Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of Dec. 16-20


It’s our last week before Winter Break! We are wrapping up Main Idea with some “You be the Teacher” presentations. We will be having a Socratic Seminar debating the effectiveness of standardized tests, a class party, and a House day to end the second quarter!

Week at a Glance:

Monday - Be the Teacher Presentations

Tuesday - Prepare for Socratic Seminar

Wednesday - Socratic Seminar

Thursday - Class Parties

Friday - House Day

Learning Target for the Week:

I can explain the central/main idea of a text and explain the relationship between the central idea and supporting evidence. I can summarize the text distinct from personal opinions.

Important Vocabulary:

  • Theme

  • Summary

  • Text Support

  • Main Idea

  • Determine

  • Analyze

  • Objective

  • Context

  • Narrative

Power Standards for the Quarter:

RL1D (fiction): Using appropriate text, determine the theme(s) of a text and analyze its development over the course of a text; provide an objective summary of the text.

RI1D (non-fiction): Explain the central/main idea(s) of a text and explain the relationship between the central idea(s) and supporting evidence; summarize the text distinct from personal opinions.

RI1B (Vocabulary): 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. [Specifically focusing on context clues]

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


This week in math we will be continuing Unit 4: Percentages. Please see the Family Materials for Unit 4 to review important vocabulary and see sample problems that you can do with your student at home. Scores are updated in the gradebook. Please click "Resources" to see proficiency scales, sample work, resources to help support your student, and practice work.

Power Standard for Unit 4:

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

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

This week, Ms. Simon's class will be testing over unit 4. Miss Keith's class will finish up learning about the nitrogen cycle and test after break.

Learning Target for the Week:

I can interpret how carbon flows through the geological and biological carbon cycles.

I can diagram the nitrogen cycle, including all the processes involved in changing N2 into usable nitrogen.

Important Vocabulary

  • Carbon
  • Carbon cycle
  • Geological carbon cycle
  • Biological carbon cycle
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Decomposition
  • Diffusion
  • Nitrogen
  • Atmospheric nitrogen
  • Ammonia
  • Nitrites
  • Nitrates
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Reservoir
  • Nitrogen fixation

Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS1.C.1: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

LS2.B.1: Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

Students are working on objective 3: Colonial America.

Students can compare/contrast the geography of the 3 regions of Colonial America.

Students should be able to locate all 3 regions of Colonial America: New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies. Students will be tested over this objective later this week or next.

Learning Target for the Week:

Students will compare the people who settled in all three regions and their reasons for coming to America. Some students tested this week and the rest will finish next week before break. Ask your child about "Christmas Around the World" project!

Key Terms & Events:

Pilgrims, Puritans, Quakers, indentured servants, slaves, debtors

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.
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