MGM 8th Grade Gator News

Learn By Doing...Lead By Example

January 20, 2015

Welcome Back!

Read below for house news, upcoming assessments, and highlights!


Flu Season is Upon Us!

8th grade house is in need of hand sanitizer, tissues, and Clorox or Lysol wipes. Teachers are reminding students often to use hand sanitizer and are wiping down tables daily. Please send in sanitizer, tissues, or wipes if you can. Students can turn these in to their third period teachers. We all thank you for your help in keeping students healthy!

Spirit Week is NEXT week!

Please encourage your gator to show his or her spirit next week. See the attached flier for more information!

Monday--Hat Day

Tuesday--Super Hero Day

Wednesday--Fancy Pants

Thursday--Green & Gold--Pep Rally day!

Friday--College Day

Gator Tales Yearbook Sales

There are only about 50 yearbooks left for sale! If you want a guaranteed copy, please reserve your copy today for $60 at

If you have questions, email Andrea Masten:

Save the Date--Miss MGM Gator Pageant

The 2015 Miss MGMS Gator Pageant will be held on Saturday, March 14. This is a pageant with a purpose. ALL proceeds go to Relay for Life. Girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are invited to participate. Applications will be available the first week of February.

Upcoming Assessments

Check Schoology for more details. Email your student's teacher with specific questions.

Algebra: Test on Friday(1/23/15)

Pre-Algebra:Test Friday (1/23-/15) - tentative. Check Schoology for changes.

Science: Sun Inquiry Project - Students will work on this during class this week. Final due date will be next week.

Social Studies: Chapter 9 Quiz on Friday(1/23/15) on Federalist/Anti-Federalist and Bill of Rights.

World Language French Immersion: None

World Language Novice B1: None

World Language Novice B2: None

World Language Novice B3: None

World Language Novice C1: None

World Language Novice C2: None

World Language Novice C3 Spanish: None

World Language Intermediate A: None

World Language Latin Novice A: None

World Language Latin I: None

World Language Latin II: None

ELA Grade Level: Hamilton students only: Historical Interview paper due today, January 20th. (Hamilton students are to check in with her)

Vocabulary Unit 4 summative assessment (Hamilton students only) January 20th.

English I: Hamilton students only: Romeo and Juliet paper due today, January 20th. (Hamilton students are to check in with her)

Vocabulary Unit 4 summative assessment (Hamilton students only) January 20th.

For ALL English I students (Petersen, Dorneker, and Hamilton)

All English I students will start reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee on Monday, February 3rd. This reading will be completed outside of class for homework and will take the place of the Reading Journal for April. Because students will be looking for specific information throughout their reading, it is ideal that students have their own copy to make notes and underline quotes for textual evidence during Socratic seminars and quick writes. If buying a copy of this book is a problem for your child, s/he will be able to checkout a copy and will be taught how to write out the necessary notes and textual evidence.


This year's 8th grade expedition is titled, "I am the Change." Our students will explore the following questions throughout the year:

What is change? Why change? How is change brought about?

Math: All math classes participated in a kick off to their case study last week. These students are collecting data to determine if practice time (homework and studying) affects performance on assessments. As they gather this data for the next few units, students will reflect upon trends and patterns revealed. Students are reminded to continue to record their practice times on their individual student logs.

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!