Mrs. McGuire

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Welcome to Grade 7 Homeroom  at St. Pius X Middle School.  Room 7 houses our Math and Science  Lab for the middle schoolers.  We are a very proud Grade 7 because many of our class members are part of student council, art club , x-country , basketball, soccer and theater club.

When middle school students come to Room 7 in the mornings they work on a variety of math related activities.  Students study numeration, operations, algebraic expressions, manipulation of equations and variables and the coordinate plane to name a few topics.  Proficiency in Algebra I is the goal for many of our middle school students.  Geometry is an integral part of all of our math classes.

The afternoon is spent studying Science.  Grade 6 studies many branches of Science while grade 7 concentrates on Earth and Physical Science.  Students in grade 8 study Living Science and are able to dissect small animals to study anatomy and physiology toward the end of the year.

Students work on growing plants using hydroponics in Room 7. We study plate tectonics, pressure, density, and many other interesting topics using a hands-on approach in our labs.  Students look forward to science labs and enjoy learning by doing.

Biomes, seismic activity and genetics are topics being covered this month in our middle school.

It’s fun to explore and learn!  Just ask students in the Middle School.

Grade 7 Classroom Blog

  • Grade 7 Welcome Letter +

    Hello Grade 7 Students,

    It’s that time of year to begin to prepare for the return to St. Pius X Regional Academy for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Since you will be returning as seventh grade students you are aware of the general routine of the middle school.  There will be a few changes as noted by Mrs. Rufful in June.  I will continue to be the Grade 7 homeroom teacher and your Science teacher.  

    We are a team in Grade 7.  Working to our full potential is what makes Team 7 successful.

    A well-run team requires discipline, hard work, skill, sharing, respect, assisting, practice and of course a great love for the game.  The name of the game we are participating is threefold, a triathlon of sorts.  As an individual, you will be competing against yourself as you improve spiritually, academically and physically.   I expect to see growth in all three areas as the year progresses.   Team 7 will work together to help and support one another through this year long triathlon with me as your coach.

    Hopefully, you have been working on ixl to practice your math skills, and your summer reading has been ongoing.  We want to keep those brains in good working condition, summer training.

    I’m looking forward to a great year with you.  I have so much to share with you as your teacher.  Let’s make Team 7 the best we can be!  (Just like the Pats…..)


    See you soon and God bless,

    Mrs. Jena McGuire

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Middle School Blog

  • Social Studies Welcome +

    In Social Studies, we focus on the Five Themes of Geography which are Geography and History, Location, Place, Interaction, and Region. Grade 6 studies a world view and learns about ancient civilizations and how they developed. Grade 7 studies American history and the founding of our great nation. While grade 8 looks at the early 1900s and the growth of America after the Civil War.

    The upcoming school year is bound to be one filled with new and exciting accomplishments and achievements. I look forward to working with you this upcoming year.

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  • Middle School Summer Reading +

    • Students will be required to read 1 book from the list provided. After completing the required reading, students are encouraged to read additional books of their choice.
    • Students will conduct a "book talk" on their book when they return to school.
    • In addition to the book talk, choose one of the topics below and be prepared to explain during your presentation.
    • Guidelines are provided below for students to follow as they prepare their presentation.

    Giving a book talk:

    • Plan to speak for about 3-5 minutes
    • Briefly summarize the plot of the book and identify the genre, but do not give away the ending.
    • Prepare what you are going to say about the book (Index cards work best!). You do not need to memorize, but be sure to know the points you are going to make. Practice until you are comfortable! Hand in outline or index cards when presentation is complete. 

    Topics to focus on:

    • The theme of the book
    • The major conflict
    • A brief description of the main characters and their relationships
    • Setting and how it relates to the plot and characters
    • Identify what you think the author would have wanted readers to take from the experience of reading the book
    • If you come across a significant or powerful message, share it! Briefly explain the meaning behind the message.

