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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 to explore a unit on the Middle Ages. Students kick off the unit with the creation of a personal coat of arms using traditional colors and symbols of Middle Ages heraldry. A "Knights Wanted" poster project facilitates 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. Students are viewing many primary and secondary sources to find out what really happened in Washington D.C. that spring and learning how his death impacted the nation. In addition, students are researching and creating 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 are practicing argumentative writing. Please continue to remind your child to read from his/her AR book each evening and work on any reading/writing homework packet which is due every Friday. Thank you for your support!

Mr. Baumgartner

Grade 7 Social Studies: Seventh graders are busy studying “The Jefferson Era” throughout the month of March. During this unit, students will discuss the Louisiana Purchase and sequence specific events that led up to the War of 1812. We will analyze and compare just what made these events significant to start another war. As always, students are responsible for weekly assignments, and should use these as study tools for their upcoming tests and quizzes. Due dates for all assignments can be found on the website listed below. Please contact us with any questions or concerns!

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

Grade 8 Social Studies: Throughout the month of March, eighth graders continue to discuss the judicial branch of government. We have concluded our two sections, so be sure to ask the students all about the different sources of law and federal court system! As we continue exploring the chapter, we will learn about different “courtroom characters and terms” to prepare students for reading Twelve Angry Men in language arts class.

Students may use materials and information we gather throughout this unit to complete their weekly assignments. Current events will continue on a bi-monthly schedule. Due dates for all projects and assignments can be found on the website listed above. Please contact us with any questions or concerns!

Remember, the civic meeting assignment
deadline is Friday, June 2nd.


Mrs. Emery


Grade 8 students discovered how DNA works within cells to direct the growth and functioning of every organism in the chapter, Genes and DNA. Students will further investigate how the genetic code can lead to DNA mutations, as well as, find out how to decode DNA strands to model protein synthesis.

Grade 7 students have explored the water cycle and the different processes that are part of the water cycle on Earth. Students will now compare and contrast surface and groundwater. With this newly developed knowledge, students will investigate water systems and create their own water filtration system.

Grade 6 students will discover Motion and Forces, in our next unit. In this unit students will gain understanding of why unbalanced forces cause changes in the motion of objects, and they will learn that these changes can be predicted and described. Students will analyze acceleration, Newton’s three laws of motion, and energy.

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


Ms. Garris’s Class News

Bring on Spring!!

In 6th grade science, we have just concluded our third unit on atoms and the Periodic Table of Elements. Our stories from the perspective of different elements came out fantastic!! Going forward, we will begin to explore forces and motion, focusing on Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion. 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 been applying learned strategies for multiplying two-digit numbers to strategies for dividing by one-digit numbers. Going forward, we will continue to 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

March has arrived and hopefully spring is not far behind. The students are midway through the third marking period. The year is certainly flying by. 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 well into the novel, Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson. It includes many artifacts and eyewitness accounts of what happened that day. With its fast pace, it grabs the attention of the reader and sparks the interest in this great historical event. They are now developing 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 that takes place during the 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. By completing these assignments, it 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 decimals.

"Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own." ~~Charles Scribner.

Encourage your child to read every day.


Ms. Kovalsky


Mrs. Menzel


Dear Parents-


As March ushers in spring, sixth graders will explore the period in history following the fall of Rome, known as the Middle Ages. Students will create a diagram of the feudal social hierarchy, create their own personal coat of arms and label pertinent architectural features of a castle. Chivalry is not dead in Mrs. Kovalsky's class! Boys and girls will demonstrate the various attributes knights of the middle ages were expected to possess, like graciousness, humility, and courtesy.


Fifth grade students will revel in Ancient Egyptian art and recreate hieroglyphics and art from the columns in the Temple of Karnak. Next, fifth graders will travel to India to discover how Indian civilizations first developed on the Indus River. In science, students will identify the four characteristics of plants, and describe the four main groups of plants.


Seventh graders in language arts will research the plant and animal life for our Survival Guide to our class novel Hatchet. Students will celebrate Shakespeare the week of March 20 by acting out an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth, quoting Shakespeare, and writing a sonnet. Ask your child to share with you what they are doing in school every day!



                  Mrs. Kovalsky

                  Ms. Menzel


Ms. LaCouture


Sixth grade math students are coming to and end of applying operations in word problems with rational numbers closing the unit.  They will then dive in the next unit of proportionality.  This include ratios, rates, proportions, converting within the metric system, percent, fractions, and decimals.


Seventh grade math students will complete the unit of ratios and proportional relationships by writing and solving inequalities. Soon they will move on to the next unit of geometry with scale drawings, cross sections, angle relationships, circumference, area, and volume of circles and other figures.


Seventh grade science students are just about to move out of the earth’s atmosphere of weather and climate and shoot off into outspaces.  We will discuss various parts of astronomy including theories of the origin, stars, galaxies, and the universe.


Eighth grade math students will begin the next unit of solving equations and systems of equations.  Linear systems will be solved by eliminations, substitution, multiplication, and graphing.


Best of luck through the rest of the year!

Ms. LaCouture


Mr. Law

March Web Update

The students in the algebra class have been working very hard on quadratic expressions and equations. They have used their previous knowledge of exponents to help them add, subtract, and multiply polynomials. Students are now learning how to factor and solve polynomials in the form x2+bx+c=0. Once students are confident in factoring, we will then move back to graphing. Students will graph quadratic functions.

The pre-algebra students have been working with linear functions to solve for a given variable. As we move through March, students will work on solving a system of linear equations where they are give two equations and two variables and are required to solve for both variables. Students will learn three different ways to solve a system of equations. They will decide which way is best given the system that are presented with.

