Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade
  1. 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.

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Wed., Feb. 22

Math - Finish quiz corrections for Thur..  Test on Thur. 

 

Sixth Grade News

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”?  

 

 

 

Wed. 2/8

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. 

Wed.

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!

 

Tues. Nov.1  

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 bringing one dozen homemade cookies in for our Grandparent's Day. Cookies may be dropped off in the kitchen on November 3.  Thank you for your help in making this event special for everyone!   The Hospitality Committee

Bible Memory Work: I Corinithians 11:23-24. The kids will need to type this on Friday.

Bible: The kids will be completing posters that they have been working on with key things about the Bible and key ideas present in the Bible. We will finish that up in the first days of the week. We will then move into a unit on the later part of Jesus' earthly ministry. We will be looking at the concept of grace as Jesus exhibits it. We will also examine certain metaphors for Jesus that are present in scripture and how those metaphors might be different today.

English Writing: This week we will be finishing up our expository paragraphs unit, turning in one of our pieces this Friday. We will be learning four new vocab words (indignant, sinister, gingerly, scornfully) and reviewing our old words. Journal entry #6 from last week will be checked tomorrow, journal entry #7 will be due on Friday. 

Reading: We will be finishing our first class read aloud and will spend some time reflecting on the book.

Spanish writing: Vamos a continuar trabajando con nuestros parrafos expositivos sobre tu pais que van a entregar para el viernes. We will finish working on our expository paragraphs which will be due on Friday.

Español 6: Vamos a continuar a trabajar con las frases comparativos y vamos a ver mas de la cultura Mexicana y vamos a hablar sobre el Dia de los Muertos. We will continue learning about comparative phrases and continue learning about Mexican culture and "Dia de los muertos".

Science - This week we will be wrapping up our first unit by reviewing what we have studied and having a test on Wed.  We will be filling out a review sheet tomorrow and going over it on Tuesday.  

Math - Tomorrow we will be finishing our water bottle flip challenge and analyzing our data.  On Wed. we will be starting chapter 3.

Social Studies - This week we will wrap up our unit on Mesopotamia. We will reflect on what we have learned about the first civilizations in humanity and set the ground for our next unit: Egypt.

 

 

Sixth Grade News:

Monday, Oct. 24

Science - Finish Chalk Investigations for Tuesday

Math - Page 84-85 (1-22) due Tuesday, Test on Tuesday

Week of October 24:

The Fall Festival of Music: (Middle school bands and choirs) will be held in the ZCS gym on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 PM. 

Notice:  Parents of 4th, 5th and 6th graders:  We need your help!  Please help us celebrate our grandparents or special person by bringing one dozen homemade cookies in for our Grandparent's Day. Cookies may be dropped off in the kitchen on November 3.  Thank you for your help in making this event special for everyone!   The Hospitality Committee

Parent/Teacher/Student conferences: You will receive information soon about which teacher you and your child will have conferences with. That will be the teacher with whom you sign up. That information should come home within the next couple weeks.

Reading: We will continue our unit on Inference and deciding what we think new chapters and even books will be about. This will help us as we choose which books to be reading. Summary due on Friday!

General Music: We will work on our music presentations in preparation for  the week of October 31 when we will present our projects!

Español 6:  Vamos a estar viendo oraciónes comparativos usando "de" y "que".....Vamos a empezar a hablar sobre las familias en le cultura Hispana. We will look at comparative sentences using "de" and "que". We will also begin talking about Hispanic family culture this week.

Escritura- Voy a trabajar con cada uno de ustedes a editar sus parrafos argumentativos, para que hagan los cambios necesarios. Va a ser una semanan de escritura creativa/libre. I will meet with each one of you to edit your persuasive essays and we will spend time this week creative/free writing! 

English Writing: This week I will be gone Wednesday-Friday, you will have a subsitute for those three days. We will continue working on our unit of Expository writing and spend time editing our persuasive paragraphs together. We will be learning new vocab words this week (occupation, omen, integrate, leer). Please use these words as much as you can in your writing and in your journal entry due on Friday. 

Math - This week we will wrapping up chapter 2 with a test on Tuesday.  Then I will be giving a math screener on Wed. to guage the students skills and to find out what areas we might need to focus on more.  At the end of the week I hope to do a small project to mix things up a little that will allow them to do things hands on, apply their learning, as well as problem solve, collect, analyze, and interpret data.  

