Eighth Grade and Math — Weekly Updates

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann Oct. 8-15

Dear 8th Grade Parents and Students,

 We are in the middle of selling Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough.  A sale sheet was sent home with each 8th grader.  Order sheets, along with the money, must be returned to me by Oct. 20.  I will enter these orders online.   For each package of cookie dough you sell, your child will earn $6.40 for their DC trip.  I have set up an online store.  So if you want to send out emails to family members and friends you will be able to do this.  You will still need to pick up the cookie dough at school on Oct. 29 and then deliver it to your family and friends.

 The St. Paul Auction is October 16. Our class basket theme is "Thanksgiving".  Please have your items/cash to school by October 12.  Thank you so very much. 

 On October 19, Mr. Winter will be at St. Paul from 7:45am-8:45am to answer any questions you might have about Living Word Lutheran High School.  Before you make your final decision on where to send your child for high school, please be sure to check out all of the options. (especially if this is your first 8th grader) 

 I wanted to thank you again for sending items to school for the Pastor Anderson appreciation basket.  We presented him with the basket and the thank you cards today.  Your support was definitely felt and overwhelming.

It was good to see so many of you at Parent/Teacher conferences.  Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to meet about your 8th grader. 

  Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Oct. 11: Jacob M. / Cody
  • Oct. 18: Aspen / Braxton

 Right Around the Corner 

  • Oct. 8 Parent Teacher Conference  12:00-2:00 (3:00 for 8th Grade)
  • Oct. 8 Early Dismissal 11:40
  • Oct. 13  Fall Sports Pictures 3:15 (don't forget your uniforms!!)
  • Oct. 15  Miss Koepke's final day
  • Oct. 16- St. Paul Auction
  • Oct. 31- Grades 6-8 sing at the 9:30am service along with JuBellate

 

Science

 

 

Social Studies

8th Science  This week in 8th grade, we are looking at Solids, Liquids and Gases.  No major tests or assignments due this week!

 

8th Grade Social Studies: We have started Unit 2 dealing with all Revolutionary War related things.  No major quizzes or tests this week.

 

Language Arts

Literature:

We'll be finishing The Wednesday Wars this upcoming week and complete a final activity that reflects themes and understanding.  Students will need their own PERSONAL CHOICE NOVELS by Monday, October 18th.  Book clubs or reading partners will be formed.

English/Writing:

We'll begin our next grammar focus.  Activities and assignments will be in our notebooks as well as on Google Classroom.

In Writing, we're continuing to introduce the six traits, providing us with a common language for effective development and revision for our pieces.

Vocabulary:

Unit 3 -- Set A, due Tuesday, October 12th; Set B, due Thursday, October 14th; Unit Review, due Friday, October 15th.   Vocabulary activities will follow.  The definition test will be Thursday, October 21st, and the spelling test will be Friday, October 22nd.

The week of October 25th -- Cumulative Review Activities and test.  Look for the test to be the 28th or the 29th

 

Confirmation/Memory

 

Health/ PE

Tuesday, October 12th: Round 2 of OT Books Quiz with Mr. Kasten
Thursday, October 14th: Commandment Worksheet Due
Friday, October 15th: Memory- 7th and 8th Commandments and Meaning

Health: We continue with our nutrition unit.  PE- Had gym inside, played volleyball and basketball.

                                             Pre-Algebra

 

Algebra

Pre-Algebra:  We will cover these topics:The  Pythagorean Theorem, the distributive property, factoinr expression, multiplying and dividing mixed numbers, adding and subtracting decimals. 

Algebra:  We will cover these topics: graphing a relationship, solving one-step equations, analyzing and comparing statistical graphs, two-step equations, and solving decimal equations. 

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann and Miss Koepke

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann Oct. 1-8

Dear 8th Grade Parents and Students,

 If you haven't already signed up for a Parent/Teacher Conference time, please do so.  When you sign up, please indicate if you want me to schedule a virtual conference.  If you don't notify me, I will assume you will be coming to school for an in person meeting.  If you need me to resend you the link I will be glad to do that. Thank you!!  Also please remember there is an early release day on Friday at 11:40. 

