Week #3 Renaissance (mid unit progress reports will be emailed home this week)


  • Vocabulary Assignment #3: due on Wednesday
  • Writing Assignment #2-3: 5 paragraph essay; Final paper due Friday
  • Current Events Assignments #3-4: small group research project on advancements during Renaissance – 3 projects total; all due November 7
  • Reading, Reflections & Golden Lines (based on Literature book “Vanishing Point); due Friday
  • RJW #8 (based on free choice book); due Friday
  • Writer’s Workshop – work on portfolio
  • Passion Project – researching and working through requirements
  • In class instructions & possible additional assignments


  • Math Homework (CPM/Other) – every day
  • MobyMax and/or Khan: 45 minutes a week, due on Mondays
  • Fact Fluency: 20 minutes a week (until tested out), due on Fridays
  • Fridays: math quizzes (none this week)
  • In class instructions & possible additional assignments

Renaissance Project: Researching & producing multimedia project on topic.  Practice presentation on Thursday, October 31st (project should be almost complete)

Science: Chemistry (labs, journaling, lectures)

EE – Big Break

  • This Friday, November 1 – EE Program at Big Break from 9:45~12pm –  Group B: Christopher, Gabriel, Luis, Zaire, Gage, Aaron, Sarah, Laila, Apple, Maryam, Peyton, Atticus, Carter, Manvi   Drivers: Jamari Surney, Liz Clafin 
  • Thank you for everyone who has signed up to drive. We still need drivers for future dates!  Please go to SignUp Genius, look to see which dates your student is attending, and if you see an open spot, please sign up! If we don’t have drivers, we can’t take the students!    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45a4aa28a1fe3-bigbreak 
Other Important Information
Yosemite (11/11 – 9am to 11/13 ~ 7:30pm): 
  • Current forecast: 48 day/21 night (keep checking for updates)
  • Students & chaperones need to have a pair of appropriate footwear for the trip.  Tennis shoes with good tread (not worn down or flat), or lightweight hiking shoes/boots are a must!  If your student does not already have a pair, then please go out and get them a pair so they can start breaking them in. Big 5 is a good resource for inexpensive shoes.  A whole group will be held back from the trail if one student does not have safe shoes. We will have a “shoe check” & practice hike (to Contra Loma Reservoir) on Friday, November 8th. Students need to bring the shoes (or wear them) to school on that day
  • Students not attending Yosemite will have normal school days on Tuesday (11/12) & Wednesday (11/13). Monday is a holiday

Victorian Party (mid December): it is not too early to start thinking about/putting together your student’s Victorian era costume for this day. 

ACA Middle School Team

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 
                                                                                        – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin