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Middle School Matters - Nov 09, 2017

General Announcements:

5-8 Christmas Concert is Tue Dec 19 at ACS, 7:00pm

Concert Dress:

  • 56 - blue retreat T-shirt, khakis or black pants or skirts.
  • 78 - white dress shirts, black dressy pants or skirts (dark legs)

5-6 GOATS & CHICKENS The sixteen girls - Moony, Joy, Bow and 13 to be named hen chickens are healthy and happy. THANK YOU for signing up on the weekend slots. There’s been some confusion the times I have not been there. My fault. I think we now have a good system….BACK DOOR COMBO is behind the mural in the open end of the barn (6950). A poster is hanging by the food and hay as you enter the door. THANKS for caring for and loving “the girls”. EGGS by February…...baby goats and MILK by May (the goats will be gone for a couple weeks to visit “Billy”).  Will let you know in next week’s MSM when they will be gone so fifth grade parent/kid signup can reschedule at a later date.

Fifth Grade:

WATER WALK - Tomorrow!!!! Kids should dress WARM!!!!

COOKIE FACTORY - Next Thu afternoon and Fri morning. We need help moms and dads…..see Signup Genius.


Art: 5th grade is working on printmaking and begun to test print cut designs.

Band: We can’t wait to show you what we can do! We take a page or two per week and are really doing good work. Practice cards are due every Thu.

Bible: This week we participated in Rice Week and the Water Walk. Students have been researching the countries that coincide with their new identities, and have empathized with these countries as they have gotten a taste as to what daily meals and challenges might be like for natives of their countries.

Language Arts: This week we are looking are learning more about narrative writing which is leading up to our own narrative writing next week. Most kids are reading their new multi-cultural book.  There is a spelling test tomorrow.  No THT this week to give more time for getting started on their new books.

Math: We began our next chapter on dividing with 2-digit divisors. This chapter is quite short, so the test is scheduled for Thurs Nov 16. The concepts are identical to the previous chapter, with the added element of 2-digit divisors.

Orchestra: The 5th graders are working on Pages 26 and 27 and warming up on page 25. We also learned tremolo and trills! Fun stuff! There are several songs that they will be happy to perform for you. Send practice sheet or paper in each Thu please.

PE: We will continue to play volleyball next week.

Science: 5th graders have a science test next week: 5S on Wed Nov 15 and 5 HW on Thu Nov 16. Look for a review sheet in your student’s take home folder. Students should use their notebooks to help them fill out the review sheet.

Social Studies: We continue to learn about colonial America. We’ll have a test on the early colonies next Thursday. A study sheet will go home on Monday (5HW) and Tuesday (5S). At press time of this post all the colonies are thriving in Discovery II but that almost certainly is about to change as all the land in America is occupied and colonial conflicts with each other and the Native Americans has begun.

Spanish: Adding on more words and using them to discuss what makes us content and furious. Students are completing reading assignments in class and using their Spanish to describe image prompts.

Sixth Grade:

6th Grade Laptops: Beginning Mon Nov 27, your 6th grade child will be going home with their school laptop each night. Please talk with your child to clarify the expectations for laptop use when it is at home. Please also look over some important information and details as you talk with your child.


Art: 6th grade is working on portrait drawing. Students should be studying and reviewing how to draw a portrait for the upcoming quiz. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.

Band: We are working on Christmas Music - quizzing on it, working on style and notes and all sorts of musical concepts. Go us!

Bible(Koetje/Westrate): The 6th graders are learning so much about the different books of the Bible. They will continue to research and will begin creating the cereal box next week. Ask your child what book s/he is studying.

History: This week students learned about how the geography of Mesopotamia impacted the society. Mr. Boerkoel led us in a Biblical connection to Egypt and Mesopotamia, by reading Exodus 5 with us and helping us create straw bricks.

Language Arts: Students have a test on Friday this week. They will receive their tests back early next week. They will bring them home for parent signature. Please know that students receive an assignment grade for your signature on the test. Also, we are nearing the climax of Tuck Everlasting. We will be able to have some thought-provoking discussions about decisions characters made. Along with this, we will read and discuss Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road not Taken.” Students may begin memorizing this poem for EXTRA CREDIT (due Mon Nov 20 for 6K and Tues Nov 21 for 6W)

Math: Students are beginning to explore ratios, rates and proportions.

PE: We will continue to play volleyball next week. There will be a short quiz on the rules of volleyball.

Orchestra: 6th string players are polishing several Christmas pieces. Intonation, dynamics and a steady beat are areas of focus during class.

Science: We’re carrying out an investigation about bacteria this week. Students (and their teacher) are excited!

Spanish: Me gusta! This week we learned how to say, I like and s/he likes. We used these phrases in an embedded class reading and then used them to play a repetitive memory game. Our next unit gets going next week. Students can find information on moodle.

