8th Grade Weekly Updates


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News from the Nurse
Absences due to illness were primarily related to seasonal allergy symptoms.
Pollen and mold counts are unusually high and staff and students are miserable.
There were a few minor colds with sore throats, no fevers or Strep were reported.  Enjoy the beautiful weather and long weekend....don't forget your sunscreen as you head outdoors!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--No School Memorial Day

Tuesday--Wear a Game Jersey Day

Wednesday--Wear a onesie or single color

Thursday--Bluffer Wear Day, Awards Recognition event 3:45PM.

Friday--Wear your Bluffer Games Team color! Bluffer Games!
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week, students researched different issues dealing with Social Injustices examining the differences between contemporary issues of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  Students had to find credible sources covering the multiple perspectives of issues like Drones and Privacy, Gun Control, Black Lives Matter, the Death Penalty, and many more.  I hope you get the opportunity to ask your student what their group researched and what we've discussed in class.  In our last days of school for the year, students will complete their final DBQ essay where they will chose between assessing the philosophies of MLK and Malcolm X in the 1960s or explaining the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Standards assessed for DBQ:
  • Identifying evidence from multiple sources to support claims and essential questions. (SS.IS.5.6-8)
  • Causation and argument: Explain multiple causes and effects of historical events organized into applicable evidence (SS.H.4.6-8)

Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week in science we finished finding evidence for the products and reactants of photosynthesis and started comparing it to what we knew about cellular respiration. We figured out the reactions were opposites of each other and found evidence to prove it in our labs. We also learned how the reactants for cellular respiration get into our body and eventually end up in all of our cells, and how they get back out. There was a photosyntheis quiz today that is a stop along the way to mastering 
MS-LS1-6. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students continued reading To Kill a Mockingbird exploring Tom Robinson's trial and the mindset of Maycomb's community in the 1930s. Students are also tracking their theme throughout the text and analyzing what makes their theme significant. Next week, we will finish reading TKAM. Talk to your student about the first time you read To Kill a Mockingbird. If you haven't read it yet, ask your student for a summary of what they understand so far.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week students continued learning about methods of statistical analysis and also explored several challenging, end of course problems that integrate many of the topics covered this year. Next week, students will finish chapter 11 and review prior to the end of unit assessments. The Chap 11 Team Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday 5/30 and the Chap 11 Individual Test is scheduled for Thursday & Friday 5/31 & 6/1.

Standards Assessed in Chapter 11:

  • Standard 2: Analysis of Function Properties and Representations (F-IF.1, F-IF.2, F-IF.3, F-IF.5, F-IF.6, F-IF.9, F-LE.1b, F-LE.1c, F-LE.2, F-LE.3, F-LE.5)
  • Standard 3: Graph a variety of functions and apply/interpret those graphs in context (F-IF.4, F-IF.7a, F-IF.7b, F-IF.7e, F-IF.8b, F-LE.1a)
  • Standard 9: Represent data in various formats; create statistical models; interpret statistics in context and make predictions. (S-ID.1, S-ID.2, S-ID.3, S-ID.6a, S-ID.6b, S-ID.6c, S-ID.7, S-ID.8, S-ID.9)
HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
We have been focusing this week on the beginnings of our work on combinatorics.  We will finish up this fun math unit next week with our last quiz of the year, Quiz 22, that will assess the larger standard 13.
Standard 13: Number theory - define, construct, and apply arithmetic and geometric sequences and series; calculate permutations, combinations, and probability.
Students can bring back their textbooks on Friday!

Health- Ms. Fink

Human Sexuality: We hear different things from the various influences in our lives, (parents, peers, religion, society, media). How do these influences have an impact on abstinence on a teens life? What is the social impact?

Peer Pressure, Character, and Abstinence - How does a teens character impact their decision to remain abstinent. HIV/AIDS: Signs and Symptoms, transmission, prevention, and the impact of HIV/AIDS Worldwide.

Standards Assessed:
  • Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  
  • Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors. 
  • Standard #4: Interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks.
EspañolSra. Ogren
On Monday, June 4, we will be breaking open a piñata in class to celebrate the end of the year. If you would like to donate any candy for the piñata, we are accepting donations! Please do not include chocolate, nor any candy with peanuts or tree nuts. 
Our field trip is rapidly approaching! We will be taking a bus to Longitud 315 on Tuesday, June 5th. Permission slips are due by Wednesday, May 30, along with a check for $25.  
This week in class we finished vocabulary for our medicine unit. We talked about situations that could arise in which they might need medical attention, and also vocabulary for things one finds in a hospital. We also reviewed possessive adjectives. We took a quiz on using "doler," (to hurt) to describe a body part in pain. The students also did their dialogue on a medical situation. 
Standards assessed this week: 
Standard 2: Interpersonal: 
Student can handle short social interactions in everyday situations.
Standard 6: Presentational: The student can communicate information and express own thoughts orally using sentences and series of sentences.                         

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students learned about the passé composé using être. These verbs are the exception in the past tense and are added to the previously learned passé with avoir. There 16 verbs in this category and students have assistance from Dr and Mrs. Vandertramp to help them remember the verbs. Students practiced the structure of the tense in various exercises and then began to use it to communicate in the past tense. Next week students will create a story using the 16 verbs in context and this project will count as a summative assessment. 
Standards addressed: 
Interpersonal Language
WL 1.3 Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. 
Presentational Language 
•  WL 3.4  The student can communicate information and own ideas on various topics in writing using sentences and connected sentences. 

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Film Arts, the students continued to view Star Wars: A New Hope and reflect on the hero's journey that Luke goes through.  Next week we will compare Field of Dreams to Star Wars and students will identify the elements of Kevin Costner's character's hero journey.  Have a great holiday weekend!
Standard assessed:
  • Re9.1.8a. Respond to a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence, personal aesthetics, and artistic criteria.
Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian


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