Week of November 27th - December 1st:

Math:

Language Arts: After Thanksgiving break, our 6th graders will be getting a taste of Expository writing. We will walk through creating and filling in a graphic organizer and how to analyze prompts. This will help them be more prepared for 7th grade when they take the Writing STAAR. We will also be continuing our novel studies!

Science:

History: After we return from Thanksgiving, we will begin our study of Unit 5, We Are Family: Europe. A foundational background on the beginnings of democracy will be ultimately followed by the Roman Republic and government, leading into the Dark Ages and the Renaissance the next week.

Electives:

Art:

Band:

Choir:

Technology: Keyboarding will resume with “typing under the box!” Students will see their progress made through the touch typing and speed typing courses that now have been completed over the past 14 weeks! Students will not be able to see the keyboard as they type paragraph activities.  Technology students will begin to review lessons learned through viewing Learning.com and apply their knowledge to various activities with the keyboard and computer.

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Next meeting: Tuesday, November 28, 2017!

General Notes:

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Week of November 20th - 24th:  Thanksgiving Break!

Week of November 13th-17th:

Math: In math this week we are applying qualitative and quantitative reasoning to solve prediction and comparison of real-world problems involving ratios and rates.  Also, we are generating equivalent forms of fractions, decimals, and percents using real-world problems, including problems that involve money. BOTS Quiz on Wednesday. It will be a great week!!!

Language Arts: In continuing our study of expository texts, we will begin looking at articles and passages to classify them into the 5 different organizational patterns (Description, Compare and Contrast, Order and Sequence, Cause and Effect, and Problem and Solution). We will also be continuing our novel studies.

Science: We are ENERGIZED for energy!!!! We are starting our energy unit that will continue through Christmas break!!

History: This week we will finish up our unit on Latin America with a test on Tuesday. Students will bring home a study guide Monday night, and should study for at least an hour. Wednesday we begin a 19-day unit on Europe that will take us up to Christmas break.

Electives

Art:

Band: Make sure practice reports are getting signed and turned in on Thursdays!

Choir: This week we will be working hard on our two pieces, “Feliz Navidad” and “Solfege Christmas”. We will also be working hard on sight-reading using “Chaos”. We will be having an after school rehearsal on Monday, November 13th from 4:00 to 4:30. Please allow your student the opportunity to rehearse afters chool to polish our music for our Christmas concert. Our Christmas concert will be on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00PM at the High School.

Technology: This week touch typist will begin Lesson 11 in Typing Master Pro. The new keys will be B and Y learning the proper finger placement by adding to keys learned in previous lessons. Speed typist will continue with the Special Marks course and this will complete the entire Typing Master Pro course for these typist. Technology will continue with lessons on software, desktop and network basics.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will continue to practice their archery skills, with a focus on aiming. Students will be given a specific area of the target to aim for. Each of the three arrows should get closer to the target area. As always on the archery range, students are to exhibit safe and courteous behavior on the archery range. Failure to do so may prevent the student from participating.

Teen Leadership: This week students will continue to learn how to build self esteem, and confidence not only in themselves but others. They will review their strengths and things they can improve on.

Student Council: Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 14 from 4-4:30 in Ms. Rasbeary’s room. Dues ($10) will need to be turned in at this meeting.

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12. Please ask your actors for Remind 101 information if you don’t have it yet!!

General Notes:

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Week of November 6th - 10th:

Math: Tuesday we will be starting Unit 5 over Proportional reasoning with Ratios and Rates. We will represent ratios and percents with concrete models, fractions, and decimals. Also, we will give examples of ratios as multiplicative comparisons of two quantities describing the same attribute and show examples  of rates as the comparison by division of two quantities having different attributes, including rates as quotients. Let's have a great week!!!

Language Arts: Say hello to the third grading period! We will be exploring expository texts this unit. We will start this unit by learning to recognize the various text structures we find in expository texts. It’s also time for us to finally start our novel studies! Mrs. Phillips’s class will be reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and Mrs. May’s class will be reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

Science: Unit Test Wednesday -Chemical changes

History: This week in Social Studies we are finishing up our study of Latin America. We will look at Argentina, Chile, and Peru specifically on Tuesday & Wednesday (there is no school for students on Monday). Thursday we will review all that we have studied for Latin America, and Friday we will test over the region, including material about The Columbian Exchange, the Amazon Rainforest, and deforestation.

Electives:

Art:

Band: Students will continue to learn new notes and rhythms as they progress in their band book. Practice at home is so important right now. Please make sure they are getting the horn out of the case. Ask them to play for you! It will make their day!

