7th Grade

We are so glad you are a part of our Mustang 7th grade Herd!
We promise to do our best to keep your children engaged, curious, safe, happy, and to give them the highest quality education possible.

Mr. Chavez, 7th Math: Welcome to 7th grade! As part of our math classroom norms, we work on developing a growth mindset in math, meaning that we believe anyone can learn math to a high level, and that hard work and effort always lead to strong academic achievement. We also focus on deep, collaborative learning and problem-solving using our problem-based curriculum, Illustrative Mathematics. Be ready to engage in a diverse learning experience with an integration of technology, science, and hands-on activities. You can find more information about the many on-line resources we use on your student’s Canvas Parent Resources and Syllabus pages.

Mr. Duthoy, Algebra: Welcome to Algebra! The first semester of Algebra will include a review of solving and graphing linear equations, solving systems of linear equations, and analyzing statistics. Second semester we will work on learning about polynomials as well as exponential and quadratic equations. Throughout, we will use math vocabulary and persevere. Remember, we learn by making mistakes, and then fixing those mistakes.

Mrs. Spengler, Language Arts:
Our class will be using Scholastic’s Scope Magazine as our Language Arts curriculum for the year. Your child will receive a 32-page magazine full of non-fiction, short stories, plays, grammar, and poetry 9 times over the course of the year. I start every class period with 10 minutes of Silent Reading, and will work diligently to help your children find books that they love.

Mrs. DeCelles, Life Science: This course explores some of the many topics within the realm of Life Sciences. The first semester (Aug-Dec), focus will be on exploring tools of science, studying the interactions between plants and animals within an ecosystem, and what our role is as humans in protecting our environment. In the second semester (Jan-May), students will investigate how cells work, heredity and genetics, adaptation by natural selection, and the structure and functions of body systems.

Mr. Johnson, Social Studies: Welcome to Social Studies! In this course, students will learn about the development of government, culture, and trade in classic Western Civilizations (Greece and Rome) as well as societies and empires in Africa, Asia, and Europe. We will focus on analyzing primary and secondary sources and writing historical essays that use effective reasoning and evidence. Discussing questions with peers and collaborating on projects and assignments will be a regular part of class.