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Middle School Matters Apr 12, 2018

General Announcements:

Welcome Back from Spring Break! It is so good to be back together at school! We are asking God to help us have a strong finish to our school year.

Dates for your calendar:

  • Apr 26 - Fine Arts Night and World Fair 6:30-8:00pm
  • Apr 27 - 6th grade field trip to DeVos Hall
  • May 04 - Grand Friends Day, half day, dismissed at 11:30am
  • May 07 - No School - Prof. Dev Day
  • May 17 - 5-8 Spring Concert
  • May 23-25 - 5th Grade Spring Camp
  • May 24-25 8th Grade Exams
  • May 31-Jun 01 7th Grade Class Trip
  • May 30-Jun 01 8th Grade Class Trip
  • Jun 07- 6th Grade Class Trip
  • Jun 07- 8th Grade Graduation at Thornapple Covenant Church
  • Jun 08 - Last day of school (half day)

2018-19 GR Christian JV Hockey Tryouts - Current Middle School 7th & 8th Graders Welcome Mon 5.7.18: 8:00-9:00pm, Wed 5.9.18: 8:00-9:00pm

  • Eagles Ice Center, 2600 Village Dr SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Birth years 2000-2006 welcome
  • Attending GRCHS is preferred -but NOT a requirement
  • No Games on Sunday
  • Preseason: @SEP-OCT 2018
  • Reg. Season @NOV-18-MAR-19
  • Practices M&W 4:00-5:00pm

Coach Peter Tiemeyer, Contact Manager Gregg Betz with any questions 616-453-4429 or

Fifth Grade:

Reproductive Education: At the end of May, after Spring Camp, the 5th grade team plans to begin a short unit on Reproductive Education. Mrs. Witte will be meeting with the girls while Mr. Hoo will be meeting with the boys. In addition to going over the physical aspects of puberty, we plan to include discussions on God’s design for our bodies and reproduction, as well as treating our bodies with dignity and respect. If any parent would like more information, let one of us know and we would be happy to talk with you.

Goat Care - 5th grade families will be in charge of goat care only. There won’t be a need to coordinate with another family on time, but you’re welcome to do so if you’d like! Please click here to sign up. Revised instructions are linked here and also on the sign up. Thanks to all of you for your help!

PowerSchool: During the final trimester of 5th grade, students and parents have access to student grades on PowerSchool. Click this link for instructions and more information.


Art: Glazing our coil pots this week and next learning about pastry painter Wayne Thiebaud next week.

Band: The GRCHS Band came to ACS today to perform for us, and we got to enjoy hearing our high school friends (and some siblings!) Practice records are due every Thu.

Bible: We are finishing up our Jesus Projects by peer-editing our writings and tying all loose ends.

Language Arts: This week we are writing our first drafts for our informative (biography) essays. Most of the students have gotten off to a strong start on our new “Spring into Reading” Project. Please see the information sheet that was handed out before break. Keep on reading!

Math: We are just starting a measurement unit where we will study both the metric and customary systems of measuring. Students will learn how to convert between different units of measure. I am beginning a new missing work policy. All missing assignments from a chapter must be turned in by the test date otherwise they will be marked as 0’s in the grade book. I will allow students to turn in any missing assignments from the fractions unit up until next week Fri Apr 20, but will implement this new missing work policy for the final two chapters.

Orchestra: We are working on pieces for Grand Friends’ Day!

PE: We are learning how to play Pickleball!

Science: We just finished our unit on sensory systems with Ms. DeWindt. We will continue to study living things and how they are created with many parts that work together. Our focus will shift from animals to plants in the coming week.

Spanish: 5th grade has begun a new story! Thank you for taking time to listen to your student share, in Spanish, the story of Gabi. They have worked hard and should be so proud of all the Spanish they are learning!

Sixth Grade:

Field Trip to DeVos Hall Apr 27 - Please give your permission for your 6th grader to attend by filling out this digital permission slip.

Chicken Checkup - 6th grade families will be in charge of chickens only. There won’t be a need to coordinate with another family on time, but you’re welcome to do so if you’d like! Please click here to sign up. Revised instructions are linked here and also on the sign up. Thanks to all of you for your help!

Devotions: Please sign up to lead our class in devotions on a Wednesday this year. There are still a couple of dates available. Click this link for details and an opportunity to sign up.


Art: 6th graders are working on a ceramics unit. Students should be studying their green ceramic terms sheet for the upcoming quiz. Please check moodle for sketchbook and project due dates.

Band: The GRCHS Band came to ACS today to perform for us, and we got to enjoy hearing our high school friends (and some siblings!) Practice records are due every Thu.

Bible (Rynders) - We began the week with an open book Review/Test about the Passover week. We now begin the study of Wisdom Literature/Poetry - the chapter of Job. Memory Work due Monday. Job 19:25, John 16:33.

History: We are competing in Olympic Games as we wrap up our Greek unit! Students will be running, “wrestling,” throwing, and studying to see who will win the gold! The Ancient Greece test is scheduled for Fri Apr 20. Students should practice writing mini “essays” to prepare for the test. All possible essay questions are listed on their study guides.

