Friday 8/12

Grade Level News for 8th Grade

Yearbook: Pre-order your yearbook early for the best pricing!, school code 14751.

8th Grade Yearbook Ad: The deadline to purchase an 8th Grade Ad in the 22-23 yearbook is October 10th!

Cell Phones: Parents & Guardians - we need your help! If your student has a cellphone, they may not use it from the time that they arrive at school until dismissal. Please do not text or call your student during the school day. We have devices for students to use in the classroom if they do not have technology to bring with them. Students may bring their own technology (Chromebooks, laptops, and iPads) to use for instructional purposes.

Drop Offs: We do not allow drop offs of student items during the school day, with the exception of medications and/or glasses. If a student forgets his or her lunch, they may purchase a lunch in the cafeteria. Please make sure that your child's MyPaymentsPlus account has funds uploaded.

Walkers: Please communicate with your child regarding a back-up plan in case of afternoon storms . Will your child be a bus rider or car rider? We have an extra bus for Three-Chimneys students in the event that walking home is not allowed due to storms.

RISE Expectations: Our students have spent the week learning about our school's RISE expectations relating to Responsibility, Integrity, Safety, and Empathy. We are looking forward to celebrating our students as they RISE to occasion.

Update from the Principal's Desk:

We enjoyed a fantastic first week and a half of school. Our car rider line and busses were smoother than ever thanks to our bus drivers and courteous parent drivers. Our students have seemed to enjoy getting back to the structure of school, and we have had wonderful buy-in from our students in regard to the no cell phone policy. As we continue to talk about our R.I.S.E (Respect, Integrity, Safety, and Empathy), take a minute to talk with your children about how you live these characteristics in your life. Although it may seem as if our children are not listening to us, they are. As I stated at Open House, there is never a time that they need you more than they need you now. Middle school is a transitional time in so many ways, and our students need a strong partnership between home and school. Please take a minute to read through this newsletter to find all of the important upcoming dates. We have our Curriculum Nights coming up for 7th and 8th grade on September 15th from 6:00-7:30, and we look forward to seeing you there. For space purposes, please bring only one parent per student, if possible.

Take time this weekend to enjoy your children. I will be moving my oldest back into her housing at UGA, and my 5th and 6th graders will be resting up from an "exhausting" week of school.

Molly Bradley


Please send any attendance notes to If your child is out sick due to Covid-19 symptoms or tests positive, please include Nurse Lorrie Chalmers ( in your email.

We ask that students to keep up with assignments via itslearning when absent. Here is a link to an agenda template that we encourage students to use when absent for multiple days in order to stay up-to-date on work:

English Language Arts News

The 8th grade ELA team is so excited to start out this year with our first unit that includes a novel study over The Giver by Lois Lowry! Throughout the unit students will explore narrative concepts such as plot, characterization, and theme. Our first summative for the unit will be a cold read multiple choice test that will be on September 7th.

Math News

In On-Level Math, we have been working on Perfect Squares and Cubes and estimating non-perfect square roots. We are having an Ordering and Comparing Real Numbers Quiz on Tuesday 8/16 and our Unit 1A Test Wednesday 8/24. Our next unit will be covering exponent rules and Scientific Notation. We have been enjoying getting to know our students and are looking forward to a great year!

Ask your child to recite their perfect squares (1, 4, 9, 16,…) and see how far they can go! Recognizing their perfect squares will help when we start simplifying radicals!

In Algebra 1, we have started our Polynomials, Radicals, and Rational/Irrational Numbers Unit. There will be a Polynomials Quiz on Tuesday 8/16, a Operations with Radical Quiz Thursday 8/25, and our Unit 1A Test will be Tuesday 8/30. We have been enjoying getting to know our students and are looking forward to a great year!

Ask your child to recite their perfect squares (1, 4, 9, 16,…) and see how far they can go! Recognizing their perfect squares will help when we start simplifying radicals!

In Accelerated Algebra/Geometry A, we have kicked things off the first few days of school with learning about Dimensional Analysis. This past week we started Polynomials (naming, classifying, adding, subtracting, and multiplying) and will have a quiz on this next week! Our next part of the unit will be Operations with Radicals. I am so excited to get to know the kids and we are going to have a great year!

Ask your child to recite their perfect squares (1, 4, 9, 16,…) and see how far they can go! Recognizing their perfect squares will help when we start simplifying radicals!

Physical Science News

We are off to a sensational start in 8th grade science as we have plunged right into the fundamentals of CHEMISTRY, and we zinc the kids are going to love it! All 8th graders are taking the high school physical science class to earn high school credit; we cover a LOT of material in a rather short time, so your student will need to stay on top of their work so they can rise to the challenge! Talk to your student about what they have learned so far about the periodic table, and check out this catchy tune! Our first unit test is Tuesday, August 23rd.

Georgia Studies News

Welcome to 8th grade Georgia Studies! We are starting are year diving into the Geography of Georgia. This includes learning about Georgia’s relative location, it’s 5 regions, and the amazing physical features seen in Georgia. We will be covering geography these first two weeks and students will have their first test next Friday 8/19. We are all looking forward to a great year of Georgia studies!

Spanish News

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español 1! The Spanish teachers are excited to welcome students into the world of learning another language. In class, we've had discussions about the importance of learning another language and the benefits of being bilingual. We have begun our Unit 1A by learning the alphabet in Spanish as well as how to greet others and introduce ourselves. This unit also includes useful classroom expressions in Spanish along with school vocabulary. We look forward to a fun and exciting school year in Spanish class!

Make sure to ask your student how to spell their name in Spanish!

Important Date: Tuesday August - 30Unit 1A Summative Exam

Connections News

The SFMS Connections classes this week have started our getting to know you lessons! It is important that we know who everyone is so that we can make connections with our 9-week and year-long classes! We have been focusing on joining band and introducing our clubs and organizations: FBLA, HOSA, DECA, TSA, Art Club, Drama, Chorus and assigning PE lockers! Contact your Connection teacher for additional information!

In PE, we distribute lockers and uniforms. This can be a tedious process, especially for the 6th graders. Once lockers are issued and uniforms are distributed, we will begin our daily functional fitness, and sport centered activities along with large group games. Please remind your students to write their names on their uniforms and bring them home on Fridays to freshen them up for the upcoming week. We are excited for a new school year and look forward to having fun while meeting the needs of all our students.

Are you interested in either Art Club or Calligraphy Club? Students can pick up a permission form from Ms. Shoemake in the art room (525) starting on 8/15/22. The permission form must be turned in to Ms. Shoemake and the membership dues must be paid via my payments plus by 9/1/22 in order for your student to be enrolled in the club.

Counseling Corner

Hi, I am Kathy Harrell, 8th grade counselor. I am so excited to be here and serve the families of South Forsyth. My experience is in both middle and high school counseling. The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. Please remember to speak with your children daily about their schoolwork, friendships, and self-awareness. It is such an important time in their lives and keeping the communication lines open can be valuable to the parent/child relationship. Once again, I am looking forward to working with you and building a strong bridge to ensure the absolute best for our students. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Community Shout-Outs

  • Jerimiah’s Ice for providing teachers with a complementary treat this Friday.

  • Pam Evans and Sonja Bullard for providing the staff with a wonderful breakfast!

  • Brett Hicks from Firefly Insurance for providing the teachers with bagels and toppings!

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