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Eighth Grade Newsletter May 20-24, 2019

      

 

Crowning of Mary, May 17, 2019

                              Eighth Grade Newsletter

May 20-24, 2019

 

Eighth Grade Retreat: Thursday and Friday, May 30-31 at Camp Lutherwood

Graduation Events on Wednesday, June 5, 2019:

Luncheon starts at 11:30 in the Assumption Gym,

Rehearsal for the Mass after the luncheon (approximately 1:00-1:30 PM),

Graduation Mass 6 PM (graduates arrive at the Stafford Room at 5:30)

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 finishing their readers’ theatre reading of a Shakespeare play. Hamlet, Othello, or Romeo and Juliet are the plays.

Math:

+Mrs.  Evans: 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: The end of the year assessment will be next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28 and 29. Students are currently reviewing the concepts that will be covered.

+Music: This week, students are ending our year together by performing their group Stomp projects for the class

+Physical Education: In physical education students are learning about scoring for golf by playing modified disc golf.  Keeping score requires an honor system. SLE An engaged active life-long learner is an independent, self-motivated learner.

Golfing at the Hitting Zone with instruction and stories from PGA Pro Dean Russell was great.  Parents who drove, your time is appreciated!  Mr. Andrews, Mr. Blas, Mrs. Jabbora, Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Morgan, Mrs. Rodriguez-Stiff, Mrs. Sumner, and Mr. Treat.

 

+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: Cristina Pavon is substituting for Spanish classes.

+U.S. History: The five history groups are studying how to read and analyze historical documents through Stanford’s History Education Group.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Eighth Grade Classwork and Homework May 20-24, 2019

May 20-24, 2019

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

+Remember to write the SLE, and write a personal response about how you are following this SLE.

 

U.S. History:

Current Events: two this week…one national and one international

New PBLs starting Tuesday

N.B.: Final draft of research paper due Friday, May 24

 

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 16 test Thursday, May 23

Vocabulary:

 

Tuesday: correct Latin II lesson 16 A&B work on C&D

Wednesday: work on Latin II lesson 16 C&D

Thursday: test on Latin II lesson 16

 

English Book Grammar:

Tuesday: Proper Nouns and Proper Adjectives

Wednesday: Uses for commas

Thursday: More uses for commas

 

Writing: final draft of research paper due Friday, May 24

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: The Power of One

Shakespeare play readers’ theatre and projects

Responding to reading:

Friday: end of alphabet meets to discuss/beginning of alphabet responds in friendly letter (if still reading the book) or poster (if finished reading the book) this week

 

 

 

Religion:

Peace pole designs

Family Life

Grad essay

Classwork and Homework April 29-May 3, 2019

April 29-May 3, 2019

SLE: A Servant Leader of Assumption Catholic School is an active, faith-filled person who participates reverently in the sacramental life of the Church.

+Remember to write the SLE, and write a personal response about how you are following this SLE.

 

U.S. History:

Current Events: none this week

PBL:

Expansion and Reform groups…when we have U.S. History class

N.B.: Rough draft of research paper due Tuesday, April 30

 

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 15 test Thursday, May 2

Vocabulary:

 

Tuesday: work on Latin II lesson 15 C&D

Wednesday: work on Latin II lesson 15 C&D

Thursday: Latin II lesson 15 test

Friday:

 

English Book Grammar:

Daily Oral Language work for those with less than 80% on the last DOL

Tuesday: Modifier Unit: Negatives

Wednesday: Modifier Unit: adjectives or adverbs?

Thursday: study for modifier unit test

Friday: modifier unit test

Writing: rough draft of research paper due Tuesday,  April 30

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: The Power of One

Shakespeare play readers’ theatre

Responding to reading:

Friday: end of alphabet meets to discuss/ beginning of alphabet responds in friendly letter (if still reading the book) or poster (if finished reading the book) this week

 

 

 

Religion: Catholic Social Teachings…especially as applies to life and dignity of the human person and this week’s SLE and Family Life

Eighth Grade Newsletter April 22-26, 2019

Jim Mladenik from Junior Achievement        

 Peter Arkison  Speaking about SCOTUS

Eighth Grade Newsletter

April 22-26, 2019

 

 

SLE Focus: A servant leader of Assumption Catholic School is an active, faith-filled person who exhibits knowledge of Catholic Church teachings.

