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Middle School Matters - Apr 14, 2017

General Announcements:

Donate Diapers and Wipes! Please consider donating diapers and wipes for Bethany Christian Services Refugee Families Apr 10-21. Boxes will be at the end of the classroom hallways. This Spring Drive is sponsored by the ACS service team.

Fifth Grade:

Kids’ Garden Club: Spring has arrived and the Ada Christian Kids’ Garden Club invites your child currently in grades 3-6 to come and grow with us. Not only will your child learn about gardening, but s/he will also be involved in many hands-on activities that will increase his or her understanding of God's beautiful creation. The class will be taught by John Boerkoel who is our Outdoor Education Instructor. Ready to garden and grow? Sign up here! The first meeting is coming up on Mon, Apr 17. Questions? Email .


Art: 5th graders are working on their wire sculptures in class.

Band: We will give a concert on Grand Friends Day (Fri, May 05) and also on Mon Jun 05, 7:00pm . Can’t wait to show you what we can do!

Bible: Jesus projects continue this week! We are nearing the end of the project and will be writing, coloring, editing, and polishing it all up for the next week or two.

Language Arts: We continue to do some free writing time in our Writer’s Notebooks and spend time reading for our Wild About Reading projects. Information was sent home earlier this week about this project.

Math: This week we studied 3-dimensional shapes and their attributes. We also covered perimeter and area of polygons and composite figures.

Orchestra: We are giving a concert for you on Grand Friends Day(Fri May 05) and another end of the year concert on Mon, Jun 05, in the evening. We are learning many new string things!

PE: We will continue playing tennis next week. Students are welcome to bring their own racquets if they would like.

Spanish: 5B and 5DW have a test Tuesday! Study materials were handed out and reviewed this past week. 5H has missed a couple classes, but we are still hoping to have the test on Wednesday.

Sixth Grade:

Field Trip! The entire 6th grade is going to take the “Nooks and Crannies” Tour at DeVos Hall on Friday, Apr 21 at 9:45am. We’d love to have you volunteer to join us as a chaperone! Here is the digital permission slip.

Kids’ Garden Club: Spring has arrived and the Ada Christian Kids’ Garden Club invites your child currently in grades 3-6 to come and grow with us. Not only will your child learn about gardening, but s/he will also be involved in many hands-on activities that will increase his or her understanding of God's beautiful creation. The class will be taught by John Boerkoel who is our Outdoor Education Instructor. Ready to garden and grow? Sign up here! The first meeting is coming up on Monday, April 17. Questions? Email jboerkoel@adachristian.org.


Art: 6th grade began their ceramics unit today. Please make sure your student is studying their ceramic terms as a quiz is coming soon. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.

Band: Keep working on Majestica! Remember your practice minutes! :)

Bible: (6K) We will share our Disciple’s Diaries this week.

Bible: (6W) We have enjoyed our journey to the cross and continue to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and what this means for us.

History: Students should continue to work on Ancient Rome Lessons on Moodle. They should be working in Lesson 2, and Lesson 2E requires parent input. They will be listening to and watching a powerpoint point from two sermons about the Armor of God based on Ephesians 6. When Paul was writing his letter to the church in Ephesus he used a Roman soldier and their equipment as an example for his lesson about spiritual warfare. Once your student completes the sermon outline notes in their spiral notebook, there is a section where they will ask you questions about how you have seen God work in your life and in the lives of your family. They should write down your thoughts and ideas. It will give you a good opportunity to talk about your faith and how God has worked in your life with your child. This will be due by Monday April 21.

Language Arts: Students should be working on display boards at home. They may be turned in for extra credit on Wednesday 4.19. Other due dates below:

  • 4.18 Food paragraph (by the end of Tuesday...we will work on it in class on Tuesday as well)
  • 4.19 Display board turned in for extra credit
  • 4.20 Newspaper
  • 4.26 Display board
  • 4.27 Fine Arts night (6:30pm)

Math: We have completed our intro to geometry. Next, we will be talking about area and perimeter.

PE: We will continue playing tennis next week. Students are welcome to bring their own racquets if they would like.

Orchestra: Focus on 2 pages of scales (back of the book-pp 44 and 45)

Science: We’ve been learning how to use microscopes this past week. This week, we will get a chance to look at both living and non-living organisms underneath the scopes!

Spanish: Test on Monday! Students took a practice test today (Friday) and have resources and previous Quia assignments to help them prepare. It is all material we have been working with during our family tree presentations. Memory verses will be Friday.

Seventh Grade:

Algebra (7th): We will continue with Chapter 12 learning about radicals and simplifying radicals.

Art: 7th graders are beginning a project on photography. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.

