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Week of August 27 -31

We have a great beginning to the school year as we have been working on our Unit 1 topics. We have reviewed map skills,the Five Themes Geography, and cultural geography topics.

We will have a test over Chapter One on Wednesday.


posted on: August 27, 2007

Welcome Back !

We are excited about our new school year!

We have had a great beginning to the school year. It is super to see all the new faces in seventh grade.

posted on: August 14, 2007

Feb. 12 - Feb. 16

This week we are finishing the Physical Geography of North Africa and the Middle East.
We will have a Test over Chapter 17 in the text on Tuesday .
The student have a study guide to assist them along with the other work they have done to prepare.

We will also have our map quiz over the physical geography of the region on Friday Feb. 16 the test.

The students will have a map quiz over the countries and capitals on Feb. 23

Because the cultural aspects of the region effect millions of people worldwide , we will have a overview of the three major regions that began in the Middle East region for the next several days.

Wednesday is Valentine's Day !!! - please do not bring candy or balloons or other such items to school.

Next Monday Feb. 19 is President's Day and Tuesday Feb. 20 is a teacher workday - two day off from school.

posted on: February 12, 2007

Week of Feb . 5- 9

This week we have flown west to our next region of study - North Africa & the Middle East.

Monday -we will complete the physical geography of the region map and maps for the countries & capitals of the region.
Tuesday - Friday we will use our text Chapter 17 to explore the geography of the area and study how it effect the different people of N.Africa & the Middle East .

The Map Quiz over the Physical Geography of the region will be Feb. 16 &
the Quiz over the Countries & Capitals will be Feb. 23 . Start studying now !

posted on: February 05, 2007

Map of the Middle East and North Africa

Map of region for review :


posted on: February 05, 2007

Southeast Asia

This weeek Jan. 29 - Feb. 2:
We are working on a mini - project on the countries of Southeast Asia with using the laptops on Wednesday and Thursday. We will be summarizing the modern history of the countries and the effects the location has on the people of each country. We will present our findings to our classmates.

posted on: January 29, 2007

Jan. 29- Feb. 3, 2006

Our region of study: the countries ,capitals, and landforms !


posted on: January 29, 2007

Week of Jan. 22 - 26

This week we will continue our study Southeast Asia with a test over Chapter 28 on Friday 1-26.
Start studying now - use your sets of questions to study with.
Most of us did well on the map quiz !
I appreciate how well the students worked on the Performance Series Testing.

posted on: January 22, 2007

Happy New Year Jan. 8- 12

Happy New year and Welcome Back !

I hope everyone had a great and restful holiday .
Also , we would like to thank our resident expert - Mrs. Kulkarni for teaching our class before the holidays.
We will start Southeast Asia this week with a map of the area and then start the region by using Chapter 28 in the text.
We will have our Performance Series Testing next week 1/16 - 1/18 .
We will have our map quiz on Friday 1/19/07

posted on: January 07, 2007

Week of Dec. 11 - 15

This week we will finish the portion of our study of South Asia that is in our textbook with a test over Chapter 25 on Friday . Remember that our map quiz over countries, capitals and geeographical locations will be Thursdays . You should have been studying ( be careful with the rivers , we don't want you to fall in) .

Reminders : Tuesday is the band concert at 7:00 - come and enjoy real music !
Wednesday we will have a author come for the book chats . We are looking forward to
meeting him.

posted on: December 11, 2006

South Asia Dec. 4 - 8

We have now flown over the Himalayas and landed in Southern Asia.
We will be studying the countries ,cultures and geographies of this region.
Our countries will be Afghanistan, Pakistan, India,Bangladesh, Sri Lanka , and the Maldives.( Nepal & Bhutan) .
Monday , we will complete the political and physical maps of the region and the rest of the week we will dive into Chapter 25 in our textbook. We will have a map quiz on Dec. 14th . Start Studying now !

Reminder: Wednesday will be an Early Release Day at 2:30 .

For a link to a useful map :

Download file

posted on: December 04, 2006

Week of Nov. 27 - 30

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday !

This week we are finishing our study of China.
Monday and Tuesday - "Reading Rounds" as we call it and practicing our notetaking skills.
Remember Wednesday is D.E.A.R. .
We will finish the week with some culminating activites.

