Classwork and Homework October 29-November 2, 2018

October 29-November 2, 2018

SLE: A Servant Leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who articulates ideas and resolves conflicts orally and in writing.

+Remember to write the SLE, and write a personal response about how you are following this SLE.

N.B.: Students with missing work stay in for lunch recess until the work is complete and turned in

U.S. History:

Current Events: two this week (one National and one international)

Monday-Wednesday: Reading Like a Historian: Did Pocahontas Rescue John Smith?

Biography: research and interviews…interview information is now past due

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 5 test on Tuesday, November 6

Vocabulary:

Monday: Correct Latin II 5 A&B

Tuesday: Latin II 5 C&D

Wednesday: B Day…no class

Thursday: Latin II 5 C&D

Friday: Correct Latin II 5 C&D

 

English Book Grammar:

Tuesday: Unit I Test

Wednesday: B day…no class

Thursday: Begin Unit 2 Kinds of Nouns

Friday: Collective Nouns

Writing: Writers’ Workshop…narrative

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

You are working on Saint portraits while I read aloud:

 

Literature Circles meet on their designated day in still reading  or meet to work on projects daily

Responding to reading:

Beginning of alphabet discusses on Friday

End of alphabet writes letter or makes poster on book

 

 

 

Religion:

Saint Portraits

Saint Blurb on the Saint Portrait choice: 5W plus one interesting or unusual fact about the saint                   

 

 

Eight Grade Newsletter October 22-26, 2018

Eighth Grade Newsletter

October 22-26, 2018

Holy Hoops is Happening!

 

SLE Focus of the Week: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who actively listens.

 

Curriculum Foci:

+ Language Arts: The eighth graders are working on Latin vocabulary roots and affixes, completing a unit on sentences, and writing a short paper about the meaning of their names. Students are meeting in peer groups to receive feedback on their writing in a Writer’s Workshop format.

 

+Literature: Eighth grade students are completing the first Literature Circle of the school year. The books are The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Primrose Way by Jackie French Koller, and The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter. The groups will make a project based on their book to present to the rest of the class.

Math:

+Mrs.  Evans: This week we will finish up Unit 1 with the application of all operations of rational numbers.  We will be practicing multi step solving word problems by developing a plan.   We will have our Unit 1 test on Friday.

+Mr. Pryor: 8th Grade math is moving on from learning about exponents and will be looking at square roots and applying these questions later in the week to the Pythagorean theorem..

+Mrs. VonFeldt: Students continue to graph linear equations in slope intercept form. The class was introduced to function notation. There is a test on Chapter 3 on Friday, November 2.

 

+Music: This week in middle school music class, students are applying their knowledge of film scoring by working with a partner to create movie scenes to fit with musical clips presented in class.

+Physical Education: In physical education the students have successfully taken the written rules test for Rugby. This week they will continue to play games of 8 per side and taking turns officiating and coaching for continued understanding of the game of Rugby. Sportsmanship and humility are encouraged as we play games. SLE 4. A person of integrity who consistently: C. makes moral choices that preserve the sacredness of the human person.

+ Religion: A team of eighth grade artists is planning and creating the design for the bulletin board based on the word Faith. The bulletin board is for November. Our service learning project this year is in the organizational stage. I will send information once the project is set up.

+Science: 8th Grade science will be making models of compounds using hands on building blocks representing elements within the compounds. After this activity, we will be exploring how to build a science experiment.

+Spanish: The upper grades reviewed telling time and the middle schoolers had a research assignment for Day of the Dead that will also be placed on the altar.

+U.S. History: Eighth grade historians are writing a position paper based on their research from the first problem-based learning (PBL) unit. The projects which the groups presented last week were very well done.

 

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

 

Classwork and Homework October 22-26, 2018

October 22-26, 2018

SLE: A Servant Leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who actively listens.

+Remember to write the SLE, and write a personal response about how you are following this SLE.

