Four core subject teachers and one Resource Support Teacher make up the ESM 7 teaching team.  This team provides a supportive bridge from 6th grade to 8th grade. ESM 7 teachers help students navigate through a developmental time that can be both exciting and challenging.

The 7th grade team works together to support a variety of environmental and STEAM-related content, activities and projects throughout the year in ESM core classes.

A wide variety of electives provided by the school’s elective department are offered to 7th grade ESM students.  These electives include, but aren’t limited to, the following: Digital Imaging, Film Production, Art, Music, Foreign Language and Theater.

The students in 7th grade participate in a series of four interactive sessions with an expert from Ethical Choices Program studying how food relates to the environment and health.

Additionally, students attend a field trip to Underwood Farms to experience sustainable farming practices.

7th grade students complete an Impact Project that demonstrates student-selected community service and volunteering activities throughout the year.

7th grade students culminate the year with creating a 3-D interdisciplinary Sustainable City Project, using concepts and skills from core classes as students work collaboratively in small groups.

Students in 7th grade create electronic student portfolios containing key assignments and reflections.

7th grade students attend a three-day, overnight field trip to Catalina Island to study and experience various environmental-related topics through Catalina Environmental Leadership Program.

The 7th grade team partners up with Mountains Restoration Trust and takes 7th grade students to the Santa Monica Mountains to study and participate in invasive species crayfish removal from streams.

Science Corner

Students are given biome specific organisms and must organize them into a food chain, connecting them by properly placing an arrow to face the predator in each connection.  Afterwards, students label the different trophic levels, including: producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer and decomposer; additionally, students must identify the consumers as one of three types: carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.  When students complete their food chain with labels, they then take a picture of it with their iPad in order to upload it into Google Classroom.

Students observe the physical and chemical properties of 6 different, but similar looking white substances. Students have to determine the identity of the mystery mixture, which was a combination of two of the substances. Students use their iPads to record the chemical reactions of various combinations of the 6 substances in order to compare it to the mystery mixture’s reaction and figure out the compounds that made it up.

Field Trips

Apps We Use


Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment.
Jane Goodall