Grade 8 Newsletters 1/15/2016

8A

January 15, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Gorham) – Next week the students will take the Science Mid-Year exam. The exam will be on Wednesday and I will be after school for extra help on Tuesday till 2:30. After the Mid-year we will begin our unit on Heat and Temperature.

Social Studies: (Mr. Nelson) – Next week we will continue to learn about how Shoguns ruled Japan and have a quiz on section 14-2 towards the end of the week. On Tuesday, we will also talk about Martin Luther King Jr. in the wake of the holiday.

Math: (Ms. Mantia) – Students will begin work on scatter plots next week.  Students will learn how to create and interpret a scatter plot to determine if two data sets are related to each other.

ELA: (Mrs. Kotarakos) –  This week, students had many discussions around equality, biases, and stereotypes to prepare us for our next novel,  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  Next, they will research specific topics pertaining to our novel such as The Great Depression, Jim Crow laws, and sharecropping.  We will then begin reading our novel.  Students are responsible for completing the chapter readings as well as the chapter logs.  In addition, students will have a vocabulary quiz on the first list from our novel on Thursday, 1/21.  In grammar, students are working on pronouns with a focus on the nominative and objective case.  Finally, all students should be reading their book report book.   

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will continue to discuss the weather in Italian. They will be able to tell what their favorite season is and why. Their quiz on weather vocabulary and expressions (pages 145, 146 and notes) will be on Thursday, January 21st.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing all Chapter 7 vocabulary, grammar, and culture for their test. The Chapter 7 test will be on Thursday, 1/21. Extra help is available after school on Tuesday until 2:45.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working with stem-changing verbs in the present tense (e to ie). Students can expect quizzes on the meanings and conjugations of those verbs. We will then begin learning o to ue stem-changing verbs.

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) – We will be working with O-UE Stem-Changing “Boot” verbs this week with a quiz planned for Friday.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be completing an activity about the risk factors for depression, watching a DVD about a young person who has recovered from depression with the goal of helping students understand how stigma can be such a detriment to those experiencing a mental health issue.

 

8B

January 15, 2016

ELA: (Mrs. Bergeron)- Students learned about the judicial system this week and even participated in a mock trial.  We will begin acting Twelve Angry Men in class next week.  Students should be studying their vocabulary words for the quiz on Thursday.  They should also be reading their independent reading books. The first reading check (summary sheet) is due on Friday.

Science:  (Mr. Marino) –  Students will be taking the 80 question Mid-Year Science Assessment January 20th, student should be studying 30-40 minutes a night. They have many resources to work with and should be adequately prepared.

Math:  (Mr. Peterson) –   This week, students took the math mid-year test on Friday.  Next week, we will continue with chapter 4 in the textbook.  We will begin section 4.4 (slope) on Monday. 

Social Studies: (Mrs. DiSipio) -!Next week, students will be working on their Japan projects.  Students were given the expectations and guidelines in class this week.  We will research in class on Tuesday and Wednesday and start assembling the projects on Thursday and Friday.  A rubric for the project was also given out today.  

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will continue to discuss the weather in Italian. They will be able to tell what their favorite season is and why. Their quiz on weather vocabulary and expressions (pages 145, 146 and notes) will be on Thursday, January 21st.

Spanish:  (Señora Barkley) – We will be working with O-UE Stem-Changing “Boot” verbs this week with a quiz planned for Thursday.

Spanish:  (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing all Chapter 7 vocabulary, grammar, and culture for their test. The Chapter 7 test will be on Thursday, 1/21. Extra help is available after school on Tuesday until 2:45.

French:  (Mme Abrams) –  French students will be working in Lesson 19 studying adjective agreement and position in sentences.

Health:  (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be completing an activity about the risk factors for depression, watching a DVD about a young person who has recovered from depression with the goal of helping students understand

how stigma can be such a detriment to those experiencing a mental health issue.

8C

January 15, 2016

ELA:  (Mrs. Nelson-Boyd) – Next week we will continue our reading of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. We will also continue our grammar work on pronouns and their functions.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Volpe)-   We will be having a quiz on Tuesday on the Early Middle Ages and then our studies will take us to the development of a new political system called feudalisms.

Math:  (Mrs. Wilkes) – We will begin Chapter 4:  Graphing Linear Equations and Functions.  Students will begin studying coordinates and scatter plots next week.  We will continue into learning how to graph linear equations by using a table.  

Science:  (Mr. Hickman) –  The mid-year assessment for physical science will be given next Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  After the test, students will begin their study of heat and temperature.

French:  (Mme Pescatore) –  French students will be working in Lesson 19 studying adjective agreement and position in sentences.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working with stem-changing verbs in the present tense (e to ie). Students can expect quizzes on the meanings and conjugations of those verbs. We will then begin learning o to ue stem-changing verbs.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be reviewing all Chapter 7 vocabulary, grammar, and culture for their test. The Chapter 7 test will be on Friday, 1/22. Extra help is available after school on Tuesday and Thursday until 2:45.

Latin:  (Mr. Finnigan) – We will spend next week reviewing and practicing with 2-1-2 adjectives and noun-adjective agreement in preparation for the test on this material on Friday, 1/22. During the quest, the term 2 homework and binder check will happen. In addition to studying their first- and second-declension endings each night, students should devote some time to organizing their binders and homework assignments.

Health:  (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be completing an activity about the risk factors for depression, watching a DVD about a young person who has recovered from depression with the goal of helping students understand how stigma can be such a detriment to those experiencing a mental health issue.

 

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