 We have just started a new fundraiser.  We are selling Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough.  A sale sheet was sent home with each 8th grader today.  The sale starts today, and ends Oct. 20.  For each package of cookie dough you sell, your child will earn $6.40 for their DC trip.  I have set up an online store.  So if you want to send out emails to family members and friends you will be able to do this.  You will still need to pick up the cookie dough at school on Oct. 29 and then deliver it to your family and friends.  Remember, whatever your family sells, that amount goes into your DC account.  Also understand that you do not need to participate.  If selling stuff isn't your thing, it is okay.  I am just making this available as another way to earn funds.  That's it for now.  Please email me if you have questions.

 Youth Game Night sponsored by Living Word High School is on Oct. 2.  There is more information about it in this week's Echo.  Looks like a fun night!  Check it out.

 The St. Paul Auction is October 16. Our class basket theme is "Thanksgiving".  I am looking for all things about fall or thanksgiving to fill our basket. We have a few items brought in but could really use some more.  Please consider donating to this worthy cause.  Please have your items/cash to school by October 12.  Thank you so very much. 

  Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Oct. 4: Ethan / Piercen
  • Oct. 11: Jacob M. / Cody M.

 Right Around the Corner 

  • Oct. 1 Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough Sale Starts
  • Oct. 7 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00 (8:00 for 8th Grade)
  • Oct. 8 Parent Teacher Conference  12:00-2:00 (3:00 for 8th Grade)
  • Oct. 8 Early Dismissal 11:40
  • Oct. 13  Fall Sports Pictures 3:15 (don't forget your uniforms!!)
  • Oct. 16- St. Paul Auction

Science

 

 

Social Studies

This week in 8th grade, we are finishing Topic 1, Introduction to Matter.  There will be a test Wednesday, Oct. 6th!

 

8th Grade - We will be ready for our Unit 1 Test on Tuesday, October 4th. (Study sheet will be available 

 

Language Arts

Literature:

We're continuing with The Wednesday Wars.  Expect nearly daily reading, comprehension checks, and written responses.  We should be finishing the novel within the next two weeks.  At that point, students will be choosing their own personal choice novels.  Students will be given a few options as suggestions so that book clubs or reading partners can be formed.

English/Writing:

We're working on our third grammar focus.  Look for an assessment Tuesday or Wednesday.

In Writing, we're continuing to introduce the six traits, providing us with a common language for effective development and revision for our pieces.

Vocabulary:

Vocabulary activities this week, and the spelling test will be on Friday, 10/8.

 

 Confirmation/Memory

 

 

Thursday, October 7th: Old Testament Books of the Bible Quiz
Friday, October 8th: Memory Work- 5th and 6th Commandments and Meaning

                                           Pre-Algebra

                           Algebra

Pre-Algebra:  We will cover these topics: lines, angles, polygons, and triangles.  If we stay on schedule, there will be a math test on Thursday, Oct. 7. 

Algebra:  We will cover these topics: combining like terms, solving one-step equations, and graphing on a coordinate plane.  If we stay on schedule there will be a math test on Thursday, Oct. 7.   

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann and Miss Koepke

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann Sept. 24- Oct.1

Dear 8th Grade Parents and Students,

 This Sunday there is an informational meeting about the Lutheran Youth Gathering next summer in Houston, Texas. Current 8th Graders will be able to participate in this trip if they are interested. The meeting is at 6:30pm in the Family Life Center.

 Youth Game Night sponsored by Living Word High School is on Oct. 2.  There is more information about it in this week's Echo.  Looks like a fun night!  Check it out.

 The St. Paul Auction is October 16.  We are doing a class basket again and our theme is "Thanksgiving".  I am looking for all things about fall or thanksgiving to fill our basket. Please have your items/cash to school by October 12.

 Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Sept. 27: Colton / Grayson
  • Oct. 4: Ethan / Piercen

 Right Around the Corner 

  • Sept. 24- Harvest Festival
  • Sept. 29 - Picture Retakes
  • Oct. 7 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00
  • Oct. 8 Parent Teacher Conference  12:00-2:00
  • Oct. 8 Early Dismissal 11:40
  • Oct. 16- St. Paul Auction

 

Science

 

 

Social Studies

This week in 8th grade, we are looking at Changes in Matter.  There will be no tests or major assignments due this week!

 

We have 2 more debates to finish early this week!  2 debates are already completed.  After the debates, we will be wrapping up Unit 1, but I don't think we will make it to our test this week.

 

 

Language Arts

Literature:

We're continuing with The Wednesday Wars.  We're connecting the themes in the references of Shakespeare's plays -- The Tragedy of Macbeth -- to those that Gary Schmidt portrays through the characters' lives.  Expect nearly daily reading, comprehension checks, and written responses.

English/Writing:

We'll begin our third grammar focus this coming week.

In Writing, I'm continuing to introduce the six traits -- ideas, organization, voice, word choice, fluency, and conventions -- providing us with a common language for effective development and revision for our pieces.

Vocabulary:

Unit 2 Set A will be due Tuesday, 9/28.  Unit 2 Set B will be due Thursday, 9/30.  Vocabulary activities will follow next week, and the spelling test will be on Friday, 10/8.

 Confirmation/Memory

 

 

No homework
Memory work for Friday- 3rd and 4th Commandment and Meaning for both

                                         Pre-Algebra

                         Algebra

Pre-Algebra:  We will cover these topics: We will start the week by reviewing lessons 13 and 14, We will continue with powers and roots, irrational numbers, rounding and estimating.  Should we stay on schedule, we will have a math test on Tuesday, Sept. 28. 

Algebra:  We will cover these topics: theoretical probability, distributive property, simplifying and evaluating variable expressions. If we stay on schedule, we will have a math test on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann and Miss Koepke

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann Sept. 17-24

Dear 8th Grade Parents and students,

We made it through our first full week.  We even managed to get in the MAP tests this week.  Some of the 8th graders really stepped it up in the chapel service this past Wednesday.  I was really proud of the job they did under the leadership of Mr. Fischer.  We are still working on being better listeners and being more aware of our surroundings.  There is a tad of growing up that needs to occur.  Keep praying for your 8th grader and the rest of the class as they navigate through the rest of the year.

Progress reports are coming home on Monday.  Please sign your child's progress report and have them return it to me by Thursday morning.  

 We are almost all signed up for the trip.  If your child is not going on the trip.  Please contact me.  Thank you.

 The St. Paul Auction is October 16.  We are doing a class basket again and our theme is "Thanksgiving".  I am looking for all things about fall or thanksgiving to fill our basket.  Brenda K. has offered to do the shopping for the basket if you would prefer to donate cash instead of items.  Just have your student give the cash to me in an enveloped marked auction, and I will send it on to Brenda.  If you're looking for items to buy here are a few thoughts:  anything that has to do with autumn decorating, fall items for the table such as placemats, napkins, serving platters and fun fall dishes, candles, fall wines and Octoberfest beers, gift cards to grocery stores, and the list goes on and on.  Please have your items/cash to school by October 12. It's always nice to have a larger item or two.  Maybe some of the money brought in can be used for a certificate to Cedar Creek Farm or a similar place.

 ATTENTION GIRLS IN GRADES 5-8   WOMEN OF FAITH: This Bible Class / Craft / time will be held on Sunday mornings starting September 19 from 8:15-9:15am in the Youth Room. Ava-Marie Cheeseman will be leading this class, she is a junior at Living Word Lutheran High School. If you have any questions contact Martha Witt 262-377-4659 Ext. 332.

 Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Sept. 20: Lilyana / Amelia
  • Sept. 27: Colton / Grayson

 Right Around the Corner 

  • Sept. 20 Progress Reports
  • Sept. 24- Harvest Festival
  • Sept. 29 - Picture Retakes
  • Oct. 7 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00
  • Oct. 8 Parent Teacher Conference  12:00-2:00
  • Oct. 8 Early Dismissal 11:40
  • Oct. 16- St. Paul Auction
  • Oct. 31- Grades 6-8 sing at 9:30 am service
Social Studies

This week, we will be working on our Native American/European debates with our groups in preparation for the big debate day.

Science

 

 

Health and PE

This week in 8th grade, we are looking at Changes In Matter.  There will be no tests or major assignments due this week!

 

8th health - Test Tuesday or Thursday.

5-8 pe Field Hockey 

 

Language Arts

Literature:

We're continuing with The Wednesday Wars.  The focus of the novel has changed as the realities of the war in Vietnam as well as the social issues of the time are brought into the characters' lives directly.  Expect nearly daily reading, comprehension checks, and written responses.

English/Writing:

Look for an assessment over our second focus -- understanding essential sentence structure -- Thursday or Friday.

In Writing, we'll be defining six traits in our writing, providing us with a common language for effective development and revision for our pieces.

Vocabulary:

The Unit 1 definition test will be Thursday, September 23rd, and the spelling test will be  Friday, September 24th.

 Confirmation/Memory

 

 

Thursday, September 23rd: Test on the Apostles' Creed
Friday, September 24th: 1st and 2nd Commandments (Meaning for 1st Commandment), found on p. 58 and 67 of the catechism

                                       Pre-Algebra

                       Algebra

Pre-Algebra:  We will cover these topics:Investigation on the Coordinate Plane, percents, decimal numbers, adding/subtracting fractions/ mixed numbers, evaluating /solving equations with steps. 

Algebra:  We will cover these topics:  multiplying and dividing real numbers, perperties of read numbers, square roots and even and Investigation on Probability.  Math test Monday, Sept. 20.

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann and Miss Koepke

From the Desk of Mrs. Schumann Sept. 10-17

Dear 8th Grade Parents and students,

 Thanks for coming back to the webpage to read this week's update.  Starting this week, you will find a Confirmation/ Memory Update in the assignment section.  A few of the paragraphs are the same from the last letter, but I thought they needed to be included with this week's update.  I added a few updates on the dates for MAP testing and a little more in the auction paragraph.  Next week is the first five day week of school.  Your kids might be tired next week.  Be ready with lots of hugs and plenty of good snacks in the house for extra boosts of energy. 

  Should you take out the insurance for the DC trip?  It's really up to each individual family.  I suggest if you want a better explanation of what is included in the coverage that you call Hemisphere Educational Travel and ask for Emily.  She is our representative at the travel agency and will be very helpful in answering all of your questions.  Do not hesitate to contact her. 

 Church Picnic:  If you signed up to work the church picnic, please report to the Family Life Center no later than 11:30.  If you can come a few minutes earlier, that would be great.  We must be ready to serve as soon as the 11:00 service is over.  So if you are attending the 11:00 service, please come right after the sermon.  Please wear masks and hats if you are serving food.  Gloves will be provided.  Thank you!!

  MAP: 8th Grade will be MAP testing on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:49 a.m. - 12:14 p.m. Encourage your 8th grader to eat a decent breakfast on these days or at least pack a snack for break time.  Also it is important that the 8th graders get a really good night's sleep. 

 8th Grade will also be working on a project to donate to Mel's Charities.  It is a small art project that I will be doing with them.

OPPORTUNITY TO EARN $$$$$$ for DC : I was contacted by the Auction Committee to see if the 8th grade was interested in offering a babysitting night on the night of the auction.  I will NOT be running this event.  BUT if there is a parent or two that wants to organize the entire evening, which includes getting the workers and being there on the night of the auction, please email me by Friday, September 17.  We would have use of the Guardian Angel room and most likely the gym.  But anything else you would want to do, would be totally up to you.  

