Week of November 27th - December 1st:

Math:  Percents are our main topic when we return from Thanksgiving break.  We will start with a brief overview of them, go into how they relate to proportions and will end the week with percent change,  percent increase, and percent decrease.  

Language Arts:  We will work on using transitions in our writing and compare and contrast myths.  Don’t forget to study your vocabulary!

Science:

History: This month in Texas History we will be learning about the Republic of Texas which is the ten year period that Texas was an independent nation in the world! This unit will also include the annexation of Texas to the United States as the 28th state. The test for this unit is December 19, and will cover the Texas Revolution, The Republic of Texas, and the Mexican-American War.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball travels to Lindale Monday! There will be an A gym and a B gym. Games starting at 4:30 in each gym.   Practice will be Wednesday & Thursday 7:00am-8:15am.   Good luck girls!  

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ...Offseason will be working out staying in shape and getting ready for track season!

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Boys Basketball

Band:

Choir:

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

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

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

General Notes:

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

Week of November 13th - 17th:

Math:  We are concluding our study of proportions this week and reviewing for our district test which is Thursday.  We will be working with various visual models of proportions, finding the constant proportionality, and recognizing how different visual representations can be used to relate information to real-life problems.

Language Arts:  This week we will describe multiple themes in a work of fiction, vocabulary and pronouns.

Science: This week we will continue our discussion on how plants respond to internal and external stimuli by examining how water is transported throughout plants and discussing how plants respond to different conditions.

History: Texas History is studying the Texas Revolution and Texas Independence. The next unit test is November 15. After the test we will begin learning about the Texas Republic, which is the 10 years that Texas was an independent country!

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball has a home game Monday vs. Jacksonville! 8th grade playing in the NEW gym starting with B team at 5:00 and A team following.  7th grade playing in the OLD gym starting with B team at 5:00 and A team following.  Practice this week will be Tuesday & Thursday 7:00am-8:15am.   Good luck girls!  

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ...Offseason will be working out staying in shape and getting ready for track season!

BOYS: Basketball season is upon us! Our first Basketball game is Thursday Nov. 16th in Jacksonville at the Middle School. They only have one gym so the first game will start at 5:00. See you there!

Band: This week, only All-Region kids will stay for sectionals. They should know who they are. I called out the list in class. They will be on the same day as normal. We will do this for the next 2 weeks that we have school in preparation for All-Region competition on Dec. 2nd in Jacksonville. No Wednesday Full Band after school. We will be doing it during intervention this week.

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 Tuesday, November 14th 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:

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:  When classes resume on Tuesday, we will continue our work with proportions, this time in table format and we will study proportional versus non-proportional relationships.  We will review the coordinate plane and graphing points and end the week by calculating the constant of proportionality.

Language Arts:   We will be working on identifying the theme, analyzing the characters and summarizing the story.

Science: This week we will kick off unit 3 by investigating how internal and external stimuli affect plants.

History:Hello Parents and Guardians of Texas Historians! Texas History is studying the Texas Revolution and Texas Independence for the next three weeks. Classes will have a vocabulary test Friday the 3rd. The next unit test is November 15th. After this we will begin learning about the Republic of Texas.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls:  File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsVolleyball season has concluded!  Thank you for all your support! The girls worked hard and their school, coaches and community are proud of them!

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball has started! Practice this week will be Monday 2:00pm-3:30pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 7:00am-8:15am.  First game will be at HOME vs. McMichael Thursday Nov 9th.  8th grade playing in the NEW gym starting with B team at 5:00 and A team following.  7th grade playing in the OLD gym starting with B team at 5:00 and A team following.  Good luck girls!  

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ...Offseason will be getting ready for track season!

Band: Marching band season is over! We will begin working on Christmas Concert music this week. Make sure practice reports are getting turned in with a parent signature every Thursday!

Choir: This week we will continue to work hard on sight reading and reading music better. We also will continue learning our carols and “Feliz Navidad”. On Wednesday , November 8th 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:

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:  Seventh graders are going to be doing unit rates and solving problems with ratios using proportions.  We will also be converting between measurement systems, from metric to standard and back again, using proportions and unit rates.  Mr. Kimbrough's class will be having a journal check at some point this week.  Mr. Kimbrough's advanced class's projects will be due Monday.

Language Arts:  Students will review grammar on Monday and take the CBA for grammar on Tuesday.  Then we will review for reading on Wednesday and take the Reading CBA  on Thursday.  Friday we will review the grammar and reading tests.

