talk when the teacher is speaking. (See attached.)

·Raise your hand to speak.

·Stay seated

·Clean and put away supplies.

50%Summative (Projects) + 50% Formative (Extra Credit, Daily Engagement, Writing Prompt)


Extra Credit Assignments

Extra Credit Assignments

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade


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

Middle School Social Studies Curriculum Assistant

Room 103

I am available by phone or email daily between 7:00am and 2:45pm.

215-541-7466

dpiercejr@upsd.org

Mr. Pierce's Website

Thunderbirds' Team Website

To access the Thunderbird's website, please click the link below. Daily homework assignments are posted on the Homework and Assignments page within the site.

Thunderbird's Website

7th Grade Social Studies Curriculum

7th Grade Social Studies

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 world 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 McDougal Littell’s textbook titled, World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times. The course will focus on the following topics:

A. Ancient Egypt

B. Ancient Greece

C. Ancient Rome = The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire and its Legacy.

D. Medieval Europe = Feudal Europe and Life in Medieval Europe

E. European Renaissance = Origins of the Renaissance and Renaissance Advances.

Please Click Here to visit the Unit Template Form for the 7th Grade Social Studies Curriculum.

Supply List for the Thunderbirds

Students are expected to arrive daily to Social Studies with the following materials:

  1. A charged Chromebook
  2. A writing utensil
  3. Social Studies Folder
  4. Social Studies Notebook

A link to the full supply list for the Thunderbird Team can be found HERE.

Mrs. Rambo - Grade 6 ELA

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 the homework page 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!

Course Description & Materials

6th Grade ELA Curriculum Map

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.

Materials

Students are expected to be prepared each day with their charged Chromebook, notebook or binder, a sharpened pencil, and an accelerated reader book.


Homework/Google Classroom

Homework will be posted daily in this Hawk's homework page, as well as on the homework board in class.

Please click the appropriate link below for your Google Classroom page.

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

Hours: 7:20-2:45


Mrs. Rogers - Reading Intervention

Two Column Layout

Mrs. Rogers' page

Welcome! I am the Reading Specialist for the middle school. I have been a teacher for over 12 years and my passion has always been reading! I began my career teaching 7th and 8th grade ELA but have spent the last 3 years as a Reading Specialist. I truly enjoy helping my students find meaning in all types of text and explore the excitement of reading comprehension. Reading is important for so many reasons. We read not only to learn more about our world, but to critically examine the information we encounter in our daily lives.

I am here to share my passion for reading and my expertise in the area of literacy. Please use the links on my site to access useful information to help your child build their proficiency in reading.

Contact Me!

Rrogers@upsd.org

215-541-7474

Rent e-books and audiobooks for your device for free with your Montgomery County Public Library. Log in here

What do you wonder? Find all the answers to your most buring questions at Wonderopolis! Click here to explore your wonders.

Mrs. Schlatterer - Guidance Counselor

Welcome! I'm the school counselor for all students last name starting L-Z at the middle school. As a school counselor it is my role and responsibility to help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow! I look forward to supporting each child throughout their middle school career in hopes of making it a memorable and positive experience.

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:

Causes

  • Fear of failure. While the pressure to perform can act as a motivator, it can also be devastating to individuals who tie their self-worth to the outcome of a test.
  • Lack of preparation. Waiting until the last minute or not studying at all can leave individuals feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
  • Poor test history. Previous problems or bad experiences with test-taking can lead to a negative mindset and influence performance on future tests.

Symptoms

  • Physical symptoms. Headache, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, light-headedness and feeling faint can all occur. Test anxiety can lead to a panic attack, which is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort in which individuals may feel like they are unable to breathe or having a heart attack.
  • Emotional symptoms. Feelings of anger, fear, helplessness and disappointment are common emotional responses to test anxiety.
  • Behavioral/Cognitive symptoms. Difficulty concentrating, thinking negatively and comparing yourself to others are common symptoms of test anxiety.

