Eighth Grade Newsletter March 2-6, 2020

Eighth Grade Newsletter

March 2-6, 2020


High School Information:


Bellingham High School:

Information Night: 6:30 PM March 10


Sehome High School:

Parent Night: March 9, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 PM


Squalicum High School:

Open House for Private School Students and Parents: March 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM





SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an effective communicator who articulates ideas and resolves conflicts orally and in writing.



Curriculum Foci:

Algebra: https://school.assumption.org/msmath/




Language Arts: In Language Arts, the eighth graders are working on Latin vocabulary roots and affixes as well as reviewing and learning about phrases, verbals, and gerunds.

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.

Spanish: https://school.assumption.org/spanish/2019/09/06/noticias-de-la-semana-weekely-news/

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