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Franklin Borough School
Grades 6, 7 & 8


Teachers can be contacted by calling (973)-827-9775 and entering the extension next to their names.


Teaching Staff

Mr. RJ Baumgartner - ext. 454

Mrs. Elaine Bartholomew - ext. 431

Mrs. Danielle Emery - ext. 462

 Ms. Jessica Garris - ext. 403

Mrs. Mary Jordan - ext. 432

Ms. Andrea Kovalsky - ext. 435

Ms. Melissa LaCouture - ext. 416

Mr. Tom Law - ext. 424

Mrs. Diane Menzel - ext. 433

Mrs. Kim Panaite - ext. 423

Ms. Alyssa Pisauro - ext. 428

Mr. Jason Samiljan - ext. 456

Ms. Stephanie Sapio - ext. 406

Mr. Jason Siegert - ext. 469

Mr. Fred Street - ext. 442

Mrs. Cassandra Symons - ext. 408



Mrs. Bartholomew

Mrs. Bartholomew’s Class News


Sixth grade social studies students continue learning about The Renaissance this month. Students participate in conducting a primary source investigation, creating a Marco Polo Facebook page, designing Renaissance Super Hero trading cards, interacting with “statue” quotes, formulating Renaissance Tweets, and deciding whether Leonardo Da Vinci is worthy of the title “Renaissance Man.”

Seventh grade social studies students advance in learning about the Revolutionary War. Student activities include, ”No taxation without representation” Theater Script, Liberty Bell poetry, Revolutionary War picture timeline, Boston Tea Party news article, reenactment of “The Shot Heard Around the World,” Declaration Of Independence picture book and poster research project for a chosen loyalist or patriot.

The 8th grade language arts class is finishing up the school year reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The Outsiders is a story about a group of young teenage boys living in a small rural town during the 1960’s. The uprising between the Greasers and the Socs is a classic example of teenage clicks and rivalry. This story illustrates the consequences of gang life and can teach students the importance of not becoming involved in gang activity. It also portrays the value of brotherhood and friendship as these teenage boys stick together through thick and thin without any adult role models in their lives. Students are analyzing characters, themes, symbols and quotes while expanding their vocabulary and writing skills.

Eighth graders are looking forward to their class trip to N.Y.C. on May 3rd to visit Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, enjoy lunch at Dallas BBQ, and experience the magic of the Broadway play Wicked. This is a well-deserved break after six days of PARCC Testing. The trip is sure to be an experience of a lifetime!!

This marking period students are working on research writing. Please continue to remind your child to read from his/her AR book each evening and work on their reading/writing homework packet due every Friday. Thank you for your continued support. Happy Spring!

Mr. Baumgartner

Grade 7 Social Studies: The seventh graders will begin to explore the Civil War. We will start with comparing the different perspectives of the North and South during the war as well as each side’s advantages and disadvantages. As we move throughout the chapter, students will learn about different war tactics, opportunities, and impacts that the Civil War brought upon our country. Students continue to receive weekly assignments throughout this unit and should use each as a study tool for their upcoming tests and quizzes. All assignment due dates can be found on the website posted below. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Website: http://www.oncoursesystems.com/school/webpage.aspx?id=11247904


Grade 8 Social Studies: Eighth graders are already halfway through our “State Governments” unit! We have compared and contrasted the three different types of power of the state as well as discussed the different types of state legislatures. We will now explore the state executive branch and identify the different roles within this branch. We will conclude this unit with the state courts, where we will see and define new and unfamiliar vocabulary terms throughout the section. Students also continue to receive weekly assignments that should be used as study tools for the upcoming tests and quizzes. All assignment due dates can be found on the website posted above. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

The “civic meeting” assignment submission deadline is June 2. This assignment counts as a test grade for the final term.


Mrs. Emery

May with flowers and bugs

Mrs. Emery

Grade 8 students really enjoyed learning the process of evolution and how it helps explains the variations and adaptations that we see in organisms around us and in evidence in the past. Students will use knowledge they have gained from our past unit about mutations to discover how some mutations are beneficial and allow organism to survive and adapt to their surroundings. Then, students will create their own adaptation for an endangered species which they believe will help that organism survive and evolve.

