Calendar Reminders:
  • Monday, October 19 – Positive Discipline Parent Training 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 11 – NO SCHOOL
  • Monday-Friday, November 23-27 – NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
Mrs. McCutcheon and Mr. Hagan want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Ave for all the work she has been doing behind the scenes to make sure everyone is in every class, every day!  Our school has very high rates for distance learning compared to other schools, in part because of her efforts. Thank you, Mrs. Ave!  
ACA II families, we are excited to announce we will be holding a Positive Discipline Parent Training with a guest speaker on Zoom! This is a great opportunity to learn how to incorporate positive discipline at home, especially during distance learning. Please come prepared with questions on October 19 at 6:00pm-7:30pm. The meeting will be recorded and uploaded on our school’s website if you are unable to attend.

In the classroom, teachers can monitor how much time an assignment is taking for students that are working hard.  Sometimes assignments take less time than we think, sometimes they take longer.  We can make adjustments to what is being assigned as we see what is happening.  But since we are not with the students as they are working, we can not judge how long things are taking.  Please let us know if you think the workload is too much or not enough for your student so we can make adjustments
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.
Helpful hint for Google Classroom

Google Classroom has a free app that works on phones and tablets.  It is super easy to open the app, take a picture of a hand-written assignment or drawing as a pdf, or even record a video (for music) and turn it in.  If your student has a device, it would be very helpful to have this app.  If your student does not have a device, it would be very helpful for you to have the app to make it easy to upload work.
Mrs. McCutcheon’s Office Hours:  Monday-Thursday 2:00pm-2:30pm

Mr. Hagan’s Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 1:00pm – 2:30pm (email Mr. Hagan to set up a Zoom session)


Reading (Monday-Thursday)

Read for 1 hour a day

Book Talk/Review schedule for trimester #1: 11/12


MobyMax (Monday-Thursday)

Do 10 minutes of Language practice daily for a total of 40 minutes this week


AOW (Monday)

Complete AOW #8 The Black Wealth Gap


Social Studies (Tuesday)

Complete notes and questions from video on AYPH Ch. 3 (do not go past where we left off in class)


Writing (Wednesday)

If I could do anything essay outline part 1 (leave the right side of the outline blank for now)


Social Studies (Thursday)

Complete notes and questions from video on AYPH Ch. 3 (do not go past where we left off in class)  .


Reading (Friday)

Complete reading log check in on Google classroom



Students should be spending about 90 minutes total on math daily, including the time spent on zoom with Mrs. McCutcheon and homework.  All math assignments will be put into Google Classroom.  Most classes have:

*warmups completed in class (to be turned in at the end of the week)

*in-class practice (to be turned in at the end of each class)

*Fact Fluency practice on Moby Max (5 minutes per day, 15 minutes total for the week)

*Homework (about 30 minutes during independent work time)


There are 2 assignments this week for science.  My expectation is that science should take about 2 hours for the entire week.

*Conservation of Mass CK12 read the article and answer the practice problems.

*Conservation of Mass lab


Practice your instrument every day and check the Instrumental Music ACA II Google classrooms for assignments


***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.