January 16-19, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Dear Dickerson Parents,

Due to inclement weather, CCSD is cancelling ALL after school and evening activities except for ASP for today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  However, although ASP will remain open, parents are strongly encouraged to pick up their children as soon as possible.  In addition, the district and superintendents office will be monitoring the weather situation and they hope to make a decision regarding tomorrow by 10 pm this evening.  Please stay tuned.


Dr. Carole Brink

Principal, Dickerson Middle School


Science with Mrs. Brennan– We are continuing with the Body Systems Project- working in clinic groups and with your specialty. Your Specialty Board Exam (quiz grade) will be Friday. Test over All Body Systems is Feb 15th.

Body Systems Vocabulary-1060omw

Reading with Ms. Bright- Tuesday,  we took a Reading Inventory test in the computer lab. Thursday is the Prefix Quiz.  Prefixes part 1-1u5hp81

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– We are studying the Skeletal System today. The digestive system questions are due today, the urinary system ones tomorrow.

Body Systems Vocabulary-1060omw

January 9 – 12, 2018

Current report cards are online via PVUE.  See the progress report grades on PVUE  Feb. 9. 

Science with Mrs. Brennan– Tuesday we took Cell Cycle notes from a powerpoint.  See me or Mrs. Brennan’s blog if you need a copy.  We also worked on the Cell Cycle Project due Wednesday. Thursday we started a Medical Clinic Project with our study of the Body Systems. Friday the clinic groups decided on a name for the clinic and a slogan.

Reading with Ms. Bright- We worked in the Vocabulary Art Book, pasting in the Prefix Pre-test.  Then we continued Mind-Mapping The Seven Habits, starting with Habit 2- Keeping the End in Mind.  Continue working in your Vocabulary Art Book with the prefixes you need to learn. Due Tuesday. Thursday, we took notes on characterization and discussed mind-mapping Habit 2. Friday we worked in the Vocabulary Art Book and The Great Discovery for Habit 2.  WE also added to the Characterization Notes which were taken up for a grade.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– We continued working on the Cell Cycle Project and finishing questions in Section 4.3 (20-29) The project is due Thursday. Wednesday we discussed the Digestive System.  Thursday, we did a digestive system mini-lab and started questions 22-28. Friday we discussed the Urinary System and worked on that section’s questions.

January 4th-5th, 2018

Science with Mrs. Brennan–  We went over class and school expectations.  We are finishing Ch 4 Cell Processes.  We unraveled Ch 4.3. Tomorrow we will start a Cell Cycle Choice Project.

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– We are learning about the Cell Cycle and used play-doh to demonstrate mitosis. We will start a Cell Cycle Choice Project tomorrow.

Cell Cycle vocabulary: Cell Cycle Vocabulary-1680hwy

Cell Cycle Project:Cell Cycle Project-zyizxx

Reading with Ms. Bright– Today we took a CTLS Assessment in the computer lab. Friday we took a prefix pre-test and began working again in The Seven Habits, particularly Habit 2.




December 12-20, 2017

Science- We finished the Cornstarch Lab and observed how iodine diffused through a plastic bag to react with cornstarch. We are starting an Osmosis Lab with potatoes. Ch 4 questions 1-11 due Wednesday.  Questions 12-19 due Friday. We have studied Cell Processes- Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Diffusion, Osmosis, Exocytosis, Endocytosis, Active and Passive Transport. Test on Monday the 18th. The last two early release days we will review with Legends of Learning games about cells on computers and have a 5 senses lab.

Study resources:  Chapter 4 Questions-16k61bg          Chapter 4 Vocabulary-121ilz7

Chapter 4 Study Guide 2017-yskeoh 

Quizlet– https://quizlet.com/241691171/cell-transport-photosynthesis-cellular-respiration-flash-cards/

Reading- We are reading Small Steps, a book about a young girl who survived polio. We are having an open book test on Friday.  Use your guided reading as a study guide.

December 12-15, 2017

Welcome Back!  I hope you enjoyed the snow as much as I did!!!

In Science this week we are studying Cell Processes: See vocabulary preview:

Chapter 4 Vocabulary-121ilz7

We are completing the Cornstarch-Iodine Diffusion Lab and starting a Potato Osmosis Lab!  The test over this chapter is Monday, the 18th.  Questions 1-11 due Wednesday, and 12-19 due Thursday.Chapter 4 Questions-16k61bg

Reading– We are finishing Small Steps this week and have a test Friday on the book.  Study with your guided reading packet.