Tips for managing test anxiety

Share these tips with your child if he or she is anxious about an upcoming exam:

  • Be prepared. Develop good study habits. Study at least a week or two before the exam, in smaller increments of time and over a few days (instead of pulling an "all-nighter"). Try to simulate exam conditions by working through a practice test, following the same time constraints.
  • Develop good test-taking skills. Read the directions carefully, answer questions you know first and then return to the more difficult ones. Outline essays before you begin to write.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Remember that your self-worth should not be dependent on or defined by a test grade. Creating a system of rewards and reasonable expectations for studying can help to produce effective studying habits. There is no benefit to negative thinking.
  • Stay focused. Concentrate on the test, not other students during your exams. Try not to talk to other students about the subject material before taking an exam.
  • Practice relaxation techniques. If you feel stressed during the exam, take deep, slow breaths and consciously relax your muscles, one at a time. This can invigorate your body and will allow you to better focus on the exam.
  • Stay healthy. Get enough sleep, eat healthfully, exercise and allow for personal time. If you are exhausted—physically or emotionally—it will be more difficult for you to handle stress and anxiety.
  • Visit the counseling center. Schools are aware of the toll exams can take on students. They have offices or programs specifically dedicated to helping you and providing additional educational support so that you can be successful.



Small Group Counseling

Small Group Counseling-

Each year the guidance department provides opportunities for students to work in a small group setting in order to give students skills they need to be successful at home, at school, and in life.

Groups Offered:

    1. Social skills
    2. Organization/ Skills for Success
    3. Anxiety/Mindfulness
    4. Families in Transition- examples- divorce, raised by relatives, etc
    5. Lunch groups

Parents are encouraged to contact the guidance department if they feel that their child would benefit from any of these groups. Permission slips must be signed for a child to participate.





Student Assistance Program

Student Assistance Program

The Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic team process used to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. SAP is designed to assist in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance, and remain in school.

Upper Perkiomen School District is paired with Creative Health Counseling Services. CH counseling provides free comprehensive mental health for students in order to connect them to local resources such as counseling, medical assistance and D&A treatment.

The Upper Perkiomen Middle School SAP (Student Assistance Program) Team is a student assistance program consisting of school staff and whose mission is to identify and refer at-risk students to appropriate in-school or community services. Difficulties in school may be due to some of the following reasons: behavior problems, health issues including drug and alcohol use and mental health concerns, and attendance. The goal of SAP is to help students “get back on track” educationally through various support programs.

Students can be referred by school staff, parents, peers, or self-referral. A concerned individual may talk to any SAP member including the guidance counselors.

SAP members: Christian Fowkes, Theresa Schlatterer, Tracy James, Brian Callan, Cherly Stotensberg, Kristyn Sparacino, Beth Moll, Jessica Dynda, Kathleen Rambo, Lyssa Busolits, Kate Harman, Kim Berrodin Sulyn Godsey (Creative Health Services).


Helpful Links

OpenLink-a multi-service agency serving the greater Upper Perkiomen Valley, provides services and programs that help, educate, and empower, as well as opportunities that promote socialization and volunteerism for people of all ages to lead healthy and productive lives.

Montgomery County Crisis-

Montgomery County Children’s Crisis Support Program provides not only immediate support for crisis situations, but also assistance with managing recurring or future crises. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-HELP-414.

Berks County Crisis

Internet Essentials- Reduced internet service application through Comcast

Medical Assistance- link to application


Naviance

UPMS

UPMS is proud to introduce our new College and Career Readiness program, Naviance. Throughout each student's middle school career, you will be building a College and Career portfolio that will travel with them throughout their secondary education. Students will have the opportunity to explore career clusters, take interest inventories and research perspective post-secondary options. At the conclusion of 8th grade, all students will have a completed portfolio that includes specific goals for their future endeavors.

Naviance Link to Family Connections

Succeed in School

A

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.

B
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.

C
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.

D
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.

E
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.

F
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.

G
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.

H
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.

I
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.

J
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!

K
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!

L
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!

M
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.

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

o
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.

P
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.

Q
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.

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

S
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!

T
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.

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

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

W
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.

X
Excitement - Have some excitement in your life everyday!

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

Z
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!


Mrs. Sell - ELA

Teacher Name: Mrs. Sell

2018 Grade Level: 7 ELA Team Bison

Email: jesell@upsd.org

Phone: 215-679-6288

Contact - Email is best and I will reply as needed during prep or outside of instructional time.

Calendar for upcoming tasks.

Supply List: ELA Binder, Loose leaf paper, pen, chromebook as needed, current novel.

Unit Map: - Our curriculum this year.

Summer Reading Assignment for 7th graders heading to 8th Grade.

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

You can view more about our math curriculum via the district curriculum map and program of studies.

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

You can view more about our math curriculum via the district curriculum map and program of studies.

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 am in my classroom from 7am until 2:45pm daily during the school year.

Calendars

Hawks Math

Hawks Science

Wolfpack Math

Wolfpack Science

Mrs. Smolinsky - Grade 7 ELA

Mrs. Smolinsky's 7th Grade ELA

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 a really sweet Jack Russell terrier named, Boston. 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

Office hours: 8:30 am - 9:10 am

Course Requirements, Description, and Supplies

Course Requirements Letter

7th Grade ELA Curriculum Map

Course Description

English 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.


Course Supplies

  • One 1" 3-ring binder
  • One pack loose-leaf lined paper
  • One box of pencils
  • One box of pens (blue or black ink)
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Chromebook (issued by the school District)

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

After you log in, click on Accelerated Reader.

Then, click on Bookshelf.

Check the dates of the quizzes you took, and compare them to the trimester dates.

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

Help with MLA

Team Bison

Google Classroom

Dr. Tamara Southerling - School Psychologist

About Me

Contact Information

Location: Upper Perkiomen Middle School
Department: Professional
Email: tsoutherling@upsd.org
Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Education

Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist

Ph.D., School Psychologist, Temple University
M.A., School Psychologist, Arcadia University
B.A., Philosophy/Political Science, Boston University

Mrs. Sparacino - Grade 7 Science

Mrs. Sparacino's Page

Contact Information

Mrs. Kristyn Sparacino

7th Grade Science

Middle School Science Curriculum Assistant

Room 116

Available Monday-Friday 7:00-2:45

215 541-7470

ksparacino@upsd.org

Mrs. Sparacino's webpage

My Background

I graduated from Shippensburg University in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education and earned a Master's Degree from DeSales University in 2007. I began my teaching career at Upper Perkiomen Middle School in 2002, where I taught Perk Project, 8th grade Environmental Science, and finally 7th grade Life Science.

Originally from Scranton, I now reside in Havertown, which is about an hour south of Upper Perk. I live there with my husband Julian, daughter Brenna, along with our 2 bulldogs, Joffrey and Lucille, and our boxer mix, Grover. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors such as camping and hiking, exercising, and relaxing with my family and friends.

Thunderbird Website

To access the Thunderbird's website, please click the link below. Daily homework assignments are posted on the Homework and Assignments page within the site.

Thunderbird's Website

7th Grade Science Curriculum

To access the curriculum, please click HERE.

Thunderbird Supply List

Students are expected to arrive daily to Social Studies with the following materials:

  1. A charged Chromebook
  2. A writing utensil
  3. Social Studies Folder
  4. Social Studies Notebook

A link to the full supply list for the Thunderbird Team can be found HERE.

Mrs. Stephenson - Autistic Support

Mrs. Stephenson

Autistic Support 6th, 7th, 8th

bstephenson@upsd.org

215-541-7452


About Me

I graduated from Kansas State University for Elementary Education with a minor in Math. I graduated from DeSales University for Special Education. I am certified for Special Education, Elementary Education, and also Middle School Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. I received my Masters Degree in Special Education at Desales University in December of 2017 and work with PaTTAN in the ongoing development of our Intensive Teaching classroom.

Mrs. Storti - Emotional Support Teacher

About Me

I've had the pleasure of working as the Emotional Support teacher at UPMS since October 2017. I currently assist students in grades 6-8. I've previously worked as a learning support, life skills support, and emotional support teacher at a surrounding district for the previous five years.

Contact Information

2155417436 (between the hours of 7:20-2:45)

mstorti@upsd.org *Email is the easiest way to contact me throughout the day.

Classroom Materials/Curriculum

Please reference your child's homeroom teacher's web page to view required materials for the school year, as well as the content currently being covered in their classes.

Ms. Stotsenburg - Physical Education

Contact Information

Grades 6-8 Girls Physical Education

cstotsenburg@upsd.org

215-541-7473

*SAP Team

*Alice Trainer

*QBS Certified

About Me

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

I was a 4-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, which I am introducing to the girls in class.

One little thing about myself I love sneakers!!



6th Grade Expectations

Upper Perkiomen Middle School 6th Grade Physical Education Requirements

The middle school physical education program encourages the development of every child mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically through physical activities. A focus on lifetime sports, personal fitness, and team sports will be taught.

