Welcome to Team 8-1

Hello Parents and Students,

We hope you are enjoying this time of year as fall turns to winter.  Below we have some important information regarding our classes for the next few weeks.  As always see the homework page for our most current homework for each class.  Have a great day!

On this page you will find our homework log, as well as information about current classroom topics for each subject.  Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns to your child’s teacher.

If you missed our team presentation at curriculum night click here to view!

Language Arts: As part of our “Every Perspective Tells a Story” unit, students will be completing a mock trial in their ELA class.  The skills we will utilize during the mock trial will involve reading and annotating, thinking critically about evidence, and developing argument.  All of this will culminate with our mock trial which will occur later in the quarter.  If you are inclined, one way you can help your child is to talk to them about this activity.  Ask them about the content of the trial as well as their role. As always with any questions you can contact your child’s ELA teacher. 

Science: Science students have been working toward an in-depth understanding of how and why objects move.  It has been great to see them explore and develop ideas that are our scientific principles at work. We will finish our physics unit in early November and transitioning into 2nd quarter we will begin to look at our second unit of study - How Water Shapes Our World.  Students will receive new books through science class as we make the transition to our new unit.  We are looking to bring in a guest speaker in January to help the students make real world connections to the ideas we will be exploring in class.

US History: Quarter 2 in History delves into the growth of the United States and analyzes the divisions leading towards the Civil War. Students will be looking at the divisions in the United States to understand why the Civil War occurred. Additionally, students will be asked to analyze connections between the past and the present to form conclusions about how to prevent a crisis like this from occurring again.


  • Pre-Algebra: 2nd quarter math class will cover Expressions, Equations, Exponents, and Scientific Notation. Some key vocabulary: solving equations, substitution, coefficients, variables, constants, combine like terms, distributive property, exponents, base, etc. We practice in class on a daily basis by taking notes, working in a small group, constructing viable arguments, and doing a hands on activity (card sort, match-up, maze, etc.). Mini quizzes will be at the end of each week. Tests usually come every 4 weeks. Throughout the week, we use strategies such as making sense of problems, attending to precision, and looking for repeated reasoning. These are a few examples of the 8 mathematical practices.   

  • Algebra: During 2nd quarter, we will study functions: linear and exponential. Some vocabulary: slope, rate of change, slope intercept, point slope, standard form, growth and decay, simple interest, scatter plot, etc. The final exam will be at the end of the quarter. The final will cover the whole semester. (Equations, Inequalities, Function, and Slope.) In class we practice, take notes, and work in small groups. Students are constantly discussing the lesson and collaboratively working to solve the problem. We refer to MathXL for practice and take weekly quizzes. If a student does not score well on a quiz, he/she should re-take it. Practice takes place at school and homework is given out occasionally.  

    Team 8-1 Homework Log


    Kate Wickert - Instructional Leader 
    Science/U.S. History
    630-375-3900 ext. 5815

    Jennifer Coombs
    ELA/U.S. History 
    630-375-3900 ext. 5771

    John Nickas
    ELA/U.S. History
    630-375-3900 ext. 5814

    John Lay
    ELA/U.S. History
    630-375-3900 ext. 5769

    Linda Fortt
    630-375-3900 ext. 5787

    Bridgette Daniels
    Support Teacher
    630-375-3900 ext. 5809

     Upcoming Reminders/Events 
    • No school 11/22-11/24

    • No school 12/25-01/05

    • School resumes: 01/08/18

    • End of the semester 01/12/18