The Hornet's Nest

8th grade newsletter

Week of September 24th to 28th

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Important Dates:


  • 28 - Homecoming - Early Release



We've received several inquiries about students' grades this year. Mostly, you've been asking, "Where are their scores?" You may not be seeing many scores in your child's gradebook. That's because with our move to standards referenced grading, we don't enter grades as frequently. Rather than grading many individual assignments and then averaging them, we are scoring only major assessments that test your child's overall mastery of a standard. But we are tracking your child's progress! Please ask them to show you their data binder in Google Classroom. In the documents you'll find there, you child will be able to show you their progress towards meeting the standards we are working on in class.

Please reach out to your teachers with questions, and we appreciate your patience as we implement our updated gradebook.


The 8th grade team

Midterm Grades Update:

As we reach midterm, many classes are finishing up their first unit and assessing student learning. You can expect that grades in SIS K-12 will be updated in the next week to reflect student progress. If you want another way to stay up-to-date on your child's pre-test, formative and post-assessment progress, you can ask your child to open their e-binder in Google Classroom. This is a new way that we are helping students to track their own learning.


Below you will find the link to the Proficiency Scale for Solving Equations. Ask your child where they are currently performing. They have that information in their 8th Grade eBinder. By the end of the week, they should be at A Level work.
Week at a Glance:

This week students will be assessed on their knowledge of solving equations. Grades will be updated based on what they have shown throughout the chapter by the end of the week. Please be sure your child keeps up with their Independent Work!

This Week's Objectives:

Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable.

Daily Independent Work:

Monday: Review

Tuesday: Chapter 2 Assessment

Wednesday: Solving 2-Step Inequalities Worksheet

Thursday: Solving Inequalities Worksheet

Friday: House Day

Advanced Math

Week at a Glance:

This week students will be completing their understanding of equations.

This Week's Objectives:

Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable.

Daily Independent Work:

Monday: Surface Area Worksheet

Tuesday: Apply Surface Area Worksheet

Wednesday: Review

Thursday: Topic 1A Assessment

Friday: House Day

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

This week Students will continue learning about George Washington's Presidency. Ask your child about their George Washington's children book or song they have created.

You should be able to log in and check your students first objective grade now over the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Important Vocabulary:

  • Precedents
  • Isolationism
  • Cabinet
  • Neutrality Proclamation
  • Whiskey Rebellion
  • Northwest Ordinance
  • Farewell Address

Learning Target for the Week:

  • “I can list the precedents set by President George Washington and summarize the key events of his Presidency.”



8RL3D: Read and comprehend a grade level realistic fiction story independently and proficiently.

Class Overview:

This week in ELA we have finished taking our Post Test over Objective 8.RL.1.A. We also completed the NWEA Reading and Language Test. Students worked very hard for multiple days to complete this assessment and we cannot wait to use this amazing data! Next week we will have a Genre Study. During this time we will also start brainstorming ideas for our genre focused Creative Writing. Students will have taken the pre-test for objective 8.RL.3.D before the start of next.

Monday: Read & Write, Introduction to Genre Study & Brainstorming

Tuesday: Read & Write, Genre Study & Brainstorming

Wednesday: Read & Write, Genre Study & Brainstorming

Thursday: Read & Write, Genre Study & Brainstorming

Friday: House Day


Week at a Glance:

We just finished up our lander projects and will begin looking at forces and motion. Students will be investigating different types of forces this week.

This Week's Objective:

Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of forces on the object and the mass of the object

Daily Activities:

Monday: Types of Forces Stations

Tuesday: Types of Forces Stations cont..

Wednesday: Types of forces reading page and notes

Thursday: NWEA completion

Friday: House Day!