Eighth Grade Team News
Eighth Grade Team News for February 2010.
In Science, we are well into our study of how body systems interact to keep us alive. Students will complete a body systems project at the end of the unit. After this, we will move on to the study of weather. We will be busy with a variety of labs, experiments, and hands on activities. Many of your children are running low on school supplies. Please ask them if they need anything. Most students will need a second science composition book in the near future.
In Mrs. Greiner's and Ms. Loyet's Communication Arts class, students are writing a commentary essay on a topic of their choice. The students have been spending researching their topic to help find facts to support their opinion. They will write their essay with both concrete details and commentary statements. Students are also finishing their second trimester Gateway Award Book Nominee and will work on their second book talk in February.
In Communication Arts Extension, students have been working on a short essay and poster contest entitled "Dream. Succeed. Believe. Keeping the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Alive!" Students will share their essay and posters with their teammates in a gallery walk, and then we will select four to move into the district competition.
History- Students will participate in an interdisciplinary unit called "Lincoln's Legacy.” The culminating activity is a field trip to the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Tomb in Springfield, IL on March 10, 2010. The trip will cost $23 and permission slips will be sent home in early February. Students will leave school at 7:30 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m. Because of the late return, students will need to arrange a ride home from SWM.
The museum requires that all school groups have a 10:1 ratio of students to adults. In order to take all our students, we will need some parent volunteers. If you are interested in chaperoning the field trip, please email Mrs. Lolley at email@example.com as soon as possible. Thank you for supporting a wonderful learning opportunity for your children!
|Mrs. Cox||Mrs. Greiner|
|Mrs. Koch||Mrs. Lolley|
|Ms. Loyet||Mrs. Oldani|
In history, students have completed their Revolutionary War unit and are now beginning their journey through the uncharted waters of the new nation. We are also getting ready for our trip to Springfield on February 19, where we will explore the fabulous Lincoln museum. Our team is planning some exciting interdisciplinary activities to correlate with this trip that will make this field trip truly memorable.
Science students are immersed in physics as they explore their textbook, Force, Work, and Energy. Students will continue working in their science composition books and will complete several labs on simple machines.
Algebra students are graphing and solving systems of equations while pre-algebra students are studying probability. All students have taken their placement exams to help place them in their appropriate Freshman classes. The high school has planned a series of meetings with our students to discuss classes, the placement process, and extracurricular opportunities. More information will be sent to parents over the next few weeks.
|Mrs. Czebrinski||Mr. Jacoby|
|Mrs. Lipkind||Ms. Stockstrom|
|Ms. Stoddard||Ms. Lovett|