PSMS Parent News

Week of October 17th

1st Quarter at PSMS

Thank you so much for sharing your children with us for their first quarter of the 2016-17 school year. We hope they are growing and changing into amazing humans!! Please reach out if you need us!

Thank You!

The PSMS staff would like to thank you for allowing us time for staff development and grade prep as we end the first quarter of the school year. We appreciate your efforts to support our growth and collaboration.

6th Grade Weekly

10/17/2016 Weekly Update for 6th Grade:

(Topics, AFLs, AOLs)

6th Social Studies:

Learning targets:

  1. I can explain why the social structure of ancient Egypt is organized like a pyramid, and how religion affects that organization

  2. I can identify the key aspects of daily life for five social classes in ancient Egypt.

  3. I can discuss the role of written language and various art forms in ancient Egypt.

  • Early Egypt Geography Challenge

  • Daily Life in Ancient Egypt Work

    • In a Problem Solving groupwork activity, students create and perform interactive dramatizations to learn about the social structure of ancient Egypt and its effect on daily life for members of each social class.


  • Elements of Nonfiction

  • Begin mini-research over topics related to A Long Way from Chicago

  • Roots and Stems Quiz 5 - Wed. Oct 26


Integrated Math

  • Beginning a new unit: Comparing Bits and Pieces which covers ratios & unit rates

Advanced Integrated Algebra

  • Graphing integers and rational numbers on the number line

  • Comparing and ordering rational numbers


  • Intro to Earth Science and Topographical mapping

7th Grade Weekly

10/17/2016 Weekly Update for 7th Grade:

(Topics, AFLs, AOLs)

Social Studies:

Students will continue exploring North America, particularly the United States East of the Mississippi River. Work with map skills, the physical features and the history of the region will be discussed.


The focus this week will be on MLA format using in-text (parenthetical) citations to give proper credit to sources. Students will be guided through presentations and examples learning how to properly quote information taken from passages and research. We will also touch upon the need to evaluate sources and discuss ways to decide if a source is credible and valid.

Roots and Stems Quiz #7 on Tuesday, October 17th


Integrated Algebra 7th Grade (Knight/Pope)- Students will begin in the book Accentuate the Negative that covers operations with integers. Target Zero 8 due Monday 10-24-2016

Advanced Integrated Algebra (Pirkle)-We will have an AOL over the Review of Rational Numbers, Order of Operations, and Equivalency using Properties on Tuesday, October 17. We will begin our next book, Stretching and Shrinking, The focus will be on similar figures and scale factor. This week algebraic rules will be written for the changes in geometric figures.

Students enrolled in MathXL and all Target Zeroes will now be assigned weekly for the website, Target Zeroes will be assigned on a Monday and will be due on the next Monday at 3:00 p.m.

Integrated Algebra 7th Grade (Pirkle)-Work will continue on quadrilaterals. Students will work on identifying quadrilateral and knowing the characteristics of each one. Students will also be able to tell if a statement is always true, sometimes true, or never true using these characteristics.

Students enrolled in MathXL and all Target Zeroes will now be assigned weekly for the website, Target Zeroes will be assigned on a Monday and will be due on the next Monday at 3:00 p.m.


Our next AOL will be on Monday October 17, covering:

1. What all living things have in common-

a. Grows

b. Reproduces

c. Exchange gas

d. Uses water

e. Made of cells

f. Responds to environment

g. Uses energy

h. Eliminates waste

2. Cell Theory

a. All Living things are made of cells

b. Cells make up the basic unit of structure and function

c. Cells reproduce from other cells

d. Video:

3. Ideas we learned about pathogens in our Filtering of Pond Water project

a. Video:

4. Ideas related to bacteria and antibiotics




Guided Study 7th Grade:

This week we will revisit goals we set in 1st quarter and talk about progress and changes we need to make to both our goals and our action steps.

