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Middle School Matters - Apr 29, 2016

General Announcements:

  • What a great Fine Arts Night! Thank you for coming!
  • Grand Friends Day is Friday, May 06
  • Walk A Thon is Friday, May 13

Fifth Grade:

5th Grade Camp: Hopefully you all received the paper letter that was sent home last week with some updates on Spring Camp (May 18-20). There was an extra sign-up sheet if you didn’t have a chance to come to Parent Night in September. There will be another update next week as well.

MSSC: Attention Parents of 5th Graders: We are excited to have your children join the Middle School next school year! The Middle School Support Council (MSSC) is looking for two parents (one each of a current 5th grade boy and girl) to serve on the MSSC for a 3-year term, starting this June and ending when your child graduates. This group is comprised of 2 parents from each grade in middle school for a total of 6 parents. We primarily assist the staff with the fall spiritual retreat, exploratory week, and graduation. It's a great opportunity to get involved in middle school life! Availability during the school day is critical for this committee.  

We will be collecting names of interested parents until May 1.Questions? Ready to volunteer? Contact Barb Weaver (540.9824, )


Art: In class we continue work on the our Wayne Thiebaud project and we will begin adding color to this project next week.

Band:  We are giving a concert in the north gym at 10:00am on Grand Friend’s Day, Friday, May 06. Students need their instruments Mon, Tues, Thurs and Friday next week.

Bible: We wrapped up the Jesus Project this week and will be binding and sharing them over the next couple weeks. We hope to have them ready to go to share with Grandma and Grandpa next Friday.

Language Arts: We have worked hard to write our persuasive essays and will be typing the rough draft today. On Monday we will peer edit our papers and then send them home for a parent to edit. They will be due back next week to type our final drafts.

Math: The 5th graders became familiar with the Metric System (98% of the world uses it) and the Customary System of measurement this week (used only by the U.S…. and Liberia and Burma). Next week we will study units of capacity.

Orchestra:  Remember to bring your instruments and music on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday AND Friday next week. Our concert is Friday morning for Grand Friends Day. We will play in the Commons at 10:00AM.

PE: We finished our tennis unit and will now begin our lacrosse unit!

Science: Mixtures and solutions and the Periodic Table of the Elements.

Social Studies: We finished up the Civil War, and are moving on to reconstruction and 20th century America.

Spanish:  Students are doing an excellent job reading and spelling Spanish!

Sixth Grade:

Art: In class we are working to complete the animal effigy pot this week. If your student did not get done this week it is his or her responsibility to complete the pot by next week Wednesday. There is a ceramic terms quiz next week in class and students should be studying the green sheet for this quiz. Please check the homework calendar for due dates.   

Band:  We are giving a concert in the north gym at 10:55am on Grand Friend’s Day, Friday, May 06. Students need their instruments EVERY DAY (even Wed!)  next week.

Bible:  Bible Memory Choice # 3 due Wednesday. Music Video due Tuesday - May 10. It should be uploaded to Google Drive and shared with Mrs. DeWeerd

History:  Students should be finished with Ancient Rome Lesson 3 by Monday and working on Lesson 4 & 5 next week.  

Language Arts:  WOW! What a fabulous Fine Arts Night! Congratulations to the the sixth graders who worked so hard! The displays were beautiful and the food was delicious. Thank you, parents, for your encouragement during this project! Next week, the students will learn the techniques of giving a successful speech and give their persuasive speeches in front of the class! This will conclude our World Fair project.

Math: We will review Surface Area and Volume next week with a test on Thursday. We will also start our DEA test on Friday and finish on Monday, May 9th.

PE: We finished our tennis unit and will now begin our lacrosse unit! Students should be prepared to go outside.

Orchestra: Remember to bring your instruments and music EVERY day next week-even Wednesday! We will combine our wonderful 6th grade sound with the 7th and 8th strings for a large orchestra on Grand Friends Day. Our concert is at 10:55AM in the Commons!

Science: Our iCheck quiz over Investigation 5 was moved to Monday 5/2. We will look at more methods of heat transfer this week and how they drive weather processes.

Spanish:  Students did a great job on their presentations, and were especially impressive coming up with questions and answers in Spanish. We will be focusing on sentence and paragraph writing, along with preparing for our last test of the year.

Seventh Grade:

Algebra (7th): We just started chapter 11 on rational expressions and equations.

Art: The 7th graders have just begun working on graphite drawings of their birds. Please check the homework calendar for due dates.  

Band: GREAT FA night concert - - how FUN! Next, we are giving a concert in the north gym at 10:55am on Grand Friend’s Day, Friday, May 06. Students need their instruments EVERY DAY (even Wed!) next week.

Bible: The Israelites are back from exile! They’re faced with tough situations to discern. We’ll take some time to discern God’s will for us to be people “set apart” (like the Israelites) as we consider some aspects of our culture and how we can respond to them as Christians.

History: We will finish Chapter 3 and prepare for a test on Thursday.

