EGLS MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
April 8, 2016
MEDIEVAL TIMES The 6th & 7th graders are going on a trip of their own while the 8th grade is in New Orleans. Our bi-annual trip to Medieval Times will be on Friday, April 29. Permission slips went home with your child’s report card last week and are due Friday, April 15. Let Mrs. Paukner know if you are willing to drive and chaperone, lunch is included with the show!
MS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH have been decided for March.
The nominees for Christian Leadership were: Julianne Skovgaard(8), Maddie Wilinski(8), Sam Ewert(8), Jamie Krueger(7), Hannah Daws(6), and Devean Laedtke(5).
The March Middle School SOTM for Christian Leadership is Sam Ewert(8).
The nominees for Academic Achievement were: Frank Eichelberger(8), Sam Ewert(8), Julianne Skovgaard(8), Tyler Ky(7), Ian Klein(6), and Matt Stoll(5)..
The March Middle School SOTM for Academic Achievement is Ian Klein(6).
Congratulations to all those nominated, and especially to Sam and Ian!
SERVICE HOURS: Just a reminder that the cutoff for service hours for the current school year was last Friday, April 1st. Updated totals will be coming out next week, so please make sure to send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything that has not been logged so we can make sure that the totals are accurate! We know that April 1st seems a bit early for a cut off, but don't worry- any service hours earned for the duration of the school year will count towards NEXT year’s totals! Wouldn't it be amazing to get a head start on next year already??!! Thank you so much for all the wonderful participation that we've seen so far this year!!
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 will be announced at a later date. 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. Attire will be announced at a later date. Please reserve these dates on your calendars and invite family and friends to join us for some fun programs!
5th Grade Class:
6th Grade Class: We took the Unit 5 Religion test on Tuesday. Unit 6, titled “The Ministry of Jesus,” began yesterday. 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 What benefits does Baptism give?/Which are these words & promises of God? (Monday) and How can water do such great things?-Part 1 (Thursday). We are in the final month of fill in the blank Memory assignments. Students will have to write out the entire assignment in May to prepare them for next year. Let me know if you can chaperone our trip to Medieval Times next month, we would love for you to join us! Permission slips are due next Friday, April 15. If you missed any books last month at the book fair, April book orders went home on Monday. Our online class code is L6C77. Thank you for all of the birthday gifts and cupcakes last Friday. The cupcakes helped make for a great end to testing too! Have a great weekend! Mrs. Paukner
7th Grade Class: The 7th graders will be going on a field trip (with the 6th grade) to Medieval Times Friday, April 29. Please return the permission slip that went home with the 3rd quarter report card at your earliest convenience. As the weather continues to improve I hope kids get outside for some fresh air and exercise. I found this article about recess online. Let me know what you think. http://www.click2houston.com/news/recess-time-in-europe-vs-america (copy and paste into your internet address bar). Mr. Simmer
8th Grade Class: * A class trip meeting was scheduled for Thursday, April 7 at 6:30pm in the CLC. Thank you to everyone that was in attendance. We covered a lot of information regarding the trip, packing, itinerary, etc. We leave in 16 days! * There is a lot going on for eighth graders right now. They should be studying their confirmation questions on a daily basis. There is dissection material to work on. Practicing their instruments, reading for literature, Spanish projects...there is a lot going on. Please work with your child to see that they are getting enough sleep each night. If anyone says, “I have no homework.”, then have him/her study confirmation or dissection. * Enjoy the weekend - maybe warmer weather will be coming our way. * Mrs. Weymier
6th Grade: The class is making great progress with their Microsoft Powerpoint project! Students will need their flash drive to save their progress. If it is not here at school, they will be unable to save their work and receive a grade for the project. Mrs. Paukner
7th—8th Grade: We are currently exploring Microsoft Excel. Computer classes are held on Fridays from 11:22 AM until 12:05 PM in the computer lab. Mr. Simmer
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 made grammar cards containing helpful hints about transitive/intransitive verbs and now the adverbs. * Our next part of speech is the adverb. We will finish them next week and then focus on prepositions and prepositional phrases. Spelling - We are working on Unit 26. Test 1 is on Monday, April 11. The workbook pages and test 2 are on Thursday, April 14. 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 turns to writing in the 4th quarter. We have begun our research report process. Each student will be required to have 3-5 (or more) sources. At least one book must be a resource. Please visit the library and let your child search for resources. They will need to have the book(s) in class by Monday, April 11th at the latest. Each student will also need a pack of notecards to take notes for their research. Please have these at school Monday as well. Spelling - We will begin Unit 30 next week. The class average for the 3rd quarter was 101%. Way to go! We have also added a Word of the Day to our Spelling curriculum. As your son or daughter what the word was each day :) Mr. Simmer
8th Grade: Language Arts - Chapter 13 Complements - We will be moving back to the PN and PA next week once our dissection work in science is complete. Spelling - We are on Unit 29. Test 1 is on Monday, 4-18. Test 2 and bookwork is due Wednesday, 4-20. 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
MATHEMATICS — MR. SIMMER
5th Grade Math: The fifth grade has begun 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. The Chapter 7 test should occur the week of April 25th.
