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.
THE FLIGHT PLAN
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.
Please join me for science class on Zoom, Monday at 11:00-11:45. -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.”
Mrs. Linda Reichlin