MGM 8th Grade Gator News

Learn By Doing...Lead By Example

December 7, 2015


Please read below for house news, upcoming assessments, and 8th-grade house highlights!



On Thursday, December 10th, we are hosting a block party to benefit the Pulsera Project from 3:30-5:00 before the basketball game vs. White Knoll Middle. We will be selling block party tickets at lunches everyday next week for $5. The block party will include games, music, snacks, and a photo booth with fun props! The snacks, drinks, and photo booth will be for purchase. If anyone is willing to donate snacks or drinks to our cause, please have your student bring these things to Mrs. Palen's room next week prior to Thursday. All proceeds will go to support the Pulsera Project, our 7th grade service project. Thank you in advance for your help!

We also have exciting news that any student who has purchased a ticket for the block party and who brings a canned good on Thursday will be able to attend the basketball game at 5:30 for no additional cost! This canned good will support the 8th Grade students at MGM who are "Taking a Stand" against hunger. Their HOPE 2015 drive supports the mission of Harvest Hope. Bring one canned item to your 1st-period teacher on Thursday (December 10th) and you will receive a ticket for free admission to the basketball game against White Knoll that afternoon. All cans must be dent-free and within the expiration date. Thank for your support!

We are so excited about the opportunity for fun and to benefit two great service projects! We hope your gators will join in the cause!


Please see the attached flier from our yearbook staff regarding an affection ad for this year's yearbook. This is a special ad for only 8th graders. The order, text, photo, and payment are due by Friday, December 18, 2015. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Roberts at


Reserve your copy of the 2016 MGMS Gator Tales yearbook! The cost is now $60. Click HERE to order.

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Our expedition has taken off in 8th Grade. With the help of our anchor text, To Kill A Mockingbird and various case studies in core classes, our students are exploring these guiding questions:

1. What is fair?

2. How do I recognize when there is a problem?

3. How do I react to problems when I see them?

4. How can I take a stand?

Our students will raise awareness of various topics important to their daily lives. We are excited of the work that our students have completed thus far!


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

Pre-Algebra: Quiz Friday (12/11)

Algebra I: Quiz Friday (12/11)

Algebra II: Quadratic Formula Project

Science: None

Social Studies: Unit 3, Part 1 Summative Assessment 12/9

ELA Grade Level and English I:

ELA homework is to read To Kill a Mockingbird each night

TKM vocab quiz on Friday December 11

AIR Assignment #2 due Friday December 11

End-of-Unit Assessment Tuesday and Wednesday December 15-16

World Language French Immersion (8th): None

World Language French Passport: None

World Language Novice A: None

World Language Novice B2: None

World Language Novice C1: finishing up 10.1 Assessments (Mon and Wed)

World Language Novice C3 Spanish: None

World Language Novice C3 French: None

World Language Novice C3 Chinese: None

World Language Latin Novice A: None

World Language Latin 1: None

World Language Latin 2: None

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!