Eighth Grade and Math — Weekly Updates

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann April 9-16

Dear Parents and 8th Graders,

Typically a graduation video is shown of the 8th graders at the end of the graduation service.  Are any of you interested in putting this together for our 8th graders this year?  Obviously, we would have all the families submit photos of their 8th grader, you wouldn't have to worry about that.  But we are looking for someone to put the photos in a video format, and into something we could show at the graduation service.  Let me know this week, if this is something you would be willing to work on for the 8th graders.  Thank you in advance.

Progress reports will be sent home on Monday.  Also look for the homework envelope to be sent home on Monday too.  Please sign BOTH, and return to school by Thursday. 

8th Graders will be MAP testing on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00-11:30 each day.  Please be sure to send them to school with a good breakfast in their belly and a good night's sleep.  Have them bring a snack for break too. 

Community service hours are due in May.  Please look for things to do around the house, yard or a neighbor's yard to get some service hours banked.  Don't forget the church is always looking for someone to run the power point for the weekend church services. 

Living Word is hosting a Middle School Event on April 17.  Get all the information by clicking on the link below.    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe20UazLO2cxzfpKKh3W8rZpJXT8ndb4WsrOG08WpMJQ6jcNw/viewform?gxids=7628

Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Apr. 12     Leah / Owen
  • Apr. 19     Toby / Bryan

Right Around the Corner

  • April 13 and 14  MAP testing for 8th grade
  • May 2 - Confirmation at St. Paul
  • May 26 - 8th Grade Chapel Service
  • May 31- No School- Memorial Day

 

Social Studies

We are looking at a Unit 8 Test on either Thursday or Friday this week.  There will be a review sheet home early in the week.

Science

This week in 8th grade, we are learning about Waves.  There will be a test on Unit 1 Wednesday, April 14th

Language Arts

Literature: 

We're continuing Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, identifying the ways characters' circumstances direct readers toward theme.   


English/Writing:  

We finished the outline for our Problem & Solution piece before break.  The outline provides not only a guide for drafting, but it also shows us how well we organized our details and whether or not more research is needed.  The Working Draft is due Tuesday, April 13th.  We'll then self- and peer edit the draft.  The Final Draft will be due early the following week.   Assignments will be on Google Classroom.


Vocabulary:

Unit 12 building understanding activities this week; definition test on Thursday, April 15th; Spelling test on Friday, April 16th; CUMULATIVE TEST over Units 1 - 12 will be the week of April 19th.

 PE/ Music

 

 

Computers

5-8 P.E.  

Fischer Music- Incredibox. 

Great start 8th grade.  I'm really looking forward to these next eight weeks together.  This coming week will be a bit disjointed.  We will continue in our second chapter of Excel on Monday.  Tuesday and Wednesday you will be MAP testing and Thursday and Friday we'll continue with Excel chapter two.  There will not be a quiz this week.  Remember that the MAP test is very important for final class selection for your freshman year.  Do your best!

 

                   Pre-Algebra

       Algebra

 Pre-Algebra: We will cover these topics- graphing equations and using intercepts, probabililty of dependant events, selecting an appropriate rational number, suface area of cylinders and prisms.

Algebra: We will be covering these topics: identifying quadratic functions, solving problems using the Pythagorean Theorem, calculating midpoint and length of a segment, factoring polynomials by grouping, multiplying and dividing rational expressions

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann March 25- April 9

Dear Parents and 8th Graders,

Hey parents, many of you are not looking at the homework envelope that gets sent home biweekly.  Please make a note to ask your child for this envelope if you haven't seen it in a few weeks.  Thank you for following through and keeping your kids accountable.

Community service hours are due in May.  Please look for things to do around the house, yard or a neighbor's yard to get some service hours banked.  Don't forget the church is always looking for someone to run the power point for the weekend church services.  Pastor Anderson sent home an email looking for help on Easter Sunday.  If you will be around town, please consider helping out.  Thanks!!

The 8th grade class showed great leadership by bringing in 98 boxes of cereal.  Mr. Wellna donated two of his class's boxes so the 8th grade could reach 100.  They were so excited to reach that goal.  Thank you for all of the cereal boxes you have sent in for the local food pantries in our area.  That is simply amazing.  Thank you so much.

March 25 marks the end of the third quarter trimester classes.  8th graders will move on to computer class with Mr. Yurk. 

Congratulations to Hunter who will be confirmed this Sunday at his home church in Port Washington.  God's blessings to you as you take this very important step in your faith walk.

