Supply List | Welcome Letter


Welcome to the Seven Wonders!  Hopefully your child is settling in and adjusting to the routines of 7th grade.   Please monitor your child’s grades through the Aspen account.  It is wonderful tool to keep track of a child’s progress and to catch lying students!  Mid quarter progress reports are sent home in early October.  These reports officially inform you of your child’s progress and especially indicate if there are any problem areas.  Thank you for purchasing all needed supplies.  You may need to replenish them as the year goes forward.  Our Meadow Farms Fall fundraiser orders  are due the first week of October.  Join us on Saturday, November 11 for our 5th annual 5K Road Race and Walk to benefit Park View Middle School and Operation Stand Down.  Register through the Park View website.  Last year there were 1000 participants!

The discovery of how to make fire, the beginnings of agriculture, and the development of writing systems changed the course of human history transforming us as a species.  With systematic agriculture,  we abandoned the hunter-gatherer life and became farmers.  Permanent settlements arose and a constant food supply meant increasing populations.  Humans continued to develop more complex cultures.  Soon, civilizations emerged in the Tigris and Euphrates River Valley (Mesopotamia) and the Nile River Valley around 3000 B.C.  Although Sumerians and Egyptians were different, they were alike in many ways.  They settled near rivers and developed social classes, job specialization, governments, laws, writing systems, and a system of values and beliefs.  Both made lasting contributions to the modern world.  To explore and understand early humans and the civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt, one must take a multi-pronged approach that addresses the geographic, economic, political, and social issues in examining their way of life, their accomplishments, and their just and inequitable practices and beliefs, without using a 21st century mind to pass judgement.

Science classes are busy learning about the properties of matter.  Students are completing activities mastering measuring mass and volume.  They are currently working on investigations involving density and other properties.  Students will continue their studies of chemistry through November.  We will perform experiments showing interactions of matter and chemical reactions, studying both reactants and energy involved in the reactions.

In English, we started the year with working on good paragraph writing and reviewing the fundamentals of writing.  Students wrote an informational goals paragraph and will write a compare/contrast paragraph after analyzing a short story.  We went to the library to select books for our first book report, which is due 10/20.  The format can be found on the Seven Wonders Google Classroom.  Students should be reading nightly and working on their bookmarks.  In October, we will be working on the elements of fiction.  We will be analyzing two short stories for characters, setting, theme, and literary terms.  We are also learning to support ideas with textual evidence and citations.  To finish the quarter, we will work on writing our own creative narratives incorporating the elements of fiction we discussed this quarter.

Math classes began the year by studying Module 1 of Eureka Math - Ratios and Proportional Relationships. Students have taken their baseline Star Math test and we will track their progress during the year.  IXL online Math was introduced for those that haven’t used the program.  Students will be getting an assignment on a Monday and it needs to be completed by the end of the week.  This interactive practice program will be used to allow students to brush up on previously learned skills and to practice current material.  Students shouldn’t spend more than 25 minutes at a time working on the practice.  Written homework is given several nights during the week.  Please monitor your child’s planner daily.