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Middle School Matters - Oct 05, 2017

General Announcements:

PTO Fundraiser: We are so thankful for our PTO and the many ways that they support our ACS programming. So many opportunities would not happen without them. The current fundraiser is very important in helping them reach their goals for this year. It is not too late to return your envelope to school - tomorrow will be just fine.

Remember, if selling products is not your desire, a donation may be placed in the envelope and the amount will be added to your child's class total.

Thank you for considering,

Your ACS PTO

Parent Teacher Conferences are Thu Oct 12 5:30-8:30pm and Tue Oct 17 4:30-7:30pm in the Commons. Come and see your student’s teachers! We would love to meet with you!

"Faith. Strong." Friday Oct 06! Wear ACS Gear! The ACS store will be open to buy a snack or Gatorade.

Fifth Grade:

500: In honor of our school theme, we 56ers are on a mission to exercise 500 intentional acts of kindness this month! Click here for important information about this project.

Chicken & Goat Care Sign Up & Instructions: click here to view the sign up and also the instructions for weekend animal care duties. Our goal is that each family signs up at least twice. If you see an opening that you are willing to fill, please sign up!


Band: Brass/Percussion on Mondays, Woodwinds on Tuesdays, Full band on Thursdays. We are doing great work - keep those practice minutes coming in every Thursday!

Bible: Wrapping up the books of Genesis and Exodus in our Pentateuch studies. Talking through the stories of Joseph and Moses.

Library: All 5th and 6th grade students are invited to join the Mock Newbery Book Club now through January. Students have to commit to read 4 books out of a list of 20 titles and attend one meeting a month during lunch. Parents must sign a permission slip in order for students to participate

Math: We are wrapping up our chapter on multiplication. The students are starting to prepare for their test, which is on Tues October 10.

Orchestra: We are having so much fun learning new songs. Ask for a concert (# 38, 39, and 40).

PE: We had fun learning a new game in PE this past week! We will begin our Ultimate Frisbee unit next.

Science: We’re making observations of the night sky, especially looking at the moon. A study of our planetary “neighborhood” (the Solar System) is coming up next.

Sixth Grade:

500: In honor of our school theme, we 56ers are on a mission to exercise 500 intentional acts of kindness this month! Click here for important information about this project.

Chicken & Goat Care Sign Up & Instructions: click here to view the sign up and also the instructions for weekend animal care duties. Our goal is that each family signs up at least twice. If you see an opening that you are willing to fill, please sign up!


Band: We are making excellent progress and are getting nearer to the end of our book, go us! You should be hearing practice at home. Please keep encouraging them to do great work.

Bible (Koetje & Westrate): We are enjoying Outside/Inside Bag presentations. Students did a great job creating their bags. They are developing their presentation and listening skills as we learn about others who, with us, make up the body of Christ. A service project reflection is due on Tues Oct 10.

History: We finished our geography unit with our landform diorama presentations and a test. Now we are heading into a unit on archaeology with an archaeologist named Neal Bierling. For the next two weeks the students will be learning about the life and practice of an archaeologist. This will lead us into our studies on ancient civilizations.

Language Arts: After the interruption of service project and MAP tests, we are looking forward to reading Tuck Everlasting again next week. We will also do some work with homophones.

Library: All 5th and 6th grade students are invited to join the Mock Newbery Book Club now through January. Students have to commit to read 4 books out of a list of 20 titles and attend one meeting a month during lunch. Parents must sign a permission slip in order for students to participate

Math: We will continue to study fractions, decimals and percents. Please encourage your child to review and memorize their flashcards!

PE: We had fun learning a new game in PE this past week! We will begin our Ultimate Frisbee unit next.

Orchestra: We are making excellent progress and learned the F Major scale (with B flat) Ask for a concert from your super 6th grade string player!

Science: We continue to use microscopes. Now that we’ve gained some skill in using them, we will look for evidence of life on a microscopic level.

Seventh Grade:

Algebra (7th): We will have a chapter 3 test on Tuesday and begin Chapter 4 on Wednesday

Band: Solo packets are out - students are hearing different solo options and need to choose their solos by next week Tuesday. All 7th graders will be playing solos. You should hear recordings (from Moodle) and solo attempts (from your 7th graders!)

Bible(Huttenga & Wanner): 7th graders will be working on their devotional anthology.

Language Arts: 7th graders will have a test on our short stories unit this week. We will begin our first class novel study: The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

PE: We had fun learning a new game in PE this past week! We will begin our Ultimate Frisbee unit next.

Math: We will be finishing our unit on ratios, rates and proportions. We will spend time reviewing for the that they will take later in the week.

Pre-Algebra: Chapter 3 test on Thursday. Study guide and practice test found on page 132.

Orchestra: All 7th graders have a solo to perform for Solo and Ensemble Festival. Ask to hear the first few lines of their piece.

Science: We will have our investigation 1&2 I-Check on Monday and begin studying minihabitats for the remainder of the week.

Eighth Grade:

Band: We are working on our festival music. Practice records are due weekly - on Thursdays. Wait until you hear them - some great work is taking place. :)

Bible(Huttenga): Students will have another Bible Memory quiz on Galatians 3:11 on Wednesday. Their Acts Newspaper projects are due Monday. In the meantime, they will be working on a video project about the missions of Paul.

Bible(Van Noord): The Book of Matthew - we are reading it all, talking and reflecting on it and answering some questions about it as well.

Geometry: Next week we will spend time learning different justifications and reviewing. Our test will be later in the week.

Language Arts: Students will be working on a series of projects and begin studying for a large quiz about John Steinbeck’s novella “The Pearl”.

PE: We had fun learning a new game in PE this past week! We will begin our Ultimate Frisbee unit next.

Pre-Algebra: Chapter 3 test on Thursday. Study guide and practice test found on page 132.

Orchestra: We are working on both our 8th grade ensemble music as well as solos for Festival- Nov 14th. We are hearing some great progress- WOW.

Science: We will have an investigations 3-5 I-Check on Monday and continue studying craters and the solar system for the remainder of the week.

Athletics:

Winter basketball sign-ups for boys and girls in grades 5-8 begin now. Please visit the ACS Athletic Webpage to register your son or daughter. The deadline to signup will be Friday, October 20.

5th and 6th grade dates to remember:

  • Week of November 6 - 5th & 6th teams begin practice
  • Week of November 27 - 5th & 6th games begin

7th and 8th grade dates to remember:

  • Week of December 4 - 7th & 8th teams begin practice
  • Saturday January 9 - Possible Pre-Season Tournament for 7th & 8th grade teams
  • Week of March 12 - End of 7th and 8th grade season (approximate)

If you have any questions please contact