This week in Language Arts we read about multiple volcanos and their lasting impact on the environment. The kids did a great job and seemed to really enjoy the readings. We also spent an entire day working on their projects. Step 3 is due today and most students are on track to finish however, I will not be checking them until after break. My goal is always to minimize their homework time as well as set them up to have nothing to work on during breaks. After we return from break we will be reading about the obstacle of homelessness and the challenges it presents as well as inspiring stories of students who have overcome and flourished in spite of it . All students were also given an updated printout. That does not include this week’s assignments as they are not due until today. Finally, we will continue our Celebration Mondays when we return. The theme is Camo Day. Hope everyone has a Happy and relaxing Thanksgiving Break!
This Week in Science 6, we began a new unit over - ENERGY! Everything in the universe is matter or energy, and we will be looking at the relationship between the two as we work through the end of this quarter. We explored the types and examples of potential energy and kinetic energy. Students completed Potentially Kinetic Toy Reports, writing and diagramming the transformation of potential and kinetic energy in a toy. Next Week: Happy Thanksgiving! When we return, we will continue working on energy and forms of energy.
This week in Math 6, we will be starting Unit 8: Converting (fractions, decimals, percents). We had a weekly workbook this week that was due today. We did several practice problems in it during class and for homework. We also did several in class activities to help us learn in different ways. Ask your students how to convert fractions to decimals to percents and backwards? The students also took their Math Test 3 today over Unit 7: Integers and Unit 8: Converting. I hope you all have a great and Happy Thanksgiving Break! See you all in a week! :)
This week the 6th grade Social Studs wrapped up the Greece unit with a test. They also completed their Anchor Piece and Unit Reflections for their portfolio that captures their thoughts throughout the entire school year. Next week we begin our travels to Rome.
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Remember to check the class website or Canvas for the plans of the week, classroom pictures, and the occasional State of the Class Address Playlist, and the Remind App / Text / Email reminders for daily texts and updates.
Periods 1/2 and 4/5- Students had another great week working on their reading and writing skills! We continue to work daily on providing answers we are able to support with specific text evidence. These answers have improved a great deal when students utilize the the RAPS resources I have provided them with. They are able to evaluate their own writing and know exactly what needs to be improved. If you see your students working on Language Arts at home ask them if they are using their RAPS resources! As always, Canvas is the place to go for current/past assignments, agendas, and feedback. PowerSchool is where you will find current grades and missing work. Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Periods 6/7- We had a very mysterious week as we read a Sherlock Holmes story, “The Adventures of the Speckled Band”. We discussed several unique strategies used by mystery authors, and now students are taking a shot at mystery writing themselves! Ask your student, “Whodunit?” in their original mystery! As always, Canvas is the place to go for current/past assignments, agendas, and feedback. PowerSchool is where you will find current grades and missing work. Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!
This week, students in 7th grade English reached the midpoint of Ender’s Game, which we’ll finish after break. If your child looks bored over the holiday, you might suggest reading a book for the Independent Reading Project or filming a scene from Ender’s Game for the Video Project. All details and specifications for both assignments can be found on Canvas.
This week students learned how to calculate real world problems using the equation for slope-intercept form. We studied how the equation calculates data and how to graph the information. When we return, we will continue graphing, analyzing, and creating data using the formula ‘y-=mx+b’. In addition to graphing, students completed their second Socrative bellringer quiz. Students have been showing promising strides to understanding the material. Students need to remember that they CANNOT pass the quiz if they do NOT show their work. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a wonderful break and Happy Thanksgiving.
Seventh grade social studies students will be beginning their final unit for the semester, unit five, sub-Saharan Africa. For the next five weeks, students will be studying different components related to the history, geography, government, and economy of countries south of the Sahara Desert. At the end of the semester, students will have a unit five test and featured countries test which will mark the end of their semester grade. All information about upcoming test and homework, please visit my classroom website HERE.
In 7th grade math, students just started their unit on negative integers and rationals. This unit will go from what they learned in 6th grade about these topics and go deeper and more involved questions. These are incredibly useful skills are the real world and will follow them throughout their school math career. Students also took their 2nd bellringer quiz on Friday. Students need to remember that they CANNOT pass the quiz if they do NOT show their work. Overall, I have been very pleased with the progress students have made so far this year, and we’re only going to get better! I hope you have a fantastic break with family!
7th grade scientists were introduced to a new piece of technology this week: the microscope. We learned the parts, how to use them and focused on making slides. When we return from our week of Fall Break, scientists will participate in Microscope Chat Stations, look at both plant and animal cells under the microscope, practice making slides and create their own Microscope Infographic using Thinglink. As always, for specific details about assignments, please visit Canvas for a daily agenda on the calendar with specific links to resources needed for class. Happy Thanksgiving -- take time to count your blessings & be thankful!
Science-8: This week our young Cadet biologists have been demonstrating what they have learned about Charles Darwin and natural selection by creating a board game using the concepts and terms discussed in this section. Students then had the chance to see their games in action as they challenge their peers to play their games and rate/evaluate each other’s work. When we return from break students will begin their studies in genetics! Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Break!!!