Seventh Grade:

Algebra (7th): We will continue with Chapter 5. There will be a test on Fri

Art: 7th grade will be working on adding final touches to their texture paintings with acrylic paint. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.

Band: Tue Nov 14 is Solo and Ensemble Day! The schedule is on Moodle and was emailed to all parents. Come hear your band student play if you can! Otherwise please listen to the song at home. Try to make them nervous. Great preparation for future life. :)

Bible(Huttenga): 7th graders will continue to learn about and analyze sermons. The focus will be on increasing our understanding of the adjectives Biblical, Authentic, Contextual, and Life-Changing. After the students do a stand-alone analysis, they will then do a comparative analysis.

Bible(Wanner): 7th graders will continue to learn about prayer. Students should be working to collect and record in narrative form a prayer story from a parent or an adult special to them.  

Language Arts: Students are reading through Gary Schmidt’s novel Trouble. Parents, look to an email sent earlier for a summary of the book if you like. While students study the novel, we will be expanding our understanding of conflict in literature, as well as learning about new concepts such as characterization.

PE: We will continue to play volleyball next week. There will be a short quiz on the rules of volleyball. A review sheet is posted on Moodle.

Math: Next week we will be reviewing what rational numbers are and spend time computing with fractions.

Pre-Algebra: Students will be working with Ratios, Rates, Conversion Factors, and Proportional vs Non-Proportional relationships.

Orchestra: This Tue Nov 14 is the big day for Solo and Ensemble. Your child has a schedule and you may come to hear their performance if you are able. Encourage your son or daughter to perform for you!

Science: We will wrap up Populations and Ecosystems with a Unit test on Thurs

Spanish: Me gusta! This week we learned how to say, I like and s/he likes. We used these phrases in an embedded class reading and then used them to play a repetitive memory game. Our next unit gets going next week. Students can find information on moodle.

Eighth Grade:

GRCHS: Middle Schoolers & Parents - You are invited to the Grand Rapids Christian High School SHOWCASE 2018!  

On Tue Nov 14 at 7:00pm come to the Grand Rapids Christian High School Showcase 2018! See how a Christ-centered, student-focused approach to learning has made us one of West Michigan's top-performing high schools and such a good fit for so many students! The evening will include an introduction to Grand Rapids Christian High School and over a dozen breakout sessions designed to help you learn more about our academic programs, athletics, fine arts, Winterim program, and much more.  

You will also have the opportunity to meet members of our staff and hear how they encourage our students in their spiritual journey.  Talk to teachers as you explore our outstanding academic programs, meet coaches and athletes as you learn more about our broad array of athletic opportunities, discover our exceptional fine arts program and the many hands-on experiences it offers students, and experience the difference our distinctive Christian education makes in student’s lives.

Yearbook Pictures:

If you are interested in submitting a special picture for the yearbook (as opposed to the school photo), please email Mr. Witte the image before Thanksgiving Break.


Art: 8th graders are working to complete the building of their ceramic pots, which need to be built and drying by the end of class on Tue Nov 21. Please check the homework calendar for sketchbook and project due dates.

Band: Festival is in the Band Room Tue Nov 14 - we should perform at about 2:15pm. Come hear us and see the judges critique and clinic the band!

Bible(Huttenga): Students are working hard on two projects synthesizing their learning from the first trimester of school. The project includes a mandatory essay titled Status of Faith. The second project is a choice between creating a poster showing connections between the doctrine behind the Reformation and the story of CS Lewis’s The Last Battle or writing an investigative paper about Paul & the Colossians and tying that to the Reformation.

Bible(Van Noord): We are reading the Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, Student Edition.

Geometry: We will begin Unit 6 and discover new ways to find missing angles using the different justifications we have been learning.

Language Arts: 8th graders are at work drafting their National History Day Essays. Parents will be asked to play a role in the process in the next week, so please stay tuned for an in-depth email. Students are also working on iMovie book trailers to demonstrate the progress through independent reading. Those will be due right before Thanksgiving break.

PE: We will continue to play volleyball next week. There will be a short quiz on the rules of volleyball. A review sheet is posted on Moodle.

Pre-Algebra: Students will be working with Ratios, Rates, Conversion Factors, and Proportional vs Non-Proportional relationships.

Orchestra: Tue Nov 14 is Solo and Ensemble Day. Your student has the schedule for you. The 8th grade Ensemble will perform 2 pieces for a judge at 2:02 in the orchestra room so come to hear them perform! This group is fantastic! In addition to the ensemble pieces all of the 8th graders are playing solos- and some are also in a trio! Go strings!

Science: We will wrap up Planetary Sciences with a unit test on Thurs

Spanish: Me gusta! This week we reviewed this phrase and dug into a little grammar. We used these phrases in an embedded class reading and then used them to play a repetitive memory game. We just started unit 3 this week. Students can find information on moodle.

Athletics:

Uniforms: Please return all fall sports uniforms to Mrs. O’Brien.