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6th Grade

Students read and analyze a wide range of literature with an increasing emphasis on informational texts on grade level topics in all subject areas. Major emphasis is on comprehension of complex narrative and informational texts, and to compare/contrast and integrate information from a variety of resources for personal understanding and presentations to others. They learn and use appropriate academic vocabulary in their writing and speaking. They use evidence to support their purpose and conclusions. They revise, edit, and use technology to present information. They write responses to literature, persuasive compositions, research reports, expository compositions, and narratives. They conduct research, gather information from print and digital resources, paraphrase, summarize, and provide bibliographic information. They listen critically to speakers and media prsentations and deliver presentations. Skills are integrated across curriculum areas. Students have deep collaborative discussions where they also analyze speeches and presentations, present arguments, and present information.Students develop their understandings of the concept of ratio and extend their knowledge of fractions in mathematics. They compute fluently with multi-digits and decimals. They work with rational numbers, write equations with variables, and think statistically. They study world history and geography about the lives of the earliest humans, development of tools, agriculture, and the emergence of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus River valley, China, and the Mediterranean basin. In science, students study plate techtonics, earth’s structure and surface, heat, energy, weather, ecology, natural resources, and they formulate hypotheses for investigations and experiments using appropriate tools and technologies. They also work on Library/ Technology, Music, and PE skills during weekly visits.

 

7th Grade

Students read a variety of literature including novels, dramas, and poems. They analyze theme, character development, point of view, plot development, all with increasing complexity. They participate in "close readings" of texts with deep collegial, collaborative discussions. They compare/contrast print, digital, and live presentations across disciplines. They analyze interactions between people, places, events, ideas, and their influence. Their writing demonstrates sophisticated and complex skills with organization and evidence and encorporates technology during research, development, collaboration, citing resources, and production. Students respond to literature, persuasive compositions, research reports, summaries, and narratives. They focus on arguments, informative/explanatory writing, and narratives. In math students practice essential processes and proficiencies tht deepen understandings. They apply their knowledge of fractions and rational numbers and are introduced to irrational numbers. They use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions and they write/solve simple equations for unknown angles, work with cylinders, cones, and spheres. They work with statistics and draw inferences about populations based on samples, investigate chance and probability, and further prepare for algebra. Students study the social, cultural, and technological changes that ocurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia from 500-1789 AD. Students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. They examine the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies and commodities. The science curriculum has an emphasis in life science. The physical and earth science concepts are included within the context of life science. Students learn that all living things are made up of cells which contain genetic instructions that specify traits. Students participate in investigations and ecperiments and learn that living things grow, change, are diverse, interdependent and interact with the changing environment. Students also meet weekly for Library/Technology, Music, and P.E. instuction.



What our 6th and 7th graders had to say:


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When you visit our sixth grade class in Bay Farm School you can see us learn about so many different things. You can see us taking notes in Math with Mrs. Oducayen. When you visit Mrs. Reynold’s class you may see the students reading different books, and having discussions about them. In both classes you can see the students playing Caravans or a different type of Geography game to help them learn about the world. You may also see them playing Homeworkopoly which is a board game they play every Friday if the turn in their homework the whole week. In sixth grade everybody is a happy camper. And as Mrs. Reynolds says, “ No harm, no foul “. Giselle F.






6th grade at Bay Farm is super fun! One of the highlights is cycling to the library every third Tuesday. I also love the geography game we play, called Caravans. Most of the students and teachers are really fun and helpful, so it isn’t really a stressful school environment. Sammy Z.


Morning Muster is like morning ceremony, but only for middle schoolers. We do it by the flagpole over at Tilman Park. It’s just like regular morning ceremony: you say the pledge, celebrate birthdays, and the teachers say their announcements. It is a smaller group of kids compared to what we used to do, but it’s fun and makes our middle school stand out from the lower grades.

 

Everyday we have Morning Muster. It is just like Morning Ceremonies but for middle school. Our four fabulous teachers from 6th and 7th grade lead it. They give us fact to ponder our minds throughout the the day. We also get recognized for our birthdays. Morning Muster is what we needed for middle school.- Peter B.

 

 My experience at BayFarm was very surprising. My friend from my old middle school came to BayFarm. Later on, when a student from my class started talking to me I felt very delighted and welcomed at this school. The teachers at this school are more thoughtful than the other teachers at my old middle school. That goes for the students here also! This school allows you to have free time to do whatever you like after you finish with your homework. The homework here doesn’t stress you out like my other middle school which is a good thing. You’ll get to have barely any homework if you finish at school. You’ll get to go on fun field trips more often than my old middle school. The last middle school I’ve gone to we only went on one field trip for the whole school year! This school doesn’t want me to pull out my hair like my old middle school. You’ll be able to have a little more freedom here. You’ll have an amazing time at Bay Farm! Jasmine T.


An aspect of seventh grade I enjoy are the wide range of electives. These are classes we take that count toward our grade. Here at Bay Farm, there is Media Center, Music, and Physical Education. There is also Language, too. Plus, you can attend Ukulele club and Glee Club during and after school, respectively. I think that’s what makes our middle school distinctive. Ethan M


My experiences at Bay Farm School for 7th grade have been amazing. We have done so many fun things and we are only halfway through the year! One of my favorite things about this school are the teachers. This year our teachers are just so exciting and fun, I think 7th grade will be one of my favorite academic years. Another fun thing about 7th grade is the school dances. These dances are for 6th through 7th grade, and at the end of the year, the last dance includes 5th graders! Everyone who attends can bring friends in their grade, and lots of kids from other schools actually prefer Bay Farm dances to their own school dances. This year we also get to take an overnight field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! All the students get to sleep inside the aquarium at night and get the opportunity to tour the aquarium during the day. This year has been, and will be, so much fun! Talia G.


I’ve been at Bay Farm School since kindergarten, loving each year. 7th grade is no different. I love that we have the option to take advanced classes such as Algebra. I can’t even explain how kind and welcoming the teachers are. Students aren’t afraid to ask questions and speak their mind about certain topics. As electives, we have P.E., Music, and Media Center. Come to Bay Farm school to experience what I’ve been able to experience every day! Sydney C.


Bay Farm’s Middle School has been a very homey, small, and fun experience which, in my opinion, I prefer. The teachers here make it fun to learn, are very energetic, and full with great ideas to make B.F.M.S. (Bay Farm Middle School) more fun and entertaining. Not only do we have great teachers, but we also have great dances. At B.F.M.S., we have dances where we can invite our friends who have moved on to other schools, our personal friends, and at the last dance, the fifth graders. These dances are fun because you get to be with your friends, dance, laugh, play games, and get prizes. B.F.M.S. is an amazing environment to learn in and is a great boost for when you go off to others’ schools. GO DOLPHINS! Lizzie C.


My experience in 7th grade has been marvelous so far! 7th grade is no different than Kindergarten. In Kindergarten, we had one on one help from our teachers if we need help. Same with 7th grade! This is why I love this remarkable school. I love learning new subjects such as Algebra. The teachers in 7th grade are so friendly and welcoming to their students. The students love to work with the teachers and are not scared to ask for help. Our science/math teacher, Ms. Hirsch, makes us generate more creative ideas than we ever knew we had. The history/english teacher, Ms. Baker, is intelligent and loving. Every so often, she tells us some astonishing facts that we never knew! We are now being introduced to persuasive essays and public speaking. We, 7th graders, have other subjects, other than academics. We have Media Center, Music, and P.E. 7th grade is a phenomenal addition to our school. Instead of Bay Farm Elementary School, we are now Bay Farm Elementary and Middle School! Sammie K.


 7TH GRADE:-We learn about the Renaissance, and about the Medieval Times in History, and all of the important people in the Renaissance, Michelangelo, Leonardo De Caprio, and Cervantes. Tina A.


When you enter a 7th grade room it is most likely to be nice and quiet.All of the students are going to be having fun doing projects or industriously working on assignments or be reading their own book or the whole class will be reading together. Jared L.


In 6th and 7th grade we use net books and chrome books for digital learning. Using them will bring up our writing skills and lgives us the capability of learning more advanced vocabulary. 6th and 7th grade also has amazing field trips. For 6th grade we went to Mother lode for 3 days. During those days we learned how to be more confident and take a leap of faith. The leap of faith was a jump off of a 20 foot tree and try to take a leap to a pole. In 7th grade we are going to an aquarium and sleep next to the animals. Suzy F.

 

I really think that our plan to go the Monterey Bay Aquarium is truly wonderful. I can’t wait to go to Monterey and see many majestic sea creatures, learn about marine life, and the ocean. Jackie M.


 

My experience at Bay Farm has shown that all the students are involved in making the school a safe and peaceful place. Our middle school program has a lot of new technology, something new that no one else has, such as one-to-one Chromebooks and iPads! Seventh graders will experience all the elements of an actual middle school, such as school dances, language, and musical opportunities. I feel that at large middle schools, teachers will not be able to focus on a particular student’s needs. Bay Farm only consists of two classrooms per sixth and seventh grade, so students are able to learn in a more personalized space.GO DOLPHINS! Ellerbe W.