Grade 7 students will become novice meteorologists as they begin their study of weather and climate. Students will gain understanding of what affects weather and climate. They will research extreme weather and the impacts of climate change and present their findings. After completing their stations, their team of meteorologists will forecast the national weather for an assigned day of the week.

Grade 6 students have been working hard in their research stations in order for them to gain the knowledge they need to design, develop, and present a prototype of a gravity roller coaster in our unit on Force and Motion. This unit allows students to calculate kinetic and potential energy, describe acceleration, and incorporate Newton’s laws of motion in their designs.

As always, students are responsible for classwork each day and should continue to study this classwork for their upcoming assessments. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Mrs. Emery

Ms. Garris


Mrs. Jordan

American flags

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. However, there is still a lot to be accomplished. In CAM class each student continues to work on his/ her own level and is very successful meeting his/ her objectives

The eighth graders are now reading The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton. It is a coming-of-age novel about two rival gangs and their trials and tribulations. They continue to develop their vocabulary and writing skills using prompts from the novel.

The sixth grades will begin the novel Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. The students will then research environmental projects to be presented in a research paper.

All students are encouraged to use smiley face tricks and their vocabulary words to enhance their writing. They continue to develop their vocabulary and writing skills using prompts from the novels. Remember every Tuesday vocabulary definitions are due and every Friday paragraphs using these vocabulary words are due. By completing these assignments, it helps the students to perform well in their quizzes and writing assignments.

Remember what C.S. Lewis said—We read to know that we are not alone.

In addition to language art classes, I assist in Mr. Samiljan’s sixth grade math classes. Here the students are working on all operations of decimals and percents.


Ms. Kovalsky


Mrs. Menzel


Ms. LaCouture

May with flowers

Sixth grade math students will work on a unit of percents. It will include understanding, fractions, decimals, and solving real-world problems involving percent. They will then move onto equivalent numerical expressions using exponents, factoring, and order of operations.

Seventh grade math students will complete the unit of geometry with circumference, area, and volume of circles and other figures. They will then move on to statistics with random samples and population to compare and analyze data.

Seventh grade science students will continue with astronomy. Topics covered in the unit will include gravity in the solar system, the sun, terrestrial planets, gas planets, and other bodies found in the solar system.

Eighth grade math students will start a new unit of transformations and congruence. This will include reflections, rotations, and algebraic expressions to represent each. The unit also reviews similarities of figures.

Happy Memorial Day!
Ms. LaCouture


Mr. Law


Mrs. Panaite

May with flowers

Mrs. Panaite’s May Web Update

This year flew by and is almost coming to an end, but we are still busy this month with Battle of the Books, novel projects, papers, and reading!

If you need to contact me, please feel free to call school at 973-827-9775 x423 or email me at kpanaite@fboe.org. I am also available after school Mondays and Tuesdays until 3:15 p.m. to make up any missing work or for extra help.

5th Grade:

  • Reading: Wonder by R.J. Polaccio, focusing on characterization and using textual evidence to support answers to questions
  • Writing: Personal Narratives, using voice in writing with smiley-face tricks
  • Vocabulary: Using context clues to determine meanings; writing
  • meaningful detailed sentences; quizzes are on Thursdays.
  • Spelling: Homework is due and tests are given on Fridays.
  • AR: Students are required to earn 9 points for the fourth marking period.


6th Grade:

  • Reading: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen; non-fiction texts; paired texts
  • Writing: Research Papers; using smiley-face tricks to add voice to writing
  • Vocabulary: 10 words are given each Monday, and tests are on Thursdays.
  • Sentences are due on Thursdays.
  • Spelling: 25 words are given Mondays, and tests are on Fridays.
  • AR: Students are required to earn 10 points for the fourth marking period.
  • All work missed due to absences must be completed.

Also, please encourage your child to read daily. This lifelong habit helps develop strong comprehension skills. Our third Battle of the Books book must be read by May 19th!

Ms. Pisauro


Mr. Samiljan

MathMay Web update:

GO MATH! In this new program for 6th grade, there are hands-on activities and real-world problems to solve. In May, students in GO MATH will be able to use percents to solve real-world problems and be able to change percents into equivalent fractions and decimals.

Throughout the next few weeks, you can expect to see homework that involves real-world problems that involve finding percentages and their equivalent fractions and decimals.

Ms. Sapio


Mr. Siegert



Mr. Street

Mrs. Symons







Last update May 12, 2017