Summer 2017 Edition

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Dear Parent/Guardian of an incoming 7th grader,

Greetings! My name is Jonathan Schlesinger, and I am the 7th/8th grade science teacher at St. James School. I hope that your child is excited for summer break!

While it may seem a bit premature to start talking about Seventh Grade, I wanted to make you aware of an important item that your child will need for science class this fall.

In order to develop good lab safety habits and ensure your child’s safety, all 7th graders are expected to wear laboratory safety glasses or goggles during most labs and activities. In the past, I’ve collected money from 7th graders at the beginning of the school year and ordered glasses from a vendor. This year, we ask that you purchase the glasses for your child before the start of 7th grade.

Requirements for safety glasses: side-shields to protect from chemical splashes

Requirements for safety glasses: splash-resistant (covered vents)

Glasses that meet these requirements are available at any hardware store or online for less than $5.Students with SJS alumni siblings may use their older sibling’s hand me down safety glasses. All glasses will need to be approved by me before use. Your son or daughter should bring their safetyeyewear in a labeled ziplock bag to science class by Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for helping your child prepare for 7th grade. Here’s to a summer filled with personal and spiritual growth, rest, and adventure!


Jonathan Schlesinger


Please see below for suggested styles/models as well as links to suitable options.

Links to suitable eyewear

Crews Stratos Glasses (Amazon)

MCR Stratos Glasses (Home Depot)

Stanley® Chemical/Splash Style Goggles (Menards)

○ Note: Goggles similar to these are often free after rebate at the Menards in Mt. Prospect.

3M Chemical Splash Impact Safety Goggles (Home Depot)

Crews 2235R Protective Goggles (Amazon)

**Don’t forget: All SJS 7th graders are required to complete at least 7 hours of service by the end of the school year. Summer is a great time to start fulfilling this requirement!**  Click here for the service hour form: ServiceLearningform

Monday, 6/5

7th Grade:

Tomorrow is a construction day for the Egg Drop Project.  Pl


FINAL extra credit opportunity.  Completely optional!

Watch the first 30 minutes of second episode of “Dogs that Changed the World”  (see above) and answer the questions below:


  1.  What kind of dog lives in Jordan (a country in the middle east)?  What do these dogs look like?  What kind of job do they perform?
  2. In what country was the Pekinese first bred?   Describe this breed.
  3. @20:54: How many internationally recognized breeds are there today?
  4. How have human’s changed the bulldog breed?  What do we call the process by which humans choose certain characteristics when breeding animals?




Friday, 6/2

7th Grade:

Bring egg drop supplies on Monday.

Please see the competition rules here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R1D5qz8yKIv9Ek3Lz4yKEO4SsL3fid_GR7_qU1H3CMY/edit



Tuesday, 5/30

Have you returned your science textbook????



7th Graders: The egg drop is next week. Please start gathering materials.  The rules are found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R1D5qz8yKIv9Ek3Lz4yKEO4SsL3fid_GR7_qU1H3CMY/edit

Thursday, 5/25


7th Grade:

Tuesday: Sections 6.1 & 6.2 Quiz  Need to review?????????? Try this Quizlet!  If you have two devices, you can also play the Kahoot we used on Thursday.

**Also on Tuesday: Please bring your science textbook to class.**

1st period: Please watch the video above.  You will need to be able to describe how new species are formed.

We will do the egg drop the last week of school.  Please start saving materials for your contraption.  Egg drop rules can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R1D5qz8yKIv9Ek3Lz4yKEO4SsL3fid_GR7_qU1H3CMY/edit?usp=sharing

8th Grade:

Tuesday: Newton’s Laws Quiz

Be able to:

  1. Match the law with with its definition
  2.  Explain real world scenarios in terms of Newton’s Laws

**Also on Tuesday: Please bring your science textbook to class.**


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