- Welcome to Zeeland Christian Middle School!
Sixth Grade is a monumental year at ZCS. It's a time of independence, exploration and change. Together, we work on appreciating the past, answering the question, “Who am I?”, and accepting God’s grace.
Week of April 23-
Welcome to the last week of April. The school year is going by quickly, but there are many things that we want to accomplish yet.
Whole School Chapel: There will be a chapel time on Friday at 1:00 pm.
Sportst Physicals: Sports physicals for the 2017-18 sports season will be at City on a Hill on Saturday, April 29. There is still room to sign-up and take advantage of this opportunity. Also, the money goes toward ZCS athletics!
English Writing: We will be doing our editing of our informational rough drafts on Monday and hopefully turning in the final paper on Tuesday on google classroom. We will review our grammar this week and start "pet-peeve" writing this week. Journal entry #23 due on Friday. Journal prompt will be on the board on Monday!
Bible Memory Work: Ephesians 3:14-19. We are just building on what was learned last week.
Bible: We will continue our study of Acts this week as we begin our look at the life of Paul.
Reading: This week ww will begin reading Favorite Greek Myths and doing a variety of activties regarding the myths, that will tie into Social studies for the next few weeks. No reading summary to work on as we will be doing some writing comprehension activities about the Greek Myths.
Español 6: Esta semana vamos a hablar de la cultura Mexicana, y lo vamos a ver por medio de un teatro/drama que se llama La Chiquita Pinguica. This week we will be talking about Mexican culture, by looking at and learning a skit!
Escritura: Esta semana vamos a editar nuestros escritos de grupo. Y tambien vamos a empezar un escrito acerca de algo que nos molesta mucho. We will edit our group writings and then we will begin a short writing about thisngs that bother us or pe-peeves.
Social Studies: We will start our study of Greece. We will start by learning about its geography and how this affected where the first communities developed.
Science - This week we will continue to investigate invasive species and endangered species. We will also do a little similuation activity that will allow students to understand the different roles that are played in an ecosystem, as well as the balance and relationships.
Math - This week we will start chapter 8 on Measurement Geometry, and work through the first half of the chapter. We will do a group project for the second half of the chapter and make it a little more hands on.
Week of April 17-
Calling all colors simulation: Our schools Calling All Colors group will be leading our small groups through a simulation on racism and housing descrimination on Tuesday. The group has spent a lot of time preparing for this learning experience and we look forward to learning from them.
Family Groups: Family Groups will meet on Wednesday afternoon.
ZCS Auction: Join us on Friday evening for our annual auction.
Sportst Physicals: Sports physicals for the 2017-18 sports season will be at City on a Hill on Saturday, April 29.
Reading: This week we will continue our mini lesson on similes and metaphors, with your summary due on Friday 4/21. We will also continue our class read aloud, "Inside Out and Back Again". Remember to always bring your personal book to read in class.
Español 6: Vamos a continuar esta semana hablando sobre la comida Mexicana. Van a terminar sus proyectos sobre la comida y vamos a preparar algunos tipos de comida. Nuestro enfoque linguistico es acerca de palabras de transicion. This week we will continue learning about Mexican food. You will finish your projects and present in class. We will also make and try some traditional foods. Our language focus will be on transition words.
Escritura: Vamos a terminar nuestros escritos informacionales sobre la comida Mexicana. Vamos a trabajar en editar e incluir nuestro enfoque de transiciones. Vamos a hacer un escrito en grupo. We will wrap up our informational writing about Mexican food. We will work on peer editing and including our grammar focus in our writing. We will do a class writing activity about similes and metaphors.
English Writing: We will continue our informational essays and spend a great deal of time writing the rough draft this week and editing it. We will also focus on our grammar this week, specifically working on imperative and interjection sentences. Journal entry #22 due this Friday. Writing prompt will be on the board this Monday and all week if you need it!
Bible Memory Work: Ephesians 3: 14-17a. That means that you have to learn all of 14, 15, and 16, and the first half of verse 17.
Bible: We will continue our study of the early Christian church. We will look this week at some of the struggles that the early Christians faced. We will see the boldness that they had to have to live out their new faith in Jesus Christ.
Science - This week we will continue to explore relationships in ecosystems as well as zoom in on ecosystems in Michigan. By the end of the week we should be investigating endangered and invasive species and how they impact the ecosystem.
Math - We will be finishing up chapter 7 this week with a test on Wed. Then we can start chapter 8, which will be more on concepts in geometry.
Social Studies: This week we will learn about the Silk Road and the trade of goods an ideas between the East the West.
Week of April 10-14
We hope that you all had a good Spring Break. We now head into the final weeks pushing to the end of the school year. Much has been accomplished, but we hope to still learn many things over the last weeks. The breaks are good for recharging, and we hope that this was the case for your families no matter what you did during the break.
This is Holy Week in which we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is a whole school chapel on Friday morning at 10:00 am. Join us if you wish.
Bible Memory: Romans 1:16-17 due on Friday
Bible: We just complete the unit on Holy Week including the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. This week we will begin our unit the early Christian church. We will be studying the book of Acts for much of the remainder of the school year. If you are looking for passages to read at home, this is a good time to read through the book of Acts. The history of the church, the faith of the early Christians, and the early missionary journeys are great motivations for our own faith.
Reading: This week our mini lesson will be on similes and metaphors, with a summary due on 4/21. We will also begin our new read aloud, "Inside Out and Back Again".
Español 6: Esta semana vamos a terminar con sus presentaciones sobre los artistas mexicanosy empezar una unidad sobre comida! Nuestro enfoque es acerca de los pronombres demostrativos. This week we will wrap up our unit on artista and begin a unit on traditional Mexican foods.
Escritura: Vamos a escribir sobre nuestras vacaciones de primavera, de manera narrativo. Tambien vamos a empezar nuestra proxima unidad de textos informacionales. We will write a personal narrative about our Spring Break and then we will start our next unit on informational text.
