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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 are exploring a unit on The Middle Ages.  Students will kick off with the creation of a personal Coat of Arms using traditional colors and symbols of Middle Ages heraldry.  A "Knights Wanted" poster project will facilitate understanding of the life of a knight.  Other activities include a pyramid diagram to represent social hierarchy, "The Gothic Gazette" a medieval newspaper based on the events of the time period, and journal entries from the perspective of a monk or nun.

Seventh grade social studies students finish exploring colonial settlements including early English settlements and the New England colonies. Activities include a CSI student investigation of The Lost Colony, a 13-colony scavenger hunt, sequencing Jamestown with pictures, a gameshow "You Might Be a Quaker/Puritan if..." and The Salem Witchcraft Trials investigation.

     The 8th grade language arts students are reading Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson. This is the true story of the twelve-day manhunt in April of 1865 to find Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Just in time for the celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, students will view many primary and secondary sources to find out what really happened in Washington D.C. that spring and learn how his death impacted the nation. In addition, students will research and create scrapbooks depicting a person, place or event that has sparked their interest while reading the novel.

All students are broadening their vocabulary, learning about metaphors and symbolism, character traits, theme, sequencing events, and responding in writing to many situations in the novel.  This marking period students practice argumentative writing.  Please continue to remind your child to read from the AR book each evening and work on the reading/writing homework packet due every Friday.  Thank you for your support!

Mr. Baumgartner


Mrs. Emery


Ms. Garris


Ms. Garris's Class News

In 6th grade science, we continue our third unit on atoms and the periodic table of elements. We have moved toward analyzing the elements and their uses. Presently, we are completing a project where each student researched an element and is writing a creative story from the perspective of the element. Going forward, we will continue to explore the periodic table of eElements and investigate the Law of Conservation of Matter. We record important notes Monday and Tuesday while utilizing our science stations Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It has been exciting!

In 5th grade math, we have just finished exploring different strategies for multiplication by two-digit numbers. Going forward, we will build on this knowledge as we explore various strategies for dividing one-digit numbers. We spend Monday and Tuesday recording important notes and lessons and switch to project-based learning Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, incorporating mini-lessons into each day. As we continue through the year, we will work toward automaticity with multiplication facts as it is essential for future math units.

Mrs. Jordan


With the beginning of February, the third marking period has begun. There is still a lot to accomplish this year. There is still a lot of time to have a terrific school year. 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 starting the novel, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson.   It includes many artifacts and eyewitness accounts of what happened the day President Lincoln was shot.  With its fast pace, it grabs the attention of the reader and sparks interest in this great historical event. Students will also develop a scrapbook depicting important events during that historical era.

In sixth grade the students are reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowery.  It is a historical fiction novel that takes place during World War II.  Two young girls, one Danish and one Jewish, are faced with many trials during Denmark’s invasion from the Nazis. It shows how a friendship endures during this time.  The students will also read some nonfiction excerpts on the background of the Holocaust.

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. Completing these assignments helps the students to perform well in their quizzes and writing assignments.

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 fractions.

As Elizabeth Hardwick once said, “The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” Keep reading!


Ms. Kovalsky


Mrs. Menzel


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Dear Parents-

          Love and learning are in the air as we welcome February! Fifth grade science students are warming up to atmospheric heating and can describe what happens to solar energy that reaches Earth. Students will explain the relationship between the greenhouse effect and global warming.

          Our fifth grade Egyptologists will play a variety of games to test their knowledge of Ancient Egypt. Students will challenge their memories by matching cards with pictures of  Egyptian Gods and Goddesses to the matching description card in a classic game of Concentration. Students will put their origami skills to the test when they create "cootie catchers" to quiz one another. Finally, students will explore a webquest to present a description of their favorite Egyptian god or goddess to the class.

          Six graders will discover how Rome grew from a republic to an empire and developed an empire that influenced later civilizations. We'll recite a comic version of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar.

          Seventh graders will continue their wilderness survival guide while reading Hatchet. Students are becoming well equipped to handle the wilderness. They know how to build a simple shelter called a "debris hut," understand the methodology of fire building, how to purify water, and can even signal for help!

          Take a few moments to give your child your complete and undivided attention! He/she is guaranteed to amaze and delight you!


Warm regards,

Mrs. Kovalsky

Ms. Menzel


Ms. LaCouture


Mr. Law


Mrs. Panaite


Ms. Pisauro


Mr. Samiljan


Ms. Sapio


Mr. Siegert


In February, Mr. Siegert’s classes will begin reading The Thieves of Ostia, by Caroline Lawrence. This novel is the first of the author’s series of mysteries set in Ancient Rome. Students will learn about the Roman Empire by experiencing it through the enjoyment of a fictional novel. Students’ Roman experience will also be supplemented with a wide variety of nonfiction texts regarding Roman family life, medicine, food, and technology. Roman mythology will also be explored as students seek to gain knowledge of this great ancient civilization.


Students will begin the month by composing persuasive essays recommending novels of their choice to other middle school students. Selected essays will be published in a Children’s Newspaper, a special edition published by The Advertiser. As the month progresses, students will also compose an explanatory essay for a Latin motto project in keeping with the theme of The Thieves of Ostia.


Spelling, vocabulary, and the AR reading requirement of 60 pages each week continue as always!


Mr. Street


Mrs. Symons





Last update February 10, 2017