Week of May 29th - June 1st:

Math: We will continue to work with understanding proportionality and equations as well find relatable movies to watch with the lesson. This will be a fantastic week!!!

Language Arts: This week, we will be wrapping up our novels and their projects.

Mrs. May’s Classes

- Movie permission slips will go out on Tuesday (5/29) and will be due on Thursday (5/31)!

- Number the Stars AND Yellow Star Novel Tests are on Wednesday (5/30)

- Mrs. May’s Advanced students will be working on their creative projects that go with Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy!

Science:

History: We will take a trip “down under” and look at the culture of Australia and New Zealand this week. G’day, mate! We will not, however, throw another shrimp on the barby.  :>)

Electives:

Art:

Band:

Choir:

Technology: Eighth grade students will complete their final course work in Typing Master Pro for learning the number row.  Keyboarding will continue with 3 minute typing test in order to keep students familiar with their keyboarding skills. Students will continue to research and learn about the many uses of a spreadsheet and prepare a spreadsheet through the use of Google Sheets.

Outdoor Ed.:

If weather permits, students will be outdoors participating in various games. 

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Get your permission slips signed for the End of Year Celebration and turned into Mrs. May!

General Notes:

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Week of May 21st - 25th:

Math: This week we will be continuing to focus on each Category by completing a 6th Grade Review. As well, we will work with understanding proportionality and equations.  

Language Arts: This week we are wrapping up our novel studies and starting our final projects! Please be bringing in your library books or bring money in to pay for your fines.

Science:CBA will be on the 25th! We are off to explore ecosystems and levels of organization

Social Studies: This week we are reviewing for our 4th Curriculum-Based Assessment (CBA). It will be on Wednesday. From that point until the end of the school year we will be studying Oceania - Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, and all related countries in this region.

Electives:

Girls PE: SIGN UP FOR SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP, there are only 10 spots left!  Get papers in the locker room!

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport next year you will need a physical…...and UIL paperwork needs to be filled out online.  Get info from your coaches!

Art:

Band: Beginner Band Spring Concert is Thursday, May 24th at Turner Auditorium at SFASU. Students need to be seated on stage in dress clothes with horn (no cases) at 6:30pm!

Choir:

Technology: What an exciting week we have ahead of us! Keyboarding will complete the entire course of Typing Master Pro!! This week we will complete the number row. Students have now been taught the entire keyboard and number pad! Technology will begin working on how to do a spreadsheet.

Outdoor Ed.:

If weather permits, students will be outdoors participating in various games. 

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Meeting on Tuesday from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of May 7th - 11th:

Math: This is the final week of preparation for the Staar Test which will be Monday May 14th. All resources will be sent home this Friday. This will be a great week!!!

Language Arts: This week we will be competing in the AMAZING RACE! Students will travel the world, complete challenges, read passages and answer questions. This is a fun, exciting way to prepare for our STAAR test next TUESDAY (May 15th).

Science: This week we will be breaking down the 6 kingdoms for a brief look at what they contain.

History: This week we wind down our unit on East Asia by studying the country of Japan.

Electives:

Girls PE: SIGN UP FOR SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP, there are only 20 spots left!  Get papers in the locker room!

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport next year you will need a physical…...FREE Physicals will be offered at the High School on May 12th from 7am-1pm!

Art:

Band: Spring Concert for Beginners is on May 24th in Turner Auditorium at SFA. Students need to be seated on stage at 6:30pm. Concert will start at 7:00pm. Students need to be in concert attire. No blue jeans, tennis shoes, or tshirts.

Choir: We are hard at work on our pop show concert music. We are singing pieces from Moana, Glee, and Aretha Franklin’s Respect. We are looking forward to our Pop concert on May 22nd at 6:30PM in our Mike Moses Cafeteria! We hope to see you all there!

Technology: Keyboarding will complete the last lesson for the Number Pad/10 Key Pad. There are 5 lessons in this review.  Speed typist will continue learning the number row on the keyboard completing lesson 2 with 6 short lessons. Technology will continue with Internet Safety Awareness.

Outdoor Ed.:

Each class period will have an Olympic-style archery tournament. Each archer will shoot 3 arrows per round, for 5 rounds. The maximum score for each arrow is 10 points (bullseye). The maximum score for each round is 30 points. The maximum score for a student is 150 points. Each class period will compete on a tournament bracket (similar to NCAA tournament). The winner of each pairing moves on. Students will be graded on participation, safety and sportsmanship. Students WILL NOT be graded on skill. 

Teen Leadership:

Student Council:

General Notes:

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Week of April 30th - May 4th:

Math: This week we are concluding Category 1 with a STARR assessment. As well, we will continue to review for Category 1 & 2 this week creating opportunity to master both categories.

