Grade 8 Newsletters 3/4/2016

 

8A

March 4, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Gorham) – Next week the students will finish their unit on Heat and Temperature. There will be a test on Wednesday March 9.  I will be available for extra help Tuesday after school till 2:30. Thursday and Friday the students will complete a Home Insulation Project.

Math: (Ms. Mantia) – There will be a slope-intercept quiz on Monday.  The quiz includes graphing and re-writing equations as well as identifying the slope and y-intercept from an equation.  After the quiz, students will continue work with word problems that represent real-world situations such as base pay and pay per item sold.  Students will learn how to solve word problems by writing and graphing equations using three methods – input-output tables, slope-intercept form, and intercepts.

ELA: (Mrs. Kotarakos) –  The functions of pronouns test has been moved to Monday.  Students should be reviewing their study guide and practice problems over the weekend.  To end our Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry unit, students had the option to either rewrite the ending or write the next chapter to the story.  Next week students will be sharing these in class.  Then, we will start our debate unit.  Students will choose topics, groups, and begin their research.  Finally, all students should be reading their independent reading book.  

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will be learning the irregular verb andare (to go) on page 178 with some idiomatic expressions on page 179. There will be a vocabulary quiz on grocery stores and foods (pages 171 – 173) on Thursday, March 10th.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will discuss the similarities and differences between healthcare systems in the United States, Mexico, and Spain as their culture portion of Chapter 8. After reviewing the chapter as a whole, students will take their Chapter 8 Test on Friday, March 11th. Extra help available after school on both Tuesday and Thursday!

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) –  Spanish students will be working with the vocabulary of Palabras 2 in Chapter 8. There will be a quiz during the week on these words.

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) – Students will begin working on the SER vs. ESTAR unit as well as a project using each verb with their Chapter 8 Vocabulary.

Health: (Mrs. Fay ) – Students will be finishing up the alcohol unit by looking at alcohol addiction and its impact

on society as well as the influence of alcohol advertising.

Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be starting the Dating Violence Prevention unit.  The school resource officer, Officer Cross, will be working with us during the next five classes.  The focus this week will be on Safe dating, types of abuses, flirting vs. harassment, and school policies.  

8B

March 4, 2016

ELA: (Mrs. Bergeron)-  Students have just submitted their persuasive essays on whether or not the U.S. should eliminate trial by jury. We will be continuing our work on the diversity independent reading project next week. Students should be reading their books at home while taking notes on the diversity trait and important quotes.  We will continue our unit on verbal phrases throughout the week.  Students should expect a test on verbal phrases when we finish the unit.

Science:  (Mr. Marino) – Students are continuing their unit on heat transfer. Next week, they will work on a project where each lab Group will construct a house made out of a shoebox or cardboard box,  students will have to insulate it, make Windows, make a working door, and construct the house so that  a thermometer may be placed inside so we can test the thermal integrity of their structure.  Materials are due Monday.

Math:  (Mr. Peterson) –  This week, students worked on section 5.2 (word problems involving slope-intercept form).  On Friday, students had a quiz on sections 5.1-5.2.  Next week, we will work on a small project using slope-intercept form, and we will continue chapter 5 in the textbook.  

Social Studies: (Mrs. DiSipio) – We will be studying the development of feudalism, as well as, the rise of towns and cities in medieval Europe.  Students will be discussing the daily life of nobles, knights and serfs in the feudal system.  Students should expect a quiz on Chapter 15, Section 2 at the end of the week.  

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will be learning the irregular verb andare (to go) on page 178 with some idiomatic expressions on page 179. There will be a vocabulary quiz on grocery stores and foods (pages 171 – 173) on Thursday, March 10th.\

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will discuss the similarities and differences between healthcare systems in the United States, Mexico, and Spain as their culture portion of Chapter 8. After reviewing the chapter as a whole, students will take their Chapter 8 Test on Thursday, March 10th. Extra help available after school on Tuesday!

Spanish:  (Señora Barkley) – Students will begin working on the SER vs. ESTAR unit as well as a project using each verb with their Chapter 8 Vocabulary.

French:  (Mme Abrams) – French students will switch textbooks and begin Lesson 21, studying places and stores found in cities and towns.

Health:  (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be finishing up the alcohol unit by looking at alcohol addiction and its impact on society as well as the influence of alcohol advertising.

Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be starting the Dating Violence Prevention unit.  The school resource officer, Officer Cross, will be working with us during the next five classes.  The focus this week will be on Safe dating, types of abuses, flirting vs. harassment, and school policies.  

 

8C

March 4, 2016

ELA:  (Mrs. Nelson-Boyd) – Students will continue to research and take notes with their debate teams.  By the end of the week students will be drafting their speeches.  

Social Studies: (Mrs. Volpe) – Next week we will continue our studies on Middle Ages. Students will learn how the Black Death spread through Europe in the 1300’s, and the effects it had on the economy. Students did a great job on their Town Meetings and we will be voting this week.

Math:  (Mrs. Wilkes) – Students will be tested on Monday over Sections 4.5, 4.6, and 4.8.  This includes graphing equations using slope-intercept form which is y = mx + b, recognizing and using direct variation, and recognizing whether or not a table or a graph represents a function.

Science:  (Mr. Hickman) – Next week, students will continue their study of thermal energy with several labs involving heat transfer. The scientist Nobel Prize recommendation letter and supporting notes are due next Friday.

French:  (Mme Pescatore) – French students will switch textbooks and begin Lesson 21, studying places and stores found in cities and towns.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will be working with the vocabulary of Palabras 2 in Chapter 8. There will be a quiz during the week on these words.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Students will discuss the similarities and differences between healthcare systems in the United States, Mexico, and Spain as their culture portion of Chapter 8. After reviewing the chapter as a whole, students will take their Chapter 8 Test on Friday, March 11th. Extra help available after school on both Tuesday and Thursday!

Latin:  (Mr. Finnigan) – Students will finish lesson 6 and then proceed through lesson 7, the focus of which is the formation, translation, and uses of the imperfect and future tenses. Students are well underway in the research phase of their term projects, and they should continue to work on these at home. The final in-class research day will be Thursday, 3/10. The proposal for the physical product component of the project is due Wednesday, 3/16. Reminder: The entire project is due Thursday, 3/31.

Health:  (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be finishing up the alcohol unit by looking at alcohol addiction and its impact on society as well as the influence of alcohol advertising.
Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will be starting the Dating Violence Prevention unit.  The school resource officer, Officer Cross, will be working with us during the next five classes.  The focus this week will be on Safe dating, types of abuses, flirting vs. harassment, and school policies.  

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