The Hornet's Nest

8th grade newsletter

Week of March 11 - 15


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Important Dates:


15th: End of 3rd Quarter

13 - 20 Sports Spectacular Sign Ups

22nd: House Day

25th - 29th: Spring Break


Below you will find the link to the Proficiency Scale for ELO 8 and 9 (Angles and Pythagorean Theorem). Ask your child where they are currently performing. They have that information in their 8th Grade eBinder.

Students need to either have their book or have access to the online book to be able to ensure their understanding of the concepts by doing their independent work.

Week at a Glance

Students will work with angles (ELO 9, Pythagorean Theorem).

This Week's Objectives:

Students will be able to find lengths using right triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem.

Daily Independent Work:

Monday: Lesson 5-5 The Pythagorean Theorem; Worksheet

Tuesday: Lesson 5-6 Use the Pythagorean Theorem; pg 427 1-5

Wednesday: Lesson 5-6; Worksheet

Thursday: Lesson 5-7 Distance on the Coordinate Plane; pg 435 1-3

Friday: Lesson 5-7; Worksheet

Advanced Math

Week at a Glance:

This week students will be applying their knowledge of the Laws of Exponents to equations.

This Week's Objectives:

Students will apply the Laws of Exponents to equations with exponents.

Daily Independent Work:

Monday: 6.3 Pythagorean Theorem; Worksheet

Tuesday: 6.3 Pythagorean Theorem; Apply Worksheet

Wednesday: 6.3 Pythagorean Theorem; Coordinate Grid Worksheet

Thursday: Review

Friday: Topic 6 Test

Social Studies

Week at a Glance:

Students will finish testing this week over objective #9: Andrew Jackson

Up next: Westward Expansion!

Students will be learning:

Students will analyze the concept of Manifest Destiny as a catalyst for change in American history.

Objective 11 Important Vocabulary:

Manifest Destiny, James K. Polk, Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, Oregon Country, California, Mexican Cession, Alamo, Lone Star Republic

Learning Target for the Week:

Objective #11: The student can describe HOW and WHY the United States gained ALL of the following territories:

  • Oregon

  • Texas

  • California & New Mexico


We continue working on our reading of Adventures of Tom Sawyer. We are still assessing daily the our comprehension of the text for our objective (8.RL.3.D). We will be working on writing a story about our themes and selecting our themes in the upcoming weeks (8.W.2.A.c).

Please check in that you are keeping up with the readings.

*You need to bring your charged chrome book everyday to be successful.



Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

Weekly Agenda:

Monday: Complete Periodic Table Battleship and PT notes

Tuesday: Learn about chemical formulas and how to make models of them

Wednesday: Chemical formulas continued

Thursday: Exploring extended structures and large molecules

Friday: Assess Objective over models of atomic composition