Weekly Newsletter

September 6, 2019

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This week students took a quiz over review topics covered so far including integer operations, order of operations and evaluating expressions. If they are not happy with their grade, ANY student can retake the quiz. They need to schedule a time with me before or after school or during lunch to do so. Next week we will continue our lessons on equations including solving one and two step equations, evaluating expressions and combining like terms. If you are new to our newsletter, I have included below a copy of our classroom expectations and what you can expect to learn this year in 8th grade math as well as my contact information!

I have included some photos below of the awesome work your students have been doing in class! We worked on review activities like Add it up to get ready for the quiz. Students also had some awesome Numbers About Me notebook assignments. These are just a few!

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Karissa Hammock



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Download the PDF document to see the assignments that we have been working on for the 1st three weeks of class. These assignments are in the grade book and students are allowed to retake them as much as they want to get a higher score.
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U.S. History

American History ~ Mrs. Reilly

Hello All!

This week flew by!

Firstly, if you are not already, I strongly suggest you request to follow our class account on Instagram! I have been having a lot of fun lately posting about your wonderful kids! The posts also give you a little inside scoop to what your students are going through in U.S. History! The username is mrs.reillyu.s.history19_20 Give us a follow!

This week we started a new unit! This unit is titled Establishing a New Government. We putting an end to the Revolutionary War and discovering what our first governments were like! This week specifically we did a review day, a vocabulary day (for our vocabulary quiz on Friday the 6th) A day focusing on the Articles of Confederation, and a simulation day where your students themselves represented the 13 original colonies and experienced the Articles of Confederation first hand!

I want you guardians to know that I was so thankful for your students this week. I lost my voice this week and they were so kind to be asking if I was okay and they were so understanding when we had to adjust plans. THANK YOU to them!!

If you have any questions or comments please contact me at Jillianreilly@usd475.org

Or at extension 4864

Please enjoy these pictures of some our students doing some great things!

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Language Arts

This week in English Language Arts we are reading the short story, The Necklace. Students will be analyzing the story and identifying characters, setting, and theme. Last week we completed our lesson on The Landlady. Keep up the good work! Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Dr. Kerrin Weatherwax

KerrinWeatherwa@usd475.org/ ext. 4863

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Foundations Language Arts

Hello Everyone!

Students have wrapped up MAZE & ORF Diagnostic testing! We are already in the month of September, so students are beginning the month by ISIP testing the Foundation LA classes. Students are assessed monthly on skills such as comprehension, word analysis, fluency, text fluency, and vocabulary with the ISIP program.

We have began working on Unit-1, Lesson-1. The focus for this lesson is Citing Evidence, Making Inferences, and Predicting. Students are learning the 4-ways to effectively Cite Evidence with fiction and non-fiction text.

Students are required to write in their agendas each day when they enter the classroom prior to completing their bell-work. It is a participation grade each week, and parents can see what students are doing in class each day.

HOMEWORK: Students receive a homework reading log at the beginning of each week, and it is due every Friday. They are required to read at home for at least 15-minutes each night (Monday-Thursday), and complete the log/questions. Students must remember to turn in on Friday.

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Please Don't Be Absent!

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact.As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.

For more information, you can visit http://absencesaddup.org/importance-of-school-attendance/

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