Remember to have progress reports signed and returned tommorrow.
Most of us have done well and keep up the good work.

We are also given a great website by Dr. Tyson last week . Find a spot and start digging.

posted on: November 27, 2006

"Happy Thanksgiving "

Monday - Quiz over our Reading Essentials book - China
Tuesday - Video over China
Wednesday - Sunday Thanksgiving Holiday
For those traveling, please be careful and wear your seatbelts !
Enjoy your family time !

posted on: November 19, 2006

Oct. 30- Nov. 3

This week we fly across the Sea of Japan to mainland Asia. We will start our study of east Asia :
China, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal and Bhutan .
We will review our map of the countries, capitals, major rivers and geographic feature of the region.
We will have a quick quiz over the map on Wednesday Nov. 8 and a Test over Chapter 26 information on Friday Nov. 10 .

Reminders : Be careful on Tuesday night - don't let the spooks get you or automobiles !
Don't bring your candy to school, Mr. Howard has been know to collect it and dispose of
it in an interesting way.
Next Tuesday - Nov. 7 is Election Day - no School - teacher workday.
Extra credit if you can go and vote with your parents - ( bring in a I Voted sticker)

If you have not visited the website Dr. Tyson set up for his trip to Japan you should visit it. It contain a world ( or atleast a country's) worth of information. Visit it at -

posted on: October 29, 2006

Oct. 16 - 21

This week is Conference Week / Early Dismissal at 2:15 for students.
We are looking forward to seeing the parents at conferences.

Ths week we will need to work hard in class to research the information for our presentation on Japan.
This will culminate with a Power Point or Keynote presentation .

posted on: October 16, 2006

Week of Sept. 25 - 29

A very large group of the students did well on our test over the Reading Essential book on Japan. It added to the dept of learning.

Today we worked on our maps of Japan and the surrounding bodies of water and countries. We will have a quiz over it next Monday Oct.2 .

We will also dive into more of the history and culture of Japan.

Our own Dr. Tyson has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship and will be our ambassador to Japan starting next week.
To help us bridge across the two cultures and to deepen our understanding he has developed a podcast of our students to take with him and has already set up a website where he can post pictures and journaling during his trip. The seventh grade is so excited to have our own explorer seting off on an adventure in a country we are studying at this time.
Please use this site to keep up with his trip.

Safe trip Dr. Tyson.

posted on: September 25, 2006

Week of Sept. 18 - 22

This week :
Monday is Constitution Day so we will study the different aspects of the documents.

Tuesday & Wednesday – Reading Essentials book over Japan with a Quiz on Friday.
The book is a class set, so work will been done in class.

We will also study the map of Japan’s island, cities, and surrounding countries.
The map quiz will be Sept. 27 .

posted on: September 17, 2006

Week Sept.11 - 15

This week we will start our adventure in Japan .
We will study the major islands, cities, and their deep culture .

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posted on: September 10, 2006

Sept. 4- 8

We hope everyone had a great Labor Day this weekend !

This week will be finishing Chapter 24 over the Physical Geography of East, South, and Southeastern Asia.
Study guide Tuesday night .

A quick
Quiz on Thursday (20 questions) and a map Quiz on Friday on the 19 areas from our map .

Big map is linked if seeing the big picture helps .

Asia Map

posted on: September 04, 2006

August 28- Sept. 1

This week we will be working on geography skills. Students will practice using latitude and longitude to find exact Location . At the end of the week start the physical geography of Southern And Eastern Asia. We will be looking at what landforms are in the Region and how they effect the people and their lives.

Two big reminders:

Monday 8/28 - 6th PTA and Open House
Tuesday 8/ 29 – 7th& 8th Grade

Also Next- Sept. 4 next Monday is Labor Day – Sorry, no school .

posted on: August 28, 2006

Update for Week of Aug. 22-25

Reminder - Quiz Friday over :

Five themes of Geography &
Physical & Cultural Geography

Links to outlines we did in class.
Physical Georaphy
Cultural Geography

posted on: August 24, 2006

Super First Week

We had a super first week of school in Seventh Grade. The students really lived up to their reputation of being a great group !

