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 includes 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 last 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.

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Our history classes this year will be focused on the study of world history. We will take a look into some early civilizations and analyze how those civilizations and their culture and practices effect the world we live in today. We will also be covering, to a lesser extent, American history and the upcoming presidential election. In American history we will begin by continuing the discussion we began in the Senior class last year about the Civil War and continuing on from there to cover the Reconstruction period and the emergence of the United States as an industrial and economic world power. During the election, we will watch the presidential debates and analyze the techniques used during an election by the candidates to help their campaign. 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.

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 Teri Miles and I am the homeroom teacher for the Senior II Class. I teach 7th and 8th grade math and science. I graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a dual degree and Political Science and Theatre. I then graduated from New York Law School with a Juris Doctorate. After working in the law and business field for 15 years, I went back to ESU to become a teacher. I am Pennsylvania certified in K-6; Mid-Level Math, Science and Civics and K-12 Business and Technology.

We are using Google Classroom and all course materials should be posted online. 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. I will check to make sure they are taking notes and turn this into a quiz grade. There will be 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.

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Science at Howard Gardner School is an inquiry process. Students wonder why, observe, explore and experiment both in the classroom and in the outdoor classroom of Mountain Lake and Robinson Park in our neighborhood. They may also take field trips related to their topic of study. Classes are held in the students’ homerooms.

The base of classroom study is the FOSS Kits (Full Option Science System) which were designed by University of California at Berkley. This program is a collection of activities aligned with the national science standards and covers topics in Life, Earth and Physical Science. Students collaborate in small groups on hands on experiments, recording data, creating graphs and reflecting on their results. They have the opportunity to apply skills of measurement and the scientific method. There are supplementary reading texts used after the activities as well as math connection problems.

Since our classes are multi-aged grouped the curriculum alternates years. Additionally, since this is the first year that the Seniors have a different Science teacher – me.

Even/Odd School Years (2016-2017)

Senior: Landforms – Electronics

Odd/Even School Years (2017-2018)

Senior: Human Brain & Senses – Weather & Water

Students in all classes are invited to suggest experiments to try in the class or to share results of investigations they do at home.

Environment and Ecology concepts are investigated by students during the fall and spring exploration of outdoor habitats. In addition, students of the upper and senior classes do more observation of wetlands at Mountain Lake. We take only pictures and leave only footprints. (We do pick up garbage and collect data)

Personal interests of students in the Senior class are developed through assignments such as current events in science and science careers presentations. They are encouraged to express themselves through nature sketching, writing song lyrics to remember concepts and a keeping a moon journal.

Members of the senior class have research assignments such as creating an advertisement for an element to learn about the periodic table. Students read the Science World magazine for current information on science and technology. They will have an end of the year project depending on the odd or even year, either designing, implementing and presenting an experiment demonstrating the scientific method or creating a personal reflection presentation of their relationship with the natural world.

I have lived in Stroudsburg my entire life and consider Scranton my “second home” because so many members of my immediate and extended family were born, grew up and still live here in the area.

This is my first year at Howard Gardner and I am very excited to work with all of the students. I look forward to being a part of your child’s education in this very important stage of their educational experience.