8th Grade Weekly

10/17/2016 Weekly Update for 8th Grade:

(Topics, AFLs, AOLs)

Social Studies:

Was the Civil War Inevitable? We will discuss events leading up to the Civil War that caused tension between the North and the South.


“Flowers to Algernon” quiz. Grammar AOL (Sentence Types, adjectives and adverbs, punctuation) on Friday. Reading Selection: “The Lottery.”


Integrated Algebra (Knight/Wade hr3):

Students will be finishing their work with rational and irrational values. Target Zero 8 will be due Monday, October 31.

Integrated Algebra (Wade hr2):

Students will be working on the Pythagorean Theorem. Target Zero 8 will be due Monday, October 31.


Students will begin a new unit focusing on non-linear data and trends. Target Zero 8 will be due Monday, October 31.


This week we will complete two labs that help us distinguish between physical and chemical changes. We will also give an AFL late in the week about chemical and physical properties and ideas related to the lab work we have completed this week.

Guided Study 8th Grade:

This week we will revisit goals we set in 1st quarter and talk about progress and changes we need to make to both our goals and our action steps.

Mix It Up At Lunch

The Diversity Club is excited to announce Mix It Up at Lunch on Tuesday, October 25th. This national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance in 2002 encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. For just a day, students are asked to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications.

In preparation for this school-wide event, the Diversity Club is collecting bags of fun size candy bars and 12 packs of soda for Mix It Up at Lunch prizes. Please drop off donations in the front office and label the items “MIX IT UP.” Thank you in advance for your support.


Fall is in the air…and that means it’s time to start thinking about the PSM musical! The show this year will be “Little Mermaid”. There are lots of fun parts that can be either male or female. A couple of the leads don’t require solo singing. And we definitely need a strong group in the chorus! The musical is open to all students…6th, 7th and 8th. There is an organization meeting on October 24th from 3:00 – 3:45 that interested students should attend. Auditions will be held November 2nd and November 3rd from 3:00 – 6:00. Rehearsals will start the following week, November 7th. Rehearsasl will be held from 3:00 – 4:30. Students interested in lead roles should be available daily after school, Monday – Friday. Students in the chorus would need to be available most days.

If you or your child has any questions, feel free to ask! I’m really looking forward to this opportunity at PSM!

Becky Barr

Save the Date

6th and 7th Grade Parents,

Please mark your calendars for Friday, November 11th. Prairie Star will host our first ever Fall Frenzy! The 7th grade event will take place immediately following school (3:00-5:00) and the 6th grade event will be held from 6:00-8:00. Students will enjoy inflatables, open gym time, games in the library, art exploratory time, and snacks/drinks, all while listening to music provided by DJ Mike. Look for further information in the upcoming weeks.

Mary Garretson and Tricia Bath

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be on Oct. 26th and Oct. 27th. Drop in times for this fall are on the Wednesday the 26th from 3:30 - 7:30pm. Thursday the 27th drop in times are 7:30 - 10:00am. The core teachers will be located in the commons and the exploratory teachers will be in the library. We look forward to sharing all the great things about your children then. Hope to see you there.


REbeL meeting Tuesday, October 18th at 7:10 in room 26. REbeL is now open to 6th graders.

Student Council will meet at 7:05am in Ms. Cloud’s room on Wednesday, October 19.

There will be no StuCo meeting on Wednesday, October 26.

The Diversity Club will meet during lunch on Wednesday, October 19th.

Saturday, October 15 Robotics 9-11

Monday, October 17 Maker Monday 3-4 pm

Wednesday, October 19 Robotics 3-4 pm

October 21 Deadline to enter video contest -- Middle School: The BEST Years!

October 31 Author Scott Novosel visits PSMS! pre-orders due in office by October 28th (order form attached) $15

Library Newsletter @

Fee Letters

Please know that 2nd Fees Due Letters have been mailed. You may pay your fees online or with cash/check in the office. On November 1st, all unpaid fees will be sent to District Office.

World Language Weekly Update

6th Grade Spanish:

We will be working on likes and dislikes and activities vocabulary.

