October 4, 2021
Yes, it is already October. I think the weather has been telling us this for a while. This week we are finishing up MAP testing by taking the reading test on Tuesday. I have been pleased with the score. There has been little learning loss over the summer. That is great news and means that we can continue moving forward in all subjects. Thank you, Mrs. Walker for providing snacks for testing week.
Our school theme is “Be the One.” Each month the student council is asking us to be more specific by picking out a virtue to focus on. For October, the theme becomes, “Be the One to Be Kind.” Teachers and staff are recognizing students who are especially kind to others. Their names will go on the hall bulletin board.
Thursday, October 14 is a 12:00 dismissal and on Friday, October 15 there is no school for students.
Picture day is Monday, October 18.
“Trunk or Treat” will be at the IC parking lot on Friday, October 29. More details to follow.
THE FLIGHT PLAN
LITERATURE: Students are on the third week of reading their classic. They should almost be to the half-way point. This week they will complete week 3 reading log. They will review the “Building Block” of plot and apply the main ideas to their classic.
U.S. HISTORY: 8th graders will have a quiz on the Acts that Led to the Revolutionary War on Thursday. This week they will learn about the first Continental Congress and the decisions made. Next week, they will begin watching a video series on the Revolutionary War.
RELIGION: The understanding for 8th grade religion is the Church. Students will define the Marks of the Church. Then they will explore each mark and how the Church lives out these attributes.
“It is never too late to be who you might have been.” — George Eliot
I enjoyed reading the “Bob or Betty” papers. Some students wrote thoughtful and meaningful tributes to their classmates. This week we will begin our literary analysis of the book students are reading for Mrs. Reichlin. The title is, “Is It a Classic?” Thesis statements are due on Wednesday, and mind maps are due on Thursday. Expect to see your child reading at home.
This week in 8th science we are studying the periodic table. There is a table that explores electron energy levels due Tuesday. On Wednesday we have a lab. Due Thursday are pp. 27-34 of our text. We will also be picking elements for our Element Model project on Thursday. This will be due on October 21st. I’ve attached the assignment and grading rubric.