Tarheels Newsletter

December 11, 2015

Upcoming Dates/Events/Information

  • Pre-order your yearbooks! Go to www.jostens.com
  • Levine's Children's Hospital Present Drive:

    Please bring an unwrapped toy or gift for a sick boy or girl between the ages of 0 to 18 years old. Place it under the JFMS tree in the lobby and know that your generosity will bring happiness this Christmas season.

    Thank you!
  • Spirit Week next week:

    Monday— Santa’s Little Helper (be a reindeer or elf)

    Tuesday—Polar Express Day (wear your PJ’s)

    Wednesday—Frozen Day (dress as your favorite character or put on lots of winter wear)

    Thursday—Red & Green Day

    Friday—Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
  • Dance Tonight at 6:30-9 P.M. ( $5.00 admission) . If your child owes more than 5 dollars in the cafeteria, debt has to be paid before entering the dance.

Holiday Treat Donations

  • If you are able we are asking for parent volunteers to send in Little Debbie Holiday Themed treats by Thursday, December 17th. Please just send these in with your child to their homeroom teachers.
  • OR: canned drinks or individual bottles of water- no liters of drinks please.

Academic Class Information

Language Arts

This week students concluded the book of Fever, 1793 by reading and listening to several chapters including the non-fictional elements of the novel. Students also participated in an "art crawl" analyzing and interpreting pieces of art from that time period. They looked for Conflict/Atmosphere/ Characterization and Setting elements in each piece of art.

Next week students will be focusing on the Victorian Era; Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. Within that unit we will be focusing on our nine week theme: "change" and how people change due to circumstances and environmental factors.

Second period students will have a test on Monday pertaining to Stem List #4. Please find the list and practice activities on Quizlet.com. They also have a Think Tac Toe assignment due on December 15th. This assignment was given 5 weeks ago and can be found on my Google Classroom.


Students turned in their Holiday Budget project this week. Thank you to parents who were able to send in sales papers last week. Students are finishing Ch. 6 using Distributive property, simplifying and evaluating algebraic expressions. They are using variables to represent numbers and write expressions to solve real world math problems. We will take our ch. 6 test Monday/Tuesday.

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies we are exploring the Renaissance: what are the historical influences that brought about this "rebirth"? What are the main ideas behind humanism? Who are some of the most influential artists, sculptors, architects and thinkers behind this age? Ask about Leonardo da Vinci, the city-states, and the Medici family and see what they are taking away from this week's lesson!


This week in Science, We have familiarized our selves with the circulatory system. Students created notes on the function, parts, and purpose of the Circulatory System. Students created a diagram of the human heart and learned how the heart and lungs interact to provide cells in the body with needed materials. Next week, we will learn about the Respiratory system and how this system interacts with the Circulatory System.