Stuck in the Middle

FMS 7th Grade Newsletter: Week of March 9-13

7th Grade Field Trip!

Permission slips for the 7th grade field trip have been handed out. Please sign and return ASAP! 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

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This week we’ve been working on finishing our last shared reading for A Night Divided. We’ve also started to dig further into poetry while still focusing on connotative, denotative, and figurative meanings. Next week, we’ll continue reading A Night Divided and working through more poetry. Also, don’t forget about that special trip to the Churchill Museum on March 17.

Week at a Glance:

Monday - A Night Divided, Poetry

Tuesday - A Night Divided, Poetry

Wednesday - A Night Divided, Poetry

Thursday - A Night Divided, Poetry

Friday - A Night Divided, 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.


Gradebooks are up to date. Students can request a reteach assignment for practice and request a retake to improve scores. Students may also use the Proficiency Checklist and Resources.

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.

Power Standards for Unit 6:

7.EEI.B.4 - Write and/or solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable.

7.EEI.A.1 - Apply properties of operations to simplify and to factor linear algebraic expressions with rational coefficients.

Life Science

Week at a Glance:

This week begins our unit on body systems! We will kick this unit off by learning about the cardiovascular system.

Learning Target for the Week:

I can identify the main functions of the cardiovascular system and how it is structured.

I can identify the main organs associated with the cardiovascular system.

Important Vocabulary

  • Heart
  • Capillaries
  • Valve
  • Aorta
  • Oxygen
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Atrium
  • Vein
  • Ventricle
  • Artery
  • Vena Cava

Power Standards for the Quarter:

LS1.A.4: Present evidence that body System interact to carry out key body functions, including providing nutrients and oxygen to cells, removing carbon dioxide and waste from cells and the body, controlling body motion/activity and coordination, and protecting the body.

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week students finished objective 5: Spirit of Independence. Have your child show you their updated data binder.

Next week students will be looking at The Declaration of Independence.

Learning Target for the Week:

Students will apply the ideas of inalienable rights, popular sovereignty, natural rights and social contract to explain the purpose and legacy of the Declaration of Independence.

Key Terms & Events:

preamble, natural rights, liberty, inalienable rights, popular sovereignty, social contract

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Heather Yates -

Lara Brunk -