Our annual Pi Day celebration was a huge success. This year the 8th grade students learned some interesting facts about circles (why are manhole covers round), some students participated in a contest to memorize the most digits of pi, and we sung Pi Day carols to the elementary school, middle school, and our wonderful office staff and administration. Oh and did I forget to mention the students also got to eat a few slices of pie. Thank you to all those who helped make our celebration a success.
The 8th grade students continue their work on the Cold War and building their website. If you haven’t already, be sure to have your son or daughter show you the site they are building with their teammate(s).
We recently had some fun composing a defense for false accusations. This is leading students to a summative writing where they must defend themselves before Joseph McCarthy. Students are also writing summaries of the different sections of our studies with a focus each time on the section and a relation to the statement of inquiry. This a great time for them to put into use the writing skills learned in Language Arts and supported here in Humanities. These types of writing assignments really put the skills learned in place and lead students to strengthen their critical thinking skills.
We will work to wrap up the facts and complete building the websites after Spring Break. We’ll next move into the Vietnam War that will take us to the end of the year.
Parents, this is a great time to remind students of continuing their work ethic and best efforts in class until the end of the year. Please help support their education at home by checking in with them, keeping up with completed assignments, and being prepared for class. Thank you.
Last week, we wrapped up our on-demand writing series. The 8th graders should feel very good about the work they’ve done in these demanding writing tasks. We’ve had some great discussions about high school (and the SAT) and engaged in hands-on activities to practice strategies for success in timed writing and working under pressure.
Speaking of stepping up to the next level, Mrs. Mulvihill shared a great resource with me that I wanted to pass along to you (see link below). Students are always asking me what book they should read next, and this page gives suggestions by genre that grow with the students’ reading level. Please note the asterisks denoting mature content on some of the higher-level selections.
8th graders have finished up an exciting study of Electricity and Magnetism with a mini-research project on renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. During this project, students researched the pros and cons of one for the 7 main energy sources, then created a short Google Slides presentation to share with the class. This promotes collaborative learning – students learning from each other and being able to share in the learning experience. I was also impressed with students’ ability to speak in front of a group and present their ideas clearly. Each student then formed an evidence-based argument on the “best” source of energy, and shared them with a small group. After we return from Spring Break we will start a unit on Light and Sound Waves!
Our 8th grade Spanish students invited Mrs. Cauble’s Kindergarten class for their unique rendition of Los Tres Osos ( Goldilocks and The Three Bears). These upper class men and women showed leadership and creativity by putting on this fun play and entertaining our Kindergartners in Spanish! Lots of smiles and giggles were expressed by all.