Uniform

  • 1. Athletic shorts without zippers. Girls may wear Yoga Pants. NO boxers, pajama pants, jean shorts, or writing on the backside.
  • 2.T-shirt without collar. NO tank tops or muscle shirts.
  • 3.Sweatpants/shirts can be worn at any time. Jackets can be worn outside. Weather permitting we plan on going outside until late fall.
  • 4.Sneakers and socks. Sneakers MUST be tied on the outside and tight.

Requirements/Rules

  • 1. Jewelry may not be worn. Watches, necklaces, bracelets, and hooped earrings must be removed.
  • 2.No gum or candy or drinks in the locker room.
  • 3.No cell phones or ipods in the locker room. Do not bring valuables.
  • 4.No glass containers such as cologne or perfume is permitted in the locker room- do not spray each other with cologne/perfume, or body spray.
  • 5.Each student is required to change in appropriate attire and participate – to be excused from class a written note from a parent/guardian or doctor is needed.
  • 6.A student must present a pass if he/she is going to be late to class. Students who are not in the gym when attendance is taken will be considered tardy and lose points for the day.
  • 7.Inappropriate language and behavior will NOT be tolerated.
  • 8.Bathroom/Drink – just ask, once out of the locker room will use the hall.

Grading

Students can earn up to 5 points a gym class and will be graded each marking period and can earn a letter grade of A,B,C,D,F, or M(medical). The students will be graded by:

1.Cooperation

2.Safety

3.Participation

4.Preparation for class

5.Respecting others and teacher

6.Following directions and class rules

7. Skill Practice

Students will receive an “U” if not prepared for their gym class or without a note from a parent/guardian or doctor. The first time will result in losing a point, the second time they will lose 2 points and the third time they will lose 3 points, fourth time they will lose 4 points any time after will result in a zero.


7th Grade Expectations

Upper Perkiomen Middle School 7th Physical Education Requirements

The middle school physical education program encourages the development of every child mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically through physical activities. A focus on lifetime sports, personal fitness, and team sports will be taught.

Uniform

  • 1. Athletic shorts without zippers. Girls may wear Yoga Pants. NO boxers, pajama pants, jean shorts, or writing on the backside.
  • 2.T-shirt without collar. NO tank tops or muscle shirts.
  • 3.Sweatpants/shirts can be worn at any time. Jackets can be worn outside. Weather permitting we plan on going outside until late fall.
  • 4.Sneakers and socks. Sneakers MUST be tied on the outside and tight.

Requirements/Rules

  • 1. Jewelry may not be worn. Watches, necklaces, bracelets, and hooped earrings must be removed.
  • 2.No gum or candy or drinks in the locker room.
  • 3.No cell phones or ipods in the locker room. Do not bring valuables.
  • 4.No glass containers such as cologne or perfume is permitted in the locker room- do not spray each other with cologne/perfume, or body spray.
  • 5.Each student is required to change in appropriate attire and participate – to be excused from class a written note from a parent/guardian or doctor is needed.
  • 6.A student must present a pass if he/she is going to be late to class. Students who are not in the gym when attendance is taken will be considered tardy and lose points for the day.
  • 7.Inappropriate language and behavior will NOT be tolerated.
  • 8.Bathroom/Drink – just ask, once out of the locker room will use the hall.

Grading

Students can earn up to 5 points a gym class and will be graded each marking period and can earn a letter grade of A,B,C,D,F, or M(medical). The students will be graded by:

1.Cooperation

2.Safety

3.Participation

4.Preparation for class

5.Respecting others and teacher

6.Following directions and class rules

7. Skill Practice

Students will receive an “U” if not prepared for their gym class or without a note from a parent/guardian or doctor. The first time will result in losing a point, the second time they will lose 3 points and the third time they will automatically get a 0, any time after will result in a zero.

8th Grade Expectations

Upper Perkiomen Middle School 8th Physical Education Requirements

The middle school physical education program encourages the development of every child mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically through physical activities. A focus on lifetime sports, personal fitness, and team sports will be taught.

Uniform

  • 1. Athletic shorts without zippers . Girls may wear yoga pants. NO boxers, pajama pants, jean shorts, or writing on the backside.
  • 2.T-shirt without collar. NO tank tops or muscle shirts.
  • 3.Sweatpants/shirts can be worn at any time. Jackets can be worn outside. Weather permitting we plan on going outside until late fall.
  • 4.Sneakers and socks. Sneakers MUST be tied on the outside and tight.

