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Middle School Matters – Oct 21, 2015

General Announcements

Christmas Concert: Grades 6-8 will be participating in the Christmas Concert at ACS on Tuesday, Dec 15 at 7:00pm. All 6th-8th students need a white shirt (boys: not a T-shirt, golf shirts are ok, button downs are even better; girls: a pretty white shirt that meets dress code) and black pants or skirts (must fulfill dress code) and dark shoes/socks. Hopefully this gives you plenty of time to find clothes that will fit for the concert. These middle schoolers are growing fast!

Protecting our Children from Online Dangers: Please enjoy watching Chris McKenna's presentation to ACS. This link is for ACS families only.  

5th Grade News

Band: What a great quiz this past week! Practice continues to be key!

Bible: Studying the Pentateuch, looking forward to Nov where we will shift our focus to global awareness from a Christian perspective.

Language Arts: We are working on our personal narratives.

Math: Long division test next Tuesday.

PE: We will wrap up our football unit next week!

Science: We are looking at the amazing world of ecosystems.

Social Studies: Colonial America and continuing our Discovery Two simulation.

Spanish: Quiz on Time will be coming up the first week of November.

6th Grade News

Band: Our quiz on March Slav and Silver Moon Boat was so good. New practice assignment came home 10/20, due in Nov.

Bible: Books of the Old and New Testament due on Wednesday.  

History: Finishing up our landform unit. Quiz on Friday or next Monday. Check the homework calendar for the exact date by the middle of next week. Global Studies Weekly number #3 due next week.

Language Arts: Next week Friday, Oct 30 the 6th graders will have a brief quiz on similes, metaphors and personification. They will also have a “My Words” spelling assignment due on Friday as well.  

Math: Students just completed their test on fractions, decimals and percents. This week we will begin studying how to make computations with fractions.

PE: We will wrap up our ultimate frisbee unit next week. Students should be prepared to go outside!

Science: We’re studying density this week. Ask your student what we’ve been testing in class.

Spanish: Sra. Weaver will be gone another week, so we will not have a quiz on the alphabet just yet but will be starting a new unit learning descriptive adjectives.  We will also spend some time learning about the cultural celebration of “Día de los muertos” and discussing it from a Christian perspective.

7th Grade News

Algebra (7th): Chapter 3 Test on Tuesday. Cumulative test over chapters 1-3 on Friday.

Band: Solo packets and practice assignments are out, due Nov. 17.

Bible: King monologues were due. We’re moving on to a study of some of Israel’s famous prophets: Elijah and Elisha. A test over Unit 2 is tentatively planned for Tuesday, November 2. More information will follow.

History: Next week we will finish studying about South Asia by looking at some challenges they face going forward. Later in the week we will be reviewing for a test that will cover the geography, climate, and brief history of South Asia. The test will be early in the next week.

Language Arts: Continuing to read through The Witch of Blackbird Pond, while practicing with descriptive writing. We’re learning about adjectives and we will be pushing into verbs and adverbs as well.

PE: We will wrap up our ultimate frisbee unit next week. Students should be prepared to go outside!

Pre-Algebra (Kiser): We will start working with roots and powers next week.

Pre-Algebra (Holtrop): We will continue to study rational numbers and how to do various computations with them.

Science: The test on our plant nature study has been broken up into two parts. Part one will be on Tuesday and part two will be on Wednesday. Students have been given a study guide. An additional copy can be found on Moodle.

Spanish: We begin a new unit on things inside the house (living room and bedroom) and will spend some time learning about the cultural celebration of “Día de los muertos” and discussing it from a Christian perspective.

8th Grade News

8th Grade Yearbook Pictures: Each year many families have decided to submit a different photograph for the school yearbook than the traditional photograph taken here at school. This is an option again this year. If you would like to submit a photograph for the yearbook, please email Mr. Witte with the digital image of the picture you would like.  

What works best…

  • The image needs to be a high quality, high resolution image.  Usually the file size of the image should be greater than 1 MB for it to work.  
  • The image still needs to be a fairly traditional head and shoulders image
  • The image should have a vertical composition...otherwise I will do some cropping to make it work.

Once you submit an image, I will send you an email response back letting you know if the image will work for the yearbook. The deadline for these images is going to be Nov 24, the beginning of Thanksgiving break. Thanks.

Dessert Theatre:  Please click here for information: http://acsdesserttheatre.weebly.com/

Algebra (8AE): Next week we are reviewing for Chapter 3 and planning on having a test next Wednesday afternoon.    

Algebra (8th): We stretch our comfort zone as we continue with equations next week.

Band:  Festival work continues, and Christmas music too!

Bible:  Continuing our study of the early ministry of Jesus.  

Geometry: We will begin a new unit on rotations, reflections and other transformations!

History:  Next week we learn about the creation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. By the end of the week we will be reviewing Chapter 7 with a test coming early the following week.  

Language Arts: The first draft of the NHD essay is due on Monday, October 26. Please keep an eye out for an elaborate email giving details regarding future milestones in the project. We will be shifting into a focus on literature. Students and parents will need to expect more daily assignments. We will be reading The Pearl, by John Steinbeck.

PE: We will wrap up our ultimate frisbee unit next week. Students should be prepared to go outside!

Science: iCheck over Investigation 5 (heat transfer) will take place on Tuesday.  We’ll then move on to looking at air flow.

Spanish: We will continue with our unit on Chores and will also spend some time learning about the cultural celebration of “Día de los muertos” and discussing it from a Christian perspective.

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