Assabet Applications Due Friday: This is a reminder that students applying to Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School need to submit their applications to Mrs. Lencioni no later than Friday, December 2nd to assure a timely submission to Assabet. Applications can be picked up in the OMS front desk or downloaded from www.assabet.org
Please contact Jennifer Lencioni, Grade 8 Adjustment Counselor with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the nearly complete periodic table of elements built by the students of 8 Blue. It includes all 118 named elements. When completed there will be no holes on our table!
In Social Studies, students have finally wrapped up the Roman Empire - bidding goodbye to the Romans by writing odes to their civilization and why it fell. Ask your son or daughter to share their ode with you!
Right now, students are working on the Byzantine Empire, with an assessment next Monday, November 21. If your child will be absent next week, please encourage them to let me know so we can make arrangements.
Students are currently looking at Justinian's Code, the set of laws enacted by Emperor Justinian in the early 500s CE. Students are looking at parallels between what Justinian and his lawmakers wrote and what our Founding Fathers included in the Declaration of Independence. Over the next couple of days, we will be discussing what makes a good leader and why Justinian might not necessarily have been the best leader despite his impressive legacy.
As the Thanksgiving (short) break draws near, it is important that students continue to stay on top of their homework and test preparation. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Monday - We used dry ice to investigate states of matter. Ask you student about the dry ice and where it goes?
Friday - We had the Great Subatomic
Debate. Ask which subatomic particle
your student supported in the debate.
This week's blogger spotlight is on... Divya Raghunathan!!!! Divya's blog, The Performing (sm)Arts!, is about music, entertainment, and as she puts it, "school stuff."
Divya's blog is great for a few reasons. First of all, her music reviews go beyond the surface of just talking about the songs. She talks about the members of the group, their style, and more. She also includes videos and images to enhance her posts. Secondly, her life tips are helpful and worth reading. She has a great post about managing stress, and her most recent post is about tips to make waking up in the morning a little easier.
Check out her blog for more tips! The Performing (sm)Arts!
Today, students had the opportunity to hear a presentation from a local entrepreneur, Bert LaValley. LaValley started two successful businesses: Sustainable Comfort, a green building and property management company, and Deadhorse Hill, a restaurant in Worcester.
LaValley's presentation to students was an important part of their business plan project. He talked about what prompted him to start his own businesses, the many rewards and challenges of being in charge of a small business, and what he looks for in employees. Most importantly, he talked about the skills, qualities, and habits that he sees as crucial for success.
Students got a lot from his presentation. In the words of one student, "he told me that it is okay to take risks and that it won't always be easy." Getting to hear such a powerful message from a "real" business owner was an amazing opportunity for students.
The students were so well behaved and respectful during his talk. Special thanks to Bert LaValley for taking time out of his day to come talk to our students!
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