8th Grade Newletter

Week of January 7th, 2013

Language Arts Information!

In the next several weeks, we will be focusing heavily on reading comprehension and writing skills. Students will be required and expected to do quite a bit of reading at home in preparation for classroom lessons. Please encourage your students and give them time to read what they need so they are prepared for class. The text we will be using is challenging and requires students to work hard and do their best in order to expand their reading skills. We want them to be ready and equipped for rigorous high school curriculum, so help me to encourage them to reach for excellence over the next several months as we know they can!

Math Information!

Your brain is an organizer. It organizes information as it stores that information. When a problem involves many pieces of information, your brain will have an easier time sorting through it if you make an organized list. A list helps you be sure you have thought of all of the possibilities without repeating any of them. Like drawing a picture or making a diagram, making an organized list helps your brain “see” the problem clearly and find a solution. Try making an organized list to solve this problem:

You receive a penny on January 1st, two cents the next day, four cents the next and so on, doubling every day. How long will it take to be millionaire? Suppose you started with a nickel and doubled, how long before you are worth a million dollars?

Parents Corner Info!

Important Dates!

· January 14: Home basketball game vs Cullowhee

· January 21: No School; MLK Day!

PBIS is ready to go!

Students can earn tickets for following our PBIS expectations and go beyond what is expected. The student can choose to put their ticket or tickets in a container in the media center. If the student’s name is drawn, the student will be able to select a prize from a variety of choices (stuffed animals, cars, coloring books, dolls, stickers, etc.) A drawing will be held each Friday. Winners’ names will be announced during afternoon announcements on Fridays. Remember here at SME we respect ourselves, others, and learning

SME Health Fair!

Smokey Mountain Elementary School will host its annual health fair on Thursday, January 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event, which kicks off with a free healthy meal and will feature over 25 booths covering a wide range of health-related topics including nutrition, mental health, disease prevention, physical fitness, dental hygiene, massage, fire safety and more. Guests will have several opportunities to taste test a variety of healthy recipes and gather up information, and collect free health giveaways. The first 100 attendees will receive free Subway coupons, and door prizes will be given out throughout the night. Kids and families alike enjoy the pirate theme and are welcome to dress up like a pirate, and be part of our "Healthy Crew". Students , Families and members of the community are all invited to attend this special event. For more information about the Health Fair, please contact Smokey Mountain Elementary School at (828) 497-5535.

Strengthening Families Program!

Check out the flyer below for information for the Strengthening Families program. This program will be starting on January 7th in Jackson County.