This week's feature blogger is JACK DAVIS! Jack decided to write a blog about his two favorite things, Disney and Apple, thus the blog Disney Apple was born! I am impressed with Jack's blog because he actually coded his layout himself instead of using a premade template, and his blog has OVER A THOUSAND page views. Check out the logo that he designed himself:
Take a minute and check out his blog! disney-apple.blogspot.com/
Science Friday - October 28
Ask your student about the state of matter of the slime they made in class. Have your student explain how they tested the slime to determine the state of matter.
This has been a busy week for the students with their first small 'project' due, a second one in progress and three assessments. In skills class, we spent time reviewing for each assessment by going over the study guides that the students completed and providing them with additional practice as needed. All students are eligible for additional time to complete the assessments and that time was given to them during skills class. I also stressed to the students how important it is to budget their time and I reviewed with them examples of schedules so that they do not get behind. As they begin their new units in all classes, I will preview the topics on Monday.
I continue to be available for after school help on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students can make plans to stay after on a regular basis or 'drop in' at any time if they are having difficulty with a specific topic.
ELA and Math Project Update
Dear 8 Blue Families,
We are writing to let you know about an exciting new project happening on team in ELA and math.
One of the district goals in Shrewsbury is for all teachers to incorporate Project Based Learning elements into their instruction by the end of the 2016-2017 school year. You can find links to the district goals and more information about Project Based Learning at the bottom of this email. You may have to copy and paste the links into your browser. We have designed a cross-curricular project between ELA and math that focuses on the driving question “what skills and personal qualities are necessary for success in today’s world?”
During this unit, students will be working in groups to create a business and write a business plan. In addition, in ELA, students will be reading biographies and focusing on the traits that made that individual successful, as well selections from The Outliers, The World is Flat, and Mindset: The New Psychology of Success during class.
The skills this unit focuses on are:
We will be asking for parent volunteers to come give their business plans a “seal of approval” and a “seal of improvement.” Please keep your eyes out for more information soon!
We are excited for the students to experience the curriculum by applying it to real world situations. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your support,
Ms. Jill Carlin Ms. Kate Lewis
8 Blue Math 8 Blue ELA
Social Studies Update
Our first Social Studies test is Tuesday, October 25. This test will be on the Rise of Rome, and includes Rome's origins, location, the early Republic, Julius Caesar, and the achievements of the Roman Empire. Students received their study guide yesterday (10/17) and are required to complete and submit it by next Monday, October 24. Each day this week, we will be doing some review.
Today, students are making their own trivia & test questions using the notes from the beginning of the unit - the photo below is E block as they get started on their trivia questions. Ask your son or daughter what they thought was the most interesting thing they learned about in Rome - sometimes their answers even surprise me :)
assabet assembly signup!
ASSABET VALLEY REGIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTATION INFO
Dear Grade 8 Parents and Guardians,
On Thursday, October 20th, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School will be visiting OMS to deliver a 45-minute informational session to all interested 8th grade students. The presentation will provide an overview of the many programs available at AVRTHS as well as admissions information.
If you would like your student to attend this presentation to learn more about AVRTHS, please click here to give permission to attend on the Powerschool Parent Portal by clicking on "Sports, Activities, Permission Slips" in the left navigation bar and checking the Assabet Presentation Permission box, then click submit.
More information about AVRTHS can be found at www.assabettech.com.
There will be a field trip held in early November for interested OMS to tour AVRTHS. More information will follow to those who attend the presentation. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Lencioni, Grade 8 Counselor at email@example.com.
Blogger Spotlight - ELA
This week's blogger spotlight is on REBECCA GAUVIN! Rebecca's blog, Music in Simple Notes, talks about music theory, music history, notable composers, and more! Her posts are informative and comprehensive. I especially like how Rebecca made diagrams to help people understand some of the more complicated musical concepts.
Check out her blog to learn more about music!
Link to Rebecca's blog: http://musiciansimplenotes.blogspot.com/
The 8 Blue TEam
Ms. Amaral - Social Studies