English Writing: This week we will be using the research and annotations to organize our research and start creating relevant informational paragraphs. We will be working on some grammar and vocab at the beginning of the week and have our journal entry #21 due on Friday this week. If you would like a journal prompt I will have it on the board on Monday. Vocabulary words we will be learning and I would like you to use in your writing and journals are (jovial, barren, ferociously, serenely).
Math - This week we will be reviewing chapter 7 on percents. Tuesday will be 7-8, applying percents, and Wed. 7B quiz. We will finish the week with a test on chapter 7.
Science - This week we will be learning more about Food Webs, along with how changes to relationships among those organisms in the food web affect the entire ecosystem. Later in the week we will be discovering invasive species and their role in the ecosysytem.
Social Studies: This week we will learn about the first emperor of China and what made him an effective leader. We will explore some of the greatest achievements of the Qin dynasty.
Tues. March 28
Math - Page 320 (1-26) due Thur.
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Math - Page 315-316 (27-61 odd) due Tuesday
Week of March 27
As we head into Spring Break at the end of the week, be reminded that there will be no school on Friday.
Family Groups: Family Groups will meet on Monday afternoon.
Bible: We will be completing the unit on Jesus' resurrection by the end of this week.
Bible Memory Work: James 1:2-4 will be due on Thursday this week because of no school on Friday.
Science - On Monday we will have a guest speaker present to the grade about ocean conservation, which relates nicely to what we are studying in science. Last week we started a group project that involves researching their own ecosystem, inventing animals that might exist in this ecosystem and studying their relationships. This week we will continue our inventing and give characteristics to each organism.
Math - This week we will continue to work with fractions, decimals, and percents by learning how to find a percent of a number.
Social Studies: This week we will continue to learn about the Shang dynasty and some of their greatest accomplishments in Art, Religion, and Technology.
English Writing: This week we will continue working through our informational unit. We will pick up where we left off last week on our research. We will continue using strategies to help us plan out our "cause and effect" through our information gathering. No journals due this week.
Wed. March 22
Math - P311-312 (1-10, 16-28, 50-54) Due Thur.
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Week of March 19th:
No School on Monday March 20
Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences: We look forward to meeting with all of you on Monday or tuesday afternoon/evening this week to talk together about how your child has grown this year!
Reading: We will continue our read aloud "Until I find Julian". Also remember to BYOB! (Bring your own book) You will have time in class to work on your summary as well. Summary dues Wednesday the 23rd.
Escritura: Vamos a empezar un escrito de investigacion sobre las maquilas en Mexico. We will begin a research writing project about "sweat shops" in Mexico. Diario #23 el viernes. Journal entry #23 due on friday.
English Writing: This week we will continue in our "Informational Essay" unit. Now that we have narrowed down our topics to one, we will begin researching and organizing the material we are finding. We will work on checking our sources to make sure they are reliable. Journal entry #20 due this Friday!
Español 6: Vamos a terminar su proyecto sobre los juegos tradicionales de Mexico. Vamos a presentar sus juegos a kinder! Vamos a continuar de investigar sobre las maquilas. We will finsh your projects about some traditional Mexican games and present them to kindergarten! We will continue our research on the "sweat shops".
Social Studies: This week we will learn about some of the most important achievements of Chinese civilization during the Shang dynasty.
Bible Memory Work: I Corinthians 1:4-9. It will be a fill in the blank
Bible: Our lessons this week will continue to focus on the appearances of the resurrected Jesus to a variety of people.
Math: This week we will finish up and receive the 7A quizzes back. We will also be doing lessons 7-5, and 7-6 on percents.
Science: This week we will be starting our group project on Ecosystems. They will be choosing and researching a type of ecosystem.
Wed. March 15
Math - Page 304-305 (1-12, 23-24) Due Thursday
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Week of March 12th:
FLES students: You may sign up for a conference time with Mrs. Snellink on Monday the 20th or Tuesday the 21st, if you choose to do that for your child.
Conference sign-up: Parent/student/teacher conferences are coming up soon on March 20 and 21. Please take some time to sign up if you have not done so! 6A with Mrs. Hernandez- 6B with Mr. Jimenez- 6C with Mr. Nagelkirk- and some of you have been contacted about meeting with Miss. VanderBaan
English Writing: This week we will continue working on informational essays. We will be narrowing down our topics from the lists we created last week Thursday. Picking a few topics to create some introductions with and then narrowing down our favorite to select our topic. We have Journal Entry #20 due on Friday.
Reading: We will review our mini-lesson on Personification and we will continue our read aloud "Until I find Julian". Also remember to BYOB! (Bring your own book) Next summary due 3/22!
Escritura: Vamos a continuar con Mexico, creo en ti....y en trabajar en sus propios poemas! We will continue working on "Mexico creo en ti..." and you will work on writing your own poetry. Diario #22 el viernes. Journal entry #22 due on friday.
Español 6: Vamos a trabajar en un proyecto sobre los tipos de musica de México y vamos a jugar unos juegos tradicionales de Mexico. We will be doing a mini-research project about types of music in Mexico and we will be playing some traditional Mexican games.
Bible Memory Work: I Corinthians 1:4-6
Bible: Our focus this week is on appearances that Jesus made to many people after his resurrection.
Math: This week we will be investigating the coordinate plane and proportions. We will end the week with a short quiz on the beginning of chapter 7.
Science: This week we will continue to investigate the relationship between moose and wolves on Isle Royale, as well as study the different types of ecosystems. We will continue our study of ecosystems by doing an extended project where the students will be able to invent their own organisms and relationships among them.
Social Studies: This week we will continue to explore the geography of China through creating a relief map. We will also explore one of China's most important dynasties: the Shang Dynasty.
Week of March 5:
All school chapel: Friday March 10 at 9:15 we will have an all school chapel to welcome Pastor Leo from the Philippines.
$15 February "Filippines" Fundraiser: A big thank you to all of you for participating in our fundraiser. Together we were able to raise over $930 to send to Abby and Brian to pay for their tuition! You rock!
