Middle School Weekly Newsletter

 Iowa Test of Basic Skills results will be sent home Tuesday, April 25.

 

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GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME – GOD IS GOOD!

6th Grade

Religion: 

Memory work is Ephesians 6:1. They will need to study over the four day weekend as it will be due on Tuesday and Thursday.

 

Language Arts  Hobbit Chapters 12/14 will be read this week.   We are working on Unit 3 Week 3in Wonders. A final book report will be assigned -due Thursday,  May 18.

English: Pronouns

Spelling: Unit 3 Week 3 paragraph is due Monday, May 1.

Science: We have started our new unit over heat, temperature and thermal energy.  There are many misconceptions when it comes to this unit so we move methodically through the chapter.  Your student has flashcards and notes on their tablet that they can begin studying.  They also have a short worksheet that is due on Monday.  (Homework is unusual for science class so they may need a reminder.)  It should only take them 5-10 minutes if they took notes.  (Some drew pictures during my lecture.)

Social Studies: This week we began Chapter 9 which looks at early civilizations in China. We have looked at the dynastic system and some of those early dynasties

Tech EDU: 

The latest word on our tablets is that they have arrived in the warehouse and are being prepared for shipping as of Friday.  We hope to get a tracking number on them any day and might very well see them on campus by late this next week.  Since MS is at Outdoor Ed this next week, this will give my assistant and I time to get them imaged and set up for the return of 6th grade, God willing.

In the mean time, your students have been learning small amounts of information regarding their Office 365 account.  We have begun with email etiquette and learning how to open a One Note Notebook set up by a teacher.

I look forward to working with the 6th grade in this new adventure.  We will have a great year.  Please note the following important information….

  1. If you have not ordered/purchased a BAG for your child’s tablet, please follow this link for an example (one of many)of what is expected. Smile.Amazon.com These bags are required as per the Technology Access Agreement for added protection when transporting your students tablets from class to class.
  2. Watch for more information on the MANDATORY parent meeting coming Oct. 3

7th Grade

Religion:

Science: 

We are continuing our studies of the periodic table.  We will be ready for a test on Tuesday.  We will review on Monday but your student will still need to study.

Language Arts:

Reading:  Scope magazine. Part II of Old Yeller is due Friday, May 5.

Vocab: Unit 12 will be assigned. The last paragraph of the year is due Friday, May 5.

English: Research-rough draft appointments are this week. If the rough draft needs more work than can be taken care of in 20 minutes, we will have to make a second appointment. There are still four students who have not set up an appointment because they have not completed their notes.     We are working on pronouns in English.

Social Studies: This week we finished chapter 6 which went over the rapid growth in Kansas following the Civil War. The Homestead Act provided cheap land to the new settlers which came from both the U.S. and other countries.

Computer:

Still having several students ask about troubleshooting with their tablets BEFORE they go through the steps below.

  1. Restart tablet
  2. Check for Updates (very important to do this every week!)
  3. THEN they can check with Mrs. Wallace or Miss Raylee for tech support.

Don’t hesitate to remind them of these before reaching out to our tech team.

We are also reviewing our Tech Etiquette using the “Light, Bright, and Polite” theme.  Your students are still learning social etiquette in life when face-to-face.  Please don’t hesitate to closely monitor the social media etiquette online while they continue to learn these skills throughout Middle School.  Now is the time to help them learn from minor mistakes so that in High School and beyond they have developed good social media habits.

8th Grade

Religion:

 

Language Arts:

Reading:  Shane Part I is due THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 27.     

Vocab :  Unit 11 was  assigned April 18. The paragraph will be due Friday, April 28.

English:  Outline rewrites are due Monday, April 24. We are working on pronouns.

Science: We have started the pig dissection.  We will finish on Monday and begin our CSI unit on Tuesday.   The unit is one of my favorites as I bring information from my former career and we study and solve a series of crimes.  

Social Studies We are now beginning to look at the romantic period prior to the Civil War.

Computer: 

Still having several students ask about troubleshooting with their tablets BEFORE they go through the steps below.

  1. Restart tablet
  2. Check for Updates (very important to do this every week!)
  3. THEN they can check with Mrs. Wallace or Miss Raylee for tech support.

Don’t hesitate to remind them of these before reaching out to our tech team.

We are also reviewing our Tech Etiquette using the “Light, Bright, and Polite” theme.  Your students are still learning social etiquette in life when face-to-face.  Please don’t hesitate to closely monitor the social media etiquette online while they continue to learn these skills throughout Middle School.  Now is the time to help them learn from minor mistakes so that in High School and beyond they have developed good social media habits.

6th-8th Grades:

P.E.: We have begun the new life adventure unit which is outdoor games. This week we learned of hopscotch from around the world

 

Math Tests:  

 

Algebra I: 

 

Athletics: The spring sport season is beginning. Girls soccer will be practicing Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:30. Track will practice Tuesday Thursday and Friday same time. Soccer matches have started and track meets will begin shortly.

For current information go to the athletic blog at http://athletics.lovemyschool.net

Youth Ministry: 

Sunday Morning Bible Class meets at 9:45 in the Gym. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our next youth event is a Middle School Youth Night on Wednesday, August 31st. We will meet in the Lighthouse at 7:00pm and be done at 8:30pm.
Any questions, email Pam Amey

Helpful Links from our Youth Ministry Program

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Language Arts: Mrs. Vanwey
Math/Science: Mr. Kelly
Algebra: Mrs. Dobler
Social Studies/PE: Mr. Wolgast
Computers: Mrs. Wallace
Art: Mrs. Walterscheid
Vocal Music: Mrs. Franson
Band: Mr. Cheray
Religion: Pastor Snow / Pastor Myers / Brian Amey
Spanish: Pam Amey
Elective ASL: Miss Raylee

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