Eighth Grade Newsletter November 26-30, 2018

 

Thank you to all who have helped with the class fundraising and the Washington D.C. Fundraising! Thank you to Sonia and Brandy for the Wreath and poinsettia fundraiser for our eighth grade events!

 

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

November 26-30, 2018

 

SLE Focus of the Week: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is a person of integrity who treats all creation with dignity.

 

 

Curriculum Foci:

Language Arts: A group of eighth graders are writing the Christmas play for the Christmas program. Rehearsals will start soon. The students who are not writing the Christmas play are writing a narrative. We are also working on English grammar, and Latin-based vocabulary, roots, and affixes.

Literature: The Literature Circle groups are working on a project based on their book to present to the rest of the class and catching up on their independent reading. The Literature Circle books all focus on learning more about historical eras in U.S. History.

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: Pre-Algebra – We will continue in Module 5, learning about percent increases and decreases and how we can apply percentages in every day life.    All Module 4 work must be turned in for credit!

Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math has just started chapter 5. We have a small quiz on Wednesday. The start of the chapter focuses on types of angles and their measurements.

 

Mrs. VonFeldt: The class will explore slopes of perpendicular and parallel lines. They will use their calculators to find a best fit line for a set of data. There will be a Chapter 4 Test Tuesday.

 

Music: This week in music class, students are learning about polyphony and homophony in music texture. They are also learning the differences between motets and madrigals, popular styles of music during the Renaissance era, and listening/responding to a piece of sacred music (motet) from that time period. Students are also continuing to sing and prepare for the Christmas Program.

 

Physical Education: 6th, 7th and 8th

Winter Sports Reminder Permission slips and registration forms for ski/snowboard lessons, or permission slip for skating, were sent home at the beginning of November.  Please turn all forms in by November 29th along with appropriate fees. (Please read note on cover letter about different amount for fees for Mt. Baker). 

Questions or concerns?  Email me please rcampbell@school.assumption.org 

Thank you, Mrs. Campbell

who:  A. Demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others. SLE 4. A person of integrity who consistently; treats all creation with dignity.

Religion: Christmas playwriting and performance are in the works.

Science: 8th grade science has a test of Wednesday. They have been sent a review in their emails. We will be looking at electricity after the test.

 

Spanish: Middle school worked out of their text and a supplemental text from my own collection. We worked on building our grammar and reading and writing. And of course we start every class off with conversation. students have been doing are workbook exercises that have to be Xeroxed. They follow the text.

U.S. History: The eighth graders are finishing up the project part of their second PBL (Problem Based Learning) scenario by researching missionaries in pre-colonial America, The Mayflower Compact, and indentured servants. Each group has a different problem to solve.

 

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

 

Eighth Grade Classwork and Homework November 26-30

November 26-30, 2018

SLE: A Servant Leader of Assumption Catholic School is a person of integrity who treats all creation with dignity.

+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 in the designated study hall classroom until the work is complete and turned in

 

U.S. History:

Current Events: two this week; one national and one international

PBL on Mayflower Compact, Indentured Servants, and Missionaries

Biography: research, interviews, and pictorial evidence… due November 30

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 7 test on Tuesday, December 4

Vocabulary:

Tuesday: Latin II lesson 7 A&B

Wednesday: Latin II lesson 7 A&B

Thursday: correct Latin II lesson 7 A&B; work on Latin II lesson 7 C&D

Friday: Latin II lesson 7 C&D

 

English Book Grammar:

Tuesday: Cumulative Test

Wednesday: Cumulative Test

Thursday: Verbs

Friday: Verbs, verbs, verbs

Writing: Writers’ Workshop…narrative and Christmas Program Play

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

Literature Circle groups work on projects daily

Responding to reading: Beginning of alphabet discusses while end of alphabet responds in writing (letter) or art (posters)

 

 

 

Religion:

Group 1: Christmas Program writing

Group 2: Bible Verses: Two this week (one must be Friday’s Gospel)

Monday: Luke 21:1-4

Tuesday: Luke 21: 5-11

Wednesday: Luke 21:12-15

Thursday: Luke 21:0-28

Friday: Matthew 4:18-22                      

 

 

Eight Grade Newsletter November 19-23, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

November 19-23, 2018

 

SLE Focus of the Week: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is a person of integrity who makes moral choices that preserve the sacredness of the human person and engages in social justice.

 

 

Curriculum Foci:

+Language Arts: A group of eighth graders are writing the Christmas play for the Christmas program. Rehearsals will start soon. We are also working on English grammar, and Latin-based vocabulary, roots, and affixes.

