8th Grade Cardinal Newsletter

October 9 - October 20

Science News

Students completed their first test over atomic structure and we will be heading into properties of the periodic table next week. Look for a homework assignment to go home Thursday 9/28.

All students will be completing a project this nine weeks and we will use Monday as our day of research. This project is completed outside of class and is due October 20.

Tutoring is available Mon-Thurs 4:15-5:00.

Math & Algebra


Week of 10/9 – 10/13

· Monday – No School

· Tuesday – 8.12D – Compound Interest

· Wednesday – 8.12D – Simple and Compound Interest

· Thursday – 8.12A – Compare how loan length and interest rate affect the cost of credit

· Friday – 8.4B,C – Slope as a unit rate can be represented as a graph, table, or equation

Week of 10/16 – 10/20

· Monday – 8.8A,B,C; 8.12A,D – Review Unit 3 Common Assessment

· Tuesday – 8.8A,B,C; 8.12A,D – Unit 3 Common Assessment

· Wednesday – 8.4B,C – Find Slope from a situation, table, graph, or equation

· Thursday – 8.4A,B,C – Find Slope using Similar Right Triangles

· Friday – 8.4B,C – Use a table or graph to determine Slope and Y-Intercept

Tutoring is offered Monday-Friday in the morning (8:10-8:40) and Monday-Thursday after school (4:10-5:00). Please continue to check Parent Portal to keep updated on your child's averages in their classes . Please contact your child's teacher at any time if you have any questions or concerns and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Whitney Vana: wvana@melissaisd.org

Ashleigh Weeaks: ashleighweeaks@melissaisd.org

Christie Weaver: cweaver@melissaisd.org

Algebra 1

Week of 10/9 – 10/13

  • Monday: No School
  • Tuesday: Slope by 2 Points
  • Wednesday: Slope by Tables
  • Thursday: Slope and Point Slope Formulas
  • Friday: Slope Intercept Form

Week of 10/16 – 10/20

  • Monday : Inequalities by Graph
  • Tuesday : Inequalities by Table
  • Wednesday : Unit 3 Review
  • Thursday : Unit 3 Assessment
  • Friday : 1st Nine Week Review

Please know you can always check your child's grades through Parent Portal. As always if you have any questions or concerns please email your child’s teacher and we will be happy to explain any confusions, or answer any questions. My email address is ashleighweeaks@melissaisd.org


In writing, we are approximately halfway through our unit on poetry. This week we have read and analyzed Abuelito Who by Sandra Cisneros and students have begun working on their own poems, emulating Cisneros', about a person who has had an impact on their lives. This will be due toward the end of next week. At the end of next week, the 12th or 13th, we will begin working on our career research project. We encourage you to begin brainstorming with your child about what career they might be interested in researching.

Now that the school year is in full swing, 8th Grade Reading has finished up conflict and characterization and have been work on the Notice & Note signposts. Our plan is to begin the novels in the next two weeks. Remember students are required to read their independent reading books for 20-30 minutes per night. I have started conferencing with each student and set up goal dates to finish his/her book. Please encourage them to strive to meet their goals. Lastly, don't forget to sign up for Remind101 and peruse Mrs. Van Schepen's Class Pinterest page. It includes book suggestions, homework and study tips, TED Talk recommendations, etc. Search for "Mrs. Van Schepen's Class" and follow her boards!

US History News

The 8th graders are not only learning history, but they are also learning how to prove their answers. They are doing a great job finding the correct information and then are able to explain how and why the answer is correct. This is essential to doing well on the social studies STAAR test. Our study of the development of the 13 colonies is over, but we will continue to spiral it back in throughout the year. We start the Revolutionary War unit now. This will begin our look into how the American Revolution started. We will look at key laws, people, and events. This will lead us into discuss the Declaration of Independence and the ensuing war.

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