Team 9 Update

Issue 23 January 31, 2019

Hello, Families!

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Upcoming Events

Monday, February 3rd

  • Boys Basketball 7th Grade at Topeka Seaman, 8th Grade @ JCMS 3:30-5:30

  • Tuesday, February 4th

    • "Flowers for Algernon" Two-Voice Poem Presentations in Language Arts (Murphy)

    • 7th & 8th Grade Bowling @ Gage Bowl 2:00
    • 7th Grade Boys' Basketball @ Shawnee Heights 3:30
    • 8th Grade Boys' Basketball @ JCMS 3:30

    Wednesday, February 5th

    • Math Quiz (WILLIAMS)
    • Academic Success in WINN
    • 7th & 8th Grade Bowling @ JC Big Bowl 2:00

    Thursday, February 6th

    • 7th & 8th Grade Bowling @ Flint Hills Lanes 2:00
    • 7th Grade Boys' Basketball @ JCMS 3:30
    • 8th Grade Boys' Basketball @ Manhattan Eisenhower 3:30

    Friday, February 7th

    • "Flowers for Algernon" One-Pager Due in Language Arts (Murphy)
    • Mrs. Williams will be out- KAYs Conference


    February 24th – JCMS Orchestra Concert​

    March 3rd – JCMS Choir Concert​

    March 4th – JCMS Band Concert

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    Team 9 Core Classes

    Language Arts

    We are in our third unit of the school year. This unit is all about technology and ethics. The essential question we will be exploring is:

    "What ethical issues should be considered in the advancement of technology?"

    Students just finished reading the short story "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. This story is about a man with an intellectual disability that volunteers to be the first person ever to have his IQ tripled. We are having some great conversations about the topics and themes in this story. Ask your student to tell you about "Flowers for Algernon" at home!

    To conclude this short story, students will be writing a Two-Voice Poem while taking the perspective of two different characters from the story. Students are required to present their poem to the class (with their partner) on Tuesday February 4th to receive credit for the assignment.

    On Friday February 7th, the "Flowers for Algernon" One-Pager will be due. Students will be creating a miniature poster to represent the story in an eye-catching way. Students will also have the option to present their One-Pager to the class on Friday to earn extra credit.

    This unit is also filled with current, non-fiction articles. There are so many topics that involve technology and ethics in our world today. Students will be reading excerpts from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley to add one more fiction piece to the mix. This unit will end right before spring break with a final project that encompasses all the we have read and discussed in Unit 3.

    Please feel free to e-mail me at any time with questions or concerns about your student's progress in Language Arts. I am happy to help with all of your needs! Thank you for sharing your student with me--I'm having a great school year with this group of 8th graders.

    Mrs. Lindsay Murphy

    ✪ How to Model & Graph a Linear Function | 8th Grade Common Core

    Math- Williams

    We are continuing to work on functions. We are interpreting rates of change and initial values from multiple representations (a table, a graph, an equation, or a verbal description.) Check out Schoology for help links! Schoology

    Check your email for a weekly progress report from math class.

    The personalized learning unit that students have in Schoology (Scientific Notation) is due FEBRUARY 27th. I will be entering grades this weekend for that unit. Students may check Schoology to see their progress.

    Students can come in to WINN or lunch tutoring for help.

    Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions. I offer at least 2 tutoring sessions a week. Students just need to sign up on the sign-up sheet outside my classroom.

    Jamie Williams

    Tutor Times:

    Monday at lunch

    WINN on Wednesday

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    US History

    Our first unit for the new year is the Industrial Revolution!

    This week we are studying the many changes that the Industrial Revolution of the mid 1800's brought to the United States. In addition to industrialization, we are also looking at how immigration and urbanization affected the United States. We will also look at inventions and how they impacted these rapid changes that occurred in the mid-1800's.

    Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Ben Trenary



    Hey all!

    As we move forward in investigating our question, "How do eggs hatch into chicks?," we now have chick eggs incubating and should be hatching over Valentines Day (hopefully). Students have collected data and made observations to determine what's happening inside the egg before it hatches.

    One important goal of scientists and our learning community is to keep testing the ideas we figured out to see if they can apply to a broader and broader range of phenomena. So next week we will be bringing in sources to gather evidence to answer that question.

    As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

    Breanna Temaat


    Spanish Translation Phone Line 785-717-4428

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