This week we are starting with studying the Five Themes of Geography / & Physical and Cultural Geography.
( refer to pages 22- 33 in the textbook)

We will have a small quiz over these three topics on Friday 8/25 .

We have also started D.O.G. ( Daily Oral Geography) which is a quick warm-up at the beginning of class each day. All of our work is kept in our binder until it is turned in at test/quiz time .

posted on: August 21, 2006

Good Bye & Thank you

Dear students & parents:

Thank you for a wonderful year and I hope I have helped throughout your seventh grade experience.I really enjoy working with you this year and do a super job next year. Please have a great and safe summer. Remember your sunscreen and hats for the fun in the sun. Read some, and rest some, and enjoy your vacation.

See you soon,
R.David Howard

posted on: May 25, 2006

Week of May 15 -19

Big week :
Monday & Tuesday Chapter 22 Lessons 2,3,&4
Also,homework review questions --for Social Studies Post Test on Friday

Next Monday 5/22 will be the Map Quiz over East And Equatorial Africa.

Remember Wednesday is Seventh Grade Field Day -Bring a bottled water and cap to wear. Remember to wear your yellow (gold medal colored) shirt.

posted on: May 15, 2006

Week of May 8 - 12

This week we will finish up West Africa with a Test over Chapter 21 on Wednesday and Thursday a map Quiz over the countries.
Start reviewing now.

Then we are off to Eastern and Equitorial Africa.

Don't forget someone very important next Sunday !

(Mother's Day)

posted on: May 07, 2006

West Africa Map

Map for studying West Africa . Click on link below:
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posted on: May 07, 2006

Week of May 1- 5

First , a big Congratulation to all the of the Film Festival teams, what a great job you did.

This week:
Monday -review for our test and quiz.
Tuesday - Test over Chapter 20 & map quiz over Sub- Sahara Africa
Wednesday - D.E.A.R. time and we begin our Study of West Africa.
Thursday & Friday - we explore Chapter 21 West Africa - Economy & Governrments
and the traditions of Storytelling.

posted on: April 30, 2006

Week of April 24 - 28

We are ready to start a new unit on the physical geography of Sub- Sahara Africa. Today we have completed our map of the major features of the region and will work on how these features effect the different goups of Africa.

Tommorrow night Tuesday 4/25 will be our Fifth Annual Film Festival . We hope to see you there so you can share the great projects that the students worked on.

Click on the link below for a Map of Africa.

posted on: April 24, 2006

Physical Geography map of Sub- Sahara Africa

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posted on: April 24, 2006

North Africa - March 20 - 24

This week we will be looking at North Africa and the people, governments,and economy of the region. Last Friday we started off the area with video of the ancient pyramids and temples of Egypt. We just love our mummies. Sorry, could not help the bad pun.

To all the student who participated in Hoops for Heart -you did a great job and we have some future hoop stars - it was fun playing with you. You have helped others and you did not even know them. You are stars already!

posted on: March 19, 2006

March 6 - 10, 2006

What a wonderful weekend!

This week:
Monday : Chapter18 Study Guide - linked below for students who are absent.
Tuesday : check and review chapter 18 work.
Wednesday: Chapter18 Test and D.E.A.R.
Thursday : Map Quiz over landforms of the region & start mini unit on the 3 major religions that began in this region.
Friday :continue unit.

posted on: March 05, 2006

March 6 - 10, 2006

What a wonderful weekend!

This week :
Monday :Chapter 18 Study guide Linked on Blog for anyone absent.
Tuesday : Check and review Chapter 18 work
Wednesday : Test over Chapter 18 & D.E.A.R
Thursday: Map Quiz over Physical landoforms of N. Africa & the Middle East. From A- Z
and begin mini unit over 3 major religions that started in the region.
Friday : continue mini unit.

posted on: March 05, 2006

Week of Feb. 27 - March 3

First, a very big "Thank You" to the Science teachers, Mr.Swanson and other teacher who help with the Jekyll trip. The student had a great experience there. To all the parents who chaperoned , we really appreciate you giving up your time because we could not do trip like this without the super parents we have at Mabrythe !

