Welcome to Team 8-1

Hello Parents and Students,

We hope your year is off to a fantastic start. As teachers, we are very much enjoying the start of the year and we are looking forward to helping each and every student show growth and improve. 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. Once again, we look forward to a great year!

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

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Language Arts: Quarter 1 in ELA asks students to examine defining moments. Students will examine the characteristics of defining moments and throughout the quarter they will analyze and evaluate the defining moments of others in works of fiction and nonfiction. By the end of the quarter, students will participate in a Socratic Seminar. Throughout the process of preparation for the seminar, students will continue to develop their skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to have success in the final assessment. If you have any specific questions regarding what is occurring in your child’s ELA course, please contact their teacher.

Science: Our science curriculum is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. We will be utilizing a 3-dimensional approach to learning and weaving together Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Engineering Practices. IQWST is our resource for instruction and will be our guide for deeper understanding and authentic application to this 3-dimensional learning. Our first question to be answered this year is “How will it move?” We will begin an exploration into this topic this week and continue for most of first quarter as we work to build a deeper understanding of physics.

If you missed curriculum night and would like to check out the materials and handouts please follow these links for the class presentation and student syllabus.

US History: Quarter 1 in U.S. History revolves around the formation of the United States and examines the change of 13 separate colonies to one united country. We will cover the topics of the 13 colonies, the American Revolution, and the Constitution. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources to create meaningful connections from the past to the present with the goal of understanding how the first American people rose up against tyranny with the goal of giving everyone a voice in the government.


  • Pre-Algebra: Semester 1 math class will cover The Number System and Expressions and Equations. Some key vocabulary: rational and irrational numbers, decimals, fractions, square roots, cubed roots, scientific notation, standard form, solving equations, substitution, and graphing. 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 semester 1, we will study equations (one solutions, infinitely many, and no solution) and inequalities, functions: linear and exponential. Then take our final exam in December, before winter break. The final will cover the whole semester. 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.


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 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