Noteworthy News from the Nest!

All the buzz about what's happening with your eighth-grader.

CLASSROOM UPDATES: 2/17/16 - 2/26/16


Reading Unit: Nonfiction and Historical Fiction book clubs

Focus: Reading complex nonfiction texts

Writing Unit: Position Papers: Research and Argument

Students will be flash-drafting a position paper about violence in video games, using nonfiction articles as sources. They will also examine an assessment rubric and self-assess the strengths and weaknesses in their writing. Next week, students will participate in a cross-curricular activity in which they write a position paper about one of the compromises made during the Constitutional Convention.

To increase nonfiction reading skills, students have been reading articles using Newsela ( Students are provided time each day to read articles of their choosing and take short quiz on the material. Students are required to have read at least 15 articles and pass the accompanying quizzes by the end of fourth term (February 18th).


Students are learning ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces). They will begin chapter two (monomials).


Friday: p. 94

Monday: p. 100

Tuesday: p. 104

Wednesday: p. 111

Thursday and Friday: STAR testing.


Compound probabliity, tomorrow is a review and Friday there is a test on Statistics and Probability. Students begin chapter seven (systems of equations) next week.


Unit: Reviewing Earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate tectonics

Test is the end of next week


Unit: Creating the Constitution

Essential Questions: What compromises emerged from the Constitutional Convention?

Students will recreate the Constitutional Convention and debate the issues that led to the compromises that helped frame the Constitution. Students should be reviewing their Interactive Student notebooks daily. Notebooks should be complete through section five this week, and through section nine next week.

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The following teachers are available before or after school for students who need extra assistance:

Ms. Barkho: Monday and Tuesday until 4:30pm, Thursdays by appointment

Mr. Bryant (subbing for Ms. Cathey): Monday - Thursday until 4:30

Mr. Krankowski: By appointment

Mr. Lorentzen: Mornings beginning at 7:15am

Mrs. McDaniel: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 4:30pm

Mr. Mudd: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Mr. Pearcy: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until 4:30pm

**There will be no tutoring available on the third Wednesday of each month as the teachers will be participating in Staff Meetings.


Please make sure your student is charging his or her Chrome book at night so they are prepared to work in the morning. Thanks!

Sports Spectacular

Friday, Feb. 19th, 7-9pm

403 East 10th Street

Fulton, MO

Come watch the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades compete against each other in silly sports! Teams practice from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, and events begin at 7:00 pm. Cost for spectators is $1.00 for students, $2.00 for adults. Come support your favorite teams!