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Middle School Matters – Apr 12, 2019

General Announcements

Wildcat Athletic AwardCongratulations to John Nitengale and Anna Tubbergen our 8th grade Wildcat Athletic Award winners. The Wildcat Award is presented each year to one 8th grade boy and girl.  Both John and Anna have shown leadership skills on and off the court/field, shown consistent participation in ACS athletic teams. They have also demonstrated true Christian character and a strong work ethic during practice and games.

Congratulations John and Anna, we are so thankful that you represent ACS Athletics!

K-8 Enrollment 2019-2020: It time to re-enroll your students for the 19-20 school year! Please refer to the email you received yesterday with detailed instructions on how to enroll. Enrollment forms should be completed by Apr 19.

Staff Appreciation Week is April 15-19: Could you volunteer to help cover recess duty so that our teachers can have a break? Sign up to help any time Monday-Friday Apr 15-19

Fine Arts Night and World Fair: April 25

Spring Concert 5-8 is May 09: 56 wears retreat shirts/pants or skirts, 78 wears black and white.

Fifth Grade:

Chapel: The 5th and 6th graders will be leading an all-school chapel on Fri Apr 19 at 8:15am.  We would love for you join us!

Action Items: Are you spring cleaning? We welcome gently used items to be donated towards our end of year auction. These items should be given to Miss Slauer or Mrs. Reidsma.


Art: Students will work on putting together their Mark Rothko inspired paintings next week.

Band: March practice times are due in now, new calendars were in everyone’s boxes. Ask for a concert - we are getting ready to play for GrandFriends on May 03, and at our Spring Concert on May 09.

Bible: Students are plugging away at the Jesus Project. We have had lots of in class work time, but some students may need to spend time at home to catch up on some pieces to the project. Upcoming due dates are as follows: another verse and 4 Pilgrim’s Progress pictures are due Fri, Apr 19 and the Demon-Possessed Man writing is due Fri, Apr 26. Parable of the Sower and the Seeds and Lost Comic Strip will be the next large items due. All of these writings should be located in your child’s Google Drive (login is ) if they would like to access them at home.

Language Arts: Students are busy learning about and using reading with power and reviewing comprehension strategies. Next week they will have have two spelling assignments due (Tue and Fri) and will work through many IXLs.

Math: Goodbye fractions, hello measurement! Chapter 11 is on measurement conversions within the customary and metric system. Looking for a way to give your child extra support? Attached is a list of IXLs & videos  associated with each math lesson for chapter 11. Keep practicing math facts by playing Multiplication Grand Prix.

Orchestra: We have lots of music to prepare for 2 concerts so ask your string player to play for you. Focus on Simple Square Dance, Happy Blues and This is my Father’s World. Cellists have many notes to learn!

PE: Please be sure your students come to school with appropriate clothes and footwear for PE.

Science: We are studying seeds and flowers and their adaptations. We will also learn several ways that plants propagate.

Social Studies: We will be celebrating our learning on Tuesday with a Road to Revolution Test! Students can use their study guide and social studies notebook to prepare.

Sixth Grade:

Chapel: The 5th and 6th graders will be leading an all-school chapel on Fri Apr 19 at 8:15am.  We would love for you join us!

Chicken Checker & Got Yolk: Mr. Hoo has assigned each family to chicken chores for 1 weekend between now and the end of the school year. This includes cleaning the coop, feeding the chickens and picking up eggs. Please look  at which weekend you have been assigned to be sure you are available. If you are not, please work with another family to make a switch. Questions? Talk to Mr. Hoo. We are counting on you!

Devotion Sign-up: We need you! Please consider signing up here to lead devotions for the  6th Graders on a Thursday (8:00-8:10am) this school year. The students love to have parents and guests come to share a story, song, verse, prayer or devotional with us.


Art: Students will begin work on constructing their animal effigy bowls. Check the homework calendar for project and sketchbook due dates.

Band: March practice times were due this week, new calendars were in everyone’s boxes. Ask for a concert - we are getting ready to play for GrandFriends on May 3, and at our Spring Concert on May 09.

Bible: We are preparing to lead chapel on Friday and continue to study the Psalms.

History: We are enjoying our olympic events that help us learn about Ancient Greece.

