Eighth Grade Newsletter
February 25-March 1, 2019
SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who articulates ideas orally and in writing.
Rising Ninth Graders:
Bellingham High School:
February 28 from 12:00-2:00 PM 8th graders to visit BHS (all of Bellingham School District 8th graders slated to attend BHS will be given a tour and info)
March 1 from 9:00-10:00 am Registration/Scheduling Information Meeting for Private School Families
March 5 from 6:30-8:30 pm Eighth grade Information Night – General Information with representatives from each department, club and sport
March 7 TBD Private 15-minute scheduling appointment with student and counselor (parents welcome)
Sehome High School:
February 28 from 12:15-2:30 PM Campus Tour
March 4 from 6:30-8:00 PM Incoming Student and Parent Night
March 7 at 9:00 AM Registration for Students from Private Schools
Squalicum High School:
February 28 from 12:30-2:30 PM
March 1 1:00-3:00 PM Class Overview and Registration Materials, Sports/Club Activities, Storm Mentors, Q&A Session
Washington D.C. Trip
I will have the itinerary and flights for our trip soon.
+Language Arts: The eighth graders are reviewing and learning about verbs in English grammar, and continuing to learn about Latin-based vocabulary, roots, and affixes. Students are writing a narrative and meeting in peer groups to receive feedback on their work.
+Literature: We are in a Literature Circle cycle based on books about the Holocaust. The fifth and eighth graders heard Noemi Ban speak about her experiences during World War II in Auschwitz. She has been speaking at Assumption for over twenty-five years. She is ninety-six years old and still an amazing speaker!
+Mrs. Evans: We are excited to begin studying geometry this week. Last Friday we measured our classroom and created rough sketches with the dimensions. This week, we will be creating scale drawings of our classroom and extending what we learn to evaluate scaling objects up and down. Scale drawings can show things smaller than the drawing or larger. After investigating scale drawings, we will move into drawing triangles, using protractors and visualizing what happens when a plane dissects a 3D figure!
+Mr. Pryor: The 8th grade math class finishing our calculations of volume and surface area of spheres. This was chapter 6.4. We have class time to work on a year-long review before our test on Friday on chapter 6.
+Mrs. VonFeldt: The students are simplifying exponential expressions using the properties of exponents. We will explore exponential growth and decay and apply them to real world problems.
Music: Students are celebrating Black History Month by learning about African American spirituals. They will be examining the nuances of language in the African American spiritual, learning to sing a spiritual with feeling and understanding of the words, and learning how culture influences music.
+Physical Education: In Physical Education the students wll practice ball handling and rules for the game of volleyball. SLE An effective communicator who demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others.
+Religion: The eighth graders are learning calligraphy, and they will be calligraphing their favorite Bible verse. They are also learning about the history of the Church, especially the doctors of the Church, the authority of the Magisterium, and the legacy of the Apostles.
+Science: The 8th grade science class is finishing our unit on simple machines and types of energy. They have been working on a simple machine compilation project/Rube Goldberg Machine. We will present our projects on Thursday. Their guidelines and rubrics are in their email
+Spanish 8th grade finished up projects to be presented this week.
+U.S. History: Eighth graders are learning about the branches of the government and their respective powers as written in the Constitution. They are preparing for a debate on the Constitution.