Middle School News: November

From the desk of Mrs. Brockmon

A Message From Mrs. Brockmon...

Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you for sharing your children with all of us at Bentley Middle School.

Thank you for all that you do to help us help your children learn.

Thank you for the support you give in helping your children follow the expectations.

Thank you for encouraging your child to be the best they can be every day.

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Important dates:

November 22-24 - No School

December 1-8 - Book Fair

December 6 - Book Fair open from 6-8 pm

December 14 - HALF DAY

December 25-January 2 - WINTER BREAK - No School


December 14

February 15

March 15

April 19

May 11

May 19

June 13


There are many students with perfect attendance for the first marking period!

Keep coming to school everyday.

Any student that has perfect attendance for the year

will be entered in a drawing to win a


Sponsored by

The Maksymowski Agency


The Horace Mann Company

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Science Update

6th Grade - Students will explore how machines make work easier. They will describe how some machines take away some of the work making the job easier.

7th Grade - Students are learning the major systems of the body and their functions and they will be able to describe the major parts and functions of the skin, bones, and muscles.

8th Grade - Students are learning how geologic time is divided and will learn what organisms that lived during each geologic time period

Peace Days

The 8th grade has over 20 Peace Days and celebrated their second Peace Day
by reaching 20 days without a major or minor write up.

Both the 6th and 7th grades are working towards earning

a second Peace Day with over 15 Peace days

They have already celebrated 1 Peace Day

Social Studies Update

6th Grade - Students are studying factors that bring about changes in culture. They will explain why geographers study how people and physical features are distributed on Earth's surface, describe how culture influences people's perceptions about places and regions and interpret how patterns of economic activities result in global interdependence.

7th Grade - Students will be writing arguments focused on discipline-specific content. They will support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.

8th Grade - Students will be able to explain why Great Britain created new taxes for the colonists. They will describe the colonists' reactions to the Townshend Acts and how the English colonists and American Indians viewed each other. Students will also be able to identify the factor's leading to Pontiac's Rebellion.

Student Council

The student council is up and running and we have discussed great ideas that will benefit the students and the middle school community.
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Math Update

6th Grade - Students are able to identify which operation to use and how to go about setting up the problems and placing decimals accurately. They will also estimate using compatible numbers. Students are also working on turning whole numbers into a fraction and simplifying fractions before reducing.

7th Grade - Students are converting fractions to decimals. They are discussing how to deal with mixed numbers and negatives and how this relates back to the skill of turning a decimal to a fraction from sixth grade. Students will compare and order Rational Numbers and change everything to decimals to three places. They will add and subtract with like denominators.

8th Grade - Students have finished working with cones and cylinders. They will understand where the problems are the same and where they are different.

Algebra - Students are able to find the solution to a system of equations using a variety of methods. They will also demonstrate their understanding solving systems using graphing.

ELA Update

6th Grade - The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph ~ Students will learn how to collect quotes and indirect quotes for the purpose of supporting a theme. They will also answer comprehension questions to show their understanding of the book chapters.

7th Grade - The Giver by Lois Lowry ~ Students will collect indirect and direct quotes accurately in their notebooks. They will also answer comprehension questions to show their understanding of the text.

8th Grade - Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor ~Students will record their findings from chapter four to support their learning of Segregation. They will collect quotes and indirect quotes from the novel to support a theory on theme. Students collect notes in two column fashion in their notebooks about evidence on their learning of a time period.


The Middle School Robotics Team members are:

Owen Buckley

Fox Corthals

Joshua Downs

Cameron Goodman

Mitchell Luvisch

Dannielle Valliere

Alex Waite-Starks

Jasmine Walker

Jamie Wooster

cassius Stegall

The Team competed this month and will compete again at Kettering University Saturday, December 2nd.


THANK YOU to Ben Ransier from Project Healthy Schools. Mr Ransier presented to the Middle School staff about health and wellness of our students and of ourselves.
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Extra class Updates

Communications 6 - Students are creating, outlining, planning and will present a How-To speech on a given topic.

Computers 6 - Students are practicing their keyboarding skills and continue to practice using different applications of Google.

Art 7 - Students are learning the history of the illuminated manuscript and will create their own design using the first letter of their first name. Students will then transfer the design to an sheet of copper foil to create a relief.

Health 7 - Students will be able to list the project healthy school goals. They will describe the benefits of eating healthy and being physically active

Spanish 8 - Students will ask and answer questions both in writing and verbally in Spanish. They will also read & write/illustrate conversations in Spanish

STEM 8 - Students are able to describe critical load and its effects on structures. They will be able to design and reflect on the design of a structure.

Band - Beginning Band ~ Students will play their instruments individually, in sections, and as a large ensemble. Students will also meet with teacher for 1-on-1.

Symphony Band ~ Students will perform in duets, trios, quartets, and small ensembles.

Concert Band ~ Students will begin learning concert repertoire.

Physical Education 6 & 8 - Students are working on reaching their goal of obtaining 500 points on the Fitness 300 menu and achieving a target heart rate between 120-180. They will also participate in Air Force Basketball

Physical Education 7 - Students will work together as a team during glow-in-the dark Capture the Flag.


Healthy Dinners

  • Ask for more vegetable toppings (like mushrooms, peppers, and onions) and less cheese on you pizza.
  • Add broccoli, green beans, corn, or peas to a casserole or pasta.
  • Add veggies like lettuce, tomato, onion, and cucumber to sandwiches.
  • Try eating at least 2 vegetables with dinner. Cook fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave for a quick-and-easy dish to add to any meal. Steam green beans, carrots, or broccoli in a bowl with a small amount of water in the microwave for a quick side dish.
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