OMS 8th Grade Newsletter

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events Below! 10/12 - 10/16

8th Grade Snack Shack This Week!

1st Annual STEM Night

Otwell will hold it's first annual STEM night on November 12th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. The event is put together by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

We will have hands on sessions involving science, technology, engineering, and math. These sessions are open to the public and we encourage all to come a take part! Stay tuned for additional details!

Savannah Information

Did you miss the deadline for the Savannah Trip deposit?

If your student is still interested in going on the Savannah trip, but they have missed the deadline for the first deposit, please contact Ms. Sams at or at ext. 790433 to be put on a waiting list.

If a spot opens up, and your name is next on the waiting list, Ms. Sams will contact you.

At that time, the $160 deposit is due to secure a spot for your student.

No further payment arrangements or scholarships are available at this time.

8th Grade Savannah Trip Fundraiser!

Domino’s Slice the Price

All students who are going on the Savannah trip have the opportunity to raise money in order to reduce the price of their individual trip cost. This fundraiser will run from Monday 10/26 to Monday 11/9. With each $10 card sold, the student earns $5 off of his/her trip. Please check out or contact Ms. Sams at / 770-887-5248 ext. 790433 for any questions you may have.

Remember! Savannah deposit ($160) and all paperwork are due to your student’s Ga Studies teacher by Monday, October 5th. Please get in touch with Ms. Sams if you have any questions or concerns BEFORE Monday, October 5th. She will be happy to assist you, but she cannot assist you after the due date and payments have been secured with our tour company.

OMS Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Picture Day Re-Takes!

Tuesday, October 27th is the make-up day for school pictures. Only students who were not present on the original picture day or students who purchased photo packages and are not happy with the results will be allowed re-takes.

PTO Spirit Night

Please mark your calendars!

Otwell Middle School PTO is sponsoring Spirit Day, after school event of fun for Otwell studentson early release day Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Spirit Day activities consist of outdoor / indoor sports, Bingo and movies. The event will begin at dismissal 1:30 pm and end no later than 5:00pm. Admission is $5.00 per student. Students may purchase snacks at the concession stand. Parent volunteers and PTO members will chaperone the event. We are looking forward to a very special, fun-filled afternoon!

Please see the attached permission slip for details.

Also looking for parent volunteers for this event. Please sign up on SignUpGenius.

Social Studies

Ms. Sessa:

We will continue our look at the events that led Georgia into the American Revolution. Topics this week include taxes levied on the colonies, colonial protests and the first shots of the war. Students will have a quiz on Thursday covering Unit Four vocabulary and Notes I-V (Georgia As a Royal Colony-First Continental Congress).

Ms. Salazar:

Tues 10/13: People Illustrative Dictionary due

Thurs 10/15: Ch 9 Question Packet & Letter Home due

Fri 10/16: Ch 9 Vocab & People Quiz

Mrs. Coleman:

Our Chapter 8 exam is scheduled for Tuesday October 6th. A study guide was posted last week. The answer key will also be posted on the Planner in Its Learning. Students should be writing an outline of their summative essay BEFORE they come into class to take the exam. Essay: Spain and England had many interest in exploration of North America. Explain two of the reasons for their desire to claim lands on this continent.


Mrs. Holmes (Advanced):

We will be finishing up our unit with a friction lab on Monday. We will have a summative assessment on Wednesday, October 14th. Our next unit that we will be exploring is Work, Power, and Simple Machines. We will be building models of catapults for our next project. Students also began brainstorming their eCyber Mission projects that we will be working on until February.

Mr. McCormack, Mr. Kinneer, and Mrs. Holmes:

We will be finishing up our unit with force and friction labs next week. We will have a summative assessment next week. Our next unit that we will be exploring is Work, Power, and Simple Machines. We will be building models of catapults for our next project, along with hands on activities to go along with the content.

***Calling all parents and students!!

Pumpkin’ Chunkin’ is Friday, October 30th. We need small sized pumpkins for the students to chunk! Please being them in no later than October 29th!


Ms. Pitner and Mrs. Black:

This week students have been exploring the Pythagorean Theorem! We had a lot of fun on Monday with our Cheez-its activity, which allowed students to truly understand how the theorem works. On Thursday, students took a quiz which will help gauge their basic understanding of the Pythagorean Theorem. We will continue applying this understanding to solve 3-dimensional problems! This is a very visual, but difficult concept. Next week, we will wrap up Pythagorean Theorem and move on to studying volume. This will be the last concept of this unit. We are tentatively scheduled for the UNIT 2 TEST on Tuesday, October 20th. The 8th grade math department is looking for student volunteers to help with STEM night on November 12th! Students will help create a math activity and help to lead this activity on STEM Night. Any student interested, should please see their math teacher!

Mrs. Cooper:

Accelerated/Advanced Math – Cooper – Please check the class website for all assignments (ie. homework, class work, and assessments).


Ms. Pacheco:

We are just about half way through Unit 2. We’ve covered the majority of the vocabulary already, but we still have to get to the “hard” part of the unit. We’ll be dealing with the grammatical concepts and that has always proven to be difficult. Please your encourage your student to be in contact with me for any help sessions. Happy Fall Break!

Ms. Campos:

Students are making great progress! They are writing sentences and expressing them in class. We will continue with more communicative practice and culture studies.

Language Arts

Mrs. Soles:

We will begin our short story unit next week by reading Monkey’s Paw. Students will read a variety of short stories over the next couple of weeks while analyzing themes and literary devices. The next novel students will be reading is ­And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Please check itslearning for updates and information.

Mrs. Barrett and Ms. Sams:

ELA will be diving into tales of the Strange & Mysterious this week. Students will focus on literary devices used in fiction and begin a spooky search into hair-raising, spine-tingling short stories! Please check Itslearning for further information.