Vocabulary quiz for unit 1 lesson 1 on 10/19 A day and 10/20 for B day.

7th Grade Spanish:

Reading IPA on Tuesday 10/18 over unit 3 (Food vocabulary)

Reviewing -er and -ir verbs and writing activities with food and family vocabulary.

8th Grade Spanish:

Listening IPA over unit 5-1 and 5-2 (House, chores and planning a party vocabulary) on Tuesday 10/18

We will be doing writing activities using affirmative and negative commands.

6th Grade French:

We will continue to work with being able to invite someone to a place and accepting or refusing an invitation in French. We will also be looking at the culture of other French speaking countries.

8th Grade French:

We will be finishing up unit 7A, At Home. We will also be looking at the culture in France surrounding houses to compare it to that of the United States.

Quiz over 7A will be on Wednesday, October 19.

Thank you!

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Jennifer Wade is October's Educator of Excellence Award Winner!!! Jennifer is so very deserving of this honor!! We are proud of you Jennifer!

Debate Club

The PSMS Debate Club got started this past Wednesday with a mock debate done by some BVHS students and a schedule of meeting dates was handed out. Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student at Prairie Star is invited to attend the remaining meetings. If there are any questions, please email Ms. Fred at

Wed., Oct. 12th BVH debaters to do a mock debate; discuss the format of debate and the schedule.

Wed., Oct. 19th Get debate partners and evidence for our topic. Work with partners in putting together cohesive arguments on both sides of the topic.

Wed., Nov. 2nd Continue working with partners on arguments and evidence.

Wed., Nov. 9th Continue working with partners on arguments and evidence.

Wed., Nov. 16th Finish putting together affirmative and negative arguments. Practice cross-examination skills and do some practice rounds with teams who are ready.

Wed., Nov. 30th Practice rounds with BVH debaters judging and offering suggestions and critiques

Wed., Dec. 7th 6 p.m. Tournament against BVMS to be held at BVHS. More details to follow.

Clubs this Week


Tuesday: REbeL @ 7:10 room 26,

Wednesday: Diversity Club at Lunch, Student Council 7:05 in Ms Cloud’s room, Debate Club, Robotics Club, Fall Band & Choir Concert,



Orchestra News

Orchestra news:

The Kansas City Symphony Outreach concert in Blue Valley is Tuesday, Nov. 1. All ticket sales benefit the BV music programs. Please see the attached flyer for details and purchase your tickets before they sell out!

Seventh and Eighth grade orchestra musicians are attending a clinic at Wichita State University on Oct. 28. We'll be leaving school at 7:00 to travel to Wichita for a performance, clinic and sectionals with WSU faculty. We'll also watch other middle school orchestras and the WSU symphony perform.

Other upcoming events -

Nov. 18, grades 7&8 orchestra clinic during school hours @ BVW

KMEA honors ensembles (orch, band, choir) Dec. 3

BVH Orchestra concert Dec. 5 (come and support our high school orchestra!)

PSM music assembly Dec. 6, 7&8 perform at assembly

PSM Orchestra concert Dec. 13 (all grades)

6th grade Orchestra workshop Jan. 19

Important Dates:

Oct. 18th - 8th grade Choir performance at BVH 7:30 pm

Oct. 19th- Fall Band/Choir Concert 7:00 pm

Oct. 24th – Musical Information Meeting 3:00 – 3:45

Oct. 26th-Parent Teacher Conferences, see times listed above

Oct. 27th-Parent Teacher Conferences, see times listed above

Oct. 28th-No School

Oct. 31st-Red Ribbon Week

Nov. 1st-Early Release 1:10 dismissal

Nov. 2nd Musical Auditions 3:00

Nov. 3rd Featured Dancer Audition 3:00

Nov. 11th-Panther Activity for 7th Grade (3:00-5:00) and 6th Grade (6:00-8:00)

Nov. 23rd-25th-Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 6th- Early Release 1:10 Dismissal