Choir: This week we worked hard on sight reading and reading music better. We also worked hard on our carols and “Feliz Navidad”. Next Tuesday, November November 7th we will have an after school rehearsal from 4:00 to 4:30. Please allow your student to attend as this counts as a major grade. Thank you for letting your student be a part of the choir program!

Technology: Touch typing students will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 10 learning the new keys of Q and P.  Finger placement will be introduced and added to previously learned letters on keyboard.  Speed typist will begin with the Special Marks Course starting with Lesson 1 learning the keys : ; / and ?. For technology and word processing students will be introduced to the use of mobile devices, windows and controls, toolbars, menus and desktop.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will refine their archery skills through routine and repeated practice of the 11 steps for archery. This week, we will learn how to keep score. There are 10 possible points per arrow. Each student shoots 3 arrows for a maximum score of 30 points. We will prepare for an archery tournament, similar to Olympic-style competition. In order to ensure safety, students are to exhibit safe and courteous behavior on the archery range. Failure to do so may prevent the student from participating.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 14 from 4-4:30 in Ms. Rasbeary’s room. Dues ($10) will need to be turned in at this meeting.

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

General Notes:

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Week of October 30th - Nov. 3rd:

Math: We are starting this week on multiplying and dividing integers. We are reviewing Units 1-4 Wednesday. Our first CBA is on Thursday, November st, and Friday November 2nd. Let's have a great week!!!

Language Arts: We will be wrapping up our study in Fiction! Our students are preparing for their Reading and Writing CBA on Tuesday, October 31. Happy Halloween!

Science: Wrapping up our chemistry unit!! We have a major lab, Mystery Powders, that we will do Nov 1-3. Next Unit test is Nov 8 over Chemisty

History:This week our students are presenting their work on a Shark Tank-like activity, as they identify a Central American country in which to establish a business that will boost the economy of that country. We will then introduce South America and the Rain Forest, and conclude the week by writing a formal letter to the head of the Brazilian government with advice on dealing with problems associated with the Rain Forest.

Electives:

Art:  We are continuing our detour from our regular programming normal plans of Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain… and by student vote, we are making a 3-dimensional pumpkin/jack-o-lantern out of paper maché.  SUPPLIES NEEDED – small bag of all-purpose flour, salt, two (2) rolls of masking tape, a plastic bag, a bag of flour, PENCILS...WE NEED EACH STUDENT TO BRING!  This is going to be AWESOME!!!


Band: Students have learned their first 5 notes and are now learning various rhythms and time signatures. You should now begin to hear some familiar tunes at home! Remember to turn in a signed practice report EVERY Thursday. It can be handwritten on notebook paper.

Choir: This week we worked hard on our caroling music! If you hear your students humming or singing Christmas carols already, then you can blame me! Also, we started work on our Christmas concert music. Next week, we will be having National Anthem Auditions starting at 4:00. As soon as your student is finished auditioning I will release them. Thank you for a great week!

Technology: Next week keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 9 learning new keys W and M. We are getting close to competing this touch typing course! WPMs are progressing with speed and accuracy. Word processing will continue with Learning.com learning about mobile devices, printers and scanners.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will perform the 11 steps for archery (NASP - National Archery in Schools Program)  with actual equipment. They will also follow the appropriate actions by whistle commands. Students will spend the week practicing their form and actions on the archery range. Safety is the most important factor, so each student is required to listen and follow instructions. If there are any behavioral concerns, students may be kept from participating. 

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: If you have t-shirt ideas, please submit them by November 3.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 14 from 4-4:30 in Ms. Rasbeary’s room. Dues ($10) will need to be turned in at this meeting.

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

General Notes:

Champion Zone: Need help with a subject? Need some time to finish or makeup an assignment?  Mike Moses is offering after school tutorials/makeup time Monday-Thursday from 4:00-4:30.  Snack is provided! Transportation is NOT provided.  Please go to the following rooms for each subject:

MATH: Room 414

SCIENCE: Room 318

Reading/Writing: Room 309

Social Studies: Room 215

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Week of October 23rd - 27th:

Math: This week we are introducing the lesson on subtracting integers. We are incorporating adding integers from last week as well. We will also help with fluency by modeling with subtracting integers with counters. We will incorporate subtracting integers on a number lines as well. BOTS quiz on wednesday. Homework is due friday, Vocabulary and Journal Test as well on October 27, 2017. Let's have a good week !!!

Language Arts: We had a fabulous week and the students loved All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury! This week we will be reading The Prince and the Pauper. In our literature books, The Prince and the Pauper is a drama, so the students are going to get to read parts and mimic acting it out in class!

Science: CBA Tuesday

We are still hard at work on elements and compounds!