Language Arts: This week we are finishing our review of Expository and Non-Fiction texts. Students will be working on showing their work through various strategies we’ve learned throughout the year!

Science: 3 & 6. There are three domains and 6 kingdoms your scientist will be exploring this week!

History: This week we are concentrating on North and South Korea, which coincides with some extremely important current events coming in from the Korean peninsula in the last several days. We will look at each country, their relationship with each other, and how they will be impacted by the events of last Friday.

Electives:

Art:

Band:

Choir:

Technology: This week students will continue with the numeric keypad learning the special keys.  There will be 8 short lessons with sequence drills. Technology will continue with BE INTERNET AWESOME learning the skills to be internet safe!

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 May 8th! Be on the lookout for Remind alerts about the Year End Celebration!

General Notes:

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Week of April 23rd - 27th:

Math: This week we are wrapping up our STAAR review on Category 2 by completing a assessment. As well, we are starting Category 1 with order of operations and distributive property.

Language Arts: We will be reviewing Expository texts and best practices for STAAR! We will specifically be focusing on organizational patterns and the author’s purpose.

Science: Cells!!! This week we are learning how to compare and contrast eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells! Ask you little scientist for the answer.

History: This week in Social Studies we will continue our study of East Asia beginning with Indonesia.

Electives:

Girls PE - BRING BACK COUPON BOOKS and/or Money TUESDAY!!!  

Girls PE: SIGN UP FOR SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP, there are only 20 spots left!  Get papers in the locker room!

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport next year you will need a physical…...FREE Physicals will be offered at the High School on May 12th from 7am-1pm!

Art:

Band: We are working on spring concert music! It will be at SFA’s Turner Auditorium on May 24th!

Choir:

Technology: Keyboarding has completed 12 weeks of touch typing learning all letters on the keyboard! This week we will begin learning the number pad/10 key pad. There will be 8 short lessons learning finger placement through drills. Technology will continue with the  BE INTERNET AWESOME safety unit “Secure Your Secrets.”

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: We will meet on Tuesday from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of April 16th - 20th:

Math: This week in Math we are preparing for our last content lesson over personal finance. How to manage credit and debit cards, pay for college, credit report. After, we will begin our STARR Review with Category 2. This will be a great week.

Language Arts: Our stations have been going flawlessly! Please encourage your students to keep working hard so that we can see IMPROVEMENT! This week will are still working on characterization and how it can affect the stories summary and other characters!

Science:Science is still moving and shaking and swimming with plate tectonics. Unit test is Friday, April 20.

History: We will continue in Eastern Asia, with our main concentration on China - what it is like today living there, customs of the people, and the economic situation in China.

Electives:

Girls PE: SIGN UP FOR SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP, there are only 23 spots left!  Get papers in the locker room!

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport next year you will need a physical…...FREE Physicals will be offered at the High School on May 12th from 7am-1pm!

Art:

Band: We will begin working on our Spring Concert Music soon! Spring Concert for 6th Graders is on May 24th at Turner Auditorium at SFA in the Fine Arts Building. The concert will begin at 7:00pm. Students need to be seated on stage at 6:30pm.

Choir: We are hard at work on our pop show concert music. We are singing pieces from Moana, Space Jam, and Aretha Franklin’s Respect. We are looking forward to our Pop concert on May 1st! We hope to see you all there!

Technology: This week keyboarding will begin their final lesson in touch typing! Typing Master Pro Lesson 12 will introduce the new keys of Z and X. There will be 8 short lessons with word, sentence and paragraph drills with the lesson exam at the end. WPM grade will be taken and accuracy grades will be taken using Typing.com.  Technology will continue with BE INTERNET AWESOME unit “Don’t Fall for Fake.” These lessons help students understand that the content they find online isn’t necessarily true or reliable, how to spot a scam and recognize how friends can pretend to be someone they are not.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will continue participating in the class washers tournament. When the tournament has concluded, students will begin an introduction to archery and range safety. 

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Our next meeting is April 24! We will be finalizing details for our End of Year Celebration (date TBD).

General Notes:

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Week of April 9th - 13th:

Math: We are finishing up with data representations with bar graphs,histogram,stem-leaf plot, box and whisker and frequency tables.

Language Arts:  This week we are focusing in on how characterization can affect the plot and theme of a story! We will be working through stations until the STAAR Test. We also have our Unit 5 Test on Thursday!

Science: We are moving and shaking our way through Plate Tectonics this week!

History: In Social Studies this week, we will begin a four-week study of Eastern and Southeastern Asia, beginning with China, it’s rich history and unique customs.

Electives:

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport next year you will need a physical…...FREE Physicals will be offered at the High School on May 12th from 7am-1pm!

Art:

Band: Clarinets are working on “crossing the break.” This is a very critical point for them. You will hear sounds not of this Earth come out of their horns, but please be patient and encouraging! The rest of the band is working on scales and arpeggios.

