Calendar Reminders:

Thursday-Friday, May 18-19 – Minimum Day dismissal at 11:00am

Friday, May 26 – Minimum Day dismissal at NOON

Monday, May 29 – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, June 6 – 8th Grade Graduation
Friday, June 9 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – Minimum Day dismissal at NOON


Important 8th Grade Dates/Information

04/20, Thursday – 8th Grade Photo

04/21, Friday – ADs for GRADs DUE

06/06, Tuesday – 8th Grade Graduation

06/07, Wednesday – 8th Grade Field Trip

Antioch High School Open House – See attachment for 8th Graders.  Incoming freshmen are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Annual Ice Cream Social and Elections on Tuesday 4/25!

Right after school on Tuesday, April 25, ALL families are invited to stay for ice cream at the picnic tables. This is also our Family Network Spring General Meeting, when we vote in our new board members. We would like to have as many people as possible there. Set a reminder and save the date!

Congratulations! Eden Engle, Jiemea Zarate, Tessa Christensen, Zelia Barney, and Leah Clark!  Their video “Speaking Through the Dark” won Honorable Mention in the statewide Directing Change competition!  Their Animated Short took a lot of work and raised awareness of speaking up for a friend.    Check it out on 2023 Winners | (

Counselor’s Corner

There has been a disturbing trend on some “child safe” internet sites such as YouTube Kids. Some content has been slipping past safety filters including content promoting inappropriate and unsafe behaviors, as well predatory practices. Please make sure you are monitoring your student’s internet content despite safety claims by the content provider.

On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters – The New York Times

YouTube Kids Is No Longer Safe As App Called Out For Showing Age Inappropriate Content

The disturbing YouTube videos that are tricking children – BBC News

Our next Parenting Support Group will be Thursday April 6 at 7:00pm on Zoom. All ACAII parents are invited to participate and join us to share their parenting successes and frustrations, and engage with a supportive parenting community in a safe environment.

Topic: ACAII Parenting Support Group

Time: Apr 27, 2023 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 817 9146 4946

Passcode: 798524

ACA2 School Counseling Website (accessible through a school email account)

School Counseling Informed Consent


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.


Reading (Monday-Thursday)

Page Tracker: Students should have read 486 pages by this Friday 4/21

Book Talk/Review schedule for trimester #3: 5/4, 6/1

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 TikTok Limit

Read AYPH Ch. 11 p. 1-7 stop at “The Haymarket Affair”

Language Arts (Tuesday) 

Speech Assignment overview

Language Arts (Wednesday) 

Review for Persuasive Essay assessment next week

Social Studies (Thursday)

Albert Parsons Project


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


Students should be making arrangements for a job shadow on May 1, 2, and 3rd.  The directions and a suggested letter to give to potential hosts are in google classroom.  The potential sponsor letter also includes a list of places that have hosted ACA or ACA2 students in the past.  Middle school students will not come to school on May 1, 2, and 3rd and should be doing their internship and working on their career research on these dates.


Students should be finalizing where they will be job shadowing on May 1, 2, and 3rd.  Remember, middle school students will NOT have school on campus on those dates.  Students are to job shadow for at least 12 hours over the course of the 3 days.  If your student has not yet talked with you about this assignment, please do so THIS WEEK!  There are resources to help your student reach out to a business to ask about doing an internship on the Social Studies Google Classroom.

This Thursday, students will practice their job interview skills.  Next Thursday, April 27th, we will have Mock Interviews in the afternoon.  Please make sure your student is at school for this important event.  There are several community volunteers who will be conducting the interviews with individual students.  If you are interested in helping out from 12:45 – 2:45, please let us know.


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.

Science -This week we will experiment with different substances to find what causes a chemical reaction to produce heat.  We will learn about exothermic and endothermic reactions. Students will be designing a flameless heater to heat food.   Homework is in Google Classroom: there are two Science Reading assignments.


Practice instrument

***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