Eighth Grade

September 21, 2020

Dear Parents and passengers (students),

I think we had a pretty smooth take off for the Flight 8 2020-2021.  I can’t tell you what a joy it was to see all of the wonderful 8th graders this week, even though it was only 5 at a time.  Everyone did their part to create a safe environment for all of us to learn.  We had a few technology glitches, but we worked through them.  Speaking of technology glitches, if you are having difficulties with your computer you can stay after your cohort and Mr. Van Selus will assist you.  If you can’t wait until your cohort time, you can come to school a little after 2:30 on most days, and Mr. Van Selus will be here to help.  Be sure to let us know that you are coming.  If you have any questions about procedures or curriculum, feel free to contact me.

We have been finding our way through OneNote.  We also learned that students only need 4 Zoom invitations:  one for ELA, Math, Science, and Writing.  We will use the ELA Zoom invitation for small groups, as well.  It will make things less complicated.


LITERATURE:  Everyone should have chosen a classic and can begin reading.  We will start having literature circles next week and students will be sharing their insights and ideas.  They will also be keeping a reading log of the sections they read, ideas, and vocabulary.  We will review the 9 Building Blocks of Fiction and apply those concepts to understanding the classic.   Every student learned about the RINGO challenge.  I am excited to see students get excited about reading.

8th graders also used some strategies for vocabulary to help comprehend informational text.  We will continue that in our small groups this week.

8:30-9:30  ELA Zoom

11:00-11:45  Wednesday Small Group:  Zora  Ava   Emma   Lola   Sofia   Calum   Spencer

Thursday Small Group:  Pablo   Jacob   Sophia   Adi   Jose   Nyelli

Friday Small Group:  Veronica   Kat   Diamond   Conor   Ariel   Karina   Mary

US HISTORY:  We will continue with Junior Scholastic to learn about the Black Lives Matter movement and the race to get a vaccine for Covid-19.  Students will also have discussions on other current events and be assigned to research a current event.  They summarize the article and make text connections.

RELIGION:  This week, students learned about the Marks of the Church.  They are defining each mark, one, holy, catholic, and apostolic through exploring several sources.

PREALGEBRA:  Working with properties of exponents.

9:45-10:45 Zoom


Please join me for science class  on Zoom, Monday at 11:00-11:45. -Mr. Bell

-Mr. Bell


Tuesday 11:00-11:45  Zoom

I hope that the communication is clear.  We want to make things as simple as possible.  Thank you for the wonderful support of your children, of our school, and especially of me.  I appreciate it.

Love your Neighbor     Matthew 22:39

“Anytime you try to be a loving person, you’re doing your part to save the world.”

-Marianne Williamson


Mrs. Linda Reichlin