Science: This week students will be enrolled in Dragon Medical School. They will work in teams to complete a research project in which they explore how a particular disease affects a particular body system. We have a unit test over all the human body systems on Thursday the 2nd.

History: Hello Parents and Guardians of Texas Historians! Texas History is studying the Texas Revolution and Texas Independence for the next three weeks. Classes will have a vocabulary test Friday the 3rd. The next unit test is November 15th. After this we will begin learning about the Republic of Texas.

Electives:

Art:  We are continuing our paper maché projects.  SUPPLIES NEEDED – three (3) things of masking tape, five (5) wire hangers, a bag of flour, plastic grocery bags, PENCILS...WE NEED EACH STUDENT TO BRING!  This is going to be AWESOME!!!

ALSO, 2ND Period Art students WILL HAVE guests from SFASU during the week!!!

Athletics:

Girls:  File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsVolleyball plays their LAST game at home this week VS. Jacksonville on Monday the 30th starting at 5:00 with 7B, 7A, 8B, 8A.  Come out and support us!  ALL volleyball issued items will need to be turned in on Tuesday the 31st.  (Clean or dirty)

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball tryouts will be held Wednesday and Thursday of this week (Nov 1&2) from 7am-8am! Must have a current physical on file with the coaches.

Boys: The Dragons are heading to Whitehouse Monday the 30th. The field is located at 108 Wildcat Dr. with kickoff scheduled at 5:30. Getting close to the end of the season and the Dragons want to finish strong.

 Boys Basketball tryouts will  be held on November 10 (Fri.) from 4-6 and Nov. 11 (Sat.) from 8 am - 10 am. Must have a physical on file and passing.

Band: BBQ tickets due October 31st!!! Senior Night Game on Friday, November 3rd. Game starts at 7:30pm. We will be bussing the 7th/8th graders to the High School from Moses to rehearse with the high school band before the game.  Students are dismissed from the game after half time.

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.

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:  Seventh graders will be focusing on Financial Literacy for this week.  We will be working on budgeting and comparing monetary incentives like sales, rebates, and coupons.  We will end the week with compound interest.  We have a CBA, which is a major test, beginning on Thursday, October 26th and finishing up on the 27th.  

Language Arts:We will be working through the Expository writing process as we create an essay and work in stations.

Science: On Wednesday we will have a CBA test that will cover cells, levels of organization, organic and inorganic compounds and the human body systems we have discussed to date. Students are expected to know the main functions and organs of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, integumentary, nervous, endocrine, immune and reproductive systems.

History: On Tuesday, October 24th we will be taking  CBA #1. Students have a review that will help them study for the test. The rest of the week, we will be discussing the events that led to the Texas Revolution.

Electives:

Art:  We are taking a detour from our regular programming normal plans… and by student vote, we are going to make a 3-dimensional dragon out of paper maché.  SUPPLIES NEEDED – three (3) things of masking tape, five (5) wire hangers, a bag of flour, PENCILS...WE NEED EACH STUDENT TO BRING!  This is going to be AWESOME!!!

Athletics:

Girls:  Volleyball plays at home game this week VS. McMichael on Monday the 23rd starting at 5:00 with 7B, 7A, 8B, 8A.  Come out and support us!  Volleyball practice Wednesday & Thursday...7:00am-8:15am.  Offseason still working hard for basketball and track season.

Girls Basketball tryouts will be held November 1st & 2nd!

Boys: The Dragons will play Monday the 23rd, against Jacksonville. The game is set to start at 6:30 at Jacksonville High School, 1210 Corinth Rd. Looking to get another win to bring us to .500 this year. There will be no practice Tuesday after school. They will resume practice wednesday after school until 5:30.

Boys Basketball tryouts will be held November 9th & 10th!

Band: We will be practicing our field marching routine for our performance on Nov. 3rd at the NHS football game. BBQ tickets have been handed out. Please try to sell 10 tickets! The BBQ is the same night as their performance, so you can drop your student off, then go eat some brisket before the game. Money for BBQ tickets is due October 31st. There will be NO BAND on Wednesday this week!

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 complete 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!

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

General Notes:

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.

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

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- 22nd:

Math:  This week 7th grade will learn about two-step inequalities.  They will determine if the given values for them are true.  They will also write an inequality based on constraints and conditions of a given problem.  There is a major test on October 19th, don't forget to study.

