ARKANSAS ARTS ACADEMY

7th and 8th Grade, News from the CORE, 12/15/15

SCHOOL NEWS

December 15 Concerts:

The AAA Middle School Winter Music Concert will be held on Tuesday, Dec 15th. It will be located at the PAC on the AAA High School Campus. On the same night, the Elementary music performance will begin at 6:00. It will be followed by the Orchestra performance from 7:00-7:30. The Guitar students will perform from 7:30-8:00. All performing students are required to be at the PAC at 5:45. This will be for a test grade. Please have your child bring their own guitar from home if it is available; otherwise, one will be provided for them. Students are required to wear black pants and a solid colored shirt.


Semester Award Ceremony:

There will be an awards assembly on January 8th for our 7th and 8th grade students. Awards will be given for all A's and all A's and B's in core classes. Students must have received at least one A to receive and All A's and B's award.


STUFF THE BUS CLOTHING DRIVE

Please bring any clothes for donations to the school by Friday.


ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Toys and gently used coats are being collected in honor of one of our students who is seeking treatment there.


MAP TESTING

All students will complete MAP testing the first week of January. MAP testing is taken on the computer and it allows us to see student progress in Math and Language Arts. It also gives teachers direction for planning our lessons to meet students at their various levels.

Ms. Walker, Science, twalker@artsk12.org

We are testing Wednesday and Thursday, in all classes. Please be sure students complete their study guides and turn them in for bonus points. This is the last grade that will be entered for the second semester.

If your child has any missing assignments, apart from Do Now's, it has to be turned in by NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY. Late work will receive a reduced grade of 10-40%, depending on how late it is. All grades will be final on Friday.

If you haven't done so, please consider signing up for Remind. Parents and students can sign up and receive reminders about tests, etc.

Ms. Jarrett, Social Studies, sjarrett@artsk12.org

It is hard to believe that this semester is almost over! I have enjoyed working with all of my students and will miss them during the break. Happy Holidays!


This week:

7th grade - We are reviewing topographic maps and applying this skill to the creation of our own contour map using clay.

8th grade - We are working on the process paper for National History Day which is due January 7th.


January:

7th grade - We will begin with the topic of indigenous cultures with a focus on the survival of the Mayan people of Mesoamerica. Next, we will be moving to resources of the Amazon Rainforest and the quest to preserve them.


8th grade - We will be beginning Arkansas History with discussions about the origins of its discovery. The Process Paper for National History Day is due on January 7th. Students were given an outline to complete to help organize their thoughts, and some class time to start writing it. I have encouraged students to work on more research and collecting sources for their annotated bibliography over the break. The National History Day website at nhd.org is a wonderful resource to answer any questions.

Ms. Welch, Math, lwelch@artsk12.org

As we approach the end of the semester I want to let you know what a privilege it has been to get to know each and every student. I have seen a lot of growth this semester, and I know that I am looking forward to an amazing spring semester!

At this time I would like to let you know that you should expect to see a few changes in the spring. I believe these changes will lead to positive improvements in student learning. I hope you will join me in supporting these changes. I will be sending out details on these changes the first week of the spring semester, so please be on the lookout for that information.

As part of these changes I am requesting students bring a single subject spiral notebook for use in math. This notebook will need to be label with their name and section number. Students will need this notebook beginning the week of January 11th and I will include this information in the January update. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


As a 7th and 8th grade team we would like to let you know that many students are running short on pencils and erasers. Please help us make sure your student is prepared for the spring semester by replenishing these items. One final note, as a team we are making use of the available technology and would like to incorporate the use more sound. To make the best use of this we would like students to bring earbuds for use in class. These can be kept in their pencil bags, which they should already carry to each class.


Summary of requested items for spring semester:

  • 1 - spiral notebook (for math)

  • Pencils

  • Erasers

  • Earbuds

Ms. Cerna, Language Arts, lcerna@artsk12.org

Here is the information for January. When we return to school, students will need the following books depending on their class section:


7-1 (Pre-AP 7th): The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (unabridged) by Mark Twain

7-2/7-3: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (abridged) by Mark Twain. Teacher will provide a copy of this book for each student in these sections.


8-1/8-3: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

8-2 (Pre-AP 8th): The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Students do not need to complete any iXL exercises during their Winter Break. We will begin working on iXL again on the first week we are back in session. Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work. I look forward to seeing all of our students and parents again in January. Have a wonderful holiday season.