April 2022 Newsletter

Important Dates

April 4 – Graduation Pictures Classes 801, 802, & 803
April 5 – Graduation Pictures Classes 804, 805 & 806
April 15-April 22 – Spring Recess – School Closed
April 26-27 – NYS Math Exam Grades 6 and 7
May 2 – Eid-al-Fitr School Closed
May 30 – Memorial Day – School Closed
June 7 – Clerical Day – Students not present
New Voices Guidance and Counseling

Happy Spring! As we enter into warmer months, the New Voices Guidance and Counseling team is excited to be offering ongoing support to students. With the start of the third marking period, we hope to continue to foster an environment where all students feel comfortable reaching out for support as needed. As always, we are here to guide all students through any social emotional challenges that could be contributing to any academic difficulties.


New Voices Guidance and Counseling

High School Information from Ms. Miller


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6th Grade

Understand and Use Percents

At the end of the unit the students will be able to:

  • Understand Percent
    • How can you represent a rate with 100 as the whole?
  • Relate Fractions, Decimals and Percents
    • How are fractions, decimals and percents related?
  • Represent Percents Greater than 100 or Less than 1
    • How can you write a percent greater than 100 or less than 1 as a fraction and as a decimal?
  • Estimate to find Percent
    • How can you estimate to find the percent of a number?
  • Find the Percent of a Number
    • How can you find percents
  • Find the Whole Given a Part and the Percent
    • How can you find the whole in a percent problem?

How to prepare for this unit: Filter ALEKS topics to percents, find percents of sale items in your everyday life.

7th Grade

Analyze and Solve Linear Equations

At the end of the unit the students will be able to:

  • Write Two-Step Equations
    • Combine like terms
    • Solve equations with like terms on one side of the equation.
    • Make sense of scenarios and represent them with equations.
  • Solve Equations with Variables on Both Sides
    • Solve equations with like terms on both sides of the equation.
    • Make sense of scenarios and represent them with equations..
  • Solve Multistep Equations
    • Plan multiple solution pathways and choose one to find the solution.
  • Equations with No Solutions or Infinitely Many Solutions
    • Determine the number of solutions to an equation.
  • Compare Proportional Relationships
    • Analyze equations, linear graphs and tables to find unit rates and compare proportional relationships
  • Connect Proportional Relationships and Slope
    • Find the slope of a line using different strategies.
    • Interpret a slope in context and relate it to steepness on a graph.
  • Analyze Linear Equations y- mx
    • Understand how the constant of proportionality and the slope relate in a linear equation.
    • Write a linear equation in the form y = mx when the slope is given.
    • Graph a linear equation in the form y = mx.
  • Understand the y-intercept of a line
    • Interpret and extend the table or graph of a linear relationship to find its y-intercept
    • Analyze graphs in context to determine and explain the meaning of the y-intercept.
  • Analyze Linear Equations: y- mx +b
    • Graph a line from an equation in the form y = mx + b
    • Write an equation that represents the given graph of a line.

8th Grade/Algebra

In unit 6 students will focus on polynomials which are expressions that consist of sums and/or differences of several terms. In order to work with polynomials students will begin by classifying and naming polynomials by their first and last name: degree and number of terms, respectively. Next, building off of our prior knowledge of integers, students will perform operations involving polynomials. Combining like terms and using the distributive property are two essential skills for successfully performing operations with polynomials. Later in the unit students will identify and multiply special case polynomials. After, we will revisit prime factorization from early grades so that students are ready to factor polynomials. When students factor polynomials their goal is to “break down” an expression into its prime factors. The skills explored and practiced in unit 6 will collectively serve as a foundation for key concepts in our next unit which involves quadratic functions or curves called parabolas.



Art Electives

STEM (Mr. Burnworth)

6th Grade

We will be introducing the new classes to coding through the Scratch platform.  Students will use block coding to program their own video game.

7th Grade Majors

In addition to continuing on our technology rounds we will be focusing on our coding and CAD skills.  We will be learning the basics of Python through Carnegie Mellon University and tightening our CAD skills by moving from the introductory Tinkercad to the more advanced Sketchup.

8th Grade Majors

We will be refining our portfolios for any High School interviews STEM majors might have.  We will also be continuing on our technology rounds with a focus on combining physical and digital fabrication.

Chorus (Ms. Kahn)

6th Grade

In April, 601 and 602 will be introduced to reading and writing using standard musical notation. They will also begin learning one of their pieces of choral repertoire, “Pure Imagination.”