Language Arts:  The students will work on their Expository writing skills and build their vocabulary.

Science: This week we will continue or study of human body systems by learning about the integumentary, nervous and endocrine systems. We will have a unit test next week start studying now!

History: This week in Texas History we will be discussing the Empresarios of Texas and the impact they had on Mexican culture in Texas. We will also begin reviewing for the district CBA to be taken on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

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.”

Athletics:

Girls:  Volleyball has its  first home game this week VS. Whitehouse.  Thursday starting at 5:00 with 7B, 7A, 8B, 8A.  Come out and support us!  Practice Mon, Tues, Wed...7:00am-8:15am.  Offseason still working hard for basketball and track season.

Girls Basketball tryouts will be held November 1st & 2nd!

Boys: The Dragons will be playing home this week against Lindale at NHS field. Kickoff is at 6:30 tonight and it is expected to be cold. There will be no practice Tuesday the 17th, but athletes need to be ready for practice Wednesday the 18th until 5:30.

Boys Basketball tryouts will be held on Nov. 9-10th after school until 6:00.

Band: We will be preparing this week for our performance on November 3rd. We will be learning how to march in class, so we can join in the drill with the high school band on the Senior Night football game. We will continue working on All- Region music in sectionals. Remember that attendance at sectionals/performances are mandatory and are part of each student’s grade. Sectional Schedule is:

Monday’s -Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion

Tuesday’s-Flute, Clarinet, French Horn

Wednesday- FULL BAND (Everyone)

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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Math:  We will be building real-world problems, modeling and solving one-step equations with both the distributive property and combining like terms.  Then, we will be beginning to write and solve equations using geometry concepts, sums of angles, and relationships between angles.  We will end the week by calculating simple interest and compound interest.

Our advanced classes we will be doing equations with variables on each side and starting inequalities while also doing the above topics.

          

Language Arts: The students will summarize, analyze and synthesize as they read about Eleanor Roosevelt and Sojourner Truth.

Science: This week we will take the knowledge our students have gained about cells and apply that to the human body as a whole. This unit will focus on human body systems and how they interact. We will have a lab on Thursday the 12th.

History: This week in Texas History we will be discussing the Empresarios of Texas and the differences between Anglo and Mexican colonization in Texas.

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!

Girl’s Athletics: Volleyball has a BYE this week.  Practice on Wednesday & Thursday 7am-8:15am.  Offseason is still working hard to get ready for Basketball and Track!

Boy’s Athletics: The Dragons will play Monday evening at 5:30 against Whitehouse at the High School field. There will be no practice Tuesday the 10th, but need to be ready for practice Wednesday until 6:00.

Band: We are performing at the welcome ceremony for the Japan students on Thursday, so make sure your band shirt is clean. Make sure practice reports are getting signed/turned in every Thursday. The next performance for 8th grade will be the SFA Homecoming Parade on Oct. 21st. Then we will perform at the Senior Night football game at NHS Stadium on November 3rd.

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:

General Notes:

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

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 will be starting with one variable and two step equations.

Language Arts: Students will work on summarizing, Greek and Latin roots, vocabulary and capitalization rules.

Science: Students will be working on a three-dimensional cell project Tuesday and Wednesday in class to ensure students understand the structure and function of the organelles that make up plant and animal cells. Students will need to bring materials to class to complete the project. We will have a unit test on Friday!

History: This week in Texas History we will be learning about the Mexican Revolutionary Era and the actions Mexico took to establish itself as a country in America.

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.

Girl’s Athletics:   Volleyball teams travel to Lindale on Monday.  No morning practice this week for Volleyball, we will be hard at work during the class period.  The girls will head to the High School Friday to be recognized at the High School Volleyball games after school, they will need to be picked up at the High School at 6:30pm.  Offseason is hard at work during the athletic period! Working hard getting in shape for Basketball and Track seasons!

Boy’s Athletics:

Band: The middle school band will play at the Moses v. McMichael game next Tuesday at the high school stadium. We will meet behind the home side stands at 6:30pm. After halftime, they are done! Please be there about 7:30-7:45 to pick them up! If shirts are finished by then, we will hand them out in class that day. They'll wear their band shirt and blue jeans to the game. If they still aren't done, they’ll just wear school clothes. Please make sure your kids are practicing and turning in practice reports! NO SECTIONALS TUESDAY BECAUSE OF GAME THAT NIGHT!

