Welcome to Team Velocity (School Supply List)

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 2021-2022 school year.

Mrs. Connors, Language Arts

Mr. Himes, Science

Mrs. Mattiko, History

Mr. Klinedinst, Math

Mrs. Gall, Learning Support


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

* four (4) one-inch hard-cover, three-ring binders
Preferably red (for ELA), blue (math), green (science) and yellow (for history) 

* three (3) three-hole punched pocket folders

* notebook paper

personal calendar or agenda book (for recording assignments and due dates)

one - packet dividers (for ELA)

* pens, pencils, and erasers

* earbuds

* highlighters

calculator (TI - 30XIIS)

* coloring supplies (crayons, markers, OR colored pencils)

If you need ANY supplies, please let your teachers know!


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: Why Study History?, Early Man, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages 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

My name is Mrs. Connors, and I’d like to welcome you to Team Velocity and to our language arts class.  We're going to have a great year exploring different aspects of reading, writing, speaking, and language skills.  Love reading? I can't wait for you to see my book shelves! Hate reading? That's okay!  I'll work with you and find a way to make it worth your time!  And, for writing, our department uses a writing workshop model which means we apply what we learn to our own writing pieces--you get to write about whatever you want which is pretty fun.    

Suggested ELA Supplies:

  • 1 inch, 3-ring RED binder with four dividers which will help you to stay organized as the year progresses.  This system is often used in 8th grade ELA as well.

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.


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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