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    As we discussed in team time, we are beginning our passion projects. The time you have at home is the perfect time to get started. Take time to consider what you want to do.  I will be placing material in Files and Documents in the Work from Home folder. Before we start, I want to have us brainstorm ideas for this project as well as get inspired.  Please participate in the Padlet for the link provided. When you do decide on a project you need to think of the following parameters; What do I need for this project in terms of space, money and movement? Am I keeping the “End in Mind” and the other 6 Habits for Highly Effective People, will this project take sufficient time and effort? You need a project that will take a minimum of a half hour a day for 10 days to complete. Then you must get your parents approval. I will be providing a list of ideas for you to use as a starting place as well.  However, you really need to pick something your heart desires and not just something from a list. Once you choose your project you will need to fill out the proposal form.  I will be asking for updates as you work on your project.  At the completion of the project you will put together a poster or presentation such as PowerPoint to show what you have done.  A form for these requirements will be coming out later. I hope you enjoy this project and I cannot wait to see what you come up with. Please email me if you have any questions. Passion Project Proposal.docx Passion Project Ideas.docx
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 22, 2020 at 11:46 AM
    Hello Students and Families!  I have updated the gradebook. Please email me if you have any questions. Currently, no new work is being assigned. The Disney Dichotomous Keys were due on Friday March 13. You may email me or bring it in through April 17th as well as any late work.  (Subject to change with further developments.)  Class Standing Currently in our class we have completed standards 1-15.  We have been working on standards 16-18 for the past few weeks.  No new assignments have been assigned at this time. Please use this time to review what we have learned thus far and to explore what interests you. Looking for what you can do? 1. Check out Armstrong's Useful Links in resources. (Check out the other 7th Grade Science Teachers links) 2. Create review activities using your notes or the Life Science Packet.  -Flash Cards  - Create your own online game such as Kahoot or Quizizz -Design a review game of your own imagination 3. Go to my Files and Documents and find things to do in the work from home folder. (I have been posting the pictures you have sent from doing the Nature Hunts on the Amrstong's Class Photos' Page!) 4. Do your workbook for the different units if you have not done them already. Passion Project In team-time, I had discussed starting a passion project.  This is a project that you work on that you have always wanted to do.  Examples include but are not limited starting to learn a new language, designing and building something, try a new hobby.  I will be creating a folder in my files and documents to assist with what to do.  The most important is to first figure out what you want to do and how to get the resources to make it happen. Please have a discussion with your parent or guardian about your decision. I will be deciding on a method for us to share all that we have done.
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 20, 2020 at 2:33 PM
    Parents,  I am awaiting more guidance from PWCS on how this " virtual "schooling will work.  I am trying to add work and relevant areas of need to my files each day.  No work is to be assigned until March 27th.  Having said that, I know that you are working with your students, and that is awesome.   I will keep adding items this week and will know more about what I am to do with assignments and grades by next week. Please stay safe! Stacey Seymour
    Posted by seymoutx  On Mar 18, 2020 at 7:15 PM
    Good evening.  I've been thinking a lot about you and your families, and hope everyone is doing well.   Please bare with me, as I'm  trying to figure this out myself.  First,I handed out three charts for students to fill out and help them understand the kingdoms for our current unit, classification on Friday.  I asked students to transfer their notes on Bacteria from the Bateria vs Viruses to the 6 Chrachteristics chart as well as fill in the Human collumn. Then in class we filled in the 6 Kingdom Triaits chart. If you were not in class on Friday please complete this chart.  In addition,  I passed out a packet for students to study habitats and biomes I felt that many students have been studying habitats for most of their lives and they would need the least assistance with this content.  Again there is a chart for all the biomes as well as readings.  Students are to identify the tyes of animal, plants and weather goes to each of the biomes.  For many students this is not new material.  Then there is a project to go with it.  These are not required at this time, but it is often helpful if students review the materials and ask any questions they may have incase situations change. All these materials are in my files and documents.  I have created a special folder titled "Work from Home."  I will be positng other activities students can do to enjoy and explore the natural workd around them. We are still awaiting updates on what is required for teachers during this break, so if/when that changes, I'll be sure to let you know.  I will be working on grading and entering all of the grades that I have for you. Thank you for your support and flexibility during this time. I will do my best to communicate to you every week and let you know of any updates that we become aware of. Please check your emails  for an update regarding assignments/grades/etc.!  Lastly, if your child/children are in need of breakfast and lunch during this closure, PWCS have set up locations in our area for you to go and get breakfast and lunch to go. Meals are free to children under 18 and can be picked up, Monday-Friday from 9-10 am. For more information, including additional sites, please click this link: To-go meals available free during closure - Prince William County Public Schools Prince William County Public Schools. Close Search Modal. Division Home Please know that I feel your family's well being and health, and your children's sense of security, is a priority at this time.  I am merely sharing resources for those who may want them and be able to use them at this time. I look forward to seeing you all again soon!  Email me if you have any questions.
