Bison Grade 7

Team Philosophy

We believe every student has within them the capability to achieve great things. As a BISON, all students will grow through shared experiences and learning. By working together, we hope to instill values which will assist in creating students who are ready to “lead the herd” in the 21st century.

Believe In Yourself

Independence

Self-advocacy

Ownership for your choices

Never Give Up

TEAM BISON is...

Mrs. Berrodin - Math KBaer-Berrodin@upsd.org

Mr. Fowkes - Science cfowkes@upsd.org

Mr. Haas - Social Studies rhaas@upsd.org

Mr. Kalnoski - Social Studies bkalnoski@upsd.org

Ms. Long - ELA/Math aclong@upsd.org

Mrs. Sell - ELA jesell@upsd.org

Mrs. Wambold - ELA lwambold@upsd.org

Ms. Auckland - LS kauckland@upsd.org

Additional teacher and course information can be found on the UPMS Teacher page.


Bison Team - Helpful Information!

Ms. Auckland - Mrs. Berrodin - Mr. Fowkes - Mr. Kalonoski - Miss. Long - Mrs. Sell - Mrs. Wambold

Believe in yourself.

Independence.

Self-Advocacy

Ownership for your choices

Never Give Up.

What is the schedule for my seventh-grader?

Period

Time

HR/1

7:35-8:22

2

8:22-9:04

3

9:04-9:46

4

9:46-10:28

5 (I/E period)

10:28-10:58

Lunch

10:58-11:28

7

11:28-12:10

8

12:10-12:52

9

12:52-1:34

10

1:34-2:16


What’s new in the schedule?

  • Intervention/Enrichment Time

Students can use academic support and core content time to receive tutoring, test make up or real world projects. If you need to see a teacher that you are not assigned to for I/E - you need to get a pass from that teacher prior to 5th period I/E class. For example, if you need Math help and would like to see Miss. Auckland or Mrs. Berrodin, get a pass from her before 5th period and give that signed pass to your I/E teacher at the beginning of 5th period.


  • Quest

Students will use MyPath through Edgenuity with designated days.

ELA - Day 3 and 6 Math - Day 2 and 5 Teacher Activities on 1 and 4

Students will receive a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade in Skyward. Quest is a class and will receive a grade.


How Can I find information about assignments and grades?

  • Skyward

Skyward is a helpful tool as it is an online grade report. You will see how your child has already performed in classes on formative and summative assessments.

  • Assignment Book

Students should write down upcoming assignments in agendas. All teachers on our team announce assignments and post them on the board in class.


Who are Bison Teachers and how do I contact them?

Teacher Name

Subject(s)

E-mail

Phone

Ms. Auckland

Special Education, math

kauckland@upsd.org

215-541-7479

Mrs. Berrodin

Math

kbaer-berrodin@upsd.org

215-541-7423

Mr. Fowkes

science

cfowkes@upsd.org

215-541-7421

Mr. Haas

Social Studies

rhaas@upsd.org

215-541-7444

Mr. kalnoski

Social studies

bkalnoski@upsd.org

215-541-7467

Ms. Long

Math, Science

aclong@upsd.org

215-541-7456

Mrs. Moll

Gifted

bmoll@upsd.org

215-541-7458

Mrs. Sell

ELA

jEsell@upsd.org

215-541-7435

Mrs. Wambold

ELA

lwambold@upsd.org

215-541-7441


How do Bison teachers recognize, reward and remediate students academically and behaviorally?

  • Student Conferences

Throughout the year your child’s team of teachers will be conferencing with students for a variety of reasons. During this time, your child will meet with the Team Bison teachers to discuss any issues we may be having in our classrooms, to celebrate an accomplishment, and/or just to check-in to see how everything is going. Over the past decade, our Team has found that this style of reflection and cooperation is crucial for our students as they continue to develop skills such as self-advocacy, ownership and responsibility of his or her actions, and independence; which you may remember are part of our Team Philosophy.

As such, you will not be contacted by the team when we have such a meeting. We believe that students must begin to take responsibility for cultivating that conversation with the adults in her or his life and promote such discussions to take place at home. In addition, when necessary, this conference serves as a first step in correcting behavior which we, as a Team, feel is interrupting the learning process, or otherwise not meeting our expectations. When an issue or concern is discussed, we (teachers and student) create a plan of action with a timeline for an improvement in behavior(s). If the student is unable or unwilling to meet his or her own expectations for improvement, we will then proceed to the next step in the process, which may include parent contact. In the end, we want our students to mature and begin to process how his or her actions can impact a classroom and those around her or him. We believe that young adults need the opportunity to participate in and reflect on plans for improving. Our hope is that by working together we can achieve this - and after a decade of doing so, we have found this method to be extremely useful and successful.


