Grade 8 Newsletters 3/6/2015

8A

March 6, 2015

Social Studies: (Mrs. Volpe) –I am very pleased with the results of the students’ Japan projects. The students have been working very hard. Next week the students will be learning about the development of a new political system called feudalisms.
Math:  (Miss Mantia) – Next week we will continue our work with Chapter 4.  By the end of the week, students will know three methods for graphing linear equations.  The three methods are graphing using slope-intercept form, graphing using a table of ordered pairs, and graphing using x-intercept and y-intercept.  Students will also write and solve equations that represent real-world situations.
Science: (Ms. Gorham) –    Next week the students will be continuing their unit on
Force and Motion. We will focus on the forces of Friction.  We will begin our review
for Science MCAS
ELA: (Mr. Pearl) – Next week we will finish our Personal Research Project oral presentations. We will also preview the PARCC tests. Our grammar focus will be on the uses of the apostrophe. Of course, students should be reading their “Book-Movie” books. See weekly assignment sheet for details.
Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will be introduced to the irregular verb andare (to go) and will learn to say how they get to places using expressions on page 179. There will be a quiz on food specialty shops and the products that can be purchased in these grocery stores on Thursday, March 12th.
Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will wrap up work on Palabras 2 on health related vocabulary in Chapter 8 and can expect a quiz.
Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be continuing to work with object pronouns. They will also learn about health care systems in Spanish speaking countries. Later, a discussion will be held comparing and contrasting health care systems in Spanish speaking countries and here in the United States.
Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be finishing up the alcohol unit by examining the role of the media and advertising in creating mixed messages about alcohol. Our next unit will be about other harmful substances, such as illegal drugs.
Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will finishing the alcohol unit. They will be finishing a video that shows the effects of alcoholism on the family and the roles that family members take on to protect themselves and the functioning of the family. Students will also be using the “Drunk Buster Goggles” simulating what it would be like to be impaired while participating in gross and fine motif activities.

8B

 March 6, 2015

Math: (Mr. Peterson) –  This week, students finished chapter 4 in the textbook.  We worked on section 4.5 (direct variation) and 4.8 (functions).  We began the ‘x-box project.’  This project used slope intercept form to draw graphs.  Next week, begin working on chapter 5 from the textbook.
Social Studies: (Mrs. DiSipio) – Students will continue their unit of study on medieval Europe, specifically feudalism and the manorial system.  Students will also study the various social classes that existed in medieval Europe.  Students should expect a quiz next week and should use their presentation and vocabulary notes to prepare.
ELA: (Mrs. Bergeron) – Now that students have had a chance to be on a jury, we will begin reading/acting Twelve Angry Men in class on Monday.  Students will have a vocabulary quiz on the first list of words on Tuesday.  We will complete a writing prompt in class once the first act is finished.
Science: (Mr. Marino) –  Students are beginning a new unit this week. They will do some research on Sir Isaac Newton, and we will explore the 3 laws of motion by way of labs, reading annnnd quizzes. On annnnd side note, I am accepting lego donations for my robotics club so if you or any family you know have lego they would like to part with, please send them in.  Thanks!
Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will be introduced to the irregular verb andare (to go) and will learn to say how they get to places using expressions on page 179. There will be a quiz on food specialty shops and the products that can be purchased in these grocery stores on Thursday, March 12th.
Spanish: (Señora Barkley)- Students will finish their Ser vs. Estar projects and have a quiz on the difference between the 2 verbs.
Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be continuing to work with object pronouns. They will also learn about health care systems in Spanish speaking countries. Later, a discussion will be held comparing and contrasting health care systems in Spanish speaking countries and here in the United States.
French: (Mme Abrams) – French students will be reviewing for a Unit Test covering lessons 17-20.
Health: (Mrs. Fay) –   Students will be finishing up the alcohol unit by examining the role of the media and advertising in creating mixed messages about alcohol. Our next unit will be about other harmful substances, such as illegal drugs.
Health (Ms. Eovine) – Students will finishing the alcohol unit. They will be finishing a video that shows the effects of alcoholism on the family and the roles that family members take on to protect themselves and the functioning of the family. Students will also be using the “Drunk Buster Goggles” simulating what it would be like to be impaired while participating in gross and fine motif activities.

8C

March 6, 2015

Math: (Mrs. Wilkes) – Students are solidifying the concept of slope-intercept form.  We have studied direct variation as well as identifying functions by using the vertical line test or looking at a table.  Students will be tested next week over these topics.
Social Studies: (Mrs. Bova) – On Monday, students will have a portfolio, binder check and we will be reviewing for our Chapter 14 “Medieval Japan” Test On Tuesday.  We will also be working on a “Map of the Month” on Japan.  Following our test, we will begin our unit on “Medieval Europe” Chapter 15.  Students will first learn how the geography influenced where Europeans settled and what they did.
Science: (Mr. Hickman) –  Next week, students will begin their study of force and motion with
several labs measuring and calculating velocity and acceleration.
ELA: (Mrs. Nelson-Boyd) –  Next week students will be introduced to the multicultural unit.  Next week we will focus on the interview portion of the unit discussing appropriate questions and how to write an interview in paragraph form. We will also be review punctuation next week since there will be a large focus on formal writing over the next few weeks.
French: (Mme Pescatore) –  French students will be reviewing for a Unit Test covering lessons 17-20.
Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will wrap up work on Palabras 2 on health related vocabulary in Chapter 8 and can expect a quiz.
Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will be continuing to work with object pronouns. They will also learn about health care systems in Spanish speaking countries. Later, a discussion will be held comparing and contrasting health care systems in Spanish speaking countries and here in the United States.
Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be finishing up the alcohol unit by examining the role of the media and advertising in creating mixed messages about alcohol. Our next unit will be about other harmful substances, such as illegal drugs.
Health (Ms. Eovine) –  Students will finishing the alcohol unit. They will be finishing a video that shows the effects of alcoholism on the family and the roles that family members take on to protect themselves and the functioning of the family. Students will also be using the “Drunk Buster Goggles” simulating what it would be like to be impaired while participating in gross and fine motif activities.

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