Choir:

Technology: Keyboarding classes with begin Typing Master Pro Lesson 11 learning the new keys of B and Y. There will be 8 short lessons in this unit including word, sentence and paragraph drills. Technology will continue with learning about internet safety using the Be Internet Awesome Curriculum beginning section two “Don’t Fall for Fake.”

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will participate in a tournament of washers. Students’ names will be randomly drawn and placed on a tournament bracket . The last two students will complete for first place. Students will be graded on participation and sportsmanship. This tournament will help to prepare them for our 2nd Mike Moses Middle School Community Challenge. 

Teen Leadership:

Student Council:

General Notes:

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Week of April 2nd - 6th:

Math:  We are continuing our Data Representation Unit this week.  We begin Tuesday with Histograms and Dot Plots.  Wednesday and Thursday are all about Box and Whisker Plots.  We end the week with Stem and Leaf Plots.

Language Arts:We will be reviewing our Benchmark Data and setting goals for the STAAR test (May 15)! We will also getting the ball rolling on our novel studies! Mrs. May’s classes will be reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Advanced will be reading Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy, BOOK CONTRACTS ARE DUE WED. 4-4!) and Mrs. Phillips’s classes will be reading The Cay by Theodore Taylor.

Science: CBA Wednesday!! Physics, Space, Rock Cycle and Earth Science material will be covered. Thursday we begin shaking up the Earth with Tectonic plates.

History: This week we will finish up on our unit on South Asia, as we study Bhutan, Bangladesh, and create a project for our unit test grade.

Electives:

Girls PE:  Sign up for Spring Basketball AND/OR Spring Volleyball!!  Fliers are in the locker room!!!

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport next year you will need a physical…...FREE Physicals will be offered at the High School on May 12th from 7am-1pm!

Art:

Band: Students are learning new, higher notes this week!

Choir: This week we will be starting our Pop show concert music. We will be performing popular numbers from the Top 100 to popular movies. The Pop concert is on May 1st. We can’t wait to get started!

Technology: Keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 10 learning new keys Q and P. There will be 8 short drills with words, sentences and paragraphs for practice. Speed Typists will continue Typing Master Pro Special Marks Course Lesson 3 learning (), [, @, $. &, %. Technology will continue with BE INTERNET AWESOME UNIT with lessons over How Others See Us and Privacy in Practice.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will continue playing washers and begin ladder ball. We are preparing for our new Mike Moses Middle School Community Challenge in May. The Outdoor Education classes will send out a challenge to members of our community (Nacogdoches Police and Fire Department, mayor, sheriff’s department, 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:

Student Council: Our next StuCo meeting is next Tuesday!

General Notes:

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Week of March 26th - March 30th:

Math:

Language Arts: This week we will be taking our Benchmark on Wednesday! We will also be starting our novel units! Mrs. May’s classes will be reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Advanced will be reading Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy) and Mrs. Phillips’s classes will be reading The Cay by Theodore Taylor.

Science: Minerals this week!! CBA 3 is coming up after Easter break!

History: This week we will near completion of our unit on South Asia, as we highlight Pakistan and Nepal. We will be working toward a project-based assessment over this unit the following week which will be done at school.

Electives:

Girls PE:Sign up for Spring Basketball AND/OR Spring Volleyball!!  Fliers are in the locker room!!!

Art:

Band: Make sure practice reports are turned in every Thursday! Students should be practicing daily for chair tests every week.

Choir:We are gearing up for the concert! In preparation for our concert!

Our concert will be at 7:00PM on March 27th at the high school auditorium. We will be wearing all black for the concert. Black shirt and black pants OR a black dress. Please have your student ready to sing at 6:30PM.

Thank you for allowing your student to participate in choir!

Technology: Keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 9 learning new keys of W and M. There will be 8 short lesson with word, sentence and paragraph drills. Speed Typist will begin Lesson 2 on Special Marks Course learning the keys ‘ “ + - =. Technology will continue with the internet safety unit “Be Internet Awesome.” This week lessons in Google classroom will be Don’t Fall for Fake and Secure Your Secrets. These two lesson will teach students how to be internet smart, alert and strong.

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Next meeting is April 10 from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of March 19th - 23rd:

Math:

Language Arts: Welcome back! We are going to get back in our Language Arts groove by participating in stations that review the key concepts students consistently struggle with on our tests. This will help us be more than ready for our Benchmark next week!

Science: rocks and minerals this week!! We are learning how to identify the difference in rock types and properties of minerals.

History: In Social Studies this week we will begin a new unit, this one covering Southern Asia, specifically Pakistan and India. We will learn what monsoons really are, as well as dive into the conflicts existing between the two countries.