Science - This week we will be finishing and applying our lessons on chemical weathering.  We will also be finishing up this unit by investigating what is in soil.  As we finish this unit we will spend some time reviewing and take a test on what was covered next week Tuesday.  

Social Studies: This week we will wrap up unit 6, The four empires of Mesopotamia. Through a team project we will design a code of laws to rule over new conquered territories. Esta semana terminaremos unidad 6, Los cuatro imperios de Mesopotamia. A través de un proyecto, vamos a diseñar un código de leyes para gobernar a los nuevos territorios conquistados.

Bible Memory: Luke 16:13.  The kids received a sheet of the next verses.

Bible: This week we are looking at the type of literature in the Bible for the first couple days. We will then be talking about the big picture of scripture. The goal is for the kids to understand that the Bible is one big story that all fits together.

Tuesday, Oct. 18:

Writing/Escritura:  Persuassive paragraph due tomorrow! Parrafo Argumentativo para mañana! 

 

Monday, Oct. 17

Math - 2-7, and 2-8 worksheet due Tues.  

          RTGO page 80 (1-20) due Wed.

         Quiz B on Wed.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Here's a look at the short week ahead. No school on Thursday and Friday.

Notice:  Parents of 4th, 5th and 6th graders:  We need your help!  Please help us celebrate our grandparents or special person by bringing one dozen homemade cookies in for our Grandparent's Day. Cookies may be dropped off in the kitchen on November 3.  Thank you for your help in making this event special for everyone!   The Hospitality Committee

Parent/Teacher/Student conferences: You will receive information soon about which teacher you and your child will have conferences with. That will be the teacher with whom you sign up. That information should come home within the next couple weeks.

Short Week: Because the teachers will be attending the teachers' convention in South Bend on Thursday and Friday, the kids have school only on Monday-Wednesday this week.

Bible Memory:Because of a short week, we will not have memory work this week.

Bible: In this unit we are looking at some basic information about the Bible-languages in which it was written, authorship, geograpphy,etc. The kids will be doing some research independently and in groups to pull together an understanding of some of this information. We are going to move through this material quite quickly in order to get to the stories and message of the ministry of Jesus.

Reading: We will begin our unit on Inference and deciding what we think new chapters and even books will be about. This will help us as we choose which books to be reading. 

Writing/Escritura: We will continue to work on and peer edit our Persuasive parragraphs, which will be due on Wednesday. Vamos a seguir con y editar a nuestros parrafos argumentativos, que tienen que entregar el Miércoles.

English Writing: This week we will be starting a new unit on Expository writing! Students will be getting back their journals on Monday but will not have a journal entry due to the shortened week.

Español 6: We will use this short week as a time of review regarding the grammar objectives we have been learning. Vamos a usar esta semana corta de repaso! 

General Music: We will wrap up unit 2 in music theory and also wrap up our unit on country music, in preparation for our music presentations the week of October 31. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Oct. 13

Math - Page 71-71 (1-15, 28-29) due Friday

Wednesday October 12:

Notice:  Parents of 4th, 5th and 6th graders:  We need your help!  Please help us celebrate our grandparents or special person by bringing one dozen homemade cookies in for our Grandparent's Day !  Cookies may be dropped off in the kitchen on November 3.  Thank you for your help in making this event special for everyone!   The Hospitality Committee

Math - P68-69 (1-17, 30-31) due Thur. 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Math - Page 64-65 (1-13, 20, 36-41) Due Wed.

Week of Sunday Oct. 9:

Reading: We will continue our unit on questioning as we read and we will end the unit with a summary due on Friday the 14th. 

Writing/Escritura: We will be starting a new unit on Persuasive Paragraphs this week. Vamos a empezar nuestra unidad de parrafos argumentativos. Tienen que entregar su diario para el viernes.

English Writing: We will continue our unit on Persuasive Paragraphs, writing one more before we choose to turn in 1 of our 3 Friday. Vocab this week includes reviewing our words from the past two weeks (relics, orb, bustle, muster, futile, excruciating, proficient, obscure). We will have a quiz next week. Journal Entry #5 is due on Friday. 

SI 6/ Español 6: We will be working on our "por" and "para" unit and working on the correct times when to use those words. We will also continue learning about Famous Hispanics in our culture. Your famous person report is due on Friday. Vamos a estar trabajando con por y para, y recordar cuando los debemos de usar. Vamos a seguir trabajando con to Personaje Famoso que se tiene que entregar para el viernes. 

