Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Winter Break!


Happy Holidays
and have a fun, safe
winter break! 


School resumes on Monday, January 5, 2015! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23

AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23 - if you'd like to donate anything please contact ehickman@avonworth.k12.pa.us
or 
sabate@avonworth.k12.pa.us!​

Science test on waves

 There will be a science test on 
Monday, 12/22/14.
A study guide for WAVES
is available online.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Accelerated Reader DUE soon!

NOTE:
 AR will be due
Tuesday, January 6, 2015!

Wave lessons continue this week

Email sent to science 8 students on Monday, 12/15/14. 

Dear students,
We are continuing to learn about waves in science class. You can follow along with the science website. The following links may interest you:
Class Timeline 
Downloadable Assignments 
Copies of Notes from Class 
Waves YouTube playlist 
Also, below you will find a summary of the homework for this week:

If you have any questions, be sure to see me during class. 
Sincerely,
Mr. Haskins
Day
Homework (click links below to view assignment)
Monday (12/15)
Reading Activity: Chapters 12  & 13 – complete the broken outline due for Tue
Tuesday 
Wednesday
Thursday
Study for the unit test – Chapters 10, 11, 12,& 13
Friday
Study for the unit test – Chapters 10, 11, 12,& 13
Saturday
& Sunday
Study for the unit test – Chapters 10, 11, 12,& 13


Calendar Update


Thursday, December 18
 [sci] D3 Elements of Sound & Light due
 [Social Studies] Study for TEST
 [Math 8] Quiz today
Friday, December 19
 [English] Founders or Traitors paper due Dec 19 (end of class)
 [Social Studies] Chapter 5 TEST
Monday, December 22
  [sci] Unit Test - Waves
Tuesday, December 23
  [Event] AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23​
Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, January 2, 2015
  Winter Vacation
Monday, January 5, 2015
 School is in session
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
 [Reading] AR Points due Tues., Jan. 6
 Monday, January 19, 2015

 No school for students - ACT 80

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Students out of class / getting caught up


With the holidays and cold/flu season upon us, many students will be out of class and miss work in the next few weeks. Please note that science assignments are available on HaskinsSci8.info and that English and Reading assignments can be accessed through the Google Classroom (which is available through asdlopes.org). If you have any questions about posted assignments, feel free to contact teachers as needed. 

8th grade Homework calendar

Please remind your students that they should access the 8th grade Homework calendar to find out what assignments they missed.  We appreciate your support at home as we help our students develop the self-direction habits they need to complete their missing assignments.  Thank you!

8TH GRADE TEAM COntact InFormation
Mrs. Abate; learning support teacher
Mrs. Crothers; mathematics teacher
Mr. Haskins; science teacher
Mrs. Galecki; reading teacher
Mrs. Hickman; English teacher

Mr. Smith; social studies teacher

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Science waves unit

The following email was sent to students on 12/09/14: 

Dear students,
We are currently learning about waves in science class. You can follow along with the class using the science website. The following links may interest you:.
Downloadable AssignmentsCopies of Notes from ClassWaves YouTube playlistQuiz Study Guide
Also, below you will find a summary of the homework for the remaining nights this week:

Day/Night
Homework
Tuesday
D1 Waves Review Worksheet (due Thursday)
Wednesday
D1 Waves Review Worksheet (due Thursday)
Thursday
Study for quiz
Sound broken outline (for Friday)
Friday
Light broken outline  (for Monday)

If you have any questions, be sure to see me during class.
Sincerely,
Mr. Haskins

Monday, December 8, 2014

Calendar Updates





Friday, December 12
 [sci] D2 Quiz: Properties of Waves
 [Social Studies] Constitutional Convention Newspaper DUE
Monday, December 15
 IM 1 Quiz
Tuesday, December 16
 [English] Founders or Traitors paper due Dec 19 (end of class)
 [sci] D3 Elements of Sound & Light
Wednesday, December 17
 [Social Studies] Complete Study Guide and prepare for TEST
Thursday, December 18
 [English] Founders or Traitors paper due Dec 19
 [Social Studies] Study for TEST
Friday, December 19
 [English] Founders or Traitors paper due Dec 19 (end of class)
 [Social Studies] Chapter 5 TEST
Monday, December 22
 [Reading] AR Points due Tues., Jan. 6
 [sci] Unit Test - Waves
Tuesday, December 23
  [Event] AMS Children's Hospital Auction
Wednesday, December 24 -  Friday, January 2, 2015
 Winter Vacation
Monday, January 5, 2015
 School is in session
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
 [Reading] AR Points due Tues., Jan. 6


Thursday, December 4, 2014

8th Grade Veterans Experience


On Wednesday, December 3, thirty-two 8th grade students traveled to the Heinz History Center for the annual Veterans Experience Workshop.  