This week in Social Studies we are learning about the Middle East with using Chapter 18.

March 9 will be our Map Quiz over the physical geography of the region. Staret studying now.

posted on: March 01, 2006

Week of Feb. 20 - 24

This is a big week for us. Most of the students will be going on Jekyll Island Trip. Everybody needs to go to bed early the night before your trip and be ready to be at school early. We all need to give a big "Thank You" to the Science teachers and Mr. Swanson who worked many hour to organize and plan this trip.

Homework for Mr. Howard's classes : All of the students should write a summary about a current event happening in North Africa or the Middle East. Due Monday - Feb. 27.

Click on map link below.

posted on: February 19, 2006

Jekyll Island Map

Map of Jekyll Island :
We are on the south end of the island.

posted on: February 19, 2006

Feb. 13 - 16,2006

Reminders: this Friday 2/ 17 is a teacher workday and a student holiday and Monday 2/20 is Presidents' Day Holiday. But for the Monday - Wedneday - Jekyll Island group set those alarm clocks early for Monday morning.

Monday - we did a quick map practice for Thursday's Map Quiz and handout page 97 & 98 and wrote 10 study guide questions with answers for a "pop"quiz tommorrow.
Wednesday is D.E.A.R time a a suprise from Mrs. Isreal- Hiles.
Thursday Map Quiz.
Friday & Monday holiday and next Wednesday group two leaves.

posted on: February 13, 2006

List of the Middle East and Noth Africian Countries

List of countries and capitals- test Feb. 16

Download file

posted on: February 07, 2006

Tuesday Feb. 7

The map of the Middle East and North Africa was completed in class with the list of countries attached here. Start studying now !
Our Essential Question today -
Why do we study the Middle East and N. Africa together ? The answer should be written on the back of your map or list.

posted on: February 07, 2006

Feb. 6 - 10

As we say good bye to South Asia , we turn westward to the Middle East and North Africa. Tuesday ,we will look at the political map of this new region with the countries and their capitals. Our test over the countries and their capitals will be on Feb. 16 with a teacher workday on the 17th.

posted on: February 06, 2006

Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2006

Super Job last week ! On the Chapter 25 Test 84 % of students made an A or a B and 81% made an A or B
on the South Asia Map Quiz.

This week we will be using in class the Essential Reading booket India. This book is packed with information on India . There will be a small quiz on Friday with activities during the week.

Below is a map of India's states and regions. Just click and learn.

posted on: January 29, 2006


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posted on: January 29, 2006

Week of Jan.23 - Jan. 27

We really enjoyed our Tour of South Asia with Google Earth and it helped us to understand the region better.

Many activities this week :
Monday - Lesson 4 over Arts and Recreation and the Chapter 25 review in the text.
Tuesday - Study guide for Chapter 25 test on Thursday.
Wednesday - D.E.A.R. time and Check over study guide .
Thursday - Chapter 25 Test
Friday - Map Quiz over the Region .

Start reviewing your materials now.

posted on: January 22, 2006

Week of Jan.17 - 20

This week we will begin our study of South Asia using the textbook- Chapter 25. We will be learning about the many different aspects of the cultures,governments and economies of the region.

Wednesday - D.E.A.R. time -remeber your book to read.

Our map quiz over the region will be Friday, January 27.Start Studying now !

posted on: January 17, 2006

Welcome Back -Happy New Year

Welcome back to school and we hope everyone had a great holiday!

This week the Social Studies teachers will be giving the Performance Series Testing - Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday. Friday we will start on our unit over South Asia - the region of India and surrounding countries.

Please remember that next Monday Jan. 16 will be a school holiday in observance on M.L. King Jr. Day

posted on: January 10, 2006

Dec. 19 - 22

This week we are finishing our S.E.Asia unit by individual and small group research on the countries of the region. We will give a short oral report on Thursday to the rest of the class with our small group.

Please remember will will be out of school from this Friday December 23 and return Tuesday January 10.

Happy Holidays to everyone and have a wonderful and safe New Year!

