8th Grade Weekly Updates

News from the Nurse
Coughs and sore throats were the primary reasons for visits to the health center this week; a few students were reported absent for the same reasons.  I have not received any confirmed reports of Strep this week.
  There was one reported case of Fifths Disease.  Fifths is a mild viral infection with low grade fever, headache & fatigue.  About one week after those symptoms, a bright red rash appears on the face, looking as if the person has been "slapped"; a lacy looking rash may also appear on the arms, trunk, & legs.  By the time the rash appears, the person is typically no longer contagious.  

Next Week at a Glance

Monday - Student DC Meeting during ELO

Tuesday - Encore Holiday Tour

Wednesday - Early Release, 2:10 dismissal

Thursday - Science Test
                     DBQ Outline and Conclusion

Friday--Holiday Sing in the morning
            --Talent Show in the afternoon
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week, students finished the Civil War unit with their test.  We are finishing off 2017 with a look at how the country moved on from the war with a Document Based Question examining the failure of the 12 years after the Civil War, known as Reconstruction, by answering the question: North or South: Who Killed Reconstruction?  Students worked with their partners and groups to scrub six documents linked to the topic.  We have watched videos and read background information discussing the topic. Students will be working in class next week to complete an outline of the DBQ assignment and completing a Conclusion before winter break.  

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week, students have been identifying dominant an recessive alleles for traits and learning that most of our traits are multi-allele and polygenic. Next Thursday, there is a test over Lessons 1-8 in this Life Science unit. Study guides have been available in class since yesterday and will be available all next week.

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week the students continued to read and discuss Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.  Students focused on analyzing the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including figurative language, connotation, analogies, and allusions.  Students researched and presented allusions in the text, as well as illustrated and explained repeating uses of symbolism.  This focus on author's craft will lend itself to the literary analysis writing unit that will begin when we finish the novel.

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students have investigated different types of sequences and learned how to model sequences with linear and exponential functions. Next week our classes will wrap up Chapter 5 and complete the end of unit assessments. The Chapter 5 Team Challenge Assessment will take place on Thursday 12/14 and the Chapter 5 Individual Test will take place on Friday 12/15.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, we wrapped up our work with rational exponents and radicals. Next week, we will finish exploring quadratics and u-substitution. Quiz 9 will be Friday to end 2017!

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in health, students have finished up the movie, "Freedom Writers," where we have been analyzing the relationships within the movie and how each character is affected by the environment in which they live.  As the week comes to a close, we will be discussing the effects of stress on the body and how to cope with stress.  Next week, we will be starting to discuss and analyze the issues associated with depression.  Have a great weekend.  
EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we are continuing to practice using indirect object pronouns to talk about gifts that we give to people. Our verb of the week was, "regalar," (to give a gift). We have also been reviewing vocabulary for our Mercado unit. Students took a short pop quiz on the vocabulary this week. Next week we will start getting into phrases one would say in a mercado and how to pay, as well as begin discussing past tense verbs. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French students put their describing skills to work. Students are creating a VoiceThread which ressembles a personal size powerpoint with narration. Students will narrate their show in French and will describe three typical outfits that they would wear in their life at different times. On Friday, students listened to each other's presentations and were able to comment on the content. 

Improv- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Improv we have been focusing on using the first element of the open scene:  environment.  Pairs practiced improvising an object to pantomime and then generating dialogue based on the pantomime.  Next week we will practice using emotions and creating characters.  

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students finished up their skill builder boot camp and began their open studio piece.  They were also introduced to the National Core Arts Proficiency Standards.


Monday: GBB vs. Highland 4:15/5:15pm
Tuesday: BBB vs. Highland 4:15/5:15pm
Wednesday: 8BBB Practice 7AM
Thursday: BBB @ Deerpath 4:15/5:15pm
7GBB Practice 3:45-5:15pm

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