Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of March 2-6

7th Grade Field Trip!

We will be handing out permission slips for our field trip this Monday, April 7th. We will be visiting the old Missouri State Penitentiary, eating lunch at a park, and stopping by Central Dairy for some ice cream before we return back to school!

Permission slips will be due Friday, March 13.

7th Grade Field Trip

Tuesday, April 7th, 8am

115 Lafayette Street

Jefferson City, MO

Big picture


We’ve had a fantastic full week of school in ELA. We’ve dug even deeper into our class novel, “A Night Divided” and completed the first two shared readings related to this novel. We’re looking forward to our visit to the Churchill Museum to learn even more about the cold war era. We also completed the reading on grade level assessment. Next week, we’ll be digging further into the novel, while also looking at some poetry and continuing to discuss figurative, connotative, and denotative meanings.

Week at a Glance:

Monday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, Poetry

Tuesday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, Poetry

Wednesday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, Poetry

Thursday - A Night Divided Shared Reading, Poetry

Friday - A Night Divided reading and poetry writing

Learning Target for the Week:

This means I can determine word meanings by determining the figurative, connotative, and/or denotative meanings.

Important Vocabulary:

  • Connotative

  • Denotative

  • Literal

  • Figurative

  • Poetic Language

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 connotative, denotative and figurative meaning]

Writing: Use a given process to create clear expository writing that is developed, and organized for the task; including style, voice, purpose, and audience.


Scores for Unit 5: Rational Numbers will go in the gradebook this week. Students can request a reteach assignment for practice and request a retake to improve scores. Please see the Family Materials for Unit 5 to see important vocabulary from the unit, as well as problems you can practice with your student.

This week, we will begin Unit 6: Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities. Please see Family Materials for Unit 5 to see important vocabulary from the unit, as well as problems you can practice with your student.

Power Standard for Unit 5:

7.NS.A.3 - Solve problems involving the four arithmetic operations with rational numbers.

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

We will start the week reteaching and retesting for those who received a 1 or 2 on their post test from Friday. Students who scored a 3 or 4 on the post test will be working on extension activities. We will then transition into a review of cell hierarchy (cell, tissue, organ, organ system, organism) to lead us into our next unit with body systems!

Learning Target for the Week:

I can differentiate between structure and function in plant and animal cell organelles, including cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, cytoplasm, mitochondrion, chloroplast, and vacuole.

Important Vocabulary

  • Eukaryote
  • Nucleus
  • Cell Membrane
  • Cell Wall
  • Organelle
  • Cytoplasm
  • Mitochondria
  • Cell
  • Tissue
  • Organ
  • Organ System
  • Organism

Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS1.A.2: Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of the cells contribute to that function.

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week students finished objective 5: Spirit of Independence.

Students should be able to tell you the reason for taxes, the reactions of the colonist to these taxes, why the colonist were so upset about not being represented in Parliament, and taking an event from this time period and explaining it in the view of a Patriot or Loyalist.

Students will look at an enrichment project this week answering the question, "When is it necessary to rebel against the government".

Learning Target for the Week:

Students will be able to explain the events that lead to the American revolution from a Patriot (or Colonists) and Loyalists (or British Government) point of view.

Key Terms & Events:

rebel, revolution, Patriot, Loyalist, representation, authority, Sons of Liberty, liberty, effigies, boycott, repeal, writs of assistance, and taxes.

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates -

Lara Brunk -