7th/8th Grade Majors

  In 7th grade chorus, the majors will work on integrating percussion into their song, “Red, Red Rose”. They will also prepare to share their mashups related to the theme of “protectors” with the rest of the class. In 8th grade chorus, students will continue rehearsing “Golden Slumbers,” and “Carry that Weight” while using solfege to learn the melodies. Additionally, they will organize the songs they chose for graduation into a collection that they will sing for their final performance. The composers of the month will be DakhaBrakha, a Ukrainian group that combines elements of Ukrainian folk music with more contemporary sounds. Their name translates roughly to “give and take”.

Graphic Arts (Ms. Eisenberg)

6th Grade

Classes 601 and 602 will be joining the graphic arts class for the first time this school year. They will have an introduction to graphic design and learn about its importance throughout the world. The students first project will focus on cultural foods from around the world. Using Adobe Photoshop they will use photo manipulation to build a realistic dinner plate setting that emphasizes food from their cultural heritage. The students will learn the design process of research and writing, sketching, design, editing, and presentation.  

7th Grade Majors

The seventh grade graphic arts students will be learning product and three-dimensional packaging design. They will be inventing their own brand of chewing gum. The students will design the logo and packaging design for an original chewing gum brand. They will be using Adobe Illustrator to design a two-dimensional box that will be printed, cut, glued, and scored together to make a three-dimensional artwork. The assignment will have a second part where the students will design an online animated advertisement once the packaging design is completed.  

8th Grade Majors

The eighth-grade graphic arts majors will be working on completing their Pop Art vector portrait in the style of Andy Warhol. Next, they will be designing an original Campbell’s soup can. In 2012 Campbell’s soup came out with a Pop Art soup can that celebrated Andy Warhol and the 50th anniversary of Pop Art. The eighth-grade students will design a soup can that celebrates the 60th anniversary of Pop Art. It will feature the topic they used in their Pop Art portrait. They will design the label for the soup can using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. It will include a description describing the importance of the topic featured on the label. The students will learn type design, copywriting for advertising, and how to design a label within a small constricted space. The label will be printed and glued onto a Campbell’s soup can.

Dance (Mr. Kerr)

6th Grade

 605 and 606 will be applying their developing dance knowledge and understanding of the Dance Element: Body, Effort, Relationship, Space and Time to create an original class dance as a collaborating community of dance makers. Both classes will be presenting their dances during a school time performance which will be video recorded and shared on our school website. 

7th and 8th Grade Majors

7 & 8 Grade Dance Majors will be creating, learning and rehearsing a collection of dances in preparation to perform and record to share with our school community during the month of May. Our 7 Grade Dance majors will continue throughout the 3 marking period to learn about the lives and legacies of famous American choreographers who have and continue to influence and inspire the field of dance including Jose Limon, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins and Paul Taylor.

Note: We are excited some of our 7 and 8 Grade Dance Majors along with their parent/guardians will have an opportunity with Mr. Kerr to see the Paul Taylor Dance Company perform at City Center on Sunday, March 27 courtesy of dance education advocate and philanthropist Jody Arnhold.

Visual Arts (Ms. Herrity)

6th Grade

Welcome to Visual Art 603 & 604! I’m excited for our time together and looking forward to learning and creating with you in the art room. We’ll start off our journey by learning that drawing is a SKILL and can be learned! It is not a magical ability. We’ll be making notebooks for class together and will be learning the procedures in the classroom so that classes can run smoothly as we move forward. Students will be learning about the 7 Elements of Art and the Principles of Art as well as how to peer-critique. Parents of 603 and 604 – please review your child’s art folder and notebook with them often to encourage their learning – you might just also learn some things, too! 

7th Grade Majors

7th grade Visual Art majors will be working in pairs or solo on a project that puts their figure drawing skills and knowledge into action through new materials to represent and to create a narrative that involves an “interaction” between two or more people. Students will also be revisiting the perceptual skills of drawing, specifically, the perception of negative space as being equal in importance to positive space. Students are always highly encouraged to sign out materials or supplies to use for their sketchbook homework assignments and to work on their assignment throughout the week from brainstorming, to sketching, to creating the final. Each week presents an opportunity to create artwork that can become a part of your portfolio. Especially important to keep in mind if there’s any interest in pursuing art at a specialized arts high school. 

