Tarheels Newsletter

September 4, 2015

Upcoming Dates/Events/Information

  • September 7th- No school-Labor Day Holiday
  • School Dance is September 18th from 6:30-9:00. School dress code does apply. Students must be escorted in with a parent/guardian and you must come in to claim your child, as well, at the conclusion of our dance.
  • Planners need to be signed once a week by a parent/guardian but PLEASE check nightly for notes and assignments. Students are held accountable for not filling in their agendas.
  • Lanyards need to be worn every day.
  • Students need composition books- if you are able donate any extra it would be GREATLY appreciated. Each student needs several a year for each class.
  • Please come out and support our sports programs if you are able. Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Cross Country and Football are our Fall sports. Students may stay after school with parent permission to attend any home games for Fall sports. Please make sure you pick up your child promptly after the games are complete. Student ticket cost is $3.00 for all events.
  • Classroom supplies: We are in need of Kleenexes, Band Aids, Hand Sanitizer, Clorox Wipes
  • Intramurals begin next week! Students will need tennis shoes for Academic Academy on Tuesday

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Academic Class Information

Language Arts

This week we continued discussing and practicing the elements of Plot and Fiction. We also traveled to the Media Center for orientation with Mrs. Canerday, our Media Coordinator. Students were able to check out a book of their choice and also checked out our 9 week assigned literature, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This novel will follow along with our theme this nine weeks, "Individuality". Students will be assigned specific pages and chapters a few nights a week. These readings must be completed before returning to class so we can process and analyze the reading. We will rarely be reading together in class. If your child struggles with reading they can follow along with the audio readings located on my webpage under "Web Links".

We examined what our theme means and the positive and negative aspects of displaying "individuality".Students turned in their first "Article of The Week- Focus on ADHD" and we will be examining individuality as it relates to that article next Tuesday. Next week our article will be assigned on Tuesday and due on Friday.

Remember homework for my class will typically include:

  1. Article of the Week
  2. Assigned pages in The Outsiders novel.
Occasionally there will be additions, but this will be the bulk of the homework. You may read anything with your child to help them process it. Students who may need special assistance are welcome to come and work with me individually during Academic Academy on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Students have been adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. This is a review from elementary days as we get ready to start Ch. 1 in our text book on ratios. They took a quiz on Thursday and will be reviewing dividing fractions as well. Please encourage your student to complete all homework on time and to ask questions if they do not understand what we are reviewing.

Social Studies

We had a short quiz on the Five Themes of Geography (Mr. Help) on Tuesday. Since there have been anniversaries and references to WWII in our "Today in History", we took a day to investigate the top extermination and work camps of the Holocaust, how Hitler got into power, who created Zxyklon B gas and how it worked, some companies (both foreign and domestic) that were Nazi sympathizers and used slave labor from the camps. I also shared with the class the story of one of my college/graduate school professors whose family hid Jews in Holland, how they got caught, ended up at Auschwitz, and liberated by the British. Friday found us once again investigating human-environment interaction through learning about cyanide fishing among the coral reefs, elephant poaching in the Serengeti, and the wildlife problems being caused by the expansion of city areas and neighborhoods (particularly mine). We will be viewing Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" (original movie) to further learn about HEI. New vocabulary will be introduced, and the end of next week will find us having a vocab quiz.


In our science classroom this week, students have engaged in a study to discover the cause of a disease and students have participated in a Clinical Trial simulation. These activities have provided them with an understanding of how scientists conduct research to determine the answers to questions. Students have a writing assignment, requiring them to use the 9 scientific inquiry vocabulary words to describe the clinical trial conducted in our class on Thursday. This assignment is due on Tuesday at the beginning of class.