The 7th grade students have been working on finding circumference and area of circles. With that solid base, students are now finding the perimeter and area of compound figures. All this work with 2-dimensional figures has led up to us finding surface area and eventually volume of 3-dimensional figures.


Mrs. Panaite

Mrs. Panaite's March Update

     leprechaun hatHappy Spring! The students are MARCHing toward the PARCC test which is coming soon, and they are working hard to prepare. We are comparing texts, writing reading responses with textual evidence, and reviewing difficult vocabulary words commonly used on the test.

     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: Research Papers; 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 third marking period.

6th Grade:

  • Reading: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry; non-fiction 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 third 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 second Battle of the Books book must be read by MARCH 31st!


Ms. Pisauro


Ms. Pisauro

Grades 2-4 Wilson Reading Groups: Students are marching through the Wilson Reading System levels as the year continues to progress! Students currently in level 2.1 are learning the new welded sounds –ang, -ank, -ong, -onk, -ung, -unk, ing, and –ink. We continue to practice fluently reading new sentences and passages as well. Students in level 2.4 will read new words that contain digraphs, blends, and welded sounds. Monthly progress reports will continue to be sent home at the beginning of every month. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions and/or concerns regarding your child and his/her progress!

Grade 7 Social Studies: Seventh graders are busy studying “The Jefferson Era” during the month of March. In this unit, students will discuss the Louisiana Purchase and sequence specific events that led up to the War of 1812. We will analyze and compare what made these events significant to start another war. As always, students are responsible for weekly assignments and should use these as study tools for their upcoming tests and quizzes. Due dates for all assignments can be found on the website listed below. Please contact us with any questions or concerns!

Social Studies Website:

Mr. Samiljan


GO MATH! In this new program for 6th grade. There are hands-on activities and real-world problems to solve. In March, students in GO MATH will be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with decimals as well as estimate decimal products.

Throughout the next few weeks, you can expect to see homework that involves addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals.

Ms. Sapio

C’mon Spring!

Winter is almost over, and the students are looking forward to fresh, new activities and novels. All fifth and sixth grade students will begin practice for the spring Battle of the Books competition later in the year, and they are very excited about this year’s selections.

In language arts class, students will learn about various non-fiction writing structures and explore point of view. Projects will include altered perspectives from various characters and object in both fiction and non-fiction writing. The classes will read one Battle selection, Because of Mr Turupt, together to explore point of view and perspective. We looked forward to seeing things a bit differently, and perhaps, through someone else’s eyes.

Mr. Siegert


          In March, Mr. Siegert’s classes will continue to read The Thieves of Ostia, a novel that takes place in Ancient Rome. Classes will explore the literary elements of the novel through creating projects, such as a bookmark documenting a specific character’s traits and responding in writing to questions about plot, setting, and conflict after reading each chapter. Students will extend the reading experience to their own lives by creating shields bearing Latin mottos and composing essays explaining how they personally relate to them.

          In addition to reading the fictional novel, students will also explore non-fiction articles relating to the setting of the novel. Many facets of Roman life will be addressed, highlighting the fact that historical fiction is a useful tool for stimulating the acquisition of historical fact. The non-fiction aspect of this unit will culminate with small research projects that students will share with the class.

          The two seventh grade classes will also begin competing against each other in The Battle of the Books. Students will earn points for their class by reading the selected novels and passing the AR tests, and bonus points will be rewarded in a variety of categories. The class amassing the most points will earn a pizza party!

Mr. Street

Mr. Street’s class has some exciting news! We would like to thank the FEF for allowing our class to be the recipient of their generosity, which allowed us to purchase a variety of STEM materials for our future classroom projects. We will share these materials with other classes within the school. We are very excited to get started on these STEM projects.

The students have been learning about the French and Indian war and Native American Culture. We are reading the novel Guests by Michael Dorris. A follow-up project will be completed after we have finished reading the novel.

In math we have combined STEM, and hands-on learning with some exciting building projects. Utilizing math skills as they pertain to the world around us has been a great way to bring the importance of STEM projects to our students.


Mrs. Symons


In March, eighth graders will finish reading Chasing Lincoln's Killer and will read the play Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose. This play follows a jury that has been selected to decide the verdict in a murder trial. A guilty verdict would mean an automatic death sentence for the accused, an 18-year-old boy who is on trial for murdering his father. At first, it seems like an open and shut case to the jurors, but as the jurors discuss the evidence, they begin to question their decision and begin to question whether or not there is a reasonable doubt when it comes to the case. Students will have the option to "act out" their parts in class, taking on the role of their assigned character and making that character and his or her personality come to life. We will learn about the judicial system and discuss how an author develops a character through their lines of dialogue in a play.

As a reminder, students receive new vocabulary words on the Monday of each week. Definitions are due Tuesday; paragraphs are due Friday, and the students are also tested on their words on Friday. Students are required to bring their Accelerated Reader books on Fridays as they often have some time to engage in independent reading.

Sixth graders are finishing the novel Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Number the Stars is told from the point of view of ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen. The story is set in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in September 1943, the third year of the Nazi occupation of the country. As the story goes on, Annemarie learns more about the war and its impact on her friends and the neighbors she has known her entire life. While reading this novel, students have studied many aspects of World War II, its causes, and the impact that the war had on the world. We have been reading many articles about Anne Frank and other people who lived through this horrific time in history.

As a reminder, there is new vocabulary words assigned each full week of school. Students complete definitions in class together, and there is a test on the words each Thursday. Tests will consist of a sentence completion section and a section in which students are required to compose an anecdote using their vocabulary words and writing "tricks."






Last update March 23, 2017