Team Grit Welcome Letter - 7th

Dear Parent(s),

Welcome to seventh grade!  Team Grit is looking forward to working with your child.  We believe that seventh grade will be a positive experience.  We are an experienced and dedicated team of teachers who will collaborate with each other and your child in order to ensure both academic success and social and emotional growth.

In order for your child to fully reach his/her potential, we feel that communication between school and home is essential.  Therefore, please know that we will post all homework assignments on-line, as well as provide a monthly calendar so that students can better plan for upcoming tests and long-term assignments.

If you ever have any questions, please contact team teachers via e-mail:

Team Grit

Jessica Balanda


Jim Egeler


Melissa Smythe


Suzanne Guziec


David Ley (Team Leader)

Social Studies


Should you need to meet with any of the teachers on the team, please communicate with the Team Leader. 

First Day of School!

  • We will use the first day of classes for introduction activities, so please DO NOT have your children bring in all of their materials to school the first day. Just a pen or pencil would be fine!
  • Children should be ready by the second day of classes to bring to ELA class a photograph of a special summer memory about which they will be asked to write a poem. A photograph printed from a computer printer or a photocopy is perfect.  PLEASE NO ORIGINAL PHOTOS – THEY WILL NOT BE RETURNED!

Again, we welcome both your child and you to seventh grade. 


The Seventh-Grade Team Grit

Mrs. Balanda, Mr. Egeler, Ms. Smythe, Ms. Guziec, & Mr. Ley


Art Department

Welcome Back to School

Supply List

Hello! We are getting ready to return to school after a long and different summer--we know you are as well. We would love for all of our incoming students (6, 7, 8) to have a sketchbook for class. This should be roughly 9 x 12”, and blank paper. With basic art supplies, the more you spend, the better the quality.

  • 9 x 12” Sketchbook- blank drawing paper, 50+ pages

Should we return in Distance Learning, we will require the following extra supplies:

  • 12 color set colored pencils
  • 1 set watercolors
  • 1 black sharpie
  • Pencil

These supplies, if purchased, can also be a great addition to a home art supply area.

Thank you so much!

We are excited for the new school year to start and to meet your children.

Jean Capuano (6)

Kendra Collins (7)

Holly Kellogg (8)