Dec 4-8, 2017

Science– Monday we are reviewing for the Ch 3 test. Tuesday is the test.  Wednesday we start Ch 4, learning about osmosis and diffusion.  We will have a Cornstarch Lab, seeing if iodine will diffuse through a plastic bag.  We will learn about Exocytosis and Endocytosis- how cells get what they need through the cell membrane.  CH 4 Vocabulary: Chapter 4 Vocabulary-121ilz7

Reading– We are continuing to read Small Steps. We have discussed plot and characterization, meeting in small groups.  We have a guided reading to complete for Ch 1-8.  There will be a quiz Friday on Ch 1-8, open book.


Nov 27-Dec 1, 2017

Science Test Tuesday, Dec 5th

Chapter 3, Section 1 Notes-2kxrvro

Study Guide:Chapter 3 key-2e2gxnl


Chapter 3, Section 2 – Eukaryotic Cells 1-yxpsm2

Science with Mrs. Jacobson

Monday we had an open note quiz on cells.  This week we will learn that cells make up tissue, which makes up organs, which makes organ systems, which make up an organism.  Questions on Section 3 in Ch 3 are due Thursday but can be checked early to catch mistakes. We will also work on a Cell Project that will be presented in class on Friday.  The test over cells is Dec 5th.

Science with Mrs. Brennan

Monday we took a Cells Pretest to gauge students’ progress on the unit.  Tuesday we will look at plant cells and our own cheek cells under a microscope.  Wednesday we will Unravel Ch 3 Sections 2 and 3. Thursday we will do a webquest in the computer lab individually based on each student’s knowledge of cells.

Reading with Ms. Bright

Monday we took a Reading Practice Test in the computer lab. Tuesday we began reading a memoir called Small Steps about a young girl with polio.

Week of November 13-17, 2017

Dear Parents of 7th Graders – Today we sent home your student’s IOWA results. They should arrive to you in a sealed envelope. Thank you, 7th Grade Teachers and Mr. Perry.



Science– We are continuing the study of Cells.  We have taken notes on all the parts of a cell. We are learning how to use microscope and will look at plant cells and our own cheek cells under the microscope.  We will do a Cell Project, comparing the cell to something else- a school, a city, etc…

Cell Notes:Chapter 3, Section 1 Notes-2kxrvro      


Reading– We are reading Rikki-Tikki- Tavi and mind-mapping the relationships between the characters.  We have discussed the plot and have taken notes on plot diagram, setting, theme, inciting incident, conflict.


Science– We are starting to learn about CELLS.  Here is a vocabulary list of words we’ll be learning: Cell Vocabulary-29ro750 ; 

Mrs. Jacobson’s class- Chapter questions 1-11 due Tuesday Nov 14th;

Mrs. Brennan’s class- take notes from this powerpoint:  Prokaryotes-and-Eukaryotes-1ohy5cd-1hemdzw

Great Review Power Points:Chapter 3, Section 1 Notes-2kxrvro     Chapter 3, Section 2 – Eukaryotic Cells 1-yxpsm2

Reading- This week we are learning how prefixes, root words, and suffixes can help us decipher words we don’t know. We are reading Rikki-Tiki-Tavvi and mind-mapping the characters (how they relate to each other), as well as making a Word Gap list of words we don’t recognize.

Week of October 30

Science with Mrs. Jacobson– Monday we were in the computer lab working on either a Biome Mission or Google Earth Biome Webquest, based on students’ scores on a practice test. Tuesday we will review by discussing chapter 20 questions and playing Risky Business. Wednesday is Vision and Hearing Testing.  Chapter 20 test on Thursday.  On Friday we will learn about Succession, where a community evolves over time.

Science with Mrs. Brennan– Monday we worked on Section 3 of Chapter 20 questions, due Wednesday. Tuesday- Based on last week’s iRespond results, students will be placed into differentiated groups to complete either an enrichment or a remediation activity. Wednesday- Review for test. Vision and Hearing Testing.  Thursday is the CH 20 test.  Friday we will watch Planet Earth Freshwater video.

Reading with Ms. Bright– this week we are working with and reading The Seven Habits