Weekly Newsletter

August 16, 2019

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Welcome Back Team 8!

Welcome to our first weekly newsletter! Here you will find team announcements and information about what students have been up to in each of their core classes. We hope this will help you stay more connected with your student and staff members at Junction City Middle School. Please feel free to contact any team member with questions or concerns.


Team 8 Teachers

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English Language Arts

The Essential Question of Unit 1 is “How and why is truth manipulated?”

We are reading, analyzing and discussing the short story "The Landlady". Students are using their imaginations to describe what thy think will happen next in the story. We are also discussing when and if it is appropriate to lie.

Areas of Emphasis for English Language Arts Standards:

1. Building knowledge through content rich nonfiction

2. Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational

3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic language

Best Regards,

Dr. Kerrin Weatherwax

KerrinWeatherwa@usd475.org/ ext. 4863

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Welcome Back Team 8! Next week students will be taking the Fall I-Ready diagnostic Wednesday 8/21-Friday 8/23. Please come well rested and with fully charged computers! I am so excited to be back in the classroom with your students! It is going to be a GREAT year! 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!
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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Karissa Hammock



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When the School year assignments start, you will find a listing of the assignments that have been assigned as well as a due date listed here.

I list these by the CHAPTER that we are studying. This allows students to work ahead in case they are going to be absent.

ALL assignments will be submitted on Schoology. Schoology will grade the assignment and the student is allowed to retake the assignment if they are not pleased with the grade they receive.

All RETAKES must be done by the due date.


American History - Welcome Back

Welcome to American History! My name is Mrs. Reilly and we are going to have an amazing year together! This week we will be doing some fun and interactive get to know activities including: "One Common Thing" , "Our Diversity" coloring sheet, and many more. On Monday we will start content but for now lets come together as a class and set ourselves up for a successful year!

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

Foundations Language Arts

This is my 15th year teaching, and 13 of those years have been teaching Middle School students. I absolutely love being a teacher! Along with teaching, I am also passionate about my Family. William is 22 years old, and he is in his 4TH year in the Navy. He is fun and super goofy! He just returned from a six month tour in the Middle East. Cody is 20 years old, a welder, and absolutely full of life. I will also be getting married in November! Let's have a great year.
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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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