Intermediate News

January 27th, 2020


Research Presentations are this week!

Research presentations for all students are this week. Presentations will take place in SSR groups between 12:45 and 2:00 Monday-Wednesday of that week and between 11:00 and 12:00 on Thursday. Parents are welcome to attend their child’s presentation. Please arrive on time (or early!) and sign into the office. Presentations should be between 3-7 minutes (5 minutes is the perfect length) and students are expected to present 3-4 of their performances.


Instrumental Music Performance is Thursday!

The winter instrumental music concert is coming up on Jan. 30. All instrumental music students need to be practicing their instrument daily. Students feel more confident about this performance when they have practiced at home regularly. Please encourage your instrumental music student to practice every day!


A note from Mrs. Vela: It’s almost Winter Concert time! Since the ACA II Winter Instrumental Music Concert is this month, it is quite important that all performers remember to bring their instruments and music to school and to not miss any music lessons!! The concert is on Thursday, January 30 at John Muir School. All families, friends and other students are invited to attend. Practice at home so that you do your best!!


Alliance to Save Energy Contest

Our school has decided to participate in a free energy education program called emPowered Schools, provided by Energy Upgrade California and the Alliance to Save Energy. The aim of emPowered Schools is to educate students, their families, and their communities about what we can all do to help California meet it’s 100% renewable energy target. The program launched this spring in California and the response from students was fantastic.


1. At home, use a phone, computer, or tablet and go to

2. In the teacher’s name section use the grade chart to identify which teacher you will select. Elementary parents make sure to make your selection based on your child’s grade not which teacher’s group they are in.

  • 8th: Hagan

  • 7th: McCutcheon

  • 6th: Albertoni

  • 5th: Gonzales

  • 4th: Dubitsky

  • 3rd: Fank

  • 2nd:Mariappan

  • 1st: Berkich

  • Primary: Peacock

2. Complete questions about lighting, heating, air conditioning, and appliances.

3. If you don’t know the answer to a question, ask a parent or guardian.

4. Gather all members of your family together to review and sign the pledge.

5. Hit submit.

6. If you have children in more than one grade level submit a separate pledge for each child, they can be the exact same answers.


The class with the most will win either a doughnut party or a pizza party.


The Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness and compassion on campuses worldwide. Our school is proudly participating in this proactive and positive kindness initiative. January 27 – 31, 2020.  All students will receive The Great Kindness Challenge checklist. Please encourage your child to complete as many acts of kindness as possible. We are also happy to invite YOU to participate using the Family Edition checklist. Your family can complete the checklist anytime and anywhere. Together, let’s show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!


We need Silent Auction Volunteers!

Have you heard about our amazing spring event, the Silent Auction? This will be our 10th year of bringing you a night of fun and merriment which includes a silent auction, raffle prizes, food, and of course, fundraising! The Silent Auction is a special event loved by many ACA II families and staff members that has helped to bring in over $5,000 each year for our program. We are looking for a team of volunteers to help with planning the Silent Auction, which includes gathering donations and helping volunteer the day of the event. No prior experience is necessary to volunteer. Our first Silent Auction Meeting will be Tuesday 1/28 at 3:15 in Miss D’s room (Room 4)!


Weekly Work


All Intermediate Students

Research: Performance #5

Lifeskill: Kindness

Social Studies: Southern Colonies

Writing: Present Outline

Science: Potential & Kinetic Energy

STEM: Energy Conversion Pt. 2



LA #1: The Ant & The Dove

LA #2: Relative Pronouns

LA #3: 1- Revolutionary War on Wed

    2/3 – Because of Winn Dixie

LA MobyMax: Pronouns

Spelling/Grammar: Word Search

Math #1: 1 – Add & Subtract Fractions

        2/3 – Add Decimals

Math #2: 1 – Fraction Concepts

        2/3 – Intro to Decimals

Math #3: 1 – Unit 3-3

        2 – Unit 3-4

        3 – Unit 4-1

Math MobyMax: Fractions Number Line



LA 1:Scholastic Mag.Back Cover

LA 2:Bud, Not Buddy Ch 16 Constructive Response

LA 3: Semi -colons

LA Moby Max: semi-colons

Spelling: “Bring”

Grammar: Duolingo 10XL

Math 1:Fraction & Decimal Equivalents

Math 2: Place Value Patterns

Math 3: Decimal Color & Order

Math Moby Max: Fact Fluency. 20 min. total

Other: Multiplication (7s or 8s) plus, finish last weeks unit exam



Language Arts #1: Quiz (Thursday)

Language Arts #2: Vocabulary 9-13

Language Arts #3: The Giver Ch. 9-13

LA MobyMax: None

Math #1: Expressions/Equations and Exponents

Math #2: Variables

Math #3: Vocabulary

Other: Combining Terms

Math MobyMax: Fact Fluency (20 minutes for the week)

Spelling: (On Advanced: only need to do 1 lesson per week)

Grammar: None


Dates to Remember:

Jan 30th – Instrumental Music Concert @ John Muir Elementary 7:00pm

Jan 30th & 31st – Minimum Days!

Feb 10th – Teacher Work Day (No School)

Feb 17th-21st – February Break