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Middle School Matters – Oct 05, 2018

General Announcements

Baseball practice: Jeff Stafford will be hosting AC "BP".  This is an opportunity for boys to develop their baseball skills.Batting, pitching, fielding and throwing will all be covered. There is no charge. 

Fifth Grade:

Just a reminder - Weekly Reports should be coming home each Thursday.  Please continue to view and sign these. Also, your student receives a Missing Work slip each Monday. If these are not coming home and you are interested in viewing, you are able to access this information on Powerschool.


Band: Practice calendars: Each month students receive a practice calendar in their personal band slot. Students write the number of minutes they practice on the day they did it, and turn the papers in at the end of the month with a parent signature on it. Extra calendars may be found in the band room if a student needs a new one, or students may also use a calendar from home. We have learned so much already - it is really great to see and hear what they can do. Ask for a 10 song concert at home!

Bible: This week we said goodbye to Mr. Bierling and started our Pentateuch unit by talking about creation. Students will be creating visual interpretations of each story we study.

Language Arts: The fifth graders have been doing a lot of comparing and contrasting of survival experiences. We continue to read Hatchet. Next week we will analyze Gary Paulsen’s use of figurative language and sound devices in his writing. Also, students will have a quiz on ten vocabulary words on Wed.  Encourage your child to read his/her survival book at home.  

Library: The Mock Newbery Club is off to a great start. We have 12 books to read and discuss by Jan 15. All book club participants must turn in a signed form in order to vote on a winner and attend the Reveal Party in Jan. Our first author Skype with Diane Magras is Tuesday, Oct 16. Occasional updates will be posted on Twitter @loisboerman.

Math: We wrapped up our multiplication unit with a test and now we are heading into long division!

Orchestra: This week we learned 3 new songs (pg. 20) and a new note - G on the D string (pg. 21). We will tackle Ode to Joy #51 as well! Be sure to practice 10 to 15 minutes every day!

PE: This week we will be starting a short unit on Flag Football. Please remind your students to come prepared to class each day with appropriate footwear and clothing for physical activities.

Science: We’ve begun a project that will take us to many objects in our solar system. Ask your student which object they are researching.

Social Studies: Next week we will continue our study of the 50 states and their capitals. We will also begin reviewing for our Geography Test.

Spanish: Adding to our vocabulary list this week.  We had fun with the words “plug in, looks for, and finds” in our story this week.

Sixth Grade:

Thank you to all who prayed and participated in our service project last week!

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.

Chicken Checkup & Got Yolk?: The 6th Graders have a chicken and egg business called “Got Yolk?” and will be caring for our 49 chickens and selling eggs this year. Most of these responsibilities are carried out during the school day as there is a team of students assigned to care for the chickens each week. The team is also in charge of feeding and watering the chickens once on Saturday and once on Sunday for the weekend following their week of responsibility during the school day. After determining which Team your child is on, please sign up to take care of chores on the weekend. If your child has questions, he or she should contact the “Eggsecutive Council” member on his or her team. The Eggsecutives will work closely with Mr. Hoo to keep the chickens happy and to get the business running smoothly!


Band: We are playing all sorts of music! Ask for a concert at home! October practice is now underway - encourage your student to set up regular practice times each week.

Bible: This week, students had time to reflect on their service project. They also wrote Thank-You Letters to the organizations that they served at!

Choir: What wonderful It is Well projects have been presented. The story of the song impacts us so much. Ask your student about it!

History: Students will finish their Landform Projects next week. Thanks for helping them bring in supplies to create their dioramas!

Language Arts: The sixth graders have been working with the parts of speech through games, books, and other activities. They should be reviewing their reference guide at home each night. Next week the students will work on a Google Slide presentation for each part of speech. Also, students will be introduced to the “book a month” reading accountability. This is not supposed to limit reading to a book a month, but rather motivate those that struggle to read or finish books. October is a free-choice book.

Library: The Mock Newbery Club is off to a great start. We have 12 books to read and discuss by Jan 15. All book club participants must turn in a signed form in order to vote on a winner and attend the Reveal Party in Jan. Our first author Skype with Diane Magras is Tues, Oct 16. Occasional updates will be posted on Twitter @loisboerman.

