7th Grade Information


Ms. Kathy Lertora


Ms. Amy Schneider 
(supported by Ms. Belinda Penn & Ms. Nicki Walter

Team Leaders

Ms. Cassie Claxton-Gall 
Ms. Armecia Duckett

7th Grade is an important transitional year for middle school students.  They have adjusted to the routines of using lockers and navigating the hallways, and they may now be ready to play a larger role in the community here at Clemente.  As 7th graders, they can finally participate in our school athletic teams in the fall, winter, or spring.  They may also qualify to join the National Junior Honor Society, and they may simply feel more comfortable and want to join one of the many after-school activities we have for all of our students.  Whatever they choose, 7th grade is a year of tremendous growth for students, a year where they will move toward preparing for high school.

Our Role

As team leaders, we will support the students in making good decisions and reaching their potential as they navigate the complicated middle year of middle school. We will each be a voice of reason and a listening ear, and we, along with all of the other teachers, will help our 7th grade students learn and grow.  We will work with them to develop an awareness of the community around them, as well as their individual place in that community.  We will work to inspire a love of learning and a curiosity about how to make the surrounding world better.  Together, we will do everything we can to ensure success for all of our students as they complete their 7th grade year, for, "Together, We Are Clemente."

Members of the 7th Grade Team

Abdinoor, Lindsey

Nda, Edith

Bouton, Holly

Norton, Jackson

Carraway, Eileen

Orens, Karen

Clark, Chris

Osmena, Edger

DeCastro, Erin

Quackenbush, Susan

Dempsey, James

Ramasamy, Shan

Hershkowitz, Cherin

Sanchez-Cole, Blanca

Hoffman, Kristina

Simkanich, Sascha

Kennedy, Dylan

Sneddon, Heather

Linkins, Susie

Stone, Ren

Mahon, Heather

Vanderveen, Elizabeth

Mallari, Celeste

Vasco, Patricia

Man, Melisa

Young, Greg

Maxey, Jason

Young, Ned 

Moore, Anginise

MYP In-school Field Trips

In November, 7th grade students will “visit” Latin America through an all-day, in school field trip where students will explore the rich cultures of Latin American countries through lessons, activities and a special lunch.  Details about this day are still in the creative phase but will be finalized soon.

Later in the year, 7th grade students will "Journey through Africa" through an in-school field trip that will allow students to experience the diverse cultures across the wonderful, vibrant continent of Africa.  In core classes throughout the day, students will explore the continent through specially designed lessons. 

These school-based trips give the students the opportunity to develop their curiosity about the world around them, and encourage them to solidify their intentions to become the global citizens the world needs them to be.

Junior Achievement Finance Park Field Trip

New to MCPS this year, all 7th grade students will participate in three weeks of study at school culminating in a one-day field trip to Thomas Edison School of Technology in Wheaton. RCMS 7th graders will complete this unit of study in May, and will attend the trip on one of four days at the end of May. The unit of study will involve financial topics such as saving, investing, and budgeting. The field trip will feature a simulation where students will use the skills they have learned to live and work within a budget they have created. Visit the MCPS website to learn more about this trip and how you might even be able to help!

Finance Park Informational Video

7th Grade Resources

myMCPS Classroom

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