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Middle School Matters - Apr 21, 2017

General Announcements:

Fine Arts Night - Thu, Apr 27 from 6:30 - 8:00pm: A Perfect Night to share with friends and neighbors that may be interested in ACS. The hallways will be filled with amazing works of art. Mr. Wanner has a gift for encouraging young artists and they are eager to share the fruits of their labors! Please come enjoy Ada Christian's very own "Art Prize!" Our 6th graders are creating our very own "Epcot Center!" During your visit to the North Gym, you will be able to travel the world enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of more than 50 countries. See you there!

Art Student Teacher Announcement: My name is Mark Randall, and I am a Calvin College student currently student teaching with Zac Wanner in the art room. I wanted to let you know that I will be videotaping myself teaching and using photography in the classroom for educational purposes in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these things please let me know. It has been a privilege working with your kids over the past few months.

16 Volunteers Needed: Grand Friends Day - May 05 - Calling all volunteers! This event is right around the corner and we still need 16 volunteers! This is such a wonderful day for everyone. I personally like to volunteer for this event because I am able to interact with my parents and I love seeing my kids overjoyed with excitement. Okay, perhaps, the excitement may be derived by the sugar from the extra doughnuts my kids are able to swindle from grandma but truly a blessing to be part of. Available to help? Sign-up today.

6th-8th White and Black: The entire 6th-8th bands and orchestras are playing on Friday May 05 for GrandFriend’s Day and ALL MS students perform May 18 for the Spring Concert. Do your student’s black and white clothes still fit??? :) The Van Noord boys grew a lot between concerts. Don’t get stuck the way I did the morning of a concert…. :) Check your white and black now!

Fifth Grade

Kids Gardening Club: Spring has arrived and the Ada Christian Kids Gardening Club invites your child 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 their 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 and join the fun.

Reproductive Education: At the end of May 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, how humans have distorted this, and how we can respond in a positive way as we treat our bodies with dignity and respect. If any parent would like to preview the material ahead of time, let one of us know and we would be happy to share the materials with you.


Art: Students are finishing up their Calder wire sculpture projects this week.

Band: 2 Concerts coming! May 05 for Grand Friends, June 05 at night for any/all.

Bible: This week is spent working to finish up our Jesus Projects. Hopefully our finished projects are ready to be turned in on Friday or early next week!

Language Arts: We continue with our “Wild About Reading” project. Keep working on reading at home as well! This week we are talking about drafting and taking a writing from a first/rough draft to a final draft. We continue with our free writing stories.

Math: We will have a Geometry Test next Wednesday. A pretest will be taken on Monday, which the 5th graders can use to review at home as well. We will review again in class on Tuesday.

PE: We will be playing Eclipse Ball next week.

Orchestra: 2 Concerts for 5th grade strings: May 05 for Grand Friends Day and June 05 at night for one and all! We are looking forward to sharing our music with you.

Sixth Grade:

Kids Gardening Club: Spring has arrived and the Ada Christian Kids Gardening Club invites your child 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 their 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 and join the fun.


Art: 6th graders are working on building their animal effigy pots this week. Students should be studying their green ceramic terms sheet. The quiz is coming soon. Please check the homework calendar for project and sketchbook due dates.

Band: Concert May 05 for Grand Friends! Concert May 18 for all!

Bible (6Kiser): We’re studying Psalms. We’ve proclaimed creation Psalms from the mountain here at ACS and continue to learn about and write different types of Psalms.

Bible (6Westrate): We are looking at God’s promises to the Hebrew people.

History: Students should be continuing to work though Lesson 2 of Ancient Rome. They should complete the Armor of God Parent Input section with you by Monday. No GSW next week because of World Fair.

Language Arts: This week are working on persuading our classmates to visit our W.F. countries. We also will discuss and write introductory paragraphs, thesis statements, and conclusion paragraphs for this paper. We will tie up loose ends and compile our portfolios on Wednesday and Thursday. Display boards are due on Wednesday.

