Seventh Grade Newsletter

March 22, 2015

Dear Parents,

Don't forget that there's no school Friday. School resumes Tuesday, April 7.

Happy Spring Break!

Spelling Bee

CMS was represented by eighth graders Nathan Herriman and Sophia Thompson in the Regional Spelling Bee Sunday in Traverse City. Congratulations to Sophia, who won the bee after 48 rounds. Sophia will now compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC at the end of May.


This week we will be reviewing some of the short story concepts that we studied earlier this year. Students will be writing their own short stories, and the top stories will be entered in the Crooked Tree Arts Center Young Writers Exposition. We will workshop their stories this week and they can continue to work on them over Spring Break. After break we will do some revising and editing, and the final stories will be due Friday, April 10.

Social Studies

Due to the Mass Band extravaganza last Wednesday, the makeup date for the Ancient River Valley Civilizations quiz is tomorrow. Students were made aware of this via an alert on Edmodo previously.

Also, their university research for the March Madness Project is due tomorrow.

This week in class we are wrapping up our lesson on Pastoral Nomads.

Following Spring Break, we embark on a tour of the Classical Age empires.


Students will continue to learn about probability. We will also continue to practice for the M-step. Students will be taking the M-step test after spring break in April.

Advanced Math

On Monday, students will be getting their summative assessment back. We will go over the solutions. Students who are eligible for retakes will be able to do this on Tuesday during lunch time. This week, we will also continue to practice for the M-step. The M-step test will be after spring break in April.

Exploratory Classes

We are so excited to add some great new exploratory classes for the final marking period! Students will rotate through the classes every two weeks.

Boater Safety: (Mr. Block) Students will learn the fundamentals needed to take the Boater Safety Certification Test.

Yearbook: (Mrs. Bamberg) Students will choose pictures and layouts to complete the middle school yearbook.

Language Exploratory: (Mr. Hawkins) Students will learn basic phrases in several different languages, compare the languages, and study the cultures of those countries.

Techsploration: (Mrs. Garver) Students will choose a project that will help them learn basic coding skills using materials provided through a grant from the Charlevoix Schools Foundation.

Sixth Hour Specials

4th Marking Period starts on Monday - 7th graders that were in Computers will now be in PE. Please send your child with athletic clothes and shoes every day.

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.