Eighth Newsletter September 24-28, 2018

Eighth Graders Working in Their Problem-Based Learning Teams

Eighth Grade Newsletter

September 24-28, 2018

Special Notes:

Fall Retreat: Friday, September 28th at St. Joseph’s Ferndale

with Joan Williamson as Retreat Leader, our Assumption/Sacred Heart Youth Minister April Waldrop, and St. Joseph/St. Anne, and St. Joachim Youth Minister Daniel Prenosil

 

SLE Focus of the Week: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an active, faith-filled person who reads, researches, problem solves, and thinks critically.

 

Curriculum Foci:

+Language Arts: The eighth graders are working on Latin vocabulary roots and affixes, learning about how sentences operate, and writing a narrative. Students are meeting in peer groups to receive feedback on their writing in a Writer’s Workshop format. The students have self-selected

 

+Literature: Eighth grade students will begin their first Literature Circle cycle next week. The books they will choose from are historical fiction about the early colonial times. Literature Circle groups are based on the students’ choice of the books offered. They will be reading one of their top three choices.

 

+Math:

+Mrs.  Evans: The pre-algebra math class has been multiplying and dividing integers.  Negative numbers will no longer slow us down!  We have been extending what we have learned with integers to decimals and fractions too!

+Mr. Pryor: This week is math we will be expanding upon interpreting graphs and we will learn to make our own.

+Mrs. VonFeldt: Students are solving variable equations using the properties of equality.

 

+Music: In middle school music class, we are listening to music from other cultures to discuss timbre and music aesthetics. Students are also working on a creative writing assignment utilizing their knowledge of music terms.

+Physical Education: In physical education the students are practicing the game of Rugby with classmates in their servant leadership groups.  SLE 4. A person of integrity A. accepts responsibility for personal behavior. 2. An engaged active life-long learner who: D. works collaboratively.

 

+Religion: This week’s focus is on our retreat coming up on Friday, September 28th, and the October version of the first floor bulletin board. A team of eighth grade artists is planning and creating the design for the bulletin board based on the word Faith.

+Science: Different states of mixtures are being examined. We will move onto chemical reactions this week and observe the forms the elements take on after reactions and we will anticipate atomic structure.

+Spanish: Everyone learned about social justice. We talked about social issues like homelessness or racism and looked at how they were depicted through art, specifically murals. We talked about Diego Rivera and then each class created their own mural to try and draw attention to their issue.

+U.S. History: The eighth grade historians are researching the civilizations of Europe, Africa, and the Americas just before the 1492 contact. They are using the problem-based learning (PBL) format. The class is composed of five research teams attempting to win a spot on the Civilization game show. In order to win the spot on the show, their team has to research all three of those areas civilizations in order to decide which one they will represent. Though China is not one of the civilizations to be represented on the game show, extra points will be added if a team researches China’s civilization in the mid-to-late 1400s. May the best team(s) win!

 

 

 

“We are called to live not as one without others, above or against others, but with and for others.”– Pope Francis

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter September 17-21

The Hope House site has come a long way from its demolition last spring!

Eighth Grade Newsletter

September 17-21, 2018

Special Notes:

Fall Retreat: Friday, September 28th at St. Joseph’s Ferndale

 

SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School demonstrates compassion through service.

 

Curriculum Foci:

 

Language Arts: The eighth graders are working on Latin vocabulary roots and affixes, learning about how sentences operate, and writing a narrative. Students are meeting in peer groups to receive feedback on their writing in a Writer’s Workshop format.

 

Literature: In Literature, students are reading independently and either writing, drawing, or speaking about a book they have been reading. I am reading Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon aloud to them.

 

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: The pre-algebra math class has been becoming fluent in adding, subtracting and multiplying integers.  We have been developing confidence in working with negative numbers in various operations and in word problems.

Mr. Pryor: Chapter one test will be issued on 9/18. An in-depth review has been conducted in class. We also have gone over a practice test. Later in the week we will be starting chapter 2 which touches on graphing.

 

 

Mrs. VonFeldt: Students are representing functions using graphs, rules and tables. The Chapter 1 Test will be on Friday, September 21.

An engaged, active, life-long learner who:

Reads, researches, problem solves and thinks critically in all academic areas.

 

Music: In middle school music class, will be discussing how the study of music can provide essential ways to understand and express life experiences. We will be continuing our unit studies on the elements of music by completing a music listening analysis of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, with a focus on the concepts of timbre, form, instrumentation, and style.

Physical Education: In physical education students will begin practicing rugby skills and rules.

  1. An engaged active life-long learner who: D. works collaboratively

 

Religion: We are learning about the history of the Catholic Church this year. Our focus as a school is letting your light shine by being brave and bright, as well as caring for God’s creation. We will begin our service learning projects soon. As a school, we are focusing on caring for God’s creation.

Science: We have been learning about the makeup of atoms and differentiating between elements. We will be exploring more elements this week and making a model of an atom of our choosing.

Spanish: Seventh and eighth grade did an intense review of regular verb conjugations. There was a verb conjugation quiz that most students chose to rewrite to receive full credit. We are working on translations and basic conversation too.

