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June 18 to June 22, 2018


  2. BulletPencils, Pens, Highlighters

  3. BulletONE inch THREE ring Binder

  4. BulletClearview Agenda . Assignment Book

  5. The 7th Grade Picnic was scheduled for Wednesday May 29, 2018. A splendid time was had by all who attended.

  6. The Memorial Day recess started on Friday afternoon May 25 through May 28th. School reopened on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 7:30AM.

  7. PARCC Testing began on Monday May 14 and  concluded on  Monday May 14, 2018.

  8. Take Your Child to Work Day was Thursday April 26, 2018. Since it is a scheduled Teacher-In Service Day, kids can can go to work with their parents and not miss a day of school!

  9. In the final marking period our class will learn about WORLD CULTURES with several weeks of challenging study! We’ll study the three Semitic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as Eastern faiths like Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism! The boys and girls will watch the clips from classic  films like Little Buddha, Prince of Egypt, and the Forbidden Kingdom that starred the legendary Jackie Chan and Jet Li.  The students’ final assessment on world religions will require them to create an “activity cube” to symbolically summarize facts and understandings of a one of the nine religions we studied. For more on these stimulating and innovative. CLICK HERE to find out more about this dynamic and innovative activity!

  10. The children’s investigation on the US Civil Rights Movement is completed. The boys and girls created a “virtual tour” of important places in the movement using Google’s Tour Builder app. They viewed clips from the story of Ruby Bridges. After tracing the progress of the movement from the 1940’s to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, students read the dramatic historical novel Fire from the Rock by Sharon Draper. The book tells the story of the saga of the Little Rock Nine and their struggle to attend the previously segregated Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Click on the title to read more information about the book. The boys and girls also viewed clips from the The Ernest Green Story, a movie also based on the experiences of the Little Rock Nine students and “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson’s first season as the first African American to play Major League Baseball.

  11. The children have finished working on their Unit about Africa’s Geography and History this Marking Period. First, we finished a whirlwind virtual tour of Africa. Next, the boys and girls learned about Africa’s great Ancient civilizations. Since January 8th, they have been working on a research assessment about one of the Kingdoms.  Presentations of their work begin on Tuesday January 30, 2018 To enhance their African experience, they viewed the story of Duma.and read the exciting story of Sunjiata. the Lion King of Mali.  CLICK HERE for more information about Duma! CLICK HERE for more information about Sunjiata. They also researched Ancient African Kingdoms and presented their work to their classmates.

  12. The students began the new year by participating in the 30th annual National Geographic Society’s National Geography Bee.  Monet DuMont emerged victorious for Mr. Sullivan’s Class competition. Mr. Sullivan's Geography Bee Other finalists were  Cavan Atagone, Josh Cherian, Mason Gandy, Alexander Howarth, and Blake Richardson. Our School Champion, 8th Grader Drew Rosenberger, if he qualifies, will be invited for the New Jersey State Finals held in March at the former Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Our School Champion, if they qualify, will be invited to the New Jersey State Finals held in March at the former Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). The state champions will be invited to the national Geography Bee Championship in Washington, D.C., May 20-23 2018. The preliminary round on day one determines the top 10 finalists, who win $500 and advance to the final round on the second day. The student who is crowned National Geographic Bee champion wins the top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an expedition for two to the Galápagos islands courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. The second-place finisher receives a $25,000 college scholarship, and the student who places third receives a college scholarship of $10,000. The boys and girls will be tested to the limits of their geographic knowledge in this spirited and exciting fun filled competition. CLICK HERE to visit the National Geographic Society’s website to learn more about the Geography Bee!

  13. Halloween arrived at the Middle School on TUESDAY October 31, 2017! This year, 72 students participated in the 10th Annual Mrs. Snitzel Memorial Halloween Costume Contest. CLICK HERE to see all the swell costumes. From her luxurious 16th Century Chalet, high on a wind swept mountainside in the Swiss Alps, Mrs. Snitzel judged the contestant’s costumes and announced the winners: Best Original: Dave Brister as Bob Ross; Best All-Around: Holden Riefensthal as a Smarty Pants; Scariest: Joe DeAnne as Scary Clown Guy; and Funniest: Maddie DiMarco as Dwight Schrute. Runners Up:were Emily Fare, Mark Grubb, Gillian Osif, Riley Moore, and Brandon Roney. Those receiving Honorable Mention were Gary Batot, Jessica Cinko, Mia Conners, Brynlee Crispin, Aubrey Donohue, Monet DuMont,   Reese Goesler, Ava Geiser,  Cameron Hazen, and Blake Richardson

  14. The boys and girls sharpened their skills as they learned about the Global Grid. Invented by the Ancient Greeks (Many of them were Mr. Sullivan’s best friends), the Global Grid shows them how to interpret maps and their symbols. The Global Grid was taught in a “hands on” mode as the children applied the information presented in class as they competed in the Twelfth Annual Mr. Burkhardt Memorial Battleship Tournament.

  15. During the first week of October, students all across the state of New Jersey participated in a “Week of Respect.” In recognition of the importance of social and emotional learning and character education, schools observed Respect Week by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying. Students in Mr. Sullivan’s Social Studies classes will participate in several activities designed to increase  student awareness, empathy, kindness, bullying prevention!

  16. As part of September’s Geography lessons, the students participated in the 13th Annual Mr. Cheeseman Memorial World Map Puzzle Contest. Click HERE to view this year’s champions and other action photos.

  17. Once we overcame the network sign in challenges, the students received instructions how to use “QUIA,” the online test and quiz website. Using Quia, students completed a short interest analyzer, and a few brief surveys.

  18. We began the year with a few Social Studies Class Orientation Activities. They gathered 6-12 pictures / photos to create a personal collage on Google Slides that described their personality and their interests. Students will later experience a few “assessments” to determine their Multiple Intelligences, and “brain preferences”

  19. 7th Grade Back to School Night took place on Wednesday September 13, 2017. Parents experienced the Middle School first hand as they traveled from room to room and got a chance to meet their student’s teachers! Please CLICK HERE to view Mr. Sullivan’s presentation.

  20. You can CLICK HERE to see the kids on the opening day of the 2017-2018 school year!

  21. Many of our Social Studies activities this year are technology based, and I hope our class website will serve as a way to extend learning and reinforce what goes on in my classroom. I look forward to another swell school year, my 43rd year teaching 7th Grade  Social Studies! All the lessons and activities are carefully designed and selected to reach children with many different learning styles and brain preferences. I sincerely hope that the boys and girls will enjoy learning in Social Studies class! The school year will pass by very quickly. Pretty soon it’s going to be September again!! hope that every one  will have an awesome year! Always remember that 7th Grade Social Studies is “swell!”

“Never send a human to do a machine's job.”

Agent Smith from The Matrix


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Good Luck

Miss Jones!

“It is said that master and student walk side by side and share a destiny until their paths go separate ways!"

Mr. Sullivan to Lu Yuan Bin, one of the Eight Taoist Immortals

Days remaining until
school starts again in September 2018

Thanks for a great year and a swell career!

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