Life Science: This week our young Cadet chemists have been learning about density. Students have completed a Nearpod and EDpuzzle video on their and then applying the skills they learned in class. Students investigated density of different objects in the lab by first calculating the density of 6 regular-shaped objects and then 3 irregular-shaped objects. Students then investigated the density of water by trying to stack water on top of water...WHAT?! Ask your student about and see if they can replicate the experiment at home, or even try different methods! Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Break!!!
This week in Social Studies students spent time learning about the Declaration of Independence through the completion of a webquest. Students also spent this time acting as historical investigators in attempt to discover who fired the first shots in the Revolution. We will have a test over the Revolution on Friday, December 1st. Students can find study guides on Canvas and they are welcome to check out a book at any time if they want to bring one home. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!
This week in Language Arts we continued reading more of our current novel, Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt. The students had three potential discussion topics for their blog posts this week. In addition to our reading, we learned more about juvenile centers and youth prisons in America, as one of the main characters in our novel went to a juvenile center and has been in trouble with the legal system before. I think this was really an eye-opening experience for the students to learn more about the justice system in America. We also completed an activity on paper called “Whose Cell Phone is This?” in which the students created a fictitious cell phone for one of the main characters in the novel who leaves home in search of his daughter. The students created text messages for that character, a playlist with songs that would connect to the character, and created a background for the cell phone. This was a fun activity that allowed the students to really connect to one of our main characters. We ended the week with a quiz recapping the chapters that were read this week. We will finish reading the novel after we return from Thanksgiving Break. Have a great holiday!
This week students learned how to calculate real world problems using the equation for slope-intercept form. We studied how the equation calculates data and how to graph the information. When we return, we will continue graphing, analyzing, and creating data using the formula ‘y-=mx+b’. In addition to graphing, students completed their second Socrative bellringer quiz. Students have been showing promising strides to understanding the material. Students need to remember that they CANNOT pass the quiz if they do NOT show their work. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com. Have a wonderful break and Happy Thanksgiving!
In Algebra, students just started their unit on systems of equations which will be very useful for when they get into Algebra 2. So far, students are doing a fantastic job with this. We will continue this topic over break where we will look at more complex systems as well as systems of inequalities. Students also took their 2nd bellringer quiz. As a reminder, students CANNOT pass this quiz without showing work. I hope you have a relaxing break with your family!
Band polo shirts have been ordered and should be in after Thanksgiving break. Thanks for getting in the orders in a timely manner. All students are rehearsing selections to be performed at our winter concert. Solo/Ensemble entry papers have been distributed to all MS band members. This is an optional activity and a great performance opportunity. Those solo/ensemble entries were due to Mr. McCoy on Thursday, November 16th. (All bands at CMS have 3 required performances. Winter concert 12/13/17, Spring Organizational contest 3/10/18, Spring Concert 5/16/18. Please reserve these dates and enjoy the performances.)
Musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visuospatial processing, mathematics, and IQ.
~ Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior at McMaster University, 2006
The 8th grade ag students have been working through a shop safety module this week on canvas. Once they have passed the safety test with 100% they are then allowed to come out and begin working in the wood shop. This week we have began to take apart 25 pallets that we will use to build christmas trees for each student. So far they have learned to use the jigsaw in the shop.
This week 6th grade artists working on their perspective drawings. For this drawing they are to create a 3-D world on a flat surface. 7th grade artists finished their perspective drawings and began working on tessellations this week. 8th grade artists finished up their grid drawings this week. Advanced art students finished their grids and began learning the basics of perspective in order to prepare for their final perspective drawings.
World Language students can count to 39 in Spanish. They have also been working on the last set of vocab pertaining to classroom supplies/items. They can also ask and respond to questions asking if you have a certain supply item.
French 1 students have been working on adjectives and how they agree in gender and number. Students can conjugate the verb etre and describe people with both etre and adjectives to make complete/logical sentences.
EXCITING NEWS! We will be having a dinner in between the Middle School and High School Choir Concerts this year! I have sent an RSVP form home today for those interested in attending the dinner! Forms are due Dec. 1st!
The 6th grade choir is working to enhance their sight-reading skills this week and are close to finishing their third piece of music. 7th grade choir is working on their four songs for the winter concert. 8th Grade Choir have been working on their four pieces of music for the winter concert.
All Choirs at CMS have 3 required performances. Winter Concert 12/6/17 at 5:30 pm, ISSMA Contest 3/17/18 time TBA, and Spring Concert 5/11/17 at 5:30 pm. All Choirs at CMS have these 3 required performances. Please reserve these dates to enjoy a night full of music!
NEW! Coffee House dates have been set! These are fun optional events for students to perform solos, duets, ensemble pieces of their choosing for their friends and family. You will be able to come enjoy pieces from various students and at different levels of performance! More info will be coming out shortly!
Coffee House Dates:
December 14th, 2017
March 8th, 2017
May 17th, 2018
***All dates are at 7 pm in the CMS Cafeteria***
Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Fakes
We postponed our Badminton and Table Tennis unit to after Thanksgiving break.The Monday we return we will start that unit. The 8th grade students have a Canvas assignment due on the Monday we return from break. This assignment was originally due this past Tuesday but the due date was extended. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!