+Literature: The Literature Circle groups are working on a project based on their book to present to the rest of the class and catching up on their independent reading.

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: On Tuesday of this week, we will review Module 4 (ratios, rates, unit rates, writing equations to describe proportional rates and graphing proportional rates) and do a take home test.  This take home test is open book, and calculators are allowed.

+Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math is finishing up chapter 4 this week on ratios and similar figures. We will had a test on Tuesday.

+Mrs. VonFeldt: Students will write linear equations when given any two points on a line. We will use the slope formula to write equations in point-slope form.

 

Music: Recognition to Essie Prenosil (6th Grade) and Jack Janaszak (8th grade)! Both were chosen by Mrs. Beshara and Mr. Frederick as the O Holy Night soloists following auditions from last week.
This week in music class, students will be practicing their music for the Christmas Program. They will be learning some warm up techniques, the significance of intonation, and the importance behind practicing and refining their work before presenting it in front of an audience.

Physical Education: Health November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a condition that prevents the pancreas from making insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps get energy (glucose) to the body.  Students will review how the pancreas works and are playing tag to simulate insulin getting energy to cells, so we can move! What is “added sugar”?

In Physical Education students will begin to practice officiating for basketball. It is essential to practice good communication as a basketball official. SLE 3 An Effective communicator who:  A. Demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others. SLE 4. A person of integrity who consistently; treats all creation with dignity.

+Religion: Eighth graders are learning about the history of the Church, and reading the scripture readings from the Gospel of Luke this week. The Christmas playwriting and performance are a part of our preparation for the Christmas program.

Science: 8th grade science is continuing their presentations of the labs of Newton’s laws and will be having a write-up and will apply these laws to problematic scenarios to solve the issue at hand.

 

+Spanish: Dear Parents,

 

I want to let you know what has been going on in Spanish class. Earlier in the school year we started working with identifying nouns in Spanish. Then we looked at making nouns plural. Next we looked at identifying adjectives and seeing how they agree with the nouns they modify. I added definite and indefinite articles and talked about gender in nouns.

 

Well, we are finally putting it all together in a unit called the “home.” We are looking at all kinds of vocabulary dealing with the home, their bedrooms, the neighborhood and also doing appropriate grammar with it. The end result is that your kids are starting to build sentences in Spanish.

 

So, “the door” becomes “the red door” becomes “There is a red door.”

 

I am doing this from 2nd grade through 5th grade with Kindergarten and 1st grade still just learning to identify the vocabulary. But they will get there!

 

Middle school has been working out of the text on vocabulary building, conversation and grammar. They have also been reading and doing dictations in 7th grade. The worksheets the students have been doing are workbook exercises that have to be Xeroxed. They follow the text.

 

Students who are heritage speakers have been working out of a separate text for some additional challenges.

 

And a few students who have shown interest will begin some directed readings with me in class.

 

Please check my website for additional information. I will update it over the holiday weekend.

 

Thanks,

Dr. Wisniewski

 

+U.S. History: The eighth graders are working on their second PBL (Problem Based Learning) scenario by researching missionaries in pre-colonial America, The Mayflower Compact, and indentured servants. Each group has a different problem to solve.

 

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

Eighth Grade Newsletter November 12-16, 2018

 

Eighth Grade artists working on Two-Point Perspective

Food for the Hope House!

 

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

November 12-16, 2018

 

SLE Focus of the Week: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is a person of integrity who accepts responsibility for personal behavior.

 

 

Curriculum Foci:

Language Arts: Eighth graders write in a variety of ways for a variety of audiences during the year. They are writing an ongoing narrative, but they have written an opinion paper, and a descriptive paper as well. Students meet in peer groups to receive feedback on their writing in a Writer’s Workshop format. Latin-based vocabulary, roots, and affix work continues through the school year.

 

Literature: The Literature Circle groups are working on a project based on their book to present to the rest of the class and catching up on their independent reading.

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: On Tuesday of this week, we will review Module 4 (ratios, rates, unit rates, writing equations to describe proportional rates and graphing proportional rates) and do a take home test.  This take home test is open book, and calculators are allowed.

Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math is finishing up chapter 4 this week on ratios and similar figures. We will have a test next Tuesday after a review on Monday.

Mrs. VonFeldt: Students will write linear equations when given any two points on a line. We will use the slope formula to write equations in point-slope form.

