Team Howlers Newsletter

Week of January 11

School News & Important Dates:

  • January 13, 3:30-6 PM -Annie Jr. Auditions in the Chorus Room
  • January 13, 4-5:30 PM -Academic Team Challenge against SFMS/FMMS/GHMS @ BTMS
  • January 18, No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observation
  • January 19, 3:30-5:30 PM - Annie Jr. Callbacks in the Theater Arts Room
  • January 20, 4-6 PM -Academic Team Challenge @ Lewisville Middle School
  • January 22 - Deadline to complete District Calendar Survey *Information in Team Howlers News section
  • January 27, 5-8:30 PM - Beef O'Brady's Spirit Night
  • January 27, 4-6 PM - Academic Team Challenge @ Rawlinson Road Middle School

Team Howlers News:

A/B Day Schedule:

In trying to prepare the students for 7th/8th grade, we have started using A/B scheduling. A/B scheduling is where students will flip their academic schedules every other week. Related arts classes will remain the same regardless of if it is an A or B week This week was the first time that we flipped our schedule. The students did really well with this. Students are on a B week schedule this week, which is: 6th, 5th, Lunch, 4th, and 3rd period. Next week is a A week, which is a normal schedule: 3rd, 4th, Lunch, 5th, and 6th. We have signs posted outside our doors to help ease the students into this process.


Parent Portal Information:

Please make sure you check Parent Portal (https://fortmill.powerschool.com/public/home.html) to see how your child is doing in his/her classes. If you should have a question about grades, please contact your child’s teacher directly.


General Team News:

With this being the beginning of the third nine weeks, please make sure that your child has replenished his/her notebook paper and pencils. If your child is ever out, please make sure to check each teachers’ websites for material covered in class that day. If you have any questions or concerns that are subject specific, please contact that teacher.


District Calendar Survey:

The district is about to start the process of developing the academic calendar for the 2016/17 school year. Before they start the 2016/17 draft calendar process, they'd like to get your opinion.


Here's the link that will take you to the calendar survey: http://goo.gl/forms/D4hIN3rnz1. The survey is best viewed using Google Chrome, but will work on any browser.


The survey will remain open until Friday, January 22, 2016.

Math:

Mr. Donnelly - mailto:donnellyp@fortmillschools.org

GT Math Website Address - http://goo.gl/Gpb4bs

Regular (Grade Level) Math Website Address -http://goo.gl/DTr7EV


Regular Math will finish the unit on Ratios and Equivalent Ratios. There will be a quiz on Friday Jan 15th.


Tutoring Times:

Donnelly: Wednesday 11:05 – 11:30

Adldoost: Wednesday 7:40 – 8:05

Webster: Tuesday 7:40 – 8:05


Regular Math Homework:

Monday: Handout

Tuesday: digits 10-4: prob 1-10

Wednesday: Digits 10-5: problems 1-10

Thursday: Study Guide

Friday: None


This week GT Math will be finishing the unit on Ratios and Unit Rates. There will be a quiz Thursday Jan 14th on the ratios unit.


GT Math Tutoring Times:

Donnelly: Monday 11:05 – 11:30

Adldoost: Tuesday 7:40 – 8:05

Webster: Thursday 7:40 – 8:05


GT Math Homework:

Monday: 11-3 (6th Grade): 1 – 10 (Do in book since I cannot get into PowerSchool at this time)

Tuesday: Handout

Wednesday: 11-4 (6th Grade) 1 – 10

Thursday: None

Friday: None

Science:

Ms. Lyle - mailto:lylei@fortmillschools.org

GT Science Website Address - http://goo.gl/gbsvyZ

Grade Level Science Website Address - http://goo.gl/tzuO5y


This week in science we will be learning about the greenhouse effect and how solar energy affects land vs. water to start off the week. Near the end of the week we will discuss the weather on a global scale and how solar energy from the sun plays a huge factor in determining the weather on a daily basis.


This content is pretty new to students thus it’s important that they are studying at home to ensure their success in this unit.


Assessments: Friday students will complete an EOW quiz on greenhouse effect, land vs. water, climate regions, global winds and jet streams.

Language Arts:

Mrs. Munn - mailto:munns@fortmillschools.org

3rd & 4th Periods (GT) Website Address - http://goo.gl/Gpb4bs

5th & 6th Periods (Grade Level) Website Address - http://goo.gl/GkIU3M


This nine weeks we will be doing a research project. Students will pick a career that they may want to pursue. Mrs. Becker, our guidance counselor, conducted a guidance lesson last Wednesday that will helped students choose a career to research. Mrs. Heine, our Media Specialist, will conduct a lesson on Thursday about how to use the online data base DISCUS to find information about the career students are researching. We will begin researching in class this Friday. The research portion of the paper will be due Tuesday, January 26. The career tri-fold will be due Tuesday, February 2 .


Once and Future King by T. H. White - GT Classes Only (3rd and 4th Periods):

This nine weeks students in my GT classes will be reading Part One of the Once and Future King by T. H. White. This goes along with the middle ages unit that students are getting ready to begin in social studies with Mr. Pauley. We will begin reading this book the week of February 1. I do not have enough copies for every student to take home. I am working on finding a free solution for students to be able to use if they have access to an iPad or Kindle. I should have an update by next Monday as to whether or not this will be able to work. Please let me know if you would have any questions.


3rd 9 Weeks Independent Reading Project: Students are to select a novel to read independently this nine weeks. Students should show this novel to me to make sure that it is approved. All students went to the media center last week to check out books. Students were given a sheet on today, explaining the project. Students will have to complete one 60 point and one 40 point activity for the book they are reading. There are several activities for the students to choose from. This project will be due on Friday, March 11. Here is a link to the information about this project that students were given in class today: https://goo.gl/T9cfiy


If your child needs some help choosing a book to read, he/she can come to me for some suggestions or you may go to http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/ - there are several options to search by such as: similar book to one they liked or by series.


Homework:

*Read nightly

*Look over reference sources notes for quiz on Friday


Upcoming Tests and Projects:

Friday, January 15: Reference Sources Quiz

Tuesday, January 26: Career Essay

Friday, January 29: Research Paper Test *This is a tentative date

Tuesday, February 2: Career Tri-Fold due

Friday, March 11: 3rd Quarter Reading Project due

Social Studies:

Mr. Pauley - mailto:pauleyc@fortmillschools.org

GT Social Studies Website Address - http://goo.gl/vpvnQI

Grade Level Social Studies Website Address - http://goo.gl/qjJ94y


This week we will be finishing our short unit on the Byzantine Empire. On Monday and Tuesday, we will focus on emperor Justinian’s law code and how it influenced modern law today, as well as the Byzantine’s preservation of Roman architecture and knowledge. On Wednesday, we will be taking notes on the basic beliefs and principles of Islam and complete atlas work on its spread throughout the region. On Thursday and Friday, we will be learning about the 5 pillars of Islam and the accomplishments the Islamic empires had in mathematics, medicine, literature, art, architecture, and science. We will have a test over these topics next Wednesday, January 20th. Study guides will be handed out on Thursday the 14th.