My experience in 7th grade at Bay Farm has been spectacular overall!  Everyone at the school is extremely affectionate and the teachers always create entertaining ways to help us learn new topics in class.  My homeroom teacher, Ms. Hirsch, assembles fun science experiments for us to do in teams.  Also, my History/Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Baker, lets the class play an amusing game to help us improve our vocabulary.  These activities don’t just teach us new concepts, but they also help us become a team. Hannah C.



My experience in 7th grade has been marvelous so far! 7th grade was no different than Kindergarten. In Kindergarten, we had one on one help from our teachers if we do need help. Same with 7th grade! This is why I love this remarkable school. I love learning new subjects such as, algebra. The teachers in 7th grade are so friendly and welcoming to their students. The students love to work with the teachers and are not scared to ask for help. Our science/math teacher, Ms. Hirsch, makes us generate more creative ideas that we never knew we had. The history/english teacher, Ms. Baker, is intelligent and loving. Every so often, she tells us some astonishing facts that we never knew! We are now introduced to persuasive essays and public speaking. We, 7th graders, have other subjects, other than academics too. We have media center, music, and P.E. 7th grade is a phenomenal addition to our school. Instead of Bay Farm Elementary School, we are now Bay Farm Elementary and Middle School! Sammie K.


My experience has been amazing during my second year at Bay Farm. There are so many reasons why Bay Farm is an outstanding school. The teachers are awesome at.communicating with students and are liked by almost the entire 6-7 grade. They tutor us about skills that we will use in the future. The students are very comfortable with talking to the teachers if they have problems or if they need help with homework. We have Math, Science, P.E , Music, advanced tech, and more! We also have dances three times a school year, which are all super fun! Bay Farm is now more fun now that we added a 7th grade. If we add an 8th grade, then Bay Farm will be more popular than ever. Bryan C.



     My experience in the 7th grade here at Bay Farm has been amazing! We get to have so many fun experiences that some other middle schools can’t have. We have media center, music, P.E., and one to one technology. I am especially excited for our Monterey trip in February. I have to say that our school has done an exceptional job with the middle school program. I simply think that our school is great! Jackie M.

 

 

 

The 7th grade program for Bay Farm is exceptional and efficient. Having a smaller atmosphere allows students to not be overwhelmed. Bay Farm also opens up a gateway to technological advancement. Bay Farm is a wonderful school. Gabe M.




My experience as a Bay Farm seventh grader has been great so far. It’s been full of new things, such as taking a language class for the first time as a student, having my own Chromebook to use in my academics, and many other great experiences. For the first time as a student going to any school, Bay Farm has provided a language class for me take, so that I can learn a language of my choice. In order to take that language I chose, I was given a Chromebook that was my responsibility. The Chromebook has allowed me to make many advancements in my learning that I couldn’t have done without a Chromebook. Also, the electives here at Bay Farm are incredible. The electives enrich me with music, technology, and my favorite, PE. Bay Farm is a great school that I recommend to all students. Tomas Dumont


    My experience at Bay Farm was very surprising. My friend from my old middle school came to Bay Farm. Later on, when a student from my class started talking to me I felt very delighted and welcomed at this school. The teachers at this school are very thoughtful than the other teachers at my old middle school. That goes for the students here also! This school allows you to have free time to do whatever you like after your finish with your homework. The homework here doesn’t stress you out like other middle schools which is a good thing. You’ll get to have barely any homework if you finish at school. You’ll get to go on fun field trips more often than my old middle school. The last middle school I’ve gone to we only went on one field trip for the whole school year! This school doesn’t want me to pull out my hair like my old middle school. You’ll be able to have a little more freedom here. You’ll have an amazing time at Bay Farm! -Jasmine T.

 

My experience in the 7th grade has been great so far! The teachers are so nice, and I feel like I’m learning more than I should at my age and grade. We have our own morning ceremonies separate from the elementary’s morning ceremonies. There, we hear the announcements and upcoming events for the week and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. In class, we have something called “block periods.” We can study one subject and go overtime, and make up the subject we haven’t gotten to the next day! This helps us learn more than other schools that have only 45 minutes per subject. Over all, I think the teachers, the ceremonies, and the overall experience at Bay Farm 7th grade has been terrific! - Rowan Esquer


The seventh graders here enjoy a wide range of electives. These are classes we take that count to our grade. At Bay Farm, there is media center, music, and physical education. There is also language exclusively for the seventh graders. Plus, you can attend ukulele club and Glee club during and after school, respectively. I think this what makes our middle school distinctive. - Ethan M.