Language Arts: Hopefully, you and your child can find some time this weekend to work on the display board! In class students will continue writing informative paragraphs about the land, people, and food of their World Fair country.

Math: Next week we will be working with area and perimeter. 

Orchestra: We are getting ready for 2 concerts in May so you should hear alot of practicing : Ode to Joy, There is a Redeemer and This is My Father’s World are just a few of the pieces.

PE: Please be sure your students come to school with appropriate clothes and footwear for PE.

Science: Our study of density is getting more and more complex daily. Students are seeing connections between math and science this week!

Seventh Grade:

Class trip: Parents, please plan on your calendar, the 7th grade class trip is May 30 and 31. Information and details coming soon!


Algebra: We will be finishing our studies of FOIL-ing and factoring next Tuesday. Our next chapter will be on probability and statistics.

Art: 7th graders will continue to work on their Louise Nevelson inspired sculpture projects next week. Check the homework calendar for project and sketchbook due dates.

Band: March practice times were due this week, new calendars were in everyone’s boxes. Ask for a concert - we are getting ready to play for GrandFriends on May 3, and at our Spring Concert on May 09.

Bible: Thank you to Mrs. Jansen for teaching us about Color Prayer! This coming week we will be focusing on “service”. We will begin by using our gifts in writing to reach out to members of our elderly community as well as those who serve our country. On Friday, Apr 19 we will be assisting Mr. Hoo and Ms. Leah with a myriad of groundskeeping tasks - it might be a good idea to have some outdoor work clothes set aside for that day.

History: We are finishing up our unit on Latin America next week and preparing for a test at the end of the week.

Language Arts: As we continue through The Westing Game, we are also easing our way back into the ProCon research project. Now that the initial outline is done, students are learning about formatting bibliographies (works cited pages) and developing parenthetical citations so that we can give credit where credit is due. All the while we are also learning about writing in paragraph format, transitions, and paraphrasing.

Orchestra: We have 2 concerts in May - Grandfriends Day on May 03 and the Spring Concert on May 09. Practice, practice , practice!

PE: Please be sure your students come to school with appropriate clothes and footwear for PE.

Pre-Algebra (Kiser): We will be solving systems of equations next week and will wrap up our week with a test on Friday.

Science: We will begin our final kit of the year on Monday: Earth History. It is going to rock! ;)

Eighth Grade:

Algebra: We have had a good week in Algebra and next week we will be learning how to factor quadratic expressions and equations. This can be a bit tricky for some students, so please encourage them to stay on top of it and get extra help if needed.

Art: 8th grade students will work investigating various street artists next week in class in preparation for a street art inspired project. Check the homework calendar for project and sketchbook due dates.

Band: March practice calendars were due this week, new calendars were in everyone’s boxes. Ask for a concert - we are getting ready to play for GrandFriends on May 03, and at our Spring Concert on May 09.

Bible: Willing to Wait begins next Monday. We continue to work on our Plumb Bob project- both the oral presentation and also the calligraphy project.

Geometry: We will be taking a test on chapter 12, proportions and size changes, next week

History: We are moving into our Civil War unit next week. We will begin with an overview of the war focusing on strengths and weaknesses of each side and we will study the strategy that each side hopes to use to win the war. After that, we will start looking at some of the early battles of the war including Bull Run, Shiloh, and Antietam.

Language Arts: We will be officially drawing our time with The Giver to a close on Monday, April 15, with a Moodle test on the novel. We have also begun learning about Anne Frank - we begun with some historical background by watching a documentary detailing the key events of WW2 while the family was in hiding. 8th graders are concluding a virtual tour of the Anne Frank house to get familiarized with the setting of the drama based on Anne Frank’s diary - they will begin reading this coming week.

Orchestra: Focus on all 7 pieces for up-coming concerts! Work to establish a steady but faster tempo and fine tune intonation. Keep up the great work!

PE: Please be sure your students come to school with appropriate clothes and footwear for PE.

Pre-Algebra: Focus on all 7 pieces for up-coming concerts! Work to establish a steady but faster tempo and fine tune intonation. Keep up the great work!

Science: We are completing our study of human systems by studying the nervous system. A cumulative human systems interactions test will be at the end of next week. Studying a little bit each night will be beneficial to students.