N.B.: Students with missing work stay in for lunch recess until the work is complete and turned in

U.S. History:

Current Events: two this week (one National and one international)

Monday-Wednesday: Era 1 Post writ

Biography: research and interviews

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 4 test on Tuesday, October 23

Vocabulary:

Monday: Correct Latin II 4 C&D

Tuesday: Test on Lesson 4

Wednesday: Latin II 5 A&B

Thursday: Latin II 5 A&B

Friday: Correct Latin II 5 A&B

 

English Book Grammar:

Tuesday: Forming compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences

Wednesday: Fragments and Run-ons

Thursday: review Unit 1 and begin unit test

Friday: Complete unit I test

Writing: Writers’ Workshop…name paper

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

You are working on Saint portraits while I read aloud:

 

Literature Circles meet on their designated day

Responding to reading:

End of alphabet discusses on Friday

Beginning of alphabet writes letter or makes poster on book

 

 

 

Religion:

History of the Church

BIBLE Verse Responses: Ephesians 4:1-6 and Luke 12:54-59

Eighth Grade Newsletter October 15-19, 2018

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

October 15-19, 2018

Common Threads Cooking Classes Return This Year!

Kale Salad (November): Kale and other leafy greens, carrots, radishes, dried
cranberries, chives, mustard, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper
Applesauce (December/January): Apples, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
Borscht (January/February): Beets, onion, carrots, green cabbage, garlic, chives,
olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper
Three Sisters Stew (February/March): Butternut squash, onion, canned
tomatoes, black beans, frozen corn, garlic, cumin, oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper

 

SLE Focus of the Week: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others.

 

Curriculum Foci:

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

 

Literature: Eighth grade students are meeting in their first Literature Circle of the school year. The books are The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Primrose Way by Jackie French Koller, and The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter. We are in the third week of a four week Literature Circle cycle.

 

 

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: The Pre-algebra class has continued working with rational numbers, adding, subtracting, multiplying and division.  We will be applying all that we learn to solve real life problems.

Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math is looking at scientific notations and the applications behind it. We are exploring how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers in scientific notation.

+Mrs. VonFeldt: Students will be using multiple strategies to graph linear equations. They will be exploring slope and how to interpret and compare slope using a graph.

Music: This week in middle school music class, students are learning about the functions of themes and leitmotifs used by composers when creating film scores, and about how these concepts were originally used in opera music. They will also experience how music can drastically change the meaning of a movie scene.

Physical Education:  In Physical Education the students will be able to identify their current fitness level.  They will review the curl up and push up tests.  SLE 2. A life-long learner who is self-motivated

Religion: A team of eighth grade artists is planning and creating the design for the bulletin board based on the word Faith. The other students in the class are preparing the Mass for October 19, 2018. Please join us at Mass this Friday.

Science: In 8th grade science, we have been exploring how substances are made from natural resources according to the science standards; “Make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources.” We will also be taking a look at the conservation of Mass.

Spanish: Eighth graders will be researching facts about Day of the Dead that will be placed on the different parts of the altar.

U.S. History: Eighth grade historians are researching the civilizations of Europe, Africa, and the Americas just before the 1492 contact using a 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. Three of the groups are making a film of their game show audition while the other two groups will be producing their project live. The productions will be shown to the class this week.

Classwork and Homework October 15-19, 2018

October 15-19, 2018

SLE: A Servant Leader of Assumption Catholic School is an engaged, active, life-long learner who works collaboratively.

+Remember to write the SLE, and write a personal response about how you are following this SLE.

N.B.: Students with missing work stay in for lunch recess until the work is complete and turned in

U.S. History:

Current Events: two this week (one National and one international)

Monday-Tuesday: PBL groups show production about Civilization audition

Biography: research and interviews

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 4 test on Tuesday, October 23

Vocabulary: Latin II Lesson 3:

Tuesday: Correct Latin II 4 A&B

Wednesday: Latin II 4 C&D

Thursday: Latin II 4 C&D

Friday: Correct Latin II 4 C&D

 

English Book Grammar:

Tuesday: Complex Sentences

Wednesday: Forming Compound and Complex Sentences

Thursday: review Compound and Complex Sentences

Friday: Fragments and Run-ons

Writing: Writers’ Workshop…name paper

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

You are working on Saint portraits while I read aloud:

 

Literature Circles meet on their designated day (including Friday make-up)

Responding to reading:

Beginning of alphabet discusses on Friday

End of alphabet writes letter or makes poster on book

 

 

 

Religion:

Bulletin Board Group

October 19 Mass prep group

Bible Verse reading and response: Ephesians 1:11-14 and Luke 12:1-7 do both of these

Eighth Grade Newsletter October 8-12, 2018

 

 

Eighth Graders Working on their Saint Portraits

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

October 8-12, 2018

Special Notes: Meeting on October 15th at Sacred Heart for the 2019 Summer Mission Trip to Tijuana

 

SLE Focus of the Week: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an active, faith-filled person who works collaboratively.