Math: We will continue to spend time working with fractions, decimals, and percents. We will specifically be spending more time learning about percents. 

Orchestra: We have many great pieces that we are working on and they are doing so well.  Ask your student to play a few of their favorites for you.

PE: This week we will be starting a short unit on Flag Football. Please remind your students to come prepared to class each day with appropriate footwear and clothing for physical activities.

Science: We’re “cell-e-brating” cells of all kinds - plant, protist & animal cells. A test over cells will be coming soon. Stay tuned to the homework calendar.

Spanish: Tests were taken this week and will be graded shortly. Folders with our unit 1 class work were collected and these grades will be entered as well. Next week we start Unit 2!

Seventh Grade:

Algebra (7th): We began chapter on graphing linear equations and functions today.

Band: We are playing all sorts of music! Ask for a concert at home! October practice is now underway - encourage your student to set up regular practice times each week.

Bible (Holtop/Huttenga): The 7th graders will be splitting into separate sections to learn about prayer and how to dissect and learn from sermons. They will be finishing their devotionals.

Choir: We are working on a listening unit, including listening to the Moldau by Bedrich Smetana.

History: Next week we will be finishing up our study of different World Religions. We will then start preparing for a test early the next week.

Language Arts: Students are nearly finished with their organism monologues; we will soon begin our first novel study.

Math (Holtrop):  We will have a test on Tuesday on proportions and ratios. We will begin our next chapter about percents. 

Orchestra: We are working on  getting all of the notes and rhythms for our solos and pieces for Nov 08. Set up regular practice times.

PE: This week we will be starting a short unit on Flag Football. Please remind your students to come prepared to class each day with appropriate footwear and clothing for physical activities.

Pre-Algebra (Kiser): Test Tuesday on Rational Numbers. A Study Guide and practice test can be found on pg. 132 in textbook. 

Science: We are wrapping up our investigation of producers by burning cheese balls today to measure the energy we receive through them. We will have a test next week Tuesday. Our next investigation will be following energy through ecosystems.

Spanish: We have started unit 7. New vocabulary will be added to Moodle.

Eighth Grade:

NorthPointe Christian High School Preview Day - Wed, Nov 07

Shadow a student 7:35am - 2:35 pm (RSVP required)

Experience firsthand what it's like to be a NorthPointe Christian high school student!  Students, partner with a current student for the day. Parents, you are welcome to join for a morning tour, a breakfast Q&A with administrators, and chapel.  Learn about opportunities for dual college enrollment, the new internship-based program, and NorthPointe's passion of shaping students who love and serve Christ.

For details and Preview Day RSVP, visit http://www.npchristian.org/admissions/ or contact Brittany Noll at , 616.942.0363.


Algebra: We are finishing chapter 3 and taking a test on solving equations and more next Wednesday.  

Band: We are playing all sorts of music! Ask for a concert at home! October practice is now underway - encourage your student to set up regular practice times each week.

Bible (Huttenga): Students will be working on a project tying together The Last Battle and the Reformed Perspective.

Bible (Van Noord): We are finishing the book of Matthew. Excellent memory work this past week, they did such a great job.

Choir: We have listened to and learned the song Frobisher Bay and excellent projects about the song and the story were presented on Friday.

Geometry: We will be wrapping up Unit 3 and a test will be later in the week.

History: We will be finishing our study of the American Revolution next week and then we will start preparing for our test early the following week.  

Language Arts: While students wait for their outline feedback, they are focusing on creating bibliographies and in-text citations.

PE: This week we will be starting a short unit on Flag Football. Please remind your students to come prepared to class each day with appropriate footwear and clothing for physical activities.

Pre-Algebra: Test Tuesday on Rational Numbers. A Study Guide and practice test can be found on pg 132 in textbook.

Orchestra: We continue to sight read several pieces for our November 8th Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Science: We are wrapping up our investigation of the Moon, Sun, and Earth’s relationship. A test on seasons through phases of the moon will tentatively be next week Tuesday, stay tuned to the homework calendar. Our next investigation will be looking at craters.  

Spanish: We have started unit 7!  New vocabulary will be added to Moodle.