Sandwich Middle School

December Newsletter

6th Grade News

As we continue 2nd quarter, the 6th grade teachers have a lot of exciting things planned for the kids:

· In math, students will be working on ratios and rates. They will be figuring out better buys and greater rates using unit rate.

· In resource math, the students will be working with number lines, absolute values, and graphing on a coordinate plane.

· Science classes are moving through our look at Earth Science. Recently, we explored the different types of rocks and minerals on Earth and how they form. In the coming weeks, we are going to tackle the natural forces that help shape the planet’s surface as well as examine Earth’s fossil record to better understand the planet’s geologic history.

· In the coming weeks, social studies classes will be moving into our Ancient China Unit before participating in the Geography Bee.

· In language arts, the students will be working on novel units. Mrs. Mavec’s classes will be reading Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. Mrs. Shimp’s students will be reading Max and Me and the Time Machine by Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick. In AT Language Arts, students will be exploring The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg.

· In resource language arts, the students are reading Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief, and investigating word choice and character point of view.

We would also like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of your child’s attendance when it comes to their grades. If your student is going to be absent for a couple of days, please make sure you let us know so that we can get you their homework so they can keep up. Also stress with your students that when they are absent, it is their responsibility to see all of their teachers when they get back to make sure they have all of the work they missed.

Lastly, we would like recognize Ashley Hintz and Rex Novak as our Students of the Month.

7th Grade News

The seasons change as we move from fall to winter. We will have some key interruptions in our schedule with Thanksgiving and Christmas on the minds of our students. Mr. Horton’s Social studies will have finished our BRAG project. This was an in class assignment where your child worked in a group PowerPoint presentation. They learned to insert graphics, text and animation to express the content. We will also have an in depth study of the Constitution as we head to Winter Break. We will break down the Constitution and deal with each article.

In science, we are starting our Astronomy unit. We are starting big and learning about the formation of our universe and our galaxy. We will be moving on to stars, constellations, the life cycle of stars, and our star the sun. This will lead us into our solar system and the other objects in the solar system, such as comets, meteors, meteoroids, and asteroids. The students will then be an in class planet project. In this project, the students will be researching two topics about a certain planet. They will then create a power point presentation to teach the class about their planet.

Mrs. Duvick’s 7th Grade Regular Language Arts students have just finished a figurative language unit. They will now have the opportunity to apply their skills as they complete a poetry unit. They will be reading outstanding poems and creating their own original pieces.

The AT Language Arts students will be apply their knowledge of figurative language to a classic piece of literature, A Christmas Carol. They will be reading the novel and creating a project booklet that focuses on the transformation of Scrooge.

Mrs. Nelle’s 7th Grade Regular Language Arts students are currently working on an informational text unit using National Geographic Mission Rescue texts. Each text provides facts and information on an endangered species, and how humans can help turn the tide for these animals before they reach extinction. This unit will take us into winter break. The final project for this unit is a PowerPoint presentation on one of six endangered or threatened species.

In the math classes, we just finished up our unit on percents. During this unit, the students learned how to solve percent problems, and find the percent of change. They also learned how to calculate sales tax, markups, tips, discounts, and simple interest. We are now working on our unit that covers expressions. During this unit, the students will learn how to write and evaluate expressions, find the pattern in a sequence of numbers, and learn about the properties of numbers. They will also learn about linear expressions and how to simplify, add, subtract and factor them. After we finish our unit over expressions, we will then move onto equations.

In the pre-algebra classes, we are just finishing up our chapter on percents. During this chapter, the students learned how to relate decimals, fractions, and percents. They also learned about the percent proportion, percent equation, estimating with percents, percent of change, markups, discounts, and simple and compound interest. We will be moving onto polynomials. During this chapter, the students will learn what polynomials are and how to simplify, add, subtract and multiply them. When this chapter is complete, we will be moving on to more complex equations and inequalities.

Students of the month will be Briana Sexton and Dan Reedy

8th Grade News

8th Grade Newsletter

We are now well into our second quarter of the school year! Please remember to replenish your student’s supplies. Paper and pencils start running low this time of year. Grades are always available at the Tyler SIS website. Please contact the middle school office (815-786-2138) if you need assistance logging-in to Tyler SIS. In language arts, we are reading The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin. We are continuing to work on vocabulary and literary analysis as we prepare for PAARC testing. Our science classes are working on the chemistry unit. They are learning about types of chemical reactions and how to balance chemical equations. The American History classes are wrapping up their studies on World War I and moving into a study of the Jazz Age. In math, we are finishing up Unit 2 Solving Two-Step and Multi-Step Equations and beginning Unit 3 on Congruence. Your student should be able to compare their current wireless plan with a competitor’s wireless plan. In Algebra, they are learning how to solve systems of equations and inequalities. By this point in time, your child has mastered how to solve linear equations. Sandwich Middle School will begin the Franklin Mall Food Drive in early December. Please talk to your student to get information about when you should send in canned and dry foods to help those in need during the holiday season.

