Announcements

Welcome 7th Graders and Parents,

 

I hope each of you had a nice summer and is rejuvenated.  My email for this year is mrsnealon@olvuxbridge.com.   I will check this email twice a day.

 

7th grade is a big transition year.  With high school only two years away, responsibility and organization are so important for success this year.  You will have more projects and more long term assignments.  The most important skill you will need in 7th grade is time management.  Frequently, you will get long term assignments and will have to budget time to complete them.  You have to manage your own planner since I don’t check them.  You will also have the responsibility of more technology (more about that later).  We will work on these skills together.   

 

A lot will be expected of you this year, especially in the way of conduct.  All the younger grades look up to the older students.  You must be kind and helpful to the younger ones, other teachers, parents and visitors at all times.  I am confident you will be cheerful helpers and represent the school well.

 

The good news is that I already know what great kids you are and how enthusiastic you are (especially when it comes to projects).  I loved having you for sixth grade so I can’t wait for this year!  

 

Parents, at the end of each month the kids will have an in-school book report.  Sometimes I choose the book and sometimes they choose it. It must be at least 150 pages and Catholic school appropriate.  The purpose of this is to foster a love of reading for pleasure and to develop reading stamina.  Reading for pleasure has to compete with electronics, sports, homework, socializing, etc…  In school, I will make sure we read challenging, quality, advanced literature.  For their home book, I want them to read what they love and what will hold their attention.  I have a decent library in my classroom if needed.

 

This is a drumming year! Parents, if you are not familiar with our drumming show you are in for a treat this spring.  We also go to the Uxbridge public library every other week and serve lunch at the Uxbridge Senior Center on Friday’s ( 3 kids per Friday).

 

Don’t forget your summer work on the first day of school.

 

I’m looking forward to getting started.



Important Upcoming Dates

  • August 26: Picnic in the Parking Lot, 1-3 pm

  • August 27: First day of school; 9:30 Mass led by NJHS and offered in memory of Sister Marguerite.  All families are invited to attend.

  • August 31: No school

  • September 3: Labor Day, no school

  • September 6: First Parent Guild meeting, 7pm

  • September 7: Rosary led by Grade 8, 2:20 pm

  • September 13: Washington DC Parent Meeting, 5:45 pm, followed by Know Your School Night at 6:30

  • September 14: Cruising Back to School, more information to follow

  • September 19: Picture Day

  • October 1-4: Grade 7/8 to DC- see Mrs. O ASAP if you haven’t registered!





 


New 7th and 8th grade detention policy


Detention will be held on Fridays.  Two infractions within a week will result in a lunch detention.  Three infractions will result in an afterschool detention until 3:30, with an additional 15 minutes earned for each infraction after the third.  Repeat offenders will be referred to the Principal.

 

Behaviors that may result in a detention include:

  • uniform infractions
  • talking/interrupting class
  • not being prepared for class
  • entering the classroom inappropriately
  • wasting time
  • eating/drinking (other than water) in the classroom without permission
  • disrespecting another’s space
  • incomplete homework/late paperwork
  • misuse of iPad during class (drawing, reading, etc-->using technology for an unintended purpose)
  • asking Mrs. Anderson to print assignments


Behaviors that will result in an automatic lunch detention

 

  • missing homework
  • misbehaving in hallways
  • misbehaving during lunch or in the school yard
  • entering classroom without permission
  • defacing any property
  • leaving area messy at the end of the day
  • GUM CHEWING
  • inappropriate use of technology, including using technology without permission
  • cell phone use on school property, including carrying cell phones on person

 

**Detentions may also be assigned at the teacher’s/principal’s discretion**

 

Responsibilities



Responsibility

  • Students are expected to participate positively in mass, morning exercises, and classroom prayers.  

  • Students are expected to be responsible for their own learning, belongings, behavior, and choices.  I’m usually in the building early in the morning and for a little while after school.  If a student has a question or concern, I encourage him or her to bring it to my attention for discussion.  If the student and/or I determine the concern is more difficult to resolve, then the proper next steps should be taken.

  • Students should review early in the school year the academic requirements for athletic eligibility as well as the requirements for acceptance to NJHS.  It is best to put a plan together in September to ensure eligibility and success throughout the school year.  Academic eligibility is reviewed several times throughout a season; NJHS academic eligibility is dependent  upon the grades earned during the first two quarters of the year for new inductees.  Those currently on NJHS are required to maintain an 88 average during their time at OLV.

  • Students are expected to rise and greet adults who enter the room, to appropriately acknowledge adults in the building, and to respectfully stop on the stairway for an adult to pass.

  • Students are expected to behave respectfully when others are speaking.  Listen when necessary, and be patient when needed.

  • Students must knock before entering another classroom or office and wait for permission to interrupt/proceed.

  • Students are expected to use technology appropriately at all times.  This includes hours outside of school.  Matters of inappropriate use brought to the school’s attention are required to be investigated and may result in permanent loss of technology privileges during the school day.

  • Remember, freedom of speech or freedom to make choices does not mean freedom of consequences.  Each student is responsible for the choices made, the words said, and the actions completed.  In making these choices, you are accepting the consequences, positive or negative, that follow.  Choose to be leader, a good role model, and productive member of the OLV community!






Grade 7 Information

 

Grade 6 Social Studies- We will study ancient civilizations.  These include Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia, Greece, Rome, and early American cultures. We will enjoy geography mysteries and study current events with Scholastic News.  Grade 6 does a project every quarter and this year's Wax Museum will be Ancient Rome.

Grades 7 Language Arts- We will master the sentence (and its parts of speech), the paragraph, and the five paragraph essay.  We will diagram sentences and write and speak in a mature way, especially when delivering speeches for Veteran's Day, Martin Luther King's Day, and President's Day.  When studying vocabulary, we will learn the spelling, the part of speech, and the definition of each word.   In addition to the five paragraph essay students will write articles, poems, and journal entries.

Grades 7 & 8 Literature- We will study all the major genres.  These include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and famous speeches.  Analyzing literature, using literary terms, and writing creatively will be our focus.  In addition to the literature we read in class, students will be responsible for reading a book and completing a book report every month.  We will be ready for High School!

Grade 5 Language Arts- We will study and practice grammar usage and apply it in creative and informational writing projects.  We will diagram sentences and write and speak in a mature way.  We will practice public speaking with the seventh grade when delivering speeches to the school on special occasions and doing in class presentations.  We will also study Latin vocabulary.

 

 

 

Important Dates

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lady of the Valley Regional School | 75 Mendon Street - Uxbridge, MA 01569 | 508-278-5851

Fax: 508-278-0391 | Email: principal@ourladyofthevalleyregional.com

 

 

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