Weekly Newsletter

Hello Middle School Families!

The school year is officially in full swing! Gradelink login information was distributed this week, so feel free to check grades any time. I will update them periodically. Congratulations to those who ran for student council this week! Below, I have attached a few photos from speeches on Thursday.

This week’s recap:

7th and 8th grade completed a study of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” and examined plot structure and irony within the short story. We also worked with our first mentor sentence and interactive language notebook. In US History, we completed study of European exploration of the Americas and moved onto the earliest European settlements of the New World. Next week, 7th and 8th grade will move on to the first Character Based Literacy Novel, Esperanza Rising. In this unit, we will be focusing on the theme, Responsibility Requires Restraint, and narrative writing In Social Studies, we will continue with the earliest settlements, and introduce a Native American Tribes of Colonial Times project.

5th and 6th grade worked on an All About Me writing assignment this week, in which students had the chance to describe their lives in writing. Next week, we will complete these assignments and transition into the first Character Based Literacy novel, Circuit. This unit will also focus on narrative writing, and the same theme of Responsibility Requires Restraint. In Social Studies, we discussed archaeology and how artifacts are used to help archaeologists continue to study and piece together the history of our human past. Next week in Ancient Civilizations, we will discuss what makes a civilization, and  transition into a study of hunter-gatherers.

Take Note: STAR testing for reading will take place next week. Mr. Molina will administer the tests during lab on Tuesday. They will only last one hour total, but we suggest making sure students are well-rested and eat a good breakfast Tuesday morning. We will be sure not to assign too much homework on Monday night so students can perform well.  Also, the 8th grade Sunday mass will take place next Sunday, September 17th, and we encourage all family to attend!

Picture Day: Thursday 9/14

Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!

Eric’s speech
Aaron’s speech
Peyton’s speech
Namie’s speech