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:

  • Wednesday, October 23 – Hot Dog lunch form with payment is due by NOON
  • Friday, October 25 – Family Network Board Hot Dog Lunch Fundraiser
  • Thursday, October 31 – Minimum Day dismissal at NOON
  • Friday, November 1 – Late Start Day, School starts at 9:15am – 2:00pm
  • Friday, November 8 – Last day to turn in all missing work for 1st Trimester

Washington DC – Eastern Heritage Field Trip

Informational packet is in the office.  Please have your student grab one if they are interested in going.

Thank you First Trimester Elective Volunteers!

A HUGE thank you to all elective volunteers for providing opportunities for our intermediate and middle school students to participate in so many different activities.  Thank you Sara Wall, Iva McClurg, Stephanie Brooks, Jessica Gamble, Brandi Lopez, Annu Fuentes, and Adriana Solorio.

Also thank you to middle school students who stepped up to facilitate an elective: Jasmin Diaz-Munoz, Nicole Halbasch, Anthony Katusich, Enrique Martinez, Shudhit Sooch, Malcom Miller, and Seth Conner.

We need you!!!  Elective Help 2nd Trimester

We need volunteers to supervise/teach electives for our 4th-8th grade students. This is a vital part of our program allowing students to enjoy and be introduced to varied experiences.

4th – 8th grade students have electives from 2:00 – 2:55 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  4th– 6th grade students have an additional elective 2:00 – 2:55 on Thursday.

Each elective is one day a week for one hour per day. Trimester 2 electives begin December 2nd and go through March 5th.

Some past popular electives and new ideas include: outdoor sports, board games, photography, recycle art, drama, woodworking, gardening, ultimate Frisbee, cooking, special effects makeup, film making/editing, costume design, choir, zumba, foreign language, fun with science, fundraising, roller skating and video game design. We encourage new ideas too!


Please email to let us know which day and type of activity interests you.

DAR American History Essay Contest for 5th-8th Graders

The 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to participate in the annual Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest.

First place in each grade receives a medal and $50.

Second and Third place in each grade receive $25.

The deadline for having the essay emailed to me is November 14th.

Below is a link to a google drive folder where I have placed all the information for the essay contest.

I will also be holding after school support days at ACA where I will be available to guide students with their research and writing.

After school support days:

Thurs, Oct 24 from 3:00-4:00

Thurs, Nov 7 from 3:00-4:00

Tues,  Nov 12 from 3:00-4:00

All questions and finished essays can be emailed to me at

Thanks so much,

Ms. McLean

HET THEME:  Our theme for first trimester is Community.  Students have picked projects to help an issue that they care about.    One group is going to have a canned food drive, one group is going to make a video to educate people about discrimination, and one group is going to make a video to raise awareness of protecting the environment as they sell products to raise money for Nature Conservatory.


During the week we focus on certain assignments on certain days.  So I’m adding the focus day to the assignment list below.  This way you will know when we are concentrating on a given assignment during the week.  I suggest completing that assignment on the day we focus on it.  The focus days will be listed (like this) next to each assignment.  If you have any questions please let me know. – Mr. Hagan 

Reading:  (Thursday)

  • Journal #4

1st paragraph: Describe the setting of your novel in detail.  The setting is where and when your novel takes place.

2nd paragraph: Would you want to live in the setting of your novel?  Why or why not.  Use a couple of examples from your book to justify your response.

  • Book Talk/Review schedule:
  •   Final day for book talks/reviews 11/14.

Vocabulary:  (Tuesday)

Define each of the following words and note the part of speech.  Then either create an illustration of how you picture the meaning of your words or write a sentence using the word correctly.   If you choose to draw pictures, they should be done on a separate piece of paper with 4 on one side and 2 on the back. Each week I will provide a few vocabulary words.  You need to select the rest of the words from your independent reading book.

  1. plateau
  2. viewpoint
  3. claim
  4. affix
  5. analysis
  6. (your choice)

Example of definition:

King (N.):

A man or boy who rules as a monarch over an independent state

Due Friday


Article of the Week (A.O.W.):  (Monday)

AOW #9 Navy SEAL Pressure

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.  It is also attached as a handout.

Due Thursday

Mobymax Language:  (10 minutes a day)

Students will login to MobyMax here. They will click on the “Language” button and practice for 40 minutes.

Social Studies:  (Thursday)


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.


Sketch and label types of galaxies in science journal.  Due next week.  Science test next week!  Students will be given a study guide in class this week.


Practice everyday!


***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.