8th Grade Weekly Updates


Curriculum Night Recap
Thank you to everyone who took time to come visit school on Thursday night to hear about our curriculum. We really enjoyed getting to see all of you in our rooms and we are happy that you enjoyed navigating your children's schedules as well. An email with information on conference sign-up will be emailed home on September 14th so be sure to watch for it and sign up for conferences on October 5th or 6th    . The Curriculum Packet can be found here and the Advisory Presentation is also here. 

Picture Day is Monday!
School photos will take place this Monday. Order forms were given to parents at Curriculum Night or to students on Friday. You can also easily order pictures online at http://edclarkschoolphoto.hhimagehost.com

It's time for the Woodlands Academy Math-a-lon!
What is it: A day where teams of 3 girls engage in a creative, friendly, problem solving math competition! 
When is it: Saturday, October 14th 9AM - 11:30AM
Why: Because math can be so cool, and this competition is really all about the creative side of math! It's a chance to stretch your brain and challenge yourself!
Who: Any ladies
If you are interested, please see Mrs. Komac by the end of this week. This is first come, first registered, and we may only be able to send one team of 3 girls. 

Girls on the Run
LBMS will be hosting a Girls on the Run program called Heart and Sole.    
Heart & Sole is a middle school program that meets the unique needs of girls in 6th-8th grade. The program considers the whole girl in a positive space where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy and strengthen connections. Running is incorporated into each lesson to encourage physical wellness and teach life skills such as team building, creating a support system, standing up for themselves and others and decision making. The girls prepare for a celebratory Girls on the Run 5K event at the end of the program. This non-competitive event fosters goal setting and a sense of confidence through accomplishment to last a lifetime.
We will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  Please see Mrs. Huddlestun or Ms. Turner for more information.  Register at: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/3R4EN43YD3SICSM?sid=10133d171bda42469d441da0ff05eded

News from the Nurse

Medications at school: No medication (not even Advil or Tylenol) can be administered at school without a Medication Authorization Form being completed and signed by a parent and a Healthcare provider.  If you would like your student to take any type of medication at school, please complete the appropriate form and submit it to the health office.  Here is the link to all of the available health forms    

I’m seeing the beginning of a sore throat/cough bug making its way through the building. Some students are also running low grade fevers. Several students have been tested for Strep, all results have been negative as of today.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday--Picture Day
                --MAP Testing

Tuesday--MAP Testing

Wednesday--Early Release 2:10 Dismissal

Thursday--Conference Sign Ups Begin

Friday--Paired Advisory
Course Updates

Social Studies- Mrs. McKean
Students will be examining the events and causes that led to the American Revolution including the French and Indian War, the Acts and Taxes implemented by the Crown on the Colonies, and the Boston Massacre.  Students will examine the Declaration of Independence and what precedence was established in the action of the Colonies wanting to break from Great Britain.  
Science- Mrs. Cuarto
This week we analyzed the evidence Alfred Wegener used when he proposed his ideas about continental drift. We also looked at further evidence that scientists have found as technology has improved. We made models of Pangaea and read about the history of supercontinents on Earth. Next week, we'll look at convection in Earth's mantle.

Language Arts- Mrs. Groth & Mrs. 
Students began writing their Memoirs and developing their stories. Memoirs will be completed by the end of September. Students were also reminded that every evening they need to be participating in IDR (Individualized Daily Reading) for 20 minutes and recording their progress in their IDR Chart on Google Classroom. 

Algebra 1- Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
Students have continued learning about different types of functions, the properties of functions, and how to solve various problems using functions. Students will be taking the math MAP test next week and we will have our chapter 1 individual and team test on Thursday 9/14. The individual component is very brief and focuses on function notation.

Mr. Jakcsy and Mrs. Komac
We dived into our new material this week, studying functions, function composition, and piece-wise functions. Students will be taking their math MAP test on Monday and we have our first assessment quiz on Thursday 9/14. The team data task is due on Wednesday 9/13 and is considered an assessment for this unit.

Health- Ms. Fink
This week in Health, students have been watching the movie, "Freedom Writers."  As we watch this movie, we will be reflecting on a variety of items: physical, mental, emotional, and social health, empathy, self-esteem, overcoming hardships, and community and educational influences.  Next week, we will be conducting class discussions on how the above topics can influence your teen's life and decision-making.  Additionally, we will begin talking about how to manage stress and understand the nuances of depression.  Have a great weekend.  
EspañolSra. Ogren
This week we started our new unit on Communication. We are working on skills that demonstrate good listening and using that in conversations. The vocabulary for this unit is a list of rejoinders they can use to help conversations along. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students started the parts of the body vocabulary. Our activities revolve around using the vocabulary orally (like singing Tête, Epaule, Genou, et Pied or playing Guess Who with aliens) to reading about Dr. Frankenpierre creating his monster. The quiz for this vocabulary will be on Tuesday, 9/12. Students also closed out the self-paced verb study where they worked on reviewing previously learned verbs over the span of a week. Students who showed mastery on the online drills were excused from taking an assessment on the verbs. 

Advanced Acting- Mrs. Olmstead
As a conclusion to our review of the actor's tool of body, the students are creating, rehearsing, and performing group pantomimes that focus around a central conflict.  The students are using secondary tools of music and props to help to tell their stories.  Next week we will move on to the actor's tool of voice through storytelling.  

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead and Mr. Beese

This week the students’ first engagements are truly underway!  The first few days involve plenty of brainstorming and tweaking as the students discover each project’s potential and begin to work towards their SMART goal.

Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian
This week in art, students finished up their skill builder boot camps and are now planning for their first open studio piece of the trimester.  

Band - Mr. Beese
Please make sure you have the following dates on your calendar:

Thursday, September 28 - 8th Grade Band Night, Scouts Game. Call time 6:00 pm at LFHS West Campus - Please let me know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend this performance.

Wednesday, November 15 - LBMS Chorus Concert - 7:00 pm LBMS
Thursday, November 16 - LBMS Band Concert - 7:00 pm LBMS


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