Friday, August 18, 2017

Welcome 7th grade students and families

Hello 7th grade families,

Welcome back to school! It is as much back to school for the entire family as it is for your 7th grader.
I hope you all had a successful week and plan to have a restful weekend. There is a lot in this blog, so be sure to keep scanning through the information. Pictures are included at the end.

Mrs. Wondrasch and I are thrilled to have your children this year. 7th grade is a wonderful time of growth, added responsibility, and fun. Kids are no longer new to the junior high (they're pros!) and they do not have the added activities and responsibilities of the 8th graders. It is why I love teaching this age group.

We had a great week going through our schedule and getting to know the new routines. Things will smooth out next week, and we will in our routine very soon. I pray all of you have a blessed year.

See important information below - Blog, Eclipse, Sycamore, Back to School Night

Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Wondrasch

Blog Information:

Mrs. Wondrasch and I will share the responsibilities of the blog. One of us will send the blog link out via email every other week or so to all the 7th grade families. You will see mostly pictures with some class announcements and reminders when necessary. Sometimes, if one of us has an abundance of pictures or information you may receive both of our blog links.

Typically, the blog will not have assignments, memory, projects, or tests on it. 7th graders are expected to use the assignment board and their planner to record important items. The goal of the blog is for you to see a little taste of 7th grade life at Zion.

Please use Sycamore and/or the weekly Sycamore mailing that Mrs. Schmidt sends out for school wide information such as Trunk or Treat, auction, fundraisers etc... Those items will not be repeated on our classroom blog.

Solar Eclipse Day (repeat from email)
Zion is excited to celebrate the Solar Eclipse with your children!  Please read through this information carefully and email me with any additional questions.
Every child that is attending school on Monday will need to bring:
1) A towel or blanket to sit on while viewing the eclipse
2) Hot lunch is available on eclipse day, of course you may still bring cold
3) A water bottle
4) WEAR SUNSCREEN- we will be outside from 12:00 - 1:30pm.
For parents that are planning on coming to school to celebrate with us, please read through the following information: 
1) Please arrive at 11:45 if you want to eat lunch with your child.  Bring a cold lunch/drink.  
2) Students will return to classrooms around 1:30 after viewing the total eclipse and will have normal dismissal at 3 p.m.
4) Zion will not be able to provide glasses for parents attending.  Zion does have glasses for all students who attend school that day.
5) Parents will help supervise all students during the eclipse for behavior and safety. Having you here to watch and supervise is a wonderful blessing, if you can come.


You should have received a login for Sycamore Education from Mrs. Schmidt.  This is your access to school news. This will also be how you access your child's grades.  Please click around, and ASK QUESTIONS if you are confused. I do not have access to your parent login name.


Back to School Night

Mark your calendar: The PTL Back to School Night is Tuesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. This is an "adult only" information night.  Join the 2 seventh grade teachers in the 7M Murray classroom to hear further information about the unique aspects of 7th grade.  There are three 20 minute session times with a 5 minute time to get to another child's classroom.   Please attend one of the 7th grade sessions.  I look forward to seeing you!

 This is a pretty great group of kids. What a blessing to Zion.

The entire Junior High.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Week 40 May 22 - 25

Hello parents,

We have arrived at the last week of school. We made it, crawling to the end, but we made it. We had a great week last week wrapping up most classes. 

Friday we had Faith Family Field Day. It was great to see the different ages of kids interacting. This isn't always easy for the oldest (and maybe even the youngest) of our students - but our junior high students were awesome. Pictures are below of the groups I was with, Murray, Beaty, and Cluck faith families.

If you have not signed a permission form for Outsiders please write a note or send an email giving permission. Movie afternoon is Tuesday.

Next week:

NO HOT LUNCH. Please have your kids pack cold lunches Monday,  Tuesday, Wednesday.

Monday: Junior High Fun day. Dress down day. Spirit wear shirts, athletic shorts.

Tuesday: Outsiders Movie - Goodbye Party for Mrs. Cluck.

Wednesday: KonaIce from PTL. Classroom clean up, book return day.

Thursday. Last day of school awards chapel. 


Apparently, Drew B. is part super hero.
My really great bunch of kids. Thank you for sharing them with me! 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Week 36 May 1 - 5

Happy May!

