### "PrACTice Like a Champion"

September 28, 2015

You are receiving this newsletter because your child is in 8th grade at Southern Guilford Middle School and on the Champion's Team with Ms. Thomas, Mrs. Berry, Mrs. Mortensen-Creed, and Ms. McMillan.

## Math 1: Ms. Thomas

This week students will explore the effect of negatives on inequalities. They will also take the Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities Test on Wednesday, September 30th. The test will cover:

• determining if equations have on solution, no solution, or infinitely many solutions
• writing and solving equations given a verbal description or unknown sides of geometric figures
• solving linear equations in one variable, including equations with coefficients represented by letters
• solving linear inequalities in one variable
• rearranging formulas to highlight a quantity of interest

We will also begin exploring patterns in tables, graphs, and rules of the simplest and one of the most important relationships among variables, linear functions.

Students will:

• Compare properties of linear functions-algebraically, graphically, numerically, and verbally

## Math 8: Ms. Thomas

Students will take the Unit 1Test on Tuesday, September 29th. The test will cover:

• determining if equations have on solution, no solution, or infinitely many solutions
• writing and solving equations given a verbal description or unknown sides of geometric figures
• solving equations with rational coefficients and with variables on both sides
• solving equations that require using the distributive property and collecting like terms

We will also begin Unit 2, with students learning how to classify numbers as rational or irrational, and convert terminating/repeating decimals to fractions.

## English/Language Arts: Mrs. Berry

This week we are focusing on Narrative Point of View while reading Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. We are also continuing our work on grammar, fluency and comprehension. Please check your students grades weekly to make sure all assignments are turned in.

## Science: Ms. McMillan

Welcome to science! This week we will become familiar with classroom expectations and procedures for science class. We will have a quick review of the scientific method and begin with Earth History by the end of the week. Students will need 1 spiral notebook for this class. If you have scissors, colored pencils or markers, and glue sticks, please bring those materials as well.

## Social Studies: Mrs. Mortensen-Creed

Students will take their Unit Test on Monday and will transition to Science on Tuesday of this week. Students who have not turned in their Interactive Notebook for grading or their Colonial Regions Interest Guide Project should do so as soon as possible.

## Resource Math 8: Ms. Turner

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

## Resource English/Language Arts: Ms. Barr

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

## Team Champion's News

Field Trip

We are going on a Field Trip to Kersey Valley on October 13th! Students will enjoy a Maize Adventure, Fossil Dig, and exploring a Pumpkin Patch for just the right pumpkin.

• Money (\$13-cash only) is due by October 9th
• Chaperones are needed. If you are over 21 years of age, please consider joining us.

Agendas

Please be sure that you sign your student's agenda every Thursday evening. This is an important tool for communication for you and your child.

Tablets

Please ensure that your child is charging his/her tablet every night and bringing it to school each day.

Items needed for Team Champion's Home Bases:

• Facial Tissue
• Hand Sanitizer
• Disinfecting Wipes