A few details about World Fair during Fine Arts Night on Thursday, April 27:

  • Students should arrive to the north gym around 6:15pm wearing nice clothing. Parents often help students set up and put food in SMALL portions. Any extra “stuff” can go under the table. (Students/parents should let me know if they need an outlet. If so, please bring an extension cord.) Students will need to stay by their boards from 6:30-7:30. Fine Arts Night runs from 6:30 - 8:00pm. 
  • At the end of the night, all food and artifacts can go home, BUT PORTFOLIOS AND DISPLAY BOARDS MUST STAY AT SCHOOL.
  • These students have worked SO hard and have learned so much. Thanks for your support in this valuable project. It should be a fun night. Bring your camera and appetite!

Math: We will continue to study area and perimeter and specifically focus on circles and the coordinate plane.

PE: We will be playing Eclipse Ball next week.

Orchestra: 2 concerts for 6th grade strings: Fri May 05 for Grand Friends Day and Thu May 18 at night.

Science: We’ve been looking at cool things under the microscope lately! Students are working on making careful drawings and careful observations. Our next topic is cells.

Spanish: Today students did their Memory Verse. We will finish up on Monday and “move into the house” (learning rooms, areas around the house, and accompanying verbs.)

Seventh Grade:

Algebra (7th): We will continue working through chapter 12 on radical expressions and preparing for geometry

Art: Students are working on a photography unit and student will shoot photographs on perspective and focus next week Tuesday. If your student has a device and you have agreed as a parent to let them use it for art they do need their devices next week. Please check the homework calendar for project and sketchbook due dates.  

Band: Concert May 05 for Grand Friends! Concert May 18 for all!

Bible Wanner: Next week 7th graders will look at the ACTS model of prayer and work to add an ACTS style prayer to the devotional that they wrote at the beginning of the school year.

Bible Huttenga: 7th graders will continue learning about gratitude and thankfulness.

History: Next week we will be finishing our study of the early colonies in America. Students will start a project in class making a brochure to help recruit more people to come move to their colony. Information about this project will be passed out in class next week and most of the work will be done in class.

Language Arts: The 7th graders’ parents review forms for their Paideia projects are due on Monday, April 24. The third draft of their essays will be due to be uploaded to Google Drive and shared with Mr. Huttenga for editing by Friday, April 28. In the meantime, students will be learning about sentence structure and clauses.

PE: We will be playing Eclipse Ball next week. There will be an Activity Log assignment due on Friday.

Math: We will be reviewing probability and students will have a test on the material later in the week.

Pre-Algebra: Probability is our next concept.

Orchestra: 2 concerts coming up for 7th grade strings: Fri, May 05 for Grand Friends Day and Thu, May 18 at night for the Middle School concert. No musical performances on Fine Arts night!

Science: We are creating, observing and investigating minihabitats and will have the opportunity to introduce living organisms to them this week. Look for a quest on Investigation 4 the first week of May.

Spanish: We are creating stories and acting them out next week! Students will also find out who their “PenPals” have been.

Eighth Grade:

Algebra: Next week Wednesday we will take a test on Chapter 10.

Art: The 8th grade students are continue their work on their plumb bob calligraphy projects. Please check the homework calendar for project and sketchbook due dates.  

Band: Concert May 04 for Cascade Church! Concert May 05 for Grand Friends! Concert May 18 for all!

Bible: We continue Willing to Wait class this week. Afterward, we will finish up and present our Plumb Bob projects to our class.

Geometry: We begin trigonometry!

History: We will be looking at some key battles that bring the Civil War to an end next week.

Language Arts: The 8th graders will be wrapping the unit on The Diary of Anne Frank. They have essays for the project due at the beginning of class on Tue, Apr 25, and will have a test on the material on Fri, Apr 28.

PE: We will be playing Eclipse Ball next week.

Pre-Algebra Enhanced: Probability is our next concept.

Orchestra: 2 Concerts coming up for 8th grade strings: Fri, May 05 for Grand Friends Day and Thu, May 18 for Middle School concert. No musical performances on Fine Arts night!

Science: We’ve wrapped up our study of human systems interactions. The students have done a great job with this unit. Our next study is heredity and genes. We are also hatching chickens in our classroom! They’re set to hatch around grandfriends day.

Spanish: For those who took the AP test for GRCH, I will contact families individually to discuss options as soon as I hear from the school. Next week we will begin learning how to talk about our daily routines using reflexives and review of time.

Athletics:

Spring sport games have begun! The GRACEAC website has a RainedOut text/email alert system for games that are cancelled due to weather.