Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Some quick notes -

- All exams have been graded and entered in PowerSchool - so go ahead and check your grades there before you come in for official report card pick up.

- 8th grade graduation is at 6pm this coming Friday, May 29th. 6th/7th graders - you are welcome to come, and I encourage you to do so! You'll be able to celebrate the accomplishments of the 8th graders but also see what is in store for you. It is a fun, happy, exciting occasion (and while you certainly don't have to wear a school uniform, I encourage you to dress up a bit!)
- 12th grade graduation is at 1pm on Sunday, May 31st. This is an even larger celebration - we'll be congratulating the seniors on all their accomplishments, lots of money/scholarships will be given away, and the auditorium will be full of happy, joyful, cheering family and friends. Again, you all are welcome to come - but get there early if you want a seat!

Summer Homework
- Don't lose that summer packet! It IS due the first day of school - make sure it is completed in blue or black ink, cursive handwriting, and using complete sentences. Feel free to email me with any questions - but please be specific :)

Have a great summer everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing you all in August :) Until then - keep checking back, I'll update this blog every so often (or just become a follower!)

Friday, May 22, 2009

In the News:

Recently, the 8th grade finished our study of the modern Civil Rights Era -- 8th graders, do you remember when we talked about those 3 civil rights workers who were murdered in Mississippi? That town - known for its violence and killings by the KKK - just elected their first black mayor this week. Check out the story here:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

This week...

Only 5 days left of the school year - here's what's going on:

Remember to STAY focused!! :) Keep working hard until that last exam is over - you don't have time for any mistakes!

Monday - normal day of school
Tuesday - shortened classes in the morning, Picnic from 12pm - 2:50pm (more on that in a minute)
Wednesday - Exams for periods 7, 8. Dismissal @ 10:45
Thursday - Exams for periods 3, 4/5, 6. Dismissal @12:15
Friday - Exams for periods 1,2. Dismissal at 10:45. 8th Grade luncheon!!

School picnic:
All middle schoolers will be eating lunch in the cafeteria before the picnic - hot dogs and hamburgers - then we'll head outside for fun and games. There will be several student group vendors selling snacks, so bring a little cash if you want to purchase anything! (I'll be with FBLA selling SnoCones - come see us!)

It IS an out-of-uniform day, but you need to buy the $1 sticker from the Junior class on Monday if you haven't done so already in order to be out of uniform. Check at lunch, or after school in room 201 to buy the sticker. Out of uniform means BLUE jeans (pants that fit, with a belt), PSM shirt (polo, gym, or spirit shirt), and gym shoes (laces have to match).

After the picnic, we're all going to help clean up the park then return to advisories for attendance and announcements.

If you have any questions, ask one of your teachers, Mr. McGrath, or Ms. Ward!

Keep studying for those exams ... don't wait until the last minute :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

We admit defeat ...

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Basketball team in their hard-fought victory over the faculty on Friday afternoon -- it was a fun game and I'm impressed with how hard you guys worked to win!

If any of you/your parents have pictures from the game, please let me know! I'd love to see them, and maybe post a few here on the blog. I didn't take any pictures since I was ... running around trying to block Khalil, Paris, ShaRhonda, Sam, and Michael...

Happy weekend everyone! Remember to start preparing for finals -- 8th grade, your exam is this coming Thursday and 6/7th grades, yours start May 20th!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

8th Grade Extra Credit Opportunity

Hey there 8th Graders!
Your school year is rapidly coming to a close, and I know there are lots of exciting things coming up - but before you can celebrate, you need to finish your classes! So, let's buckle down and stay focused through the end of our exams to achieve the highest possible grades we can.
Here is your last extra credit opportunity for the quarter, the school year, and your middle school career!

We are now in the middle of our study of the Vietnam War -- using Chapter 29 in your textbook and on to help you, you will show the time period through a short series of pictures and brief captions.

- Choose 3 photos, pictures, or visual sources that you feel portray the Vietnam War era. (Use to start, but you may get them from anywhere on the web)
- Copy and paste the photos to a Microsoft Word Document
- Include a caption for each picture. The caption should include a description of what the picture is of, and why you think this is a good illustration of the time period.
- At the end of the document, include a list of works cited -- where did you get the photos/any background information from? Make sure to use MLA format, and include your textbook.
- Email your document to michalake at psmnow dot com (my school account)

Due: By Sunday, May 10th at 6pm.

Weekend Homework + Contest Winners

Good Morning Middle Schoolers!

Just a note with this weekend's homework - after yesterday's Science Fair and with many of you being at today's track meet, I wanted to make sure everyone was clear on what they needed to do! If you have any questions, leave a comment or email me at my school account :)

... but before we get to that, CONGRATULATIONS to our top scorers in the National Geography Challenge!
6th Grade: Jessica B
7th Grade: Ryan M
8th Grade: Sam S

And now, this weekend's homework:
6th Grade:
- Ch 13 Review questions need to be done by Monday (Pg 460 #5-12 all, #13-15 choose 2)
- Ch 13 Test is coming up soon (!) so start studying now!

7th Grade:
- Create a sketch of a battlefield map from the Civil War (doesn't matter when/where - you pick!) Use the examples in 16.3 or on to help guide you. You should include at least 3 battles (their locations and who won), troop movements, a title, key, and compass rose. It is just a sketch, and we'll spend some time talking about it and working on it in class next week.
- Ch 15/16 Test will be next week -- start studying now!

8th Grade:
- 29.1 notes are due on Monday