8th Grade Cardinal Newsletter

January 15 - January 26

Science News

All 8th grade science students will be taking their second nine weeks assessment on Tuesday, January 16. They had the opportunity to pick up a study guide as well as take their journals home to help them prepare.

Content wise, we are moving into our Earth and Space unit. The next two weeks will bring the introduction of plate tectonics, topographic maps, and satellite images.

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

Math News

Week of 1/15 – 1/19

· Monday – No School

· Tuesday – 9-week Review

· Wednesday – 9-week Common Assessment

· Thursday – 9-week Common Assessment

· Friday – Last day of the 2nd 9-weeks / 1st Semester

Week of 1/22 – 1/26

· Monday – 8.2B – Estimate the value of irrational number and place them on a number line

· Tuesday – 8.6C – Use models and diagrams to explain the Pythagorean Theorem

· Wednesday – 8.6C – Use models and diagrams to explain the Pythagorean Theorem

· Thursday – 8.7C – Use Pythagorean Theorem and its converse to solve problems

· Friday– 8.7C – Use Pythagorean Theorem and its converse to solve problems

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

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Algebra News

Week of 1/15 - 1/19

  • Monday - No School
  • Tuesday - 2nd 9-week Review
  • Wednesday - 2nd 9-week Test
  • Thursday - 2nd 9-week Test
  • Friday - Last day of the 2nd 9-weeks

Week of 1/22 - 1/26

  • Monday - Quadratics by Factoring
  • Tuesday - Quadratics by Finding the Roots
  • Wednesday - Quadratics by taking the Square Root
  • Thursday - Quadratics by Completing the Square
  • Friday - Quadratic Formula

Tutoring is every morning and every afternoon (except for Friday) by Appointment.

Please check Parent Portal for updated grades. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at ashleighweeaks@melissaisd.org


In 8th Grade Writing, students are preparing to write their compare and contrast essay. With MLK Day coming up on Monday and reading learning about the Holocaust, we are comparing Nobel Peace Prize speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel. Students will read the speeches and identify the main themes, then compare them for similarities and differences. The essay will be due Friday, January 26.

In 8th grade Reading, we have been discussing the causes and effects of the Holocaust in order to prepare ourselves to read the play adapted from, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Students enjoyed taking on the identity of a real victim of the Holocaust and learning his or her fate. It proved to be a very enlightening, yet humbling, activity. I encourage you to ask your student about his/her thoughts and feelings of the Holocaust.

This week we will begin reading the play in reader’s theater format, so students will be able to read as if they are characters in the play. We will read Act I of the play in our literature books and aim to complete Scenes 1-3 by Friday, the 19th. We plan to begin Act II by Friday, the 26th, with our “Day in the Life of Anne Frank Secret Annex Simulation” activity the week after. They are already starting to talk about it!

Lastly, we will also be taking a library trip this week, so please ensure your student is reading his/her independent reading books every night as homework. When we conference, we want to make sure to see progress. As a reminder, we have sent home mandatory tutoring letters, so please have your student return them by Tuesday, because tutoring sessions begin that day.

History News

8th graders will take the second nine weeks test on January 16th. They have had a review guide for a week to help in preparations for the test. We are also playing review trashketball to help get ready for the test. The Constitution unit was a long and difficult journey for many. I think the students came out of it with a much better grasp of how our country functions. Once the nine weeks test is over, we will start the unit over our early presidents. This will take us from the presidencies of George Washington through James Monroe. During this time the United States will meet many great challenges, both foreign and domestic. The third nine weeks, we really pick up the pace covering large amounts of material as we move towards the American Civil War.