MGM 8th Grade Gators News

Learn By Doing...Lead By Example


Week of November 10th

Happy Monday!. We continue to stay busy here in the Swamp. We hope that these updates will keep you informed about happenings at MGM and within the 8th grade House. Please continue to use Schoology for more detailed classroom updates

News & Updates

Relay for Life T-Shirts

Relay for Life T-Shirts are available for purchase in the school counseling center. These t-shirts make a great gift and proceeds will support MGM's Relay for Life efforts. Click HERE for more information.

Novice A Spanish Needs Your Help!

Novice A Spanish classes are in need of your help! Starting this week -November 10th through Friday November 14th, we will be selling PULSERAS (Bracelets) for the service project with the Pulsera Project, which is part of our case study. We will be selling during every lunch. Come by and support PULSERA! You may visit the Pulsera Project for more information about our project (

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Again this year, we are offering 8th grade parents the opportunity to place recognition ads in the 2015 MGMS Gator Tales Yearbook. These ads give you the opportunity to publicly express your love for your child and to recognize his/her accomplishments while here at MGMS.

The order, photos, text and payment for your child’s ad are due by Friday, December 5, 2014. Everything to be included in the ad must be at the school by 3:30 p.m. on that date. Please make checks payable to MGMS. Thank You!

Upcoming Assessments

Check Schoology for more details. Email your student's teacher with specific questions.

ELA (Grade Level and English I)

Tale with a Twist Final Paper due Monday (November 10)

Movie poster for Tale with a Twist due Wednesday (November 13)


Pre- Algebra - None

Algebra I - Test Tuesday (November 11)


Test Friday (November 14) - Light, Color, Sound, Ear, Electromagnetic Spectrum

Social Studies:

Boston Massacre Position Paper due Wednesday (November 12)

World Language Novice A French/Spanish: None

World Language French Immersion: None

World Language Novice B2: Summative Assessments

World Language Novice B3: Summative Assessments

World Language Novice C: Summative Assessment for unit 10.1

World Language Novice C2: Summative Assessments

World Language Novice C3 Spanish: None

World Language Latin: None


This year's 8th grade expedition is titled, "I am the Change." Our students will explore the following questions throughout the year:

What is change? Why change? How is change brought about?

World Language

Señorita Yordy's Novice B3 classes have embarked on their portion of the 8th grade Spanish Case Study, "New? How Can I Help You?" They spent a week looking at the history of immigration to the United States and some current resources for new families moving into the country. One thing that we've all noticed is a lack of resources for students from the student perspective. As a result, working with the Novice C2 and Señora Berrian's C3 classes, the students will be putting together a magazine featuring different topics that will help a new Spanish-speaking student to our school feel more at home. In Novice B3, each week the students will be writing a draft of an article on each topic (A Little About Me, Activities and Hobbies, Family, School, Shopping, Eating Out, Where to Hang Out).

Mr. Alvaro Lopez Buces, an international student at USC, was another expert for the 8th grade case study, "New? How can I help you." He shared information about Spain, his travels, and tips for dealing with challenges that people face when living in different cultures. He also shared the cultural experience of "12 uvas", part of the traditional Spanish New Years Celebration.

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!