8th Grade Newsletter
October 16, 2020
FIRST QUARTER ENDS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
- Please use the following video tutorial to learn how to navigate the sign up process and the link below to sign up with your child's teachers.
Spanish - Mrs. Lackey
- 1st quarter ends October 23rd, so any missing work/retakes must be completed before that date!
Social Studies - Mrs. Marshall
- The students will have a Colonial America Quiz #1 on Wednesday 10/21 (Group A) and Thursday 10/22 (Group B). I have attached the Study List for this quiz.
- As a reminder, all retakes for the Age of Exploration Unit Test must be completed by Friday 10/23.
Algebra and Geometry - Mr. Cerutti
Students are testing Friday (10/16) and Monday (10/19) over their first unit of study - rational numbers, equations, and inequalities.
Students are testing Tuesday (10/20) and Wednesday (10/21) over their first unit of study - fundamentals of geometry such as reasoning and proofs.
Band - Mrs. Chesney
8th Grade Band students have been working really hard on music for Step-Off Night this week and we've made a lot of progress! As a reminder, Step-Off Night is Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30pm at Pirate Stadium.
- Students will need their lyre/flip folder beginning next week so we can adapt to using those to hold music while playing.
- Please look over the Step-Off information Letter attached below.
Choir - Mrs. Duffy
"Soundtrack of My 2020" Year Project
Students began working on a project titled "Soundtrack of My 2020 Year" in class this week. This project has students reflecting on memories and events that have occurred during their 2020 year that are significant or stand out to them. They are then asked to assign a song to each of these events and support their decision based on the relevance of the song's connection to the event or memory. Detailed instructions and examples have been posted in their Choir Google Classroom. They may work on this project at home and on their virtual days, but are also being given time on their in person days to complete it in class.
- The project will be due at midnight on Wednesday, October 21st for A Day students and Thursday, October 22nd for B Day students.
Please have your student check their grades this week before the end of the quarter. If your student is missing any choir assignments from their virtual or in person days, they can still be made up and turned in for full credit as long as they are submitted before the end of the quarter on Friday, October 23rd.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns!
ELA - Mrs. Crowley
- The capitalization retake will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In reading, students were given the guidelines and rubric for their first book talk on October 27/28. Students should be concluding their second independent reading book this quarter and preparing for their book talks. Next week, students will continue reviewing plot, tone, and theme.
PLTW: App Creators - Mrs. Delaney
Students have been working to modify the view and control layers of the Germ Guide App. So far, they have worked with linear programs, but next week we will move on to conditional, non-linear algorithms. They will be focused on writing algorithms and making flowcharts for everyday tasks until they master that process. After that, they will apply their skills to writing programs that include conditions.
- As always, students should check Google Classroom for assignments on virtual learning days.
Science - Ms. Gunther
Students are becoming chemical bonding experts! They have been busy practicing drawing diagrams and writing formulas for ionic and covalent bonds. Ask your child to tell you the differences between each type of bond and/or have them demonstrate an ionic bond between a metal and nonmetal or a covalent bond between two nonmetals.
- The assessment over the first twenty elements will take place next week.
- Check out Flavia practicing the first 20 elements on her virtual day! You ROCK, Flavia!
Enjoy listening to students from 4B sing our student created song for the first twenty elements of the periodic table!
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Character Strong: Student Dares
Support Your Pirate Athletes!
On Monday, October 19, the PCMS interscholastic volleyball team will have their final volleyball match against Smithville. The match will begin at 4:00 and will be played at Smithville Middle School. Then on Saturday, October 24, they will be concluding their season participating in an end of the season tournament. Good luck, Sophia!
In this video parents and guardians will learn everything they need to know in order to best support their students with using Google Classroom.