 

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. There is some time given in Language Arts class for writing the history research paper.

Literature: Your child is reading one of these Shakespeare tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, or Romeo and Juliet in a readers’ theatre group.

Math:

Mrs.  Evans: Pre-algebra continue in our studies of statistics and probability!  This week, we are comparing data from multiple dot and box plots.  We are learning to make inferences (predictions) about the populations from the plots and also by using proportional reasoning.

 

Mr. Pryor: 8th grade math has been learning how to graph using standard form, slope-intercept form, and point slope form.

 

Mrs. VonFeldt: Students are using multiple strategies to solve quadratic equations. We will also be exploring systems of quadratic equations. There will be a Chapter 9 Test next Friday, May 3.

Music: This week, students are learning how to notate music that they are creating for their group Stomp! Projects. They have planned out their musical skit and are now working on choreographing their movement, and adding rhythms on their non-traditional instruments.

Physical Education: In Physical Education students will be tested on their fitness level.  Mile run, curl-ups, push-ups, flexibility.  SLE 2 An engaged active life-long learner who is an independent, self-motivated learner.

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: This week we are focusing on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si and caring for our Earth. Many eighth graders are working on a poster for the New Life Mass on Friday. We are also beginning the Family Life series for eighth grade

 

Science: 8th grade science moving on from our energy in electrons unit by reviewing chemistry with an elements presentation.

 

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 are studying about the Indian Removal Act during President Jackson’s administration and the resulting movement of the Cherokee Nation west of the Mississippi River. The eighth graders are writing a research paper on a topic of their choice from the 1800s or 1900s. The rough draft is due Tuesday, April 30th. Peter Arkison spoke to the class about the Supreme Court and both the Federal and state court systems, and Jim Mladinik has been teaching the eighth graders about the Global Marketplace through Junior Achievement.

 

 

Classwork/Homework Eighth Grade April 22-26, 2019

April 22-26, 2019

SLE: A Servant Leader of Assumption Catholic School is an active, faith-filled person who exhibits knowledge of Catholic Church teachings.

+Remember to write the SLE, and write a personal response about how you are following this SLE.

 

U.S. History:

Current Events: two this week…one needs to have a tie-in to the Constitution (cite the article or amendment, and how the event applies to that section of the Constitution)

PBL:

Monday, Thursday, Friday: three groups: Ratification of the Constitution;

Two groups: Expansion and Reform

Tuesday: Supreme Court Speaker

Wednesday: Junior Achievement

N.B.: Rough draft of research paper due Tuesday, April 30

 

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 15 test Thursday, May 2

Vocabulary:

 

Tuesday: work on Latin II lesson 15 A&B

Wednesday: work on Latin II lesson 15 A&B

Thursday: correct Latin II lesson 15 A&B and work on C&D

Friday: Work on Latin II 15

 

English Book Grammar:

Daily Oral Language work for those with less than 80% on the last DOL

Tuesday: Modifier Unit: adverbs

Wednesday: Modifier Unit: adverbs

Thursday: adverbs

Friday: Negatives

Writing: rough draft of research paper due Tuesday,  April 30

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: The Power of One

Literature Circle groups finish and show projects

Shakespeare play readers’ theatre

Responding to reading:

Friday: beginning of alphabet meets to discuss/ end of alphabet responds in friendly letter (if still reading the book) or poster (if finished reading the book) this week

 

 

 

Religion:

Earth Day/Week Bee Art

Catholic Social Teachings…especially as applies to life and dignity of the human person and this week’s SLE

Family Life

         

 

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter April 15-19

 

Eighth Grade Newsletter

April 15-19, 2019

 

 

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. There is time given in Language Arts class for writing the history research paper.

+Literature: Most Literature Circle projects have been presented to the class. We are now reading aloud in groups one of these Shakespeare tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, or Romeo and Juliet.

