MGM 8th Grade House News

March 23, 2018


Welcome to 8th Grade! Please read below for house news, upcoming assessments, and 8th-grade house highlights! These newsletters will be sent out every week on Friday!

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Passages - March 21 - Huge Success

We are so proud of our 8th grade students and their recent Passage presentations. They did an amazing job reflecting on their middle school experience. We appreciate all of the support from parents, teachers, and our community panelists. What a special day it was!

Learning Commons News

Fireflies Baseball Reading Program

Would you like for your student to be able to go to a Fireflies baseball game for FREE? All they have to do is read 4 "just right" books from February 7th until March 30th. If they meet their reading goal, they will receive a free ticket to a Fireflies baseball game, a hot dog, drink, chips, and surprise while at the game! This is a great opportunity to have your student make a reading goal. Students can get their reading log from their ELA teachers, in the Learning Commons, and from the Learning Commons Schoology Course.

"Paws for Books Book Fair" - Spring Scholastic Book Fair

Our spring Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Learning Commons from April 9th to April 13th (the week after Spring Break). Stop by the Learning Commons from 7:35 to 4:00to shop for some great books of all ages or shop our online fair at from April 4-17th. Because our theme is pets, we will have a donations drive to help a local shelter and rehabilitation center. Here is what students can bring to the Learning Commons to help our furry friends in need:

  • 30 gallon trash bags
  • tall kitchen trash bags
  • unopened canned dog and cat food (any brand)
  • unopened dry dog and cat food (any brand)
  • new cat or dog toys
  • dog collars of any size
  • AAA and AA batteries
  • newspapers
  • plastic grocery bags
  • bleach
  • postage stamps
  • Dawn dish washing doap
  • dishwasher detergent
  • liquid laundry detergent
  • antibacterial soap
  • facial tissues (lotion free)
  • paper towels
  • mops
  • towels, sheets, blankets
  • new feather dusters
  • scrub brushes
  • 75W reptile heat bulbs
  • 100W Night Heat bulbs
  • 48: UVB fluorescent bulbs

If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to work at the Book Fair, please email Ms. Kohout-Tailor at Thanks!

Report Cards

Report Cards will be sent home March 28, 2018

Save the Date - Miss MGMS Gator Pageant

Save the date for Miss MGMS Gator Pageant! Saturday, April 21. This is our largest fundraiser for Relay for Life! More details to come.


Dear MGM Families,

The PTO has recently updated their email and we want to make sure you are receiving updates from us regarding events and volunteer opportunities. It is very likely we have lost some emails during the transition. Please check your junk or spam folders for emails from and email us to be added or re-added to continue to receive updates.

Our upcoming events include:

March 13-14 Pelican's Snowballs during lunch

March 23 - Swamp Fest

April 13 - PTO Meeting at 8:15am

April 13 - Chick Fil A biscuit sale

April 17- Staff Appreciation

April 17-18 - Pelican's Snowballs during lunch

Volunteer sign ups will be sent out for Swamp Fest and Staff Appreciation.

Thank you,


Counseling News

A word from your Gator Counselor, Mrs. Stockdell....

Your 8th grader will take a tour of River Bluff High School from 9-10:30 am, April 11th. Please have your student return their signed permission form to their 4th period teacher.

Parents who are planning for their student to enroll in classes for VirtualSC this summer are encouraged to be very familiar with the VirtualSC website. You may want to make sure your student is also aware of the requirements expected for each course. You can find this information by scrolling through the Course catalog and then clicking on the individual course for the course syllabus.

Remember, enrolling is not the same as registering. You can enroll at anytime before May 23rd. Registration for Summer 2018 is May 23-30.

House Happenings


Upcoming Assessments

If you have any questions about assessments below, please email your child's teacher!


Quiz Thursday 3/29 Triangle Sum Theorem and Exterior Angle Theorem


Friday 3/30 Volume and Surface Area test


Trigonometric Functions Quiz on Monday

Trigonometry Test on Thursday

Social Studies:

Tuesday, March 27th: 5-2 Quiz

Artifact Outline is due on 3/28.



English 8:

See Schoology for updates

English I:

See Schoology for updates

World Language:

French: (Pontens)

  • 8th grade Immersion: Unit 4 No assessment

  • 8th grade Passport La francophonie et le conte francophone / “le bureau”

  • French 2: Unit 4 No assessment

Spanish: (Centento)

  • Novice A: No assessments

  • Level 1: Interpretive Reading Assessment (March 29).

Latin: (Stolebarger)

  • Novice A: 3.2 Assessment 3/29

  • Level 1: Continuing Stage 10; Students need to make sure they are turning in translations for this stage as we go through it.

  • Level 2: Continuing Stage 20; Students need to make sure they are turning in translations for this stage as we go through it.

All other World Language Classes - See Schoology for updates

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!