Eighth Grade Newsletter April 8-12, 2019

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

April 8-12, 2019

 

Washington D.C. Trip Meeting for Students and Parents: Wednesday, April 17 at 5:00 PM in the Eighth Grade Classroom

 

SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an active, faith-filled person who prays formally and spontaneously.

 

Curriculum Foci:

Language Arts: The eighth graders continue to learn about Latin-based vocabulary, roots, and affixes. In English grammar, they are learning about modifiers.

Literature: Group Literature Circle projects are nearing completion and will be presented to the class. New groups are forming for a readers’ theatre version of one of these Shakespeare tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, or Romeo and Juliet.

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: We continue in the study of geometry as we calculate surface area of prisms and composite shapes and then move to calculating the volume of geometric solids.

 

Mr. Pryor: Test is Thursday. We will Review Wednesday.

 

Mrs. VonFeldt: We are graphing quadratic equations and exploring the characteristics of a parabola.

 

Music: This week, students are introduced to the composer of the month Sergei Prokofiev. Students are also working together on their group percussion performance project, and coming up with a plan for the skit portion of the project developing a clear beginning, middle and end.

Physical Education:  In Physical Education students will continue the badminton unit with instruction for understanding of the rules and practicing specific badminton skills in mix-doubles tournament, meaning they play with a new teammate after 8 minute games. SLE  3 An effective communicator who demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others.

Students are to be active 60 minutes a day for good health. They will be tested on their fitness level beginning the end of April! Mile run, curl-ups, push-ups, flexibility.  SLE 2 An engaged active life-long learner who is an independent, self-motivated learner.

 

Religion: The eighth graders are learning about human trafficking while they create a Station of the Cross. This week, the eighth graders are taking the Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education (ACRE) test.

 

Science: In 8th grade science, we are looking into electron orbital shapes and how to fill them in preparation for high school chemistry.

 

Spanish: 8th grade worked on comparisons and their projects which are due the 24th of April.

U.S. History: 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 writing a research paper for a topic of their choice from the 1800s or 1900s. The outline and initial bibliography is due this Friday, April 12th.