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Middle School Matters - Mar 15, 2018

General Announcements:

Dates for your calendar:

  • Mar 22 & 23 Dessert Theatre performances
  • Mar 28 - Last day of school before Spring Break
  • Apr 09 - School resumes
  • May 04 - Grand Friends Day
  • May 07 - No School - Prof. Dev Day
  • May 17 - 5-8 Spring Concert
  • May 23-25 - 5th Grade Spring Camp
  • May 30-Jun 01 8th Grade Class Trip
  • Jun 07 - 6th Grade Class Trip
  • Jun 07 - 8th Grade Graduation at Thornapple Covenant Church
  • Jun 08 - Last day of school (half day)

Fifth Grade:

Goat Care - 5th grade families will be in charge of goat care only. There won’t be a need to coordinate with another family on time, but you’re welcome to do so if you’d like! Please click here to sign up. Revised instructions are linked here and also on the sign up. Thanks to all of you for your help!

SEED Donations: Thank you for supporting our 5th and 6th grade SEED Market! Students raised about $2,000 and have voted to determine that it will be donated to The Make-A-Wish Foundation ($1000), Paws with a Cause ($500), St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ($250) and God’s Kitchen ($250).

PowerSchool: During the final trimester of 5th grade, students and parents have access to student grades on PowerSchool. Click this link for instructions and more information.


Band: Yay band - - great work again this week. Keep those practice minutes coming! :)

Bible: This week 5S wrote a modern-day telling of the Good Samaritan. We also wrote the Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Lost Coin/Sheep from the perspective of one of the characters in the story. Our Jesus Projects are coming along! Reminder that 20 points worth of Bible Memory verses are due before Spring Break.

Language Arts: This week we have been researching our biography subject in both books and on selected databases. Ms. Frens came in to talk about MEL (Michigan Electronic Library) and citing sources. We will start writing our biographies later next week. We are also reviewing pronouns. Ask your 5th grader if they can sing the pronoun song to you!

Math: Thanks for all of the pies! We had fun reading Sir Cumfrence and the Dragon of Pi and competing to memorize and calculate pi. We are making our way through multiplying fractions. Next week we will multiply fractions by fractions and head towards division!

Orchestra: We are working on a page 45 this week and will continue a focus on F and C naturals. Practice #176 through #180 as well as #159, 160 and 161.

PE: We will continue learning how to play Badminton.

Science: Miss DeWindt will be taking on her full time teaching beginning next week. Please keep in mind to include her on any communication regarding Science class (). Next week we will be starting a new unit on the sensory system and the nervous system!

Social Studies: Latin America project due next Monday…..quiz on Tuesday.

Spanish: Students are finishing another unit. We are working on a final story about a cat and a vacuum cleaner… Students are doing a fantastic job speaking in Spanish!

Sixth Grade:

Chicken Checkup - 6th grade families will be in charge of chickens only. There are no families signed up this weekend - please consider signing up! Please take a look and see what you can do. There won’t be a need to coordinate with another family on time, but you’re welcome to do so if you’d like! Please click here to sign up. Revised instructions are linked here and also on the sign up. Thanks to all of you for your help!

Devotions: Please sign up to lead our class in devotions on a Wednesday this year. There are still a couple of dates available. Click this link for details and an opportunity to sign up.

SEED Donations: Thank you for supporting our 5th and 6th grade SEED Market! Students raised about $2,000 and have voted to determine that it will be donated to The Make-A-Wish Foundation ($1000), Paws with a Cause ($500), God’s Kitchen ($250), and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ($250).


Band: Yay band - - great work again this week. Keep those practice minutes coming! Due every Thu.

Bible (Rynders): BMW: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Due Monday. We are studying the events of the Passion Week.

History: This week we learned about the life of Alexander the Great, as well as the Greek’s lasting legacy. Next week three storytellers will be joining us to tell the stories of Greek mythology.

Language Arts: We have researched about the location, land, and weather/climate of our world fair countries as well as found important pictures to correlate with our findings. Eventually, we will print these pictures for our display boards. Now, we are working on writing informative paragraphs to share this information as well as researching the government and people.

Math: Kiser/DeWindt: Miss DeWindt will be taking on her full time teaching beginning next week. Please keep in mind to include her on any communications that you may have with school (kdewindt@adachristian.org). Following the test on Friday, we will start a new chapter about geometry on Monday.

PE: We will continue playing Badminton. There will be a quiz at the end of the unit. A review sheet is posted on Moodle.

Orchestra: Wonderful work this week. Focus on intonation on all of the pieces.

Science: Miss DeWindt will be taking on her full time teaching beginning next week. Please keep in mind to include her on any communication regarding Science class (kdewindt@adachristian.org).

Students will continue learning about density, and will be introduced to the idea of convection.

Spanish: TEST on March 21st. Unit 5 vocabulary, culture and story. See Moodle for more. During our free write exercise this week, students really impressed me with their Spanish!

Seventh Grade:

Dessert Theatre: Dessert Theatre is next week Thursday and Friday (Mar 22 and 23)! Please plan to be at school at 5:40pm both evenings and don’t forget to wear black and white.


Algebra (7th): chapter 9 test on mon. We will begin chapter 10 on Tuesday.

Band: Dessert Theatre is next week - we perform both nights! Extra Credit opportunity was emailed to parental emails!

Bible(Huttenga): Students are learning about the concept of sanctification.

Language Arts: Students will finish reading The Westing Game and then begin preparing for the small test on the book - this will be taking place the week of Spring Break. In the midst of studying, they will also be composing a literature review for the novel.

PE: We will continue playing Badminton. There will be a quiz at the end of the unit. A review sheet is posted on Moodle.

Math: Students will have a test on Tuesday. We will continue to study all things geometry related!

Orchestra: Dessert Theatre is this week. We perform both Thursday and Friday evenings.

Science: We will continue investigating the Grand Canyon and other landforms around the country and world.

Spanish: TEST on March 21st. Unit 5 vocabulary, culture and story. See Moodle for more. During our free write exercise this week, students really impressed me with their Spanish!

Eighth Grade:

Band: So fun to play for the kindergarten - they are sweet! The band exam includes 16 scales presented in a video. We have started to work on this during class.

Bible(Huttenga/Van Noord): The plumb-bob project continues.

Geometry: Students will have a test on Wednesday using the distance formula, midpoint formula and slope to help prove shapes.

Language Arts: Students will finish reading The Giver, and begin preparing for the test that will take place the week before Spring Break. In the meantime, they will continue developing pieces for the Book of Memories project.

PE: We will continue playing Badminton. There will be a quiz at the end of the unit. A review sheet is posted on Moodle.

Orchestra: Focus on intonation for Sinfonia, Jesu Joy, and Small overture.

Science: We will begin an investigation on Human Systems and how the Human body functions.

Spanish: Brandon Brown wants a dog… just ask your 8th grader :) We have started our novel and will continue with it until the end of the year. I love hearing them speak a lot of Spanish as we go through these first chapters!

Athletics:

Uniforms: Please return basketball uniforms to Mrs. O’Brien.

Spring sport practices have begun! Please make sure students are prepared to practice either inside or outside.