Team 9 Update

April 8-12

At JCMS, we know that helping our students achieve success is a group effort. We appreciate all the family support that helps us help our students. In an effort to create a bridge between home and school, Team 9 will be using Smore to create newsletters to keep you informed of team happenings, school events, policies, and news of interest.

Upcoming Events

Monday, 4/8

  • Language Arts State Assessment
  • After School Tutoring

Tuesday, 4/9

  • Language Arts State Assessment
  • After School Tutoring

Wednesday, 4/10

  • After School Tutoring

Thursday, 4/11

  • After School Tutoring

Friday, 4/12

*May 23rd at 10:15- Team 9 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony

What's Happening in Class?

Language Arts- Mrs. Murphy

Starting next week in Language Arts, students will be reading Feed by M.T. Anderson. This futuristic, dystopian novel will help us explore our big Unit 3 Essential Question even further: "What role should ethical considerations play in the advancement of technology?" Talk to your student about this text at home!

Please feel free to e-mail me at any time with any questions or concerns. I am happy to help!

Mrs. Murphy

Science-Mr. Hastings

Hello All!

Thanks for checking into team nine.

We are almost done with our genetics unit. The highlight of this upcoming week will be when we invite a biochemist into our classroom to share her experiences. her name is Danielle Kerkovich and she will be video chatting with our students on Wednesday. She is the lead scientists for a program called beyond batten disease and will be an invaluable resource for our kiddo to utilize. We will invite her in with a technology called NEPRIS that USD 475 has purchased for educators.

After we finish up Genetics on Wednesday we will begin to study the human body and then the health unit is just around the corner!

Some great questions to ask your students this week might be.

What is genetic engineering?

Are you worried about eating GMO food?

Do you think that we should eat organic food?

Are broccoli, cauliflower, and brussell sprouts really all from the same plant?

Here to serve,

Mr. Hastings

Math- Mrs. Williams

Hi, Team 9!

We finished are still working on Angle Relationships. Ask your student to describe Parallel Lines Cut by a Transversal to you. You could have them show you their Interactive Notebooks to get a look at what's going on in class. We will be working on Triangl Angle Sum Theorem next week and then doing a performance task on Scatter Plots and Bivariate Data. Check for help or missed work on Schoology. If you need more help than that, come to tutoring!

Important dates:

Math State Assessment- 4/15 and 4/16

See weekly progress report for grade information.

Thank you for supporting your student! For questions or concerns, contact me at or 717-4419.

Tutor Times:

Wednesday- 7:15AM

Friday- CAT & PACK

*afterschool by appointment only

*Lunch Time by appointment

US History- Mr. Janner

This week in U.S. History, we are continuing how issues in the United States around the 1820's-1850's, all centered around slavery, lead to the Civil War. We have examined the Kansas-Nebraska Act, looked at how a U.S. senator was beaten with a cane for his anti-slavery speech, and next week, will focus on "Bleeding Kansas," the tragic prelude to the Civil War.

We have on approaching 80% about John Brown. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources in order to answer the question, "Was John Brown a patriot or a terrorist?" Other than that, most of our 80% assignments for this 6 weeks will be during our Civil War Unit, which will last about a month.

I look forward to seeing you at conferences in the next few weeks!