Seventh Grade Newsletter

January 18, 2015

Dear Parents,

It's the end of the first semester already! Don't forget that students are dismissed at 12:20 on Thursday and Friday this week. The new semester begins Monday, January 26. Students will get their new schedules (specials classes change) on Friday, January 23.

English

Monday we will be studying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s word choice in his "I Have a Dream" speech as part of our The Power of Words unit. Tuesday we will do some more exam review. The students should have brought home their class notebooks this weekend as the exam covers the topics we studied in the first semester and all of their notes are in them. The third hour exam is Wednesday and the fifth hour exam is Friday.


The middle school spelling bee (grades 5-8) is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 at 3:30 in the auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Social Studies

During the Social Studies exam period, students will take a unit test, not a cumulative exam. The Geography Bee will begin early next week with the classroom competition. The building championship (grades 7-8) will be Thursday next week, followed by the Middle School Championship (grades 5-8) in the first week of February.

Science

Students spent time studying Physical and Chemical Changes this week. Students presented an online poster they created that showed 5 examples of each type of change and then described each. Have them show it to you. Typically when there is a chemical change in a substance, there is a new color, taste, or gas formed. A chemical change may have a temperature change like a heat pack or cold pack that you have to "pop". Light may be emitted in a chemical change. Physical changes are a bit more simple - where you have the same substance you started with. Tearing paper or melting ice still leaves you with the same substance. Feel free to ask your students what they know about chemical and physical changes. Here is a video a student made of a demonstration we did in class. What do you think? Chemical or Physical change? :)
Science January 2015

Math

Students will be preparing on Monday and Tuesday for their mid-term test at the end of the week. Students will also be learning how to create equations for proportions during the week. The 7th grade mid term test is on Thursday. This class will not have math on Friday.

Advanced Math

Students will be preparing for their mid-term test on Monday and Tuesday. Students will also spend some time working on two-step equations. The advanced math mid-term is on Wednesday morning from (8:05-10:05). This class will not have math on Thursday or Friday.

Band

The middle school band is working on music for the District II Band & Orchestra Festival that will be held on the Weekend of Saturday, February 28! The event will be held in Petoskey and Elk Rapids and we will get our time and location announced soon. Everyone has been working on the fundamentals and advanced basics of their instrument. The woodwinds have been getting a master class from Dr. Tim Topolewski every Tuesday and he will begin teaching private lessons when the band classes are not meeting during 1st, 4th, & 5th hours. The band is making great musical progress!

Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society applications will be sent out after semester grades to students who have a qualifying GPA of 3.5 or above in the core subjects of English, math, science, and social studies. Grades alone do not guarantee acceptance into NJHS as it is based on a student's demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. If you would like more information, please contact Cindy Brooks at 547-8213 or cbrooks@rayder.net.

Talent Show

Charlevoix's Got Talent, sponsored by the Charlevoix Middle-High School Performing Arts will be presented next Sunday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Charlevoix Middle-High School Auditorium. The show will feature 17 acts made up of our own elementary through high school students and will include a variety of talents including singing, dancing, and instrument playing. Mike Washburn will be the Emcee, and the show will be judged by our celebrity panel made up of Chris Dominic, Charlie Witthoeft, and Holly Keller. The three acts that receive the highest rating will receive a cash prize, which will be awarded at the conclusion of the program, as well as a "rising star" award to one of the younger performing acts! During Intermission we will also be having a Silent Auction, where the audience members will be able to bid on items such as a gift card basket, coffee basket, baked goods basket, Mike's Mustard gift box, an Arbonne gift basket, Premier Design Jewelry, and a 1 week cottage rental on Central Lake. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of this exciting event! Hope to see you there! Tickets are available at the door and are $5 for students and adults.

Sports Calendar

Monday: Girls basketball at Boyne City

Wednesday: Girls basketball home vs. East Jordan

Thursday: Ski meet at Mt. Holiday

Thank you!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Sincerely,