EGLS MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
April 28, 2016
TRACK AND FIELD DAY: As the weather gets warmer, please avoid parking on the track during school hours as we will be outside practicing during P.E. classes. A volunteer letter should have gone home last week looking for help on May 16. Thank you to those who have already returned theirs!
UPCOMING CONCERTS: Spring Choir Concert, Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. All grades PK-8 are participating. Attendance is expected. Attire is school theme t-shirts, jeans and sneakers - just like the Informance in March. All 5th -8th grade students should gather in the gym no later than 6:20 p.m. Instrumental Spring Fling, Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. All band and orchestra students as well as all handbell ringers in 5th-8th grades are participating. Attendance is expected. Please wear choir attire. Please reserve these dates on your calendars and invite family and friends to join us for some fun programs!
5th Grade Class: We started Family Life Education. Our next memory verse is due on Monday. The fifth graders are working hard on finishing off this school year strong.
6th Grade Class: We will finish Unit 6 in Religion, titled “The Ministry of Jesus” next week. The Unit 6 test will be Monday, May 9. Look for the review packet on the 6th grade page of the EGL website. You can find the devotion & Memory schedules there as well. The Memory assignments next week are Which are these? (Monday) and What is the Office of the Keys? (WEDNESDAY). Wednesday’s Memory assignment will be the first one without the fill-in-the-blank format. Chapel is moved to Thursday next week for Ascension. Have a great weekend! Mrs. Paukner
7th Grade Class: The 7th grade keeps grinding and working hard at staying focused as the school year comes to a close. We have 5 solid weeks to go!! As the weather continues to improve encourage kids get outside for some fresh air and exercise. Here is an article on handheld devices and youth. Check it out.
HANDHELD DEVICES Mr. Simmer
8th Grade Class: * It’s time, it’s time, we leave on Sunday! Can you believe this is the weekend we leave for New Orleans. Send me an email if you have any questions before Sunday. Remember that we meet at EGL in the CLC at 1pm. We depart for the Amtrak station by 1:30pm. Make sure you have arranged for a ride to the station. * Congratulations on a successful evening on Tuesday at the confirmation public examination. Keep all that you learned in your heart. * While it may seem like the big events are over, now is not the time to relax and stop doing homework. Your final eighth grade report card will be sent to the high school you will be attending next year. Make sure that your grades reflect hard work and diligence until the end of the year. Mrs. Weymier
5th Grade: We just finished Lesson 14 in Typing Town. We are also using some of our time to type our DARE essays. DARE essays are due on May 13.
6th Grade: We will continue to learn about Microsoft Word next week. Students will continue to need their flash drive to save projects and work in class. Mrs. Paukner
7th—8th Grade: The 7th and 8th graders are working on a Google Map assignment. Google Maps is a very useful application that can be used daily. Mr. Simmer
5th Grade: We are in Unit 30 in spelling. The book work will be due on Thursday, and the test will be on Friday. We are working on irregular and past participle verbs in language arts.
6th Grade: Language Arts - VAPCI - *It is important that students take good notes, so that they have examples to look back at if they get stuck on homework. Additionally, we do a lot of practice work in class that serve as good example sentences as well. Each student needs to take responsibility for paying attention in class so that he/she can ask questions. We have finished with prepositions. Next week, the class will work on a review packet on Monday. It will cover verbs (HV, LV, AV), adverbs and prepositions. They will watch a video on Wednesday covering “parts of speech”. No class Friday since there is a field trip. When I am back, we finish the chapter with conjunctions and interjections. Spelling - We are working on Unit 28. Test 1 is on Monday, April 25. The workbook pages and test 2 are on Thursday, April 28. Mrs. Paukner will be taking care of spelling next week while I am gone. She will assign Unit 29 for the following week. Test 1 is on Monday, May 2. The workbook pages and test 2 are on Thursday, May 5. Make sure you study for the Monday test - then you don’t have so many corrections to do. Mrs. Weymier
7th Grade: Language Arts - Our focus has turned to writing in the 4th quarter. We have begun the research report process. We have completed the in class note taking process. Next week we will be completing an outline of our report and beginning our first draft. Spelling - We will begin Unit 34 next week. We have also added a Word of the Day to our Spelling curriculum. As your son or daughter what the word was each day :) Last week’s words were; knoll, tolerate, amateur, and rebellion. Mr. Simmer
8th Grade: Language Arts - Chapter 13 Complements - We will be moving back to the PN and PA now that our dissection is done. Maybe there will be some more bingo in the future. Spelling - We are on Unit 31. Test 1 is on Monday, 5-2. Test 2 and bookwork is due Wednesday, 5-4. Make sure you study for the first test on Monday - then you don’t have so many corrections to do. Mrs. Weymier
LITERATURE — MRS. ELVERS
5th Grade: We started our poetry unit. We are working on writing shape poems.
