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Middle School Matters - Mar 10, 2017

General Announcements:

Dessert Theatre is Mar 23 and 24. 7th and 8th graders are busy preparing to serve dessert, entertain an audience and perform the musical. Please keep us in your prayers as we work as a big family to do good musical things together. The entire school will get to see the musical on Wed Mar 22 during school.

Fifth Grade:

Art: 5th grade are working on completing their pointillism still-life paintings and next will be glazing the coil pots their made earlier.

Band: 5th Grade Band Concert! Thu Mar 16 - 2:30pm in the commons! Come see and hear us! Practice records are due every Thursday! Keep them coming!

Bible: The 5th graders are coming along on the Jesus Project Bible memory work. Several of them have earned all 20 of the points that are required for this portion of the Jesus Project. Their goal is to select passages that total at least 20 points, from the list of 12 passages from the book of Matthew. This is due by Spring Break.

Math: Next week Wednesday will be our final fractions test - adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. We will be reviewing on Monday and Tuesday. If your 5th grader could use some extra practice over the weekend, a good review would be on ixl.com: Level G: L.11, M.14, and O.8. After fractions comes geometry - a complete 180 from what we have been doing!

Orchestra: We had a fun 100 song celebration on Thursday so thanks so much for the great treats. Now -on to the end of the book. Practice of 60 minutes per week- hand in every Monday.

PE: We will wrap up our badminton unit next week and begin our pickleball unit!

Spanish: On Tuesday the 14th, students will be reciting their memory verse from Isaiah 40:28 in Spanish. They should practice out loud as much as possible, and have received a paper copy of the verse. It is also posted on Moodle, along with an audio clip.

Sixth Grade:

Art: Students will be continuing to create their mosaic landscapes. They will be using pieces of their watercolor experiments from previous weeks. Please check the homework calendar for project due dates and sketchbook homework.

Band: Signed practice records are due every Thursday. Keep them coming in! Thank you! We are hard at work in our new books!

Bible (Koetje 6W): We continue to study the connections between the Old and New Testaments.

Bible (Westrate 6K): We continue to study Proverbs. A fill-in-the-blank (key words only) memory quiz over Proverbs 3:1-12 is Wednesday. Students will be asked to reflect on some questions as well. These questions will come from our in-class discussions and will ask students to share meaning that they develop from the passage.

History: Global Studies Weekly #23 will be due on Friday. Students are participating in the 6th grade Ancient Greek Olympic Games this week. Final test on Ancient Greece next Thursday March 23 for the final event of the games.

Language Arts: Students will receive their culture poems back next week. I ask that you review the rubric/comments with your child and sign it. Students will have to make any necessary changes to the poem. This weekend, I am reviewing World Fair research packets. The students have worked so hard on these. Next week we will use the research as we begin our informative writing pieces. The first paragraph(s) will be about the location/land of the country.

Math: Next week we will be spending a lot of our time learning about inequalities. We will also continue to practice our skills with function rules.

PE: We will wrap up our badminton unit next week with a test. The review sheet is posted on Moodle.

Orchestra: Practice of 90 minutes per week is required. Bring it in on Mondays. Some string players need to catch up on their practice.Thanks for paying attention to this!

Science: We finished our big weather unit. We’re now moving on to a study of Diversity of Life. This will be a fun way to end the year.

Spanish: Final Family Tree “posters” are due on Monday (the 13th.) There is paper in the Spanish room, or you may provide your own. Remember to use your rough draft, and make it neat and easy to read.

Seventh Grade:

Algebra (7th): Pi Day is on Tuesday, check with your student for details. We will also have a test next week friday on chapter 11.

Art: 7th grade will be learning about and working on a sculpture project inspired by artist Louise Nevelson. Please check the homework calendar for project due dates and sketchbook homework.  

Band: Signed practice records are due every Thursday. We are almost ready for Dessert Theatre!

Bible: Wanner: We will be looking at and learning about the Lord’s prayer this week. There is also a Bible memory quiz Wednesday on Q & A 117.

Bible Huttenga: We are now discussing the concepts of baptism, sanctification and what it means to have our identity in Christ. Along the way we will be expressing these ideas through haiku poetry.

History: We will start looking at the Age of Exploration next week and studying the stories of explorers like Columbus, Magellan, Hudson, and more.

Language Arts: Students will continue working on the Paideia project. A draft of an outline is due Monday, March 13. Parents, I will send an email explaining the outline and what it all means.

PE: We will wrap up our badminton unit next week with a test. The review sheet is posted on Moodle.

Math: We will continue to study area and volume. There will be a small test later in the week.

Orchestra: Practice of 90 minutes per week is needed. Hand in a practice record on Monday. Work on music for Dessert Theatre- March 23 and 24- in 2 weeks!

Science: We will have an investigation 3 quest on Mono Lake scheduled for Wednesday. We will begin investigation 1 after we finish investigation 3.

Spanish: We now know -IR ending verbs and students should be learning the -ir and -er ending verbs posted on the flashcard set on Moodle. Next week Wednesday we will do Verb Races and Quizlet Live. MEMORY VERSE for Isaiah 40:28 is due THURSDAY. Students have a hard copy to study, and both written and oral resources are on Moodle, as well.

Eighth Grade:

Dessert Theatre news is coming directly to parent email addresses

Algebra: We are working through a chapter on solving quadratic equations. Next week we will continue to work with the quadratic formula and how to graph quadratic inequalities.

Art: 8th grade is working on completing the painting of their Frank Stella Family shape projects. Next week artist statements (download and information available on moodle) for this project are due on Wednesday. Please check the homework calendar for project due dates and sketchbook homework.

Band: Signed practice records are due every Thursday. We are doing great work on songs we know you will enjoy. Can’t wait to show you!

Bible: We’ve begun meeting as a large group. There has been a lot of information shared in the past few days, but we are starting to settle in. Students are beginning to reflect on a few “plumb-bob” passages in preparation for an in-class presentation. They have an assignment to have a conversation with a parent/elder about plumb bobs by Wednesday, Mar 15. A sheet has been given to them to guide the conversation and is also linked here for your reference. We value your partnership and the opportunity to walk alongside these students as they develop disciplines of discipleship and deepen their relationship with Jesus.

Geometry: Next week we will be studying the midpoint, distance and circle formulas.

History: We are working on a Chapter 14 project in school for a few days that asks students to do some analyzing of some key events that led up to the Civil War. Students will have a choice of how to do their project including making a newscast, writing journals, or drawing a comic strip.

Language Arts: The 8th graders have a test on The Giver on Tuesday, March 14. After that, we will begin exploring The Diary of Anne Frank in the form of Goodrich and Hackett’s theatrical adaptation - just in time for the Dessert Theater. Students will also continue to work on their Book of Memories project.

PE: We will wrap up our badminton unit next week with a test. The review sheet is posted on Moodle.

Orchestra: Focus on Ships of Ireland and Small o.

Science: Our next focus will be on the nervous system.

Spanish: On Tuesday the 14th, students will be reciting their memory verse from Isaiah 40:28 in Spanish. They should practice out loud as much as possible. They have received a paper copy of the verse, but it is also posted on Moodle, along with an audio clip.

Athletics:

Spring sports begin next week! Check out the Wildcats Athletics website for practice days/times.

The forecast is looking very cold for the next few days so practices will most likely be indoors. Students should come prepared for indoor and outdoor practices.

Please return basketball uniforms to Miss Prins.