Eighth Grade Newsletter
March 18-22, 2019
SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who expresses oneself in the arts and technology.
Rising Ninth Graders:
Ferndale High School: March 18 from 6:30 to 8. Parents and rising ninth graders should come to the FHS auditorium.
Meridian High School:
Time to be announced later
Meridian High School is sponsoring a night for students/families (whether you are planning to attend next fall or are still deciding) to learn more about MHS. The evening will allow for non-Meridian Middle School students/families to get information, ask questions, and take a tour of the school in a smaller setting.
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. Most groups are in the project phase of the cycle.
Mrs. Evans: We continue to work in Module 8 this week and will have a test on it Friday. We began looking at similar shapes and scale drawings. Next we have been looking at what we know about triangles and how to draw them given some information – the protractors have been coming in handy! We are happy to know that the three interior angles of any triangle add up to 180 degrees! We also learned about the triangle inequality rule that tells us about the allowed lengths of the sides of triangles. Very useful information! This week we will be learning about relationships between angles – adjacent angles, vertical angles, complementary and supplementary angles.
Mr. Pryor: The 8th grade math class starting chapter 7 on Monday. This chapter consists of combining like terms in algebra and practicing more complicated ways of solving multi-variable equations.
Mrs. VonFeldt: The students are adding and subtracting polynomial expressions. We will begin exploring polynomial multiplication using algebra tiles and then move onto FOIL. The Chapter 7 test will be on Wednesday, March 6.
Music This week in music class, students are learning about the German composer, abbess, writer, and philosopher Hildegard von Bingen. Students are learning how to distinguish monophonic music, and listening to liturgical songs written by von Bingen. They are also learning to sing the new Mass Setting.
Physical Education: Kids Heart Challenge – Physical Education service-learning project!
Next week the students will jump rope and travel through the heart course in Physical Education class. This American Heart Association supported event is an opportunity to learn more about our healthy heart and to donate to this national organization. Each student is encouraged to raise $15.00 to contribute to the American Heart Association. The goal this year is to raise $3000.00. Please watch for a donation envelop for your child. Take time to read the AHA donation envelop and information.
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. They are preparing for Lent by creating Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving intentions for the weeks of Lent.
Science: The 8th grade science students have just finished presenting our projects on energy types and simple machines. We are about to enter our unit on thermal energy.
Spanish 8th grade finished up projects to be presented this week.
U.S. History: Eighth graders are learning about the branches of the federal government and their respective powers as written in the Constitution. Three groups are preparing for a debate on the Constitution while the other two groups will be studying about the movement west of the Mississippi River. The eighth graders are choosing a thesis for a research paper; they will begin working on the paper next week.
Washington D.C. Trip
5/6/29 Southwest 266 SEA-MDW 5:45-11:40 A
Southwest 971 MDW-BWI 1:35-4:25 P
5/10/19 Southwest 2243 IAD-DEN 7:15-9:05 P
Southwest 2282 DEN-SEA 10:00-11:55P
I will have the itinerary for our trip soon.