Calendar Reminders:

  • Spirit Week all week
  • Thursday, January 30 – Instrumental Music Concert 7:00 at John Muir Elementary
  • Thursday and Friday, January 30-31 – Minimum Day dismissal at NOON


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 receive on graded assignments.  Blanks indicate that the teacher has not yet graded an assignment.  You can also see upcoming assignments.

National School Choice Spirit Week!

To celebrate the choice families are able to make in where to have their children attend school, students may choose to dress up for Spirit Week January 27 to 31!

Monday, 1/27 is Pajama and stuffed animal day

Tuesday, 1/28 is Meme Day

Wednesday, 1/29 is Mix-Match Day

Thursday, 1/30 is Video Game Day

Friday 1/31 is Crazy Hair Day



  • Book Talk/Review schedule for trimester #2:
  •  Thursday, 3/5

Persuasive Essay Presentation (Monday):

Essay presentations will be on Tuesday.  The instructions are on google classroom/gradelink.

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

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

Journal (Thursday):

Journal #3

Write a paragraph in which you make a claim stating what the author’s message of your novel is.  Be sure to use at least 2 pieces of cited evidence from your novel. You should also explain how each piece of evidence supports your claim.

Author’s Message definition: The message is the “big idea” or what the author is trying to tell the reader. The author also has a purpose for his/her writing. The purpose can be to entertain, inform, or persuade.

Mobymax (10 minutes a day): 

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

Knights Challenge:

Suggestion for this week: Focus on completing the 6th and final squires challenges, you should be reaching the end of constructing your castle.  Begin to draft the creative writing piece that goes with your castle.


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.


Ecosystem analysis due this week


Group Educational Activity Plan for ecotour due February 6th.


Practice everyday!

Winter Instrumental Music Concert coming up this month, Mrs. Vela  is encouraging students to prepare & parents to attend.  It is on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 pm. in the multi-use room of John Muir School in Antioch.  If you have any questions please feel free in contacting Mrs. Vela.


***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.