History:This week in Social Studies students will begin a unit on Latin America. We will study some of the ancient civilizations as well as the countries of Central America. At the end of the week we will begin a project called Shark Tank - Central America in which students will create their own business, based in one of the Central American countries, with the requirement that it will be a benefit to the economy of that specific country. Going to be a great week!

Electives:

Art:  Continuing learning to perceive is the basic skill that the students will acquire, not drawing skill.  The really important teaching/learning point is how to see differently.  Our goal is that every student will make significant progress regardless of their initial skill level.  In Chapter 6 of our text, we are doing a study of the hand along with contour line drawings as our beginning stages of realistic drawing.  Again SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS... In 1969, perceptual psychologist Rudolf Arnheim, one of the most widely read and respected scientists of the twentieth century, wrote in his book, Visual Thinking:

“The arts are neglected because they are based on perception, and perception is disdained because it is not assumed to involve thought.  In fact, educators and administrators cannot justify giving the arts an important position in the curriculum unless they understand that the arts are the most powerful means of strengthening the perceptual component without which productive thinking is impossible in every field of academic study.

What is most needed is not more aesthetics or more esoteric manuals of art education but a convincing case made for visual thinking in general.  Once we understand in theory, we might try to heal in practice the unwholesome split which cripples the training of reasoning power.”

Band: Students will continue working in their band book, and learning different melodies with their first 5 notes. Make sure they turn in a signed practice report EVERY Thursday!

Choir: This week was a wonderful one! On Tuesday, we had a fantastic concert where the Mike Moses Choir Program got to show of what great behavior it has and what great musicians it is made of. Please let your students know how very proud I am of their hard work and how very proud I am of your allowing your student to be in choir. On Wednesday, we had cupcakes and listened to our performance. For the rest of this week and next we will be gearing up for the Christmas concerts on December 12th and December 19th. Here are some links to the choir concert for you to enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gjBwmM_2Wc & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-9bDvPMxII

Technology:Touch typing students will be introduced to Lesson 8 on Typing Master Pro learning the new keys of V, N and ?. There will be 8 short lessons and WPM will be taken as a grade on Tuesday.  Speed Typist will begin continue with the Numbers Pad Course Lesson 3: Review.  There will be 5 short lessons in this course.  This week we will also be typing/keyboarding “Under the Box!” This activity will encourage the students to type without looking at the keyboard!!  

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will build upon their skills of sportsmanship through competition by learning how to improve personal goals and performance. Students will begin learning the 11 steps for archery. These steps are from NASP - National Archery in Schools Program. To ensure maximum learning and safety, students will be held to high behavioral expectations. If there are any behavioral concerns, students may be kept from participating. Listening and following instructions are required.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 4:00-4:30. Please be sure to arrive on time as we have much to discuss!

General Notes:

Champion Zone: Need help with a subject? Need some time to finish or makeup an assignment?  Mike Moses is offering after school tutorials/makeup time Monday-Thursday from 4:00-4:30.  Snack is provided! Transportation is NOT provided.  Please go to the following rooms for each subject:

MATH: Room 414

SCIENCE: Room 318

Reading/Writing: Room 309

Social Studies: Room 215

Dragon Chat

Our Superintendent Mrs. Dowdy will be on campus Wednesday, October the 25th to meet with parents and answer questions. She will be in the library from 8:00-8:30.

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

Red Ribbon Week: Monday, October 23-Friday, October 27

Monday:  “My Future Is Great Without Drugs” (Dress As What You Want To Be When You Grow Up)

Tuesday: "Team Up Against Drugs!" (Favorite Team Jersey/Sports Theme)

Wednesday: “Live Like Star & Stay Drug Free” (Dress For The Red Carpet)

Thursday: "Friends Don't Let Friends Do Drugs!" (Twin Day)

Friday: “Let’s Show Good Character By Being Drug Free” (Dress As A Book Character)

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Week of October 16th-20th:

Math: This week we are introducing the lesson on absolute value by identifying a number and its opposite as well.  We will also help with fluency by modeling with adding integers. We will incorporate adding integers on a number lines as well. BOTS quiz on wednesday. Homework is due friday October 20, 2017. Let's have a good week !!!

Language Arts: This week we will be reading a fabulous story by Ray Bradbury called All Summer in a Day. We will be completing a major project called a One Pager with this story. Students will get to work on this throughout the week and it will be a major grade.

Science: It’s ELEMENTry my dear… we are studying elements and compounds, atoms, molecules, mixtures and more in chemistry

History: This week in Social Studies our students will finish up our study of governments, economics, and multiculturalism. Thursday is our first CBA of the year, and it will be a comprehensive test over all material to date. Students will receive a study guide, and class on Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent in review for the test. After the completion of all testing activities this week, we will begin gearing up for the following week’s study of Latin America.

