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Middle School Matters – Mar 22, 2019

General Announcements

K-8 Enrollment 2019-2020: It is almost time to re-enroll your students for the 19-20 school year! On Wed, Mar 27 you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to enroll. We will also include enrollment information in the Ada Connection next week. 

Nathan DeJong

A Warm Welcome: We are happy to welcome Mr. Nathan DeJong to our ACS family. He is joining us for the remainder of the school year as Mrs. Holtrop's substitute teacher. He will be teaching Mrs. Holtrop's 6th and 7th grade math sections and her 7th grade Bible section. Mrs. Quist will be teaching her Geometry section.

Fifth Grade:

Help Needed: We are out of paper towels and Clorox wipes in our classrooms. If you are willing to donate these items, they can be given to your child’s homeroom teacher. Thanks!


Art: 5th grade with be working to glaze the ceramic coil pots that they created earlier this year.

Band: We are playing a lot of music in our method books and sheet music too - it is so fun to hear how quickly they catch on to new things.

Language Arts: We are finishing up our mystery writings. Your child will print off the mystery on Friday and need to complete a checklist. Then, s/he will ask you (politely, of course) to take some time to read it over and edit. Please use your child’s checklist and rubric to guide your editing/proofreading (otherwise, it can feel like a daunting task). Thank you in advance.

Math: Chapter 9 Te. Attached is a list of IXLs & videos associated with each math lesson for chapter 10. Keep practicing math facts by playing Multiplication Grand Prix.

Orchestra: We are speeding through pages in our book and learning new notes on our strings, double chords in our sheet music and slurring 3 notes . Practice every day!

Science: Our first Living Systems test will be Tue 03.26. A review sheet was handed out early this week (it is also posted on google classroom and moodle for student access). The review is due on Mon 03.25. Encourage your student to study the long vocabulary list early and often, perhaps making flashcards would be helpful.

Social Studies: We are studying the “Road to the Revolution” together. Students have been able to use their detective skills to analyze primary sources in class.

Spanish: This week we ended our unit with a small quiz on our story “The boy who likes fish.” After the break we will start a new unit on the “Wolf who cried boy”.

Sixth Grade:

Chicken Checker & Got Yolk: Mr. Hoo has assigned each family to chicken chores for 1 weekend between now and the end of the school year. This includes cleaning the coop, feeding the chickens and picking up eggs. Please look  at which weekend you have been assigned to be sure you are available. If you are not, please work with another family to make a switch. Questions? Talk to Mr. Hoo. We are counting on you!

Devotion Sign-up: Sign up to lead devotions for our 6th Graders on a Thur (8:00-8:10am) this school year. We love to have parents and guests come to share a story, song, verse, prayer or devotional with us. We have many open dates for the next several months!


Art: 6th graders with begin their ceramics unit next week with an introduction looking at utilitarian verse decoration use of ceramic ware. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates. Torn watercolor landscapes are due Mar 26.

Band: We are making great progress on our new music. The Tempest is a favorite.

Bible: We will continue to discuss the story of Job this week and consider God’s wisdom and justice. Memory work is due on Tuesday.

History: We have begun our unit on Ancient Greece!

Language Arts: Students completed the research on Friday!  We will write a poem and several paragraphs next week. Your child should set aside time every night from now until Apr 25 to work on World Fair (reviewing class writings, finding pictures, making cover page, working on display board, etc).

Math: We will finish up our World Fair graphs and work with a few Geometry concepts: angles, lines, and triangles.

Orchestra: We are making great progress in our book and have a lot of sheet music to work on as well.

Science: We will continue to consider concepts of air pressure and density this week and how they are related to weather.

Spanish: Students have started their novel this week and are enjoying it! After break we will continue on and have a test over the first 5 chapters mid April.

Seventh Grade:

Algebra: We are enjoying factoring and will continue working through this chapter next week.

Art: 7th graders will continue learning about American artist Louise Nevelson. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates. Lego self-portraits are due Mar 25.

Band: We are working hard on music for upcoming performances. Dessert Theater is our current focus, next up is Grand Friends and the Spring Concert as well.

Orchestra: Dessert theater music is sounding fantastic!  We are looking forward to playing for you.

Pre-Algebra: Next we will be using all of our work with equations and inequalities to graph linear functions. 

Science: We concluded chemical changes and chemical equations with a test on Thursday this week. We are moving into understanding solutions, acids and bases. 

Spanish: This week we looked at the background historical information to our novel such as WWII, the Spanish Civil War and the Spear of Destiny!

Eighth Grade:

Sports Physicals: Current 8th graders planning to play sports in high school in 2019-20 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 2019-20 must be completed anytime after April 15, 2019. The MHSAA physical form is available to print out.

Dessert Theatre:  Check the schedule for who comes and when. Here is the parent signup sheet for show week/makeup, etc. Ask Mrs. VN for a poster if you would like to put one at your church or somewhere! We can’t wait to show you what we can do! It’s a whole new world.


Art: 8th graders are working on glazing their ceramic pots that they created earlier this year. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates. Family Shape Project are due Mar 25.

Band: We are have movie music, classical music, concert band marches, and have finished over 60 songs in our new book - it’s awesome how much they can do.

Bible: Work on the plumb bob project continues.

Orchestra: We are working on great music and this group of string players is sounding fantastic! Keep up the super work.

Pre-Algebra: Test Wednesday on Ch 8: Equations and Inequalities

Science: We are beginning a new kit- Human System Interactions. We are doing an overview of how God designed our bodies to receive the various resources we need. We will be moving into a more in depth look at the nervous system in the coming weeks. 

Spanish: This week we looked at the background historical information to our novel such as WWII, the Spanish Civil War and the Spear of Destiny.

Athletics:

Sports Physicals: Current 8th graders planning to play sports in high school in 2019-20 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 2019-20 must be completed anytime after April 15, 2019.  The MHSAA physical form is available to print out.