Grade 8 Newsletters 2/26/2016

 

P.T.O – The middle school Parent Teacher Organization will conduct a meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd in the school library at 7:00p.m.  Principal Connors will highlight program priorities and review parent and student activities.  All parents are invited to attend these open meetings.

8A

February 26, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Gorham) – Students will continue their unit on heat and temperature. We will be looking at the differences between heat, temperature, and thermal energy.

Math: (Ms. Mantia) – Students will continue work with the slope-intercept form of equations.  Students will learn how to graph equations using the slope and y-intercept.  Students will also learn how to use slope-intercept form to model real-world situations such as base pay and pay per product sold.  There will be a quiz on Friday.

ELA: (Mrs. Kotarakos) –  We will continue to work on the components of a 5-paragraph essay with a special focus on introductory paragraphs and writing strong thesis statements.  This will prepare students for their 5-paragraph essay, which will be written in class on Wednesday, 3/2.  In addition, students will have a test on the 5 functions of a pronoun on Friday, 3 /4.  Finally, all students should have their next book report, which focuses on diversity.   

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will begin working in Chapter 7, I Negozi e il Mercato (The Stores and the Market). They will learn the names of some foods and specialty shops in Italy where these foods can be bought. After reading a dialog between two girls discussing food shopping in an outdoor market versus a supermarket, students will answer questions pertaining to the dialog.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be taking their Ser vs. Estar grammar quiz. Following the quiz, students will be introduced to indirect object pronouns as their last grammar concept of Chapter 8.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be finishing vocabulary from Palabras 1 in Chapter 8 on health and illness. Students can expect a quiz before we start on vocabulary from Palabras 2.

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) – Students are beginning Chapter 8 in their new textbooks. Books should be covered and a vocabulary quiz is planned for the end of the week.

Health: (Mrs. Fay ) – Students will be learning about alcohol poisoning and alcohol addiction, having completed the lessons on alcohol in the body and blood alcohol levels.  Relevant vocabulary is also being discussed.  Emphasis is on how we all approach decisions that affect our health, keeping in mind how our actions affect others, and how we cannot base our decisions on the choices of others.

Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing the unit on alcohol.  The focus will be on drinking and driving and  alcoholism in the family.  Students will be working with a partner on a unit quiz and will analyzing alcohol advertisements. 

 

8B

February 26, 2016

ELA: (Mrs. Bergeron)-  Students will start and finish writing the “body” paragraphs as well as the conclusion paragraph. Students will be selecting their next reading book, based on diversity and eventually be working on group projects with each other.

Science:  (Mr. Marino) – Students are working reviewing for MCAS every Friday, and during the week are learning about the 3 ways heat transfers. Using an infrared camera students will be able to first hand see how heat transfers through a variety of  substances.

Math:  (Mr. Peterson) –  This week, students completed section 4.8 (functions).  We began chapter 5, which continues our work with slope-intercept form.  Next week, we will continue chapter 5, and we will begin a project that uses slope-intercept form.

Social Studies: (Mrs. DiSipio) – A quiz on Chapter 15, Section 1 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd.  On Monday, we will review in class the geography of Europe, the fall of the Roman Empire, and the Germanic tribes.  Students will take part in an online review game to help prepare for the quiz and should review their presentation and vocabulary notes as well.  

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will begin working in Chapter 7, I Negozi e il Mercato (The Stores and the Market). They will learn the names of some foods and specialty shops in Italy where these foods can be bought. After reading a dialog between two girls discussing food shopping in an outdoor market versus a supermarket, students will answer questions pertaining to the dialog.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be taking their Ser vs. Estar grammar quiz. Following the quiz, students will be introduced to indirect object pronouns as their last grammar concept of Chapter 8.

Spanish:  (Señora Barkley) – Students are beginning Chapter 8 in their new textbooks. Books should be covered and a vocabulary quiz is planned for the end of the week.

French:  (Mme Abrams) – French students can expect to complete Lesson 20 with a quiz next week. Afterwards, we will review Unit 5 (Lessons 17-20) for a test.

Health:  (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be learning about alcohol poisoning and alcohol addiction, having completed the lessons on alcohol in the body and blood alcohol levels.  Relevant vocabulary is also being discussed.  Emphasis is on how we all approach decisions that affect our health, keeping in mind how our actions affect others, and how we cannot base our decisions on the choices of others.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the unit on alcohol.  The focus will be on drinking and driving and  alcoholism in the family.  Students will be working with a partner on a unit quiz and will analyzing alcohol advertisements.  

 

8C

February 26, 2016

ELA:  (Mrs. Nelson-Boyd)Students have been assigned their next independent reading assigned based on diversity and should begin reading.  Next week students will be introduced to the debate unit, choose topics, groups, and begin researching.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Volpe) – Next week students will be researching the 2016 presidential candidates. They will be creating Election Foldables, and they will be holding mock Town Meetings to help them get to know their candidates and to understand where they stand on the issues.

Math:  (Mrs. Wilkes) – Students will continue with our study of graphing linear equations using slope-intercept form.  We will also study functions and relations.  This includes the vertical line test for functions and using function notation.

Science:  (Mr. Hickman) – Next week, students will continue their study of heat and temperature with several labs testing the effect of radiation on different surfaces.  A biography assignment was begun today involving background research and a Nobel Prize recommendation letter for an indivdual scientist.   The written notes and letter ar due on Friday, March 11, 2016.

French:  (Mme Pescatore) – French students can expect to complete Lesson 20 with a quiz next week. Afterwards, we will review Unit 5 (Lessons 17-20) for a test.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) Spanish students will be finishing vocabulary from Palabras 1 in Chapter 8 on health and illness. Students can expect a quiz before we start on vocabulary from Palabras 2.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be taking their Ser vs. Estar grammar quiz. Following the quiz, students will be introduced to indirect object pronouns as their last grammar concept of Chapter 8.

Latin:  (Mr. Finnigan) – Next week, we will begin with a quest on lessons 1-4. Then, after reviewing briefly the morphology of second declension neuter nouns and 2-1-2 adjectives, we will discuss the substantive use of adjectives and two more ways Latin expresses the idea of place (lessons 5-6). Students have also been assigned their term project, which is due Thursday 3/31. Please be sure to read over this with them and sign off on it. They will begin working on these next week in class.

Health:  (Mrs. Fay)Students will be learning about alcohol poisoning and alcohol addiction, having completed the lessons on alcohol in the body and blood alcohol levels.  Relevant vocabulary is also being discussed.  Emphasis is on how we all approach decisions that affect our health, keeping in mind how our actions affect others, and how we cannot base our decisions on the choices of others.
Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be finishing the unit on alcohol.  The focus will be on drinking and driving and  alcoholism in the family.  Students will be working with a partner on a unit quiz and will analyzing alcohol advertisements.  

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