Electives:

Art:  Learning to perceive is the basic skill that the students will acquire, not drawing skill.  The really important teaching/learning point is how to see differently.  Our goal is that every student will make significant progress regardless of their initial skill level.  In Chapter 6 of our text, we are doing a study of the hand along with contour line drawings as our beginning stages of realistic drawing.  Again SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS... In 1969, perceptual psychologist Rudolf Arnheim, one of the most widely read and respected scientists of the twentieth century, wrote in his book, Visual Thinking:

“The arts are neglected because they are based on perception, and perception is disdained because it is not assumed to involve thought.  In fact, educators and administrators cannot justify giving the arts an important position in the curriculum unless they understand that the arts are the most powerful means of strengthening the perceptual component without which productive thinking is impossible in every field of academic study.

What is most needed is not more aesthetics or more esoteric manuals of art education but a convincing case made for visual thinking in general.  Once we understand in theory, we might try to heal in practice the unwholesome split which cripples the training of reasoning power.”

Band: Students have learned their first 5 notes on their instrument and are working on lines in their band book. We will continue working on lines in the book and learning more music theory. Make sure your child turns in a practice report signed by a parent every Thursday. The first one is due the 19th!

Choir: What a wonderful dress rehearsal today for our upcoming concert! I hope you will all join us for our concert next Tuesday, October 17th. We will be singing two selections and the High School and McMichael will be singing as well. Concert attire is the choir polo, jeans, (with no holes), and dark closed toed shoes. Please have your student at the high school auditorium by 6:15. Concert starts at 7PM! See you all there!!

Technology: Keyboarding will begin Lesson 7 in Typing Master Pro. Students will be learning the keys G, H and apostrophe.  There will be 8 short lessons with word, sentence and paragraph drills.  WPM grade will be taken at the end of the course. Word processing and keyboarding will continue with Learning.com.

Outdoor Ed.:

Leaders from our community have been invited to meet our students and participate in a friendly competition of washers and ladderball. Members of our local police and fire departments have agreed to participate, as well as Mayor Brophy and County Judge Perry. This is an opportunity to display good sportsmanship and meet role models in our area.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Next meeting: TBA. Make sure you have joined our Remind notifications!

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

General Notes:

GT:  Robotics will have practice after school each Thursday from 4-5 pm in Room 219.

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Week of October 9th - 13th:

Math: This week we will continue with dividing and multiplying fractions by mixed numbers. As well, we will be solving word problems with all operations such as decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers with fluency.. There will be a BOTS quiz wednesday. Homework is due Thursday morning 10/11/17. Unit 2 & 3 Assessment given by the district will be friday 10/12/17. Let's have a great week!

Language Arts: This week we will be reading two versions of the popular folktale, Cinderella. We will be comparing and contrasting the cultural and historical settings of both versions. Mrs. May’s class will be going to the library on Monday, so please remember to bring your books!

Science: What’s a table called you can’t sit at? The Periodic Table!

We are learning how to use, read and interpret the Periodic Table this week!!

History: In Social Studies, we are going to learn about economics and different economic systems. We are going to put that information to good use as we design, market, price, and present to the class our own athletic shoe! It will be a blast to watch our students use their creativity and put a “real world” spin on an academic concept.                

Electives:

Art:  Drawing is a teachable, learnable skill that can provide a twofold advantage.  First, by gaining access to the part of your mind that works in a style conducive to creative, intuitive thought, you will learn a fundamental skill of the visual arts:  how to put down on paper what you see in front of your eyes.  Second, you will enhance your ability to think more creatively in other areas of your life.  We are working the skill of perception of edges thus being able to distinguish them from outlines.  Again SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS…

“Perhaps the best way of all ways of learning observation is to draw.  Best not only because you have to look and look again (there are no hiding places for ignorance between pencil and paper) but also because drawing demands a more or less methodical approach:  a general sizing up of the whole subject followed by more and more minute inspection of the details.” Hugh Johnson, Principles of Gardening (Mitchell Beazley Publishers Limited, 1979), p.36.

PE: Everyone is mastering their locks and procedures, don’t forget to bring your $5 laundry fee if you haven’t already!

Band: We have a welcome ceremony for the Japan students on Thursday, so make sure your band shirt is clean! Make sure practice reports are being turned in every Thursday. The next performance for 7th grade will be November 3rd for the Senior Night Football Game at NHS stadium.