 

Music: Recognition to Essie Prenosil (6th Grade) and Jack Janaszak (8th grade)! Both were chosen by Mrs. Beshara and Mr. Frederick as the O Holy Night soloists following auditions from last week.
This week in music class, students will be practicing their music for the Christmas Program. They will be learning some warm up techniques, the significance of intonation, and the importance behind practicing and refining their work before presenting it in front of an audience.

Physical Education: Health November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a condition that prevents the pancreas from making insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps get energy (glucose) to the body.  Students will review how the pancreas works and are playing tag to simulate insulin getting energy to cells, so we can move! What is “added sugar”?

In Physical Education students will begin to practice officiating for basketball. It is essential to practice good communication as a basketball official. SLE 3 An Effective communicator who:  A. Demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others. SLE 4. A person of integrity who consistently; treats all creation with dignity. 

Religion: Eighth graders are learning about the history of the Church, and reading the scripture readings from the Gospel of Luke this week.

Science: 8th grade science is continuing their presentations of the labs of Newton’s laws and will be having a write-up and will apply these laws to problematic scenarios to solve the issue at hand.

 

Spanish: 6-8th worked out of the book learning more grammar– they also researched facts on Day of the Dead. 8th graders continued to review grammar through translation.

U.S. History: The eighth graders are learning to read like historians do by first locating the author, audience, and era when the text was written, and then checking for internal and external contradictions. They are also working on their second PBL (Problem Based Learning) scenario. The groups are researching missionaries in pre-colonial America, The Mayflower Compact, and indentured servants.

 

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

 

Classwork and Homework November 12-16, 2018

November 12-16, 2018

SLE: A Servant Leader of Assumption Catholic School is a person of integrity who accepts responsibility for personal behavior.

+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

 

Ask me about canned food for extra credit in any class of your choice that I teach

U.S. History:

Current Events: one this week (one National or one international)

Tuesday-Friday: PBL on Mayflower Compact, Indentured Servants, and Missionaries

Biography: research, interviews, and pictorial evidence… due November 30

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 6 test on Tuesday, November 20

Vocabulary:

Tuesday: correct Latin II lesson 6 A&B

Wednesday: Latin II lesson 6 C&D

Thursday: Latin II lesson 6 C&D

Friday: Correct Latin II lesson 6 C&D

 

English Book Grammar:

Tuesday: Writing with Nouns

Wednesday: Singular and Plural Nouns

Thursday: Possessive Nouns

Friday: Writing with Possessive Nouns

Writing: Writers’ Workshop…narrative and Christmas Program Play

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

Literature Circle groups work on projects daily

Responding to reading:

End of alphabet discusses this week

Students at beginning of alphabet write letter if you are still reading a book or make a poster if you are finished with the book

 

 

 

Religion:

Some: Christmas Program writing

Others: Luke 17: 7-36 Read all, write a summary of all,  and write about how the passage is reflected in your life or in our world today.

                               

 

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter November 5-9, 2018

 

Fill Mr. Anderson’s Office with Food for the Hope House!

 

Winter Sports News

There is one date change to note for Mt Baker ski/snowboard, and Sportplex trips.

We will go January 8th, instead of January 22nd.  The dates are Tuesdays,  January 8, 15 and 29, 2019.

This week a full packet with all forms will be sent home to those who are going to Mt. Baker.  Next week, I will be contacting those parents who informed me they are interested chaperoning.   Mrs. Campbell

 

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

November 5-9, 2018

 

SLE Focus of the Week: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who expresses oneself through the arts and technology.

 

Conferences:

Student-led conferences are this Thursday and Friday. Since almost all of you signed up for Thursday conferences, I will have to keep to the time schedule exactly. I apologize for that in advance.

 

Curriculum Foci:

+Language Arts: Eighth graders write in a variety of ways for a variety of audiences during the year. They are writing an ongoing narrative, but they have written an opinion paper, and a descriptive paper as well. Students meet in peer groups to receive feedback on their writing in a Writer’s Workshop format. Latin-based vocabulary, roots, and affix work continues through the school year.

 

+Literature: All of the Literature Circle groups are working on a project based on their book to present to the rest of the class.

Math:

+Mrs.  Evans: This week we will continue working on Module 4, in which we extend our understanding of rates and unit rates to the proportions.  We will learn to identify proportional relationships, define them by the equation y = kx and see what that looks like when we graph it.

+Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math has just finished up chapter 3, had a small unit on math within biology and nature, and will continue on to chapter 4 with ratios this week.

Mrs. VonFeldt: Students continue to write and use linear equations. We will learn point-slope form and how to write an equation when given any two points on a line.

