# Eighth Grade Newsletter May 13-17, 2019

Thanking the Flight of Honor Veterans

Mt. Vernon

Arlington National Cemetery

Eighth Grade Newsletter

May 13-17, 2019

SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an engaged, active, life-long learner who balances spiritual, intellectual, and physical growth as an independent learner.

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. The writing component at this end of the year is the final draft of their history research paper and a narrative for graduation.

Literature: The eighth graders are reading Shakespeare! Hamlet, Othello, or Romeo and Juliet are the plays, and students are working in a readers’ theatre group.

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: Pre-algebra returns from various trips – DC and Portland – to continue the study of probabilities.  All of our hat projects are due at the start of the week – these projects began with design of a hat for USE YOUR HEAD hat company, and then utilized statistical studies in order to set a price on the hats.  Finally we evaluated marketing data to be able to make conclusions about who to best market our hats to in order to have the greatest success.  We used proportional reasoning, dot and box plots and basic concepts like mean, mode and range in the process.  This project summarized all that we learned in our Statistics studies.   We move directly into the study of probability this week.  We will begin with experimental probability of simple events.

Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math is looking at scatter plots and we are learning to calculate a trend line.

Mrs. VonFeldt: Students are working in Chapter 10. We are looking at different kinds of surveys and samples and how to analyze data using measures of central tendency.

Music: There will be no music class for the eighth grade this week as they are on a Physical Education field trip.

Physical Education: In Physical Education students have had a great opportunity to practice set up and skills of the golf swing.  Dean Russell Pro of Hitting Zone has invited us to his driving range and given instructions.

Religion: The eighth graders are learning about family life and writing a short narrative for graduation.

Science: 8th grade science is discussing different types of waves and we are currently discussing wave application in current-day technology.

Spanish: Starting this week, Cristina Pavon will be substituting for Spanish classes.

U.S. History: We had a great trip to visit our nation’s capital last week. It is amazing to be there where and when the government is in session, international trade agreements are being brokered or broken, and so much of our history is contained. Thank you to all of you who contributed in the fundraisers, as chaperones, and trusting us with your children to fly all the way across the country.

Two history groups are studying the Indian Removal Act during President Andrew Jackson’s administration and the resulting movement of the Cherokee Nation west of the Mississippi River. They will present their findings this week.

The eighth graders are also writing a research paper on a topic of their choice from the 1800s or 1900s. The revised final draft due date is May 24.