Thursday, November 14, 2013

Events and Dates

Friday, November 15
 [Math] Study Island – Evaluating expressions due

Tuesday, November 19
 [Science] Quiz Electric Circuits 
Wednesday, November 20
 [Science] Electric Audit Portfolio Part 2 checkpoint 

Monday, November 25
 [Reading] AR Midterm Progress Check

Wednesday, November 27
  No School - Teacher In-service ACT 80

Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29
 No School - Thanksgiving break

Monday, December 2
 School back in session

Tuesday, December 17
 [Event] Nicki's Family Movie (Field Trip)

Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014
 No School - Winter Vacation

Thursday, January 2, 2014
  School back in session

The 8th grade homework calendar is available on our Edline page. 

Electric energy conservation conversation

Students in science class are completing the electric usage audit project. Parents can choose to take energy conversation further with their child by completing the Watt Choices program online. If you are a Duquesne Light customer, you are eligible to participate in real electric energy audit, and in return you can get free CFL light bulbs, information on rebates for new energy efficient appliances, night lights and a free phantom power killing surge protector!

Free Watt Choices energy saving kit!
Quick links to the electric usage audit project

Study Island due tomorrow!

Evaluating Expressions is due by Friday at 3:00.  All late completions will earn ½ credit.  Encourage your kids to take a vacation to Study Island!

Stacking Cups

This week in math, we completed a problem solving task developing a relationship between Styrofoam cups, graphs, and equations.  How many cups do we need to reach the top of the bulletin board? Students used multiple problem solving strategies to develop the relationship. After finding the pattern and equation, students looked for the relationship between the graph and the equation.  Finally, students applied their method to another type of cups.  Lots of excitement in math class. We hope that students will relate this activity to our upcoming unit in Linear Equations in Pre-Algebra and Systems of Linear Equations in Algebra! 

Students working on the stacking cups project in math class.

Science Quiz

There is a science quiz on Tuesday on electric current. This is a date change from the original assignment sheet. Review content for the quiz online:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

This week...

Tuesday, November 12
 [English] Mock Trial due
 [Reading] Declaration of Independence Annotations due 
Wednesday, November 13
 [Science] D1 Simple Circuits Lab due
Thursday, November 14
 [Social Studies] CHAPTER 4 TEST
 Recycling Assembly
Friday, November 15
 [Math] Study Island: Evaluating Expressions
 [Science] Quiz Electric Current