Nathaniel Rochester Community School
85 Adams Street Respectful,
Rochester, New York 14608 Responsible,
Telephone (585) 454-3525 and Safe!
Fax (585) 262-8938
June 20, 2013
Dear Parents and Students,
Although summer vacation has barely begun, it’s time to think about starting a new school year. First, we
would like to take a moment to welcome you. 7th and 8th grade are critical years for laying the foundation
for a positive high school experience. We look forward to meeting and working with each of you in the
coming school year.
As we look ahead to the summer vacation, here are some required projects and activities so we can hit the
ground running in September. These completed activities will be collected the first day of school for a
grade. The homeroom with the highest percentage of projects returned will receive a special reward.
Science Choose and complete two items from the attached list.
Math Complete daily problems from the attached math calendar.
English Language Read two books from attached list and complete two book reports.
Social Studies Complete a biographical research project about a famous Rochesterian, see
attached list for suggestions and criteria.
Supply List for 2013-2014 School Year: All students must have…
A blue 3-Ring Binder (2 inch)- for Math 3-Ring Soft-sided pencil case
A white 3-Ring Binder (2 inch)- for ELA 1 Sturdy Plastic Folder (homework)
A green 3-Ring Binder (2 inch)- for Science 4 Composition Notebooks (1 per subj)
A black 3-Ring Binder (2 inch)- for SS 4 packs of Ruled Filler Paper ***
4 sets of 5 dividers 12 Pencils w/ Pencil sharpener***
Scientific Calculator 12 Blue/ black pens- please do not
buy other colors for pens. ***
***Please keep in mind that most of these supplies will need to be replaced throughout the year.
Again, we look forward to meeting and working with you in the fall. Have a happy and safe summer!!
7th Grade Teachers
Name ___________________________________________ Science Summer Assignment
We hope you have a relaxing summer with time for family and friends. Summer is also a time to learn about new
things on you own. Below is a chart with 4 different science activities for you to choose from. Please complete
two of the assignments listed below by the first day of school. Staple this sheet to your completed work. Be sure
your parent or guardian has signed the bottom of the sheet. We look forward to seeing all the interesting things
you learned about over the summer!
#1 Weather Journal
Keep a log of weather information for 10 days. Your log should include the following information:
Location (Rochester, another place you visit this summer?)
High Temperature for the day
Low Temperature for the day
Amount of Rainfall
Wind direction and speed
Amount of daylight (hours and minutes)
Personal Description of the day (ex. Rainy morning followed by sunny, hot and humid afternoon)
You can obtain the information from the TV, radio, newspaper, or online.
Visit a museum, planetarium, nature center, or zoo. Then write a summary of your visit that includes:
Name and location of the place you visited.
Who you visited with.
A description of three interesting exhibits, displays, or shows you saw while you were there.
What you learned from each of the three exhibits, displays, or shows.
Your favorite thing you did or saw while there.
There are lots of great places to visit locally such as the Rochester Science Museum, Seneca Park Zoo, Mendon
Ponds Nature Center, Planetarium, etc. You may also visit similar places anywhere if you happen to travel this
summer. Maybe you’ll visit the Corning Museum of Glass or the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY? We’d love
to hear all about it!
#3 Read About It
Is there a science subject you’ve always wanted to know more about? Why not go to the local library and find a
non-fiction book on the subject. After you’ve read the book write a summary for us. Be sure to include the
Title of Book
Author and copyright date
Reason why you choose the book/subject.
5 things you learned from the book.
Would you recommend the book? Why or why not?
#4 Nature Journal
Observing nature carefully is an important skill for a scientist. Choose something that you find interesting or
beautiful to look at. You could choose clouds, flowers, leaves, birds, insects, shells, etc. Once you have picked a
topic find 5 examples to draw or photograph. Under each picture in you Nature Journal include the following:
Date and time
Written description of item
Why you choose this specimen to include in your journal.
My child ___________________________________ has completed activities number ___ and ___ this summer.
Parent Signature: ___________________________________________________________________________
Name __________________________ Date ______
During the 19th and 20th century many notable Rochester citizen have impacted the lives of
Your assignment is to research one Rochester citizen and complete a biography organizer. Using
the organizer design a poster describing and explaining why the Rochester citizen is notable.
The organizer will demonstrate the accomplishments of an important individual from Rochester.
Examples of notable Rochester citizens are the following:
Susan B Anthony
The biography should include the following information:
Why the person is important
The accomplishments of the Rochester Citizen
Why the person is famous or notable
Personal information of the specific notable Rochester citizen
One important experience in their early life and one experience in their
The poster must be eye-catching (illustrated, colored, print of name must stand out…see
Notable Rochester citizen Poster
ALL necessary and correct information is included in poster……………………………………..(5pts)
Poster is completed on-time ……………………………………………………………………………….._______ (5pts)
Poster is colorful and eye-catching ………………………………………………………………….._______ (5pts)
Poster meets project requirements …………………………………………………………………._______(5pts)