Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of Nov. 18th - Nov. 22nd

Classroom Notes


We are continuing our work on narrative writing next week. We have completed writing sessions to give kiddos an idea of what to write about in their realistic fiction narrative and to improve their writing skills. If anyone would like additional information, refer to the writing session slides in Google Classroom. We have had a chance to work on the narratives in class, but can be worked on at home as needed.

Week at a Glance:

Monday - Continue narrative writing, theme review

Tuesday - Continue narrative writing, theme review

Wednesday - Continue narrative writing, theme post-test, main idea pretest

Thursday - Continue narrative writing, intro to main idea

Friday - Wrap up narrative writing, main idea practice

Learning Target for the Week:

I can identify the theme of a text and explain that theme. I can also summarize the text.

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 introducing 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. Unit 3 scores will be returned to students this week. Please check your student's data binder. Students may make test corrections and request a retake to improve scores.

Power Standard for Unit 3:

7.GM.A.4 - Understand Concepts of Circles

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, we will be finishing up biotic and abiotic factors. We will talk about the levels of organization in an ecosystem and discuss the different interactions between organisms.

Learning Target for the Week:

I can describe biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem in which organisms interact.

I can organize the levels of organization within an ecosystem and understand the different interactions between organisms.

Important Vocabulary

  • Biotic
  • Abiotic
  • Ecosystem
  • Population
  • Community
  • Symbiosis
  • Mutualism
  • Commensalism
  • Parasitism
  • Predator
  • Prey

Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS2.A.1: Analyze data representing the effects of resource availability on organisms in an ecosystem

LS2.A.2: Construct an explanation that predicts the patterns of interactions among and between the biotic and abiotic factors in a given ecosystem.

Halloween Week 2019!

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

Students are working on objective 3: Colonial America!

Ask your child about the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

Learning Target for the Week:

Students will compare the people who settled in all three regions and their reasons for coming to America.

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.