Electives:

Art:

Band: Our beginners have made so much progress in such a short amount of time! We working on learning new scales and dotted quarter/eighth rhythms. Things are getting more complex and the music is getting more interesting. Please ask your child to perform for you! They are very excited to share what they know!

Choir:

Technology: Keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 8 with new keys V, N and question mark (?). There will be 8 short lessons with teacher directives given in order to learn proper hand and finger placement. Drills will be word, sentence and paragraph drills with grades taken for WPM. Technology will continue with a Google lesson concerning computer and internet safety. The interactive stories and Google slide story presentations presented during the week of 3/5-9/18 were very creative and fun for me to read!! The students worked well as teams and came up with very creative stories!!

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will begin learning about friendly competition through individual or team performance. The initial activities will give students the opportunity to both win and lose with a positive attitude. Good sportsmanship will be the focus for the next few weeks. 

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Meeting on Tuesday from 4-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of March 5th - 9th:

Math: We will continue to work with area of shapes such as parallelograms, squares, triangles, trapezoids. Also, we will start volume this week with prisms. This week will be a great week!

Language Arts: This week we will be writing an Expository Essay and going through the writing process. We will also be starting a unit that covers Connections across ALL Genres.

Science: Layers of the Earth project due Thursday, March 8!!

History: In this final week before Spring Break, we will be preparing for, and administering our third Curriculum-Based Assessment, or CBA. We will review for this comprehensive exam on Monday & Tuesday, and test on Wednesday. The rest of the week will be spent on catching up on missed assignments, completing projects partially done, etc.

Electives:

Art:

Band: Make sure practice reports are being turned in EVERY Thursday!!!

Choir:

Technology: Technology will continue with an interactive Google assignment to learn how to use applied digital skills.  This assignment will promote teamwork and creativity as they work together! Keyboarding will continue later in the week beginning with Lesson 8 on Typing Master Pro learning the new keys of V, N and question mark.

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.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: T-shirt orders are due MONDAY, MARCH 5!!! Meeting on Tuesday, March 6 from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

Monday, March 5-7th -  4:30 - 6:30pm – MMMS Cheer Clinic/Performance Gym

Thursday, March 8th –   4:30 - 6:30pm – MMMMS Cheer Mock Tryouts – Ending time may vary with this event/Performance gym/Old gym

Friday, March 9th – 4:30pm – Official Tryouts for MMMS Cheer Team – Ending time may vary with this event/Performance gym/Old gym

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Week of February 26th - March 2nd:

Math: This week we will begin modeling area of triangles, as well parallelograms and trapezoids. We will continue to fluently classify shapes and determine their area. We will introduce volume with rectangular prisms with dimensions of rational numbers. This week will be interesting and fun!!!

Language Arts: As we get closer to the STAAR test, we will continue to analyze texts across genres and this week we will focus on Expository Texts. We will also be writing another Expository Essay!

Science: Unit test over space Wednesday!! Then we will be drilling straight through the earth to begin our Earth science unit. Look for a project acknowledgement sheet to go home with your scientist on Tuesday!

History: This week in Social Studies we will finish up our study of Sub-Saharan Africa, as we look at Tanzania & Nigeria, and perhaps Kenya as well. After this week, we will begin our comprehensive review as the following week is our third CBA of the year, just prior to Spring Break.

Electives:

Art:  "How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world.  You're not capturing it, you're interpreting it." -Juliette Aristides.  We first gained access to the part of your mind that works in a style conducive to creative, intuitive thought, you learning a fundamental skill of the visual arts:  how to put down on paper what you see in front of your eyes.  Secondly, we enhanced your ability to think more creatively in other areas of your life.  NOW continuing our journey of perception, the students will study the work of contemporary artist Yaacov Agam:  who is known for his "kinetic" works that involve movement and viewer participation.  The students are going to be challenged to draw three separate realistic images that were related in some way, and ultimately combining them together as one picture.  SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS... Arts education is a big part of building a 21st century creative mind, and I think that we have let way too many kids lose their way by NOT DRAWING in their young minds...with music, dance, painting, and the other various ways we can express those things we do not have words for.” Heather Watts, Principal of New York City Ballet (retired).

Band: Students will be working on more complicated melodic lines and scales.

Choir: This week we are working hard on our two concert pieces, Shake the Papaya Down and Whisper. We are also working on our our choreography as well. Our next concert is on March 27th at 7PM in the High School Auditorium.

Technology: This week keyboarding will begin Lesson 7 with Typing Master Pro.  There will be 8 short lessons learning the new keys of G, H and apostrophe. Lessons will contain word, sentence and paragraph drills.  Technology will continue with Google maps!

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will begin learning strategy through chess. Students will learn the basics of movement and objective. Students will also view, “The Queen of Katwe” - a true story of how the game of chess helped a young girl overcome difficult circumstances and teach her about personal strength and endurance.