Conference sign-up: Parent/student/teacher conferences are coming up soon on March 20 and 21. Sign-up will began on friday. This time you will sign-up with a different teacher so you can hear a different perspective about your child's learning process. 6A with Mrs. Hernandez- 6B with Mr. Jimenez- 6C with Mr. Nagelkirk- and some of you have been contacted about meeting with Miss. VanderBaan
Reading: We will wrap up the Ch'i-lin Purse and you will write a brief summary in response to what we have read. I will introduce our mini-lesson on Personification and we will start our new read aloud "Until I find Julian". Also remember to BYOB! (Bring your own book)
Español 6: Vamos a terminar de hacer sus presentaciones sobre tradiciones y costumbres de Mexico. Vamos a hablar del futbol y los diferentes tipos de musica. We will finish your projects and presentations about the traditions and customs of Mexico. We will focus on soccer and music this week!
Escritura: Vamos a terminar sus ensayos sobre el postre que quieres comer y luego vamos a votar para el ganador. Tambien vamos a empezar un tiempo de escritura sobre poemas. You will finish writing about your favorite treat/dessert and we will vote to see who the winner is. Then we will start a unit on poetry.
English Writing: This week we will start a new unit on informational/explanatory writing. We worked on this a few months ago but now we will be building on those skills and start putting them into building essays. New vocabulary for the week (robust, inevitable, mischievously, glumly). We will have a week off from journal entries, but if you have an "M" in Infiinite Campus, please be sure to turn in your missing journal/s for half credit before our semester ends.
Bible Memory Work: Galatians 5:22-25 due on Friday
Bible: The videos of the last hours of Jesus' life will be shown on Monday, wrap up questions for the unit on Monday and Tuesday, and then begin the next unit the rest of the week. The next unit focuses on the resurrection of Jesus and the appearances that Jesus makes to people following the resurrection.
Social Studies: This week we will study the geography of China and how the features of its territory influenced early settlements.
Science - This week we will finish up our unit on Energy and start a new unit in the Life Sciences called Energy in Ecosystems. To help enhance their learning about animals and their habitat the students will be participating in a Mammal March Madness bracket that should be a lot of fun as well. This unit will be driven by a project the students are doing that includes inventing their own ecosystems and animals and plants.
Math - This week we will finish up our survey projects for chapter 6 by presenting their findings. We hope to start chapter 7 by Wed. or Thursday.
Week of February 27th:
$15 February "Filippines" Fundraiser: We are really close to meating our goal, but we are not there yet, so if you have not turned in your money please do so ASAP! Thank you for thinking of others and being willing to give of your time and money to help Abby and Brian get an amazing christian education.
Conference sign-up: Parent/student/teacher conferences are coming up soon on March 20 and 21. Sign-up will begin in a few weeks. This time you will sign-up with a different teacher so you can hear a different perspective about your child's learning process. 6A with Mrs. Hernandez- 6B with Mr. Jimenez- 6C with Mr. Nagelkirk- and some of you will be contacted about meeting with Miss. VanderBaan
Field Trip: Thanks so much for those who helped with driving last Friday to the Power Plant. Even though it was only 45 min. I thought it was well worth our time to learn about electricity and connect this to our learning in the classroom. The kids did great and were really engaged.
Reading: We will continue reading the Ch'i-lin purse, but we will begin reading in groups during our class time. You still need to continue reading your own book outside of school!
Escritura: Vamos a terminar de escribir acerca de la conquista de Mexico y como lo vieron los indigenas. Tambien vamos a hacer otro escrito en grupo. We will finish writing about the conquest of Mexico from the point of view of the Mayan/Aztec peoples. We will also do another group writing activity
English Writing: We will finish up our I-Search papers by Tuesday. We will spend time doing peer editing as well as reviewing to make sure all the criteria is in the paper. We will continue working on our grammar and vocabulary this week and start looking at different types of poems near the end of the week. Journal entry #18 due Friday.
Español 6: Vamos a empezar a ver las tradiciones y costumbres de Mexico. Vamos a hablar del futbol y los diferentes tipos de musica. We will begin talking about the traditions and customs of Mexico. We will focus on soccer and music this week!
Bible Memory Work: Galatians 5:22-23 This will be a write it out passage- no fill in the blank.
Bible: In 6B Bible we will be working the first couple days of the week on our newscasts on the last 12 hours of Jesus' life. We will show them later in the week and wrap up with some questions on these lessons.
Social Studies: We will continue to work on our palm-leaf book. We will finish our unit on India this week. Paragraphs for our book are due Monday.
Math - This week we will spend Monday wrapping up chapter 5 tests. Starting on Tuesday we will be taking a different approach to chapter 6, which is about statistics. We will be doing a small project with this unit where students develop their own surveys, collect data, organize, analyze and interpret data.
Science - This week we will be continueing to tweak our wind turbines and make them more efficient. We will investigate the advantages and disadvanatages of wind power along with look for areas that are good sources of wind.
Wed., Feb. 22
Math - Finish quiz corrections for Thur.. Test on Thur.
Week of February 19th:
Friday Science Power Plant Field Trip: This Friday is the field trip to the Power Plant on Washington Ave. I have most of the drivers all set and will be contacting them with more information this week.
$15 February "Filippines" Fundraiser- You have been challenged to raise $15 over the next few weeks to support our students in the Philippines. Think of ways which you can serve and help others with some payment in return to support the education of Abby and Brian. Due Tuesday February 21st!
Whole School Chapel: There will be a whole school chapel on Thursday at 9:15. You are invited to join us if that works in your schedule.
English Writing: We will continue working on our "I-Search" unit this week. We will be focusing our paragraphs based around the interview and our research of events/trends that happened in those years. We will continue working on our grammar corrections within sentences. Journal entry #17 will be do this week!
Bible Memory Work: Galatians 2:20-21 will be due on Friday.
