Eighth Grade Newsletter
February 24-28, 2020
High School Information:
Bellingham High School:
Campus Tour for Eighth Graders: February 27, 2020 from 12:30-2:30
Information Night: 6:30 PM March 10
Sehome High School:
Campus Tour: February 27, 2020 from 12:30-2:30 at Sehome Theatre
Parent Night: March 9, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 PM
Squalicum High School:
Eighth Grade Visit: February 27, 2020 from 12:30-2:30 in the Forum
Open House for Private School Students and Parents: March 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM
Parents, please note that for the daytime visitations, students need to be accompanied by an adult. If students are going to the high schools in carpools (or walking groups to Bellingham High School), they need to have written permission given to Assumption’s school office designating the parent accompanying them.
SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who actively listens.
Language Arts: In Language Arts, the eighth graders are working on Latin vocabulary roots and affixes as well as reviewing and learning about verbs and prepositional phrases.
Literature: The eighth graders are meeting in Literature Circle groups which relate to the time period we are studying in history class. The books are Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell, My Brother Sam Is Dead by James and Christopher Collier, and Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. I challenge the students to connect the events in the books to the historical time of the novel and to current events in our world today.
I am reading The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay aloud to them, talking about apartheid and its connection to segregation in the United States.
Physical Education: Weekly News
Religion: We are learning about the history of the Catholic Church this year. Our focus as a school is seeing each person as part of the body of Christ as well as caring for God’s creation.
For Tuesday’s class, Fr. Moore and April Joran-Hulsey are teaching the eighth graders about the sacraments, morality, and Theology of the Body.
Science: We will complete our spaceship modeling lab and begin to discuss the mechanisms behind renewable energy sources.
U.S. History: In their PBL groups, the eighth graders are presenting their research and models for a monument to the lesser-known groups who participated in the Revolutionary War for the National Mall in Washington D.C.
The biography of an ancestor should be in the works. I have given students the specifics and grading rubric for the project as well as sample interview questions.
The due date for the fifty-page biography is April 24, 2020.
A sample of interview evidence is due March 6, 2020.
A sample of primary source document and image evidence is due Apri2, 2020.
“We are called to live not as one without others, above or against others, but with and for others.”– Pope Francis