OMS 8th Grade Newsletter

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events Below! 2/17- 2/19

8th Grade Picnic

Please see the attached information about the 8th grade picnic!

High School Transition Meeting Times

Please click the link to see high school transition meeting times:

Social Studies

Ms. Sessa:

Our focus this week will be on the economic impact the creation of Coca-Cola and the Cotton States and International Exposition had on Georgia at the turn of the twentieth century. We will also study the lasting legacy of the state’s infamous Leo Frank trial. Students should expect a unit test towards the beginning of next week.

Ms. Salazar:

Wed 2/17: Activity #3 due

Fri 2/19: Activity #4 due

Mon 2/22: Civil War in GA Open Notes Quiz due

Ms. Coleman:

The Chapter 15 take home exam was issued to students today. It is due on Wednesday February 17th. Students may use their notes. There will be point deductions for late submissions.


Mrs. Holmes (Advanced):

We have been exploring all things matter this week! Students will have a test on Thursday next week. Next, we will begin talking about the periodic table. **Also, students will be submitting their entire ecybermission projects on Friday, 2/19. I will be posting final checklists on itslearning this weekend.

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

We have taken a closer look at matter and solutions this week. We looked at the states of matter and how phases are graphed as they changed. Next week, we will be talking about solutions and mixtures and how to graph solubility. In addition, we will look at gas laws and specific heat. We will have a test on Thursday, 2/18.


Ms. Pitner and Ms. Wharton:

8th Grade Mathematics has had a busy week! We completed a quiz on Scatter Plots and Two-Way Tables and also completed our first summative test of the new year. Grades on these will be posted by early next week. On Monday we will begin working on Unit 5 which covers Systems of Equations. Your child will be creating a lot of graphs, so please check with your child to make sure they have an adequate supply of graph paper. Students also seem to be running short on pencils and lead, so please double check this as well.

Ms. Cooper:

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


Ms. Pacheco:

We are wrapping up Unit 5’s concepts next week. We will quiz on Indirect Object Pronouns and Ser vs. Estar on Tuesday, and then talk about Guatemala. The students have done a fantastic job on their Ser vs. Estar presentations the past couple of days. They’ve been working on them in class. I’ve extended the due date for their presentations to Sunday night. I’ll be checking my email periodically on Saturday if there are any issues. Thank you for all you do!

Ms. Campos:

Students are learning grammatical concepts, reading and comprehension, and speaking skills through cultural studies. We have learned about Cuba and are currently learning about Guatemala. We will continue with conversational Spanish next week and we will complete the Food Unit by February 25.

Language Arts

Mrs. Taylor:

Thank you so much for your participation at home. The feedback you have given your child on their recitation has been invaluable.

The poetry presentations have been so fun to watch, but are taking a little longer than planned.

Advanced: We will finish up presentations next week and then begin close reading and analyzing a short story called “A Pair of Silk Stocking.” We will focus on tone, character development, theme and inferences. Students will then write their own short story.

On-Level: We will close read the short story “A Pair of Silk Stockings” and focus on character development and theme.

Please check ITS learning regularly for more information and resources.

Ms. Sams & Mrs. Barrett:

During the month of January, 8th grade Language Arts will be journeying through the land of Ancient Podium in a unit called Forum.

FORUM is a simulation that will improve the speaking and listening skills of our students while continuing to practice and perfect writing and research skills. Every day students learn and practice some aspect of public speaking. They make speeches to present and accept awards, to introduce famous people, to inform and to persuade. They study and apply listening skills and experience fate cards that require practicing basic speech fundamentals of gesture and voice. As a result of their simulation experiences, students will gain confidence and improve their ability to speak and to listen. Specifically, students will experience the following:


• Variety of speeches

• Organization of a speech

• Lives of famous people

• Importance of public speaking

• Importance of active listening


• Confidence because of their public speaking skills

• Satisfaction in applying new skills

• Excitement as each speaking and listening activity brings

them closer to their goal

• Enthusiasm as daily activities motivate and excite them


• How to plan, outline and organize a speech

• How to deliver a speech

• How to be an active listener

• How to inform and persuade

• How to present and accept a gift

• How to make introductions


Mrs. Griffey:

Our figurative language projects are due next Friday. We’ll be starting our poetry unit on Wednesday of next week.