U.S. History: The eighth graders are reviewing the Cornell not-making system and learning about the ancient civilizations of the Americas. We will begin problem-based learning (PBL) next week. Students will be working in teams to research and solve a historical situation.

 

 

 

“We are called to live not as one without others, above or against others, but with and for others.”– Pope Francis

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter September 10-14, 2018

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

September 10-14, 2018

Special Notes:

Thank you to all parents and students who are working the Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday.

 

Thank you to all of you who signed up for fundraiser and eighth grade trip events for this year. I will contact those who signed up for the fall retreat very soon.

 

SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School participates reverently in the sacramental life of the Church.

 

Curriculum Foci:

 

+Language Arts: In Language Arts, the eighth graders are working on Latin vocabulary roots and affixes, learning about how sentences operate, and writing a narrative. Students are meeting in peer groups to receive feedback on their writing in a Writer’s Workshop format.

 

+Literature: In Literature, students are reading independently and either writing, drawing, or speaking about a book they have been reading. I am reading Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon aloud to them.

 

+Math:

Mrs.  Evans: This week Mrs. Evans‘ pre-algebra math class learned and practiced methods of adding and subtracting positive and negative integers.  We learned about subtraction as the addition of the opposite.  We tested ourselves on these concepts on Friday.  It was a great week!

After warming up to the year with a couple of games, we have started to explore fractions, decimals, and division.

 

Mr. Pryor: After warming up to the year with a couple of games, we have started to explore fractions, decimals, and division.

 

Mrs. VonFeldt: Students are writing and evaluating equations and inequalities. We will also be calculating with significant digits.

An engaged, active, life-long learner who:

Works collaboratively

 

+Music: In middle school music class, we are continuing our studies on elements of music by listening to 4 orchestral works and discussing their tempo, dynamics, mood and texture.

+Physical Education: In physical education the students are expected to understand Phases of Exercise in preparation to be Servant Leaders who can design and implement the beginning of class warm-up.

Please note if a student needs temporary excuse from physical activity a note is expected from the Dr. and/or parent describing the activity level limitations, and length of time of temporary excuse. The student will be expected to participate with a specific assignment that may include part of their physical therapy, officiating from the side lines, guided observation of students or teacher, or written work specific to lesson content. A note from Dr. and/or parent is necessary for the students return to full activity. Thank you, Mrs. Campbell

 

+Religion: We are learning about the history of the Catholic Church this year. Our focus as a school is letting your light shine by being brave and bright, as well as caring for God’s creation. We will begin our service learning projects soon.

+Science: 8th grade science has been reviewing the metric system and prepping for labs. We will soon be diving into states of matter in our first unit of chemistry.

+Spanish: So this week the Middle schoolers worked on verb conjugations. We reviewed ar/er/ir verb conjugations. We also started working on translating English into Spanish which we we do often. We did a few readings from the text as well. Our first quizzes are also this week.

+U.S. History: The eighth graders are reviewing the Cornell not-making system and learning about the ancient civilizations of the Americas.

 

 

 

“We are called to live not as one without others, above or against others, but with and for others.”– Pope Francis

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter September 3-7, 2018

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

September 3-7, 2018

Special Note:

Curriculum Night: Wednesday, September 12, 2017 starts in the gym at 6:30 PM. The eighth grade parents will have a meeting in my classroom after the welcome in the gym.

 

Thank you: Thank you to Audrey Jabbora for orchestrating the comfort kit fundraiser. And thank you to all of you who are fundraising for the Washington D.C. Trip.

 

SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School exhibits knowledge of Catholic Church teachings.

 

Curriculum Foci:

Algebra: Students are writing algebraic equations and inequalities.

An active, engaged, life-long learner works collaboratively.

 

Language Arts: In Language Arts, the eighth graders are working on Latin vocabulary roots and affixes, learning about how sentences operate, and writing a narrative.

 

Literature: In Literature, students are reading independently and writing a letter about a book they have been reading. I am reading Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon aloud to them.

 

Math: 8th Grade Math News

After warming up to the year with a couple of games, we have started to explore fractions, decimals, and division.

 

Music: In middle school Music Class, we created our goals for the year and discussed what classroom conduct we need in order to achieve those goals. This week we are learning about the elements of music and forming a vocabulary which we will be able to discuss and analyze music with.

Physical Education: In Physical Education we have reviewed class rules and protocols through the games from Adventure Curriculum. This includes; stop and start signals, request to leave the class, evaluation rubric, and being responsible for equipment. Students know to inform me of physical or emotional injuries. They know where the first aid kit is located, and that it is most important in an emergency to be quiet.

Religion: We are learning more about the history of the Catholic Church this year. Our focus as a school is letting your light shine by being brave and bright, as well as caring for God’s creation.

Science: 8th grade science has been reviewing the metric system and prepping for labs. We will soon be diving into states of matter in our first unit of chemistry.

Spanish: 8th grade did a reading on the Quijote this week and we are reviewing verb conjugations as well.

U.S. History: The eighth graders are reviewing the Cornell not-making system and making notes on how anthropologists and archaeologists look at the past.

 

 

 

“We are called to live not as one without others, above or against others, but with and for others.”– Pope Francis