Bible: The kids are finishing up some questions on Unit 4 on Tuesday. On Wednesday we will start a big newcast project that will cover the last day of Jesus' life. This will be a group project that will take about a week as the kids review the stories of the last day of Jesus' life, write scripts, and record their newcasts. It will take the efforts of everyone in the group to accomplish the task.
Reading: We will begin reading the "Ch'i lin" purse, a book of short stories that ties into the Social Studies unit on China. Your reading summary is due Friday the 24th!
Español 6: Esta semana vamos a presentar sus proyectos de los Aztecas y los Mayas a los chicos de cuarto grado. Tambien vamos a hablar acerca del conquista de Mexico. This week we will be presenting our projects about Aztec and Mayan indians of Mexico to the 4th graders. We will also talk about the conquist of Mexico.
Escritura: Vamos a escribir acerca del conquista de Mexico y como lo vieron los indigenas. We will be writing about the conquest of Mexico from the point of view of the Mayan/Aztec peoples.
Science - We are continuing our "wind turbine challenges" this week where the students are trying to create as much energy from the wind as they can by designing turbine blades that create the most spin. On Friday, we are heading to the local power plant to connect our learning to the real world.
Math - This week we will be wrapping up chapter 5 and then starting chapter 6 all together with a project format. Tuesday we will finish our quizzes and review for the test. On Wednesday we will have a test for chapter 5.
Social Studies: This week we will finish our unit about India. We will work on a project that will illustrate the major achievements of India during its Golden Age.
Week of February 12:
$15 February "Filippines" Fundraiser- Today you were challenged to raise $15 over the next few weeks to support our students in the Philippines, so think of ways in which you can serve and help others, with some payment in return, to send to Abby and Brian!
Community Afternoon: This Friday, Feb. 17 we will be having a fun afternoon with just the 6th graders ice skating at The Edge. There is no cost for the students for this event.
Reading: We will begin a new mini-lesson on "Cool and interesting words" as we are reading our class book and also as we read independently. Your new summary is due February 24th. We will be focusing on short stories and folk tales this week!
Español 6: Esta semana vamos a trabajar en sus proyectos de los Aztecas y los Mayas. This week we will be working on our projects about Aztec and Mayan indians of Mexico.
Escritura: Vamos a terminar nuestros "Personal Essays". Tambien vamos a empezar a escribir una historia unida! This week we will finish our "Personal Essays and we will also be doing a group writing activity.
English Writing: This week we will use the questions we interviewed our parents about and will start researching any of the main topics from our lists about the importance of that year. We will spend this week collecting information from various, reliable sources and starting to build paragraphs in order to make a strong essay. Journal entry #17 due on Friday.
Memory Work: Ephesians 6:13-17 We will do an activity this week to try to help in the memorization process.
Bible: We will complete the unit leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. The kids will be completing end of unit questions at the end of the week.
Science - This week the students will be investigating renewable energy. We will start off on Monday with a Solar Power Challenge and see how much energy they can harness from the sun along with having discussions on issues and solutions of the solar power industry. Then we will have a wind power challenge later in the week.
Math - We will try to wrap-up chapter 5 this week with a quiz on Wed. test on Friday. On Tuesday 5-6 assignment is due.
Social Studies: This week in we will learn about the Gupta Empire and answer the question: Why is the period during the Gupta Empire known as a “golden age”?
Math - Page 214 (1-16, 41-42, 44-46) Due Friday
Week of February 5:
This week is spirit week: 'Merica Monday, Team Tuesday (hats allowed!), Wacky Wednesday, Vacation Thursday, Comfy/PJ Friday
Community Afternoon: On Friday, Feb. 17 we will be having a fun afternoon with just the 6th graders ice skating at The Edge. More information will be coming out on next week's report.
Reading: We will finish reading a Long Walk to Water and have a class discussion about it and then will read a few short Folk Tales. Your reading summary is Due on Wednesday the 8th!
Escritura: Vamos a terminar los parrafos de tus años escolares.(Entregar el viernes) We will finish our "school year" paragraphs. We will continue to work on our Personal Essay with some English language lessons. (Due February 14th)
English Writing: Personal essays will be turned in on google classroom by Tuesday with signature sheet. We will begin a new unit called "I-search." You will spend time this week thinking about questions that you can ask your parents in order to understand what "life" was like when your parent was your age. We will spend time talking about this Monday and Tuesday you will be going home with a packet of questions to "interview" your parents. Be sure to have this filled out with their full responses by Friday. That will count as your journal entry for the week.
Español 6:Vamos a terminar de aprender acerca de los Aztecas y vamos a empezar a hablar sobre los Mayas. Les voy a dar entrada a su proyecto de los indeginas. We will finish learning about the Aztec people and begin learning about the Maya. I will also explain the research project that we will be doing along with this.
Bible Memory Work: Ephesians 6:13-15. Fill in the blank on Friday.
Bible: Continuation of stories from the last week of Jesus' life before his crucifixion. We will be looking at Jesus' example of love and servanthood in these stories.
Math- We will be having a 5A quiz on Monday covering the last four sections on adding and subtracting fractions. Then we will start multiplication and division of fractions for the remainder of the week.
Science - This week we will be exploring the effect of our power plants on the atmosphere as well as starting the conversation about renewable energy. Coming up in the following week we will have the opportunity to tour a local power plant here in Zeeland.
Math assignments this week:
5-1 (1-22) due Monday
5-2 (1-27, 40-44) due Tuesday
5-3 worksheet due Thursday
5-4 p208 (1-15) due Friday
Social Studies: We will continue to learn about the first unification of India under king Ashoka.
Week of January 29:
Changes: We will be finishing up our "Changes" discussion this week. For more information on the topics for each day please refer back to the letter that was sent a few weeks ago. Thanks for being supportive and willing to be open to your kids during these next two weeks. What a blessing it has been to talk to your children about how God created us and intended His world to be in a safe and open environment. We have appreciated their honesty, openness and matureness as we have talked about many different topics.