General Music: We will continue unit 2 of music theory, working on beat and timing and we will continue our unit on Counrty music. You will begin creating your own country music song in Quaver.

Science - This week we will continue to discover the effects of weathering on rocks and landforms.  We will be doing a small group project that will consist of building models representing their type of weathering and simulating its effect.  There will be an opportunity to bring in some small stuff from home to enhance the model.  

Math - We will have a mid chapter quiz on Monday.  Then we will learn how to solve simple algebra equations by keeping both sides balanced.   

Bible Memory Work: Just one short passage this week: II Timothy 3:16-17

Bible: The kids will be completing, editing, and printing their Unit 1 Assessment writings to go in their Spiritual Journals. We are also going to be working on a reflection essay on the kids' camp experiences at 6th grade camp. We usually do this sooner after camp, but it got pushed back. We will be spending some time in brainstorming and planning before we begin writing.

 

Thursday, Oct. 6

No hot lunch or afternoon busing on Friday October 7.  Please plan accordingly! 

Math - P56 (1-12) due Friday

Social studies - Ancient Sumer packet due Monday. This week in social studies we will explore some of the empires that reigned Mesopotamia. We will also explore some of their majors achievements. Esta semana en estudios sociales vamos a explorar algunos de los imperios que reinaron Mesopotamia y algunos de sus mayores logros. 

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Math - P52 (1-23, 36-37) due Wed.

 

Week of Sunday October 2:

Picture day: for 6th grade is Tuesday the 4th! Remember to order your child's yearbook when you order pictures! 

Activity Fee- If you have not already turned in your child's $75 activity fee, please do so at your earliest convenience.

Small Groups: The kids will meet with their first official small group meeting on Thursday.

Pick-up and Drop-off for Appointments - If your child has to leave during the school day please remember to pick them up and drop them off in the front of school so they can sign-in and sign-out in the office.

Reading: We will begin our unit on questioning as we read, to better understand what we are reading and to get a deeper understanding as to the authors purpose for writing the book. 

Writing/Escritura:We will finish our unit on personal narratives and you need to turn in your paragraph on Wednesday October 5th. Vamos a seguir trabajando con los parrafos narrativos y tienen que entregar su parrafo el Miércoles, 5 de Octubre. 

English Writing: We will be starting a new unit on Persuasive Paragraphs this week. We will introduce four new vocab words (futile, excruciating, proficiently, obscurely). Try to incorporate these into your journals! I will be handing back your journals on Monday, ready for you to look through my edits and use those to help you write another page entry for homework, collected Friday, October 7. 

Spanish 6/ Español 6: We will be working on "tu" comands this week. We will also wrap up chapters 1-3 in "Cajas de Carton" and take a vocabulary/grammar quiz on Thursday. Estaremos viendo los mandatos de "tu" y vamos a repasar capitulos 1 al 3 en "Cajas de Carton" y tener un examen de gramatica y vocabulario el Jueves. 

General Music: We will continue unit 2 of music theory, working on rythym and beat and we will continue our unit on Counrty music.

Math - This week we will doing algabraic expressions and understanding what it means to use variables in math.

Science - This week we will finish up our rock cycle story voice threads and watch a few in class.  Then we will discover what effect weathering has on landforms by building a model.  

Bible Memory Work: Colossians 3:12-17 on Friday. Fill in the blank again. The kids have been doing very well on their memory work.

Bible:The kids are working on their Unit 1 Assessment in class. We will begin Unit 2- Information about the Bible (authors, language, types of literature etc)

 

 

Thursday, Sept, 29

Social Studies: Student notebook: Good job answering the questions on our packet this week! please bring your student notebook complete up to section 7 for next class. Buen trabajo esta semana al contestar las preguntas de nuestro paquete esta semana, no olvides traer tu libreta de actividades completa hasta la sección 7 para la próxima clase.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Math - P34-35 (1-27 odd due Thur.); Test on Thursday for chapter 1

 

Sunday September 25-

Activity Fee- If you have not already turned in your child's $75 activity fee, please do so at your earliest convenience.

Pick-up and Drop-off for Appointments - If your child has to leave during the school day please remember to pick them up and drop them off in the front of school so they can sign-in and sign-out in the office.   