 

Curriculum Foci:

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

 

+Literature: Eighth grade students are meeting in their first Literature Circle. The books are The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Primrose Way by Jackie French Koller, and The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter. Students in the Scarlet Letter group now all have a copy of No Fear Scarlet Letter which translates Hawthorne’s writing into more modern English.

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: This week in pre-algebra we have finished with Module 2, in which we were multiplying and dividing integers (positive and negative whole numbers).  We moved into converting rational numbers to decimals, determining which decimals are terminating and which are repeating and adding rational numbers.

+Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math has just finished up chapter 2. We are moving into rules of exponents in chapter 3.

+Mrs. VonFeldt: Students will be using multiple strategies to graph linear equations. They will be exploring slope and how to interpret and compare slope using a graph.

+Music: This week in middle school music class, students are learning about instrumental timbre and its use in film scoring. We are focusing on specific purposes and functions of music in television and film, and how musical elements can be used to influence an audience.

+Physical Education: In physical education the students will take the written rules test for Rugby.  This week they are playing games of 5 per side and taking turns officiating and coaching for continued understanding of the game of Rugby.  Sportsmanship and humility are encouraged as we play games.  SLE 2. A lifelong learner works collaboratively.

+Religion: A team of eighth grade artists is planning and creating the design for the bulletin board based on the word Faith. The other students in the class are preparing the Mass for October 19, 2018.

+Science: 8th grade science will be looking into acceleration this week as we begin our unit on motion.

+Spanish: 6th-8th grades looked at giving directions and favorite restaurants and places they like to go.

+U.S. History: The eighth grade historians are researching the civilizations of Europe, Africa, and the Americas just before the 1492 contact using a 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. Three of the groups are making a film of their game show audition while the other two groups will be live on set for their audition.

 

 

 

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

 

Eighth Newsletter October 1-5, 2018

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

October 1-5, 2018

Special Notes:

Thank you to all who drove, chaperoned, led small groups, brought food and utensils for our Fall Retreat last Friday, September 28th at St. Joseph’s in Ferndale. It was an inspiring and fun day.

 

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 are writing a short essay about their names (first, middle, and last).

 

Literature: Eighth grade students are meeting in their first Literature Circle. The books are The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Primrose Way by Jackie French Koller, and The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: This week in pre-algebra we have finished with Module 2, in which we were multiplying and dividing integers (positive and negative whole numbers).  We moved into converting rational numbers to decimals, determining which decimals are terminating and which are repeating and adding rational numbers.

Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math has been looking at graph shapes after completing the chapter 2 test. We are moving onto chapter 3 (exponents) on Monday.

Mrs. VonFeldt: Students are using the properties of equality to rewrite equations and formulas. The Chapter 2 Team Test is on Thursday, Oct 11 and the Individual Test will be next Tuesday.

 

Music: This week in middle school music class, the students are starting a unit on film scoring. They are learning about the many different purposes and functions of music in film. They will also study about the film composer John Williams and his impact on movie music.

Physical Education: In physical education the students are continuing learning the game of Rugby through the method of TGFU, Teaching Games for Understanding. Because the students understand concepts of “Territory” games, like soccer and basketball they can easily transfer knowledge to learning Rugby. Concepts like keeping possession of the ball by using short passes, protecting the ball, providing support for the player with the ball.  4. A person of integrity who consistently: B. makes moral choices that preserve the sacredness of the human person.

Religion: A team of eighth grade artists is planning and creating the design for the bulletin board based on the word Faith.

The retreat last Friday was a wonderful beginning of our faith walk together this year. Joan Williamson (retreat leader) focused on choices as the main topic (besides lots of fun and food): 1.) the choice I make doesn’t just affect me; it affects others. 2.) The choice I make today doesn’t just affect today; it affects the future. 3.) Choices become habits; habits become lifestyles; lifestyles become eternity.

Science: 8th grade science students will have a review early in the week and will have test on Thursday. After that, we will take a look at thermal energy.

Spanish: 6th-8th grades continued with vocabulary and grammar from the text. We did some review games, and a geography game in the 8th grade. I introduced translation in the 6th grade class and the 8th graders had a reading as well.

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! Representatives from the Fulcrum Foundation observed one group filming their product yesterday.

 

 

 

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