Teen Leadership: Students are participating in team building activities modeling sportsmanship and leadership qualities.

Student Council: Meeting this week on Tuesday, February 27 from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of February 19th - 23rd:

Math: We are starting Unit 9 Geometry and Measurement. We will identifying different properties of triangles as well classifying them in categories. Also, we are introducing side-angle relationships. This week will be great!!!

Language Arts: We are so excited to be reviewing expository texts! We will be making connections across expository texts, starting with an excerpt from The Story of my Life and an article about American Sign Language. Students will be working on the Chromebooks to analyze these two texts. We also have our CBA on Thursday!

Science: We are wrapping up our Space unit this week!

History: This week in Social Studies we will be watching the movie Hotel Rwanda and center our activities around the themes in the move. This coincides directly with our study of the culture of Sub-Saharan Africa, and will aid the students in understanding the obstacles faced by many countries on that continent.

Electives:

Art:

Band: Learning new notes daily and new key signatures! Things are beginning to move quickly!

Choir:

Technology:This week keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 6 learning the new keys C and comma. There will be 8 short lessons with practice for proper hand placement, speed and accuracy.  After this week students will have completed half of this course! Speed Typers will continue with the speed building course Lesson 5 focusing on the use of the little fingers. There are 5 lessons to improve and practice with keyboarding drills. Word Processing will continue with the completion of google slide presentations.

Outdoor Ed.:

Due to benchmark testing and rainy weather, students will participate in activities that will teach them the importance of earning and keeping trust with friends and peers. Students will also continue exploring the properties of light and sound.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: No Student Council this week! Next meeting is Tuesday, February 27 from 4-4:30.

One Act Play: Wednesday 21st performance at MMMS for faculty and staff. Thursday 22  Rehearsal  4-5:30. Friday 23rd Rehearsal 4-5:30 Performance at 6:00 for Parents, community, friends, etc.

General Notes:

Gifted and Talented: Robotics will begin meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:30.

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Week of February 12th - 16th:

Math:  We are wrapping up our work with proportional and non-proportional relationships by examining the rules associated with both additive and multiplicative types.  We will also review for our next test on February 14th. Friday's lesson reinforces the same skills on which they were tested.

Language Arts: This week we will be working on another Imaginative story! Students will be writing a fictional story, editing it, and writing a final draft.

Science: This week we are starting our space unit! We are blasting off with a review of the order of objects in the solar system and the massive concept of gravity.

History:This week in Social Studies we will begin our unit on Sub Saharan Africa that will take us almost all the way up to...Spring Break! Please look for a permission slip later in the week as we will be showing the true story Hotel Rwanda. Students must have a signed permission slip to view the PG-13 movie. This week, we will also look at the colonization of Africa, and the effects of decolonization after 1914.

Electives:

Girls PE:File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsYouth Volleyball Sign Ups at the Nacogdoches Recreation Dept are NOW until February 17th...if you want to play volleyball next year for Moses it’s a GREAT idea to sign up!!

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 through investigating eyesight activities and optical illusions thus being able to distinguish them from outlines.  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.

Band: Make sure practice reports are being signed and turned in every Thursday!

Choir:

We have just completed our unit on world music! These presentations were wonderful made and executed. This week we will be working on our music literacy ( music notation and terms) as well as working on our music for our concert on March 27th. We will be covering all of this music in class, so we will not be having any after school rehearsals in preparation for this coming concert. Thank you for allowing your student to be a part of the Amazing Mike Moses Choir!

Technology: Keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 5 learning new keys of Capital and period.  There will be eight lessons incorporating the use of word and sentence drills. Speed typist will begin Lesson 4 with focus on the ring finger keys. Technology will continue with word processing activities.

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:

Student Council: Meeting this Tuesday (2/13) from 4:00-4:30

One Act Play: see note sent home with your actor for rehearsal times and information for contest.

General Notes:

SPRING PICTURE DAY - February 20th 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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Week of February 5th - 9th:

Math:  We are working with proportional and nonproportional relationships.  Students’ next test will be on February 14th.  It is never too early to start studying!

Language Arts: This week we continued comparing literary texts! We looked at how texts on the same topic could have similarities and differences between their plot, their characters, and even their theme.

Science: Unit 7 Physics Test is Wednesday!! Then we are off to space!!

History: This week in Social Studies will be a quick but important one. With no school on Monday due to a teacher in-service day, we will finish our study of The Fertile Crescent, Iran, and Iraq on Tuesday and Wednesday, review on Thursday, and test over Unit 7 on Friday. The test will be over southwest Asia and Northern Africa.