6th Grade: We are learning to be “ACTIVE READERS”. We started our poetry unit by writing limericks. We will work on echo poems next week.
7th Grade: We are finishing Where The Red Fern Grows. We are focusing on visualizing and connecting while we read. New vocabulary will handed out next week. We will have a vocabulary test on Friday.
8th Grade: We will continue with our poetry unit when the students return from New Orleans.
MATHEMATICS — MR. SIMMER
5th Grade Math: The fifth grade is wrapped up Chapter 7, “Fraction Concepts.” Understanding fractions is integral to their future math success. Point out the use of fractions in everyday life when you see them and help your 5th grader describe what is meant by the fraction. We have begun chapter 8, “Fraction Operations.”
6th Grade Math: The sixth grade has begun chapter 9, “Geometry and Measurement.”
7th Grade Pre—Algebra: Seventh grade is in the heart of chapter 9, “Spatial Thinking.” Our test is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 9th.
Algebra: 8th grade took the test over chapter 8, “Exponents and Exponential Functions,” before leaving for New Orleans. We will begin chapter 9, “Polynomials and Factoring,” on Monday.
SCIENCE — MRS. WEYMIER
Mrs. Weymier will be gone from Monday, April 25-Friday, April 29.
She will be in New Orleans with the eighth grade class
on their class trip.
5th Grade: Chapter - Waves: We have done another book switch for this next chapter. We will start this new material when I return from New Orleans. The chapter starts with an overview of waves and their structure. Then we will discuss the relationship between waves and sound.
6th Grade: Unit B Chapter - Invertebrates: Students will be taking the invertebrate test on Monday, April 25. We start the vertebrate animal classes when I return from New Orleans.
7th Grade: Bridge Building Project: We were not able to get all the way through this project before I left for New Orleans with my eighth grade class. We will finish it with the strength tests after I return. Then we begin a chapter on work, force, and power.
8th Grade: Dissection: Dissection is finished. Students will receive three double grades for dissection (a daily lab grade, folder grade and exam grade). After we return from New Orleans, it is time to get back to some more human body systems. Our next chapter covers the respiratory and excretory systems.
SOCIAL STUDIES — MR. CONWAY
5th Grade American History: Chapter 15 has been going well! We are learning the ins and outs of the Civil War and why it is so important to know about its impact on our lives even today. We will be having a test on this chapter on Tuesday, May 3. The students have a packet that they have been working on throughout this chapter and it has a “Need to Know” Sheet attached to it. This and the vocabulary sheet is what they should be filling out and studying throughout the chapter.
6th Grade World History: Chapter 14 has taken a little longer than expected. I have rescheduled our test for Monday, May 2. After the test we will move on to Chapter 15, “Revolution and Expansion.” This chapter will take roughly a week and a half to complete.
7th Grade Geography: We recently finished chapter on Canada and the United States and have since moved on to Chapter 20, “Mexico.” This quite a short chapter, so the test will be on Friday, May 6.
8th Grade American History: The class has been enjoying their time in New Orleans, Louisiana this week! When they return, they will be picking back up with Chapter 13, “The Rise of Dictators and WWII.” We will take some time to debrief from the trip and take a look at the hopes and goals they set before leaving. We will then take the rest of the week to finish the chapter. This will conclude with a test on Friday, May 6.
PE — MRS. PAUKNER
Track & Field continues in preparation for Track & Field Day on May 16 and the MLESAA meet on May 23. Permission slips went home earlier this week for the MLESAA track meet. Even if your child is not planning on attending the meet, they still need to return the slip indicating that they will remain at school. Students are also working to qualify for the very first state track meet on May 21.
