8th grade Newsletter: January 18, 2019

KMS 8th Grade At-A-Glance





Our last winter parent/teacher conference night scheduled for Wednesday, February 6 from 4-7:30 pm.  If you would like to meet with one or all of your student’s teachers, please contact the individual teacher or your student’s team leader to schedule a conference.  Please note that from 6:15pm-7:30pm 8th grade teachers will be in the library to answer any scheduling questions you may have.

Katy O'Neal -  o'neal_katy@dublinschools.net

Aaron Young - young_aaron@dublinschools.net


KMS 8th Grade High School Scheduling Information

Karrer Middle School Students and Parents - Please make note of the following upcoming dates regarding the high school scheduling process and other events/activities.

Thursday, January 24th

Emerald Campus Open House                                   5:00-8:00 p.m.

Emerald Campus will be having an Open House for all students in grades 8-11.  The even will showcase the four types of programs that will be offered at the Emerald Campus for the 2019-2020 school year.

Friday, January 25th

Career Day at KMS

Monday, January 28th  (Chandler)

Tuesday, January 29th      (Heath)

Ms. Kleinhenz will present high school scheduling information to students through Science classes.

Monday, January 28th

Coffman Band Night                                                   7:00-8:15 p.m.

Jerome Band Night                                                     6:30-8:00 p.m.

Parents and students are invited to attend information nights about the band program.  Students will need to bring their instrument.

Wednesday, January 30th

Coffman Curriculum Night  (Coffman PAC) 6:30-8:00 p.m.                        

Jerome Curriculum Night                                           7:00-9:00 p.m.

Parents will receive information about high school scheduling.  

Thursday, January 31st

Coffman and Jerome HS counselors to Karrer.        1:30-2:30 p.m.

Jerome and Coffman counselors will be meeting with students at Karrer to go over scheduling and questions.                          

Wednesday, February 6th

Conference Night                                                        6:15-7:15 p.m.

Scheduling Open House at KMS in the Library. There will be no formal presentation about high school scheduling, instead all 8th grade teachers will be available to answer questions about the process of scheduling for high school.  It is an open house forum, so parents are encouraged to come and go anytime between 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 7th

Friday, February 8th

Advising Days (through classrooms).  Teachers will advise students on their scheduling decisions for their freshman year.  Students must bring their “official” course selection sheet for teachers to sign that day.

Monday, February 11th

Schedule forms due to 3rd period teachers.

Attention 7th and 8th graders!!! Volunteer help needed for Wyandot school carnival!

The Wyandot PTO will be holding the school carnival at Wyandot Elementary on Saturday, January 26.  We are looking for a lot of volunteers to help with the event. If there are any Karrer students who need volunteer hours and might be interested in helping, please use this sign-up genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0545ada623a2fd0-powwow.


Algebra 1

Mrs. O’Neal: Students completed their winter MAP test and conferenced with me this week.  Lots to celebrate as many of the students have made huge gains in their knowledge of mathematics.

Mr. Young: Map testing Tuesday and Wednesday. Then we will begin understanding rational exponents and radicals.  


Mr. Pulsinelli -  Students are exploring different transformations..

Cog Ed

Mrs. Jones -  Students are beginning to develop impact project plans; breaking outcomes down into steps, prioritizing, delegating and scheduling .

Health 8

Mrs. Cockrell -  We will continue to work through our human growth and development unit. This week we will wrap up healthy vs unhealthy relationships, ways to prevent date rape and sexually transmitted infections. Have a great week!

Mr. Huesman -  We will finish our unit on Reproduction and culminate with our open-note test on Thursday.  On Friday, we will explore our most recent Choices Magazine and discuss several current health events going on around the world.  Focus on the Good!

Language Arts

Mrs. Jerger, Mrs. Kurtz, Mrs. Taylor:  Students are going to continue to look at nonfiction texts paired with a fictional story, while analyzing elements of nonfiction including graphics, language, and arguments that can be derived from issues we read about. Students will also be setting goals related to nonfiction.

As a reminder, students should be reading their independent books for at least three hours, finishing a book every week or two.

Lastly, our students will be taking the MAP in the coming week or two; please talk to your child about the date he/she will be taking it and strategies to do his/her best.

Math 8

Mrs. O’Neal: Students completed their winter MAP test and conferenced with me this week.  Lots to celebrate as many of the students have made huge gains in their knowledge of mathematics.

Mr. Pulsinelli: Students will investigate triangle congruence.

Physical Science

Mrs. Chandler: Students will continue their learning and understanding of The Big Bang Theory and the Expanding Universe. Students will round out the week by creating a model of the Virgo Supercluster and “discover” their own galaxy.

Science 8

Mrs. Chandler: Students will continue their learning and understanding of earthquakes, and will round out the week by designing and building earthquake-resistant skyscrapers.

Mrs. Heath:  Students will be finishing up their amazing race by visiting the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and Hawaii.    

Social Studies

Mrs. Albert and Mrs. Wilch: Students will begin learning about the important rights and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights and explain why those freedoms are important in their own lives.  In addition, Officer Evans will be giving a constitutional amendments presentationto our students on Monday, January 28th.


Mrs. Buss: Students will continue La Vida Escolar. Students will begin saying what they have and need for school, while using the correct forms of indefinite articles AND MUCHO, POCO, ¿CUÁNTO?


Mrs. Williams:

Students will complete work on their last Design & Modeling Project, Playground Design.  This project will be due presented on January 22 and is a competition between the four classes.  Winner will be announced in class on January 28. On January 23 we will begin our second unit, Automation & Robotics.  Students will begin this unit with an exploration of various types of robots and systems.

Tech Solutions

Mrs. Williams: Students will begin work in their Coding unit.  Students will be desiging their own websiste using HTML and CSS coding.  We will utilize CODE.ORG’s website and their middle school course, Computer Science Discoveries.  Websites will be due on February 14.

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