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 September 25th-29th:

Math:  We will be continuing our work with mixed numbers to include Multiplication and Division.  We will review concepts as we review for our upcoming major test.  Please remember Unit 1 Test is 9/28 and will cover everything we have covered so far.

Language Arts: We will have a Poetry Gallery Walk Monday, Nonfiction Jig Saw Review on Tuesday, and District Unit Test on Wednesday.  On Thursday we will complete grammar stations and have a grammar and vocabulary test on Friday.

Science: We have a quiz on Wednesday the 27th. Beginning Wednesday (after the quiz)students will be working on a three-dimensional cell project in class to ensure students understand the structure and function of the organelles that make up plant and animal cells. Students will need to bring materials to class to complete the project.

History: This week in Texas History we will be looking at the Spanish and French Colonization attempts on Texas and how Spain was successful. On Wednesday, September 27th we will take a Test over Exploration and Spanish Colonization.

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 why y=mx+b 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!!

Girl’s Athletics:  Volleyball teams head to Jacksonville on Monday.  7th grade plays in the Jacksonville Elementary gym,  7th grade B starting at 5:00, then followed by B.  8th grade plays in Jacksonville Middle School gym starting at 5:00 with 8th B, followed by 8th A.  Practice for volleyball will be Wednesday & Thursday 7:00am-8:15.  Friday 8th grade A coming in at 7:30am.  Offseason is hard at work during the athletic period! Working hard getting in shape for Basketball and Track seasons!

Boy’s Athletics: The 7th grade Dragon football team will be traveling to Longview Monday the 25th.  The game will be located at Judson Middle School, 5745 Judson Rd.  The Dragons will take on a great challenge against Longview Foster.  If student athletes do not turn in their Emergency Release form they will not be allowed to travel.

Band: We will be performing in the pep rally on Tuesday. Hopefully band shirts will be ready by then, so we can all perform in them. Students must turn in practice reports every Thursday signed by a parent, and all student must attend their sectional and full band rehearsal every week! They are for a grade!

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: Picture will be taken Oct. 6th.

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Week of September 18th- 22nd:

Math:  We will begin our week with adding and subtracting like fractions, fractions with unlike denominators and mixed numbers.  The end of the week will have us multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.  We will have a retest on Wednesday for our September 15th exam. Remember to study!

Language Arts:  Continue Literary Nonfiction and Vocabulary.  Students will take the IStations Evaluation on Tuesday.

Science: This week our young scholars are learning to distinguish between cell types and identify the structure and function of cell organelles. The district quiz has been moved to this Wednesday. Please study!

History: This week in Texas History, we will be discussing the European explorers of Texas as well as the early colonization efforts by the Spanish and the French in Texas.

Electives:

Girls Athletics:  Two different  things going on in girls athletics these days…..Offseason is working hard to get in shape for Basketball and Track season!  

Volleyball is in full swing...we have a game at McMichael this Monday 9/18, 8th grade in one gym 7th grade in the other.  Starting with B teams in both gyms at 5:00, A team to follow! We will have practice 7am-8:15 on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday...and working volleyball during the athletic period!

Don’t forget to bring your $5 one time laundry fee!

Boys Athletics:

PE:  Don’t forget to bring your $5 one time laundry fee and PE guideline paper!

Art:

Band: All students have started learning their All-Region music. Please encourage your student to play for you at home! Remember that practice reports are due EVERY Thursday and must be signed by a parent. Everyone has something to practice, so make sure their horn is getting out of the case every night, so we can reach our goal at All-Region in December!

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 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:  We will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.  We will also be working with net worth, sales tax and income tax.  Please remember that our first major quiz will be Friday, September 15, 2017.

Language Arts:  We will learn about prepositions and read non-fiction selections while answering higher level thinking questions.  Don’t forget to study your vocabulary words!

Science: There is a district quiz on Thursday the 14th to assess the cell curriculum we have covered so far. Please take advantage of the “Champion Zone” and study!  
Please ensure the “Technology Resources Acceptable Use Agreement” is signed and returned to so that your student can participate in our new online science resource STEMscopes.

History: This week in Texas History we will be learning about the culture and lifestyles of the early Native Texans. On Wednesday, September 13th, we will be taking a Unit Test covering both the 4 Regions of Texas and the Native Texans. Then, we will move into discussing the European Exploration of Texas.

