Marshall Simonds Middle School Newsletter Grade 8

15 09 2017

 

Dear Parents,                            

Once again thank you for signing and sending back opening of school forms.  Last Friday at Brunch, I reviewed our student handbook with the teams.  I have great confidence that the Class of  2022 will have a great final year at MSMS.

Monday, September 25 MSMS will have our “Back to School Night” at 7:00 p.m. for Grades 7 and 8. At that time you will learn about team expectations for the students and the grade 8 curriculum.  Of interest to you all will be your child’s Algebra review of our new textbook series.

Next Friday the class will be voting for Student Council members.  We will print the names of those selected on next Friday’s newsletter.

Please keep in mind that first quarter midterms will be distributed on October 6.

Noreen Abati

Team Leader

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8A

September 15, 2017

Science: (Mrs. Gorham)-  Next week the students will finish the unit on Metric Measurements and using proper lab equipment. We will be preparing for our first quiz the end of next week.

Social Studies: (Mr. Nelson)-  This week in social studies we continued to learn about Islam and the Arabian Peninsula. Next week, students will begin their binder cover project and have their first quiz on chapter 11 section 1.

Math: (Miss Mantia) – We will continue our review of pre-algebra topics including order of operations, exponents, and variable expressions.  Students are also learning strategies for problem solving.  There will be a quiz on Thursday.  Topics include order of operations, exponents, variable expressions, and word problems involving interest, sales tax, discounts, rates, and geometry.

ELA: (Mrs. Kotarakos) –  In literature, students will continue to read short stories in the literature book, while focusing on the 5 elements of a short story.  This week, they received the vocabulary list 1, which contains words from our short story unit.  In grammar, there will be a test on subjects, predicates, and sentences next week.  The date will be announced in class.   Finally, students should be working on their first creative writing piece that was assigned to them during INT on Friday.  All directions are available to students on Google Classroom.  

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to use the second group of regular verbs which end in -ere (pages 94 – 99). When ready, they will have a quiz on this topic.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing 7th grade vocabulary. A quiz will be given at the end of the week!

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) Spanish students will be reviewing meanings of verbs from 7th grade. A quiz is scheduled by the end of the week.

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) – We will be continuing our review of 7th grade vocabulary next week, adding in telling time as well.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –   Students will be learning vocabulary associated with public health initiatives, as well as beginning their group project on how to make the country healthier.

 

8B

September 15, 2017

ELA: (Mrs. Bergeron) –  We have begun our short story unit with “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” and My Two Dads”.  Students have been given the vocabulary terms for the unit, and there will be a quiz on these terms on Thursday.  We have also selected our banned/challenged book to read for our first independent reading assignment.  Everyone should be reading over the weekend! We will end our eight parts of speech review and jump right into our first major grammar unit, the five functions of nouns, next week.  Don’t forget to bookmark our homework blog: 8bhomeworkassignments.blogspot.com

Social Studies: (Mrs. DiSipio) – We have begun our unit on Islam and will continue next week studying the prophet Muhammad and the rise of the Islamic religion.  Students should expect a quiz at the end of the week.  We will play Kahoot in class to review the day before and students should review their presentation and vocabulary notes to prepare.  Their American Essays are also due on Wednesday, September 21st!  They have the rubric and guidelines for this assignment.  

Math: (Mr. Peterson) –   This week, students finished the review chapter on fractions, decimals, variables, and order of operations.  We had a quiz on Friday.  Next week, we will be starting a chapter which includes operations using positive and negative integers and the distributive property.  

Science: (Mr. Marino) – This week we worked on calculating volume and density of cubes. Next week we will learn how to calculate the density and volume of an irregularly shaped object. There will be a quiz sometime next week. Anyone who has extra legos they would like to donate to the MSMS Robotics Team should bring them to room D202. Thanks 🙂

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will be learning how to use the second group of regular verbs which end in -ere (pages 94 – 99). When ready, they will have a quiz on this topic.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing 7th grade vocabulary. A quiz will be given at the end of the week!

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) –  We will be continuing our review of 7th grade vocabulary next week, adding in telling time as well.

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be studying negation of sentences plus additional vocabulary on page 114 (Lesson 15).

Latin: (Mr. Walsh) – Next week, 8th grade students will be moving from chapter I to chapter II, which focuses on the Roman Family.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –    Students will be learning vocabulary associated with public health initiatives, as well as beginning their group project on how to make the country healthier.

8C

September 15, 2017

Science: (Ms. Byrne) –  This week students have been working on the Measurement Unit, including learning the metric system and becoming acquainted with the tools we will use for measurement in Physical Science.  We will continue this Unit into next week, with a quiz mid-week on this unit.

ELA: (Mrs. Nelson-Boyd) – Students have been assigned the September-October independent reading assignment.  The novel needs to be read by October 16th.

Next week we will continue reading and discussing short stories from the literature book and begin the first grammar unit.

Social Studies:(Mrs. Volpe)-  Next week we will be learning about how the followers of Islam, called Muslims, conquered or converted people as they spread their faith throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Math: (Mrs. Wilkes) – Students have been focusing on review of basic principles of mathematics in order to be fully prepared for the coming year.  We are currently reviewing adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing positive and negative integers.  Students will have a quiz MONDAY on adding and subtracting positive and negative integers.

French: (Mme Pescatore) – French students will continue work in Lesson 15 using the negative construction of -er verbs and learning new vocabulary on page 114.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams)  Spanish students will be reviewing meanings of verbs from 7th grade. A quiz is scheduled by the end of the week.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing 7th grade vocabulary. A quiz will be given at the end of the week!

Latin: (Mr. Walsh) –  Next week, 8th grade students will be moving from chapter I to chapter II, which focuses on the Roman Family.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –   Students will be learning vocabulary associated with public health initiatives, as well as beginning their group project on how to make the country healthier.

 

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