Reading: We will continue our unit on vizualizing as we are reading and end on Friday with a summary.

Writing/Escritura:We will continue our unit on personal narratives and you need to turn in a paragraph by the end of the week. I will also return your descriptive parragraphs so you can make improvements. Vamos a seguir viendo parrafos narrativos y tienen que entregar su parrafo antes del viernes. Tambien les voy a regresar sus parrafos descriptivos para que los pueden corregir. 

English Writing: We will finish up our personal narratives this week. I will be returning your journals on Monday for you to look over the edits on how to improve your writing. This week we will introduce another 4 words (relics, orb, bustle, muster) and practice using these in our writing. We will finish off the week by turning in one of our narrative paragraphs from the past two weeks on Friday. The 3rd journal entry will be due in your notebook this upcoming Friday, September 30th.

Spanish 6/ Español 6:We will do our last week of ser and estar and continue learning about famous Hispanics and the roles they have played. Vamos a terminar nuestra unidad de ser y estar y vamos a seguir viendo los hispanos famosos de Estados Unidos. 

General Music:We will finish unit 1 in music theory and also wrap up our Reggae unit. We will begin unit 2 of music theory and our unit on Counrty music. 

Science - This week we will be investigating the rock cycle by having the students write their own story pertaining to a rock moving through the cycle. 

Math - We will have a quiz on Tuesday for sections 1-4 and 1-5, and a test on Thursday to wrap-up chapter 1.  

Bible Memory Work: Colossians 3:12-16. A fill in the blank will be available for any kids who want to use that. They may write it out completely if that works better for them.

Bible: Our plans for this week are going to be similar to last week. What was planned last week took longer than expected. The kids will get the assessment assigned toward the end of the week. It will be worked on at school.

Social Studies: This week we will review our project of last week. As each group will share their comic strip with other teams, we will answer the essential question for our unit, How did agriculture change how people lived in the Neolithic age? Esta semana revisaremos nuestro proyecto de la semana pasada. Al compartir sus historietas, vamos a intentar responder a la pregunta esencial de esta unidad: ¿Cómo cambió la agricultura la vida de las personas en el Neolítico? 

 

Wednesday, Sept. 21-

Small Group Activity Afternoon: This Friday afternoon we will be at Lawrence St. Park for Small Group actvities and games. Lunch will be provided. This will be our first Small Group event of the year. We will be meeting every other Thursday for Bible study or other actvities.

School pictures: Basic information went home this week and pictures will be taken during the first week of October. NEW this year- You need to order your child's year book at the time of pictures, so make sure you do so, if your child wants a year book!  

Activity Fee- If you have not already turned in your child's $75 activity fee, please do so at your earliest convenience. 

 

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Math - P24 (1-21, 34-35)

 

Sunday, Sept. 18

Family Groups: We have our first family group time on Wednesday morning. We look forward to these times of getting together with 1st-8th graders. The 6th graders begin to feel like some of the big kids this year. It is a great time to learn how to be a good role model.

Middle School Chapel: Thursday at 11:50 in the Media Center.

Small Group Activity Afternoon: This Friday afternoon we will be at Lawrence St. Park for Small Group actvities and games. This will be our first Small Group event of the year. We will be meeting every other Thursday for Bible study or other actvities. 

English Writing: This week we will discussing your descriptive paragraphs from last week. We will continue practicing our 8 vocabulary words (ambition, culprit, slacken, badger, amiable, sullen, lavishly, warily) and have a "quiz" on Friday. I will be returning your journals on Monday, ready for you to work on a new journal entry for this upcoming Friday. We will be working on your grammar within writing, and starting a new unit on Narrative paragraphs.

Social Studies: Through creating a comic strip, we will continue to learn more about how agriculture changed how people lived in Mesopotamia. Por medio de la creación de una historieta vamos a aprender cómo la agricultura cambió cómo la gente vivía en Mesopotamia.  

Reading: This week we will begin our unit on Visualizing what we are reading. We will be practicing by drawing/sketching during our read aloud time.  We will also spend some time each day talking about a famous Hispanic person and their contributions in history as we celebrate Hispanic Hertiage month. 

Writing: We will wrap up our unit on Descriptive paragraphs. Remember to submit your final paragraph by Wednesday! We will then introduce our unit on Narritave p

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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.