End of the Year Newsletter
8th grade Newsletter
End of the Year!
It is hard to believe that the end of the school year has arrived! 9 months have passed very quickly here at Otto Middle School.
This year’s end always brings with it a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Our students have been involved in an extraordinary number of activities. Of course, we should not forget the great amount of learning which has taken place during the year. The 8th grade students have demonstrated great character and will be truly missed.
We will spend the last month preparing for high school and finishing up on top level for our final exams and STAAR testing.
Otto Middle School Accolades
Math Counts competed February 13th in the district competition and we had FANTASTIC results! Our 4 person team placed 3rd and will be competing in the state competition on March 19th. We had two students place in the top 10 in the district, Justin Yu and Neel Shanmugam. We also received most improved school.
It was a great day for Otto Math!
We were able to send 14 projects and received 10 awards. All 14 projects will compete on February 27th at the Regional Science Fair – please wish them well!
Congratulations to our sixth grade Whiz Quiz Team for their district championship against Rice MS!
It was a great day for Otto Math!
Communication with Teachers
The Otto staff has been working hard to find productive ways to interact with parents and students about upcoming assignments and due dates. A few of the formats frequently being used by the Otto teachers and staff.
1. Remind 101 - Find out from your child's teacher what their classroom code is and receive communications about upcoming assignments and due dates via email or text.
2. Mypisd - The districts website is available to all parents. This site is a great way to access your child's grades and attendance throughout the six weeks.
3. Google Classroom - Check out this link to get started on Google classroom and to help your child get signed up to his or her classes.
6th Six Weeks in a Glance
Our final six weeks in 8th grade science covers plate tectonics, geologic features and activity, and topography and contour mapping. The semester will come to an end with Science STAAR on May 11th and semester exams the last week of school.
Math 8, Algebra and Math Rocks
Students will be finishing the quadratics unit by solving quadratics using completing the square and the quadratic formula. We will spend some time reviewing for the Algebra EOC that will take place on Wednesday, May 4. After the EOC, we will wrap up the year with a radicals units where the students will learn to simplify, add, subtract, multiply, and divide radicals.
Math Rocks 8:
Students will be working with 3-dimensional figures solving for surface area and volume. We will then finish up the year with a unit on probability where the students will determine probability of a variety of events. Students will use permutations and combinations along with other methods throughout the probability unit.
The Math 8 students will start the six weeks off learning about linear, non-linear, and inverse relations in the book Thinking with Math Models. The year will conclude with a unit over algebraic representations and properties in the book Say it With Symbols.
US History 8 and PACE
The lessons in this unit were organized to help students understand the causes of the Civil War, the major events of the war, and the significance of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. The unit unfolds with an emphasis on the sectional differences of the North and South before the war. Through lessons designed to engage the students, teachers have an opportunity to develop the students’ understanding on the political dilemmas and the compromises of the times. By probing deeply into the sectional differences, students are challenged with analytical thought through primary source document analysis. Later, the documents are used as a part of the document-based essay on the final exam. Many activities throughout the unit focus on the military campaigns, political and military leaders, and the strong convictions on both sides.
PACE 8 -
In this unit students will identify and analyze issues of civil war and its effect on society by examining the major events of the American Civil War, and the post-war reconstruction. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the political and social dilemmas of the period through the analysis of primary source documents, and the creation of fictional letters in the voice of Civil War era characters.
Otto Middle School - Organized, Mindful and Scholarly!
Otto Middle School, namesake of Superintendent Dr. Douglas Otto, opened its doors in August 2010. Otto is a comprehensive Plano ISD middle school that offers a variety of honors level courses in the core subjects, as well as PACE, Math Rocks, Spanish III Honors and Spanish IV AP. Elective courses include band, choir, orchestra, theatre, journalism, art, athletics, Gateway to Technology, French, Spanish, AVID, and more.