Weekly Update  November 4th, 2019 

7th Grade  Weekly Update 

November 4th, 2019 


Happy Monday! 


Fall is in full swing and you know what that means…layering! This is just a reminder as temps get colder that we go outside in most conditions for various obligations like service learning, or other outings around town. Please help make sure your child is dressed for the weather. We are not able to find supervision back at school for kids that are underdressed or ill prepared.


Make sure you read about Saturday school this week – November 9th 8 – 10am.

Lots of new announcements below! 


Yours in partnership, 

Team 7 


Food Drive! 

Seventh grade students helping senior citizens at Glenwood Towers are collecting food for the residents to get them through the week of Thanksgiving. The over 300 residents usually have meals delivered through Meals on Wheels, but the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving week, there will be no food delivered. With your help, we are collecting food to give to the residents to help make their Thanksgiving bright and cheery. We’ll need a lot of people to give to make this happen! 


To get this done, we are asking that certain grades focus on buying certain foods.  


K and 1st grade:  please bring in canned meat, or cooked meat pouches 

2nd grade: fruit cups, or dried fruit 

3rd grade:  chewy granola bars

4th grade: mini cakes (like little debbie), or other similar sweet treats 

5th grade:  individual bags of oatmeal

6th grade:  canned goods:  veggies & soup mixes (pop tops, preferably not ones where a can opener is needed)

7th grade:  cracker packs/ individually packaged salty snacks 

8th grade: boxed goods: ramen or mac or cheese individuals, mashed potatoes 


The majority of these residents live alone, so servings for individuals would be ideal. There will be boxes placed throughout the school. The deadline for this project is November 15, 2019, so that we can deliver food to the residents well before the holiday. Please encourage your child to participate in this drive. If you have any questions, please email Mary at mmcway@exploris.org. Thank you!


School Counselor Announcement 

This month The Exploris School will be launching an anonymous reporting system for students to use to increase school safety and decrease school violence. Click here for information from the state about the launch of this online reporting system.


In order to implement this system, the school counselor will be providing training for students grades 6-8th grade on what the system is for, how to use it, and when to use it. The training for students will include recognizing warning signs, signals, and threats. 


See this parent brochure  for information. If you have any additional questions please contact our school counselor, Michelle Duncan for more details: michelled@exploris.org .



I am lucky enough to have had all three of my children go through Exploris.  My husband, a Wake County teacher, says he sees over and over again the positive impact Exploris has had on our three very different children.  We are so appreciative to have had Exploris and remember that, especially at giving times, every year. The impact of Exploris seems to last a long time, maybe a lifetime.  Leah Perry, 7th grade Exploris teacher.


Are you ready to give? The Annual Fund Day of Giving is tomorrow (Tuesday, November 5)! Our goal is to raise $100,000 in 24 hours. You can send a check in to the school with your child (memo line: Annual Fund) or donate online (and follow our progress!) here: www.exploris.org/giving

Questions? Email Kimberly Harris at annualfund@exploris.org

Thank you for helping to support Exploris! 

Wellness Update:  7th graders will complete the soccer tournament and begin a mini health unit on mental and emotional health.  The three goals for student learning are:  

  1. Analyze the relationship between healthy expression of emotions, mental health, and healthy behavior. 7.MEH.1
  2. Evaluate positive stress management strategies. 7.MEH.2
  3. Apply help-seeking strategies for depression and mental disorders. 7.MEH.3

Feel free to reach out to Leslie for more details.

Weekend Rat Care: For any students/families who may be interested in taking home our classroom pet rats for the weekend, please use the sign-up below to sign up for a weekend to take them home. More dates after winter break will come later. Thanks so much!https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044ca5a82ca4ff2-weekend   

Yearbooks for SaleClick here to purchase your 2019-2020 yearbook. The price is $35 



Parents and students, can you please download the replay it app to your phones or use the website to submit pictures for yearbook! Thank you! 


Club News 

Calling All Readers!  Join our Battle of the Books team and help us keep our 2019 Champion title!  If you love to read, have a great memory, and love a little academic competition- this is for you. We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month and weekly in the month before the competition in April. Click this link to see the schedule and description of the club and competition.


