Team 9 Update

Issue 22 January 23, 2019

Hello, Families!

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Upcoming Events

Monday January 27th

  • Quiz in Language Arts: "Flowers for Algernon" Progress Reports 1-11 (Murphy)
  • Boys Basketball 7th Grade at Topeka Seaman, 8th Grade @ JCMS 3:30-5:30

  • Tuesday January 28th

    • Boys Basketball 7th Grade at Topeka Seaman, 8th Grade @ JCMS 3:30-5:30

    Wednesday January 29th

    • Academic Success in WINN
    • 7th & 8th Grade Scholar’s Bowl @ Shawnee Heights 4:00-6:00

    Thursday January 30th

    • 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ Anthony 3:30-5:30

    Friday January 31st

    • Library Visit in Language Arts (Murphy)
    • lunch math help (Williams)


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    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?"

    Students are currently reading the short story "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. This story is about a man with an intellectual disability that volunteers to be the first person ever to have his IQ tripled. We are having some great conversations about the topics and themes in this story. We will have a quiz on Monday that covers the first half of the story, and students are allowed to use the text and their notes on the quiz. Ask your student to tell you about "Flowers for Algernon" at home!

    This unit is also filled with current, non-fiction articles. There are so many topics that involve technology and ethics in our world today. Students will be reading excerpts from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley to add one more fiction piece to the mix. This unit will end right before spring break with a final project that encompasses all the we have read and discussed in Unit 3.

    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

    ✪ Is a Relation a Function or Not? | 8th Grade Math

    Math- Williams

    Monday we will begin Unit 3: Functions. Students will get to revisit slope, rate of change, y-intercepts, and initial values. We will be looking at tables, graphs, and equations to compare functions.

    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. Students may check Schoology to see their progress.

    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

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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!

    Wow, what a crazy and exciting first few weeks back from Christmas break! We have started our Biology Unit where we will be working towards answering the question, "How do eggs become chicks?" We have focused the last few weeks on building up to investigating this question.

    This semester we will be doing storylines, which allows students to take ownership of their learning. Therefore, as a class, we decided that the first investigation step is bringing in chick eggs and an incubator, and monitoring the progress of the egg development over time. It has been so fun to watch students get excited about their learning.

    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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