Please be aware that student groups and emails are to be used for academic purposes ONLY. This has been a problem this week. Students have been advised.
Math: Students began the Chapter 5 decimal division test today. Some did not finished and as it is not a timed test, they can finish it on Monday. Marshall is becoming the classroom tutor and teaching other students how to do the story problems. Thanks, Mr. Brandt, teacher extraordinaire!
Spelling: Unit 17 /k/ and /s/ sounds spelled with -c, -ch, -ck, -ce, or -ci
Reading: Students are finished reading, “The Secret of NIMH,” “The Giver,” and “A Wrinkle in Time.” Next week we will begin a unit on poetry. We will read, explicate, and write poems. If your children have a favorite poetry book at home, please have them bring it. Students turned in their African-American biography reports. These were done for extra credit. If students are not satisfied with the grade they earned, they can add more to their reports to earn a higher grade.
On Monday, students went to the library to check out books on famous women for their March book report. That book report will be done in the form of a PowerPoint. Students who want to do the book report using another medium are welcome to do so after they present their ideas to me. Ngansi did this when she made a bus for her Rosa Parks book report rather than doing the rainbow book report. It was fabulous. Liam added a family photo to his book report, showing the motel that is now a museum of Dr. King. What a great personal touch!
Here are just some of the educational, creative, and beautiful reports:
Writing: Holocaust final drafts are due on Monday (the original due date was 2/28/20, but students wanted more time). Students are finished with their final drafts of their Holocaust reflection paper and their friendly letters to Mrs. West.
STEAM: Students presented the natural/human-made disasters that they researched and presented the ways in which the 4 spheres were impacted by the events. Students were graded on how they explained the interactions of the spheres, in other words, how one sphere’s change impacted other spheres. Timmy, Baynes, Sam, and Micah did a great job explaining how the hydrosphere impacted the geosphere, in turn changing the biosphere so that it was affected by the atmosphere when the Chernobyl disaster happened. Julian, Faith, and Liam also did a great job explaining the interactions of the spheres when the Amazon Rainforest is cut down.
Religion: Students studied Chapter 14: The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Students did an examination of conscience and wrote plans to avoid sin. We discussed how merciful God is and his love for us.
Social Studies: Students are studying the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, particularly the three branches of government.
For information on what is happening with Spanish, music, and P.E., please visit those teachers’ webpages.
February 27th– Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum High Schools visitation for 8th Graders, 12:30-2:30 pm
March 2nd– Read Across America. Come to school dressed as your favorite book character!
March 4th– Squalicum High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm
March 7th– Growing Great Kids Auction & Gala
March 9th– Pizza Lunch
March 9th– Sehome High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm
March 10th– Bellingham High School 8th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 pm
March 18th- Early Release at 11:45 am, casual uniform AND 7th Grade parent meeting on their Wash. D.C. trip for 2020-21, Ms. Gottschalk’s room @ 5 pm
March 25th– Hot Lunch