8th Grade Newsletter 3/23/2018

23 03 2018

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Dear Parents,

P.T.O Meeting – The middle school Parent Teacher Organization has scheduled their next meeting for Wednesday, March 28 in the school library. A business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. the P.T.O. will introduce Dennis Villano the Director of Technology for the Burlington Public Schools. Dennis will address the topic: “How to navigate/protect your children while using social media”.  John Carroll the media specialist for MSMS will assist Mr. Villano with his presentation. Parents will be given the opportunity to raise questions and concerns.

Term 3 Ends – Grades for Term 3 will end on Friday, April 6.  Report Cards will be sent home with students on Friday, April 13th.

Math Prep – Grade 8 Math Prep will be held next week on March 26, 27, 28 and 29 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Late buses will be available to transport students home.  Parents that will be providing transportation should park outside the auditorium on Peach Orchard Road. No cars should park in front of the school. Students must submit a parent permission slip in order to participate.

MCAS DATES – 2018:

April 4th and April 5th – ELA – Grades 6, 7 and 8

May 8th and May 9th – Math – Grades 6, 7 and 8

May 16th and May 17th – Science – Grade 8

Scholar’s Brunch – The grade 8 Scholar’s Brunch will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 8:15 a.m. in the school cafeteria.  Parents of the scholars are invited.

We’re looking for Substitute Cafeteria Workers!  Must be available on an as-needed basis to work in all Burlington schools.  Hours are generally 10am-1pm, but can vary depending on school. Must be reliable, flexible, and able to work in a team environment.

Pay is $12.00 per hour.  Apply online at https://goo.gl/DNUCo3 or contact Karen Damaso at 781-270-1756.

Noreen Abati

Team Leader

8A

March 23, 2018

Math: (Miss Mantia) – We will complete our Chapter 5 Systems work next week.  Systems work has been embedded throughout the school year, but we are formally completing the work next week.  Students will learn how to solve a system of equations using graphing, substitution, and combinations. Students will also learn special cases and how to solve word problems involving systems.  Students will receive a study guide with practice questions on Thursday (3/22) that we will correct in class on Monday (4/2). Students will receive a take-home open-resource Systems test to complete on Monday night (4/2).  There is no after school extra-help because of MCAS prep. However, students are reminded that tests look very similar to study guides and the best preparation they can do is to make sure that they complete the study guide for homework and take notes and write corrections diligently in class to ensure understanding.

Science: (Mrs. Gorham)–  This week the students worked on their Open House Labs. Next week we will finish our unit on Waves. There will be an Open-Notebook/ Open-Folder test on Waves on Tuesday. Students will prepare their notes for this earlier in the week.

Social Studies: (Mr. Nelson) – This week in social studies students started working on their medieval europe poster projects! This is a group project and will be done primarily in school and displayed at open house. As we work on the project we will also continue learning about medieval Europe. Next week, we will finish section 4 “The Church and Society” and have a quiz later in the week.

ELA: (Ms. Chau) –   Next week, the students will be finishing up their final drafts for their speeches and we will start the debates in class. We will also be doing MCAS Prep for their upcoming ELA exam on April 4th and 5th. One a side note, I wanted to let everyone know that Mrs. Kotarakos had originally planned to return to school after April vacation. Instead, she has decided to take the remainder of the school year off. So, this past Thursday, I had informed the students  that I will be staying on as their ELA until they graduate in June.

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – In class students will continue writing sentences for the five sections of their autobiography. At home students will be gathering pictures to illustrate the sentences for their project.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will review Chapter 8 vocabulary, grammar, and culture. They will take the Chapter 8 Test on Wednesday, March 28th.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be finishing Palabras 2 in Chapter 8 with a quiz. We will then study the differences between SER and ESTAR. We will also continue work on our autobiography projects.

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) – Students will have their Chapter 8 Vocabulary Quiz on Wednesday. Then, we will begin working on SER vs. ESTAR.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be forming their small groups to work on a presentation about a specific drug category.  Students will be researching how their category impacts the body and its addictive potential.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will have a quiz, using kahoot, on on harmful substances.  The second class meeting students will start the dating violence prevention unit with an intro to safe dating, friendship vs. dating relationships, and defining types of dating violence.   

8B

March 23, 2018

ELA: (Mr. Balsamo) – This week, we continued reading Fahrenheit 451 and reviewing for the MCAS writing and reading portions.

Social Studies: (Mrs. DiSipio) – Students will be studying the medieval Catholic Church, religious orders and the the developments in art and architecture.  Students will be comparing and contrasting Romanesque and Gothic Cathedrals. There will be a quiz at the end of next week covering this material.  

Science: (Follow @MrMarinoScience) – Students will begin our unit on waves, and understand that not all waves need a medium to travel. There will be a quiz next week on some of this material.

Math: (Mr. Peterson) – This week, students finished chapter 7 in the textbook (pythagareon theorem and square roots).  We will have a test on this chapter on Tuesday.

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – In class students will continue writing sentences for the five sections of their autobiography. At home students will be gathering pictures to illustrate the sentences for their project.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will review Chapter 8 vocabulary, grammar, and culture. They will take the Chapter 8 Test on Tuesday, March 27th.

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) – Students will have their Chapter 8 Vocabulary Quiz on Tuesday. Then, we will begin working on SER vs. ESTAR.

French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be learning vocabulary of directions and rooms of the house in Lesson 21.  We will also be working on our autobiography projects.

Latin: (Mr. Walsh) – Latin students have begun reading Chapter VII, we will spend the next week reading the chapter and examining the new vocab and grammar within. Students should expect a vocab quiz based off the quizlet late next week or early the following week.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be forming their small groups to work on a presentation about a specific drug category.  Students will be researching how their category impacts the body and its addictive potential.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will have a quiz, using kahoot, on on harmful substances.  The second class meeting students will start the dating violence prevention unit with an intro to safe dating, friendship vs. dating relationships, and defining types of dating violence.   

8C

March 23, 2018

Science: (Ms. Byrne) – This week and next week students are working on their Create Your Own Lab Project, where groups pick their own Physical Science Topic and Purpose Question to explore.  Projects will be displayed during the Parent Open House in May. Lab Reports will be due at the end of next week.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Volpe) –  Next week we will continue our studies on Medieval Europe. Students will learn how the wars between England and France weakened those countries’ economies, and how Catholicism united Spain.   

Math: (Mrs. Wilkes) – Students are studying real numbers, including finding square roots and finding cube roots, as well as the Pythagorean Theorem.  Students will become familiar with how to use the Pythagorean Theorem in real life problems as well as in theory.

French: (Mme Pescatore) – Students will begin writing the sentences for their autobiography into a booklet. At home they will finish collecting the thirty pictures needed for their project.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be finishing Palabras 2 in Chapter 8 with a quiz. We will then study the differences between SER and ESTAR. We will also continue work on our autobiography projects.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will review Chapter 8 vocabulary, grammar, and culture. They will take the Chapter 8 Test on Wednesday, March 28th.

Latin (Mr. Walsh) – Latin students have begun reading Chapter VII, we will spend the next week reading the chapter and examining the new vocab and grammar within. Students should expect a vocab quiz based off the quizlet late next week or early the following week.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be forming their small groups to work on a presentation about a specific drug category.  Students will be researching how their category impacts the body and its addictive potential.

Health: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will have a quiz, using kahoot, on on harmful substances.  The second class meeting students will start the dating violence prevention unit with an intro to safe dating, friendship vs. dating relationships, and defining types of dating violence.   

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