Monday, September 30, 2013


Read and complete a Book Note.

Did you remember Picture Day on Wednesday?


Both Classes-- Make sure that you have completed Lesson # 6 analysis questions 1 and 4, Lesson #7 Analysis questions 1,2, and 3

Friday, September 27, 2013


Mrs Leighton's Room--- Complete analysis questions for lesson 7
Mrs Thomas's Room--- Complete Stop/Think questions for lesson 6 and analysis 1 and 4


due Monday:
  • p. 15  1-5  The Oral Story Telling section. You will be sharing this with a partner on Monday.
  • Your Writer's Notebook:  The list of 8 incidents with 5W's and H
  • Book Notes due today!!!!
  • Read 1/2 hour over the weekend (optional)
due by next Friday
  • Find an object which will fit/glue in your WN and write about it

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday, Already??

  • Due tomorrow...Friday:  Book Notes, 2 Writer's Notebook Comic Entries, Begin brainstorming about Incidents in your Life involving MAJOR or minor Choices (in WN).
Picture Day is next Wednesday, October 2!!  Yee haw!! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

grade 7 science

Complete science analysis questions for lesson 5
Mrs thomas room complete #1a,b 2,3,4a,4b
Mrs leighton room finish all of the analysis


  • Writer's Notebook:  2 of the printed comics...due Friday
  • Read 1/2 hour 
  • Complete 5 days of Book Notes:  due Friday
Thank you for the time you devoted to your NWEA's.  You made some fantabulous choices to focus and get 'er done! Nice!

Monday, September 23, 2013


  • Read 1/2 hour.  Take 5 minutes to complete the Book Note.  
  • Book NOtes will be collected on Friday.
  • Optional:  Writer's Notebook:  Choose a point of view...Cindy's, the Coach's, or Ronnie's.  Write an entry which shows what they're thinking and feeling about the events at the game.  Extra Credit
  • I will collect Writer's Notebooks tomorrow and Woot Woot them while students are taking the NWEA's.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


word map
Read 1/2hour

ELA Class Materials for Thursday's Lesson

Youtube video #1:

Youtube video #2:

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dictionary Resource


  •  I will eventually collect your writing about you.  It WAS due Monday.  I am setting up a Google Doc to make it possible for you to pass in you digital assignments.
  • Read 1/2 hour
Open House Thursday Night!  Hope you and your folks can make it.  I hope to meet some of them for the first time.

Social Studies:


Thursday, September 12, 2013


  • 1/2 hr. reading
  • 2nd draft of writing due Monday
  • Mandala due Monday
  • Talk Back Stickies due Friday
  • Writer's Notebook due Friday
  • Open notes Vocab. quiz on Friday
About Me:
Social Studies:




Wednesday, September 11, 2013

HOMEWORK Wednesday, September 11

SS- make sure book is covered

ELA- Words That Describe Me (optional)


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Dear Students...

Beginnings are an interesting concept.  I wonder if there is really such a thing.  You have begun a new chapter in your educational experiences, but the story began long ago.  I like to think one door closes but a window opens.  This is the window of your seventh grade year.  Welcome to grade seven, the middle school wing of the school, ipads, a new ELA curriculum, a new math curriculum, a new science curriculum, a new social studies curriculum.  New rooms, new lockers, new friends, new teachers, new schedule, new new new.
     Last week I asked you tell me a little bit about you, the past and present you.  What's important to you.  What you most love about learning.  What you like and dislike about school. How you learn best in the classroom...and a few more questions.  I learned lots.  Some of you are interested in learning a second language and how cool is that!  Many of you said you learn best in a quiet classroom, and you hoped to improve in reading, math.  A few of you mentioned science is your area of improvement.  So many of you went camping this summer and went to Fun Town.  Many of you mentioned how important family is to you.  Neato.  I learned that several of you love motors and want to learn more about automotive engineering.  Cheering is a big interest for many of you and basketball was mentioned more than any other sport as a favorite!  Video gaming sure was a popular interest as was horseback riding and one of you loves archery.  How cool.  I wanted to cry when I saw how many of you love learning but I shouldn't be surprised.  It shows in your personalities and interests that so many of you are readers. Well, you've come to the right place.  Have you seen my library? lol  I can't list all that I learned about you, but it's been pretty darn interesting learning about you.   Now I will share a bit about me:
     Most important in my life if my family, my career, my dearest friends, and my love of books, swimming, gardening, and my home.   One of the best days of the summer was a day I spend at Tunk Lake with my granddaughters.  Floating and staring at a blue summer sky is like heaven to me, and sharing this with my sweet grandkids is an awesome bonus.  Now I have a sweet little border collie named Pearl who will join me in my trips to Tunk. Yay!
     Next I must share my favorite book.  My favorite book in the world can I choose?!  If you twisted my arm I would say Anna Kariena, a wicked long book about a woman who is struggling to be independent and free from society's expectations of her.  A lot of historical details about Russia are weaved in the story, especially Russia's social classes and their struggles.  Good book.  Took forever to read but worth every word.  I want to read it again someday.
     More about me...I cannot wait to teach my first year of the new Springboard ELA curriculum.  New to me, new to you, it looks like a terrific learning experience.  I am sad about losing some of the time for ELA classes which I've had in the past, but I am happy students have a study hall this year.  I am an optimistic person who will find a way to make it work.  If I can't, I fight for change.
     In closing, I wish to say I am thankful to be a teacher, one who teaches at HGS, and I think I am darn lucky.  Spending the day at Donnell Pond with a clan of fun kids reminded me of this.  Telling you a little bit about me has reminded me of just how fortunate I am.  I look forward to your letters about you.

Mrs. Leighton