HCHS Immersion meeting: Are you interested in learning more about Holland Christian High School's continuing Spanish immersion program? HC invites you to learn more about our 9-12 Spanish Immersion program at an informational meeting on Feb 2 at 7:00pm in the choir room at Zeeland Christian. Come learn about the opportunities and classes that SI students have to continue their language skills in high school, meet the teachers in the program and get your questions answered. We look forward to seeing you there!
Reading: We will continue our mini lesson on monitoring our understanding while we are reading. We will continue reading the book "A Long Walk to Water" as our class read aloud. Make sure you are bringing your own independent book to class everyday to read. You will have a summary due on February 8th.
Español 6: Vamos a empezar a hablar acerca de la historia y las primerias indeginas de Mexico. We will begin talking about the history and first indeginous peoples of Mexico.
Escritura: We will be writing a personal essay about the young adults that we are becoming and who we think God has created us to be. We will write in English and use this time for English writing instruction.
English Writing: This week we will continue talking about how to build a strong essay and start writing a personal essay on how created us. Our essays will be about personal characteristics, talents and personality. We will reflect on how God created each of us different and how this is such an amazing thing!
Science - This week the students will have an opportunity to defend and argue why the power plant they are studying is a good or poor choice. They have been researching to come up with a variety of ways to support their arguments and this week will be presentation week.
Math - This week we will continue to dig deeper into adding and subtracting fractions. The students will be able to connect how LCM is similar to finding common denominators of fractions. 5-1 (1-22) is due on Monday.
Bible Memory Work: Due on Friday: Acts 2:1-4.
Bible: This week we will continue with the stories of the last week before Jesus' death. In our stories this week we will look at Jesus' discussions with the Pharisees, Jesus' teaching about the last days, preparations for the Passover, and Jesus' humility in washing his disciples feet. Each of the four gospels will be read from this week depending on the story that we are covering.
Social Studies: This week we will continue to explore the ancient Indian city of Mohenjodaro. Through the study of several artifacts, we will discover how daily life looked like for the city's inhabitants. Esta semana continuaremos nuestra exploración de la ciudad antigua de Mohenjodaro. A través del estudio de algunos artefactos vamos a descubrir cómo era la vida diaria para los habitantes de la ciudad.
Week of January 22
Just a reminder that we will be starting the discussion this week on how the they are changing. The first discussion will take place on Tuesday during homebase and we will be focusing on how everyone is uniquely created, and how God loves us unconditionaly. For more information on the topics for each day please refer back to the letter that was sent a few weeks ago. Thanks for being supportive and willing to be open to your kids during these next two weeks. What a blessing it is to talk to your children about how God created us and intended his world to be in a safe and open environment.
No school Monday January 23- Teacher Inservice
No Hot lunch Friday January 27
Reading: We will begin our mini lesson we are reading. We will continue reading the book "A Long Walk to Water" as our class read aloud. Make sure you are bringing your book to class everyday. You will have a summary due in 2 weeks!
Español 6: Vamos a continuar con nuestra AALPA! We will continue AALPA this week.
Escritura: Vamos a "hablar" con Laura Martin (Por FaceTime), quien es autora de una serie de libros creativos. Vamos a escribir nueatras cartas de AALPA! We will "talk" to Laura Martin, an author of creative writing. We will work on writing our AALPA letters.
English Writing: This week Tuesday we will finally get to talk to our author Laura Martin. The rest of the week we will begin studying essays and how to build them. We will be referring to paragraphs we have written up to this point. We will also be learning a few more vocab words to incorporate into our weekly journals/writing (smirk, pennant, chide, barter). Journal entry #14 due Friday. Entry must be a reflection/take away from our author visit.
Science - This week we will be investigating some of the drawbacks of using electrical energy and how it is produced. The students will get practice on taking a side, making an argument, and defending that argument.
Math - The students will be taking an RTI screener this week to gauge areas that they may need intervention in math, along with what topics might need reinforcing. We will also do a short 2-day project before starting chapter 5 on fraction operations.
Thur. Jan. 19
Math - RTGO Page 180 (1-27 odds) Due Friday
Reading: Summary due tomorrow, Jan. 20. Page count due also!
Wed. Jan. 18
Math - Page 178 (1-13, 19-26, 43-47) Due Friday
Monday January 16- Just a reminder that this Wednesday-Friday there is NO AM Busing for Middle School.
Math - P174 (1-23, 47) Due Tues.
Week of January 15
5th-8th grade spelling Bee on Tuesday the 17th at 10:00!
End of Semester on Friday.
Phillippines sponsor student shipment: We have the opportunity to send a box of items to Abby and Brian, the students we sponsor as a 6th grade. We are looking to send the following items: shampoo, soap, wash cloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, BandAids, combs, brushes, tissue packs, lotion, deodorant, antibiotic cream.....If you have any extra of these items at home or are willing to bring some to send, we would really appreciate it! We need the items by Friday the 20th!
Reading: We will continue our mini lesson of finding the main idea and purpsose of what we are reading. We will read a few chapters of the book "Edge of Extinction" to prepare for our visit with Laura Martin. Make sure you are bringing your book to class everyday. You have a summary due on Friday Jan. 20.
Español 6: Vamos a continuar con nuestra AALPA! We will continue AALPA this week.
Escritura: Vamos a pasar un poco de tiempo repasando los diferentes tipos de texto escrito y vamos a "hablar" con Laura Martin (Por FaceTime), quien es autora de una serie de libros creativos. Luego vamos a entrar en un tiempo de estrictua creativa! We will spend some time reviewing the different forms of writing. We will "talk" to Laura Martin, an author of creative writing, and we will spend some time doing our own creative writing projects. (Rescheduled from last week!)
English Writing: This week we will begin a writing piece focusing on letters and have an opportunity to write to ourselves. This unit will be called "Dear Sixth Grade Self." We will also be focusing on grammar. Last journal entry for the quarter is due this Friday (Journal Entry #13)! Next week Tuesday we will have our author visit via FaceTime.
