Eighth Graders Working in Their Problem-Based Learning Teams
Eighth Grade Newsletter
September 24-28, 2018
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.
+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.
+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