For a small wish from my family to your a favorite poem from Robert Frost.

posted on: December 19, 2005

A Holiday Wish

A Holiday Wish from my family to yours:

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posted on: December 19, 2005

Friday Dec. 16, 2005

This Friday - December 16 - We will celebrate International Day. Mabry will have a international group of dancers perform for the students. Also in the class,student who would like to participate can bring a sample of an international food. Students should bring in enough for their own class(28- 30 students) and we prefer it to be single servings or precut for convience. Student can research family hertiage and find a simple recipe to make and bring in. This is an extra credit project.

posted on: December 12, 2005

Dec. 12 - Dec. 16th

Last week was very productive and the percent of students making a A or B on the S.E.Asia map test was 87% -Super!

Monday - Skill Building -Drawing conclusions page 571 and Chapter Review page 575- Reviewing Vocabulary,Reviewing Facts, Writng about the Main Ideas-students should select a topic to write about. Also,do the drawing conclusion review 1-4.

Tuesday -Study guide for test on Thursday 15th.
A copy is linked for students who are absent .

Wednesday- Review /check study guide and D.E.A.R time.

Thursday - Chapter 28 Test

Students who visit the blog the secret word is "Crossroads"

posted on: December 11, 2005

Chapter 28 Study guide

Study guide for Chapter 28 click here.

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posted on: December 11, 2005

Week of Dec. 5 - 9

This week we have several big events happening.
Monday and Tuesday - Internet work - CIA.Gov/ Using the Factbook for information on our 10 countries of Southeast Asia. Wednesday - Map Quiz and D.E.A.R Time
Be studying countries,capitals,and bodies of water.
Thursday- Analysis activity over our information.
Friday - Will be the first round of the Geography Bee !

posted on: December 05, 2005

Week of November 28 - Dec. 2

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and have returned safely.
We will now head to Southeast Asia for our next unit of study. Chapter 28 is the starting point for our unit.
Today we worked on filling in our map with the countries,capitals, and bodies of water in the region. We will have a Map Quiz on Wednesday Dec. 7 . Start studying now !

posted on: November 28, 2005

Week of Nov. 14 ,2005

This week:
We hope parents can come to the Book Chat with the Language Arts classes. They (the students and teachers)are very excited about the author and parents coming.

Social Studies: This week we will finish our Power Point presentations and the students will present their information. Our resident experts will help us to understand about their topics. We will have a small quiz on Friday over the major points we have learned about.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving next week. Remember to wear your seatbelts going to grandmother's house.

posted on: November 13, 2005

China Project

Nov.9- 11, Wednesday,Thurday,and Friday- We were working on our China Project. we hope to have our Power Point presentation ready by Friday and start giving them at the begining of next week.

Helpful webssite for information:
Type - R.D. Howard - in search box
click search
select- China

posted on: November 10, 2005

Nov. 7, 2005

Good Morning -
Today , we will return to the Writing Lab and go online to discover more about China with three sites we will visit.

Reminder - Tommorrow Nov. 8 will be a teacher workday and a student holiday.

posted on: November 07, 2005

Week of Oct 31 - Nov. 4

Week of Oct. 31
Monday - Video over China with note taking
Homework - Have fun tonight but please be careful. We want
everyone back tommorrow.(no candy please/leave
it at home)
Most students did well on their Chapter 26 test. Hooray !

posted on: October 31, 2005

Map of China


posted on: October 21, 2005

Oct.24 -28

A big thank you to all the parents who attended conference week.
Also, we appricate the PTS's efforts during Red Ribbon Week.The "Band together against drugs "was a great idea. Everyone was wearing their red bands all week.

China -Quiz 1 over Chapter 26 in the book will be this Wednesday Oct.26.Then we will start our Cina projects.

posted on: October 21, 2005


This week we begin our study of the amazing country of China.
1.3 Billon people and the third largest country in size. We will explore its culture,people,and the government.We will investigate the changes in China over the last few years.

Please remember that Friday Oct.14 will be a student holiday and teacher workday. Conference week follows with early dismissal at 2:15.

posted on: October 11, 2005

Japan - Major Islands and Cities

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posted on: September 27, 2005

Week of Sept. 19 - 23

Parents - If you are going to vote in the SPLOST referendum Tuesday 9/20(7:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.),please consider bring your child with you if possible. Start those citizenship habits early.