 The St. Paul Auction is October 16.  We are doing a class basket again and our theme is "Thanksgiving".  I am looking for all things about fall or thanksgiving to fill our basket.  Brenda K. has offered to do the shopping for the basket if you would prefer to donate cash instead of items.  Just have your student give the cash to me in an enveloped marked auction, and I will send it on to Brenda.  If you're looking for items to buy here are a few thoughts:  anything that has to do with autumn decorating, fall items for the table such as placemats, napkins, serving platters and fun fall dishes, candles, fall wines and Octoberfest beers, gift cards to grocery stores, and the list goes on and on.  Please have your items/cash to school by October 12. It's always nice to have a larger item or two.  Maybe some of the money brought in can be used for a certificate to Cedar Creek Farm or a similar place. 

News from Pastor Anderson

1.) The Board of Youth decided to open up next year's Lutheran Youth Gathering (formerly known as the "National Youth Gathering") to those who are currently in 8th Grade. That means your child will have the opportunity to go, if they desire. We will be having our first informational meeting for this trip on Sunday, September 26th at 6:30pm. If you have any questions for me about this, please let me know.
2.) With Confirmation starting back up, for those children who are members at St. Paul and planning to be confirmed here, they are expected to help at least once a month with PowerPoint or Acolyting. Acolyting has not started up yet (we need to do training first), but be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, here is the link to sign up for helping with PowerPoint:

Crossing Guard Schedule

  • Sept. 13: Robert / Nicholas
  • Sept. 20: Lilyana / Amelia

 Right Around the Corner 

  • Sept. 15-22  MAP Testing
  • Sept. 20 Progress Reports
  • Sept. 24- Harvest Festival
  • Sept. 29 - Picture Retakes
  • Oct. 7 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00
  • Oct. 8 Parent Teacher Conference  12:00-2:00
  • Oct. 8 Early Dismissal 11:40
  • Oct. 16- St. Paul Auction
Social Studies

Now that our American Cities project is completed, we are moving onto early American colonies.  No major tests or quizzes this week.

Science

This week in 8th grade, we are looking at Measuring Matter.   There will be no tests or major assignments due this week!

Language Arts

Literature:

We're continuing with The Wednesday Wars.  Holling discovers that Shakespeare isn't really that "bad" (Shakespeare did include some well-written insults as well as some good sword-fight scenes) and also realizes that the themes Shakespeare includes in his plays can inspire change and reflective thinking:  The quality of mercy is not strained and that we are made for more than power.  Holling also learns some of the realities facing the soldiers in Vietnam.  Expect nearly daily reading, comprehension checks, and written responses.

English/Writing:

We've spent time building possible topics, and this week, we'll begin drafting with those topics, applying specific writing techniques and skills.  Much of the writing this week will be completed in their English/Writing notebooks.

Patterns of Power has allowed us to think about grammar in a new way:  every craft move we make, including punctuation or subject-verb agreement, has an effect on our writing and, therefore, on our readers.  As we begin our next Pattern, be looking for an assessment on Classroom the early part of the week of the 20th.

Vocabulary:

The anticipation has been almost too much to bear. Vocabulary is here!!!  Unit 1 Set A due September 14th and Set B due September 16th.  Activities will follow the week of September 20th.  The spelling test over Unit 1 will be on Friday, September 24th. (dates will be adjusted according to the MAP testing schedule, if needed.)

 Confirmation/Memory

 

 

Memory Work for Friday the 17th: Apostles' Creed (p. 128 in the Catechism)
Due Monday the 13th: Worksheet on the 2nd Article of the Creed
Due Tuesday the 14th: "How we got our Bible" Worksheet from Mr. Kasten

                                     Pre-Algebra

                     Algebra

Pre-Algebra:  We will cover these topics: prime numbers, rational numbers and equivalent fractions.  Should we stay on schedule, there will be a math test on Friday, Sept. 17.

Algebra:  We will cover these topics: unit multipliers, evaluating and comparing algebraic expressions, adding and subtracting real numbers.  Math test next week Monday, Sept. 20.

In His Service,

Mrs. Schumann and Miss Koepke