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 15, 2020 at 10:25 PM
    Students are requesting information about work to complete while we're out next week.  As of right now, we'll be back on Wednesday.  If anything changes, I will be posting regularly. For all updates for my class, please use TEAMS.  All students in all of my classes are familiar with Teams and Office365 as we've used it almost every day throughout the quarter.  As a reminder: To login, go to --Sign in with your student email address ( and password (same as it is to get into our computers) --Go to the Teams app --Find the "Posts" tab at the top --Scroll down to the bottom for latest updates --Visit the "Assignments" tab to turn things in Any updates for my classes will be listed under "Posts."  Please check this daily when you are out for any possible updates. To contact me, use the Outlook app to email me at and I will get back to you as soon as possible. For the week of 3/16, all students were prepped on Friday with materials and instructions and were provided help.
    Posted by krausln  On Mar 13, 2020 at 11:15 AM
    Hope everyone had a good day off.  The tests from last week have been posted in the gradebook.  We have now started classification.  We started with tools we use to classify different organisms including cladograms and dichotomous keys.  We will move onto how we name and organize organisms and then go into the different domains and kingdoms of organisms.  This includes a discussion on viruses versus bacteria.  We currently have a prime casestudy on infectious diseases going on right now,  the coronavirus. I have posted articles in my links page and ask that you discuss these topics with your children.  A big focus will be on taking a break from social media if they are feeling anxious.  To discuss with you theiir feelings, look at our circles of control and rely on scientific sites. We will discuss be proavtive instead of reactive.
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 04, 2020 at 5:57 AM
    This week we will be taking the Evolution Test. 3rd Period on Tuesday and the other periods on Wednesday.  Here is a quizizz code to help prepare. 142569 We will take the midterm later this week and then will start Classification.
    Posted by armstrem  On Feb 24, 2020 at 5:51 AM
    Test Proposed for Tuesday February 25th on Standards 14 and 15 Evolution.
    Posted by armstrem  On Feb 18, 2020 at 4:56 AM
    I would like to start by thanking all the families that came out to the science fair. The students did a phenomenal job.  Starting today, students may take their boards home.  They should all be picked up by next Friday.  If you do not want the board I can take care of them here at school. Students who are redoing aspects of their project have until February 25th to complete the changes. This is the same date for the deadline of test retakes. This week we have started our study on Evolution standard 14 and 15. We have looked at how organisms change over time and this is evolution.  Please take time to discuss what they are learning at home.  I am looking at having the test on  February 25th. As a reminder this is a three day weekend.
    Posted by armstrem  On Feb 14, 2020 at 11:22 AM
    Thank you to all the students and their families who participated in the student led conferences. This week we have been dilegently working on punnett squares. We will continue our discussion on genetics over the next couple days as we discuss genetic engineering, CRISPR, Cloning, and more.  The enriched students have already discussed them. These topics are very important to have diasucssions on at home.  In class we discuss mainly how they work and that there are ethical issues that need to be considered very carefully.  Students should be working in their workbooks on Chapters 6, 7, and 8 and 3 collumn vocabulary sheets.. By the end of today students will also have a review sheet to complete.  Students may also play quizizz to help review for the test we intend to take next week.  Enriched will take their test Tuesday while the 1st, 2nd, and 7th will take theirs Firday. The code is 576784.  Students have taken quick checks on two of the standards already.  Just as a reminder the retake for the quick checks is the test.  If they test higher than the test grade will replace the quick check score.   Monday, the science fair boards are due. We will go over presentations techniques and practice.  Then the students will do their presentations.  Most presentations are less than 5 minutes.  Please email me if you have any questions and have a wonderful weekend.  
    Posted by armstrem  On Jan 31, 2020 at 5:45 AM
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