Wednesday - will be an Early Release Day of Cobb schools. We will dismiss at 2:15.

This week in Social Studies we will be using the Reading Essential -Country Connections -Japan book in class. We will investigate Japan through the five themes of Geography and other activities. A short quiz on Thursday .

Friday we will have our map quiz over the region of Japan.

posted on: September 19, 2005

Week of Sept. 12 - 16

Several important ideas to share with everyone.

1. Most of the students (93%) scored a A on the Asia map test with the rest close behind with B's.

2. Chapter 24 Test will be Tuesday 9/13. Students have been reminded several times during the week to study -lets keep those scores high!

3. We will cross the Sea of Japan and start our study of Japan Wednesday.

4. I believed that all of the teacher, students,and PTA organizers were amazed at the donations give for the Gulf relief effort. Thank you PTA for organizing that.

5. On a personal note, I had the opportunity to work Saturday with a group organizing and distributing food and supplies to those waiting in line at the Red Cross service center at Life College. It was a special opportuntity see how what we do can make a difference in people's lives. The people were so appreciative of Cobb's outpouring of care and giving.

posted on: September 11, 2005

Week of Sept 6- 9

Welcome back from Labor Day weekend.
This week we will be finishing the Physical Geography of Asia.
We will have a map quiz over the region on Friday 9/9. Start studying now! The quiz will ask you to identify landforms and bodies of water in Asia. A big thank you to Mrs. Baylor for sharing her wonderful power point giving us so many picures and useful information that helped us understand the region better.

posted on: September 06, 2005

August 30,2005

Today,we worked on the read over The lesson on CLimate and Resources, Pages 498 -501 and completed questions on pages 495 & 501 .

posted on: August 30, 2005

August 29,2005

Today,we begin Lesson 1 Landforms from Chapter 24. Reading about the mountain ranges,rivers, deserts and other landforms that affect the people of this region. After reading pages 490 -495 we completed a cloze acitivity.

Anyone ready for a climb ?

posted on: August 29, 2005

Week of August 28 - Sept. 2

This week we will begin studying the physical geography of Asia. As we begin, we will look at and learn the major landforms(mountain ranges, rivers, deserts) and how they affect the people and the landscape. We will use the text Chapter 24 pages 490 - 503 as a begining point. Wednesday the studnts will need colored pencils or crayons for class. The three main sections of Asia we will explore are: Southern- the Indian subcontinent, Eastern- China, Mongolia,the Korean peninsula,Japan and Southeastern Asia- Vietnam,Laos,through Indonesia.

The current event with the summary for Group B is due Friday Sept.2 .

posted on: August 29, 2005

Asia Map

Political Map of Asia

posted on: August 28, 2005

Week of August 22- 26

We had a great start to the year! We have started our study of the Five Themes of Geography, latitude and longitude practice and Chapter 1 work. Chapter 1 (pages 2-33) prepares for us for our studies for the year by helping us to understand physical and cultural geography. We will also be reviewing different kinds and uses of maps. The first group of students have been assigned a current event activity of reading a article on an event that is happening in the world now. They are to bring in the article they read, with a summary to share with the class. Group A's assignment is due Friday 8/26. Wednesdays are social studies classes D.E.A.R. time. Have a book to read!

** Student will have a quiz over Chapter 1, The five Themes of Geography and latitude and longitude on Friday Aug. 26. Start review now !

posted on: August 22, 2005

Seventh Grade Syllabus

To view Social Studies syllabus -Please activate link.

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posted on: August 10, 2005


Welcome to Mr. Howard's Blog.
Nick-named "How-Words"

We all all very excited about the great start of the new school year !
I hope that the blog will be helpful to the student and parents during the year. A sucessful year for each student is our goal. Assignments,tests and upcoming events will be posted on a regular basis. As we go through the year, please feel free to contact me if questions arise at my E-mail adress is or a note from home. Please review the class syllabus to be aware of the planned curriculum. Seventh Grade Social Studies has great topics that involved many of our current events that are happening around us daily. I look forward to working with the wonderful students we have at Mabry.

posted on: August 09, 2005

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