7TH & 8TH GRADE NEWSLETTER

May 17, 2016

Competitive Greatness

Competitive Greatness is having a real love for the hard battle knowing it offers the opportunity to be at your best when your best is required.


The great competitors I have played for and against, taught and admired all shared a joy in the struggle itself - the journey, the contest and competition. The tougher the battle the better.


A leader must convey this to those you lead: a tough fight can bring forth Competitive Greatness. The hard battle inspires and motivates a great competitor to dig deep inside. That's why I relish the challenge a worthy competitor presents. You are tested. When properly prepared you will rise to your highest level and achieve Competitive Greatness.

~John Wooden

Upcoming School Events and News

Thursday, May 19…..End of Season Sports Banquet 6–7pm


Sunday, May 22…..8th Grade DC trip Students should be at school no later than 10pm for departure (May 22nd-26th) (Check newsletter email blast for more information).


Monday, May 23…..Board Meeting 6:30 pm (Conference room to the left of the reception desk. Call-in number: 980-224-1999 (local) or 1-805-309-2350, Conference ID: 996-0029)


Wednesday, May 25…..New Scholars Day


Friday, May 27…..Social Studies Final Exam (1st and 2nd) period) - Talent Show starting at 12:20pm


Monday, May 30….. No School - Memorial Day


Tuesday, May 31.....Grades 3-8 Reading EOG


Wednesday, June 1…..NC EOG Math Testing & NC Final Exams (3-8) 10–11am


Thursday, June 2…..NC EOG Science (Grade 8) Testing & NC Final Exams (3-8)10–11am; School Clubs 1:15-3:10pm


Friday, June 3…..NC EOG (Makeups) Testing & NC Final Exams (3-8) 10-11am; School Clubs 1:15-3:10pm


Monday, June 6.....End of Course Math 1 Testing (EOC); School Clubs 1:15-3:10pm


Tuesday, June 7…..End of Course Biology 1 Testing (EOC)


Wednesday, June 8…..Upper Grades Field Day; Yearbook Distribution 2:15-3:10pm


Thursday, June 9…..Awards Ceremony 9:15-10:15 am; 8th Grade Graduation 5-6:30pm


Friday, June 10…..Last Day of School!


Monday, June 13…..Teacher Work Days


Tuesday, June 14…..Teacher Work Days


Friday, June 17…..Report Cards Available

Contest Results

Metrolina Quiz Bowl Team attended the Middle School National Championship Tournament, 2016 held at Hilton Atlanta on May 6th to May 8th.


Participants were:

Mrinal C

Major K

Koushik S

Ryan X

Sathya E


Metrolina placed 33rd among 160 teams at Nationals.

Only the Top 21 Teams were awarded Trophies and Metrolina was only one win away from receiving one.


Here is the link for Team standing at Nationals


Here is the link for Metrolina's Performance


Mrinal C placed 35th among 852 kids competing in the National Tournament.

Only the Top 25 students were awarded Trophies.


Here is the link for Individual Standing at Nationals


Although Metrolina did not win an award, the team had an amazing performance at the two day competition. On Saturday Metrolina played 8 rounds and the teams that win 5 or more rounds qualify for the Playoffs on Sunday. Team Metrolina won 5 very competitive and aggressive rounds on Saturday, qualifying for Sunday Playoffs (Our team was down 2-3 and needed 3 wins in a row to qualify for Playoffs. They made a great comeback and ended up 5-3.)


Sunday playoff was a "Double Elimination" round. This means if the team loses two rounds they are knocked out. Metrolina won the 1st Playoff but lost 2 consecutive playoffs, eliminating them out of the tournament. If Metrolina had won their last game they would have been guaranteed a trophy.


Metrolina played a total game of 16 rounds and were knocked out in round 17.


The Metrolina students showed amazing teamwork, leadership, and a positive attitude throughout the tournament.


Great Job Quiz Bowl Team!

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Middle School Math


Wow, what a year! To better state that- what a GREAT year! We have covered a lot of material and participated in many fun and exciting contests and projects. We have developed and sharpened skills needed for the next level of math your child will be taking.


Each of your children has brought such joy and happiness to our classroom. I was so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of children this year. They all have touched my life and this school year in very positive and rewarding ways. I hope as the years go by that they keep in touch. Today’s technology can help us continue the relationships we have built. I encourage and welcome correspondence from you and your child.


I have noticed that like all the students I have taught over the last thirty years or so, that the Scholars Academy students are no different in that students seem to let up both academically and behavior wise the last few weeks of school. Just recently on a take home quiz in math several students performed very poorly on the quiz. I would like your assistance in helping me motivate your child to finish the school year strong. Please help them understand that a final grade (all except Math 1a) will be assigned for their math class and will be on their high school transcript.


Again, thank you for allowing me to partner with you this year!



Scholars Academy Math Camp


Purpose: Review and/or a head start on major topics in Algebra 1 (Math 1)

Grades: Rising 6-8 Grade Students

Topics: Emphasizes continuous and recurring practice on the basic mathematical concepts and operations of Word Problems, Quadratic Functions, Radical Functions, and Rational Functions

Dates: June 20 to July 1, 2016

Days: Monday-Friday

Time: 9:30-11:30 am

Instructor: Mr. Chavel

Location: Mr. Chavel’s Room

Cost: $200.00

Max number accepted: 20 students

Min number of students to have camp: 12 students

More information will be avaiable in the school newsletter!



Math 1a
Students are reviewing each unit in preparation for their exam. The exam is scheduled for May 23-27.

Math 1b
Students should have returned Unit 6 EOC review on Monday for a grade (many were involved with the Talent Show and were not in class). Unit 4 EOC Review is due on Thursday. This will also count as a written grade. The students may get help from me or a classmate, but must understand how to do the problems. We will continue to review for the EOC. The EOC is scheduled for Monday, June 6.


Math 2
The students will start taking their exam on Wednesday in class and will continue taking it the rest of the week.

Math 3
Students starting taking their exam today and will continue taking it the rest of the week.