This week we worked on MAP testing and completed both the reading and the math portions of the test. The kids understand that this Fall test is simply a baseline so that we can see how much growth they make throughout the year. We will be able to talk about these results at conference time in early November and perhaps use them to set some goals for your child. We will continue testing next week on Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11:30, so please try to avoid pulling kids for appointments during those times. Also, please remind your child to bring a charged laptop on testing days – well, every day!
We completed our nouns unit and will test on Monday. We reviewed today and spent the majority of our time on possessives and appositives (add-ons, as one student aptly called these). We will continue working this week on our Latin and will test on Friday.
In literature, we are reading our way through The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. We are nearly finished and are enjoying the plot twists and turns. I have been recommending Charles Nordhoff’s Mutiny on the Bounty for those interested in reading a higher-level book of this topic. The kids have been learning a lot of new vocabulary and have been discussing the elements of literature as they pertain to our novel. This would be the weekend to finish up the two book reports that are due on Friday, September 30th. Your child should ask you to sign their reading log, which is due on Monday.
We began our study of the history of the Church this week and started keeping track of new vocabulary related to Church history. This vocabulary list will come in handy when we start studying for the ACRE (Assessment of Catholic Religious Education) test. We learned about the Marks of the Church – that it is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. We are focusing on the apostolic nature of the Church now and will move on to a closer look at the other marks (characteristics) of the Church in the coming weeks.
In social studies we finished learning about the early Spanish explorers, what they were looking for, and the effects they had on early empires and indigenous peoples. We are moving into a study of the French, Dutch, and English explorers and will focus on the first permanent European settlements in North America.
Next week we will walk to the WeGrow Garden on Wednesday. We leave at 1:15 and return by 2:50. I have one parent volunteer so far but could really use one more. Please let me know if you can come along with us.
Please sit with your child this weekend and log into FACTS to check grades and missing work. This really helps the kids get in the habit of working to better themselves.
From Mrs. Santos: The students spent time reviewing when and how to use definite and indefinite articles, fall season vocabulary, classroom expressions, and reading time in Spanish. We practiced listening skills, reading comprehension (Lorena y las calabazas), and AR verb conjugation. Celebrating Hispanic heritage month, we talked about any important contributions from a Latino figure in the USA. Students will write 10 sentences about the canine-behavior expert Cesar Milan. Feliz fin de Semana!
From Ms. McIntosh: This week in PE 8th graders began fall fitness testing. Students learned about aerobic capacity and tested their abilities in running the mile. Next week students will learn about muscular endurance and test their skills in the push-up test and sit-up tests. Students may bring an appropriate change of clothes to change into during fitness testing if they would like.
Have a great weekend!