Welcome to Team D!
Our goal is to support all students in attaining their goals and reaching towards the Farmington Vision of the Graduate. Along the way, we strive to make positive connections and prepare students for the important transition to high school.
In Language Arts classes, students were introduced to the Social Justice unit by researching a topic of their choice which reflects the African American experience and the Road to Equal Rights. Students creted a Google slide show with a video clip to share their knowledge of these historic people and events. Students recently selected novels written by Mildred Taylor which highlight the time period from the Post Civil War era to the beginning of WWII. Students will continue to trace social justice through the Civil Rights Movement.
In World Languages, French students are working on exploring a trip to a city in Francophone country. They are also practicing ordering in a restaurant. Multiple students have taken advantage of the opportunity to visit an actual French restaurant with Madame Bettega to excercise these skills. Spanish students are working on grammar and preparing for their simulated trip to Seville, Spain to participate in the "Feria de Abril."
In Science, students have begun their unit on Genetics. They have learned the structure and function of DNA and how to create Punnett Squares to predict the outcome of offspring from a particular set of parents. Students will soon begin their "Pet Projects," where they will create and present a fictional family using the principles of Genetics we have explored. Later in this unit we will explore areas of advanced genetics and inheritance patterns, as well as issues dealing with the ethics of genetic enhancements and research.
In Social Studies, students are currently exploring the Civil War Unit. Students are being introduced to the new Social Studies Techbook (through Discovery Education). Throughout this unit, students will learn about slavery as a cause of conflict and the Abolitionist Movement. They will study regional differences of the US during the years leading to the Civil War. They will examine key events that sparked controversy and the idea of "Sectionalism" in America. And they will participate in the mock trial of John Brown, Abolitionist--was he a Madman or Martyr?
In Math classes, students in Pre-algebra are practicing skills in surface area and volume to be followed by learning the Pythagorean Theorum. Algebra I students are working on systems of equations, to be followed by exponential relationships. Geometry students are studying area and volume.
Overall for the team, we are preparing for our end of year events. Final payments have been made for the Boston trip on May 21st. Students will be attending an informational meeting and selecting groups in the weeks following vacation. We will also be looking ahead with preparations for our FHS visit, Class Picnic and Promotion. Let's make it a great end to their time at IAR!
Any questions or concerns please contact your child's homeroom teacher or Team D leader, Ms. Becker at BeckerS@fpsct.org.
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Ms. Becker- Team Leader and Science
Mrs. Frascadore- Language Arts
Mr. McNamara- Math
Mr. Casarella - Social Studies
Ms. Narvesen- Math
Mrs. Stacy- Spanish
Mrs. Szabo- Reading
Ms. Praven - Special Education
Mrs. Ramirez- Counselor
Mrs. Lewis - Reading/Language Arts
Ms. Bettega - Spanish/French