Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of October 1-5


Big picture

Important Dates


8 - No School (Teacher PD)

16 - End of 1st Quarter

26 - No School

Midterm Grades Update

As we reach midterm, many classes are finishing up their first unit and assessing student learning. You can expect that grades in SIS K-12 will be updated in the next week to reflect student progress. If you want another way to stay up-to-date on your child's pre-test, formative and post-assessment progress, you can ask your child to open their e-binder in Google Classroom. This is a new way that we are helping students to track their own learning.

Classroom Notes


This week has been a fun one full of school spirit in ELA! We continued to practice making inferences and drawing conclusions, reviewed for our post-assessment, and continued reading Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie! We took our post-assessment on Thursday. We are looking forward to our first Close Read and Socratic Seminar of the year, as well as doing test retakes next week.

Week at a Glance:

Monday: Introduce Close Read, Test Retakes

Tuesday: Close Read, Pre-Assessment

Wednesday: Close Read, Introduce additional readings for Socratic Seminar, Test Retakes

Thursday: Close Read, Readings for Socratic Seminar, Test Retakes

Friday: Finish and Turn In Close Read, Socratic Seminar - assessment for SL objective

Learning Targets for the Week:

Reading on grade level and present in a clear and audible voice while remaining on topic. Continue working on affixes and writing clearly.

Important Vocabulary:




Root word

Power Standards for the Quarter: ***If you click on this title, it is linked to the 7th grade ELA objectives in your eBinder.

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative, connotative, and content-specific meanings using context, affixes, or reference materials.

  • Use a given process to create clear narrative, expository, and argument writing that is developed, and organized for the task; including style, voice, purpose, and audience.

  • Present in a clear and audible voice while remaining on-topic, focused, and maintain voice level and pace.

  • Read and comprehend informational text independently and proficiently and read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, independently and proficiently.


Announcements: To see what we are doing in class, ask your child to show you their daily agenda on the Hyperdoc attached to Google Classroom. Here you can see the agenda as it is updated daily to reflect what students are doing each day. Our objective rubrics for the first quarter are linked to the Power Standards below.

Week at a Glance:We will continue working on Objective 2:Determine when two quantities are in a proportional relationship, identify and/or compute the constant of proportionality (unit rate), explain what a point (x,y) on the graph of a proportional relationship means in terms of situation. Additional notes for conversions and proportions are also available on Google Classroom. Students will continue to be able to show their knowledge to improve their grades on Objective 1 by using daily leveled bellwork.

Learning Targets for the Week:

  • I can determine if two quantities are proportional from a table of values, determine if two quantities are proportional from a context
  • I can compute the constant of proportionality
  • I can explain what a point (x,y) on the graph of a proportional relationship means.

Important Vocabulary: rate, unit rate, complex fraction, unit ratio, proportional relationship, constant of proportionality, direct variation

Power Standards for the Quarter:

Compute unit rates, including those that involve complex fractions, with like or different units 7.RP.A.1

Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities 7.RP.A.2

Solve problems involving ratios rates, percentages, and proportional relationships 7.RP.A.3

Solve problems involving the four arithmetic operations with rational numbers 7.NS. A. 3

Life Science

  1. Week at a Glance:

    This week, we will begin talking about the two main types of cells.

    Learning Target for the Week:

    1. I can compare and contrast the two main types of cells.

    Important Vocabulary:

    • Cells

    • Prokaryote

    • Eukaryote

    • Nucleus

    • Archea

    • Bacteria

    • Eukarea

    Power Standards for the Quarter:

    1. Provide evidence that living things are made up of one or many varied cells

    2. Explain that cells must carry out all of the basic functions of life. Understand the functions of the nucleus, chloroplasts, mitochondria, cell membrane, and cell wall and all organelles work together to make a cell function.

    3. Use evidence to argue that multicellular organisms are organized by varying levels of complexity.

    4. Describe the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of matter and flow of energy in and out of organisms

1st Quarter Standards

Please click the link to view the standards for the quarter. You will be able to see what your child will need to know and understand in order to earn each letter grade.

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week we spent time analyzing our Native American assessment, relearning and reassessing over missed skills. Those students who showed mastery on all concepts got ot participate in an Enrichment activity on the Cahokia Mounds. Next week we will begin our unit on European exploration. We can't wait to ship out!

Learning Target for the Week:

  • Compare the reasons Europeans wanted to explore and settle in the New World and how they affected the Native American population in their area.

Vocabulary: Key Terms:

Columbian Exchange, slavery, colony, missionaries, domesticate, convert, conquistadors,

fur traders, profit, impact

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates -

Lara Brunk -


Hats and Hoodies in School

As a reminder, hats and hoodies are only to be worn at school if a student has purchased a Hat Pass from the Thrive Hive. Students who choose to wear hats or hoodies in the hallway will be asked to take them off.

Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners, or other fidget toys, are not allowed in classrooms unless noted in 504 and/or IEP accommodations. Some classrooms have fidget tools that students can borrow as the teacher sees necessary.