Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of Oct. 28th - Nov. 1st

Classroom Notes


It was great to see those who could make it out to conferences! Last week, we finished our work on affixes. We are looking forward to starting our unit on theme and narrative writing next week. Students are enjoying the reading of Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie which we will be wrapping up soon.

Week at a Glance:

Monday - Narrative writing, theme practice, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie

Tuesday - Narrative writing, theme practice, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie

Wednesday - Narrative writing, theme practice, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie

Thursday - House Day

Friday - No School

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 continue Unit 3: Measuring Circles. Please see the Family Materials for Unit 3 to review important vocabulary and see sample problems that you can do with your student at home. Unit 2 scores were returned to students. Students may make test corrections and request a retake to improve scores.

Power Standard for Unit 2:

7.RP.A.2 - Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.

Power Standard for Unit 3:

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

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

This week, we will be finishing up biotic and abiotic factors. We will begin levels of organization in an ecosystem and discussing 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

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

What was it like to be an early European Explorer? Students this week learned about the impact of early European exploration on Native Americans. Is Christopher Columbus a Hero or Villain?

This week students finished creating a HERO or VILLAIN poster for an explorer from Spain, France, England or Portugal. Next week we will be looking at the European Fur Trade and the impact it had with the Native Americans.

Learning Target for the Week:

  • Compare the reasons Europeans wanted to explore and settle in the New World and how they affected the Native American population in their area.

Power Standards for the Quarter: Compare factors motivating Europeans to explore and settle in the New World to explain colonial diversity and regional differences in North and South America.


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.