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.

Girl’s Athletics:  Two different  things going on in girls athletics these days…..Offseason is working hard to get in shape for Basketball and Track season!  Volleyball is in full swing...we have a game in Whitehouse this Monday 9/11, practice 7am-8:15 on Wednesday & Thursday...and working volleyball during the athletic period!

Don’t forget to bring your $5 one time laundry fee!

Boy’s Athletics: Football season is in full swing! 7th grade has their first game Monday the 18th at 4:30 in Hallsville. Student athletes are responsible for bringing the emergency release form so they can travel. Go Dragons!

PE:  Don’t forget to bring your $5 one time laundry fee and PE guideline paper!

Band: Students are responsible for learning their pop tunes, and we will continue working on All Region music. Practice reports have been given out. They are due EVERY Thursday, and they must be signed by a parent. They are a large part of each student’s grade. Please encourage your child to practice! Remember sectionals and full band rehearsals are required, and students must be picked up no later than 30 minutes after a rehearsal.

*THERE WILL BE NO FULL BAND WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK DUE TO CONFLICT WITH 6th GRADE HORN DRIVE!!!*

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 Integers.  We will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with these whole numbers.  Our first major quiz will be coming on September 15th.

Language Arts:

Science: This week, our young scientists will be studying the basic building blocks of life, cells. Proper lab attire is needed Thursday, in order to participate in the microscope lab. Please ensure the “Technology Resources Acceptable Use Agreement” is signed and returned to so that your student can participate in our new online science resource STEMscopes.

History: This week in Texas History students will be learning about the 4 Regions of Texas.Natural regions are determined by physical geography features such as landforms, climate, and vegetation. Texas can be divided into four large natural regions: the Coastal Plains, North Central Plains, Great Plains, and Mountains and Basins regions. Students will research, study and compare these various geographical regions to ensure their understanding of the physical characteristics of our great state! Students will use this knowledge throughout the year, continuously referencing Texas landforms, climates and vegetation in other units of study to fully comprehend major events in Texas’ history. Next, students will study Texas’ original people, or Native Texans.

Electives:

Art:

Boy’s Athletics:

Girl’s Athletics

Band: Bring $10 for a band shirt! Students will be given their All-Region music to start practicing for All-Region Competition on December 2nd. Sectionals start this week! No sectionals on Monday because of Labor Day. Sectionals are:

Mondays- Trumpet/Trombone/Baritone/Tuba/Saxophone/Percussion 4-5pm

Tuesdays- Flute/Clarinet/French Horn 4-5pm

Wednesdays- Full Band 4-5:30pm

Choir:

Technology:

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, class rules and classroom procedures.  We will review Fractions, Exponents and end the week by converting between Fractions, Decimals, and Percents.

Language Arts:

Science: This week we will be focusing on lab safety and the scientific method as we prepare for our first lab on Friday! In addition we will be setting up our first interactive notebook. Students must have their lab safety contract signed and returned before they can participate in any lab. Students will need 2 composition books and 1 roll of paper towels (science can get messy). We are looking forward to a great year full of scientific exploration.

History:

Electives:

PE:   Look for a PE guideline sheet to come home!  Don’t bring anything to put in your lockers until we issue them! You can bring your $5 laundry fee anytime!

Art:

Band: Welcome back, band! On the first day, students will receive a Band Handbook that will include a calendar, Band Contract, and a medical release form. The band contract and medical release form will need to be filled out, signed and returned by Friday, September 1. Students should be practicing “Smoke on the Water” and “Land of 1000 Dances.” There will not be any after school sectionals or full band rehearsals the first week of school. Their after school sectional schedule will be on the band calendar. We will start sectionals/full band rehearsals on the second week of school!

Choir:

Athletics:  

Girls - ALL Athletes need to have their physical paperwork turned in by the end of the first week!   Bring your $5 laundry fee anytime!  Volleyball Tryouts are 2nd day of school, Aug 29th from 4-6:55pm, you have to have your physical to tryout!  Teams will be posted at the end of the tryouts.  Girls who make the team will have practice Wednesday 7-8:15am and 4-5pm.  Parent meeting in new gym at 5:30pm Wednesday.  First game Thursday!!

 

Boys- Practice for 7th and 8th football players begins August 29!! The athletes were sent home with a practice schedule for the next 3 weeks. Go Dragons!

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