Calendar Reminders:

Wednesday, December 21 – Middle School Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 21 – Minimum Day, dismissal at NOON
Thursday-Friday, December 22-January 6 – NO SCHOOL Winter Break
Monday, January 16 – NO SCHOOL


Holiday Celebration December 21, 2022
Middle school will have a Holiday Celebration on December 21st. As part of the celebration, students may choose to participate in a White Elephant gift exchange. To participate, they should bring a wrapped gift to school on the 21st. Gifts should cost no more than $15. Please do NOT label who the gift is from. It’s part of the game to keep the gifts anonymous.

Middle School Needs
Help!!! (if you can) Middle School is in need of Kleenex! We are all out of tissue! If you can donate a box or two please send them in with your student. Thank you in advance!

Outdoor Ed March 20-23, 2023
If your student has not turned in their permission slip please turn it in ASAP!!! Second down payment of $50 for each person is due on Wednesday, January 18th.

Daily Attendance is expected: If your student will be absent, or tardy, please call the office at 925-755-1252, or email Middle School and office, before 8:00am.

Counselor’s Corner
COVID-19 vs. Flu vs. RSV: How to tell the difference between respiratory infections | Labcorp
ACA2 School Counseling Website (only accessible through an ACA email address)
School Counseling Informed Consent


Hour of Code!
Hour of Code is designed to bring awareness to computer science and computer coding. created the event in 2013 to give students everywhere a way to try computer coding. ACA II has participated in Hour of Code since the very first one in December of 2013. In Middle School, students spend 90 minutes in math class on Monday learning to code!  Hour of Code is not just for the kids! Beginning coders of all ages can try their hand at computer coding using the games and activities on the website. Try for yourself at!

Reading (Monday-Thursday)
Page Tracker: Students should have read 400 pages by this Friday 12/16

Book Talk/Review schedule for trimester #2: ThisThursday 12/15, 2/2, 3/2

MobyMax (Monday-Thursday)
Do 10 minutes of Language practice daily for a total of 40 minutes this week. To get to language practice, students need to select the language course from the books tab. Practice should automatically be assigned.

*MobyMax time will not be accepted any later than Sunday.

Language Arts (Monday)
AOW #4 Vibranium

(Social Studies)
Read AYPH Ch. 6 p.1-5 stop at “Women at Work.”

Language Arts (Tuesday)
Write the conclusion of your American History Essay

Language Arts (Wednesday)
Finish the conclusion of your American History Essay

Social Studies Class (Thursday)
Finish notes on AYPH ch. 5

Catch up on anything not finished this week.  Have a great weekend!

SPA Project Infomercials are due this Thursday, December 15!

This week students will do an in-class investigation involving bath bombs as they continue to explore physical and chemical changes.  Homework is to complete the Readworks “Ice Picks”.

Did you know there are 4 different math classes in Middle School?  Most in-class and all homework assignments will be posted in each math class Google Classroom.  Paper assignments may be turned into the classroom and do not need to be attached to Google Classroom.  In general, all students will have:

*a daily in class assignment, to be done in class, Monday to Thursday

*a daily homework assignment, due the next day, assigned Monday to Thursday

*20 minutes of Fact Fluency practice per week.  Mrs. McCutcheon recommends doing it for 5 minutes per day.

*weekly or every other week quizzes

Practice instrument
Instrumental music students will be receiving a letter & form this week, for parents/guardians to read and sign about the Winter Instrumental Music Concert on January 26, 2023.  The form is to be signed and returned by Monday, December 19.

***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