  • Bison Perks

As a team, we encourage respectful behavior in the class, hallway, cafeteria, bus, at games - you name it! When we see students going above and beyond, being helpful, guiding and good community members, we acknowledge it!

Look for TRIBE Breakfasts, BISON of the Month, Walk and Talks, Movie Rewards, Exercise Breaks, Trimester Awards, (including Ravenous Readers, Mad Scientist, Mathlete and Future Historian), and positive student conferences.

What will my child be learning in each class and how can I help?

Math

What your students will work on in class?

All students will work on strengthening their understanding of skills and concepts through collaboration, modeling and discussion. Daily students will justify their reasoning during small and whole group work and relate content to life outside the classroom.


CORE CLASSES: Computation with rational numbers, expressions, equations and Inequalities, proportional relationships and their representations, geometry, and probability and statistics


ENHANCED CLASSES: Simplifying expressions, solving equations and inequalities, equations with one, multiple or no solution, slope, systems of equations, proportional relationships, percents, angle relationships, statistics and probability, geometry


What to look for at home?

Students will do the majority of their homework from our online textbook. The online textbook has a lot of homework hints, which is a great resource for when students get confused. All students have at least two phone numbers of other students who they can call with any questions about class or homework. Students will have a yellow homework sheet to show the credit they have earned on the nightly assignments- check this before the points are entered into Skyward.



How can I help my child be successful?

Show your child how Math is used in your life whether it is at work or in your personal life so that they realize Math is useful and everyone uses it! Having your child help with:

  • Following recipes (especially if the recipes are doubled cut in half) helps students understanding of fractions)
  • Compare prices at the grocery store, gas stations, etc. (find the unit rate- ex. cost per pound, ounce, snack bag, etc.)
  • Estimate or project cost of groceries, gas, cell phone bill, data usage, etc.
  • Compare service plans (which company would be cheaper in the long term)
  • Figuring area, perimeter, volume into home improvement projects (carpet, tile, baseboards, paint, fencing, mulch, etc.)
  • Percents- cost of item after discount, tax or tip at stores and restaurants, interest on credit cards, savings accounts and loans
  • Sports statistics- probability of perfect brackets, player stats, etc.
  • Balancing a checkbook (positive and negative numbers) or following the stock market (positive and negative numbers, making projections from graphs, etc.)


ELA

There are two classes in ELA - Honors and Core.


Honors Novels:

Short Stories from Language of Literature

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Titanic: Voices from Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Vocabulary Level C by Jerome Shostak


Core Novels:

Short Stories from Language of Literature

Screenplay for Driving Miss Daisy

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Titanic Voices from Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Book Club with The Giver

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


What your students will work on in class?

Students will practice reading comprehension skills, working on improving style through grammar and new vocabulary, immerse themselves in diverse literature and text dependent writing. A majority of this will be worked on in class, but occasional meaningful homework may need to be prepared at home.


AR - Accelerated Reader

All students will take Accelerated Reader quizzes throughout the year. Each trimester, we will set up a point goal for students to achieve throughout the trimester. AR quizzes can only be taken at school, however AR books can be read at home.


What to look for at home?

Reading is always a help at home. Articles, magazines, fiction, poetry - anything your child enjoys.


How can I help my child be successful?

If your child struggles with Vocabulary - www.vocabularyworkshop.com has resources, games and help. The orange books also have QR codes at the beginning of each unit with pre-loaded index cards, hangman for spelling, etc.

Read your child’s writing and discuss the strengths with them - focus on what is going well or how they have grown.

If your child is struggling, encourage him/her to get an I/E pass to see Miss Auckland, Mrs. Sell or Mrs. Wambold during Period 5 intervention time.


Science

What your students will work on in class?

This year we will be exploring the Earth: It’s history, place in the universe, and systems which make our planet unique. Our curriculum is web-based and as such, everyone must have a fully charged chromebook every day. Throughout the year we will use our online resources, in-class texts, hands-on investigations, and labs to come to a better understanding of our planet.


What to look for at home?

Since this is an online curriculum, you will not see a textbook. Your student’s online account is his or her access to all the materials needed for science this year. It contains an online text, review materials, a student notebook, and various other resources to assist with the curriculum.


How can I help my child be successful?

Create a structured time for studying. This is the perfect time to begin to develop proper study habits. Students should spend 10 mins per grade level in a quiet, focused study time. This activity can include rewriting notes, organizing a notebook, completing homework, creating study materials for a future assessment, and reading his or her Accelerated Reading book, just to name a few. It should take place in a common area, like at the kitchen table or other quiet space, with limited distractions. Electronics, especially the phone, should be absent from the space.


Social Studies

What your students will work on in class?