Integrity.  Passion. Teamwork. Discipline. Respect.  These are qualities that we all would like to see in our youth. The Raleigh Redhawks Rugby Club partners with schools and parents to instill these characteristics through the game of rugby.  Rugby improves athletic abilities and offers physical conditioning applicable to any sport. Redhawks welcomes males and females of all skill sets from grades k-12.  Registration is now open for the January –May season. Try rugby through our Fall free Saturday non-contact sessions at Baileywick Road Park, Raleigh, from 9-11 am (second shelter in the rear).


POSITIVE IMPACT CLUB: Do you want to help change the world? If so, join the POSITIVE IMPACT CLUB! Here are some things we can do during our meetings: clean up trash in Nash Square, make cards for people in the hospital and veterans, or make care bags for the homeless. There are so many different ways to have a positive impact on our community! Meetings will start on Thursday, November 7th from 3:15-4:15 in 6W. We hope to see you there!


Science Olympiad CLUB Meets after school today in 7N! Come to find out your events and partners and get started practicing for your event. Science Olympiad will meet on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:15pm. Contact Emily or Helene with any questions!


Exploris “Lightning” Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee Team starts November 12th.

First Practice November 12th after school @ Halifax Mall

Parents Meeting November 12th at 4:45pm @ Halifax Mall

Players of all skill levels welcome


Ultimate is a game that values fair play, skill, hard work, and most importantly, frisbee fun.

A fusion of soccer, basketball, and football with a frisbee, Ultimate is a fast paced game for everyone!

  • Practices at Halifax Mall 3:30-5pm Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning November 12th running through January
    • Students will meet outside the middle school at 3:15pm by the garden at Hillsborough and Harrington Streets, and they will walk with parent chaperones as a group to practice (bring belongings and a full water bottle)
    • Parents are to pick up their players at Halifax Mall at 5pm, or make arrangements for an adult to drive students back to the middle school to be admitted into the after school program.  Per school policy, students may not check themselves into after school
  • Play in the Triangle Ultimate Middle School League games November-January 
  • Committed practice players also welcome
  • Championship tournament in January or February
  • Be a part of an inclusive, supportive, competitive team! 

Davis Fields is coaching this year.  (Thanks, Davis!) Davis is a sophomore at NCSU in civil engineering and a player on the NCSU Ultimate team. He is available and willing to coach our middle school team for the months of November and December. 3:30-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Nov. 12, 14, 19, 21. Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19.  (January practice schedule is TBD.) 

Our goal is to provide a fun, safe environment for learning and enjoying the sport of ultimate. We especially welcome newcomers.

The coaches and parent volunteers have high expectations that students uphold Exploris values when participating in this club activity. Parents should review behavior expectations with their players: 

  • Students are to treat volunteers and fellow students with respect at all times.  
  • Players are responsible for walking safely as a group to practice: no parkour, respect property, no phones, watch for traffic, and cross only at cross walks.  
  • Disrespectful or unsafe behavior will result in the player being checked into after school care ($) and a parent will be notified.
  • Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the team. 

Register your player/s with this Google form -> Exploris Middle School Ultimate Team 2019-2020


Homework & ongoing project work 

Khan Deadlines – Math CC7 for Math CC7:  (**Please write these dates in your calendars**)                

    1. First Monday in December (December 2nd) 50% DUE
    2. First Monday in February (February 10th ) 75% DUE
    3. Middle of April  (April 20th) 95% DUE


  • MAY 4th 100% DUE


NOTE: these due dates are a minimum requirement. If you are planning to challenge yourself – you will need to complete 7th Grade Khan by mid- January and start on 8th grade Khan.


7th grade Thursday Help Hall: We had a great Thursday Help Hall last week, and hope to see more students come this week! This is a time for small group tutoring for students who are behind in classes or need extra help on assignments. Students can choose to come OR they may be required to come. We will let them know the week of, when they are required to come based off of missing work or behavior. 


Saturday School: We be requiring some students to attend Saturday school to further make up outstanding work or get extra help from teachers. You will be notified in advance if your child is required to attend. The first Saturday school will be November 9th from 8 am – 10 am. 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday

working lunch 

Thursday Friday 

Service learning 



Read 30 mins
Claims paper rough draft due
Claims paper edits 


No Red Ink assignments 



Read 30 mins
Claims paper edits
No Red Ink assignments 
Body systems quiz retake 



Read 30 mins
Claims paper Final Draft Due 
No Red Ink assignments 



Read 30 mins

No Red Ink assignments 

Service Learning – AM 
Vocab Quiz from lit. circle words

1:30- 3:15



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