7th Grade

7th Grade Parent Social – CANCELED

Chandler Hill, 596 Defiance Road, Defiance, Missouri 63341
Friday, April 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

This event has been canceled.

7th Grade Professional Observation Day

Thursday, May 4

In English this week, teachers are introducing the 7th Grade Professional Observation Day assignment. On Thursday, May 4, all 7th grade students will observe, interview, and analyze an adult professional in his/her place of employment, instead of attending classes at Westminster. We believe this experience will help our students better understand the relevance of their schoolwork, teamwork, and hard work. We hope they will gain an increased level of respect and understanding for what adults do on a daily basis, and we also hope that students will see some of the joys of a job well done.

Over the next few weeks, students will make contact with a professional to observe. Parent confirmation forms are due in English class by April 24.

7th Grade Student Social

Friday, May 5, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Sky Zone Chesterfield

Please reserve tickets and complete the online waiver for your student ahead of time to guarantee a spot, or you may buy tickets and complete the waiver when you come (depending on availability).

7th Grade Parent Social at The Wolf

Join us Tuesday, May 9, at 12:30 p.m. for conversation and lunch, dessert, or simply iced tea at The Wolf, 15480 Clayton Road, Ballwin, 63011.  

Your reservation by May 2 is appreciated. Email Heidi George or text at 636.288.6242.

7th Grade Summer Reading 2017

As we work together with families to create lifelong learners, Westminster Christian Academy expects that our students will continue reading throughout the summer months. In working towards this goal, over the summer all incoming 7th grade students will be required to read two books that they have not previously read. Students must choose books from the reading list or from the Westminster 100 list. It’s very important that students enjoy their book(s); therefore, we encourage them to take the time to find a book they love.

Book #1: Read any book (fiction or non-fiction) from the reading list. The review should be submitted no later than Friday, June 23.

Book #2: Read any book (fiction or non-fiction) from the reading list. The review should be submitted no later than Friday, July 28.

Extra book reviews: The review should be submitted no later than Friday, August 4.

After reading each book, students will submit an online book review using the online review form. This summer’s reading project is included in each student’s first quarter English grade, so please follow these instructions carefully and refer to the rubric below as your student completes the online review.

READING LIST (PDF)

If you have any questions, please email Heather Marsee. Please include the student’s name and grade level in your email.

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Grading Rubric

Skills and content students should keep in mind as they complete the online book review form: 24 points total  

Basic information
Complete the name, title, review #, pages, author, genre, rating, headline, etc. ____/2 pts.

Summary
2+ summary sentences about the plot ____/2 pts.


Theme
2+ sentences that share the moral or life lesson ____/2 pts.

Recommendation
1+ sentence giving details about the type of person who would enjoy the book ____/2 pts

Favorite
2+ sentences giving details and explaining why ____/2 pts.

Other
Book review received on time and written about a book from the list ____/2 pts

  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m so excited! When am I able to start my summer reading?

A: You are welcome to begin your summer reading TODAY! There is no start date. The only time constraints are that you submit your reviews no later than the due dates specified. Early work is accepted.

Q: How will I know if I submitted my review correctly?

A: There are two ways to know it was submitted: 1) After completing the review form, press “submit” at the bottom of the page. A box will appear stating that your response has been recorded. 2) In addition, you will receive an email with your submitted responses. After each deadline, if your review was not received, you will be notified by email.

Q: Is there a way for me to have a copy of my review? What do I do if I can’t finish the review in one sitting?

A: By providing your email address, Google will send you a copy of your completed form once it’s submitted. If you need to stop in the middle of completing the review form, here are two things you may do:

  1. Type your answers in a Word/Pages document. Then, once you’ve finished answering all the questions, you can paste your responses into the review form. This will also allow you to have a copy of what’s been submitted.
  2. If you’re able to type it all in the form but would still like a copy of your responses, before clicking “submit” on the review, take a screen shot (shift + command + 4 on Apple 
computers; or on an iPad, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button).

Q: How will my summer reading project affect my English grade?

A: The summer reading project will be equivalent to a quiz grade in English. See the grading rubric.

Q: What happens if I turn in an assignment late?

A: Late work will be penalized based on the length of time that it is overdue.

Duke TIP for 7th Graders

Seventh grade students who scored a 95 or above on their sixth grade standardized tests or scored a 125 or above on an IQ test may be eligible to take the SAT or ACT this fall. Sign up and review the deadlines on the Duke website.

This opportunity is not a requirement and does not impact classes at Westminster. Some parents want to give their child the experience of taking the ACT or SAT early in their academic career so students know what to expect on those tests and can better prepare to strengthen any areas of weakness. Parents may request that their child’s scores only be released to them and not to colleges. Contact Middle School Counselor Mollie Pfuetze for a more details.