The 7th grade Social Studies curriculum covers the 6 Themes of History, 5 Themes of Geography, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Middle Ages, and the Renaissance Period. In addition, there will be various curriculum related writing assignments/projects during the course of the year.


Everyone must have a fully charged chromebook every day. Throughout the year we will use our online resources, in-class text, and additional historical reading material to enhance our understanding of history and its connection to the world we live in.


What to look for at home?

There is an online version of the textbook that will be available in each students Google Classroom. In addition, there are textbooks in the classroom that can be used during instructional time.


How can I help my child be successful?

Create a structured time for studying. This is the perfect time to begin to develop proper study habits. Students should spend 10 mins per grade level in a quiet, focused study time. This activity can include rewriting notes, organizing a notebook, completing homework, creating study materials for a future assessment, and reading his or her Accelerated Reading book, just to name a few. It should take place in a common area, like at the kitchen table or other quiet space, with limited distractions. Electronics, especially the phone, should be absent from the space.


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What are some important dates?


September

17/18 - PTFS Book Fair

29 - 3 HR ED


October

5- Fall Dance

12 - Boxtops/Redners Receipts

19- Three HR Early Dismissal

20 - Trunk or Treat at the HS parking lot

22-26- Red Ribbon Week

26 - Costume Day


November

6- Inservice Day

19/20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences


December

6 - TRIBE Breakfast

24-Jan 1- School and Offices Closed


January

10 and 11 - Geography Bee

21 - School and Offices Closed

February

1 - Three HR Early Dismissal and PTFS Bear Creek Night

18 - Schools and Offices Closed

27 - UPMS Drama - Senior Citizen Performance


March

1 and 2 - UPMS Drama

7 and 8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

29 - Inservice Day


April

11 and 12 - Inservice Days

13-15 - School and Offices Closed

15-26 - Testing window for ELA PSSAs

April 29-May 3 - Testing window for Math PSSAs and Science PSSA for Grade 8 Only.


May

13-24 - Testing window for Keystone Algebra I test takers.


Teacher/Student/Parent Responsiblities

We all have the same goal of creating successful students both now and in the future, but we can’t do this alone! Everyone needs to work together in order to help our students find success. Below are some responsibilities that will help us do this!

School Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

Parent Responsibilities

We will:

Keep parents informed of their

children’s progress by keeping

Skyward and the team homework

calendar up to date.

Teach students methods for reading

for the purpose of mastering the

material.

Assign homework regularly, including

reading and research assignments.

Use homework assignments to help

students master material.

Encourage students to behave

responsibly and treat other people

with respect.

Clearly apprise students of

assignments to be completed and

hold students responsible for meeting

obligations.

Teach and model acceptance of

responsibility for the positive and

negative outcomes of personal

behavior.

Model good citizenship and

encourage students to demonstrate

good citizenship in the classroom,

school, home, and community.

Communicate with parents about

their children’s progress and show

them how they can help.

I will:

Read regularly for pleasure as

well as to learn.

Study at home in a quiet place,

free of distractions like a cell

phone or TV, for at least 10

minutes per grade level per day

(ex.: 7th grader = 70 minutes.)

Plan to study to avoid conflicts

with other activities.

Complete and turn in all

assignments.

Keep an assignment notebook to

record assignments, due dates,

work completed, and grades.

Arrive at school on time and

ready to learn.

Behave responsibly and treat

other people with respect.

Accept responsibility for my

learning and persist until I get

the job finished.

Demonstrate good citizenship in

the classroom, school, home,

and community.

Keep my parents informed about

what I am learning and doing at

school.

Regularly monitor my grades by

checking Skyward.

Communicate with teachers

whenever I have questions or

concerns.

We will:

Encourage our child to read for pleasure and to

learn.

Investigate other types of reading materials

(newspapers, magazines, periodicals, computer,

etc.)

Speak positively about learning (avoid phrases

such as, “I was never good at math, so you

probably won’t be either.”)

See that our child spends at least 10 minutes per

grade level per day studying and completing

homework at home (ex.: 7th grader = 70 min);

and check our child’s assignment book daily.

Establish a study place at home that is quiet,

well-lit, free of electronic distractions, and where

our child can sit to study.

Make sure our child attends school regularly, is

on time, and is prepared to learn, with the

necessary supplies and homework completed.

Expect our child to behave responsibly and treat

other people with respect.

Teach and model acceptance of responsibility for

the positive and negative outcomes of personal

behavior.

Teach and model responsible decision making.

Model good citizenship and encourage our child

to demonstrate good citizenship in the

classroom, school, home, and community.

Attend parent-teacher-student conferences and

open houses and communicate with our child’s

teachers, through notes and conversation, about

how well our child is doing and what we can do

to help.

Monitor my student’s grades using Skyward.