8th Grade Weekly Updates


It's that time of year when our cafeteria won't be restocking perishable ala carte food items as we approach summer. Popular items like bagels and cookies may run out before the end of next week. Please help your student plan accordingly for lunch time purchases!

News from the Nurse

Allergy symptoms and mild colds caused a few absences this week. There was one report of Strep throat. I wish you all a wonderful summer, Be Well!

Next Week at a Glance

Monday-- Bandana Day

Tuesday-- Cap or Headband Day

Wednesday--Graduation Practice AM, 8th Grade Picnic, Student vs Staff Softball Game, Bring a Stuffed Animal Day

Thursday--Twin Day, Yearbook Signing, Graduation Practice PM, Graduation Ceremony 7PM

Friday--Early Dismissal 2:10PM (No school 8th grade).
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
This week, students have completed their final DBQ assignment where they either compare the philosophies of Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X in the 1960s or examine why the Equal Rights Amendment was defeated in the 70's. 
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
Students finished up the last lessons our the chemistry unit and started their final projects. We will be working on these projects during the two days of class we have next week and they will be due at the end of class Tuesday. 
Standards assessed on project:

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.

MS-LS2-3. Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

MS-LS1-7. Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
This week in Language Arts, students completed reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Next week we will celebrate their work by analyzing the differences between the novel and the film. We will also acknowledge and celebrate students' progress throughout this year!  
  • 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 finished a review chapter 11 and other important topics from the course. Students also completed the chapter 11 team and individual assessments. This has been a productive year and we're thankful to have been a part of your child's middle school math experience.

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
Want some summer math practice? 
Join the Google Classroom with this code: lwktwz.
You will find groups of practice worksheets for core Algebra skills along with answer keys for those sheets. These are good skills for both Algebra and HSAATH students as they reinforce core skills like equation solving and factoring. This is basically a digital summer packet but it is not required by the high school, nor will it need to be turned in. Materials are being uploaded over the course of next week. Happy summer math!

HSAATH- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
This week, students finished their last unit on combinations, permutations, and probability with Quiz 22. Next week (weather permitting) we will explore the various trig applications in playground equipment by walking over to our playground nearby and taking some measurements! Students need to return textbooks as soon as possible. This has been a challenging year full of successes and growth, and we're thankful to have been a part of that journey. Happy summer!

Standards assessed on Quiz 22:
Apply the Basic Counting Principle to find the possible outcomes for situations.
Determine whether a situation is a permutation or combination, then calculate and interpret the result (by hand and with technology).
Calculate probability for an event, sequence of events, or related events.

Health- Ms. Fink

This week, 8th grade students will be we will be reviewing information about HIV/AIDS; how it is contracted, treated, and prevented. In addition we will be discussing the human life cycle and the 9-months of pregnancy. Finally, we will be addressing topics such as sexuality, the social impact of sexuality and equality.

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. 
  • Standard #7: Practice health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.

EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we wrapped up our last unit on Emergency medicine. The students practiced conversations that could happen in a doctor's office or the emergency room. Students also learned some phrases for how to express sympathy towards others. They used this while writing and creating get well cards as our last project of the year. Next week we will have our piñata celebration on Monday. We are still accepting donations of candy if you would like to send some in with your child! On Tuesday is our lunch field trip to Longitud 315!
It's been a pleasure getting to know and teach your students!
Happy summer!
Standards assessed: 
Standard 1: Interpersonal: 
Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. 
Standard 2 Interpersonal: 
Student can handle short social interactions in everyday situations.
Standard 5: Presentational: The student can communicate information and express own thoughts in writing using sentences and series of sentences. 
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 shared their Dr. and Mrs. Vandertramp stories with each other. These stories use all 16 of the special verbs used in the past tense. We then began our last vocabulary lesson and it is the remainder of the food vocabulary. Students should now be prepared to understand any French menu! I'm looking forward to our lunch at Miramar on Monday...as a reminder students I've asked students to dress nicely for our lunch celebration. Miramar is a fine dining experience and we want dress and act appropriately. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I wish these students the best of luck in high school!
Standards assessed: 
Standard 1: Interpersonal: Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. 
Standard 5: Presentational: The student can communicate information and express own thoughts in writing using sentences and series of sentences. 

Film Arts- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in Film Arts, we finished Star Wars:  A New Hope and began watching Field of Dreams to compare Ray Kinsella's hero journey to Luke Skywalker's.  Fun fact:  James Earl Jones appears in both, as well as The Lion King (another popular hero's journey film!)  There will be no formal assessment this week, we are discussing and identifying elements of the hero's journey as a class.  Have a great summer!

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students will wrap up the trimester by taking all their beautiful art work home and competing in Art Olympics!  Some challenges include drawing, painting and origami. May the odds be ever in your favor!


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