MJS Class of 2016

A Newsletter for All Things 8th Grade

Week of November 23, 2015

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Final Exams

Final exams are just around the corner!

In order to prepare our students for their future academic career, we provide the experience of final exams to our students. This semester, students will take 90 minute finals in Math, English, History, Science, and World Languages.

This tends to be a time of heightened anxiety for students and parents. Please know that we are aware of this. The teachers do everything they can to ease the normal stress associated with final exams. A lot of time in classes will be spent teaching students strategies for studying for larger summative tests like these.

Students should receive study guides for the finals the week we return from Thanksgiving break. Homework will continue to be assigned until the week before finals.

Finals Schedule:

Thursday, December 10: Math Final 8:20-9:50am, World Language Final 10:05-11:35am

Friday, December 11: English Final 8:20-9:50am. Afterwards, 8th graders will be invited to sit with their mothers at the Mother's Christmas Luncheon. Student have free, semi-formal dress on this day.

Monday, December 14: History FInal 8:20-9:50am. Students performing in the Christmas Concert will leave for St. Andrew's church after for dress rehearsal.

Tuesday, December 15: Science Final 8:20-9:50am (Christmas Concert at 6pm)

Christmas Concert

December 15, 6pm

St. Andrew Church

Only 8th grade students who are involved in Chamber Choir, Student Council, and/or Rock Band will be participating in the Christmas Concert. Rehearsals will be during the normal school day and regular after school meeting times, as to not interfere with preparation for final exams.

We are proud of our multi-talented students who are able to balance arts, athletics, and academics, and we look forward to an impressive display of their musicality at the Concert.

Donuts with Dads: November 17 & 18

Friday Families: November 20

Good Shepherd Shelter: Adopt-a-Family


For over 15 years, Mayfield School Families have participated in the Adopt-a-Family project providing Christmas gifts for the women and children at Good Shepherd Shelter in Los Angeles. Gifts are purchased from wish lists distributed each November, lovingly wrapped, collected in large boxes for each Good Shepherd family and then blessed at the start of the Mothers’ Christmas luncheon.

This MJS tradition is an opportunity for the eighth graders as leaders of the student body to show commitment and responsibility as they organize the donated gifts with their younger school family members and prepare them for delivery. As eighth graders explore more about their role in social justice issues through their service learning projects this year, the act of making a difference in the lives of the Good Shepherd families is more meaningful and offers a valuable opportunity to think beyond themselves as the holidays approach.

For more information on Good Shepherd Shelter visit the website below. For questions on the Adopt-a-Family program, please talk to your 8th grader.

The gifts will all be collected on Friday, December 4.

Good Shepherd Shelter - Growing Our Future

Curriculum Spotlight: Math

In Ms. White's class, 8th graders are doing linear functions, finding rate of change, graphing slopes, and writing equations in slope intercept form for parallel and perpendicular lines. Here are the mathematicians in action...

Robotics Competition

A shout out for our MJS Robotics team: Unstable Logix. They will compete in the FLL (First Lego League) qualifying tournament this Saturday, November 21. Good luck!
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How do I locate ISEE test sites?

Below is the link to the ISEE testing site. If your student is going to be applying to a high school that requires the ISEE, be sure to sign up at one of these sites. Some high schools ask that the test be taken before a specific date. Be sure to check the website of the schools your student is applying to. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Long at 626.229.2125 or plong@mayfieldjs.org.

  • ISEE Test Information

    To sign up for the MJS test site on January 9, you will need the following code: vELiJqPL
    Space is limited to 20 students.

8th Grade Reach Out: St. Francis Center

November 24th student ambassadors to St. Francis Center will be Hayden E., Hayley E., Carter L., and Paige N. For the complete schedule and more information on our Reach Out, please click here.

Thank you to Mrs. Dilbeck for your supervision of this Reach Out and to all of our parent drivers!

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Buy Your Christmas Tree from Mayfield Senior!

Believe it or not, Christmas will be here before you know it. Mayfield Senior School is the place to get your Christmas tree!

For more information click HERE or you can place your order now by simply clicking on the following link: https://www.mayfieldsenior.org/christmasstore.

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Please come and support our Mayfield Mustangs! Here is what's coming up this week, for the complete season schedule, please visit the "MJS Athletics" page on the parent portal.

NOV 23: Girls B Soccer

Start 3:00 PM

Location: Mayfield

Tennis Schedule

Girls Soccer Schedule

Boys A/B Team Basketball Schedule

Boys C Basketball Schedule

Have you followed us on Twitter yet? @MJSAthletics It's a great way to get up-to-date game results!

Bikes, Skateboards, and iCruzes

Just a reminder that these are only allowed on campus if they are used as a means of transportation to and from school. They should be stored in a safe place during the school day; students are not allowed to ride them on campus.

Hover Boards are NOT allowed on campus.

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Things to Look Forward to...

  • Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving

  • Monday, November 30: Advent Prayer Service, 8am

  • Saturday, December 5: ISEE, 8am-12pm HPAC

  • Tuesday, December 8: Mass of the Immaculate Conception, 9am GYM

  • Thursday, December 10-Thursday, December 17: Final Exams

  • Friday, December 11: Mother's Christmas Luncheon, 8th graders are invited to sit with their mothers

  • Tuesday, December 15: Christmas Concert, 6pm St. Andrew Church

  • Friday, December 18: Christmas Prayer Service, 9am GYM

HALF DAY - noon dismissal

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8th Grade Advisory Team

Pamela Danni, Team Leader and Director of Student Activities (pdanni@mayfieldjs.org)

Lisa Byrne, Advisor, Play Director, and Co-Team Leader (lbyrne@mayfieldjs.org)

Chris Goethals, Advisor and Secondary School Liaison (cgoethals@mayfieldjs.org)

Juan Garcia, Advisor and Student Council Leader (jgarcia@mayfieldjs.org)

Ruth Villarreal, Advisor and Athletics Director (rvillarreal@mayfieldjs.org)

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