8th Grade Majors

Huge shout out to all of you 8th grade art majors – I am really enjoying my time with you all this year! Also very proud of students who worked so hard on their portfolios for high school applications – your future teachers are very lucky. Students recently wrapped up a “chair” drawing project in class and will be creating the narrative of their artwork with a creative writing component. As the weather warms up this spring we’ll be revisiting field sketching outdoors from time to time and in the classroom we’ll be working with new mediums and materials. Yay! 

Theater (Ms. DiRenzo)

6th Grade

603 & 604: Welcome to Theater! We will be spending the next month building our ensemble skills through theater games. Students will work on cooperative learning, communication and eye contact. Additionally, we will work on having a growth versus fixed mindset. Students will be asked in the next week to be able to independently log into their student PupilPath accounts in order to join the Google Theater Classroom. Parents can help support this by checking that all passwords work and students have them either memorized or written down somewhere safe. 

7th Grade Majors

7th Grade: Our playwriting unit is well underway and students have already written three original monologues and a scene. This month our prompts will become a bit more serious in nature and allow students to explore topics of importance to themselves and their peers. We have also begun our study of William Shakespeare the man and the Elizabethan Era in which he wrote some of the most prolific and well known written pieces to date. Students will explore the language of Shakespeare through his most famous “To be, or not to be” soliloquy from Hamlet. They will then produce, in groups, a selection of scenes from Romeo & Juliet. 

8th Grade Majors

8th Grade: The students have been hard at work designing a selection of scenes from Antigone. They have created mood/vision boards to represent their concepts, designed the stage space fo their scenes and are finishing up color cards and costume designs for each of the characters in their group’s scene. Towards the end of the month groups will be mounting their scene productions including set, costume and lighting design. Scenes will be recording and provided for viewing.

science experiment



6th Grade

Students will understand how Earth’s surface is heated through the transfer of heat by conduction, convection, and radiation. 

Students Demonstrating the Law of Conservation of Energy using a device called the Come-Back-Can:

7th Grade

We will begin the month of April with the following essential question, ‘How do we distinguish between living and nonliving things?’ The 7th graders will identify characteristics specific to living things. Then we will examine each of the life processes that are crucial for survival focusing on how homeostasis is maintained.  

8th Grade

The Unit of study for April, in Living Environment, will be Genetics and Heredity.  Students will understand how traits are passed down from parents to offspring.  This unit focuses on how genetic information, DNA,  is coded and stored in genes.  Students will also determine the probability of some traits being expressed by learning how to use a Punnett Square.   Check out this website for some interesting apps related to Genetics:  https://www.commonsense.org/education/top-picks/great-heredity-and-genetics-games-and-websites
As always all lessons, review sheets, supporting videos and online textbook reference pages are included on Google Classroom. 



6th Grade

Essential Questions:

· How are changes in the world’s oceans affecting people and animals?

· How can we be better stewards of our oceans and waterways?

Sixth grade students will wrap up the argument unit on “Our Changing Oceans.” Using all the information they learned last month, they will write a letter to one of our legislators persuading them to address one of the problems facing our oceans and coastal communities.

7th Grade

Essential Question: Is the Constitution a living document?

Students will create a Google Slide presentation on one of the many Supreme Court cases that have affected the lives of teenagers over the course of American history. Their presentation will address the following:

· What are important facts about the case?

· Which amendment do people involved in the case believe is being violated?

· What are the two opposing opinions?

· Based on the Constitution and facts of the case, what should the Supreme Court rule in this case? Why?

8th Grade

Essential Questions:

· How do we redress the wrongs of the past?

· Should the U.S. pay reparations to redress the injustice of slavery and its legacy?

Eighth grade students will finish the unit on the Civil Rights Movement. As a culminating task, they will synthesize all the information they have learned about slavery (7th grade),

Reconstruction, Jim Crow Laws and the Civil Rights Movement to discuss the following:

“How do we redress the wrongs of the past? Should the U.S. pay reparations to redress the injustice of slavery and its legacy?” They will trace and evaluate arguments presented by speakers at the House’s hearing on reparations



8th Grade only

8th Grade

We will continue our thematic unit based around family.  Students will have the opportunity to :

  • Present information about themselves and members of their family, including their names, ages, birthdays,  personalities and what they like/don’t like to do.

The thematic unit is guided by the following essential questions:

  • What are families like in Francophone cultures ?
  • What members of a family live together ?
  • How common are divorced and blended families ?
  • What are the roles of each member of the family ?
  • What role do pets play in the family ?

In the coming months, we will also study and complete thematic units about food and the home.

self portraits

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