    Happy Reading! Mr. Burns


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  • Rhode Island Middle School Book Award 2018 Nominees +

    All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor 
    Perry T. Cook has lived happily with his mom, an inmate at the Blue River Correctional Facility, for the last 11 years. After they are separated, Perry works to uncover the truth about her crime and show everyone the value of home and family. Realistic Fiction

    Beneath by Roland Smith
    Pat has always looked up to his big brother, Coop. When Coop leaves home and completely disappears, Pat decides his hero might need some saving. He tracks down Coop's last known whereabouts and finds a secret society beneath the streets of New York. Adventure

    Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel
    It's hard enough being the new kid in town but try adding blindness and albinism to the mix! Alice must learn to navigate Stinkville with her "guide dog," Tooter, by her side. Realistic Fiction

    Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
    Emily's best friends have always been books and the online game "Book Scavenger," until she meets James, a fellow puzzle enthusiast. Together they find a hidden book, full of clues and ciphers that lead them deep into a dangerous game. Mystery

    Dust of Eden
    Free verse tells the story of thirteen-year-old Mina Tagawa and her Japanese American family as they are forced to evacuate their Seattle home and relocate to an internment camp in Idaho, where they live for three years. Historical Fiction

    Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
    From Pre-WWII Germany, to 1935 Philadelphia, to a Southern California town reeling in the wake of Pearl Harbor, this epic novel tells the stories of three individuals whose lives are brought together by a magical harmonica. Historical Fiction

    Firefly Code by Megan Frazer
    Blakemore Mori and her friends live in a utopian community where every kid knows he or she is genetically engineered to be better and smarter. When a strangely-perfect new girl named Ilana moves in, the friends begin to question their world. Science Fiction

    I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda
    A riveting, true story about friendship, race, and class, told through letters exchanged between Caitlin, a girl from Pennsylvania  and Martin, a boy from Zimbabwe. Biography/Memoir

    It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
    Zomorod wants to be a normal, Californian girl. She tries to blend in by changing her name and joining the Girl Scouts. When the Iranian Revolution erupts, everything becomes more difficult for "Cindy" but she navigates her shifting world with a heavy dose of humor. Historical Fiction

    The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
    Steve's baby brother is sick. When Steve is stung by a wasp in his backyard, he starts having strange dreams. In one of his visions, the Queen offers to "fix" the baby. All he has to do is say "yes." Horror

    The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani is captured, tested, and quarantined on Attic Island where victims can only expect to live out short, painful lives. With her best friend Weevil beside her, she discovers the truth of what is happening. Fantasy, Adventure

    The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
    Why are these seven "pieces of trash" so important to The Junkman? To pay for throwing a brick at the Junkman's head, Arthur is sentenced to help him collect trash. Is it possible to find something beautiful and sparkling in piles of broken garbage? Historical Fiction

    Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery
    Lynda Blackmon Lowery was 15 years old when she participated in the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Her strength shows how one voice is able to make a difference. Non-Fiction

    When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
    Ben keeps people at a distance; as a former foster kid, he knows how quickly they can disappear. When he and his adoptive mom rescue Flip, a stray dog, Flip selects Halley to be Ben's new friend. Will her struggle with cancer make it too hard for Ben to open his heart? Realistic Fiction

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  • Middle School Supply List +

    All supplies are to be replenished throughout the year as needed. Teachers may require additional supplies as the year progresses.

    ·       Loose leaf paper

    ·       3 Composition notebooks – Religion 2, Math 1

    ·       1 Spiral notebook - English

    ·       Small pencil case to carry the following supplies to class: (no ziplock bags)

    ·       Flash drive

    ·       6 inch ruler – standard and metric measurements

    ·       2 No. 2 pencils

    ·       2 pens – black or blue only

    ·       Highlighter

    ·       Black sharpie – fine point

    ·       One dozen thin dry erase markers – black only

    ·       Eraser

    ·       Small art box to hold the following supplies (to be kept in locker until needed)

    ·       Colored pencils – 8 count

    ·       Markers – 8 count

    ·       Scissors

    ·       Eraser

    ·       Roll of tape

    ·       Glue sticks- 2

    ·       The following supplies are needed for the classroom:

    ·       2 rolls of paper towels

    ·       2 boxes of tissues

    ·       Disinfecting wipes

    ·       One box each of plastic spoons and forks

    PLEASE NOTE – In order to promote organizational skills all students will be issued binders and folders along with a student assignment planner which must be purchased from the school, in September, at the cost of $13 per student.

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