Blessed Easter to all of you.  Those of you who are traveling, my prayers will be with you for safe travels.  Enjoy your time away from school.

Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Apr. 6       Ethan / Charlie
  • Apr. 12     Leah / Owen

Right Around the Corner

  • March 29 - April 5:  Spring Break No School
Social Studies

We will continue to talk about America during World War II.  There will be tests or quizzes this week.

Science

This week in 8th grade, we are learning about Waves.  No major tests or assignments this week!

Language Arts

Literature: 

  • We're continuing Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, continuing to connect the events in the novel to historical fact.  We're also identifying the effects of an abuse of power as well as the strength in community and hope.   

English/Writing:  

  • We finished the outline for our Problem & Solution piece before break.  The outline provides not only a guide for drafting, but it also shows us how well we organized our details and whether or not more research is needed.  Look for the Working Draft to be due Friday, April 9th.  The Final Draft will be due either Wednesday, April 14th, or Thursday, April 15th.   Assignments will be on Google Classroom.

Vocabulary:

  • Unit 12 Set A due Wednesday, April 7th; flashcards due Wednesday, April 7th; Set B due Friday, April 9th.  Unit 12 building understanding activities next week; definition test on Thursday, April 15th; Spelling test on Friday, April 16th 

 PE/ Music

5-8 P.E.  Ultimate Football

Fischer Music Fantasia and Composer project. 

 

                 Pre-Algebra

      Algebra

 Pre-Algebra: We will cover these topics- Scatterplots, central angles and arcs, graphing equations and using intercepts, probabililty of dependant events.

Algebra: We will be covering these topics: solving multi-step compound inequalities, factoring special products, identifying quadratic functions, solving problems using the Pythagorean Theorem.  And now you're all glad you're not an 8th grade Algebra student.  Am I right??

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann March 19-26

Dear Parents and 8th Graders,

The homework envelope will be sent home on Monday.  Please look for it and return it as soon as possible.

Please join us online for chapel on Family Day.  Family Day is virtual this year and is on March 26.  The students will enjoy an all school breakfast on this day and then some fun activities in class.  We were asked to pick a color for Family day and then dress mostly in that color.  Our class chose the color black. We will dismiss at 11:00 on this day.

Thank you for all of the cereal boxes you have sent in for the local food pantries in our area.  8th grade has brought in 60 total boxes.  That is simply amazing.  Thank you so much.  Cereal collection goes until Wednesday.

The second trimester honor roll is in this week's Echo.  Congratulations!

March 25 marks the end of the third quarter trimester classes.  8th graders will move on to computer class with Mr. Yurk. 

Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Mar. 22    Brady / Andy
  • Apr. 6       Ethan / Charlie

Right Around the Corner

  • March 25: end of third quarter classes
  • March 26: Virtual Family Day 11:00 Dismissal
  • March 29 - April 5:  Spring Break No School
Social Studies

8th Grade - We will be learning about America during World War II.  There will be no major quizzes or tests

Science

This week in 8th grade, we are focusing on Magnetism.  There will be a quiz on Lessons 4-6 Tuesday, March 23rd.  After that we will be looking at waves.

Language Arts

Literature: 

  • We're continuing Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, building connections between historical facts and circumstances in the novel.  We're also learning that there are very few "universals" in this world.  Rather, there are people who at one point may be searching, hurting, kind, or simply learning.    

English/Writing:  

  • We're working research for our Problem & Solution piece.  Notes, an outline, and both a working and final draft will be required.   Assignments will be on Google Classroom.

Vocabulary:

  • Unit 11 building understanding activities this week; definition and spelling test on Thursday, March 25th

 PE/ Music

5-8 P.E.  Matball

Fischer Music Fantasia and Composer project. 

 

               Pre-Algebra

     Algebra

 Pre-Algebra: We will cover these topics- products of square roots, transforming formulas, and adding and subtracting mixed measures, and polynomials.  Test on Thursday March 25.

Algebra: We will be covering these topics: frequency distsribution and solving inequalities with variables on both sides.  Test on Tuesday, March 23.

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann March 12-19

Dear Parents and 8th Graders,

Report cards were sent home on Thursday.  If you haven't seen your child's report card, please ask him or her for it.

Please join us for Family Day, which is March 26.  We were asked to pick a color for Family day and then dress mostly in that color.  Our class chose the color black. We will dismiss at 11:00 on this day.

March 25 marks the end of the third quarter trimester classes.  8th graders will move on to computer class with Mr. Yurk. 

Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Mar. 15    Livia / Matthew
  • Mar. 22    Brady / Andy

Right Around the Corner

  • March 25: end of third quarter classes
  • March 26: Family Day 11:00 Dismissal
  • March 29 - April 5:  Spring Break No School
Social Studies

8th Grade - We are finishing up with the Great Depression and then moving to America during World War II.  There will be no quizzes or tests this week. -Ms. Amling

Science

This week in 8th grade, we are focusing on Magnetism.  No major tests or assignments this week.

Language Arts

Literature: 

  • We're continuing Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.     

English/Writing:  

  • We're working research for our Problem & Solution piece.  As this is an informative essay, we'll be reviewing the research process as well as writing techniques and strong methods of organization.  Notes, an outline, and both a working and final draft will be required.   Assignments will be on Google Classroom.

Vocabulary:

  • Unit 11 Set A due Tuesday, March 16th; flashcards due Wednesday, March 17th; Set B due Thursday, March 19th.  Unit 11 building understanding activities next week; definition and spelling test on Thursday, March 20th

 PE/ Music

5-8 P.E.  Badminton and 9 Square

Fischer Music Fantasia and Composer project. 

 

             Pre-Algebra

    Algebra

 

Pre-Algebra: We will cover these topics- simplifying radical expressions, area of trapezoids, volumes or prisms and cylinders, inequalities with negative numbers.  If we stay on schedule: Test on Wednesday, March 17. Maybe the luck of the Irish will be with them!

Algebra: We will be covering these topics: graphing rational functions, factoring trinomials with GCF, frequency distsributions, If we stay on schedule: Test on Friday, March 19.

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann March 5-12

Dear Parents and 8th Graders,

On Monday, the third trimester will start.  It's the last trimester your 8th grader will experience at St. Paul.  Now is not the time to just let them coast through until the end of the year.  They will most likely need even more guidance as they get excited for finishing up at St. Paul, graduation, and the start of high school.  You will need to keep them grounded and focused on the everyday tasks they need to accomplish.   We are in this together!  We will see them through until June.  We got this! Right??   Keep your chin up and keep lifting up your child in prayer.  Pray for their success, for them to make wise decisions, and for them to stay close to their Lord through all circumstances. 

Homework envelopes might be coming home on Monday.  Please sign and return. 

As we made the Washington DC decision, the hardest thing I had to do was let you all know about it.  After I sent off the email, and headed home so many thoughts were going through my mind. I was relieved to have had finally made a decision, but at the same time I know how awesome this trip is and so do those of you who have attended the trip.  I feel so bad for both of my classes that were unable to go on this trip.  I realize the kids maybe don't understand what they are really missing, but honestly, it is a lot to be missing out on.  Please know, we truly did try to make this happen.  Thank you for the kind words, emails, and prayers throughout all of this.  Your support is appreciated and means so much to me. 

Social Studies

 

Science

Ms. Amling will begin teaching 8th grade for our new unit.  This week, she will be teaching about the United States during the Great Depression.

 

  8th Science

This week in 8th grade, we are focusing on Electricity.   We will be having a quiz on Lessons 1-3 Wednesday, March 10th!

English
  • Literature: 

We've begun our next novel, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.     

  • English/Writing:  

We'll begin our writing project, a Problem and Solution essay, focusing on an issue facing our environment, society, or personal health.  Research will be required.   Assignments will be on Google Classroom.

  • Vocabulary:

Unit 10 building understanding activities this week; definition test on Thursday, March 11th; spelling test on Friday, March 12th

 PE/ Music

5-8 P.E.   HIIT workouts 

Fischer Music researching composers from the Fantasia movie

                   Pre-Algebra

       Algebra

Pre-Algebra: This week we will cover these topics: Percent of change with dimensions, multiple unit multiples, formulas for sequences, and simplifying square roots.   

Algebra: This week we will cover these topics: Solving absolute-value equations, Multiplying radical expressions, and solving two-step inequalities.  Math test March 9

 

Both math classes-

Pi Day Celebration-Friday, March 12!  We will do special Pi Day activities in class on this day.  Students are allowed to bring a drink from home.  Acceptable drinks besides water are: sports drinks, lemonade, fruit juice, and soda.  Please no high energy drinks and limit the drinks to 16 oz.

Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Mar. 8     Hunter / Andrew
  • Mar. 15    Livia / Matthew

Right Around the Corner

  • March 26: 11:00 Dismissal
  • March 29 - April 5:  Spring Break No School

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann