OMS 8th Grade Newsletter

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events Below! 11/16 - 11/20

1st Annual STEM Night

Our 1st annual STEM night was a HUGE success! Thank you to all parents and families who came out. Thank you to all student and teacher volunteers! We could not have done it without you!! :)

Lunch and Learn ~ A Parent Workshop for Middle and Elementary Parents ~

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 **11:30 to 12:30 pm **Cumming Elementary School

Topic: Strategies for Supporting Student Motivation and Performance in Homework

Guest Speaker: Alaine Glover, Community Counselor

A light Lunch will be served/ Child care and translators will be provided

RSVP/questions/comments please contact:

Ali M. Cregan

770-887-5248 X790325


Please send the attachment as well as this link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa5aa2fa5f58-omsfbi

SFHS IB Program Information

South Forsyth HS will be hosting our yearly IB Program Parent Information Night on December 1st , 2015 from 6 – 7 pm in our East Hall Cafeteria. We will provide you with more details soon.

OMS Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Hoops For Heart

Otwell Middle School is joining the fight against heart disease and stroke by hosting our annual Hoops for Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association. This year for Hoops for Heart we are having a 3v3 Basketball Tournament. The event is Friday, November 20th during your connections time.

Here are the details-

Otwell students will put together basketball teams of 4 players from their grade level and gather donations for the American Heart Association. To enter the tournament, the team must donate at least $40 to the American Heart Association. However, there is an incentive for the more money that is donated. For every $20 raised above the minimum amount, that team gets 1 extra point during every game up to the semi-final round (Final 4).

It will be a single elimination tournament with the winning team taking home a Nike drawstring bag, Hoops for Heart basketball, Gatorade water bottle, customized champions t-shirt, and of course bragging rights! In addition, all students that donate $3 the day of the event will be able to come to the gym to watch the games! AND there’s more… during the Hoops for Heart time there will be a “Half Court Shoot Out” where the students that are in the gym can donate $1 per shot for a chance to win a REAL Otwell Bulldog basketball uniform!

The team registrations are due to a PE Coach by noon on Thursday, November 19th.

All of the details are posted on the PE website: http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/48032. Attached is the registration form for the students that want to register a team.

Last year we raised a school record of $4995.07. Our goal is to beat that this year and create a new school record!

Drama News

Otwell Middle School Drama presents our Fall Play Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland at the Forsyth Central Performing Arts Center on November 18th and 19th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00. Join us as we travel through the world of two of literature’s famous young ladies! We hope to see you there!

Social Studies

Ms. Sessa:

We will begin Unit 6: Westward Expansion of Georgia this week with a focus on land growth in the state due to wars and treaties made during the early 1800s.


Ms. Salazar:

Tues 11/17: Vocab & People Tier Activities due

Fri 11/20: Revolutionary Slogan Activity due


Ms. Coleman:

Chapter 10 Summative Exam is Tuesday November 17. Study guide is published online in Its Learning (Planner).

Science

Mrs. Holmes (Advanced):

Students will be exploring energy and its transformations over the next two weeks until Thanksgiving break. We will have a summative assessment on Friday, 11/19.


Mr. McCormack, Mr. Kinneer, and Mrs. Holmes:

Students will be exploring energy and its transformations over the next two weeks until Thanksgiving break. We will have a summative assessment on Friday, 11/19.

Math:

Ms. Pitner and Mrs. Black:

Student have worked hard this week proving their understanding of functions. Earlier this week, students created their own Functions Flipbook to help review their knowledge of functions. On Wednesday, students took a quiz to assess this understanding. We have just moved on the learning about linear functions. This will incorporate equations with the other representations they have already learned about (table, graph, ordered pairs, and mapping diagram). Next week, we will continue our learning about linear functions.


Ms. Cooper:

Accelerated/Advanced Math – Cooper – Please check the class website for all assignments (ie. homework, class work, and assessments). https://mathmscooper.wordpress.com/

Spanish

Ms. Pacheco:

This upcoming week will be dedicated to finishing up Unit 3. This week will cover more vocabulary as well as how to use the verbs. We will be ending the week with a quiz. If your student will not be here on Friday, please have them let me know so other arrangements can be made. Encourage your student to be looking at their words a little bit every night. That’s the only way they will truly learn their vocabulary. If you need ideas on how you can help them, feel free to contact me. As always, have your student show you their itslearning consistently to be up to date on daily assignments and due dates. Have a great weekend!


Ms. Campos:

Students are currently working on Unit 3-The family. Students are to continue studying their vocabulary words. Parents, please allow your student to practice speaking at home by saying their words/teaching you what we learn in class.



**Mark your calendars! Our Spanish class will participate in the county 2015 World Language Expo. This year the event will be held at Lambert High School on Monday December 7, 2015. ALL high school and middle school language students are invited to participate. This is an excellent opportunity for your student to shine and show off his/her language skills. This year’s event will include opportunities for individual and group events. Questions? Check out future announcements or email Sra. Campos.**

Language Arts

Mrs. Taylor:


Advanced:

It is going to be a busy week before Thanksgiving Break.

This week we will begin discussing our novel And Then There Were None. The students are responsible to have chapters 1-4 read by Monday and 5-8 by Friday. They will also keep journal entry on different characters. All the pertinent information is found on ITS learning. On Thursday, Nov 19th we will have part 1 of the summative on our short story unit. On the 20th the students will take part 2. This will be the essay part of the test. Students have been given the essay topics ahead of time. They are found on ITS learning.

On Level

We are going to read and annotate “The Landlady”. Wednesday will be our review day before the test.

On Thursday, Nov 19th we will have part 1 of the summative on our short story unit. On the 20th the students will take part 2. This will be the essay part of the test. Students have been given the essay topics ahead of time. They are found on ITS learning.


Mrs. Barrett and Ms. Sams:

Next week, we will be finishing up our Short Story unit. We will wrap up “Tell Tale Heart” by working on a writing activity. From there, we will review literary terms, parts of the plot diagram, and discuss the characters, settings, and plots of each story. We will also review where each of these things are represented in the stories or how the author used the literary devices. We will be taking the short story Summative on Thursday and Friday.

Reading

Mrs. Griffey:

We are finishing our Plot projects and students should be ready to present them on Thursday of next week. We are working on summarizing short passages. We are continuing our work with Language! Live for one connection and phonics and vocabulary work with the other class. All projects are due by November 19th or they will be asked to stay for after school detention to complete the project. The students have had time at the end of each class period for three weeks.