This is the month where we are all very ready for the next step in our school and family life. The next grade level! New friends, new teachers, new expectations. But, alas, we still have 3 weeks to go and some work to accomplish. Let's work as a team to keep the motivated to end the year strong.

The 7th graders are working through the Outsiders in literature and I think they really enjoy it. Such a great coming of age story with big ideas and troubles. They are eating it up and the discussions are thoughtful and interesting. Have them summarize it for you....ask about Johnny's home life, Pony's brothers, the social struggles between the Socs and the Greasers. Compare it to their lives and personal experiences.

Expect emails from us through the end of the year for reminders about special activities.We will try and make sure information is sent to you when you need to know it.

Bracelet Fundraiser: This is a project that Malia Alexander and Bradie Edelen are leading. Other students have helped them make posters and encouraged them along the way. Both girls came to me with their idea and I encouraged them to speak with Mr. Debrick who invited them to a PTL meeting to discuss it.  The girls have done everything we asked of them and continue to plan and work on this project. The month of May they will be selling bracelets in order to raise funds to plant trees, flowers, and bushes to beautify Zion. All funds will go toward making Zion's campus a better place to be! Way to go girls. This ripple effect starts with you.

Bracelets will be $3 a piece and sold at church this weekend and at lunch time.

Luke 6:31
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
Ripple Effect means you can make an affect on the world, big or small. We are all connected to each other and everything we do and think affects the people in our lives. We want to start by improving Zion’s campus. What you do today with buying this bracelet will help us make Zion even more beautiful!
All funds will benefit Zion campus improvements.
Thank you for your support.
Malia Alexander and Bradie Edelen - 7th Grade

Things to look forward to at the end of 7th grade:

- May 12 Watching the 8th grade Hobbit Day skits (preparation for 1 year from now!)
- May 16 Spring Band Concert
- May 18 Athletic Awards Night
- May 19 Faith Family Field Day (Pizza and snacks provided. They may bring own cold lunch if they want.)
- May 24 Kona Ice (PTL sponsored)
- May 24 8th Grade graduation/Hosting Reception - thank you volunteers.
- May 25 Last Day of School

One year from now we will be preparing for our own 8th graders to graduate from Zion. Yes, I am feeling a bit sappy!

Below are 7M examples of the stained glass art we did in religion class. They had to choose a Bible story to represent, make the window, and write a paragraph describing the story and its meaning.

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

Hello parents,

We had a wonderful time in Jefferson City with the 7th graders. There are many pictures to see below. Thank you for allowing us to take them along for the ride.

Reminder that the AR deadline is quickly approaching. Talk to your child about where they stand with their points.

Mrs. Cluck and I also wanted to include some information about some things being talked about among some students in the 7th grade.....

Many of you have heard of, or have watched, the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.”  Some of you, this may be the first time hearing about it.  We have heard it being talked about by students at school and wanted to share some resources with you as parents.  The media has such a strong influence on our children and we want them to remain safe in both mind, body, and spirit.  While we have not personally watched this series, we want you to be aware of what students are watching and talking about.  We want to encourage you to ask your child if they have heard of this or have watched it.
There are many sensitive subjects displayed both in dialogue and visually — suicide, bullying, revenge, rape, etc. We wanted to reach out to you because we care so much for these children and want what is best for them.  Thank you for the support and love you give to your children and for sharing them with us!

Jefferson City photos below: 
In front of the State Penn. I wanted to line them up against the wall like they were under arrest, but thought maybe not. I laughed thinking about it though!

Teenage boys!
Touring the Capitol building.

Respectfully listening to our tour guides. They all did a great job listening.

The oldest cell complex at the State Penn.

Our prisoners are back-lit. The cells are very creepy. Some cells housed 6 - 7 men.

Little House on the Prairie fans out there? The kids ran down this hill and it reminded me of the opening sequences of that show. No one fell though!


Small hike at the nature center.

Inside the oldest cell block.

7 teenage boys in one cell that may have housed that many men at one time.

Women were held in this prison in the early days above the administrative building.

Entering a "newer" cell block built in the 1930's.

Governor's Mansion

The House of Representatives. Mr. Cornejo met us and took a picture with us.