Band: Our Fine Arts Night concert is Thur, Apr 27 at 6:30pm in the South Gym. Call time is 6:15pm for us. Our 7th graders will perform a number of pieces. All family members and friends are welcome to come! Our final concert is Thur May 18 in the South Gym for the Spring Collage Concert by the Middle School.

Bible Wanner: In Bible this coming week we will be looking at our prayer relationships through the story of Paul and the thorn in His flesh and the Disciple trying to heal the boy with demons.

Bible Huttenga: We will be continuing our unit on thankfulness and gratitude.

History: Next week we will continue learning about the first English colonies in America.

Language Arts: The 7th graders will be continuing to work through the Paideia project. A first rough draft will be due on Monday, April 17. This will be worth only a few amount of points, so students should be focusing on having material complete, not perfect. Parents, I will be sending you an email for a very important role in the 2nd draft of the essay. Please check your email this weekend.

PE: We will continue playing tennis next week. Students are welcome to bring their own racquets if they would like.

Math: We have started to learn about probability! This week we will be learning many new concepts connected to probability.

Orchestra: We are putting the finishing touches on lots of pieces to perform for you on Fine Arts night(Thursday, April 27) Concert will begin at 6:30PM and we will tune at 6:15PM. Our spring Middle School concert is Thursday, May 18!

Science: Investigation 1&2 Quest on Wednesday. This includes topics from our milkweed bug study as well as the Jane Goodall chimpanzee study we looked into. Thursday we will begin Investigation 4 on Mini-Habitats.

Spanish: We took our verb test on Thursday, and will write another PenPal letter next week as we begin our unit on higher numbers.

Eighth Grade:

8th grade musical: A plastic container with a blue lid is in the office that was from someone who brought food. Please come and claim it.

Sports Physicals GRCHS: Current 8th graders planning to play sports in high school in 2017-18 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 2017-18 must be completed anytime after April 15, 2017. Contact Carolyn Groendyk (616.574.5819) with questions.

NorthPointe Christian Schools Preview Day: Tuesday, April 18th, Shadow a student / 7:35am - 2:35 pm (RSVP required) Experience firsthand what it is like to be a NorthPointe student. Students, partner with a current student for the day. Parents, you are welcome to stay for a tour, breakfast with administrators, and chapel. For details and RSVP, visit www.npchristian.org or contact Mrs. Noll at 616.942.0363


Algebra: We are working through Chapter 10 on polynomials. Recently, we have been focusing on factoring polynomials. This can be quite challenging for some. If your student gets completely stuck on an assignment, please let me know so I can try to help them as much as possible.

Art: 8th graders are working on their plumbbob calligraphy verse project. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.

Band: We perform for Easter Chapel on Mon, Apr 17 at 8:15am. Our Fine Arts Night concert is Thur, Apr 27 at 7:00pm in the South Gym. Call time is 6:45pm for us. This is a special concert where Mrs. VN will share about each band member. All family members are welcome to come! Our final concert is Thur May 18 in the South Gym for the Spring Collage Concert by the Middle School.

Bible: Students continue to work hard on their Plumb Bob projects. Their calligraphy and the images that they’ve created are looking excellent. We’ve introduced materials about the oral presentations that go along with this project. In the coming week, we will take a break from project-work during class time to participate in the “Willing to Wait” program.

Geometry: We are entering the world of trigonometry! Students will be introduced to the basic of trigonometry during the week. We will also begin reviewing for the final exam.

History: We are still working through the U.S. Civil War. Highlighted topics next week include the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the Gettysburg Address.

Language Arts: We will be wrapping up our unit on Anne Frank next week. This will involve a short creative writing project and preparation for a test. On Monday, April 17, the students will have a quiz on the vocabulary from Act I.

PE: We will continue playing tennis next week. Students are welcome to bring their own racquets if they would like.

Pre-Algebra Enhanced: Ch 9 Function Test on Monday. Several practice tests have been given to students.

Orchestra: This group of awesome 8th grade string players is working to put the polish on lots of pieces for our Fine Arts concert- Thursday, April 27th. Our concert begins at 6:30PM and we will tune at 6:15! Another date for your spring calendar is the Middle School concert on Thursday, May 18th.

Science: A test over our Human Systems Interactions unit will take place on Friday. A review sheet has been posted on moodle. Our next study will be heredity/genetics.

Spanish: GRCH Spanish II testing will take place after school Tuesday the 18th right here at ACS. I can also be available to proctor the test on Wednesday after school. If neither of these work, please contact GRC and schedule a time to take the test there. We continue to review for our final, cumulative ACS Spanish test which is scheduled for May 16th.

Athletics:

Spring sports teams begin games next week! Check out the Wildcats Athletics website for the schedule and directions to venues.

Uniforms: Please return all winter basketball uniforms to Miss Prins.