Math:

+Mrs.  Evans: Pre-algebra has begun to study statistics and probability!  We are investigating how to create random samples of populations and how represent the data when shown in dot and box plots.  We are learning to make inferences (predictions) about the populations from the plots and also by using proportional reasoning.

 

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

 

+Mrs. VonFeldt: Students are solving quadratic equations. We will explore different strategies to find solutions, including graphing and the quadratic formula.

+Music: This week, students are learning how to notate music that they are creating for their group Stomp! Projects. They have planned out their musical skit and are now working on choreographing their movement, and adding rhythms on their non-traditional instruments.

+Physical Education:  In Physical Education students will demonstrate shots, strategies, and rules of badminton in mix-doubles tournament. 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. We have been doing lessons on safe friends and safe adults through the Virtus Touching Safety program.

 

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 are studying about the Indian Removal Act during President Jackson’s administration and the resulting movement of the Cherokee Nation 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 rough draft is due this Tuesday, April 30th.

 

 

 

Eighth Grade Classwork and Homework April 15-19, 2019

April 15-19, 2019

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

+Remember to write the SLE, and write a personal response about how you are following this SLE.

 

U.S. History:

Current Events: two this week…one needs to have a tie-in to the Constitution (cite the article or amendment, and how the event applies to that section of the Constitution)

PBL:

Monday to Friday: three groups: Ratification of the Constitution; Two groups: Expansion and Reform

N.B.: Rough draft of research paper due Tuesday, April 30

 

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 14 test Thursday, April 18

Vocabulary:

 

Tuesday: work on Latin II lesson 14 C&D

Wednesday: correct work on Latin II lesson 14 C&D

Thursday: Latin II lesson 14 test

Friday: no class

 

English Book Grammar:

Daily Oral Language work

Tuesday: Modifier Unit: adverbs

Wednesday: Modifier Unit: adverbs

Thursday: adverbs

Friday: no class

Writing: rough draft of research paper due Tuesday,  April 30

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: The Power of One

Literature Circle groups finish and show projects

Shakespeare play readers’ theatre

Responding to reading:

Friday: end of alphabet meets to discuss/begnning of alphabet responds in friendly letter (if still reading the book) or poster (if finished reading the book) this week

 

 

 

Religion:

Holy Week: Finish Human Trafficking Stations of the Cross

Catholic Social Teachings…especially as applies to life and dignity of the human person and this week’s SLE

Virtus Safe Touch and Family Life

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.

 

 

 

Eighth Grade Classwork and Homework April 8-12, 2019

April 8-12, 2019

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

+Remember to write the SLE, and write a personal response about how you are following this SLE.

 

U.S. History:

Current Events: two this week…one needs to have a tie-in to the Constitution (cite the article or amendment, and how the event applies to that section of the Constitution)

PBL:

Monday to Friday: three groups: Ratification of the Constitution; Two groups: Expansion and Reform

N.B.: Outline and initial bibliography for research paper due Friday, April 12

 

 

Language Arts: Latin II Lesson 14 test Thursday, April 14

Vocabulary:

 

Tuesday: work on Latin II lesson 14 A&B

Wednesday: work on Latin II lesson 14 A&B

Thursday: correct Latin II lesson 14 A&B and work on C&D

Friday: work on C&D

 

English Book Grammar:

Daily Oral Language quiz

Tuesday: Modifier Unit: adjectives

Wednesday: Modifier Unit: writing with adjectives

Thursday: comparing with adjectives

Friday: Modifier unit review

Writing: Outline and initial bibliography for research paper due Friday,  April 12

 

 

 

Literature:

Read aloud: The Power of One

Literature Circle groups finish and show projects

Shakespeare play choices and begin readers’ theatre

Responding to reading:

Friday: beginning of alphabet meets to discuss/end of alphabet responds in friendly letter (if still reading the book) or poster (if finished reading the book) this week

 

 

Religion:

Vocabulary sheet and quizlet practice: ACRE test this week!

 

Bible Verses: For those of you who haven’t finished: Calligraph your Favorite Bible Verse

Lenten Preparation: Human Trafficking Stations of the Cross

Catholic Social Teachings…especially as applies to life and dignity of the human person and this week’s SLE

History of the Church