The Pike Road Bulletin

Community 8 : February 14

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Town Hall Visit

As part of our Respect Diversity campaign, learners have been working on ways to carry out our mission of promoting respect for the diverse cultures we have here at PRS and within the Pike Road Community. Some of their amazing ideas include exploring various cultures through the arts and evaluating how different cultures are portrayed in movies, commercials, in song lyrics, and on social media. Some groups are also working on a PRS Respect Diversity slogan and artwork for posters to display in windows of businesses around Pike Road.


The learners have also expressed a desire to organize and host a multicultural expo to showcase the various cultures represented throughout the Pike Road community as one way to spread their Respect Diversity campaign. Hearing of the Town of Pike Road’s future plans for a multicultural center, we reached out to Mayor Stone’s office to see if someone could meet with our learners to discuss the plans. Mayor Stone was so excited about our project that he invited one of our groups to Town Hall for a lunch and learn so we could discuss our plans with him last Friday, February 5th. What a great opportunity it was for our learners to brainstorm with the mayor and to see how we can help each other with our future plans for a PRS Multicultural Expo and the Pike Road Multicultural Center.

PRS Random Acts of Kindness Week

To gear up for National Random Acts of Kindness Day which is celebrated February 17th, our community 8 learners sponsored a PRS Random Acts of Kindness Spirit Week this past week, February 8th - 12th. Learners throughout the community shared kindness quotes during morning and afternoon announcements, designed and displayed Random Acts of Kindness posters around the school, read books to younger Patriots, made thank you card for our PRS support staff, created Valentines for Veterans cards, and engage in various random acts of kindness around campus. We hope you will join us in continuing to spread kindness throughout the Pike Road community!

Student Spotlight

Valentine's Day Fun

We couldn't let the younger Patriots have all the Valentine's Day fun, so we decided to throw a little surprise party for our positively perfect C8 Patriots Friday afternoon.

Upcoming Learning Objectives

History / ELA

WORLD HISTORY

Learners will continue to work on world history standards research projects. They are actively participating in the learning process as they become experts in a world history standard of their choice. At this point, learners have selected a standard, determined if they want to work individually or in a small group, and have begun gathering research. Their task is to gather, analyze, interpret, and synthesize all aspects of life in a particular culture during different times throughout history. After compiling their research, groups will create a short unit of study to share the information with their classmates. Each unit of study should include a report of their research findings which fully address the standard, a bibliography, multimedia visual aids, an artifact, student resources, and a quiz. Please encourage them to discuss what they are learning with you.


  • W.8.7- Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.


  • W.8.8- Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.


  • W.8.9- Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


  • RI.8.8- Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognizing when irrelevant evidence is introduced.


  • RI.8.9- Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.



ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

All Cinderella remixes are due no later than Tuesday, February 16th. Each learner should submit a printed copy of their story to Mrs. Kenny during class and be sure to share their document in Google Drive. To learn exactly what will be assessed, please see the standards added to Fresh Grade and ask your learner to show you the rubric posted in Edmodo. While we will continue to work on developing command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage, this assignment focused mainly on the elements of narrative writing. We have been concentrating on the importance of strong leads, effective use of dialogue, developing characters, setting, and plot through descriptive details that show rather than tell, sensory details, transitions, various sentence structure, figurative language, and satisfying conclusions.


As we transition from writing narratives to explanatory and argumentative texts, we will set aside time each class period to read the stories aloud.

Strengthening Sentence Structure

Learners experimented with sentence structure this week. Using calendar pictures of animals, students were challenged to write at least 5 descriptions of the same picture with various sentence beginnings.

Math

The learners in Algebra I have been busy this past week. I taught them the quadratic equation rap song, and then they were responsible for creating their own rap or song. I also had two learners teach the class over a two day period. The geometry class has also been hard at work creating a presentation on material that they have learned in past math classes. Here are some things that we have coming up in our math classes:


Algebra I:

- using the quadratic equation to solve for variables

- using factoring to solve for variables


Geometry:

- transformations in the coordinate plane

- rotations, translations, reflections, and dilations


8th Grade Math:

- operations involving rational numbers

- operations involving irrational numbers

Sumdog.com

This past week, the students began working on a website called sumdog. This program is designed to diagnose the students based on performance in the math games. After the students complete about 200 questions, they will begin to see skills that they need to work on more. The students have enjoyed playing these games while also building their skills in Math! I highly encourage the students to play the sumdog games at home as well as at school when they finish their assignments.

Science

This past week learners worked with a partner to design, construct, test, and race a balloon car as a model to demonstrate Newton's 3rd Law of Motion.

Physical Science Energy Standard 8:

Use Newton’s third law to design a model to demonstrate and explain the resulting motion of two colliding objects.

They were asked to draw their models in their notebook, state Newton's 3rd Law, and describe how the law applied to the model. Ask to see their drawings in their science notebooks.

At the end of the week, learners described the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration of objects by manipulating two different interactives, working F=ma problems (see evidence in notebook) and watching videoclips, one with corresponding questions.

Ask your learner to demonstrate each of Newton's Laws of Motion.


Upcoming Standards for the week of Feb. 16-19.

- Plan and carry out investigations to evaluate how various factors affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.


-Construct an argument from evidence explaining that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even when the objects are not in contact.

