Lexington Middle School


Mrs. Sund 7th Grade Science 1/16 - 1/20

This week in Mrs. Sund’s 7th grade Science class we are learning about the Earth’s moon. We are focusing on the different phases of the moon. On Thursday, 1-19, the students will be doing the Oreo Moon Phase Activity. Students will get into groups of 4. They will need to take 4 Oreos and create the 4 main Moon Phases (New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, and Third Quarter). They will have to figure out a way they can use 1 Oreo cookie to represent each Phase. While they are creating the differentmoon phases they will also be enjoy some cookies. :) Below is a picture of what the student’s activity will look like.

 5 Reasons to take Speech Class


  1. You will need the experience it offers.  Good communication skills are important to almost every career. Taking speech helps you be confident and experienced.

  2. It helps you in other classes.  Most classes include presentations as part of their assignments.  Why not develop your speaking skills so you can wow your friends and classmates?

  3. You become a better listener.  Listening to others who have different opinions and experiences helps you gain new perspectives and interest.  In order to form meaningful relationships, we must start with active listening skills.

  4. You give a voice to your ideas and what you are passionate about.  Your ideas matter.  You may not change the world with one speech, but you can have an impact in a small way, which can lead to bigger things.

  5. It builds confidence.  Learning how to stand and deliver a speech will teach you to overcome your anxiety about talking in front of others.  It opens the door for communication on all levels including one-on-one, small groups, or larger audiences.  

Parents our next parent-teacher conferences will be in the form of student-led conferences.  Please join us Thursday February 16, 2017 at Lexington Middle School between 8am and 5pm to hear how well your student is performing at school. Each student will have their own time to sit with their parents and showcase their achievements so be on the look out for a sign up to select a time that works for you.  Looking forward to seeing all of you on February 16th

Happy 2017 everybody! I would just like to inform you about a couple of events that will be happening during the month of February. The first event is History Night for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It will take place after school on February 6, 2017. The second event I would like you to mark on your calendars is student-led conferences.  Conferences will take place on February 16, 2017. We are looking forward to a fun and productive second half of the school year. See you soon!


At a recent educational training I attended, I learned an acronym from explicit instruction expert Anita Archer that I think is worth passing on to students:  SLANT. 

SLANT describes student behaviors that impress teachers. 

Students, since it’s nearing the time the finals will be taken and semester grades will be issued, perhaps it’s a great time for you to wow your teachers!

S = sit up
L = listen
A = ask and answer
N = nod and notes
T = track teacher

Sitting up straight shows teachers that you are awake and ready to learn.  It’s a posture that indicates the teacher has your attention.

Listen to what your teacher and other classmates are saying.  You will probably hear information you need to know – like how to complete a math problem or when your science lab report is due.

Ask and answer questions.  Good questions show teachers that you want to learn more about the topic or care enough to seek clarification.  If you answer a teacher’s question it can show that you did your homework, read the chapter in your textbook, or are willing to take a risk!

Nod and notes refers to active listening.  When you nod at a teacher, it expresses agreement and that you understand the material.  Nodding is a sign of being engaged in the class discussion.  Note-taking is a practice that shows you can pick out key facts and details that are important to remember.  Reading back through your notes can be a useful way to study the material, and that act of note-taking itself supports memory.

Track teacher is a suggestion to keep your eyes on your teacher.  Tracking your teacher will help you to focus on the lesson and shows the teacher that you are paying attention.  It gives you a better chance of hearing the instructions you will need for the lesson.  If other students or adults are speaking during the lesson, you can track them when they speak, then return your focus to the teacher.


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