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Middle School Matters - Sep 27, 2017

Service and Survival Week Edition

5th Grade Survival Camp: Survival Camp is this week Thurs 09.28 and Fri 09.29. Don’t forget to send your child to school with their medical form, $20, disposable sack lunch, and medications.

6th Grade Service Project Days: Students should plan to wear their mixer t-shirt and closed-toe shoes. Dressing in layers is recommended. Students should also bring a lunch to school on Thursday and Friday.

78 Service Project: We are very excited for the service project this week Thursday and Friday.  We have some great projects that we hope to accomplish and are glad the weather will cool down for us.

On Thursday morning, students will bring their luggage to the U-Haul that will be in the main parking lot.  7th Graders need to make sure their sack lunch and gloves are separate so they can work at school Thursday, the rest of their luggage will be brought up and waiting for them at camp. 8th graders - also remember to bring a lunch with you to Tall Turf tomorrow.

Thanks for those who have signed up for extra tools, we still need a few more if you would still like to sign up.

Fifth Grade:

Survival Camp is this week Thurs 09.28 and Fri 09.29. Don’t forget to send your child to school with their medical form, $20, disposable sack lunch, and medications.

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!


Art: Completing our first project and moving into printmaking.

Band: Beginning Oct 02, Brass and percussion will have band Mon/Thu and Woodwinds will have band Tue/Thu. (Full band is always on Thursday!)

Bible: We are continuing to discuss the life of Joseph this week. In the story of Joseph we see that God answers prayers/dreams in His own time.

Language Arts: This week we are taking our MAPS tests. Look for a new spelling list coming home on Tuesday or Wednesday. There will be a quiz on these words as well as a THT (Take Home Task) due on Oct 06.

Math: This week in math we will practice our problem-solving skills, and we will be introduced to partial products and the distributive property.

Orchestra: We will continue with celli on M/Th and violins and violas on Tu/Th. Full orchestra is Thursdays. Continue to practice the same pages due to the short week.

PE: We are beginning our ultimate frisbee unit!

Science: Students are keeping a night-sky log. Help them take a few minutes to look up at the night sky and record observations at least 5 times over the next 2 weeks. They have been given a record-keeping sheet that should be in their take-home folder.

Social Studies:  Age of Exploration!!!!  Columbus, Vespucci, Cabot, Hudson, Balboa, Magellan and the boys….. Discovery II has begun. Ask your kids how the journey across the ocean is going?  Check out our world map in Mr. Hoo’s old room. Scale drawing project created by the fifth graders.

Spanish: With our unique schedule this week, not all 5th graders will have Spanish. For those who do, we will introduce the words: el lunes, come, and va (Monday, eats, goes).

Sixth Grade:

Service Project Days: Students should plan to wear their mixer t-shirt and closed toe-shoes. Dressing in layers is recommended. Students should also bring a lunch to school on Thursday and Friday.

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!


Art: Remember to complete the pattern hand if taken home. Students will be working on visually displaying how they see God in their lives. Check the homework calendar for due dates.

Band: We continue to progress through our book. We also have some great concert music. Ask for a mini-concert!

Bible (Koetje & Westrate): Pray for our students as they learn about and serve our Grand Rapids community over the next 2 days. Outside/Inside bags are due Mon Oct. 02. We will start presentations in class on that day.

Choir: We have been singing! Military songs, worship songs, songs from musicals!

History: We are learning about landforms from different regions around the world. Students were broken up into different regions and are studying those landforms, as well as creating a 3D diorama of the landforms that they have been assigned. Next week the students will be presenting their research and dioramas to one another.

Language Arts: We are taking the second MAP test this week.  Students will have a synonym/antonym assignment due on Mon Oct 02 (6K) and Tues Oct 03 for (6W).

Math: We are now studying fractions, decimals and percents. Please encourage your child to study their flashcards.

PE: We are beginning our ultimate frisbee unit!

Orchestra: We will continue with the same music due to the short week. Practice, practice, practice! Thanks for the great parent support! We have a wonderful group! Turn in September practice records this coming Monday!

Science: We have learned how to make wet mount slides and some interesting things about how objects appear under a microscope.

Spanish: This week we will introduce the words: ve, corre, camina (sees, runs, walks). Student will start their picture dictionaries.

Seventh Grade:

Algebra (7th): We will continue studying Chapter 3. We will have a test the following week.

Art: 7th grade will work on adding line and color to the sculptures they have made. Please check the homework calendar for project, homework, and sketchbook due dates.

Band: Another great quiz. Solo packets went out this week. More on this assignment later.

Bible(Wanner): 7th grade will be work on writing of a personal devotion to add to a 7th grade devotional book.

Choir: The Erie Canal projects were wonderful. Next we will begin choral octavos.

History: Next week we will be learning to identify 23 Asian countries for a map quiz on Friday. We will also continue to look at the geography and climate of South Asia.

PE: We are beginning our ultimate frisbee unit!

Math: We will continue to study ratios and proportions. This is a big chapter so we will be spending time reviewing the concepts we have covered so far.

Orchestra: Continue with the same assignment due to the short week! You are a great group of musicians! Practice, practice, practice! Turn in practice records this coming Monday!

Science: We will continue studying milkweed bugs and begin setting up for our minihabitats.

Spanish: This week we will introduce the words: ve, corre, camina (sees, runs, walks). Students will start their picture dictionaries.

Eighth Grade:

Algebra: Next week we will begin a chapter on solving linear equations.

Art: Printmaking quiz on Tuesday Oct. 3.  Study the blue packets and powerpoint are available on moodle. Printmaking is getting close to wrapping up in the next couple of weeks. Please check the homework calendar for project, homework, and sketchbook due dates.

Band: We will continue to work on festival music.

Bible(Van Noord): What does it mean to be blessed? Ask your student about the blessing interviews. More Matthew next week.

Choir: We are beginning choral octavos and singing worship music and other types of music. Bolero listening quizzes are done.

Geometry: Next week we will be learning many important proofs that we will need to know and understand for the remainder of our school year.

History: Next week we will conclude our study of the American Revolutionary War focusing on the southern campaign of the war that ends at Yorktown, Virginia.  

PE: We are beginning our ultimate frisbee unit!

Orchestra: Practice slurred notes- to keep them even. Be sure to work on 6/8 time in English. Practice! You are fine musicians and so much fun to work with! Be sure to hand in September practice record this coming Monday- 120 minutes per week so 480 for the month!

Science: We will begin studying craters. There is a test scheduled on investigations 3-5 for Mon. Oct 9

Spanish: This week we will introduce the words: ve, corre, camina (sees, runs, walks). Students will start their picture dictionaries.

Athletics:

Thank you Ada Christian community for joining us on Saturday for our “purple out” and for supporting the Van Andel Institute. It was so special to see our PurePlay and middle school athletic teams sporting purple apparel while playing in the ACS gyms or out on the fields. Thank you to all those who came out to watch our teams in action and thank you for your generous donations. We raised over $1,200 and it all goes to the VAI! The ACS community was very proud to go purple in support of the Van Andel Institute. What an amazing day for our school and community! Thank you!