Choir: This week we are working hard and preparing for our concert on October 17th. This concert will take place at Nacogdoches High School in the Auditorium. Concert dress will be the Choir Polo we have ordered and a nice pair of jeans. Concert starts at 7:00 PM sharp! In looking forward to this date we will be having a dress rehearsal at the school on October 12th from 4:15-5:00. Please allow your student to attend both of these as they are graded activities! Thank you for your continued support!

Technology: This week keyboarding will add the new keys of C and comma. This will be lesson 6 of the 12 keyboarding lessons that are part of Typing Master Pro curriculum.  At the end of the week students will be halfway through the this program.  Technology will continue with word processing activities through Learning.com.  

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will begin the week learning how to play Ultimate Frisbee. Students will play in teams to score points similar to football, except with a frisbee. Thursday and Friday, students will resume washers and ladder ball to prepare for the Mike Moses Community Challenge. Members of our community will compete with our students in washers and ladder ball.

Teen Leadership:

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

General Notes:

Library:  October 9th - 13th is Teen Read Week.  Be sure to come by the library for a new book and some literary fun, games and contests throughout the week!

Champion Zone: Need help with a subject? Need some time to finish or makeup an assignment?  Mike Moses is offering after school tutorials/makeup time Monday-Thursday from 4:00-4:30.  Snack is provided! Transportation is NOT provided.  Please go to the following rooms for each subject:

MATH: Room 414

SCIENCE: Room 318

Reading/Writing: Room 309

Social Studies: Room 215

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Week of October 2nd-6th:

Math:This week we are introducing multiplying and dividing decimals.  Monday October 9th is Staff Development Day. On the following day we will start working on modeling with fraction bars to show fluency in multiplying. There will be BOTS quizzes on Wednesday and Friday. We will continue working on fractions by dividing. We will also incorporate mixed numbers to ensure the students understand how to multiply and divide from a wide range of numbers. We will have homework that will be due on Friday October 6, 2017

Language Arts: Our first grading period is complete, and so is Unit 1! We will be analyzing Literary Text and Dramas ne in Unit 2. We will also be starting our first novels for the year! Mrs. Phillips’s classes will be reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, while Mrs. May’s classes will be reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

Science:Q: Why can you never trust atoms? A: They make up everything!

6th grade science is going to spend some time at the ‘table’ coming up!! The Periodic Table! Your students will learn what it is and how it’s organized. Be sure to ask what they are learning and doing often.

History: We will begin this Six Weeks comparing and contrasting the government models of the USA and Canada, as well as learning about both limited and unlimited governments, their characteristics, and countries ruled by those forms of government. Sixth graders really enjoy this study and it should be a great week!

Electives:

Art:   Instead of overemphasizing the skills best accomplished by the left side of the brain (memorizing – dates, data, theorems, and events), we will be “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” this week as we begin to “see” like an artist.  Again SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS...“Perhaps the best way of all ways of learning observation is to draw.  Best not only because you have to look and look again (there are no hiding places for ignorance between pencil and paper) but also because drawing demands a more or less methodical approach:  a general sizing up of the whole subject followed by more and more minute inspection of the details.” Hugh Johnson, Principles of Gardening (Mitchell Beazley Publishers Limited, 1979), p.36.

PE:We are rolling, don’t forget to bring your $5 laundry fee if you haven’t already!  Mile Monday and Two Lap Tuesday will start this week!  Lets see what you all got!!

Band: Students are making lots of progress on their horns, though it may not sound that way at home ;) Brass players are learning two different buzzes that will allow them to play many different notes in the coming weeks. Woodwinds are focusing on embouchure, tonguing, and learning fingerings. Percussionists are working on grip and learning various rhythms. Please encourage your child to practice at home, even if it's outside!

Choir: Thank you for a wonderful performance of the National Anthem! We have a concert coming up on October 17th. This will take place at Nacogdoches High School as a combined NacISD Choir Program. We have a dress rehearsal scheduled for October 12th after school in the choir room to rehearse for this concert. Thank you for allowing your student to participate in the choir!

Technology: Students will continue to build upon the learning of the keyboard by adding the letters of Shift and Period.  We will begin Lesson 5 from Typing Master Pro with 8 short lessons that will introduce them to the use of two new keys. Speed Typers will also begin with Lesson 5 practicing keys of Q, Z and P.  Word processing for this week will include two lessons from Learning.com.  These lessons will help students learn about program menus, toolbars, software, buttons and controls.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will continue playing washers and ladder ball. We are preparing for our new Mike Moses Middle School Community Challenge - Oct. 16-20. The Outdoor Education classes have sent out a challenge to members of our community (Nacogdoches Police and Fire Department, mayor, sheriff, etc.) to compete against them in a washers and ladder ball tournament. Students will display their skill and sportsmanship, as well as meet our local leaders and public servants.

