Mrs Halleron’s Room

Welcome to Room 103!
I teach 7th and 8th grade math and 7th grade religion.  This is my 19 year teaching and I’m very excited to be part of the Queens family.   
Important Dates for SPRING 2020....
March 31- April 3   ASPIRE Testing
April 10 - April 17 Easter Break
April 23 - 7th Grade Springfield Trip
Hello 7th grade families, and welcome to the last trimester of the year!
Hopefully the weather starts getting nicer soon and we can avoid Chicago's dreaded second winter. As a team, we were so proud of the students on our field trip to Feed My Starving Children. They not only enjoyed themselves, but really understood what volunteering their time meant for those less fortunate. Thank you again to all of our chaperones, we greatly appreciate you taking the time out of your day to help us.
March is going to be a very busy month for us here at QAS. Here's our updates:
We are wrapping up the novel Trash by Andy Mulligan. It is a compelling mystery set in the poorest of places. The students will be analyzing themes and writing an essay to finish the book. There is a movie version of the book available on Netflix but it is rated ‘R’. I watched the movie and determined it had too many swear words and some graphic violence for me to show it in class at school. Several scenes are subtitled so I couldn’t just fast forward through and not have the students see the words. IF you choose to let your child watch it, I would suggest watching it with them and you can decide if it is too much for your child. I highly recommend the IMDB website – Internet Movie DataBase – for ANY movie you are considering watching with your children. It has a parent’s guide for every movie and thoroughly details what is in a film that might concern parents.
We are also preparing for ACT Aspire testing by developing our writing skills further. We are setting goals and writing essays ‘on the spot’ from writing prompts.
Social Studies:
The 7th graders just started our Westward Migration unit. We will be taking a look at the causes of migration and what different groups experienced on the journey westward. This will help lead us into discussions about nationalism and sectionalism during the 1800's, and how that affected the growing country.

Students in 7th grade are studying statistics and data analysis. As a reminder, the students are given packets for the unit and should be keeping these in their binder. All work is being three-hole punched so that we can also work on organization
Health and Wellness (as per Mrs. Carlson's Principal Post from 3/5):
Please remember that we all need to do our part to keep others healthy including:
Encouraging the washing of hands and getting sufficient sleep;
If your child is sick, please do not send him or her to school;
Per our policy, a child must be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the aid of fever-reducer) before returning to school;
During Mass, offering a head nod or another friendly gesture to wish others peace
Important dates:
March 13: Grades 5-8 Stations of the Cross
March 13: Report Cards sent home
March 17: Wear green! Trinity Irish Dancers perform 1-2pm
March 18: Showcase for potential families 9-11am
March 23: 7th/8th Grade Lent Reconciliation
March 24: Schola Singers Field Trip
March 25 & 26: Hip Hop Hamilton
March 30-April 2: Aspire Testing
Happy New Year 7th grade families!
We pray that this email finds you well. While the weather outside is frightful, our classrooms are filled with light and energy.
We are in the fifth week of the second trimester. Time is flying! The next two months are very busy in the 7th grade.
Here is what is happening in 7th grade....
In reading, we are starting the New Year reading a few short stories about school and faith - hoping to inspire some faith in schooling at this gray time of year! We will move to reading our second novel, Trash by Andy Mulligan, in about a week and a half. It is a bit of a mystery and should help the students to appreciate all that they have here in our society.
In writing, we are jumping into research-based information writing. All of the students will be working on the topic of Teen Activism. I am expecting it to be eye-opening and interesting for the students. This unit will also coincide with topics and writing covered in the ACT/Aspire tests in late March and early April.
Social Studies
We are finishing up our unit about Washington's presidency. The students will be completing a Document Based Questions about the challenges Washington faced.
In math, students are finishing the unit on Proportional Relationships and will begin the Geometry unit.
Families interested in applying for 8th grade math please visit the Loyola website by using the link below. Information about requirements, curriculum and application forms are available now. If you have questions please contact Denise Demasco at Loyola or Mrs. Halleron.
Part of the application is a teacher recommendation form. Please give these to me no later than January 31, 2020.
Service Learning - The 7th grade will take a service learning field trip in the near future. Details will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.

Important dates:
January 17 School Spirit Special Lunch Day
January 20 No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 26-31 Catholic Schools Week
February 14 Early dismissal 11:45
February 17 No School - Presidents' Day
Happy Halloween 7th grade families-
We pray that this email finds you well. We have been in school for almost a third of our school year. Each day is filled with light and energy. While we say goodbye to October, November is a busy month for our students.
Student Council will be holding a charity drive for Thanksgiving. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
No field trips this month.
Students will continue to read Red Scarf Girl delving into issues of belonging and conformity. Many parallels can be drawn to current events.
Social Studies
Students are finishing the colonial America unit and beginning the unit on The Revolutionary War.
In math, students are continuing studying angles and other geometric figures.
All Saints Mass on November 1 is led by our 7th grade.
We will begin the unit on the Discipleship of Jesus.
Important Dates:
November 1 All Saints Mass 12:00pm
November 11 Veteran's Day - SCHOOL IS IN!
November 12 Retake Picture Day
November 15 Special Lunch/School Spirit
November 17 Mrs. Daugherty's Birthday
November 22 End of Trimester
November 25 Advent Reconciliation
November 27-29 Thanksgiving Vacation
Hoping your family enjoys the blessing of this Thanksgiving season in preparation for advent.
Warm regards,
I am so happy to be part of the Queen's family.  This is my 19th year of teaching.  I was in Chicago Public Schools for the last 17 years. I am originally from Ohio and a proud graduate of The Ohio State University.  My teaching certification and degrees are from DePaul University her in Chicago.  I have middle school certifications in Math, Algebra, and Social Studies and a certification in Administration.    My husband and I have three beautiful children and two wonderful dogs, Brutus and Lily.