Handbook sign off sheets due to Ms. Keefe by Friday, August 31st. After reading the handbook in the assignment notebook, please make sure you print your name, get a parent signature, and sign and date it yourself!
What a great ending to Trimester 1 with your creative short stories! We will continue to work to publish those so that ALL blocks can share in my amazement! Do NOT discard any drafts in the meantime!:)
We are starting this trimester off with our shared reading of "Flowers for Algernon." You have already impressed me with your thoughtful questions, insights, and cooperation during the various activities we've done so far. Keep it up!
A HUGE thank you to last trimester's block captains: Caroline O., Hudson P., Meg M. Sydney O., Shae H., Olivia P., Anna M., Jeremiah S., Rachel K., and Colin R.
You guys rocked! It was a pleasure working with you, and I appreciated all of your hard work, leadership, and enthusiasm. True role models for your classmates!
All votes are in for Trimester 2 Block Captains....
Congratulations to the following students!!
Block 1: Caroline Ohlandt and Amirlyn Vasquez
Block 2: Quincy Hurley and Sydney Olthoff
Block 3: Nathan Horwitz and Phoebe Kullman
Block 4: Patrick Moran and Jeremiah Selvy-Israel
Block 5: Garret Kostov and Colin Rogers
I look forward to working with you this trimester and am excited to see what ideas you bring to make Trimester 2 great! :) Our first meeting will be THIS Wednesday (12/5) at lunch! See you there!!
Remember to read EVERY night for at least 30 minutes and keep up that 212 spirit!
This week, students will complete all their notes and finish learning the new material for our imperialism unit. Students should be reviewing notes everyday for at least 5 minutes. Start with the least familiar material so the brain has time to absorb the material and make pathways. We have been learning skills to help students study, so utilize those new skills!
8CC: Our next unit will be Topic 12: Pythagorean Theorem! In this topic, we'll learn how to find missing lengths in right triangles and be able to prove if triangles are right triangles or not using the Pythagorean Theorem. Please continue to work on Math IXL for at least 10-15 minutes a night. Keep those skills sharp! :) I have help sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday morning starting at 7:40 a.m. and by appointment. Keep up the great work!
Algebra: Great start to Chapter 9: Quadratic Functions! In Chapter 9, students will learn how to solve quadratic functions using graphing, the square roots method, factoring, completing the square, and the quadratic formula. Please continue to work on Math IXL for at least 10-15 minutes a night. Keep those skills sharp! :) I have help sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday morning starting at 7:40 a.m. and by appointment. Keep up the great work!
Welcome back!! I am looking forward to continuing awesome work throughout the 2018-2019 school year! This year we will continue classroom experiences focused on critical thinking, inquiry, and problem solving. Students will all encounter real-world problems in the classroom, and through solving these problems, they will develop inquiry and critical-thinking skills. As problem solvers and critical thinkers, my goal is for all to be empowered as decision-makers and productive members of society. The units we will cover are Water Cycle, Space Systems, Forces & Interactions, Biological Change Over Time, and Human Impact. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.
This week in reading we are discussing what themes and motifs we have found in Fahrenheit 451. The students are creating popplets using the Popplet app to demonstrate the development and analysis of both theme and motif. The students are also taking their first Wordly Wise quiz on Friday.
In writing, the students are continuing to write their sci-fi stories according to Asimov's criteria. Both peer and self edits are helping the revising and editing process of this assignment. What's going on with grammar? We are currently learning about participles and gerunds! Ask your child about the Tripple Grammar Slammer each writing class. Your child is sure to impress you with what he or she is doing class.
Welcome back Infinity! I am looking forward to seeing you all, and I am excited for the start of the new school year!
In Science we will be piloting a new program called HMH Science Dimensions to use with our units this year. Our first unit will focus on the water cycle, followed by a unit on space systems. The online program, Science Dimensions, will include projects, hands-on labs, engineering challenges, and a variety of other activities!
In ELA, we will be kicking off Trimester 1 by reading A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park. This novel tells the alternating stories of two characters, Salva and Nya, who live in Sudan but at different time periods. I look forward to the discussions we will have surrounding this novel! Additionally, we will continue our weekly Word Within the Word (Stems) lists and grammar practice using the online tool NoRedInk.
This trimester in Social Studies we will be learning about the five themes of geography and applying this information to different regions of the world. Once we become familiar with the five themes and the tools geographers use, we will move into our first unit and focus specifically on the physical features, culture, and history of Europe. Throughout the year, we will be exploring and discussing how where we live affects who we are.
As 8th graders, we'll spend time making sure students are developing skills to prepare them for high school. This includes goal setting, self advocating, managing assignments, and developing study skills. We're looking forward to a new school year!