Bible Memory Work 6A: Those who did not write the I Corinthians passage on Friday will do that on Monday. We will also begin a new memory passage Matthew 28:18-20 which will be due on Friday.
Bible 6A: Last week before we rotate teachers for the Bible sections. We will finish up Unit 3 questions on Monday. The rest of the week will be focused on the beginning of Jesus' last week before his death.
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Math - 4-4 P165 (1-11, 16-23, 28-30) due Thur.
Week of January 9th:
Happy New Year! We hope you were all able to have an amazing Christmas break/vacation and start to this new year. We look forward to seeing where God leads us and guides the hearts of each one of you in 2017!
English Writing: This week we will have an opportunity to talk to Laura Martin on FaceTime. Laura is an author of the book series called the "Edge of Extinction." Laura will talk to our class about how she was an "ordinary" writer who had a dream to become an author. We will also be working on creative writing, grammar and vocabulary (mangy, inconspicuous, solemnly, piously).
Reading: We will begin our mini lesson of finding the main idea and purpsose of what we are reading. We will begin reading the book "A Long Walk to Water" as our class read aloud. Make sure you are bringing your book to class everyday. You will have a summary due in 2 weeks!
Español 6: Vamos a empezar nuestra AALPA! We will begin AALPA this week.
Escritura: Vamos a pasar un poco de tiempo repasando los diferentes tipos de texto escrito y vamos a "hablar" con Laura Martin (Por FaceTime), quien es autora de una serie de libros creativos. Luego vamos a entrar en un tiempo de estrictua creativa! We will spend some time reviewing the different forms of writing. We will "talk" to Laura Martin, an author of creative writing, and we will spend some time doing our own creative writing projects.
Science - This week we will learn how energy works in a systems and gets transferred to different types. Then, we will start applying this concept of energy to our daily lives and how stuff works, and where it comes from. This should generate a lot of great questions and discussions.
Math - This week we will be getting into the second half of chapter 4 and spending a little time going back to some of our quiz mistakes from 4A.
Bible Memory Work: I Corinthians 15:20-22 due on Friday.
Bible: We will finish up Unit 3 this week. The first couple days we will go through lessons on Jesus teaching through parables. The kids will be completing questions toward the end of the week to review the lessons from this unit.
Monday, Dec. 19:
Math - 4-3 Worksheet Front Side Due Tues.
- Page 160 1-25 odd due Wed.
- Quiz A on Wed.
Science - Animations due on Thur.
Week of December 19th:
Thank You: A huge thank you to all the parents, grandparents and siblings that were able to join us on Friday as the students shared and presented their Egypt museum exhibits. It was a joy for us to watch their learning process and then their work as they pulled it all together.
All school Christmas Chapel: Thursday Dec. 22 at 9:15. Come join us as we celebrate this season together!
Serve-n-skate: Friday the 23rd, the students, in their small groups, will be going out into the community to serve in the morning and then spend the afternoon together skating and building community. It is a great day in which we can show God's love to others and grow closer together. You need to bring $ to cover the cost of your lunch.
No hot lunch of afternoon busing on Friday the 23rd.
Reading: We will finish reading the Egypt Game and have a final group discussion about what we learned and what we can take away from the book.
Español 6: Vamos a terminar el proyecto sobre las diferentes maneras de celebrar Navidad alrededor del mundo. Van a hacer su presentacion a la clase de primer grado el Jueves! We will continue investigating the different Christmas celebrations in Spanish speaking countries and you will be presenting your projects to first grade on Thursday!
Escritura: Van a terminar de escribir su narrativo personal sobre tus mejores memorias de la navidad. Para entregar el Miércoles. You will finish writing your personal narrative about your favorite Christmas memories. It is due on Wednesday
English Writing: We will be discussing our Cultural Christmas paragraphs and getting our journals back on Monday. We will do some creative writing this week and continue practicing our grammar and vocabulary. No new vocab this week or journal entries.
Science - We will finish up our animations on heat transfer this week. The last class day to work on it will be Monday. Then, we will look at another type of energy, Chemical energy, and investigate how everything around us is made up of atoms and has a molecular structure. This will be a very brief exposure to Chemistry before exlporing it at a deeper level next year.
Math - We will be learning how to factor and distribute tomorrow in 4-3. Then, we will review and have a quiz on the first part of chapter 4 on Wed.
Bible Memory: None this week.
Bible: This week begins Mr. B. with 6A and Mr. Jimenez with 6B and 6C. We will be covering the stories of Jesus ministry-raising Lazarus, healing the lepers, and anointing by Mary.
Social Studies: This week we will finish our unit on Kush, we will finish our lesson with our skits in class.
Math - Page 153 (1-18, 31-33, 38) Due Fri.
Week of December 11:
Egypt Project- This week we will continue working on our Egypt Project where students are in groups designing a museum exhibit on different parts of ancient Egypt. We have spent the last few days planning and now we are ready to beging creating and building our exhibits. We will spend the week working and will "open" our museum exhibits on Friday December 16th. We would like to invite you, as parents, to tour our exhibits from 8:45-9:15 on Friday morning. Then we will open up the museum to some of the elementary classrooms. We hope you can join us as we "tour Egypt"!
Reading: We will continue to read parts of the Egypt Game as we work on our Egypt Project.
Español 6: Vamos a empezar un proyecto sobre investigar las diferentes maneras de celebrar Navidad alrededor del mundo. Al final van a hacer una presentacion a la clase de primer grado! We will be investigating the different Christmas celebrations in Spanish speaking countries and we will be presenting our projects to first grade!
Escritura: Van a empezar a escribir un narrativo personal sobre sus mejores memorias de la navidad. We will be writing a personal narrative about your favorite Christmas memories.
