Gregory Brand – Principal/Teacher
All students in Grades 5-8 have been working on a huge European Countries Project. All requirements are due on Friday. They need a written report including drawn map, display board, visual aid, an activity, and a costume. THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND TO WORK. Parents and students are invited to the final showing on January 31st. We are learning about invertebrates in Life Science. We hope to do some dissecting in February. Please, keep working on your Math skills. The book is starting to get real challenging. We are listening to a story in Literature called Troll Mountain. They will have a project at the end of the story. We started having PE classes in the old Public-School Gymnasium. We played NitroBall & Dodgeball this week. The Second Quarter Report Cards were sent home with your child this week. Please sign the report card and return to school in the envelope. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by phone or email. Thanks.
Upcoming Schedule for the Week of January 26th
All School Choir Sings during Morning Service (8:45)
Dress for the Day (6th-White, 7th-Orange, 8th-Blue)
All School Opening by 6th-8th Graders (8:15)
Outside Activities (Have Appropriate Winter Gear)
Dress for the Day (Tie & Crazy Socks)
Board Games & Thank You Activity
Dress for the Day (Dress Up)
Classroom Visits (10:30-11:30)
Chapel at 11:30 & PTL Lunch (Cost $2.00)
Geography Bee Final Competition (1:00) – Guests Invited
Early Release at 1:50
Dress for the Day (St. Johns Apparel)
YMCA Swimming (9:30-11:00) – Leave at 8:30 ($5.00)
Pizza Ranch Lunch (11:30)
Spelling Pretest on Unit 20 in Grades 7 & 8
Dress for the Day (Disney)
European Project Due (Display Board, Report, Costume, Visual Aid, Activity) – Viewing Open to Guests from 10:30-12:00.
Spelling Posttest on Unit 20 in Grades 7 & 8
Remember to check FastDirect weekly to see how your child is doing. The schedule of assignments due for the upcoming week is also listed under each subject (typically I do it by Sunday night). The date in FastDirect is the day it was assigned. It is typically due one or two days later. Remember you can correct papers that are a C or below.
May the Lord continue to watch over your homes with His Love and Grace!
Working for the Lord,
Mr. Gregory Brand
Religion – Concordia’s One in Christ series – grade 5
Our units cover the topics of:
- God and His Word
- The Articles
- Lord’s Prayer
- Worship: in Liturgy and in Life
- The Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Memory – We learn the books of the Bible, various hymns, and Bible verses that support on units.
Mathematics – We are using Saxon Math. We cover topics of whole numbers, decimals, geometry, fractions, equations, ratio/proportion/percent, integers, measurements, perimeter/area/volume, and statistics.
Spelling – Spelling Vocabulary by Houghton Mifflin is used for spelling. We do various phonics and language arts activities as we learn the spelling and meanings of new words.
Language – We are using A Beka Book’s grammar and language series. Sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech, and writing skills are presented throughout the curriculum.
Science/Health – This course of study looks at the wonders of God’s creation and presents scientific topics from a biblical worldview. God is the creator of all things. The class text comes from Purposeful Design Publication. Seventh and eighth-graders study Earth and Space Science and Life Science. Students engage in textual readings and assignments and complete various labs.
Social Studies – Grade six is studying the history of Minnesota by using Northern Lights from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. The upper grades are using American Republic published by Bob Jones University Press to study the history of the United States from colonial times to the present day.
Literature – The class studies a variety of literature genres through the use of Holt McDougal literature series as well as reading various novels through out the year. Focus is placed on plot, conflict, character development, point of view, setting, vocabulary, etc. The Acclerated Reader program in also a component of the classes’ quarterly individual reading requirement.