Language Arts: Students will print off pictures along with explanations on Friday. At that point, they will have many of the necessary items to put together their display board. Students may want to begin planning out the display over the weekend. They have a display board description page and rubric in their binder. I have plenty of extras if needed.

Math: This week we have been studying how to find the area of a variety of shapes. 6S is beginning a new missing work policy. All missing assignments from a chapter must be turned in by the test date otherwise they will be marked as 0’s in the grade book. I will allow students to turn in any missing assignments from the previous chapters up until next week Fri Apr 20, but will implement this new missing work policy for the upcoming chapters.

Orchestra: We are working on many pieces for Grand Friends’ Day!

PE: We have begun our Pickleball unit and will continue learning about and playing the game next week.

Science: We’ve been thinking about the reasons for seasons. The next week will bring a study of heat transfer and its relation to our planet’s weather.

Spanish: We are reading chapter 1-2 this week in our novel. Students enjoyed a dramatic reenactment of chapter 2 :)

Seventh Grade:

Algebra (7th): We will continue working with polynomials, “factoring and foiling”. We will have a Chapter 10 test on Wed. and begin Chapter 11 on Thurs.

Art: 7th graders will spray paint their Nevelson inspired sculptures tomorrow. Please dress appropriately for spray painting. Students also are working on a project that focuses on positive and negative space in class. Please check moodle for sketchbook and project due dates.

Band: The GRCHS Band came to ACS today to perform for us, and we got to enjoy hearing our high school friends (and some siblings!) Practice records are due every Thu.

Bible(Huttenga): Students will be doing a brief unit of self-reflection on the last trimesters work.

Bible(Wanner): In class we are coming to an end of our study of prayer students will be working on writing ACTS based prayers to accompany their devotionals that were written at the beginning of the school year.

History: We will continue our study of the Age of Exploration next week. A test on this information will likely be early the following week.

Language Arts: Students will be reading, studying and researching for the new ProCon research-writing project. Parents will receive more info in an email. Important due-dates: topic-selection assignment due Monday at the end of class; Parent Conversation form due Thursday, April 19.

PE: We have begun our Pickleball unit and will continue learning about and playing the game next week.

Pre-Algebra: We continue to use slope-intercept form to graph functions and systems of equations.

Orchestra: We are working on intonation in The Heavens are Telling!

Science: We will continue investigating sedimentary rocks, specifically limestone. We will be able to compare how limestone forms with how sandstone and shale form.

Spanish: We are reading chapter 1-2 this week in our novel. Students enjoyed a dramatic reenactment of chapter 2 :)

Eighth Grade:

NorthPointe Christian Schools Preview Day - April 18 NorthPointe Christian High School invites you to shadow a student and experience a day as a mustang. Parents are invited to stay for a tour and breakfast with administrators. Choose to shadow with the traditional student body or in our new Big Picture Learning Program, which emphasizes internships and project-based, personalized learning. Details and RSVP available at: http://www.npchristian.org/admissions/#detailid_233667

Sports Physicals: Current 8th graders planning to play high school sports in 2018-19 school year need to have an MHSAA physical form on file with the high school athletic office before they are allowed to participate. A valid physical for 2018-19 must be completed anytime after April 15, 2018. You can print out a physical form here. This form must be completed with all signatures in order to participate in sports in high school. You may attach your doctor's office physical form for the doctor portion of this form but the parent portion and signatures need to be completed on this form.

Willing to Wait: Our 8th grade students will begin this program on Monday morning. If you have not turned in the permission form or replied via email, please do that today. Thanks!


Algebra: We are reviewing Chapter 10 this week and preparing for a test on Wednesday.

Art: Students are working on their street art project. Make sure to check moodle for sketchbook, assignment, and project due dates as their are a lot of items need to be completed.

Band: The GRCHS Band came to ACS today to perform for us, and we got to enjoy hearing our high school friends (and some siblings!) The 8th graders played with the high schoolers, very cool! Practice records are due every Thu. Band scale exam is underway.

Bible(Huttenga/Van Noord): Speech writing and recording for the Plumb Bob Project is underway. We will also be participating in the Willing to Wait program for most of the next two weeks.

History: We are continuing our study of the Civil War. This week’s topics will include two of the most important turning points of the war, the Battle of Gettysburg and the siege of Vicksburg.

Language Arts: Working through our unit on The Diary of Anne Frank and continuing work with the Book of Memories Project.

PE: We have begun our Pickleball unit and will continue learning about and playing the game next week.

Pre-Algebra: We continue to use slope-intercept form to graph functions and systems of equations.

Orchestra: We are learning so many pieces and hope to perform most of them for you on May 4 and also at the Middle School Concert on May 17th!

Science: We will continue investigating the human body and the organ systems that make up the body.

Spanish: TEST April 17th (8B) and April 18th (8A). See Moodle for more details.

Athletics:

Uniforms: Please return all basketball uniforms to Mrs. O’Brien as soon as possible.

Spring sport schedules have been finalized. Check out the Wildcats Athletics website to find schedules, spring sport information, and more!