St. Michael Middle School News January 17, 2020 | Volume 3, Issue 4

Announcements and Reminders:

  • Thursday, January 23rd: Celebration of the Sciences - 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall
  • Friday, January 24th: Early dismissal at 12:15 pm
  • Sunday, January 26th: 9:30 am Mass followed by Open House
  • Book Fair starting on 1/26 after Mass and continuing 1/27-1/30 after school and 1/31 10:30 am -1 pm in the small hall.
  • Tuesday, January 28th: Sports Jersey Day
  • Wednesday, January 29th: Spirit and Service Day - Book Character Dress-up Day: dress-up as a character from a book and bring that book to donate!
  • Thursday, January 30th: Celebrate our fantastic faculty and staff day and show our school spirit with green and gold spirit dress!
  • Friday, January 31st: Grandparents/Special Guest Day - 12:15 pm dismissal - no afternoon Eagle's Nest
  • Friday, January 31st: Progress Reports go home

Eighth Grade

Religion - Mrs. Dayton: In religion, the students are learning about the different elements of the Mass. Their learning is supplemented through the wonderful resources on Formed.org.

ELA - Mrs. Rall: In ELA, the students are nearing the end of our current novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. They are eager to conclude so that we can get started on the highly anticipated The Outsiders. The students are continuing with their independent study of spelling and grammar. In addition, they have been doing independent research on their current debate topic and will participate in a cooperative, facts-driven discussion this coming week.

Math 8 - Mrs. Miron: The students are well into learning about functions. We have explored the idea of function and how they show the relationship between two values: the input, and the output. The students were given the visual aid of a function. At one end, the input is entered into the machine. The machine applies the function rule (operation), and then a particular output exits the machine. We have also discussed and practiced recognizing functions in four different forms: ordered pairs, tables, mapping diagrams, and graphs. Our course of study will next lead to correlating our previous Module’s concepts on linear equations to how they are also linear functions.

Algebra I - Mrs. Miron: We have finished our study of linear equations and are preparing to take the assessment at the beginning of next week. The students have been reviewing how to recognize a linear equation, how that looks in a graph, three methods for graphing linear equations, how to find the slope and y-intercept of a graph, how to determine if a line is parallel or perpendicular to another line in the coordinate plane, and how to use linear equation concepts to solve real-world problems. Next we will be learning about systems of linear equations and how they can be used to solve many different types of real-world situations.

History - Mr. Halter: We continue our study and analysis of WWII. We explore questions such as why the war began? How the U.S. responded to the war? What brought the United States into the war? Our project will include creating a WWII propaganda poster. We also continue our study of the Great American Songbook and how history affects music.

Science - Mrs. Davis: Students are learning how to identify physical and chemical properties of substances in a reaction. Most recently they explored the physical and chemical properties of polymers as they made slime, experimented with insta-snow polymer, and stuck a skewer through a balloon without it popping!

Spanish - Sra. DiNino: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Eighth graders are conjugating present tense regular verbs!!! Students are increasing their knowledge of verb translations using Spanish Bananagrams. They are placing the tiles horizontally or vertically to spell a verb. The translation of each verb must be stated to earn their points.We will also be using charades to guess the verb being presented.

Seventh Grade:

Religion - Mr. Halter: We are working on creating 3D scenes from the current Gospel readings. The first scene we made was Jesus walking on water. We also discussed and analyzed the importance and meaning of this and future Gospels.

ELA - Mrs. Rall: In ELA, we are finishing our novel study of I am Malala, focusing on the change an individual can make in the world. We anticipate writing a series on mini-essays at the novel's conclusion. Presently, the students are concluding their independent research on the current debate topic and will participate in an effective and evidence-based conversation this coming week. The students are continuing their independently-paced study of spelling and grammar.

Math 7 - Mrs. Miron: We started working with proportions and percent this week with a lesson on percent of increase and decrease. The students will use these concepts on our next lesson about markups and markdowns. This is a very important concept for the students to master as the real-world applications are evident in most daily life. In order to practice calculating percent of change, the students engaged in a fun scavenger hunt which used different illustrations of the percent increase and decrease uses: sales tax, sale price, discount, markup, fee, etc.

