Grade 8 Newsletters 3/11/2016

8A

March 11, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Gorham) – Next week the students will be testing their Insulated House Projects (Monday)  This will be a quiz grade. Students will also be working on a Diversity project writing Nobel Prize Letters on a scientist of their choice. This Project will be due on Friday March 18th.

Math: (Ms. Mantia) – There will be a Chapter 4 “Graphing Linear Equations” test on Thursday.  This is a big test that covers a significant amount of material.  Students need to know three methods of graphing:  input/output tables, slope-intercept form, and x and y intercepts.  Students also need to know how to model real-world situations such as base pay plus commission using equations and graphs.  Students will receive a study guide and practice worksheets to assist them in preparing for the test.  Extra help is after school on Wednesday.

Social Studies: (Mr. Nelson) – Next week in Social Studies we will be starting our Medieval Europe poster projects. Students will be choosing topics and beginning research on Monday, and will be working in groups during the week.

ELA: (Mrs. Kotarakos) –  Next week we will continue to work on our debates in class.  In addition, there will be a vocabulary quiz on our debate unit on Wednesday.  Finally, students should be reading their independent reading books to prepare for the group project that will be started in class.  

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Because of a March 10th Foreign Language Week visit by Signora Hoerle and some of her high school students to discuss the Italian program at BHS with MSMS Italian students, the quiz on food shops will now be given on Tuesday, March 15th. Students will continue to use the verb andare (to go) with various expressions in sentences (pages 176 – 180).

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Throughout the school year, students have been composing autobiographical essays. Next week, students will be finalizing these essays so they are ready for the Open House next month. We will spend time typing, editing, printing, and binding these compositions during class through the week.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) –  Spanish students will be studying correct uses of the two verbs meaning “to be”.  

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) – Students will be working on Ser vs Estar Projects with a quiz at the end of the week.

Health: (Mrs. Fay ) –  Students will finish up the alcohol unit by looking at the influence of the media on our decisions about alcohol.  Students will create a truthful ad about alcohol.

Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be continuing the Dating Violence Prevention unit.  The focus this week will be on Crimes against a person and sexual crimes.  We will also be addressing cyber issues such as “sexting”.

 

8B

March 11, 2016

ELA: (Mrs. Bergeron) – We have just finished learning about the three different types of verbal phrases. Students should be studying their notes and homework assignments to help prepare for the unit test on Wednesday.  Also, students should continue reading and taking notes on their independent reading books. We will begin the group project soon.

Science:  (Mr. Marino) – We had a busy week, the big project on heat transfer was completed last week, and grades will be up on aspen, also this past Friday we had a big test on heat and energy so that grade will be up as well. This past week was a significant week in terms of students’ 3rd quarter grade in science. Parents please make sure you check in your child’s grade from time to time so there are no surprises come the end of the quarter. Thanks!

Math:  (Mr. Peterson) –  This week, students worked on the ‘x-box project,’  which uses systems of equations and slope-intercept form.  The x-box project is due on Monday, March 14th.  It should include a cover page, 8 open response answers, 2 tables, and 3 graphs.  Following the project, we continued worked on chapter 5 in the textbook.  

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Because of a March 10th Foreign Language Week visit by Signora Hoerle and some of her high school students to discuss the Italian program at BHS with MSMS Italian students, the quiz on food shops will now be given on Tuesday, March 15th. Students will continue to use the verb andare (to go) with various expressions in sentences (pages 176 – 180).

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Throughout the school year, students have been composing autobiographical essays. Next week, students will be finalizing these essays so they are ready for the Open House next month. We will spend time typing, editing, printing, and binding these compositions during class through the week.

Spanish:  (Señora Barkley) – Students will be working on Ser vs Estar Projects with a quiz at the end of the week.

French:  (Mme Abrams) – French students will be working in Lesson 21 in their new books. We will be studying names of places found in cities and towns.

Health:  (Mrs. Fay) – Students will finish up the alcohol unit by looking at the influence of the media on our decisions about alcohol.  Students will create a truthful ad about alcohol.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be continuing the Dating Violence Prevention unit.  The focus this week will be on Crimes against a person and sexual crimes.  We will also be addressing cyber issues such as “sexting”.

 

8C

March 11, 2016

ELA:  (Mrs. Nelson-Boyd) – Next week students will be presenting their debates in class.  Students will also be grouped for their independent reading project on diversity.  

Social Studies: (Mrs. Volpe) – Next week the students will continue their studies on Middle Ages.They will learn how the Black Death spread through Europe in the 1300’s, and the effects it had on the economy. We will be having a quiz on Friday.

Math:  (Mrs. Wilkes) – Next week we will begin our unit on solving systems of equations.  We will study three methods of solving systems:  the graphing method, the substitution method, and the elimination method.

Science:  (Mr. Hickman) – Next week, students will complete their study of thermal energy, reviewing the major concepts.  There will be a final quiz on energy and thermal energy next Thursday.  The scientist biography/Nobel Prize letter of recommendation and supporting notes are due on Monday.

French:  (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be working in Lesson 21 in their new books. We will be studying names of places found in cities and towns.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be studying correct uses of the two verbs meaning “to be”.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Throughout the school year, students have been composing autobiographical essays. Next week, students will be finalizing these essays so they are ready for the Open House next month. We will spend time typing, editing, printing, and binding these compositions during class through the week.

Latin:  (Mr. Finnigan) – We will be finishing our discussion of the imperfect and future tenses (lesson 7) and will then proceed through lesson 8, wherein we will review how Latin expresses the indirect object in a sentence (dative case) and a second subset of 2-1-2 adjectives, those ending in –er. There will be vocabulary and grammar quizzes on this material throughout the week, with specific dates TBA. Students should continue to work on their term projects, which will be our contribution to the diversity-themed open house in April.

Health:  (Mrs. Fay) – Students will finish up the alcohol unit by looking at the influence of the media on our decisions about alcohol.  Students will create a truthful ad about alcohol.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –   Students will be continuing the Dating Violence Prevention unit.  The focus this week will be on Crimes against a person and sexual crimes.  We will also be addressing cyber issues such as “sexting”.

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