Teen Leadership:

One Act Play:

AUDITIONS

Thursday and Friday – October 5th and 6th

4:00 – 5:15

Band hall – yep, you read it right!

Bring yourself and be ready to play!!

Ask Mr. Lieberman or Ms. Mitchell for more details

General Notes:Monday Oct. 2nd will be a teacher work day, students will have the day off. Oct. 5th will be Open House. At 5:00 pm we will have a Title 1 meeting. Open House will begin at 5:30 pm.

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY - Friday, October 6th (Order forms sent home on 9/29)

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Week of Sept. 25th-29th

Math:Monday we will have Unit 1 and 2 Vocabulary quiz.  This week we are starting Unit 3, which goes into multiplying and dividing decimals fluently. As scheduled we have a Notes/Binder quiz on Wednesday. We will finish up the week with determining whether a decimal is increased or decreased when multiplied. It's going to be a great week!

Language Arts: Last week we finished our personal narratives. This week we will be wrapping up our unit on Literary Non-Fiction and Poetry. We will have a Unit Test on Wednesday, September 27. It will include a Reading and a Grammar portion. This is also the last week in the grading period, so report cards should be heading your way soon!

Science: What has more mass? A kilogram of feathers or a kilogram of bricks? Which has more density? We are still working at density this week. On September 29th science students will take their first unit test!! It will cover safety, properties of matter, experimental design and density.

History: We are so proud of the efforts of our students on their first Unit Test of the year! Each child worked extremely hard on a very difficult test. This week we begin the unit Freedom For All, about the United States and Canada, their history of immigration, customs, landforms, governments, etc. We will spend the next 19 days (at least!) in this unit. This week we will make foldables about landforms and use Chrome Books for research. Going to be a great week!

Electives:

Art:  “The English script, also called Copperplate, is a style inspired by the Chancellery Cursive.  The English script became very popular and was used especially in the creation of signs and advertising.  Today, it is used mainly for advertising material and for designs that require a sophisticated, delicate, or feminine look.  Examples, could be wedding invitations or the label of a perfume.” – All About Techniques in Calligraphy.

We are growing our knowledge and skill in the art of calligraphy this week through the study of the Copperplate calligraphy-style.  The word of the week for art is slow-down.  Not procrastinate – putting off something until the very end only then to rush completion.  Slow-down and experience the moment.  Slow-down and grasp the concepts…understand the similarities between  fractions and division and stop being robots with no emotional connection/concern towards what we do.  Slow-down and make the appropriate connections.

Art SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS...

PE: We are rolling, don’t forget to bring your $5 laundry fee if you haven’t already!  Mile Monday and Two Lap Tuesday will start this week!  Lets see what you all got!!

Band: Students are playing their first sounds on their horns and learning new notes everyday! Make sure they are practicing everyday and being careful with their horns.

Choir: We had an excellent after-school rehearsal for the National Anthem last Monday. Thanks for allowing your student to participate! Our next after-school rehearsal is planned for Monday, September 25th 4:15 - 5:00. We will be working on more concert music as well as reviewing the National Anthem. Also, we will be singing the National Anthem at the 8th Grade football game on September 26th. Transportation will be provided TO the stadium but The game will be played at the Nacogdoches High School Stadium. Everyone needs to meet me at the stadium by 5:15. You can pick up your students as soon as we finish the National Anthem. If you want them to stay there for the entire game, it should end at about 6:30. Come support your students and your football program! See you all there!

Technology: Students will be progressing with keyboarding adding the letters T and O with touch typing. Lesson 4 will be introduced on Monday with completion of 8 short lessons by Tuesday. Speed typist will begin Lesson 4 with focus on the ring finger completing 5 short lessons.

Technology for the week will complete two lessons in Learning.com dealing with the basic components of the computer and navigating the ribbon interfaces. Students are now using headphones as they complete their work in Learning.com

Outdoor Ed.:

This week, students will begin competitive games (washers and bolo). Students will try to improve their performance throughout the week. They will alternate between games, as well as change partners. Win or lose, good sportsmanship is required.

Teen Leadership:  This week we’re refining our leadership skills by learning to give directions and follow directions. Students are participating in group activities where they have to delegate duties to complete the group’s objective.

General Notes:  We have pictures on Oct. 6th

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Week of Sept. 18th-22nd

Math: This week we are introducing integers as well classifying whole numbers and rational numbers.  The following day we will start working comparing and locating positive vs. negative integers on a number line to show fluency. There will be BOTS quizzes on Wednesday and Friday. We will continue working on number lines with rational numbers the next day. We will also incorporate decimals and fractions to ensure the students understand from a wide range of numbers.  Friday we will have homework that will be due on Monday, September 25, 2017. 

