8th grade Newsletter: November 16, 2018

KMS 8th Grade At-A-Glance

REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANKSGIVING BREAK IS WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21 - FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON BEING ABSENT PRIOR TO OR AFTER OUR THANKSGIVING BREAK, PLEASE PICK UP A PREARRANGED ABSENCE FORM FROM THE OFFICE.  GET THIS FORM SIGNED BY ALL TEACHERS AND TURNED IN TO THE OFFICE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR ABSENCE.


IN OUR CLASSES THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 19 & 26:

Algebra 1

Mrs. O’Neal: Students are looking at all three ways to solve systems of equations  


Mr. Young: Creating systems of inequalities treasure maps.  After break, a review of systems of inequalities, solving inequalities, and compound inequalities and then quiz later in the week.

Geometry

Mr. Pulsinelli -  Students will continue to explore coordinate proofs, and finding area and perimeter on a coordinate plane.


Cog Ed

Mrs. Jones -  Students are continuing to get to know each other, working on collaboration skills and participating in group creative thinking challenges.  The week after Thanksgiving we will will be working with strength finding inventories to identify personal strengths and growth areas.


Health 8

Mrs. Cockrell -  We will continue to work through our mental health unit. This week we will discuss decision making and how healthy choices impact our self-esteem. Have a relaxing Thanksgiving break!  After break, we will focus on traits of becoming a proactive person, developing a growth mindset and working in small groups to complete a project. Have a great week.


Mr. Huesman -  In this shortened week, we will complete Chapter 1 notes over Lessons 2, 3, and 4.  We will be getting ready for our first open-note test when we return next week. Happy Break!  After beark, we will review Chapter 1 and take our test on Tuesday. We will begin Chapter 5 on Wednesday and discuss our findings.  Focus on the Good!


Language Arts

Mrs. Jerger, Mrs. Kurtz, Mrs. Taylor:  Eighth grade students will continue to analyze narrative devices found in short stories. They will have an opportunity to discuss their reading and analysis in small groups. After Thanksgiving break, students will start to write their own narratives. Students should continue to read their own independent reading books outside of class.


Math 8

Mrs. O’Neal: Students will continuing to look at linear relationships

Mr. Pulsinelli: Students will continue to study linear equations. Our current focus is slope and y-intercepts.     


Physical Science

Mrs. Chandler: Students will be working through Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion Station Rotations and learning about how mass, acceleration and force affect the motion of objects before Thanksgiving.  After Thanksgiving students will be studying Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion and preparing for their latest engineering project: designing and building a unique, new toy demonstrating various forces and all of Newton’s laws of motion.


Science 8

Mrs. Chandler: Students will be starting their Amazing Race Journey around the world, learning about the various landforms that occur as a result of plate tectonic activity before Thanksgiving.  After Thanksgiving students will continue their Amazing Race Journey, studying plate tectonic motion on planet Earth.


Mrs. Heath:  Students will be reviewing waves in preparation for us to talk about earthquakes after Thanksgiving break.


Social Studies

Mrs. Albert and Mrs. Wilch: Students will be sharing the information they learned about about a person who had an impact on the American Revolution.   After Thanksgiving students will be analyzing features of the Articles of Confederation. Have a safe and happy break!


Spanish

Mrs. Buss: Students will continue using the verb GUSTAR in order to describe what they like BUT will be adding a variety of infinitives in Spanish to talk about what they like to do. Students will also learn a new verb in Spanish (QUERER) in order to talk about what they want to do.


STEM

Mrs. Williams:

Students will complete work on designing their first product, Hobby Organizers and will be introduced to their next design project, Ornaments.


Tech Solutions

Mrs. Williams: Students will continue work in their first of three units this trimester, Graphic Design.  Their second project, Clipping Mask, is due on Monday November 26 and their third project, New Species, is due Thursday November 29.



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