Believers the future belongs to those who believe... ~Eleanor Roosevelt





Teachers on the Team

Faith Shelton – English

Aurica Green – Math

Kimberly Shepard – History

Melanie Burch – Science

Believers Team News

Over the holiday break, please consider replenishing supplies, so that students are prepared for the New Year!  We are thankful for each and every one of our students and their families.  We hope that you have a safe and happy holiday.

Seventh grade English students continue to work diligently with literary resources. We are focusing on the academic language of sentence structure as well as strengthening text marking of nonfiction and fiction articles for full understanding of explicit and implicit information. Our students are also engaged in studying word analysis, point of view, irony, and critical thinking. Our writing instruction emphasizes proper organization of an essay with a strong emphasis on written thesis support and appropriate use of non-negotiables that include, but not limited to, correct capitalization, writing complete sentences, proper use of commas, and end punctuation. We encourage students to review daily notes outlined in their interactive notebooks in preparation for tests and quizzes. Studying these notes on a regular basis will improve retention of information and alleviate further anxiety when it comes to assessments, including Benchmarks and SOL tests.

Life Science:
In life science this nine weeks, we are finishing our investigation of the life processes and turning our sights to genetics. We will study how traits are passed from the parents to the offspring and learn how to predict the traits of the offspring by using Punnett squares. Students will use the concept of probability to determine the genotype and phenotypes of organisms. Research on genetic disorders and debates on modern genetic issues will also be completed in this unit.

Explorers that have come to America have begun to settle and interact with the American Indians. Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at the first settlements and how they established and impacted the starting point of our country.

We have been solving a variety of proportions and are now able to calculate sales tax, appropriate tips, discounts, and sale prices, in time for holiday shopping. Soon we will translate verbal problems into numerical computation with expressions and equations before solving one-step and two-step equations. Finally, we will solve inequalities where students will discover similarities and differences in the processes of equations.

Keeping the Focus – Parent and Student Reminders

  • Stay organized.
  • Complete daily assignments and homework on time.
  • Read at least 20 minutes each night.
  • Always be prepared with supplies and assignments. Please restock pencil pouches and lockers with missing supplies.
  • When you are absent, always get make up work from each teacher on the day of your return.
  • Study each subject nightly to maximize learning, and encourage students to spend a longer period of time studying, when needed.
  • Effective studying includes: making flashcards, having someone quiz you, teaching the information to someone, or turning your notes into graphic organizers or illustrations. Students should be able to answer their Cornell note questions and check it as taught, with the notes folded over.
  • Please check Synergy weekly to stay informed of your child’s grades.

Grading Policy

The Believers team follows the school-wide grading policy: Tests/Projects 40%, Quizzes 30%, Practice 30%. Make up work is required to be made up within ONE WEEK of an absence. It is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to get make up work. Late work is accepted WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME AND FOR A LOWERED GRADE.

All Believers core classes are located in the Annex. Students are escorted to the main building for lunch and elective classes. Parents/Guardians must check in at the office in the MAIN building to pick up students and/or visit classrooms.

Classroom Expectations

The Believers teachers expect good manners, motivation for learning, and cooperative attitudes in order to foster a positive learning environment. In addition to each teacher’s classroom rules, the students are expected to adhere to the following team guidelines:

  • Be prepared. Students must bring the required supplies and assignments EVERY DAY.
  • Stay on task at all times. Check your work twice. Always turn in completed, quality work. Ask for assistance BEFORE you get overwhelmed. We are here to help!
  • Respect. Show respect for yourself, IRMS teachers and staff, your classmates, and property (yours AND others’).
  • Be organized. Keep your belongings orderly. Feel free to ask for organizational assistance. Leave your work area clean and free from trash. Return all borrowed items exactly as you found them.
  • Class changes and lines (in hallways and during fire drills) should be quiet and orderly.
  • Personal grooming is not allowed in the classrooms, only in restrooms.
  • Eating is NOT allowed in class and gum is prohibited.

Demerit System

The 7th grade uses a demerit system to deal with inappropriate behavior that we believe obstructs the educational process. Failure to meet the expectations listed above will result in the student receiving a demerit with the following consequences:

Demerit System Procedures

1st Demerit Warning issued to the student
2nd Demerit Phone call to parent
3rd Demerit Conduct notice or phone call to parent
4th Demerit Required parent conference notice given and parent/teacher conference scheduled
5th Demerit Any demerit earned after 4th Demerit will result in Administrative Referral.  Assistant Principal will determine consequence.