Language Arts: This week we are writing our first essay! This will be a one page personal narrative and it will be a major grade in gradebook. We will be wrapping up our unit on Literary Non-Fiction and Poetry to be ready for our Unit Test next week.

Science: What’s denser than lead? Uhhhhhhhh I dunno?

We are sinking and floating our way through density this week!! Ask you middle school scientist to tell you about golden crowns and bathtubs and mass and volume!

History:This is a busy week in Social Studies!  The first of the week we are studying cultures and their components. Wednesday we will review, and Thursday we will have our first test of the year. In addition, it is Celebrate Freedom Week, with most of our instruction and activities of that coming in the latter part of the week. Your children are working hard, and we enjoy the opportunity to teach them!

Electives:

Art:

PE:  Rocking and rolling in PE, everyone has their clothes and their baskets, don’t forget to lock your lock!  REMINDER to get your ONE time $5 laundry fee into your coaches this week!

Band: Students will begin learning proper instrument care, reading notes and rhythms, and making their first sounds on their instruments. Our students are VERY excited about band, and learning their horn! If you still need an instrument, Tatum Music will be coming back on Wednesday, September 20th to McMichael MS from 5-6pm!

Choir: We had an excellent after-school rehearsal for the National Anthem last Tuesday. Thanks for allowing your student to participate! Our next after-school rehearsal is planned for Monday, September 18th 4:15 - 5:00. We will be working on more concert music as well as reviewing the National Anthem. Also, we will be singing the National Anthem at the 8th Grade football game on September 29th. The game will be played at the Nacogdoches High School Stadium. Everyone needs to meet me at the stadium by 5:15. See you all there!

Technology: We’ve had some fun challenges the past several weeks in technology!! Students have learned additional letters to the home row keys and are competing with each other on Typing Master Pro and Typing.com. We will begin lesson 3 learning the new keys of R and U this week. Students typed with coins on their hands in order to learn the proper placement of hand position while typing.  It was and “eye opening” experience and even more so while typing “under the box!” Typing without looking and not “text typing” is difficult for students due to the use of cell phones. In my class I hope to provide students with the proper techniques to keyboard properly so that the skills they learn will be used as they progress into upper level grades. Technology is ever changing and is the way of the world these days!

We will continue to explore lessons on word processing program Learning.com with lesson topics of the Do’s and Dont’s on the computer and learning the basic components of the computer.

Outdoor Ed.:

In the past three weeks the class has gradually learned to: work together as a team, effectively communicate with peers, and experience a win or loss with sportsmanship and respect. This week, students will be learning the rules of washers and bolo. Students will compete in pairs. The previous themes of teamwork and sportsmanship will continue.

Teen Leadership:  Working on team building!  We will be doing group activities to get the students familiar with public speaking.

General Notes:

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Week of September 11th - Sept. 15th

Math: This week we are finishing up Fractions, Decimals and Percents with a mid-unit quiz on September 11. The following day we will start working with Part of a whole. BOTS quizzes are every Wednesday and Friday. We will continue working on how to find the Percent and the whole. We will also incorporate word problems with percentages to allow students to understand key words to look for. Friday we will finish up Unit 1 with an assessment over Fractions, Decimals, and Percents. As well, Place Value and Percent and the whole.

Language Arts: Last week we analyzed The Jacket by Gary Soto, paying attention to the figurative language he used and how that contributes to the meaning of the story. This week we will be creating a poem about a real or fictional character that includes examples of figurative language and that shows an understanding of graphic elements in poetry.

Science: “Whatsa matta?” “Dunno… whata matta with you?” This week we are building on states of matter and moving into density. Lots of measuring and math skills involved!!

History: This week we will be studying maps of all types, as well as latitude and longitude.

Why was the Equator scared of the Prime Meridian? Because he was a Lion of Longitude.  :>)

Electives:

Art:  We are moving into practicing our calligraphy study now with the pens!  We will be going over the proper techniques, strengthening our foundation from which we laid down the previous week.  SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS... “Craftsmanship is the quality that comes from creating with passion, care, and attention to detail. It is a quality that is honed, refined, and practiced over the course of a career. It is the quality that defines the difference between a Timex and a Rolex.

Band: Students have been tested on instruments and will know by Tuesday what instrument they will play. Remember that ALL 6th grade band parents must attend the Band Parent Orientation Conference on Wednesday, September 13th at the NHS band hall from 4-7pm. It is “come and go” and will take about 15 minutes.

