The Hornet's Nest

8th grade newsletter

Week of April 1 - 5


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Important Dates:


3rd - Student-Led Conferences

10th - Student-Led Conferences

29th - 8th Grade Celebration Field trip to Sports Fusion


Below you will find the link to the Proficiency Scale for ELO 10 (Volume and Surface Area). Ask your child where they are currently performing. They have that information in their 8th Grade eBinder.

Students need to either have their book or have access to the online book to be able to ensure their understanding of the concepts by doing their independent work.

Week at a Glance

Students will be introduced to volume and surface area.

This Week's Objectives:

Students will be able to volume of prisms, pyramids, cones, cylinders, and spheres. They will also review surface area of prisms and pyramids.

Daily Independent Work:

Monday: Introduction to Reference Sheet

Tuesday: Volume of Cylinders and Cones; Worksheet

Wednesday: Volume of Spheres; Mixed Worksheet

Thursday: Surface Area of Prism and Pyramid Review; Worksheet

Friday: Surface Area of Cylinders; Worksheet

Advanced Math

Week at a Glance:

This week students will be show their knowledge of exponents.

This Week's Objectives:

Students will use and apply their knowledge of the Laws of Exponents.

Daily Independent Work:

Monday: Topic 6 Test

Tuesday: Topic 6 Test

Wednesday: ReTeach/Topic 6 Corrections

Thursday: PreTest for Topic 3 Functions

Friday: House Day

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

Students will continue our unit over Westward Expansion. Students will be looking at project choice this week to dig deeper in their learning over Manifest Destiny.

Students will be learning:

Students will analyze the concept of Manifest Destiny as a catalyst for change in American history.

Objective 11 Important Vocabulary:

Manifest Destiny, James K. Polk, Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, Oregon Country, California, Mexican Cession, Alamo, Lone Star Republic

Learning Target for the Week:

Objective #11: The student can describe HOW and WHY the United States gained ALL of the following territories:

  • Oregon

  • Texas

  • California & New Mexico



W We hope that you each enjoy your spring break and you take time to relax, rest, rejuvenate, and prepare for an amazing week of learning for when we return. Most classes have finished reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer! As we work toward finishing the Tom Sawyer Unit, we will be completing the "Identify and Support Theme" objective. We will also begin writing our Persuasive Writing where you will be supporting the Theme you identified!

Weekly Agenda:

Monday: Finish Tom Sawyer Reading/ Film

Tuesday: Solidify your Theme

Wednesday: Brainstorm for Persuasive Writing

Thursday: Persuasive Writing Lesson

Friday: Persuasive Writing Lesson

*You need to bring your charged chrome book everyday to be successful.



Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

Weekly Agenda:

Monday: Kahoot review of expectations, atoms and simple molecules

Tuesday: Build extended structures with toothpicks and marshmellows

Wednesday: Assessment over extended structures and simple molecule models

Thursday: What's in the bag? activity, Learn about physical properties

Friday: Chemical properties, what are they, what happens

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