Gradelink is the best place to check your student’s progress and performance in middle school.  Please login to Gradelink.  You can view each class to see what work is missing (noted with MIS) and the scores students received on graded assignments.  Blanks indicate that the teacher has not yet graded an assignment.  You can also see upcoming assignments.  
Calendar Reminders:
  • Any Back to School Forms were due last Friday.  Please send them in ASAP.
  • Tuesday, September 10 – Picture Day
  • Wednesday – Thursday, September 18 & 19 – Minimum Day Dismissal at NOON
  • Wednesday, September 18 – Pizza form with payment due by NOON
  • Friday, September 20 – Pizza lunch fundraiser by Middle School
  • Friday, September 20 – Chabot permission slip and payment due (permission slip attached)
  • Friday, September 27 – 8th Grade GIRLS Empowerment permission slip due (permission slip attached)
HET THEME:  Our theme for first trimester is Community.  Students have brainstormed issues they care about in their communities.  This week, students will choose a way to make an impact on their chosen issue.  This will lead to our first SPA (Social Political Action) Project.
Help Needed Grading Math Facts
Mrs. McCutcheon is looking for volunteers to correct a set of math facts weekly at home.  Answer keys are provided.  Generally, math facts would be sent home with your student on Monday or Tuesday, and Mrs. McCutcheon would like them back by Friday.  Please reply to this email if you are able to help.

Book Talk/Review schedule:         first 9/12, second 10/17, third 11/14.
Journal #2
          Based on what you have read so far in your novel make a prediction about what you think will happen next.  Describe your prediction in detail, be specific.  This entry should be at least one paragraph in length.   
Complete rough draft of essay introduction.  The introduction should have an anecdotal hook that is at least 4 sentences and end with a thesis sentence.  See attached help sheets for guidance.  
           Due: Friday
Article of the Week (A.O.W.):
AOW #4 Cell Phones
Each week students will receive an article of the week (AOW) to read. Students are required to:

1. Read the article
2. Discuss the article with one of their parents or guardians (whoever discusses the article should also read it)
3. Respond in writing to the questions in the google classroom assignment.

The article for this week can be found here and in the Language Arts google class.
Due Thursday
Mobymax Language:
Students will login to MobyMax here. They will click on the “Language” button and practice for 40 minutes. 
Social Studies:
Please see the attached calendars for this week’s classwork, homework, and assessments.  Your student will also be given a paper version of the calendar.  Or, login to gradelink to see all math assignments.  
Types of force due Tuesday.  Collision test cars due Wednesday.  
Practice everyday!
Mrs. Vela, thanks your for signing up your son or daughter to study instrumental music at  our school.  She requests your help in encouraging your student in Intermediate and Experienced Band and String Orchestra classes to practice daily at home (even 20 minutes helps) while they have substitutes for their classes as Mrs. Vela heals from a broken ankle!   Those who signed up for beginning an instrument will start upon her return.
She loves teaching at ACA II and is anxious to return to a regular schedule of classes.  The students have plenty of time to prepare for a quality Winter Concert in late January as long as regular practice occurs at home and they attend all of their lessons at school with their instrument and books.   Let the substitute know of any problems or you may send notes to Mrs. Vela at  
We are proud of our Instrumental Music  Program at ACA II  and we ask your assistance in helping the students to improve on their skills which results in a lifelong love of music!!

***Helpful email addresses
If you need to reach Middle School or any of the teachers, please use the following email addresses: – absence notes, responses to the newsletter, general questions, contacting Mrs. Ave – Mrs. McCutcheon, science or math questions – Mr. Hagan, language arts or social studies questions
Online Resources:

School Website: – resource pages, tool kits, extra practice and tech resources – Student homework help is available ALSO – Parent resource page has tutorials so you can better help your student!! – great website for vocabulary – Search ANY math topic to watch a short video tutorial, practice activities to get better at skills.