The Hornet's Nest

8th grade newsletter

Week of February 4 - 8


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Important Dates:


4th - 8th Spirit Week

15th: No School

18th: No School

NWEA Testing in Science (Monday and Tuesday)


Below you will find the link to the Proficiency Scale for ELO 6 and 7 (Exponents and Scientific Notation). Ask your child where they are currently performing. They have that information in their 8th Grade eBinder.

Students need to either have their book or have access to the online book to be able to ensure their understanding of the concepts by doing their independent work.

Week at a Glance

Students will review Laws of Exponents as well as understand radicals.

This Week's Objectives:

Students will continue to simplify algebraic expressions with exponents and estimate square and cube roots.

Daily Independent Work:

Monday: NWEA Testing; Worksheet

Tuesday: Lesson 1-9 Estimating with Square Roots; Worksheet

Wednesday: Lesson 1-9 Estimating with Cube Roots; Worksheet

Thursday: Review ELO 6 Worksheet

Friday: ELO 6 Test

Advanced Math

Week at a Glance:

This week students will be introduced to the Laws of Exponents

This Week's Objectives:

Students will work with the Laws of Exponents to simplify algebraic expressions.

Daily Independent Work:

Monday: Finish NWEA Testing

Tuesday: 6.1 Zero and Negative Exponents; Worksheet

Wednesday: 6.1 Laws of Exponents; Worksheet

Thursday: 6.1 Laws of Exponents; Worksheet

Friday: 6.1 Laws of Exponents; Worksheet

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

Students finished up testing in social studies this week. Grades are updated and ready for you to check is SISK12.

Students will be learning:

Objective #9

Was Andrew Jackson a Hero or a Villain?

Objective 9 Important Vocabulary:

Trail of Tears, National Bank, Kitchen Cabinet, Jacksonian Democracy, Nullification Crisis, The Spoils System, Tariff of Abominations

Learning Target for the Week:

Objective #9: Students will explain connections between historical context and peoples' perspectives at the time in American History.


This week in ELA, we'll be starting The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. We're reading this novel because it's an American classic, and also because it gives us an opportunity to work on comprehending a complex text over time (8.RL.3.D); analyzing the development of a theme over the course of a whole text, drawing on textual evidence (8.RL.1.D) culminating in a persuasive paper about theme (8.W.2.A.c). Students will have daily reading, and can choose to do this during or outside of school hours. Please click here to see our daily reading schedule.

Some students are still working to finish the ELA NWEA test. Special arrangements will be made for make ups.

Finally, students need to bring charged Chromebooks! These are essential classroom tools and we will be relying on them heavily this unit.


Week at a Glance:

Students will be wrapping up their unit on waves by the end of the week. They will have a test next week over waves.

This Week's Objectives:

PS.4.A.1: Using mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that include how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.

PS.4.A.2: Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed or transmitted through various mediums.

Daily Activities:

Monday: NWEA testing

Tuesday: Complete NWEA testing

Wednesday: Foldable activity about light and sound. Light reflection video and questions

Thursday: Hit the lights activity

Friday: All about auto tuning: Study guide for next weeks test.

FYI--Mrs. Shrout will NOT be at school Tuesday-Friday of this week. She is attending a conference regarding the science MAP test. She will be checking her email daily if you have any questions.

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