Pre-Algebra 7 - Mrs. Miron: We have spent this week finishing up a project called “Giantville and Tinytown” which applied what the students learned about scientific notation in their most recent Chapter. We have also begun reviewing Chapter 4 in preparation for our summative assessment. Concepts covered are factors, prime and composite numbers, GCF, exponents, operations with exponents, and scientific notation. Looking forward, we will start working with algebraic operations with rational numbers

Social Studies - Mr. Halter: We continue studying Africa and various kingdoms. This chapter will focus on colonialism. We are working on some exciting projects to be displayed for Open House: 1) The Cow-Tail Switch (African village legend); 2) 3D relief African Elevation Map; and 3) African Tribal Masks.

Science - Mrs. Davis: Students have been using WISE interactive visualizations to explore how light energy is transformed into chemical energy and stored in glucose during photosynthesis. They are also looking at how chemical energy is released during cell respiration. These interactives enable students to analyze evidence that light and air are the ingredients for photosynthesis.

Spanish - Sra. DiNino: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Seventh Grade students are learning about possessive adjectives. These adjectives must agree with the gender and number of the noun, not the owner. Concurrently, students will be expanding their vocabulary.

STREAM Elective

STREAM Elective - Mrs. Davis: The students are doing an amazing job learning how to code our robots. They are finished with the dots and dashes and are now on to learning the Cues. The Cue Robots are keeping them very engaged and they are exploring how to code with Block, Wonder and Java-Script.

Sixth Grade:

Religion - Mrs. Miron: In Religion we are starting to explore Sacred Scripture and Salvation History. This week we looked at the origins of the Bible, and discussed why ancient Hebrew scribes would want to write down their oral traditions. The students worked on a HyperDoc (a self-paced course of study) and we explored a class Nearpod presentation on Origins and Creation. We are currently comparing and contrasting the two Creation stories found in Genesis chapters 1 and 2. The students will be creating a poster that visually shows the two different stories and their different focuses. An assessment will be given on creation and the origins of the Bible within the next few weeks.

ELA - Mrs. Rall: In ELA, we are enjoying a slow introduction to our current novel, Fish In a Tree, which explores the inner workings of an artistically-inclined student with a learning disability. Alike to the protagonist in the novel, the class has been adding daily drawings into a "Sketchbook of Impossible Things". We are learning about similes, metaphors, and personification. In addition, students are working through a spelling and grammar study at their own pace.

Math 6 - Mrs. Miron: Last week the students spent their Math time working on science projects, and then learning how to code the Dots and Dashes robots a generous donor has enabled the school to acquire. Using the block coding app along with the robots, the students learned how to follow specific directions, use their creativity to problem solve, and to reason logically through multi-step commands. This will be very valuable as the students continue with higher mathematics. This week we have started on our module on operations with decimals. We started with a review of whole number division using both the long division and partial quotient methods. The students also learned the benefit of estimating quotients in order to test the reasonableness of their answers. Coming up fast will be adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals using models, manipulatives, and algorithms. I expect this module to be as challenging as the module on fractions, so extra practice and support is needed. I will post helpful links and worksheet PDFs to Google Classroom so that each student has ample practice.

Social Studies - Mr. Halter: We are concluding our Egyptian chapter. Thank you parents who drove and chaperoned our field trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. The students had a wonderful time and they were very well prepared and able to answer the docents questions. I was very proud of them. We are just finishing a project exploring a real life archaeological expedition to prove if a mysterious unknown mummy is indeed that of the famous Queen Nefertiti! We looked at several pieces of compelling evidence as well as the latest use of forensic science to reconstruct the mummy’s face and compare it to the famous bust of Nefertiti. Also the students are taking on the role of a character in an expedition that successfully traces the route of the Nile River from its source in Upper Egypt to its final destination, the Nile Delta and the Mediterranean Sea.

Science - Mrs. Davis: 6th Graders are beginning the new year with a new unit where they will learn how to describe the organization of Earth's place in the universe. They are currently researching where is Earth's place in this huge system and in groups will be creating infographics to present their findings.

Spanish - Sra. DiNino: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Sixth Grade students are focusing on Prepositions of Location. These prepositions are used to describe the location of an object in a sentence. When writing, prepositions are used in combination with nouns, verbs and adjectives to form sentences. Concurrently, students will be expanding their vocabulary.

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