## Dear Parents,

Here's what's happening at school this week.

## English

We got a video from a middle school in Chile, so the students will have a chance to make their own video this week explaining what life is like in Charlevoix. Now I'm wishing we still had a lot of snow! I am working with teachers in Siberia, Chile, and Korea to give students an opportunity to write to each other and find out about life in other communities. I am using epals, a website that verifies teachers and schools and then assigns generic email addresses for the entire class. That way I see and approve all communication before it is sent and the responding teacher does the same.

We are also practicing argument writing again. The students will get information on two sides of an argument and write an essay arguing one side against the other. This is similar to what they will be asked to do on the M-Step test.

## Math

This week, students will begin with an introduction to probability. They will work with both theoretical and experimental probability. On Thursday, they will have a formative assessment over this. After the formative, they will also learn about sampling and get some M-Step practice(statewide assessment).

This week, students will finish up the graphing linear equations unit on Monday and Tuesday. After the review on Wednesday, students will take the summative assessment on Thursday. On Friday, students will get some practice for the statewide M-Step assessment.

## Science

This week we have been studying the cell. Animal and Plant cells. We used vinegar to remove the shell of an egg and expose the soft membrane that surrounds the inside of the egg. We talked about how the egg is like one giant cell. Some eggs were soaked in corn syrup and looked deflated after a day. Some of the eggs were soaked in distilled water and looked much larger. This demonstrated principles that smaller cells have as their environment changes.

We also used the ColAR Mixer app to create a 3D cell. Ask your student to show you their colored cell and the 3D image the iPad makes with it. Have them take the quiz with you and see how they do. :)

We have had a quick formative assessment on some of the cell terms we have learned and will be moving on to cell projects.

## National Junior Honor Society

The NJHS induction will take place Tuesday, March 17 in the auditorium at 2:00 PM. Parents are invited to attend. There will be a reception in the commons following the ceremony.

## Study Lab

We have a study lab available in the media center after school Monday-Thursday until 4 PM for students who need extra help. We can assist with transportation if needed.

## Band

To : Parents of 7th & 8th grade band students:

4 students will be traveling to Bellaire on Wednesday, Mar. 11, to represent our band in the District II Honor Band! They will rehearse all day and play a concert in the evening at 7:00 P.M. The concert will be open to the public and Mr. Stutzman will be available to bring students back if parents are not able to attend! Our students will be transported by Mr. Stutzman and they should wear Rayder Gear during the day and dress in their concert uniform at night! We will be hosting the 2nd annual Charlevoix County wide middle school massed band on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Bands will attend from East Jordan, Ellsworth, Boyne City, and Charlevoix! There will be over 150 middle school students on stage and they will be working with Dr. Tim Topolewski who will direct the groups! Each band will play one or two numbers and Dr. Tim will clinic them …. the individual performances will be followed by the bands meeting in mass and rehearsing numbers that have been pre arranged by the directors!

Jr. High Solo & Ensemble will be held on Saturday April 11, 2015 …. students are rehearsing their music and will be ready to perform in Boyne City on the Saturday following our return from Spring Break!

Our spring concert will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. We would like to organize a band parent group that would form prior to this concert and begin making plans to welcome the new band director that will be hired prior to the end of the school year. I am planning to work with the new director and help mentor them into their position and be available to work side by side during the fall of next year!

Mr. Stutzman

231 675-4800

## Sports Calendar

Track starts after Spring Break. Students must have a current physical on file to participate.

## Thank you!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Sincerely,