Respect For Diversity

During afternoon project time, a group of students is currently exploring diversity within the media. They sought various negative stereotypes in the media and then recreated some memes, videoclips, and pictures in way that showed the same stereotype but in a positive light. Next, the group explored ways to extend the positive stereotypes and an overall respect for diversity into the community. Learners have been reading quotes over the intercom during the morning announcements to spread knowledge of diversity with the other communities, and they are creating a flyer to post in the windows of local businesses. They took a picture in a circle to symbolize the respect that they have for the different backgrounds from which they come. Each person drew a picture of the flag from his or her county of origin and placed it at his or her feet for the picture.

Here's the work from the C8 cultural diversity group.

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Community 8 Pets

In case you haven't heard, community 8 now has some very special class pets. Yes, they are actually rats named Millie and Ginger. These two adorable girls have helped us kick off our Respect Diversity campaign by breaking down stereotypes about rats, a concept easily transferred to stereotypes of various people groups. The learners have been surprised by just how smart and lovable the rats actually are. You are welcome to stop by for a visit if you would like to meet them in person. Better yet, we have several weekends available If you would like to schedule a home visit. These special visits allow the students to spend one-on-one time and bond with the animals in a way that just isn’t possible in the classroom. Just email Mrs. Kenny in you are interested.

Instructional Tools

Edmodo is our learning management system where assignments are posted. Here, you will see assignments, due dates, late notifications, tutorial and resource links.

Parents may access this through a unique code found on your student's Edmodo home page. Signing up is easy-just go to www.edmodo.com, sign up as parent, enter your access code and fill in the required information.


Composition Notebooks

While our learners have laptops, we continue to use Composition notebooks for notes, assignments, practice work, lab work and journaling.


Please make sure your child has a composition notebook for their respective classes.


FreshGrade is the reporting tool used to communicate what skills are being introduced and how our learners are performing on these skills. As lead learners, we continue to attend professional development opportunities and collaborate with our peers on the most efficient ways to use FreshGrade and ensure that you are provided with a clear and accurate view of what your child is learning. One thing we have recently discovered is that parents are not seeing the lesson descriptions and additional resources that teachers are adding along with the title of the activity or standard being assessed. To view these, just click on the blue "show" in the top right hand corder of the box. We hope you will find this information to be helpful.

While learners may not have formal homework assignments other than reading nightly, there my be times when your child will need to continue working on an assignment they didn't complete in class or work on a project which will span over a longer period of time. Learners are also encouraged to identify skills that "have not met expectations" and review the learning notes, tutorials, and practice activities. Once students believe they have a better understanding of the concept/material, they should speak to their lead learner about the best way to reassess that particular standard.

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HOW CAN I BEST SUPPORT MY LEARNER AT HOME?


*READ! READ! READ!


All learners should be reading daily. Find something your child is passionate about and fuel that passion by encouraging them to read about it. Get them to describe what they've read to you in detail. You might even want to read the same book and discuss it.

Some of the many benefits of reading daily include...

  • increased knowledge
  • vocabulary expansion
  • exposure to a variety of quality writing styles
  • improved writing skills
  • mental stimulation
  • stress reduction



*Get your child's account information and check to see what information and resources are being sent daily. Accounts to check: EDMODO/ GMAIL/ FRESH GRADE


*Ask your child SPECIFIC questions about their learning.

Examples:


"I read in the Smore newsletter that you are learning different world cultures through the reading of Cinderella. What are some of the versions of Cinderella you have read in class, and in what ways have you learned about other cultures?


I read that you are analyzing the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass and speed of an object. What activities did you do to learn about this? Which activity did you enjoy the most? Can you tell me how speed and energy are related?"



*PLEASE REMIND YOUR LEARNER TO BRING HEADPHONES AND CHARGE THEIR COMPUTER EVERY NIGHT.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 16- Patriot's 1st soccer game at Trinity Presbyterian
  • Wednesday, February 17- Patriot's 1st baseball games at Robert E. Lee High School
  • Friday, February 19- Patriot's 1st softball game vs. LAMP JV
  • Friday, February 19- The art students of community 7 and 8 will be going on a field trip to Troy University for Trojan Art Day, the VAAP (Visual Arts Achievement Program) workshop.
  • Thursday, February 25- Multicultural Festival and taste of the World PTSA Meeting at 6PM
  • Thursday, March 3- Cookie Dough Fundraiser Pickup
  • March 7- Athletics Spring Pictures
  • March 9- Dixie Electric brings hands-on energy transfer and power safety lessons to C8
  • March 11- C7&8 Career Fair
  • March 21-25 - Spring Break
  • March 28- Professional Learning Day; No School for Students

A Day in the Life of an 8th- Grade Patriot

8:00- 12:30 Direct instruction in math, science and ELA/ history

12:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00- 2:00 PE, art, drama, or music elective

2:00-3:00 Project time

Classroom Wish List


  • pencils
  • electric pencil sharpeners
  • Loctite fun-tak mounting putty to hang posters to walls
  • double-sided tape
  • construction paper of various sizes and colors
  • higher level fiction and nonfiction books for classroom libraries (new and used)
  • small animal bedding
  • empty tissue boxes
  • Clorox wipes

Please Help Us Stock The Shelves

If you find yourself spring cleaning your bookshelves or shopping for books at yard sales, we would appreciate any donations of higher level fiction and nonfiction books for classroom libraries.

PRS Spring Sports

We hope you will come out and support all of our community 7 and 8 baseball, soccer, and softball players. Games begin this week.