Panther Newsletter

8th Grade

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, December 4 - Student Dance - 7th/8th grade dance 7:30-9:30
  • Thursday, December 10 - Progress Reports
  • Thursday, December 10 - College Day
  • Thursday, December 10 - Band Concert @ 7:00 PM @ the VAHS gym
  • Friday, December 11 - Students Present Car Project to potential Sponsors
  • December 14-15 - Quarterly Tests & Preliminary Car Races
  • Tuesday, December 15 - Field Trip Permission Forms Due w/ $12
  • Thursday, December 17 - Fundraiser Party 8:30 AM -10:30 AM
  • Friday, December 18 - Outsiders Movie & Car Finals - Early Release @ 1:25
  • December 21- January 4 - Christmas Break

Museum Field Trip Information:

Today, students brought home a permission form for our field trip to the Holocaust Museum and JFK Museum in Dallas on January 6, 2016. We will be leaving the school at 8:15 and return at the end of the school day. Students need to dress nicely and bring a jacket as we will be walking from one museum to the other.

The cost of the trip is $12 and lunch at Spaghetti Warehouse is included in this price. Please sign and return the permission form with $12 as soon as possible.

We are in need of 6 parents to go with us as a chaperone for a group of students. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Brown as soon as possible and be sure to click the link below to access the necessary form to be approved. Please do this as soon as possible because the process can take up to two weeks.

2nd Quarter Testing Schedule

Monday, December 14 - Reading & Science

Tuesday, December 15 - Math & History

2nd Quarter Test Correction Due Dates

All test corrections must be returned to the teacher no later than Friday, December 18!

College Day

In order to increase college awareness among our students, we are going to have College Day on Thursday, December 10. During this time, our 8th graders will learn about things they will encounter at the high school (GPA, SAT test, ACT test, graduation endorsements, scholarship opportunities, and much more).

On College Day, your child is welcome to wear college attire, including a college hat. Please ensure that your child does not wear something that would be disruptive to our learning environment. We look forward to this being a fun time and for the students to learn more about the possibilities that lie before them!

Science & ELAR News:

This week, students will begin engineering and constructing their Greaser Derby Cars. As soon as they have a working car, they will begin planning their "pitches" to try and convince potential sponsors to back their car.

Thank You to our Generous Rev Your Engine Rumble Sponsors

Community Sponsors:

Dr. Paul Westmoreland, Mandy Montgomery, Brian Rose, John Carroll, Jay Carson, Donna Kern, Mason Adams, Erica Hyatt, Kim Rasor, Casey Storment, and David Griffin

Educational Sponsors:

Dr. Spies, Dr. Brown, Ryan Coleman, Kelly Moore, Elizabeth Smith, Jeremiah Johnson, Wendi Russell, and Cammi Bruton

We still need a few community sponsors at the times listed below. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Brown at

2nd Period from 9:00 - 9:52

4th Period from 10:49 - 11:38

6th Period from 1:43 - 2:32

Math & Algebra News:

In Algebra, we will start solving systems of equations. We will solve by graphing, substitution and elimination. It's my favorite topic in Algebra because it's like solving a puzzle! We will have our test over systems on Friday, December 11th.

In math, we will end this semester with dilation of similar figures. We will wrap this up the middle of next week, then we will spend a few days reviewing surface area and volume.

The nine weeks test will cover all material from the entire semester. The best way for students to prepare is to look over their interactive notebook, and see if they remember all of the previous material. Also, the weekly study island assignments are based on previously taught material.

U.S. History News:

We are beginning Unit #4: Establishing a New Government, 1777 to 1788 this week. In this Unit students will analyze the Articles of Confederation to figure out why our first constitution did not work. They will then learn about all the steps it took to create the Constitution we all know and love today...including our Bill of Rights!

Reminder: Corrections for the Unit #3 Test are due by Monday, 12/7.

Check out one of the FakeBook pages one of my honors students put together! They were each assigned a significant individual from the Revolutionary Era and had to write posts from that person's POV for various events before, during, and after the American Revolution! They did an amazing job!

Donations for Lakota Indian Reservation

Mrs. VanHerpen will be heading up to the Lakota Indian Reservation later this month to bring them warm clothes and other winter items. If you or anyone you know might be interested, she will happily collect any good conditioned items and take them later this month. Thank you for your support!

Bring donations to Mrs. Duncan by December 14th.

Needs: (Of any size/age)

Warm clothes - Coats - Blankets - Hats - Mittens/Gloves