Requirements/Rules

  • 1. Jewelry may not be worn. Watches, necklaces, bracelets, and hooped earrings must be removed.
  • 2.No gum or candy or drinks in the locker room.
  • 3.No cell phones or ipods in the locker room. Do not bring valuables.
  • 4.No glass containers such as cologne or perfume is permitted in the locker room – Please do not spray cologne/perfume, or body spray on each other.
  • 5.Each student is required to change in appropriate attire and participate – to be excused from class a written note from a parent/guardian or doctor is needed.
  • 6.A student must present a pass if he/she is going to be late to class. Students who are not in the gym when attendance is taken will be considered tardy and lose points for the day.
  • 7.Inappropriate language and behavior will NOT be tolerated.
  • 8.Bathroom/Drink – just ask, once out of the locker room will use the hall.

Grading

Students can earn up to 5 points a gym class and will be graded each marking period and can earn a letter grade of A,B,C,D,F, or M(medical). The students will be graded by:

1.Cooperation

2.Safety

3.Participation

4.Preparation for class

5.Respecting others and teacher

6.Following directions and class rules

7. Game Play

Since 8th grade is a transition year to high school, grading will be a little different from past middle school years. Students will receive an “U” for not being prepared for their gym class without a note from a parent/guardian or doctor. Each unprepared will result in “0” Points. (0/5)

Physical Education Units

The Middle School Physical Education Program encourages the development of every child mentally, emotionally, socially and physically through physical activities. Physical activity improves muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility which helps students establish self-esteem and strive for personal goals. By providing a range of aerobic and anaerobic activities, it enhances students personal fitness levels. A focus on lifetime sports, personal fitness, and team sports will be taught. We promote positive attitudes toward lifelong activities. Young people can build healthy bodies and establish healthy lifestyles by including physical activities int heir lives.

Units

Football Golf Fitness Soccer Volleyball

Floor Hockey Basketball Softball/Whiffle Ball

Badminton Large Group Games (dodging/throwing/fleeing)

Kickball Games Team Building Fitness Circuits

Lifetime Sports (bocce, ladder golf, 4-square, bowling)

PE Curriculum Unit Map

Mrs. Taylor- Speech and Language

215.541.7446

ataylor@upsd.org

About Me

I received my undergraduate degree from East Stroudsburg University and my graduate degree from LaSalle University. In addition, I also received my Supervisor of Special Education Certificate. I have been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2004 when I started my career at Bucks County Intermediate Unit. I then worked at Hatboro-Horsham School District until I came to Upper Perk in 2017.

I have been married to a pretty cool guy (Mike) for the past 12 years. We have two adorable children, Jayson (9) and Mya (6) that keep us busy. Last summer, we added to our family by adopting a puppy to keep our older Labrador on his toes. In my free time (which is rare), I enjoy spending time with friends, reading a good mystery or going to see a Broadway Musical.


Articulation

Articulation - the way we make speech sounds.

Children develop sounds in a sequence: Articulation Development Chart


As speech sounds develop, children will make mistakes and substitute "easier" sounds for harder ones or distort "hard" sounds to make them easier to say.

"A speech sound disorder (or articulation disorder) occurs when mistakes continue past a certain age. Every sound has a different range of ages when the child should make the sound correctly. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns). " (ASHA)

Phonological Processes: Speech patterns used by children to simplify production of words. These are evident in typically developing children between the ages of 2 and 5. Phonological processes are extinguished as they are no longer needed by the child to make speech easier. All phonological processes should be eliminated by age 5(kindergarten age).

Some examples of phonological processes:

Context Sensitive Voicing - "pig" for "big"

Fronting - "tup" for "cup"

Backing - "guck" for "duck"

Final Consonant Deletion - "bo" for "boat"

Weak Syllable Deletion - "elfant" for "elephant"

Cluster Reduction - "poon" for "spoon"

Gliding - "yeg" for "leg"

Motor speech disorders: articulation errors resulting from limited ability to plan and execute the muscle movements necessary for accurate speech production.

Language

Language is different from speech.