English Writing: We will be finishing up our "Cultural Christmases" unit this week, with our paper due mid week on Wednesday or Thursday. We will have four new vocabulary words (alms, deity, thresh, wallow). Journal entry #11 due on Friday.
Science - As a way for reviewing and understanding heat transfer the students will be creating animations to explain the three ways heat travels.
Math - This week we will be continuing to learn more about factors by studying greatest common factors, and learning how to factor numbers out of an expression.
Bible Memory: John 14:12-14 due on Friday. The kids can see me anytime during the week and complete it. The latest will be on Friday.
Thursday, December 8
Memory Work: Because the kids have been working on their Egypt project rather than regular morning classes, memory work is cancelled for this week. If the kids already learned the passage, they can write it tomorrow for extra credit.
Math - P149 (5-8, 17-24) due Fri.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Math - P149 (1-4, 9-16, 33,34) due Wed.
Week of December 5:
This week we will be starting our Egypt Project where students will be in groups designing a museum exhibit on different parts of ancient Egypt. We will begin by planning and designing their exhibit based on that categories they are given. Next week will be mostly creating and constructing from their plan. The goal is that on Thursday, Dec. 15 the museum will be open to family and friends to visit. Please, stay tuned for a more specific date and time.
Bible Memory: John 14:12-14 due on Friday.
Bible: The kids are completing a service project tomorrow morning as part of our Bible lessons. We have been talking about living as a disciple of Jesus, which means doing as he would do. The kids, working in groups, have planned a simple project that is to be completed during their Bible class on Monday. On Tuesday, we will follow this up with some journaling focused on some questions about their project.
English Writing: This week we will be returning our Egypt project papers and spending some time reflecting what we learned. We will be starting a new unit on Cultural Christmases. Our new vocabulary words will be introduced this week (fiendish, primitive, fluently, incredulously). Journal entry #10 will be due Friday, December 9.
Reading: We will continue reading the Egypt Game and reflecting on the specific Egypt information that we have been learning from the book. Reading summary due Wednesday Dec. 7.
Escritura: Vamos a trabajar con nuestra gramatica de la semana y vamos a escribir sobre un viaje largo que han tomado en carro. We will use our grammar focus for the week to write about a time we took a long car trip. Diario # 9 para el viernes.
Español 6: Vamos a hablar sobre el préterito y el imperfecto esta semana, por medio de una descripción de alguien o algo que has hecho. We are going to be looking at the preterit and imperfact verb forms, by talking about and writing about people and experiences that we have had.
Science - This week we will continue to explore heat energy and discover conductors and insulators.
Math - Monday will be a wrap-up day of chapter 3 and we will be ready to jump into chapter 4 on factors and fractions.
Sixth Grade News:
Mon., Nov. 28
Math - Page 130 (1-19 odd)
Week of November 27:
Bible Memory: John 14:1-4 will be due on Friday.
Bible: We will finish up a couple things started before the break. Our main focus this week is on a lesson on discipleship. The kids will be working in groups to develop a short term project that will have a positive impact on their part of the world. Because being a disciple means being like Jesus, we want to impact our world just as he impacted the world in which he lived.
Reading: We will continue reading The Egypt Game and we will be doing a discussion about the book at the end of the week. We will contonue to work on comprehension skills as we read.
Español 6: Vamos a empezar a ver el Pasado Perfecto con verbos irregulares. Tambien vamos a hablar de la cultura y tradiciones de los 15 años.
Escritura/ English writing: This week we will be doing a mini-research and writing project, in groups, on Egypt with both clases (Spanish and English) combined. Your group paper will be due on Friday!
Science - This week we will be continuing to discover more about energy and take a closer look at heat. We will understand the three different ways heat transfers and apply that to different situations.
Math - This week we will be reviewing what we learned in chapter 3 and take a quiz on Tuesday and a test on Thursday. Those working ahead should shoot for starting chapter 5 this week.
Social Studies: This week we will learn about daily life in ancient Egypt. Esta semana aprenderemos acerca de la vida diaria de los antiguos egipcios.
Week of November 20th:
Only a two day week, conferences will be held November 21 and 22 in the afternoon and evening. Please check your schedule for your times.
All school Thanksgiving chapel Monday the 21st at 10:30.
We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We are thankful for each one of you and your families and what you bring to ZCS!
Parkview Home Donations: We are accepting donations for Parkview Home through Tuesday morning. Your child came home several weeks ago with a list of items that they could use. Please check out that list to see if there is something that you are willing to donate.
English Writing: We will be finishing up our "Thankfulness Unit" on Monday, spending time sharing our pieces on Tuesday. No journal entries due this week!
Escritura: Vamos a terminar nuestros escritos de acción de gracias y entregarlos el lunes. No diario esta semana!
Español 6: Vamos a terminar nuestros proyectos de los artistas hispanas y presentar a la clase el martes.
Reading: We will continue reading the Egypt game and have a large group discussion as to what we have read so far.
Science - This week the students will be engineers and we will be doing a Rube Goldberg investigation on building a machine that performs a simple task in a complex way. They will be required to take a video of their machine so ask to see it when they get home on Tuesday.
Math - We will be trying to finish chapter 3 lessons this week by working on 3-8. After break we will take a quiz and a test to finish the chapter.
Bible Memory Work: No memory work this week with only a two day week.
Bible: On Monday, the kids will be taking a look at the Lord's Prayer and how the parts of that prayer connect with their personal lives. On Tuesday, we will discuss together as a class the lessons we learned from our story of Mary and Martha and also how engaging in prayer can change our perspective on God, ourselves, and what's important.
Thur., Nov. 17
Math - Page 121 (1-8, 15-20) due Fri.
Wed., Nov. 16
Page 117-118 (1-18, 26) Due Thur.
Monday, Nov. 14
Math - Page 114-115 (1-16, 21-24, 43-44) due Tuesday.
Week of November 13:
Wednesday we will be heading to HCHS to see their production of Footlose. Your child needs a lunch from home, as Hot lunch will not be available due to the time we will be leaving ZCS.