6th Grade Math: The 6th grade began our 8th chapter, “Tools of Geometry” Monday, April 4th. Please check that your student has a protractor this weekend.
7th Grade Pre—Algebra: 7th grade began chapter 8, “Linear Functions and Graphing,” last week. Their assessment is currently scheduled for Friday, April 15.
Algebra: 8th grade continues chapter 8, “Exponents and Exponential Functions,”. Their assessment is currently scheduled for Wednesday, April 20.
SCIENCE — MRS. WEYMIER
5th Grade: Chapter 18 - Forces: Work, work, work...so much work to do. We have been covering the scientific use of the word “work” in class this past week. The last part of the chapter covers simple machines. I am predicting the test for Tuesday, April 19.
6th Grade: Unit B Chapter - Invertebrates: We continue this chapter talking about the flatworms, roundworms, and segmented worms. Plan for a quiz on Monday, April 11 that will cover the first 5 invertebrates in the chapter (sponge, cnidarian, flatworm, roundworm, segmented worm). Then it’s on to the mollusks.
7th Grade: Chapter 10 Forces: We wrap up the chapter with a test on Friday, April 8. Starting next week, we will be working on an in-class group project. We won’t be able to get all the way through it before I leave for New Orleans with my eighth grade class, so we will finish it after I return. PS-I will be gone April 25-29.
8th Grade: Dissection: The class has been doing a great job with their frogs so far this week. There are 3 female frogs and 2 male frogs in the group. Today (Thursday) we cut them open and took a tour of the internal organs that are visible. Make sure you stay current with the daily labs. Don’t forget to work on the I pages in the front of your dissection folder. Completed folders are due on Wednesday, April 20. Dissection exam is also on Wednesday, April 20.
SOCIAL STUDIES — MR. CONWAY
5th Grade American History: The students just finished Chapter 13 “The Nation Grows” with a test on Tuesday of this week. We started Chapter 14 “Slavery Divides The Nation” on Wednesday. The students have received a packet that includes almost everything they will need for this chapter. If it is lost, they are required to ask me for a new one and re-do the work inside.
6th Grade World History: We have moved into Chapter 13, “New Empires in the Americas.” The students are doing well with this chapter by asking questions and wanting to understand the concepts. The test will be Tuesday, April 12.
7th Grade Geography: We have since moved on to Chapter 16 “West Africa” and Chapter 17 “South Africa and Its Neighbors.”The students have had fun learning about some of the lesser known countries in Africa, their people, government and economies. The test will be on Tuesday, April 12.
8th Grade American History: We have now moved into Chapter 12, “The Depression and the New Deal.” The students are doing great with the material, but he chapter has taken a little longer than I had planned. The test is scheduled for Thursday, April 14.
Wisconsin Primary: On Wednesday, after the Wisconsin Primary voting, each class spent some time examining the election results. We used the NY Times website (below) and had a wonderful discussion about the political process. Some of the topics we covered were how the delegate process works, how certain states vote, what parties the consistently vote for and some of the reasons certain candidates won certain states. This was a great time.
PE — MRS. PAUKNER
We finished the Fitness and Hockey units this week. Track & Field begins in preparation for Track & Field Day on May 16 and the MLESAA meet on May 23.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
MUSIC — MRS. KRUEGER
5th and 6th grade: We’ll be doing a rhythm reading review this week. We also continue with our choral work.
7th grade: The 7th graders continue to work on their final modal piece in the Aeolian mode, called “Deep Blue Sea.” It’s a challenging one with each student on their own part, requiring lots of independent playing.
8th grade: Students are collaborating to choose a class hymn that they will sing at graduation. Sk 6/8
Hosanna Ringers (5th grade): You ring in worship on Sunday, April 24 at the 8:00 service. 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 (+ 15 seconds) each Thursday. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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 each Wednesday. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com. Mrs. Bessert
Band: Preparation continues for our Spring Fling performance, Wednesday, May 11, at 6:30pm. Please make sure your band student is filling out the practice minutes & details in their Practice Packet before getting your signature. Continue to let Mrs. Bessert (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com! Mr. Paukner
Orchestra: Please put Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 on your calendar for the Spring Fling, the last performance of the year. Mrs. Behring plans to be back at the beginning of next school year and will probably offer lessons at home again throughout the summer. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding summer lessons. 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 continued to work on adding layers of color to our patterns with craypas. Sketch 17 is due on Monday, April 11.
6th Grade: We finished drawing Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Sketch #22 is due on Monday, April 11 .
7th Grade: We read about the artist Renoir and viewed some of his works. A landscape planning page and Sketch #19 are due on Wednesday, April 13.
8th Grade: We drew the buildings for our cityscape. Sketch #17 is due on Wednesday, April 11.