Language is made of up many parts:

Semantics- "What words mean". Semantics refers to how we understand words, organize them, and use them to convey our thoughts and ideas. (e.g., "star" can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity)

Morphology: How to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)

Syntax - "Grammar" How to put words together (e.g., "Peg walked to the new store" rather than "Peg walk store new")

Pragmatics - "Social skills". How we use language for different purposes, understand non-verbal cues and figurative language that add additional meaning to communication. Also includes understanding of what word combinations are best in what situations ("Would you mind moving your foot?" could quickly change to "Get off my foot, please!" if the first request did not produce results)

"When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a language disorder." (ASHA)

When a child's language skills are developing in a typical sequence, but later than normal, he or she has a language delay.

FAQ

Q: "I know you're a speech therapist, but what exactly do you do?"

A: Speech-Language Pathologists (or "therapists") evaluate and treat delays and disorders of language, articulation, voice, fluency, oral-motor function, feeding/swallowing, executive function/cognition and pragmatics or "social skills". In a school-based environment, SLP's typically act as part the educational team to evaluate the strengths and needs of students' communication skills as they relate to their ability to access the general educational curriculum. SLPs provide support, consultation and direct therapy to promote the student's success in the least-restrictive educational environment.

Q: "How do I go about requesting a speech or language screening for my child?"

A: A parent or guardian may request that their child's speech and/or language skills be screened by submitting their request in writing (via email) to ataylor@upsd.org. Please include detailed information: your child's grade, class, age, and specific concerns (i.e. "has trouble saying the 'R' sound", or "has difficulty following directions"). If your child receives other special education services or therapies, either through Upper Perkiomen School District or an outside provider, please include that information as well.

Mr. Verna - Communication Technology

Contact Information

Luke Verna 215.541.7475 lverna@upsd.org Grades 6-8

Class Assignment 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.

Curriculum Information

Mr. Voth - 8th Grade, Social Studies

Mr. Voth's home page for 8th Grade, Social Studies

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.

Resources: A student should bring to class each day his/her Chromebook, a social studies notebook, and a writing utensil.

Google Classroom link:

https://classroom.google.com/h

Homework:

Homework/Skyward

Course:

8th Grade Social Studies Curriculum Map

Mrs. Wambold - Grade 8 ELA

Hello! Welcome!

Feel free to contact me either by phone or email:

Laura Wamboldlwambold@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 7th 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.

Here is my 7th Grade Unit Map

7th grade supply list




Mrs. Wietecha - Library

Mrs. Wietecha

UPMS Librarian, grades 6 - 7 - 8

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.

Office Hours available by appointment.

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

Information about class assignments can be found on the Google Classrooms. There is one Google Classroom for each grade level.

Class of 2023 Google Library Classroom

Class of 2024 Google Library Classroom

Class of 2025 Google Library Classroom

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/

Library Curriculum Map

Expectations

Students are taught how to check their books in and out independently. so they may come to the library to check books out any time during the school day.

In library class students should be prepared by always having:

charged Chromebook

pencil

library book to renew or return, or a book to read if they are not checking out a library book

Students can check their library grades on Skyward.



Research

Students may go to the middle school library card catalog to look for a book, check Accelerated Reader points, put a book on hold and see what books they have checked out. The student pin number is their user name and password to sign in.

Students may access WorldBookOnline at school through this link. If you are at home the username and password is wb4upsd

Students may access Power Library at school through this link. From home you either need a Pennsylvania public library card number or you may get an ecard from this site.

Mrs. Zimpfer - Grade 6 Social Studies

Education

Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist

Ph.D., School Psychology, Temple University
M.A., Counseling Psychology, Arcadia University
B.A., Philosophy/Political Science, Boston University

Contact Information

Location: Upper Perkiomen Middle School
Department: Professional
Email: tsoutherling@upsd.org

About the Class

We will be learning about a variety of interesting locations and cultures in the Western Hemisphere.

Please make sure you are prepared for each class. Bring a pencil, your textbook, your charged chromebook and any worksheets or materials that we are currently using.

Bring a positive attitude.

Participate! Class is so much more interesting when we discuss what we are learning!


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!

Contact Mrs. Zimpfer

Telephone: 215-541-7477

Email: dzimpfer@upsd.org

Link to the Hawks Team page

Use the link below to connect to the Hawks Team page.

https://www.upsd.org/middle-school/teams/hawks-grade-6

Google Classroom

Maps

Textbook Summaries

Use this link to read summaries of the core lessons from our textbook.

http://www.eduplace.com/ss/socsci/pa/books/bkf2/ilessons/index.html

Curriculum Map

Use this link to view the curriculum map for Sixth Grade Social Studies.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uHID-0BLZy7dMz...