Bay Farm’s Middle School has been a very homey, small, and fun experience which, in my opinion, I prefer. The teachers here make it fun to learn; they are energetic and full with great ideas to make B.F.M.S. (Bay Farm Middle School) more fun and entertaining. Not only do we have great teachers, but we also have great dances. At B.F.M.S., we have dances where we can invite our friends who have moved on to other schools, our personal friends, and at the last dance, the fifth graders. These dances are fun because you get to be with your friends, dance, laugh, play games, and get prizes. B.F.M.S. is an amazing environment to learn in and is a great boost for when you go to off to others schools. GO DOLPHINS! - Lizzie C.



My experiences at Bay Farm School for 7th grade have been amazing. We have done so many fun things and we are only halfway through the year! One of my favorite things about this school are the teachers. This year our teachers are just so exciting and fun, I think 7th grade will be one of my favorite academic years. Another fun thing about 7th grade is the school dances. These dances are for 6th through 7th grade, and at the end of the year, the last dance includes 5th graders! Everyone who attends can bring friends in their grade, and lots of kids from other schools actually prefer Bay Farm dances to their own school dances. This year we also get to take an overnight field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! All the students get to sleep inside the aquarium at night and get the opportunity to tour the aquarium during the day. This year has been, and will be, so much fun! Talia Grumet


All of the subjects here at Bay Farm are really great and well taught.  We have amazing field trips, dances and technology.  Another thing is that also we have good assemblies.  I believe that making a seventh grade was a good idea.  This year has been a blast!  Lyndon H.


    The seventh grade at Bay Farm was quite interesting; a lot of new things that were added to our daily life. For example: Morning Muster, Running day, Ugly Sweater day….. There will always be something that you will find when you get here, and while you are here, things will also change with new additions. Steven Walxim


A fun experience I had at Bay Farm was going on all of our field trips.  At Bay Farm you get to go on all kinds of trips, some are overnight trips, and some are day trips.  A fun one we had this year in 7th grade was when we went to Coast Guard Island.  We got to go on one of the cutters called the Bertholf, we went a 25-footer fast boat, and we got to eat in the Galley( their cafeteria).  At my old school you didn’t get to go on field trips that were overnight.  At Bay Farm you get to have alot of fun trips. Joey B


    My experience at Bay Farm Seventh grade has been great so far. I am especially excited for our field trip/sleepover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Some people may say they treat us like babies here because we are sharing a school with little kids, but they treat us like adults here. We get a big responsibility by eating wherever we want on the yard, unlike the little kids. Jack A.

 

 

 

Seventh grade has been amazing at Bay Farm School. We already got to see the Coast Guard Island and in the future we will get to go sleeping with the fishes. Seventh grade has been amazing and a spectacular journey at Bay Farm and there will hopefully be more to come. Azameet G.



The student-teacher ratio right now at Bay Farm is 22 to 1! Having such a small group of students  is extremely beneficial for both sides of the equation. Students get special one-on-one time with teachers that isn’t available at other middle schools! Students ,thus, learn and understand more and get to know their teachers, which furthermore creates a special bond between them. Teachers are able to get more done in class because of less questions being asked and less acting out. When there is a small class size students are more focused and not as easily distracted so the teachers are able to get through more material. In all, the student-to- teacher ratio in 7th grade at Bay Farm is extremely helpful to the students who study here and the teachers who already have enough on their plates.  Anais Lowe

 









Comments:
By Adrian Li      March 11, 2014 -- 09:10 PM
I like middle school at Bay Farm because we get special privileges that other kids don't. For example, every Friday we get PE electives, PE electives are different PE classes that we get to choose for our own satisfaction. A game we 6th graders play is Caravans. Caravans is an educational way to learn about geography while still having fun. I really hope there will be more additions to middle school at Bay Farm soon!

By Tomas Dumont      February 6, 2014 -- 07:36 PM
When I think middle school, I think heavy textbooks and bulging backpacks. At Bay Farm I think technology and fun. At Bay Farm each 6th and 7th grader is assigned either a Netbook or Chromebook. This computer becomes the middle schooler’s responsibility for the rest of the year. With this computer, we have the privilege to make many advancements in our education. In math, Ms. Hirsch has introduced us to an outstanding website called Study Island where we can go to study for upcoming tests or just to learn. Also, we can type up papers for English and do fast research for history. Not only do the computers make advancements in our learning, but they teach us! On Rosetta Stone.com we are taught a language of our choice by the computer, at our own pace. We truly enjoy these computers and the privileges it provides for us. Tomas Dumont