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All the news from (MS)2TC and MSVPA

Upcoming Field Trips

Monday, April 16 MSVPA 8th Grade in Washington DC

Mon-Tues, May 7-8 (MS)2TC 8th Grade to STEM Conference on Mackinac Island

Tuesday, May 22 (MS)2TC 7th Grade Clinton River Watershed Council Stream Leaders Water Monitoring during (MS)2TC hours only.

Tuesday, June 5 (MS)2TC 7th grade to Adventure Park in West Bloomfield

Friday, June 8 (MS)2TC 8th grade to Spencer Park

Friday, June 8 (MS)2TC 6th grade Bowling trip (will not impact home schools)

Dates of Note

  • Tae Kwon Do - Every Wednesday and Thursday - Commons – 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Art Club--April 25, May 9, May 23 from 3:00-4:30 in Ms. Nichols room. For Art Club reminds text @c3ge7f to the number 81010
  • Dance Club--April 18 Modern, May 2 Country/Line, May 16 Improvisation, May 30 Student Choice, June 6 Dance Club Showcase. Meets after school until 4:30. See Ms. Kattula!
  • "Mulan" presented by MSVPA 7th Grade. May 9 and May 10 at 7:00 pm in the Cafetorium.
  • "Newsies" presented by MSVPA 8th Grade. June 1 and June 2 at 7 p.m. in the Cafetorium.
  • Monday, June 11--(MS)2TC 6th and 7th Grade Awards during the school day
  • Monday, June 11--(MS)2TC 8th Grade Celebration at Warren Mott Annex
  • Wednesday, June 13--(MS)2TC Field Day for any students in the building
  • Thursday, June 14--Last Day of School

Congratulations to our RC Car Team!

The middle school E-Charlotte Ten80 STEM team made Nationals. We have been invited to compete in New York in April 2018 for their National Competition.

Notes on 4th Quarter

MSVPA 8th Grade

Eighth grade VPA is currently working hard to prepare for its final spring show, Newsies, which investigates the human drama of news boys in New York City during the period of industrialization. The kids are rehearsing their roles in the show, as well as the musical and dance numbers. The matineé performance is May 31 at 12:15 p.m., and the evening performances are June 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. In Social Studies, they are working their way through the 1800s, studying the social movements of the era, as well as the events leading up to the Civil War. They will end the year with an investigation of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

(MS)2TC 6th Grade


The 6th graders will be finishing up the ratios and proportions unit over the first few weeks of the last card marking. The end of the unit will include collecting some proportional data with a walk-a-thon. The next unit will be an introduction to integers. As we end the school year, the students will be putting to good use all of the work they have been doing with data and statistics through some weather data collection and analysis. It will be great to get outside and enjoy some spring weather!


The 6th grade language arts classes will be digging deeply into Fables and Folktales during the 4th quarter. In and around MSTEP testing and the District Writing Assessment in May, we will use fables and folktales to reinforce valuable writing and speaking skills which will culminate in a storytelling festival during which groups of students will share their own tales. The students will have the opportunity to learn about story structure and word choice.

The final quarter of the year will also see a slight change in the way the students complete their reading homework. They are being asked to use FrontRowEd.com to complete one article a week at their individual levels as well as the weekly grammar homework with which they are familiar. The monthly RAHs will require them to assign reading goals for themselves that will help them challenge themselves as readers and to read more.

(MS)2TC 7th Grade


In ELA this quarter, we will finish up our debate unit before working on essay writing. We have the District Writing assessment on our agenda along with MSTEP testing. We will continue reading and writing for our selves to develop fluency and stamina for more complex reading and writing over time. We will spend quite a bit of time outdoors using our Field of Dreams to learn more about making observations about the world.

Students will use No Red Ink to study language skills.

(MS)2TC 8th Grade


The fourth quarter has arrived very quickly. We will spend this quarter working with polynomials, cubic functions, and exponential functions. We will be learning how to write equations as well as where and how to apply them to real world situations. The Final Exam will cover all of third quarter which was the Quadratic Unit and all of what is covered in fourth quarter.


During fourth quarter, 8th grade students will be covering two mini-units: “The Air Around You”, which will cover weather and the atmosphere, and “Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment”, which will cover natural resource use, energy use, L.E.E.D construction, and sustainable building. Students will engage in several projects during these units, such as a Severe Weather Awareness Week brochure, an energy audit, and other exploratory activities.

Students will also continue to work with mentors from Michigan State University’s Baja Racing Team on the construction of their model hydrogen fuel cell cars, as they explore alternative energy. They will explore heat transfer and Earth’s energy budget through a “Save the Penguin” problem-based learning project, and end with a S.T.E.M. project to conclude the year.

Students are also preparing for their final exam/test-out opportunity, which will be held on May 23, during the school day. If you have not turned in your test-out form, and you are seeking credit for Earth and Space Science, please make sure you turn it in to Mrs. Duddles or Mr. Moore A.S.A.P. Please be aware of the final exam review opportunities that will be offered after school. Please see the calendar that was passed out in class, or check your Science teacher’s websites.

(MS)2TC and MSVPA at Butcher Educational Center

(MS)2TC (Middle School Math, Science, and Technology Center) is a STEM program that teaches students Math, Science, and Language Arts at an accelerated pace in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

MSVPA (Middle School Visual Performing Arts) is an integrated social studies and visual-performing arts program for 7th and 8th graders.