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.
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.
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.