Students of the Month are Kaylee Swickert and Saulo Rodriguez. These are respectful, hard-working students who strive to do their best.

Explore News

Life Skills: Over the last month in Life Skills our 6th grade students learned about note taking skills, reading and intrepreting informational text and recongnizing text cues, and about the human eyes, ears, skin, theeth, and hair. 7th grade learned the chambers of the heart, path of blood through the heart, how to calculate target heart rate zones, and understanding our bodies response to exercise. 8th graders have been learning about body systems and how they interrelate to each other. All classes also had guest speakers about the state mandated Erin's Law-Child sexual abuse information and understanding healthy relationships.

Speech & Drama

Hello! This month has been a busy one for Speech & Drama. The 6th graders have completed reading the full-length play, Arsenic & Old Lace, compared it to the movie, and done a character study on one of the main characters. We also discussed plot diagrams and how to analyze a play and find a theme. After some practice with plot diagrams we will be moving on to using vocal variety to express meanings in speeches and monologues.

The 7th graders started out the school year by trying to relate to being blind. This was in preparation to our first show, Wait Until Dark, also a movie starring Audrey Hepburn. They will also be writing a review of the movie at the start of December. From there they will be presenting a “How-To” speech, where they will be teaching the class how to do something they know how to do. This includes a demonstration and a prop will be required.

The 8th graders began this quarter by working on Introductions & Conclusions and learning about presenting speeches using bullet points instead of writing it out word for word. They will go on to learning about the different type of stages and some of the things the director of a show must consider. We will then move on to the play, “Harvey”.

Congratulations to Paige Franklin! She is the November Student of the Month for Speech & Drama. Her outstanding dramatic skills and cheerful attitude make her a pleasure to have in class.


All levels of Art classes are doing some very cool projects. 6th grade finished up their first portrait drawings (hopefully they brought them home to show off) and will be doing projects related to perspective and painting in the next coming weeks. 7th grade and 8th graders completed silhouette paintings and are working on pen drawings and then will get to do some various projects with color and mixed media. Hopefully students are having fun and enjoying learning new techniques. The student of the month for December is 8th grader Bella Craddock.


During the last month of the quarter, 6th grade students will finish practicing the engineering design process as they participate in exciting design challenges. They will also be introduced to computer programing using hands-on materials and interactive lessons from “Let’s Start Coding”.

7th grade students will apply what they’ve learned about design, technical drawing, and computer modeling as they complete their final project of the quarter, the Puzzle Cube Design. They will use TinkerCAD to design and 3D print their final projects.

Finally, 8th grade students will learn to program robots using RobotC. They will be designing, programming and testing the robots they build.

STEM Students of the Month

Thank you to Jacob Scalf for all your hard work and positive attitude in Automation & Robotics during second quarter!

PE News

SMS has been rockin’ this past month! We just completed our unit on basketball, and our students did an amazing job. Our goals were to teach the rules and skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting. Teamwork was our biggest emphasis during this unit as no one can win games on their own. There were so many who are starting to show their amazing leadership skills, and we are so proud of them! Our next unit is going to be volleyball, and we can’t wait to see how teamwork and skills are improved from last year. Students of the month for PE are: Jilly Ashley, Cody Peterson, and Eleanor Newberry. All of these students have shown leadership skills, team work, manners, and character. Congrats to all of you!

December Student of The Month

News from the LRC

November was a very busy month in the Learning Resource Center. The books are ready to take a vacation with the students! In November the new Scholastic book fair books became available for checkout and they were all grabbed up quickly. The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award program continues and the kids are reading the nominated books like crazy. The program continues until February 15, 2018 so there is plenty of time!

How is your holiday shopping list going? Mine is slow getting started but it gets really easy when I head to the bookstore. Books are so easy to wrap, mail, and enjoy. Gift cards from the bookstore or AMAZON are even better (less postage). If your child is taking part in the READ & VOTE – maybe a title from the nominees list would be an idea. Go to for the complete list.


Mrs. Butler

SMS Makes the Holidays Brighter

The month of November was fun for the students of SMS as they were raising money for the Veterans. Students could pay $5 to play dodgeball against the teachers (which 116 kids did) or $1 to watch the fun event (which 285 kids did). That wasn’t all the fun! Teachers volunteered to have “jars” with their names on them of which students put change and even $20 in to have them get slimed (green applesauce and spaghetti noodles), kiss a pig, or play egg roulette in front of the entire school. What great sports our teachers are!! The 8th graders wanted to get involved so they raised money and voted for a student to get slimed and for a student to make a free throw so they could have a silly string war with a teacher. What fun while helping out others! The school raised $1260 to put into $20 gift cards to be distributed to Veterans though the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation’s Veteran Holiday Drive. Helping others over the holidays is what it is all about. SO PROUD OF SMS!!

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DSEB Information

The Sandwich CUSD 430 Board of Education has approved a resolution to place a referendum on the March 20, 2018 ballot that would increase the District’s Debt Service Extension Base (DSEB). Please click on the link for more information.