PE:  We are almost there, learning combination locks, issuing our PE uniforms….don’t forget to get your ONE time $5 laundry fee into your coaches this week!

Choir:

Technology:  This week students will continue the use of  Typing Master Pro, a software program used for keyboarding.  The students will be in introduced to Lesson 2 learning the keys E and I.  Speed and accuracy will be stressed in keyboarding along with proper hand placement and learning to type without looking at the keyboard.

We will continue to learn the use of the toolbar and its many components.

Learning.com will be introduced to technology students this week beginning with the lessons on internet safety and cyberbullying.

We are working on becoming CHAMPION KEYBOARDERS!!!

Outdoor Ed.: This week, students will continue to practice and use a study strategy called Memory Hooks. They have each been given a sheet that reminds them of each memory hook and the hand motions. We will apply this strategy to grade appropriate content this week.
We will also continue to participate in activities that teach students how to function as part of a team. Students will: identify problems, discuss solutions, communicate effectively, and accomplish goals. Students are reminded – “If you fail, learn from your mistakes and try again.”

Teen Leadership:

General Notes:

Gifted & Talented Students: If you are interested in international politics and solving real world problems, come to the Model United Nations introductory meeting on Tuesday, September 12th in the Mike Moses Library from 4:00-4:30.  If you have any questions, please see Mr. May in room 307 or Mrs. Twigg in room 213.

CHAMPION ZONE BEGINS!! Need help with a subject? Need some time to finish or makeup an assignment?  Mike Moses is offering after school tutorials/makeup time Monday-Thursday from 4:00-4:30.  Transportation is NOT provided.  Please go to the following rooms for each subject:

MATH: Room 414

SCIENCE: Room 318

Reading/Writing: Room 309

Social Studies: Room 215

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Week of September 4- Sept. 8

Math:  This week we will be working with Fractions, Decimals, and Percents.  The idea is for our students to be able to convert between them with fluency.  Students will have their first major quiz on September 8th.  

Language Arts: Last week we took the time to transition into the middle school setting and began to learn our teacher's expectations. This week we will be diving into Literary Nonfiction. By the end of the week, we will be creating a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the stylistic elements and figurative language in two different stories.

Science:

Social Studies:  Last week was spent wisely, as we learned how to “do” Social Studies at the Middle School level. We learned procedures, expectations, and took a learning inventory. For the week of 9/4-9/8 we will begin our study of what geography is and what jobs a geographer might obtain, and this will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday we will watch CNN10 and take a grade over the student newscast. The remainder of the week will concentrate on The Five Themes of Geography, as this will be the foundation of what we do for the entire school year as we study the cultures of other countries from around the world.

Electives:

Art:

Boys Athletics:

Girls Athletics

Band: Students will continue testing on instruments and learning basic music theory. A letter was sent home to parents about the band parent conference. Please make sure everyone is there!

Choir:

Technology: Typing Master Pro, a software program used for keyboarding, will be introduced this week to students.  The students will complete Lesson 1 learning the home row keys.  Teacher directives will be given in order to prepare the students for the lessons. Students will also learn how to open a blank word document in order to practice keyboarding before the lessons. Students will complete 7 sections on Lesson 1 and will be shown how to interpret their typing scores.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will participate in team-building activities that focus on: (1) cooperation and respect, (2) problem-solving, (3) effective communication, and (4) experiencing failure/success as a team. Students will learn how to set goals, maintain motivation, and play their role within a group setting.

Teen Leadership:

General Notes:

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Week of August 28 - Sept. 2

Math:  We will begin our week by going over our CHAMPS, rules and classroom procedures.  We will also review some of the skills learned in 5th grade and set up our Mathematics Journals.

Language Arts:

Science:

Social Studies:  Last week was spent wisely, as we learned how to “do” Social Studies at the Middle School level. We learned procedures, expectations, and took a learning inventory. For the week of 9/4-9/8 we will begin our study of what geography is and what jobs a geographer might obtain, and this will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday we will watch CNN10 and take a grade over the student newscast. The remainder of the week will concentrate on The Five Themes of Geography, as this will be the foundation of what we do for the entire school year as we study the cultures of other countries from around the world.

Electives:

PE:  This first week we will be assigning gym floor spots and teaching the kids to use a combination lock!  Look for a PE guideline sheet to come home!

Art:

Band: Students will be testing on instruments as well as learning music theory. Instrument placement will be finalized by the end of the 2nd week of school.  A letter will be sent home at that time describing the instrument your child has been placed on and how to obtain a quality instrument.

Choir:

Technology: Introduction of teacher and classroom rules, MMMS policies and CHAMPS will be introduced to students.  Getting to know you activities!  

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