Tarheels Newsletter

November 13, 2015

Upcoming Dates/Events/Information

  • No sports practice this coming Monday- 11/16
  • Fall Blood Drive in the gym 11/16 in the gym from 2:30-7:30
  • Football banquet on Monday night. Players are free, $5 for additional family members. This will take place in the school cafeteria 6-7:30
  • Volleyball and Soccer banquet will take place on Tuesday at 6 pm at the Catawba Country Club. Players are free/ additional family members are $8

  • Pre-order your yearbooks! Go to www.jostens.com
  • Please donate coats, and winter wear to JFMS for our coat drive if you are able.
  • Thank you for all of your support and help so far this year.

Academic Class Information

Language Arts

This week we started our novel on the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia. Students have assigned readings from our novel over the weekend.

We also examined the historical facts of the epidemic in an Internet Workshop through Google Classroom. Please have your child check their Google Classroom regularly for announcements and extra credit opportunities.

Next week we will focus on the Exposition of our novel and characterization. We also be looking at the inaccuracies and disagreements between primary sources of the time.

Articles of the Week are due on Thursdays each week. Next week is short one but difficult to read. Please help your child at home understand this article. You might need a dictionary!

Thanks for your support.


Students are continually working on calculating percents. We have applied it to real world calculating discount, sale price, tax, and tip. We have modeled various ways to calculate finding the percent, the part and/or the whole. We took our 1st quarter Benchmark on Thursday and Friday. We will continue working on percents next week discussing simple interest, percent of change, commission and depreciation.

Social Studies

Monday had us adding Socialism as an economic system ONLY. It is not a government system. We also had an announced (since this past Wed) pop quiz on capitalism vs communism econ systems. Tuesday had us playing "Rock, Paper, Scissors" for Wendy's Frosty Coupons. The first portion of the game was reflective of capitalism. The latter portion of the game represented communism. Please ask your student about the game, and have him/her explain those economic systems to you. Wednesday was a NC State holiday---Veteran's Day/Armistice Day. I hope you all thanked a soldier! Thursday found us comparing and contrasting the last economic system---Traditional/Custom-Based. Friday brought a brief quiz on Socialism and Traditional systems, and the beginning of government systems vocabulary and types. There will be a quiz on Wed. 11/18 on the vocabulary and systems.


In Science this week students continued with cells. Please access my Google Calendar for specific tasks, lessons and presentations. This is located on my webpage.

An Announcement from Ms. McNuer

Parents, I will be out on medical leave from Nov. 18th until the beginning of the new year on Jan. 4th for hip replacement (20th). The substitute is a certified teacher---Mrs. Betty Wright. She has certifications and experience on the high school and middle school levels in Social Studies, Technology, French. Betty has done several interims for local systems, most recently second semester last school year doing History classes at Bandys High School. She will be covering the Renaissance, and the Reformation in my absence. Thank you ahead of time for your thoughts, wishes, prayers. Please stress with your student to show Jaguar Pride in all aspects, especially in cooperation, hard work, and positive behavior/attitude towards Mrs. Wright. I will be most grateful/appreciative to hear such positive news when I check-in on a consistent basis!! Thank you!!