Team 9 Update

Issue 24 February 7, 2020

Hello, Families!

We have tons of things happening at JCMS this week. Our NJHS annual Pennies for Patients fund raiser is starting Monday. All this week, our KAY Club is selling Kindness Grams to raise money for the Fort Riley USO. There is also a FREE Friday Night Dinner at the 12th Street Community Center. Details are below!

A reminder about Valentine's week: Please keep all balloons, flowers, etc. at home this week. The office will not be accepting gifts for students, and gifts will not be allowed on buses.

Have a great week!

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Upcoming Events

Monday, February 10th

  • Math Tutoring at lunch (Williams)

  • Tuesday, February 11th

    • Socratic Seminar in Language Arts (Murphy)
    • Math Quiz (Tues or Wed)
    • 7th & 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball vs. Abilene @ JCMS, 3:30 p.m.,

    Wednesday, February 12th

    • Academic Success in WINN
    • 7th & 8th Grade Bowling @ Junction City Big Bowl, 2:00 p.m.
    • Washington D.C. Trip Parent Meeting for 8th graders attending, 6:00-7:00, Commons
    • ELA Interim #2 in Language Arts (Murphy)

    Thursday, February 13th

    • 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball TBA

    Friday, February 14th


    February 24th – JCMS Orchestra Concert​

    March 3rd – JCMS Choir Concert​

    March 4th – JCMS Band Concert

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    FREE After School Tutoring Program

    Click to sign your student up for the after school tutoring program. Students will be able to get tutoring help Tuesday- Thursday when school is in session. Transportation available. Click the button above to learn more.

    Free online tutoring for military families. Go to to sign up.

    Team 9 Core Classes

    Language Arts

    We are in our third unit of the school year. This unit is all about technology and ethics. The essential question we will be exploring is:

    "What ethical issues should be considered in the advancement of technology?"

    Here is the agenda for this week in Language Arts:

    Monday Feb. 10th: Students will prepare for a Socratic Seminar that will revolve around the topic of designer babies and the ethical issues we should consider with this specific technology. Students will learn about this topic and receive an article about it. Students must form questions based on the topic and information in the article for the Designer Baby Socratic Seminar.

    Tuesday Feb. 11th: Students need to come to class prepared to discuss this topic in our Socratic Seminar on this day. I will give students points based on their level of participation and quality of questions/responses during the discussion.

    Wednesday Feb. 12th: English/Language Arts Interim #2. This formative assessment will tell me what skills and concepts students still need to work on before the state reading assessment in the spring.

    Thursday Feb. 13th: Introduction to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

    Friday Feb. 14th: Finish introduction to Frankenstein and visit JCMS library for book checkout, renewal, and returns.

    Please feel free to e-mail me at any time with questions or concerns about your student's progress in Language Arts. I am happy to help with all of your needs! Thank you for sharing your student with me--I'm having a great school year with this group of 8th graders.

    Mrs. Lindsay Murphy

    Math- Williams

    Students are doing an outstanding job with interpreting functions! We will be comparing functions in different representations and continuing to write functions from tables, graphs, and ordered pairs. Our students are asking questions and helping each other. They are becoming excellent learners in math! Check out Schoology for help links! Schoology

    Check your email for a weekly progress report from math class.

    The personalized learning unit that students have in Schoology (Scientific Notation) is due FEBRUARY 27th. I will be entering grades this week for that unit. Students may check Schoology to see their progress.

    Students can come in to WINN or lunch tutoring for help.

    Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions. I offer at least 2 tutoring sessions a week. Students just need to sign up on the sign-up sheet outside my classroom.

    Jamie Williams

    Tutor Times:

    Monday at lunch

    WINN on Wednesday

    ✪ How to Model & Graph a Linear Function | 8th Grade Common Core
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    US History

    Our first unit for the new year is the Industrial Revolution!

    This week we are studying the many changes that the Industrial Revolution of the mid 1800's brought to the United States. In addition to industrialization, we are also looking at how immigration and urbanization affected the United States. We will also look at inventions and how they impacted these rapid changes that occurred in the mid-1800's.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Ben Trenary



    Hey all!

    As we move forward in investigating our question, "How do eggs hatch into chicks?," we now have chick eggs incubating and should be hatching over Valentines Day (hopefully). Students have collected data and made observations to determine what's happening inside the egg before it hatches.

    One important goal of scientists and our learning community is to keep testing the ideas we figured out to see if they can apply to a broader and broader range of phenomena. So next week we will be bringing in sources to gather evidence to answer that question.

    As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    Breanna Temaat


    Spanish Translation Phone Line 785-717-4428

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