Electives:

Girls PE:File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsYouth Volleyball Sign Ups at the Nacogdoches Recreation Dept are NOW until February 17th...if you want to play volleyball next year for Moses it’s a GREAT idea to sign up!!

Art:

Band: Students are learning their first scales and continuing work on 8th notes and eighth rests.

Choir: This week we are presenting our world music projects for our peers on Monday and Tuesday. Then we will be working on our next unit of music literacy and doing team building exercises. Thank you for allowing your student to participate in the MMMS Choir!

Technology:Keyboarding students will begin Lesson 4 in Typing Master Pro with 8 lessons learning the new keys of T and O. Proper hand and finger placement will be instructed by teacher completing these lessons by Wednesday,  Technology will continue learning the components of the toolbar while using a blank word document to create a paper.

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council:

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday 4:00 - 5:30; Friday 4:00-6:30

General Notes:

        ***There will be a Valentine’s Dance on the 9th from 6pm - 7:30pm!***

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Week of January 29th - February 2nd:

Math: This week we are diving into the Coordinate plane. Recognizing ordered pairs and quadrants their located in. Also, introducing independent and dependent variable with tables and graphs. This week will be a great week!!

Language Arts: This week we are looking at connections between Literary texts. We will be reviewing vocabulary and reading short stories and poems to analyze the connections across the texts.

Science: This week we will be wrapping up our Physics unit. Students are actively working on differentiating between Distance/Time graphs and Speed/Time graphs.  They are also practicing calculating speed using the formula and calculating net forces. Unit test is 2/7/18

History: This week we are looking closely at countries in southwest Asia and Northern Africa - specifically, Israel and Egypt, their geography, the Arab Spring, OPEC and more. Should be a great week of Social Studies!

Electives:

Girls PE: File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsYouth Volleyball Sign Ups at the Nacogdoches Recreation Dept are NOW until February 17th...if you want to play volleyball next year for Moses it’s a GREAT idea to sign up!!

Art:

Band: Students will continue working through the book on 8th notes and learning higher notes on their instruments.

Choir:

This week we will be working hard and having fun working our solfege hand signs and syllables. We will begin working on our composer projects on Monday, which will be presented on Friday.

Technology: Students will be introduced to new keys R and U using Typing Master Pro.  There will be 8 short lessons using word and sentence drills. At the end of the lessons there will be a review wizard and lesson exam. WPM will be taken as a grade at completion of the course. Technology students will continue learning the basics of the tool bar.

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:

Student Council:

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday from 4:00-5:30; Friday 4:00-6:60

General Notes:

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Week of January 22nd - 26th:

Math: Monday and Tuesday we will review for CBA#2. Wednesday and Thursday will be testing days. Friday we will be starting Unit 8 with Geometry. This will be a fantastic week!!

Language Arts: We will be completing two projects this week-- One will be a persuasive letter to our principal, Mr. Autrey. The other will be a poster to advocate against bullying after reading a story in our Literature Books. This will wrap up our persuasive texts unit!

Science: This week we will be learning about physics! Net forces, speed, motion, velocity. Sit back and watch us take off

History: This week in Social Studies we will wrap up our study of Russia, and begin looking at southwest Asia and northern Africa, an area known as the Middle East. Included this week will be a study of the three major religions of the area: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. We will learn about their points of emphasis as well as some of their holidays and symbols. Included in this unit will be how each of these religions has shaped and impacted the region. Note: this will be a study of the history and practices of these religions only.

Electives:

Girls PE:  Pre-Athletics started last week!  It will run along with the PE classes and some days we will break into separate groups.  Make sure you are being good citizens!

If you haven’t turned in your Pre-Athletic paper REMEMBER EVERYONE needs to turn one in, YES or NO.  Go Lady Dragons!

Youth Volleyball Sign Ups at the Nacogdoches Recreation Dept are NOW until February 17th...if you want to play volleyball next year for Moses it’s a good idea to sign up!!

Art:  Doodle-4-Google “What Inspires Me” Art Contest!  Students are expressing their inspiration through a creative doodle contest held by the internet search engine company, Google.

Band: We will be continuing our work in the beginning band book this week. We will be focused on learning 8th notes and learning about intonation and balance. Make sure practice reports are turned in EVERY Thursday!

Choir: This week we are working hard on our two concert pieces in addition to experiencing different cultures in world music!

Technology: Technology/Keyboarding students will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 2 learning new keys E and I. Students will practice with a blank word document before lessons in order to learn proper hand placement for new keys. Students will practice changing their wallpaper on their individual computers this week.

Outdoor Ed.:

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:

Student Council: Our next meeting is January 23 from 4:00-4:30!

One Act Play: Thursday 4:00-5:30, Friday 4:-6:30

General Notes:

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Week of January 15th - 19th:

Math: No school Monday, We will be continuing inequalities introducing real world-problems. As well we will complete a mixed review with inequalities. This will be a great week!!!

