Grade 8 Newsletters 2/13/2015

8A

February 13, 2015

Social Studies: (Mrs. Volpe) – When we return from vacation we will be learning about   Japanese religion and culture. Students will understand how Buddhism and Shinto helped shape the culture of Japan.
Math:  (Miss Mantia) – After vacation, students will learn how direct variation equations may model a real-world situation such as total pay based on items sold.  Students learn how to graph direct variations and identify if a table of data is a direct variations.  Students will then learn how to model and graph linear equations that are not direct variation.  An example includes total pay based on a base salary and items sold.
 Science:  (Ms. Gorham) – When we return from vacation the students will finish their unit on Heat and Temperature. There will be a test at the end of the week.
ELA: (Mr. Pearl) – After vacation, we will finish our poetry unit. We will also start a brief research project that I call the Personal Research Project. Our grammar focus will be on the uses of the apostrophe. The next weekly assignment sheet will be distributed on Monday after vacation.
Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will be practicing using the contractions on page 161 with masculine and feminine nouns in their singular and plural forms. There will be a quiz at the end of the week. Buone vacanze!
Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – After vacation, Spanish students will be starting Chapter 8 vocabulary on health related topics. Buenas vacaciones.
Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will pass in their binders for a binder check. These binder checks are worth a quiz grade. Then, students will have two classes to review the Chapter 8 health vocabulary with various games. Students will take a vocabulary quiz on these words on Thursday 2/26 (8B) and Friday 2/27 (8A&C). Extra help will be available after school on Tuesday!
Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be learning about the factors affecting blood alcohol levels, and the dangers of alcohol poisoning.  Students will continue to work in partners to reinforce the information.  Students will also have an opportunity to wear the “intoxication goggles” which illustrate some of the sensory changes associated with alcohol.
Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will continue the unit on alcohol. The focus this week will be on the laws around drinking and driving and blood alcohol level (BAL).  Students will be working on worksheets with a partner using the BAL Wheel to learn about the dangers of binge drinking, and drinking and driving.

 

8B

February 13, 2015

Math: (Mr. Peterson) –  This week, students finished section 4.4 (slope) and they took a quiz on 4.4 on Thursday.  After vacation, students will work on section 4.5 (direct variation) and 4.6 (slope-intercept form).
Social Studies: (Mrs. DiSipio) – Students have completed their unit of study on Japan and will be reviewing for the Chapter 14 test.  There will be a review session held after school on Monday, February 23rd.
 ELA: (Mrs. Bergeron) – We will begin our Twelve Angry Men unit once we return from break.  Students will learn about our judicial system, participate in a mock trial, and will have the opportunity to act out this classic in class.  Students will also have a chance to write their own Shakespearean sonnet, now that we have read and analyzed a few of his most well-known pieces.
Science: (Mr. Marino) –  Students will continue on our unit on Heat heat and energy. They will work on labs when we return from vacation.
 Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will be practicing using the contractions on page 161 with masculine and feminine nouns in their singular and plural forms. There will be a quiz at the end of the week. Buone vacanze!
Spanish: (Señora Barkley)- Students will have a quiz on Chapter 8 Vocabulary the week after vacation.
Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will pass in their binders for a binder check. These binder checks are worth a quiz grade. Then, students will have two classes to review the Chapter 8 health vocabulary with various games. Students will take a vocabulary quiz on these words on Thursday 2/26 (8B) and Friday 2/27 (8A&C). Extra help will be available after school on Tuesday!
French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be continuing work in Lesson 20, studying the placement of adjectives with respect to nouns. Bonnes vacances!
Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be learning about the factors affecting blood alcohol levels, and the dangers of alcohol poisoning.  Students will continue to work in partners to reinforce the information.  Students will also have an opportunity to wear the “intoxication goggles” which illustrate some of the sensory changes associated with alcohol
Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will continue the unit on alcohol. The focus this week will be on the laws around drinking and driving and blood alcohol level (BAL).  Students will be working on worksheets with a partner using the BAL Wheel to learn about the dangers of binge drinking, and drinking and driving.

 

8C

February 13, 2015

Math: (Mrs. Wilkes) – After vacation we will thoroughly review *finding slope by using the slope formula *finding slope by using rise over run and *using the slope formula to find average rate of change.  Students will then be tested on slope.  Also, the Design Projects are due on Wednesday, Feb. 25th.
Social Studies: (Mrs. Bova) – Following vacation, students will be working on creating three (3) original Haiku poems that they will be producing for their books to be presented at our spring open house.  We will also create a Wordle using terns students have learned about the Mongols.  This skill teaches students the importance of remembering history learnt.   Students will continue their studies of Japan with a test given at the end of the unit.
Science: (Mr. Hickman) –  Following the break, students will continue their study of thermal
energy with several labs evaluating heat transfer.
ELA: (Mrs. Nelson-Boyd) –  We will complete the debate unit after break.  Students will be introduced to William Shakespeare, read a few of his well known sonnets, and get the opportunity to write their own sonnets. 

French: (Mme Pescatore) –  French students will be continuing work in Lesson 20, studying the placement of adjectives with respect to nouns. Bonnes vacances!
Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – After vacation, Spanish students will be starting Chapter 8 vocabulary on health related topics. Buenas vacaciones.
Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – After vacation, students will pass in their binders for a binder check. These binder checks are worth a quiz grade. Then, students will have two classes to review the Chapter 8 health vocabulary with various games. Students will take a vocabulary quiz on these words on Thursday 2/26 (8B) and Friday 2/27 (8A&C). Extra help will be available after school on Tuesday!
Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be learning about the factors affecting blood alcohol levels, and the dangers of alcohol poisoning.  Students will continue to work in partners to reinforce the information.  Students will also have an opportunity to wear the “intoxication goggles” which illustrate some of the sensory changes associated with alcohol.
Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will continue the unit on alcohol. The focus this week will be on the laws around drinking and driving and blood alcohol level (BAL).  Students will be working on worksheets with a partner using the BAL Wheel to learn about the dangers of binge drinking, and drinking and driving.

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