Language Arts: 7th graders will be receiving feedback on their 3rd drafts of the Paideia project early in the week. Once the work is returned, an official submission date for the final draft will be announced immediately to students and parents. Students will spend the corresponding week making revisions in class. From there, we will kick off our final unit - a novel study of The Skin I’m In, by Sharon Flake. Parents will receive details about this book soon.

PE: We finished our tennis unit and will now begin our lacrosse unit! Students should be prepared to go outside.

Pre-Algebra (Kiser): Congruency, Similarity and Transformations.

Pre-Algebra (Holtrop): This week we will continue to graph. We will learn how to graph lines using various bits of information and how to determine pieces of information from the graph. It is also time to do the DEA test again.

Orchestra: Thank you soooo much for all of your amazing work this week. Fine Arts Night is pure fun with the spectacular music of you 7th and 8th grade string players! Next- we are giving a big concert on Grand Friends Day at 10:55AM in the Commons and you will need to bring your instruments and music EVERY DAY next week - even Wednesday!

Science: Your child should be observing birds at your feeder and study for the bird identification test.

Spanish: We will wrap up our SER vs. ESTAR unit next week. Please watch the calendar for upcoming assignments.

Eighth Grade:

End of the Year Letter: During class today, Mr. Witte will be passing out a letter to 8th grade parents and students about the last month of the school year. Please ask your son or daughter for it. The letter includes information about the calendar, the class trip, the sandwich sale, exams, graduation, and more. Thanks!

Student Volunteers Needed: On Tuesday, May 17, Ada Christian is hosting an informational night regarding Outdoor Education. We are looking for 10-15 8th grade students to help lead with “babysitting” young children that might come to this event. This time commitment would be from 6:30 - 8:30. Students can sign up with Mr. Witte. Thank you!

Sports Physicals: Current 8th graders planning to play sports in high school in 2016-17 school year need to have a physical on file with the high school athletic office before they are allowed to participate. A valid physical for 2016-17 must be completed anytime on or after April 15, 2016. The MHSAA physical form is available to print out by clicking here.


Algebra (Witte): Monday we will finish our Chapter 10 test. Over the next two weeks we will work with proportions, learn the Pythagorean Theorem, and more. Finally, on Wednesday and Thursday this week we will take our final DEA math test.

Algebra (8th): Graphing Functions and Quadratic Equations.

Art: In class we are working on our street art project.  Please check the homework calendar for due dates.  

Band: GREAT FA night concert - - how FUN! And thank you so much for the incredible chocolate bar - - oh my!!!! I love it! Woo-hoo! This week Thursday we travel to Cascade Chr. Church for a lunchtime concert event. Next, we are giving a concert in the north gym at 10:55am on Grand Friend’s Day, Friday, May 06. Students need their instruments EVERY DAY (even Wed!) next week.

Bible: Keep working on the Epistle Reading (due Thursday) and Book of Memories Chapter 8. Due after Friendship Day. (May 12)

Geometry: We will finish up our look at trigonometry. The test will be Wednesday and Thursday. We will plan to do our DEA on Friday. There are a few topics in the next chapter we need to do the following week, which will not leave a lot of time for in class exam review. The students already have one exam review packet. They will get a second review packet today. The answers for this review work is available to the students on Moodle. I will try to keep the class homework down so they have time for this review.

History: We will finish our Civil War unit this week and will plan for a test on Thursday.

Language Arts: With only 2.5 weeks until the exam, the 8th graders will be working hard and at a fast pace for the remainder of the year! On Monday, May 2, 8th graders will be taking a quiz on parts of speech and diagramming. They will also be taking the final rounds of Language Arts DEA tests on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 3-4). From then on, we will focusing all our energy on the final unit of the year: a novel study of Gary Schmidt’s Newbery Award winning Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. Next week I will be distributing the exam review for LA so students can begin to prepare (hint: the exam involves a lot of writing).

PE: We finished our tennis unit and will now begin our lacrosse unit! Students should be prepared to go outside.

Orchestra: Wow! Fine Arts Night was amazing and next week we will add 5 more songs to perform on Grand Friends Day- Friday May 6th. We perform in the Commons at 10:55AM. Be sure to have your instrument and music at school EVERY DAY next week- even WEDNESDAY! Thanks so much.

Science: We’ll have an iCheck over Investigation 7 (Metamorphic Rocks) on Wednesday. We will then begin a project that explores some “geoscenarios” that are of popular focus today.

Spanish: We only have a few Spanish classes left! There is no 8A next week, but 8B will have one class during which we finish up our memory work of the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish. Future dates to note: Both classes have a “cumulative assessment” (covers basics from 3rd - 8th grade) May 13th. They have a study packet, as well as elementary resources posted in Moodle. Our Hispanic lunch is Monday, May 23. We could still use a couple parents to chaperone! On June 1st, we will be giving placement tests for GRCH and Northpointe after lunch in the computer lab. This is optional, and tests can also be administered at respective schools by contacting that school and scheduling with them. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Weaver at

Athletics:

The 7th/8th grade girls’ soccer game on Tuesday, May 17 has been moved from SJV to Ada Christian. The date, time, and opponent remain the same.