7th & 8th Grades

Senior 01

Welcome to the Senior I class page! My name is EJ Murphy and I am the Senior history teacher as well as the 7th grade English teacher. My educational background include a high school diploma from Abington Heights High School as well as studies at Temple University, West Chester University, and Keystone College from which I graduated with a degree in history education. Over the summer I also became certified to teach secondary English Language Arts. Prior to teaching full-time at Howard Gardner I was a substitute for the school as well as for the Northeastern Intermediate Unit in their special education classes throughout the area.

Our history classes this year will be focused on the study of American history. We will begin by taking a look at the early years of our nation following the war with Great Britain, focusing on the politics that helped shaped the landscape of our young republic and the ideals that influenced the formation of our Constitution. From there we will cover events including (but not limited to) the War of 1812, westward expansion, the Civil War, reconstruction, the emergence of the United States as a world power, the World Wars, and so on. Students will participate in group discussion as well as work on projects and analyze primary source material. I will administer quizzes and tests to check for content understanding as well as assigning writing assessments such as research papers. As a class we will also produce a school newspaper with articles written by our Senior class students.

In English we will be focusing on the study of novels. Students will develop critical thinking skills that will allow them to analyze text for literary clues that will help them make assumptions and predictions about characters, themes, and plot. Group work will be a large focus of the class, giving students the opportunity to further not only their academic skills but also the social skills that will be needed to be successful as they move forward with their education. Vocabulary will also be a focus with students learning new vocabulary terms from their novels. Through reading and the subsequent writing assignments, students will also develop a further understanding of grammar and punctuation that will afford them writing skills they will need.

I look forward to a fun, productive school year for the Senior class!

Senior 02

My name is Paul Biagioli and I am the homeroom teacher for the Senior II Class. I teach 7th and 8th grade math, as well as 8th grade English. I graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Business Administration, and then received my certificate to teach secondary mathematics at Keystone College.

In Math all students will be using Carnegie Learning textbooks. These textbooks are theirs to keep so students are expected to write notes in their textbooks during class. The textbooks can then be used as study materials to help with homework, and to study for quizzes and tests. The textbook will be collected once a trimester and I will check to make sure they are taking notes, and turn this into a quiz grade. There will be frequent homework assignments, but the assignments closely mirror what we cover in class, and are never very long. I check homework every day it is assigned, and homework also counts as a quiz grade.

In English we will be reading novels throughout the year. Student assessments will consist of text-dependant questions, book reports, quizzes on the book and vocabulary. We create our own vocabulary lists as a group, pulling words from the novels we are reading.

This is my first year at Howard Gardner and I am very excited to work with all of the students. I will provide a fun and productive work environment and work to prepare our students for high school.