8th Grade Blue Team

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Guess what we're doing this week ...

Oh man. What an exciting week! We are doing a full-on interdisciplinary unit with all four core classes this week! The students are taking on the role of inventors and inventing new machines! Each group will design a complex machine that involves four or more simple machines. Then, they have to take measurements, do some calculating, and write a business letter to Francis Cabot Lowell (ask your student who he is/was!) requesting shipping supplies.

8th Grade Promotion!

8th Grade promotion

  • May 19, 10am @ Central Assembly of God (just north of Pipkin on Boonville)
  • Students must be at school at 8am to practice.
  • Students must wear their 8th grade promotion t-shirt (see below) and jeans or pants
  • Central Assembly's doors on Boonville and Campbell will open at 9:45. Please no food or drinks in the sanctuary.

8th Grade t-shirts

Eighth graders must order their promotion t-shirts by April 25! The t-shirts are $8 and can be ordered at any time. All students who plan to participate in promotion must have a t-shirt. If cost is an issue, please talk to Mr. Burton, Mrs. Haynes, Mrs. Johnson, or Mrs. Little.

Upcoming events

Field trip to George Washington Carver National Monument

Friday, April 8th, 8am

5646 Carver Road

Diamond, MO

We will leave shortly after 9am and return around 2pm this Friday! The weather forecast looks sunny, but a bit cool, so please remind your eighth grader to dress appropriately for the weather. Students have already either ordered a school sack lunch or said they will bring their own lunch. We will have coolers available for items that need to be refrigerated.

MAP testing

Monday, April 25th, 8am to Wednesday, April 27th, 10am

1215 North Boonville Avenue

Springfield, MO

MAP testing for 8th graders will begin Monday, April 25. We will test morning AND afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, plus Wednesday morning. There is no escaping the MAP, so plan to have your eighth graders at school on time. They will need headphones for a listening section of the test, and they are welcome to bring their own.

For Algebra I students taking Geometry next year -- the Algebra EOC will be Tuesday, April 26, at 8am. These students do not take the math test on the MAP, so we have coordinated those two tests to be at the same time.

i-Ready testing

Monday, May 9th, 8am to Friday, May 13th, 2:45pm

1215 North Boonville Avenue

Springfield, MO

The testing fun never stops, does it?! Eighth graders will take their FINAL middle school i-Ready tests the week of May 9 through English and science classes. Again -- students will need headphones, and we encourage them to bring their own.

Other important dates

April 15 - Teacher work day -- no school for students

May 13 - incentive-based field trip to Grant-Beach Park

May 16 - 8th Grade End-of-Year dance (4-6pm)

8th Grade Blue Team

Mr. Burton - Algebra I and Math 8 (beburton@spsmail.org)

Mrs. Haynes - Individuals & Societies (jthaynes@spsmail.org)

Mrs. Johnson - English Language Arts (jjohnson227@spsmail.org)

Mrs. Little - Science (malittle@spsmail.org)

Ms. Troutman - everything (stroutman@spsmail.org)