OMS 8th Grade Newsletter

Important Reminders and Upcoming Events Below! 2/8- 2/11

8th Grade Picnic

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

HUEY Movement!

Are you ready to say no to bullying? Are you ready to ensure bullies don't have power at our school? It’s time we all decided to BE OUR BEST ALWAYS. Come join us and be a part of the growing movement at Otwell that spreads kindness to try to stop bullying? Come be a part of The Huey Movement – the movement designed to help, understand and encourage youth. The next Huey Movement Meeting is on Friday, January 22nd at 8am in Mrs. Webster’s class – room 237. Bring $10 and be one of the first to sport our new official Huey Movement t-shirts, created by our t-shirt design winner, Aidan Lydon. Let’s make a difference!

High School Transition Meeting Times

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

Social Studies

Ms. Sessa:

We will continue our study of Georgia in the New South era. This week’s focus will be on educational reform in the state, the rise of the Democratic party in Georgia and social changes occurring within the African American community at the turn of the 20th century. Students should expect a quiz mid-week.

Ms. Salazar:

Mon 2/8: Activity #1 & Major Battles Open Notes Quiz due

Thurs 2/11: Activity #2 due

Wed 2/17: Activity #3 due

Fri 2/19: Activity #4 due

Mon 2/22: CW in GA Open Notes Quiz due

Ms. Coleman:


Mrs. Holmes (Advanced):

We have been exploring all things matter this week! The states of matter project that students completed have been awesome so far- We will be showing them next week! We will also be getting further into our discussions about solutions, mixtures, and specific heat of materials. Students will have a quiz on Thursday next week. We will also be prepping for a test after our short break the following week,

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. It will be a busy short week. We will be having a test on the introduction to matter the following week.


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:

We will be working on phonics, vocabulary, and completing a quick project on Figurative Language. It will be a summative grade.