Reading: We will continue reading the Egypt Game and looking a bit more at the Egypt facts that we are able to learn from the book.
Escritura: Vamos a continuar con nuestro trabajo creativo de "Estoy agradecido por...." que tienen que entregar el lunes 21. We will continue working on our creative writing " I am thankful for..." which is due on Monday the 21st.
Español 6: Vamos a empezar a revisar arte de artistas Hispanoamericanos y ver la influencia que han tenido en nuestra sociedad. Vamos a hablar del presente perfecto. We will begin to study Hispanic american artists and the influence they have had on our society. We will talk about the present perfect tense.
English Writing: We will be continuing our unit on Thankfulness and working on creative writing. We will be spending time reading letters written by pilgrims. We will be introducing four new vocab words on Monday to add to our list (casualty, lair, falter, speculate). Journal Entry #9 is due on Friday, November 18th.
Social Studies: Pages 6 & 7 of the Student Notebook due this Monday. Esta semana haremos un viaje al antiguo Egipto, visitaremos algunos de los monumentos más impresionantes a lo largo del rio Nilo y aprenderemos acerca del legado de algunos faranones. This week we will take a trip along the Nile and visit some of the most impressive monuments in ancient Egypt. We will learn about some of the pharaohs' greatest accomplishments.
Bible Memory Work: John 14:1-2 is due on Friday.
Bible: The kids are in the middle of creating video parables that are supposed to answer the questions that the teacher of the law asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" We will finish this up toward the beginning of the week and then continue on with stories of Jesus' ministry.
Science - We will continue to discover potential and kinetic energy through roller coasters and how their design takes into account these types of energies.
Math - We will be working through more decimal operations this week. For Tuesday, 3-4 assignment is due.
Monday, Nov. 7
Math - P106-107 (1-17, 22-25, 36, 43) due Wed. Quiz on Wed.
Week of November 6:
We had a wonderful day on Friday celebrating what we do in 6th grade with our grandparents! It was a great day!
No hot lunch Wednesday, Thursday or Friday this week.
No afternoon busing on Wednesday or Thursday.
No am or pm bussing on Friday.
Gym reminder: Remember to bring your gym clothes if you have gym these second 9 weeks!
Reading:Response for Counting By 7's due Monday. We will begin reading the book Egypt Game in preparation for our grade level Egypt project.
Esctitura: Vamos a terminar nuestros parrafos expositivos esta semana. Y vamos a tener un tiempo de escritura creativa. We will be finishing our Espository paragraphs and then have some creative writing time.
English Writing: We will spend time doing some creative writing leading up to Thanksgiving. Our focus will be "Thankful writing."
Español 6: Vamos a hablar y aprender acerca de objetos indirectos esta semana por medio del arte Hispana/Latino. We will be learning about indirect objects as we look at and learn about famous Hispanic and Latino art work.
Science - This week we will be going over our tests from last week, and starting a new unit on energy.
Math - We will be continuing to work through chapter 3 with a mid chapter quiz on Wed. Tomorrow 3-2 P100 (1-21, 26-28, 31) is due.
Bible Memory Work: I Corinthians 11:23-26 due on Friday.
Bible: We will be looking at three different passages from the gospels this week as we study the last part of Jesus' earthly ministry. We will look at metaphors for Jesus after reading part of John 10. Then we will study two passages from Luke looking at the story of the Good Samaritan and Jesus' interaction with Mary and Martha.
Social Studies: This week we will start studying Egypt, Kush, and Canaan. We will explore the geographical features of the land and learn how these features helped the three civilizations thrive.
Wed. Nov. 2
Math - P96-97 (1-16, 25-27) due Thur.
Science - Test Tomorrow! Spend at least 30 minutes studying!
Math - Water Bottle Project Questions due Wed. P96-97 (1-16, 25-27) due Thur.
Science - Review Sheets due Wed.; Test on Thursday
Week of Oct. 31
Grandparents' Day: Grandparents' Day is on Friday. Check the Blue Note for the schedule for the morning.
Notice: Parents of 4th, 5th and 6th graders: We need your help! Please help us celebrate our grandparents or special person by bringin
- Monday - Friday
- 7:35A - 2:40P
Find out more about construction on the new ZCMS addition and how it may change the way kids learn!
Middle School at ZCS
You notice we call this space between 6th-8th grades "Middle School." Not "Junior High." That's because middle schoolers aren't junior high schoolers. They are kids in the middle of drastic changes throughout their bodies that are reflected in how they think, how they act and how they learn. At Zeeland Christian Middle School, our teaching staff embraces this unique phase of life and enjoys leading their students through it.
One of the most unique aspects of ZCMS is the way we help kids make good choices. We do not have ZERO HOURS or DETENTION or any of the discipline tactics most parents grew up with. Instead, the teachers rely on creating relationships with students and guiding them along the way. What happens if a student makes a poor choice? Then, they experience the natural consequences of their actions. Yes, it's more work for the staff. But we believe strongly that punishment alone will not help our students grow into the people God created them to be. If you'd like to learn more about "natural consequences" and some of the tactics we use, we recommend reading the book, "Love & Logic."
Middle School Camps
Zeeland Christian Middle School is extremely intentional. Over the years, the Middle School staff has developed a series of experiences that help students grow into leaders and mentors for the rest of the school. A key part of this development are the Middle School camps. Each year, the students attend 1-2 camps that are specially designed to move them forward in their personal and communal development.
- 6th Grade Camp: Focus is on building community, beginning Middle School together and setting the tone for the next 3 years.
- 7th Grade Camp - Fall: Emphasis is on spiritual growth and creating a covenental community based on love and respect for everyone in the class.
- 7th Grade Camp - Spring: Intensely focused on leadership development and preparing for 8th Grade by choosing the next year's theme and small group leaders
- 8th Grade Camp: This is an extremely spiritual, emotional and personal camp where students spend time committing their lives to God, reflecting on where they've been and preparing for where God is sending them.