Language Arts: We are still working in Persuasive texts and are going to learn how to debate! We will be reading various pro/con articles and determining when facts are used for/against an argument.

Science: May the Force be with you and your young scientist!!! We are learning about balanced and unbalanced forces.

History: This week we will conclude our study of Russia. We will be discussing the Cold War, the Fall of Communism, and present-day Russia.

Electives:

Girls PE:  Pre-Athletics starts this week!  It will run along with the PE classes and some days we will break into separate groups.  Make sure you are being good citizens!

If you haven’t turned in your Pre-Athletic paper REMEMBER EVERYONE needs to turn one in, YES or NO.  Go Lady Dragons!

Art:  Doodle-4-Google “What Inspires Me” Art Contest! Students are expressing their inspiration through a creative doodle contest held by the internet search engine company, Google.

Band:

Choir: This week we will be getting our new concert music as well as playing some games to reinforce our solfege and reading of music!

Technology: Students will begin keyboarding skills using Typing Master Pro completing 8 short lessons learning the home row, proper hand placement and proper posture. Keyboarding lessons will also begin using www.typing.com to reinforce keyboarding skills. Students will practice with teacher directives using a blank word document each day before starting lessons.  

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:

Student Council:

One Act Play: Thursday & Friday 4-5:30

General Notes:

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Week of January 8th - 12th:

Math: This week we are continuing with Unit 6 Writing one-variable, one-step equations and inequalities to represent constraints or conditions within problems.

Model and solve one-variable, one-step equations and inequalities that represent problems with all operations. This week will be a great week back!!!

Language Arts:

Science: CBA 2 is Wednesday. Study study study!!! Then we are off to physics!!

History: This week we are “Russian” to learn about the former Soviet Union - it’s history, political and economic systems, and a bit about their culture.

Electives:

Girls PE: Pre-Athletic papers went out Tuesday! They are due FRIDAY!  Each girl must return a paper with either YES or NO for Pre-Athletics.  This is a start of Athletics for the 7th grade :)  We will officially begin our Pre-Athletic Program Tuesday the 19th!

Art:

Band: Students are being taught how to clean their horns. If they attempt to do so at home, please supervise the process!

Choir:

Technology: This week brings a new beginning for the school year! Students will start their second elective course for the year! This week students will be introduced to Redfield Rules and expectations for this class.  Students will learn to log into their computers, google classroom and various sites and software that will be used for technology and keyboarding.  Students will learn computer terms and definitions through the use of powerpoint presentation.  Lots to learn this week and an exciting time getting to know new faces!! Happy New Year!

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:

Student Council:

One Act Play: Thursday & Friday 4-5:30

General Notes:

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Week of December 18th - 21st:

Math:

Language Arts: We are ending this semester by finishing our novel studies! We will be completing projects and watching movies to celebrate the end of our novels. Be on the lookout for movie permission slips and make sure you are getting them signed and returned!

Science: We will be wrapping up Potential and Kinetic energy with the completion of our roller coaster lab!! You young scientists are amazing engineers and have created some very amazing roller coasters so far!!

Social Studies: This week we are reviewing for and taking our third Content-Based Assessment test of the year (CBA). We will review on Monday, test on Tuesday, do corrections on Wednesday, and hang on for dear life on Thursday! This will conclude our unit on Europe, and we will begin studying Russia when we return from the break. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Electives:

GIRLS PE:File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsIf there are any girls interested in the volleyball clinic the high school Coach is offering turn in your papers and $ to Coach Benton, clinic starts on January 8th.  Pick up flyers in the locker room for more info!  ONLY 2 MORE SPOTS LEFT!

Art:

Band:

Choir: Choir concert this week! Our Christmas concert will be on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00PM at the High School. Please have your student there by 6:30 at the latest. Concert attire is formal black (Either a black dress or a black shirt and black slacks). Hope to see you all there!

Technology: Students will present their Google slide presentations in class for their final grade in technology. Students have worked very hard on their presentations and I look forward to viewing and sharing their work!!

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: We will be having a meeting on Tuesday, December 19 from 4:00-4:30.

One Act Play: Practice Thursday after school until 2pm

General Notes:

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Week of December 11th - 15th:

Math: We are learning Properties in math this week, as well solving equations with associative, inverse,commutative, and distributive properties. Bots quiz this Wednesday. It's going to be great week this week. Go Band!!!

Language Arts: We will be wrapping up our Expository Unit this week. Our Unit Test is Thursday.

Science: roller coaster science and Unit 5&6 test this week!!! Watch out for Potential and Kinetic energy in your young scientist!

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies we are learning about the European Union.  We are coming to a close on our unit on Europe, and will be discussing what led up to the formation of the EU.

