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    I also wanted to offer some ideas for things you can do while you're out.   Reading.  I'll always be an English teacher at heart, and wanted to stress the importance of reading during your time out of school.  I've attached an infographic I made so that you can see the impact reading has on your brain.  Reading is exercise for our brain, and when we don't exercise it, it loses "muscle."  Please continue to read while you're out! The library has curbside pickup right now. You can even get a digital library card for the time being!  Just order ahead and then go pick them up outside the library. Want to multitask? Audible has MILLIONS of books available to you!  I have the fortune of having hundreds of books on Audible right now. I'm a big reader--even if that means sometimes I listen instead.  If you've never received an audio book gift from Audible before, I can send you one and it's totally free!  You just need to download Audible to your device.  I have the following titles that I feel comfortable lending to my middle schoolers.  If you'd like one, check with your parents/guardian(s) first and then just shoot me an email and I'll send you a link to the FREE audio book. Neal Shusterman: Unwind Series (Books 1, 2, 3, or 4) "In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would 'unwind' them" Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Series (Book 1, 2, 3, or 4) "In a world where 16 year olds are transformed via plastic surgery into Pretties, Tally's adventure as an Ugly takes you on a journey through a society you'd never imagine." Neal Shusterman: Scythe Series (Book 1, 2, or 3) "A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life--and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. This trilogy tells the tale of two apprentices who were chosen against their will to be Scythes" Stephen King: The Talisman (28hrs) (written for kids!): Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin..." Kerri Maniscalco: Stalking Jack the Ripper "17 year old Audrey, born into wealth and privilege, leads a forbidden secret life studying the practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of murders drags her into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world." Neal Shusterman: Dry "When the CA drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival" Ramona Finn: The Culling (Books 1-3): "In a solar system where the Authority decides who lives and dies, only one of their own executioners can stop them. Glade is a trained killer trained to be a datapoint--a bio-tech enabled analyst who carries out The Culling. She is kidnapped by a group who begins to make her doubt her way of life. Pulled between two opposing sides, she is unsure of who to trust--and time is running out." Neal Shusterman:  Everlost Series (Books 1, 2, 3) "Nick and Allie don't survive a car accident, but their souls don't exactly get to where they're supposed to.  Caught in limbo between life and death, they live in magical, yet dangerous place where bands of children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long begins to sink to the center of the Earth. Their roles in this world get very interesting as they explore questions of life, death, and just what might lie in between." Ernest Cline: Ready Player One "Part quest, part love story, part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLor
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 03, 2020 at 10:41 AM 1 Comment
    Hey, everybody! I've been knocking out your project grades as they come in (and I get to them).  Great work!  I love seeing all that you've been doing. Just a reminder of how to check feedback: Go to the assignment on Teams, and click on the "graded" area. Or maybe it says "Completed," (I'm not sure. I can't see your version of things).  If you click on the assignment, you can see feedback from me or look at what I chose on the rubric.  Make sure to read any comments from me on the right-hand side because if something went wrong, that's where I'll tell you what I need. I haven't been bombarding you with review material because the project I assigned our last week was cumulative, meaning it covered everything we've learned about.  I want you to concentrate on getting that done! Once Spring Break is over, since the project/assignment is due 4/14, I'll have new things for you to try!  But I didn't want to stress you out by providing more things than you needed--just concentrate on getting your project done. I've been getting a lot of questions about what is required and what isn't, so here's a helpful tip: If it's in the gradebook, it's required.  If it's not, it's optional.   After Spring Break I'll be setting up more class meetings!  I'm looking forward to seeing all your faces.  I miss you! Mrs. Kraus
    Posted by krausln  On Apr 03, 2020 at 9:37 AM 1 Comment
    Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded. 
    Posted by seymoutx  On Mar 31, 2020 at 10:35 AM
    Hey, everybody! If you've used Adobe Spark to create a project, it's not always as simple as sending a link. When you go to turn in your Adobe Spark project, PLEASE DO NOT SEND A LINK.  They rarely work, and we end up having to resend it a different way anyway.  Please download the project and submit the file by going into the assignment and clicking "Add Work."  Here is a video about how to download your project:
    Posted by krausln  On Mar 31, 2020 at 8:15 AM
    Hello !  I have posted work, reading and videos on my work at home page.  You have worked on all of these subjects before and it is all review.  I would like to see some of your work - and you can email me at or upload it to this blog.  Please let me know if you have questions about the work as well - I am here to help you each day.  Here's how this will work: Writing - please pick on character, setting and event and write a 5-6 sentence paragraph - remember your CUPS Math  - there is a make change worksheet and grab  a family member or two and play Jeopardy.  Get on and practice your multiples of 2, 4, 6. Reading - there are 3 short comprehension checks.  Also you each have books assigned to you in RAZKIDS - please pick one to listen, read and then answer questions.  Science - this will be for 2 weeks - Natural Resources. There is also a book assigned in RAZ KIDS .  Please review vocabulary and work on cloze sentences.  Socail Studies - 2 weeks Native Americans  Again, this is all new to us.  I will continue to add things so please check each day for any updates.  Make sure you are reading each day and when it is nice - get outside. Stay healthy and safe, Mrs. Seymour
    Posted by seymoutx  On Mar 30, 2020 at 11:12 AM
    I have attached is a link to a video for using teams.  It is just the minimal basics. You may want to look up youtube videos or other resources for more complex applications but this will get you started.
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 30, 2020 at 8:21 AM
    I hope everyone is doing well and had a good weekend. We will be continuig with review activities this week, however we will be moving into using teams as we prepare for the next stages of education laid out by our superintendant.  Many of you have been able to open teams and leave a message in the general channel and I am very proud of you.  To get to teams, you open your 365 account and look for the Science team. I used a plant cell as your icon to make it easier to identify. Once you are in our team, you can first go to the general channel and answer the questions or respond to the question.  Then go to the St 16-18 Classification Standard.  There is a link on that channel for doing a nearpod.  This is an interactive type lesson that I will be offering later in the year.  Take this opportunity not only to review but to become familiar with the program. I may add one more activitiy before the end of the week  I will also be including edpuzzles and more. The goal is to get you comfortable with many different ways of learning as we prepare for eighth grade.  They use many of these platforms. If and when you have questions, please ask. YOu may then go to the Passions Project channel.  There is a padlet to try as well as a flip grid when you get there. Do not forget their is the nature scavenger hunt on my web page as well.  If you check out the pictures page of the web page you can see some of the creatures your fellow classmates found.  If you take a picture of one of your finds and email it to me I will add it to the collection. Take care of yourselves and your family and have a great week.
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 30, 2020 at 8:14 AM
    Please see the announcement on the clinic site
    Posted by TortajM  On Mar 29, 2020 at 10:54 PM
    e-mail for nurse T : 
    Posted by TortajM  On Mar 29, 2020 at 10:39 PM
    Hey guys!  I miss seeing all of you.  Your optional assignment this week is.... All classes check out the science review lessons. P1, P2, P4: Review all the matter games in the Files and Documents the work from home folder.  P5:  Finish your weather/climate study guide and play the review games in the Files and Documents the work from home folder. I posted the study guide answer key for you to check your study guide as well. Coming  soon...… message from me!  Wish me luck. LOL Mrs. Noles :) Stay safe and healthy!
    Posted by nolesmx  On Mar 26, 2020 at 5:59 PM
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