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Middle School Matters - May 27, 2016

General Announcements

Can you help?

Volunteers are needed to help with 8th grade graduation reception. The Middle School Support Committee is looking for a few parents of 7th graders who would be willing to prepare for, serve at, and clean up from the reception next Thursday, Jun 02 from 6:45 to approx. 9:15pm. This is a great way to get a sneak preview for next year! Contact Barb Weaver (616.540.9824, ) if interested. Thank you!

"Faith. Strong." Summer Camps:

For information or to sign up, choose from the links below:

Art - Aug 08 - 12

Tech - Aug 08 - 12

Drama - Jul 11 - 15

Laptop Turn-In Dates:

  • 6th grade - Tuesday, May 31
  • 7th grade - Wednesday, June 1

The following form with details about Laptop turn-in were due to homeroom teachers Thursday, May 19.
Parents of 6th & 7th Grade Students

Donate books:

We have an opportunity to bless students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools with books to encourage and inspire them over the summer. As you are spring cleaning and you find any children’s books that you would like to donate please send them to school with your child. We will be collecting them until June 3. Jan Wilkins, a former teacher at ACS, is excited to help those books find a new home.

Fifth Grade:

Summer Math Review: Mr. Boersma has put together a summer math review packet that covers the 11 chapters your students worked through this year. The link below will bring you to that page. Feel free to print it off and use it for extra practice over the summer to keep their skills sharp. Answer keys are in the back. 5th Grade Summer Math Review


Art: In class we are working on completing our Keith Haring inspired art.

Band: Band is done for this school year! What a GREAT CONCERT they gave, hooray!!!! Practice over the summer is awesome - - email Mrs. Van Noord if you have questions about lessons or instruments. Meyer Music is a great place to buy extra music - or look online for loads of options.

Bible: Jesus Projects are complete and coming home soon! We worked really hard on these, so please take some time to look through them!

Language Arts: We are working extremely hard to finish up some projects! We are writing about our 5 favorite things from Spring Camp and our favorite journal writing. We will turn in our computers this week as well!

Orchestra: Review as many pages as possible over the summer. Meyer Music has many books also so check out other possible things to play. Call me (at home) if you have any questions or concerns! Yes --I do teach some summer lessons. All instruments go home today-!

PE: We will have one more PE class next week! Students should be prepared to go outside and have a lot of fun!

Spanish: We will have one more class next week and play “Pelota Loca,” a review game covering 3rd - 5th grade Spanish topics.

Sixth Grade:

Summer Math Review: To keep your student fresh on their math skills over the summer Mr. Kiser and Mrs. Holtrop would recommend you take a look at this link to a Middle School Summer Math Skills Sharpener.


Art: Students will taking home sketchbooks and a bag of their artwork after their class this coming week. Please make sure you ask your students for the artwork. You might want to pick your student up from school to preserve the quality of the artwork.

Band: Excellent concert Monday! What a great band these students are! Plan to play some over the summer and come back ready for another great year next year making music together. We are having our last class next Tuesday - a party and celebration!

Bible: Wednesday during our small group time we will be sharing our final project in Bible. Each student made a cross that shared about their year. We will keep them over the summer, and have them hanging in the halls when they return next year. Students will take them home in 7th grade. Make sure all boxes for the cross are ready to print on Tuesday.

History: We will be finishing our study of the Middle Ages. Many students have risen many social levels in the Kingdom of DeWeerd! Great work on learning about the Middle Ages!

Language Arts: This class is REALLY enjoying the book, The Wednesday Wars. We will finish the book next week.  

Math: Next week we will continue with year end review. Also, math placement letters for 7th grade were mailed home earlier this week. Let us know if you have questions.

PE: We will have one more PE class next week! Students should be prepared to go outside. Students will also be cleaning out their PE lockers and making sure that they take all of their PE “stuff” home with them.

Orchestra: Next week Tuesday is our last day of strings for this school year! Wow, it went by so fast and was so much fun. Continue to practice songs and scales from your books and check out some fun music at Meyer Music too. Call me at home if you have any questions. Be sure to take your instruments home today!

Science: Make sure your student brings a thick pair of gloves or mittens to class on Wednesday for a special activity (they will not get dirty or destroyed). Also, check out an opportunity at Calvin College’s Ecosystem Preserve to combine photography with careful study of Creation!

Spanish:  We finished our “Share and Prayer” country projects this week and learned a lot about 15 different Hispanic countries. 6K had their final Spanish class last week; 6D has two classes next week, both will play review games.

Seventh Grade:

Summer Math Review: We recommend that 7th Grade students complete this Summer Math Activities review. The review has a brief recap of targeted concepts, practice pages, and activities/games that can be completed with another family member.


Art: Students will taking home sketchbooks and a bag of their artwork after their class this coming week. Please make sure you ask your students for the artwork. You might want to pick your student up from school to preserve the quality of the artwork.

Band: Great playing this year! We went outside and tried marching band last week and WOW - - they could do it! So fun to be their teacher. I am really looking forward to another great year next year with them as the 8th grade band!

Bible: It has been a great year of growth and learning. I’ve loved working with these students and seeing them developing in both Bible knowledge and in their personal relationship with God.

Language Arts: We will be closing out the year by finishing a mini project about figurative language. In the final week, please encourage students to search through homes and backpacks for any novels that may not have been returned yet.

PE: We will have one more PE class next week! Students should be prepared to go outside. Students will also be cleaning out their PE lockers and making sure that they take all of their PE “stuff” home with them.

Orchestra: It has been a terrific year of learning and performance for these string players. We learned so much and our string skills improved a lot! Have a wonderful summer and be sure to practice your instrument. Be sure to take your instruments home Thursday!

Spanish: We will play Spanish review games during our one class next week. 7H will have an additional class, which will be a Spanish immersion experience in cleaning the classroom.

Eighth Grade:

Service Project Day: Tuesday we will be working outside at ACS in a variety of projects that relate to our new Outdoor Education Program. Please come wearing appropriate work clothes, bring work gloves and a shovel (if possible), and a sack lunch and water bottle.

Wednesday: We will use this day to prepare for our graduation ceremony. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am.

Graduation: Graduation ceremony is on Thursday evening at Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Church on Cascade Road. We are asking that all 8th grade students arrive at the church by 6:15 pm so we can take a class picture and then get ready for the ceremony. Thanks.


Band: May God Bless and Keep You! Thank you for great musical years together!

Geometry: Thanks for your patience as we figured things out together. Have a great summer and God’s blessings as you move on to High School. Mrs. Kralt

Language Arts: The 8th graders will be able to pick up their bound Books of Memories before they graduate.

PE: I will miss this fun, enthusiastic class of 8th grade students! They made PE a joy to teach!

Orchestra: I will miss this wonderful 8th grade group of string players. You were just amazing to teach and work with. This year was so much fun. May the Lord bless you and keep you always.

Spanish: ¡Dios les bendiga! What an amazing group! I will miss you all very much.

*Placement testing - Wednesday, June 1, ACS Computer Lab, 12:30. Bring something to do quietly when finished with the test and we will adjourn together. Students may be picked up at end of school day, or earlier with prior arrangements ()

Wildcats Athletics:

Congratulations to Paris Rodgers who broke the GRACEAC league record in the 200 yd women’s junior dash. The old record was set back in 2007 with a time of 29.30. Paris smashed the record and finished with a time of 28.79. Way to go!

Spring Sports: Also, congratulations to all of our spring sport athletes as they have wrapped up an amazing spring season!

Please remember to return jerseys to Miss Prins.