As the weather improves, we will be holding class outdoors. Students will be allowed to wear jackets/sweatshirts over their uniforms if needed. On indoor days, they will not be allowed to wear shoes that may track mud and grass into the gym after recess. Please make sure your child has an appropriate pair of indoor shoes as indicated on the supply list at the start of the year or avoids the grass at recess.
REMINDER: If your child is unable to participate or requires limited participation in physical education, they MUST have one of the following:
Have a signed note from a parent excusing them from class.
Have an email sent to Mrs. Paukner (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12:30 pm of that school day.
Have a parent stop in to see Mrs. Paukner before school that morning in the 6th grade room. LP 4/27
MUSIC — MRS. KRUEGER
5th grade: We finished up our small group work with the rhythm sticks in “Hot Lunch Jam,” and we watched a video of our music informance from March.
6th grade: In sixth grade, we finished working in our small groups to choreograph movement for ribbon streamers that reflects the form of “Gallop” from the Comedians by Dmitry Kabalevsky. We also watched the informance video from March.
7th grade: Our mode quiz is moved to next week Friday. We watched a video of the music informance from March.
Hosanna Ringers (5th grade): Your final performance of the year is the Instrumental Spring Fling on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. We have only one rehearsal left for the concert so you need to focus and work hard! Be sure to study for your Mad Minute (+ 15 seconds). Only two of those left on May 5 & May 12! If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com. Mrs. Bessert
Jubilate Ringers (6th-8th grades): You ring in worship for the last time on Thursday, May 5 at the 6:30 p.m. Ascension service. Arrival time is 6:10 p.m. in the church. Wear choir attire. Your final performance of the year is the Instrumental Spring Fling on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. We don’t have many rehearsals left for these two events so you need to focus and work hard! Be sure to study for your Mad Minute - only two left on May 4 and May 9. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs. Bessert
Band: Preparation continues for our Spring Fling performance, Wednesday, May 11, at 6:30pm. Three songs will be performed: You’re a Grand Old Flag, When Johnny Comes Swingin Home, & Yankee Doodle Salute. Continue to let Mrs. Bessert (email@example.com) know if your child will be out of school on a Wednesday or Thursday so their lesson isn’t scheduled during that time. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any other questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org! Mr. Paukner
Orchestra: Please put Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 on your calendar for the Spring Fling, the last performance of the year. Mr. Rindt says you are doing a great job preparing for the concert. Mrs. Behring plans to direct at the Spring Fling! If you have questions or concerns regarding the rest of the school year, please contact Mrs. Bessert at email@example.com.
ART — MRS. GRELK
5th Grade: We started drawing our shoe patterns. Please bring or wear the same shoe to class on Monday. Sketch #20 is due on Monday, May 2.
6th Grade: We were preparing for our cartoon drawing project. Sketch #25 is due on Monday, May 2.
7th Grade: We were finishing the painting of an impressionistic-style landscape. No Sketch assignment.
8th Grade: There was no Art Class this week.
HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
SUMMER PROGRAMS ONLINE! - The summer programs for elementary students and HS Impact are now up and running online! You will need to set up a free sport ngin account and then you will see the choices available to your kids! New programs this year include chess, physics and swimming! Start planning your summer!
Summer Programs registration is open and online! Go to www.MartinLutherAthletics.org and click on the Camps Tab to register.
All Summer Program prices will increase by $5 after May 1st, and $10 after May 31st. Camps are filling up-Do not miss out on great camps and savings.
RUMMAGE SALE HOURS
Wednesday 5/4 9:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 5/5 9:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Friday 5/6 9:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 5/7 9:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Do you have items you no longer need? Please consider donating them to our rummage sale. You can drop off donations during the week inside the
northwest door by the maintenance entrance (third set of double doors).
Future Freshman/New Student Parent Night Wednesday, May 25 - 7:00 to 8:00 PM - MLHS Gym - Presentations by various administrators, teachers and coaches - Tips on how to make a positive transition to high school for your daughters and sons - Time for questions and answers
SUMMER PROGRAMS: Summer Programs information is now available on the MLHS website. We have a few changes for this year…this includes the revival of swim lessons, cheaper camps, and even a free camp! Please get the word out!