Week #4 Renaissance

November 8th – walking to Contra Loma Reservoir in morning

FYI: Haunted House has been cancelled


  • Vocabulary Assignment #4: due on Wednesday
  • Writing Assignment #4-5: Science fiction narrative that includes a reference to at least one prompt; peer edited version due Friday, final paper due Nov 15
  • Current Events Assignments #3-4: small group research project on advancements during Renaissance – 3 projects total; all due Friday
  • Reading, Reflections & Golden Lines (based on Literature book “Vanishing Point); due Friday
  • Vocabulary & Literature Quizzes: Fridays
  • RJW #9 (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: Applying the feedback you received from practice (making changes), making presentation note cards & practice presenting

Science: Chemistry (labs, journaling, lectures)

EE – Big Break

  • No Big Break this Friday; whole class taking longer morning walk
Other Important Information
Yosemite (11/11 – 9am to 11/13 ~ 7:30pm): 
  • Current forecast: 63 day/31 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