Electives:

Art:

Girls PE:File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsIf there are any girls interested in the volleyball clinic the high school Coach is offering turn in your papers and $ to Coach Benton, clinic starts on January 8th. ONLY 2 spots left!

Band: Christmas Concert is Dec. 11th in the competition gym at NHS. Students need to be seated and ready to play at 6:30pm with instrument and music only, no case! Concert begins at 7pm. No blue jeans, tennis shoes, or tshirt. Wear dress clothes!

Choir:

Technology:We had a AWESOME week of technology with computer coding, building a foundation, robots and graphs! Lots of fun and creativity thanks to Ms. Schlebach coming to our classes all week and sharing her knowledge!! This week we will begin working on Google slides!!

Outdoor Ed.:

Preparations for the archery tournament will begin. Each class period will have an Olympic-style archery tournament. Each archer will shoot 3 arrows per round, for three rounds. The maximum score for each arrow is 10 points (bullseye). The maximum score for each round is 30 points. The maximum score for a student is 90 points. Each class period will compete on a tournament bracket (similar to NCAA tournament). The winner of each pairing moves on. Students will be graded on participation, safety and sportsmanship. Students WILL NOT be graded on skill.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: We are offering a service hour on Tuesday from 4:00-5:00 to decorate the halls for the holidays!

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday, Friday and Saturday! 

General Notes:

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Week of December 4th - 8th:

Math: This week are starting Unit 6, Equivalent Expressions and One-Variable Equations. We are generating numerical expressions fluently with order of operations including exponents and prime factorization. Bots Quiz on Wednesday and Friday. This will be a fabulous week.

Language Arts: This week in Language Arts we will be returning to Expository Texts. We will be focusing on texts that are organized by their order and sequence. At the end of the week, we will be creating a mapped route for our holiday shopping and writing an informal letter that explains the route to a friend.

Science:

History: This week we continue our study of Europe, beginning with the Dark Ages and Feudalism, and moving through the Renaissance and the rebirth of cultural expression.

Electives:

Girls PE:  File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsIf there are any girls interested in the volleyball clinic the high school Coach is offering turn in your papers and $ to Coach Benton, clinic starts on January 8th.  Pick up flyers in the locker room for more info!

Art:

Band: Christmas Concert is Dec. 11th in the competition gym at NHS. Students need to be seated and ready to play at 6:30pm with instrument and music only, no case! Concert begins at 7pm. No blue jeans, tennis shoes, or tshirt. Wear dress clothes!

Choir: As we prepare for our Christmas concert, we have quite a few after school rehearsals coming up. This week we will have after school rehearsals:

Monday, December 4th - Part 1

Tuesday, December 5th - Part 2

Thursday, December 7th - All Students

Please allow your students to attend these as they are graded and essential to a wonderful performance. Have a wonderful week!

Technology: Computer Science Education Week is happening in the Technology classes!  It’s going to be a time of exploration, creation and pure awesomeness!

Outdoor Ed.:

Preparations for the archery tournament will begin. Each class period will have an Olympic-style archery tournament. Each archer will shoot 3 arrows per round, for three rounds. The maximum score for each arrow is 10 points (bullseye). The maximum score for each round is 30 points. The maximum score for a student is 90 points. Each class period will compete on a tournament bracket (similar to NCAA tournament). The winner of each pairing moves on. Students will be graded on participation, safety and sportsmanship. Students WILL NOT be graded on skill.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Our next meeting is on Tuesday, December 5 from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

        *Computer Science Education Week is happening in the Technology classes!  It’s going to be a time of exploration, creation and pure awesomeness!

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Week of November 27th - December 1st:

Math: This week are still working Unit 5 proportional reasoning with rates and ratios by converting measurements. Friday  we will be taking Unit 5 District Assessment. This week will be a great one!

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: We are working on our big energy debate this week!!! Your students are becoming experts on a type of energy source and will debate the advantages and disadvantages on Friday. Unit Test on Energy will be Thursday.

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: Our Christmas Concert is December 11th in the Competition gym at Nacogdoches High School. Students need to be in their seats at 6:30pm. Concert starts at 7:00pm. Students need to wear dress clothes- no blue jeans, t-shirts, or tennis shoes. Leave horn cases in the car! Make sure they have their music!

Choir: This week we will be working hard on our Christmas music as well as our Caroling music. We will not have any after school practices this week.Our Christmas concert will be on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00PM at the High School. I will be sending home a letter regarding the uniform for this concert.

Girls PE:  If there are any girls interested in the volleyball clinic the high school Coach is offering turn in your papers and $ by Thursday Nov 30th to get the lower price!!

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.:

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:

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

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 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!  

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

General Notes:

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History:

Electives:

Art:

Band:

Choir:

Technology:

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council:

General Notes:

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