 

+Music: This week in music class, grades 6-8 are beginning their preparation of music for the Christmas Program. They are applying singing techniques to sound their best such as correct posture, breathing and pronunciation. They are learning about how they can demonstrate compassion through service by way of music: by practicing and preparing music and then sharing it with others.

+Physical Education: In physical education students continue to work at improving an area of fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance or flexibility. The fitness tests are graded reflecting a personal level of fitness and a commitment to regularly work on their physical fitness. Tests will begin December 11th. When the student is following FITT they are meeting SLE2 An engaged active life-long learner who is self- motivated.  Mrs. Campbell

+Religion: Eighth graders are learning about the history of the Church, and reading the scripture readings for Mass on Thursday.

+Science: 8th grade science has been preparing student-led labs for Newton’s first, second, and third laws. We will be presenting them next class.

Spanish: 6-8th worked out of the book learning more grammar– they also researched facts on Day of the Dead. 8th graders continued to review grammar through translation.

+U.S. History: The eighth graders are learning to read like historians do by first locating the author, audience, and era when the text was written, and then checking for internal and external contradictions. They are also working on their second PBL (Problem Based Learning) scenario.

 

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

 

Classwork and Homework November 5-9, 2018

November 5-9, 2018

SLE: A Servant Leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who expresses oneself through the arts and technology.

+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: optional this week (one National and one international)

Monday-Wednesday: New PBL

Biography: research, interviews, and pictoral evidence… due November 30

 

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

Vocabulary:

Tuesday: Latin II Lesson 5 test

Wednesday: Latin II lesson 6 A&B

Thursday: Latin II lesson 6 A&B

Friday: no school for you

 

English Book Grammar:

Tuesday: Nouns

Wednesday: More nouns

Thursday: Mass

Friday: no school for you

Writing: Writers’ Workshop…narrative

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

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

Responding to reading: Optional this week

 

 

 

Religion:

Conference Prep and Christmas Program research and pre-write

Eighth Grade Newsletter October 29-November 2, 2018

  

The Saints Go Marching!

Eighth Grade Newsletter

October 29-November 2, 2018

Announcement: The music directors are looking for a student soloist to sing O Holy Night in our upcoming Christmas Program. Students who are interested will audition for Mrs. Beshara and Mr. Mabalot. This opportunity is open to all grades, so please encourage those who like to sing to try out for the part! Exact date and time for the audition will be announced soon.

 

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

 

Curriculum Foci:

Language Arts: Eighth graders write in a variety of ways for a variety of audiences during the year. They are writing an ongoing narrative, but they have written an opinion paper, and a descriptive paper as well. Students meet in peer groups to receive feedback on their writing in a Writer’s Workshop format.

 

Literature: Two groups of students have completed the first Literature Circle of the school year; the other two groups will complete the reading and discussion part of the cycle next week. All of 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 testing and begin Module 4 in which we will investigate rates and unit rates.  We will be able to see how useful unit rates are when we are comparing two rates.  We will also begin to look at proportional or constant rates and how we can manipulate them.   You can help your student to understand this topic by observing in everyday life where you use a rate like $/lb or miles/hour.  Examples of this surround us!  If you shop together, challenge your student to compare two like things by using unit rates.

Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math has a review on Tuesday and a test on Wednesday. After the test, we are moving onto ratios in chapter 4.

 

Mrs. VonFeldt: Students continue to write and use linear equations. We will learn point-slope form and how to write an equation when given any two points on a line.

 

Music: This week in music class, grades 6-8 are finishing their film music unit by completing their Film Scoring assignment in class. Students work with partners listening to various film music clips, brainstorming ideas, then creating a scene that goes with the music they hear while specifying which of the 4 main functions the music plays in their developed movie scene.

Physical Education: In physical education students have finished review of fitness testing.  They will identify an area of fitness to improve and make a plan to achieve improved fitness before Christmas break.

SLE – 2 An engaged active life-long learner who is self-motivated.

 

Religion: The bulletin board for November, designed and created by a group of eighth graders, can be seen on the first floor in the hallway next to the Kindergarten.

Science: 8th grade science is now looking at Newton’s laws of motion. We will be doing activities this week to see them in action.

Spanish: 6-8th worked out of the book learning more grammar– they also researched facts on Day of the Dead. 8th graders continued to review grammar through translation.

U.S. History: The eighth graders are learning to read like historians do by first locating the author, audience, and era when the text was written, and then checking for internal and external contradictions.

 

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