Weekly Newsletter

August 30, 2019

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This week students took a quiz over review topics covered so far including integer operations, order of operations and evaluating expressions. If they are not happy with their grade, ANY student can retake the quiz. They need to schedule a time with me before or after school or during lunch to do so. Next week we will continue our lessons on equations including solving one and two step equations, evaluating expressions and combining like terms. If you are new to our newsletter, I have included below a copy of our classroom expectations and what you can expect to learn this year in 8th grade math as well as my contact information!

I have included some photos below of the awesome work your students have been doing in class! We worked on review activities like Add it up to get ready for the quiz. Students also had some awesome Numbers About Me notebook assignments. These are just a few!

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Karissa Hammock



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Download the PDF document to see the assignments that we have been working on for the 1st three weeks of class. These assignments are in the grade book and students are allowed to retake them as much as they want to get a higher score.
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U.S. History

American History ~ Mrs. Reilly

Hello All!

A Quick update for you! This week we started and completed a DBQ. DBQ Stands for Document Based Question. The Theme of this DBQ was "Valley Forge" The students went over 6 different primary and secondary sources to answer the question "Had you been a solider at Valley Forge, would you have quit?" Below you will see a running poll we did after Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of their answer to that question! The reasons why they chose their answers were always a fun discussion in class.

This DBQ counts as their test grade for this Unit!! The test grade will be the result of an essay we outlined on Thursday and is due on Friday!

We have been working together on this DBQ for the whole week together as a class so the whole packet should be completed, highlighted, and full! However, the students know that if they have a questions I will be happy to write passes so they can always come in before or after school!

Friday we are playing a fun Vocab game. This vocabulary list is only 10 words. Some of the words included are "Declaration", "Government", "Act", and "Tax".

The vocab quiz will be Tuesday September 3rd.

We are through another week! Proud of your students everyday. Truly a great group!

If you have any questions or comments please contact me at Jillianreilly@usd475.org

Or at extension 4864

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Language Arts

This week in English Language Arts we are writing our paragraphs to address the Unit 1 Essential Question in regards to the short story, The Landlady. The Unit 1 EQ is: How and why do people manipulate the truth. Students are also working hard on their vocabulary packets. This will be an exciting year! Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Dr. Kerrin Weatherwax

KerrinWeatherwa@usd475.org/ ext. 4863

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Foundations Language Arts

This is my 15th year teaching, and 13 of those years have been teaching Middle School students. I absolutely love being a teacher! Along with teaching, I am also passionate about my Family. William is 22 years old, and he is in his 4TH year in the Navy. He is fun and super goofy! He just returned from a six month tour in the Middle East. Cody is 20 years old, a welder, and absolutely full of life. I will also be getting married in November! Let's have a great year.
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Please Don't Be Absent!

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact.As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.

For more information, you can visit http://absencesaddup.org/importance-of-school-attendance/

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