The Pike Road Bulletin
Community 8 : February 14
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
Patriot Reading Partners
Dive Into Kindness
Big Patriots, Little Patriots
Big Patriots enjoyed helping some of our younger Patriots make Valentine's Day cards for their friends.
PRS Leadership Award
The PRS Leadership Award for this week goes to Payton Pierce. Payton demonstrates leadership in the classroom and within the school. Payton is a leader of Pike Road Fellowship, a member of the Trailblazers team, is organizing career day, and is an active member on the dance committee. Payton, thank you for your hard work and dedication to PRS and your fellow classmates.
Academic Achievement Award
Vanella Tadjudje receives the weekly academic achievement award for her high achievement in math, science, and ELA/history. She excels in each of her core classes and completes her work thoroughly. Vanella is an exceptional student and her work reflects the effort and dedication she has to her learning.
Ataria Johnson has had the most improved attitude this week. She comes to class ready to learn with an eager and willing attitude. Ataria exudes a behavior that affects her classmates in a positive manner.
PRS Leadership Award
Academic Achievement Award
Valentine's Day Fun
Upcoming Learning Objectives
History / ELA
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.
- Link to ALEX 8th grade world history course of study / CCRS standards. http://alex.state.al.us/standardAll.php?grade=8&subject=SS2010&summary=2
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
Kameron and Juan
Cate and Tyler
Aubrey and Kade
Kameron and Juan
- The black-spotted baby cheetah looks at the camera.
- Feeling shy, the cheetah hid in the grass.
- Scared from the noise he heard, the baby cheetah hid in the grass.
- To learn, the baby cheetah watches her mama do stuff.
- While the baby cheetah hides in the grass, she watches her mama hunt.
Cate and Tyler
- The cheetah is staring at the ground.
- Staring at the ground, the baby cheetah saw a rabbit.
- When the fluffy gray and white cheetah saw the rabbit, it started to run.
- As the quick cheetah ran, it caught the slow rabbit.
- During the morning, the tired cheetah woke up and saw food.
- To spot his prey, the cheetah has to look at its surroundings.
Aubrey and Kade
- The angry spotted cheetah prowled to attack his innocent prey.
- Under the African sun, the cheetah prowled.
- Carefully, the cheetah stalked his prey.
- Worried, the cheetah chased the speedy gazelle.
- Prowling through the tall grass, the cheetah watched his prey.
- To catch his prey, the cheetah pounced out of the tall green grass.
- using the quadratic equation to solve for variables
- using factoring to solve for variables
- transformations in the coordinate plane
- rotations, translations, reflections, and dilations
8th Grade Math:
- operations involving rational numbers
- operations involving irrational numbers
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
Here's the work from the C8 cultural diversity group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
- 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
1:00- 2:00 PE, art, drama, or music elective
2:00-3:00 Project time
Classroom Wish List
- 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