Hornet's Nest

FMS 8th Grade Newsletter: Week of Sept. 9-13

Classroom Notes


Whew! It's been a long week of NWEA testing for all of our ELA students. They have worked hard to set benchmark scores that we will work to progress from throughout the years. The students completed the NWEA test this week over both Reading Comprehension and Language Arts Skills. They were troopers!


Objective: 8RL1A: Draw conclusions, infer, and analyze by citing the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Learning Target: Identify the setting of a story including time, place and mood.

Monday: No School- Teacher Professional Development Day

This week we will introduce the "setting" in a story, novel or other medium. Students will begin working to identify the setting independently through a classroom WebQuest assignment. We will then read a short story together and apply what we have learned about the setting to this story. Students will complete an exit activity to show mastery.

We will continue to read and reflect independently as part of our curriculum. Students will soon be choosing a book to read for a book review later this semester.

We're excited for another busy week at FMS!


Unit Objectives:

GM.A.1 Verify experimentally the congruency properties of rigid transformations.

GM.A.5 Use informal arguments to establish facts about the angle sum and exterior angle of triangles and about the angles created when parallel lines are cut by a transversal.

Learning Target for the Week:

To identify and use transformations.


Tuesday: Lesson 7 No Bending or Stretching; Week Sheet #3

Wednesday: Lesson 8 Rotation Patterns

Thursday: Lesson 9 Moves in Parallel

Friday: Lesson 10 Composing Figures; Test Monday

Week Sheet #3 (Lessons 7-10) assigned Tuesday; due Monday

Advanced Math

Unit Objective:

Understand how to write and solve equations and inequalities.

Learning Target for the Week:

To use and solve equations and proportions.


Tuesday: 1-2 Solving Linear Equations (Writing Equations); WS 1-2

Wednesday: 1-3 Solve Equations with Variables on Both Sides; pg 22 16-21

Thursday: Lesson 1-3; pg 22 12, 14, 24-27

Friday: Lesson 1-3; WS 1-3


Unit Objectives:

6-8.ETS1.A.1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1.B.1: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem

6-8.ETS1.B.2: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

6-8.ETS1.B.3: Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

Learning Target for the Week: Put the steps of the engineering design process to work to build a lander.


Tuesday: Knipe--sharing lander data: redesign cycle

Shrout: Forces reading and notes

Wednesday: Knipe--Test the final lander product

Shrout: Balanced vs unbalanced forces simulation

Thursday: Knipe--Lander Assessment

Shrout: Net forces simulation

Friday: Knipe--Force stations

Shrout: Sharing lander data: redesign cycle

Mrs. Shrout will be out of the building Tuesday-Thursday at a conference. I will be checking my email daily. Due to this, her activities for the week will be different from Mr. Knipe's. Please feel free to contact me if you have an questions or concerns.

Why did our Country's first Goverment not work?

We started this week Tuesday, and we've hit the ground running! We've looked at the Articles of Confederation and why this loose Government wasn't very successful in early America. We also went over how the United States paid for the Revolutionary War and how Shays rebellion impacted our country early on. Next week, we are going straight into the Contenital Congress.

Social Studies

Unit Objective:

6-8.AH.3.GS.E: Apply the principles of rule of law, representation, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism to explain the purposes and functions of the Constitution.

This Week in History:

We will continue our unit on the development of the Constitution. This will include looking at the Constitutional COnvention and how the convention was divided based on economics, religion, land and other factors. Your students will also see how it would have been like for the delegates to debate issues like states' rights and balance of power.

Questions? Email your child's social studies teacher:

Lara Brunk - lbrunk@fulton58.org

Chris Crowson - ccrowson@fulton58.org -

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Hats and Hoodies in School

As a reminder, hats and hoodies are only to be worn at school if a student has purchased a Hat Pass from the Thrive Hive. Students who choose to wear hats or hoodies in the hallway will be asked to take them off.