Welcome to Team Velocity

Team Velocity!


Dear Team Velocity Students,

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Team Velocity. The information is intended to help you and your parents/guardians prepare for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mrs. Gibson, Language Arts

Mr. Himes, Science

Mrs. Mattiko, Social Studies

Mr. Klinedinst, Math

Mrs. Ross, Learning Support


Middle School Open House

When: Thursday, August 15 th , 12 p.m to 6 p.m.

Where: Dallastown Area Middle School.

What: You will have the opportunity to tour the building.


Meet the Teacher Night

When: Tuesday, August 27th, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Where: 232, 271, 278, and 280.

What: You will have the opportunity to meet the team teachers and receive a brief overview of your child's schedule.



When you do your back-to-school shopping, we suggest the following:

* four one-inch hard-cover, three-ring binders, preferably different colors

* two three-hole punched pocket folders

* notebook paper

*two packs of notebook dividers

* pens, pencils, and erasers

* earbuds

* highlighters




This year students will study life science. Major units include ecology, cells and the three domains of living things. As part of our study of the domains, we will be dissecting various representative organisms.


An emphasis will be placed on writing to express ideas. Expect to see two to four homework assignments per week and extensive use of the assignment book. There will also be labs on a regular basis.


Social Studies

In this course, the student will learn about the history and culture of some of the greatest ancient civilizations. Topics covered will include: early man, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, medieval Europe and the Renaissance.


These cultures will be studied in an open-minded manner examining how ancient peoples’ contributions have shaped our modern way of life.



The content covered will include integers, rational numbers, expressions, equations and inequalities, ratios and proportional reasoning, percents, geometric figures, probability, and statistics. Concepts of algebra will be intertwined in lessons throughout the year.


A strong emphasis will be placed on problem-solving skills as well as how mathematics relates to the everyday lives of middle school students. Also, this course will prepare students for the study of higher mathematics.

English Language Arts

Welcome to Seventh Grade ELA! This year, students will explore a variety of genres through reading, writing, and word study including: *Nonfiction because it is the primary genre of adults in the real world *Vocabulary- making it part of our written and spoken language *Grammar- in the context of direct instruction to start, but the end purpose of using it correctly within our writing *Fiction- selecting their readings as often as possible *The art of posing and answering questions about reading *The critical features of mentor texts which will serve as examples for our own writing *Deep analysis *Working with others by demonstrating respect and cooperation which is integral to the classroom and to lifelong success

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will my child know what assignments he or she has?

A: Students are required to use their assignment books. If there are blanks or the word "none" is written too often, emphasize to your child that you expect to see assignments written. A link has been provided on the team's website to a Google document.


Q: Are students allowed to eat snacks?

A: Yes. Velocity policy will be that students may eat healthy snacks at the beginning of period 3. This should not be messy, disruptive to the class, nor be shared. No candy!


Important Reminder

In order to make your back-to-school shopping experience easier and to minimize clothing issues, please remember the following:

*no exposed midriffs

*shorts should be of an appropriate length for a school setting

*pants and shorts need to be worn around the waist (underwear should not be visible)

*no tank tops

*low-cut tops should be avoided


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