These students spent the school day with local veterans who shared their personal stories of service in our nation’s military.  Students earned eligibility for this field trip by completing an essay and creating questions for the veterans.  

While at the History Center, students rotated through four stations, each featuring a veteran from a different war.  Students listened to first-hand testimonials, examined primary source artifacts, and asked questions to veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.  

In addition, the students participated in a panel discussion with all of the veterans where they discussed topics such as segregation in the military, the difficulty in returning home after combat, changes in communication technology, and their favorite military related book or film.  Students took detailed notes from all of the veterans’ stories and were encouraged to share them with others in the future.  

Thanks again to veterans Walter Patton (World War II), Dave Borland (Korea), Jack Sheehan (Vietnam), Larry Woods (Vietnam), and Debbie Dapper (Gulf War) for spending the day with our students.










Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Science layered curriculum final projects

As the science layered curriculum comes to an end, the students have been busy developing their final assessment. As with the activities throughout the unit, students had a choice in how they are to be assessed for the final grade. Some students have chosen to build something that relates the use transfer of energy while others have decided to take the unit test on Friday.

Students building a roller coaster.

Another roller coaster being built. 


Students creating a Rube Goldberg machine.

Toboggan coaster style coaster being built. 

Mousetrap race car under construction. 

A Rube Goldberg machine being tested. 

Calder inspired mobile representing the wide-world of sports. 


Calendar Updates


Thursday, December 4
 [Social Studies] Turn in Revolutionary Town Hall packet

Friday, December 5
 [sci] layered curriculum - final assessment due
 [Social Studies] Up Front Magazine worksheet DUE

Monday, December 8
 [Event] Photo Retakes

Tuesday, December 9
 [Reading] AR Points due Tues., Jan. 6
 [sci] D1 Homework: Waves Review

Wednesday, December 10
 [sci] D1 Homework: Waves Review
 2 Hr Delay Teacher In-Service

Friday, December 12
 [sci] D2 Quiz: Properties of Waves

Tuesday, December 16
 [sci] D3 Elements of Sound & Light

Friday, December 19
 [sci] Unit Test - Waves

Tuesday, December 23
 [Event] AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23​

Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, January 2, 2015
 Winter Vacation

Monday, January 5, 2015
 School is in session

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
 [Reading] AR Points due

Monday, January 19, 2015
 No school for students - ACT 80


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New science topic starts Monday

In science class, students will be learning about waves through the end of December. Assignments, notes, and other information can be found on the science 8 website, https://sites.google.com/a/avonworth.k12.pa.us/sci8/e---waves.


Photo Retakes

Photo retakes will be on Monday, December 8th for both the high school and middle school. Order forms are available in the offices.


Monday, December 1, 2014

AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23

AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23

AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23 - if you'd like to donate anything please contact ehickman@avonworth.k12.pa.us
or 
sabate@avonworth.k12.pa.us!​

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

American Revolution Book Club Project



Eighth graders just finished the American Revolution Book Club Project in Mrs. Galecki’s reading class.   Each club had four scheduled reading and note-taking assignments to complete over a four week period.  After completing each assignment, students shared their prepared analysis and response to the text during a scheduled, structured Book Club discussion session.   Students proved that they can engage in student-led, higher-level critical discussions about literature.  They shared their analysis of their texts' literary techniques, vocabulary, historical facts, conflicts, point of view and themes. 

Students will continue their study of the American Revolution when they return from Thanksgiving Break by reading The Declaration of Independence.





AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23

AMS Children's Hospital Auction is Dec 23 - if you'd like to donate anything please contact ehickman@avonworth.k12.pa.us
or 
sabate@avonworth.k12.pa.us!​

Monday, November 24, 2014

Carson Scholars Fund

The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4 through 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities.  To be nominated for this award, the student must have a 3.75 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Anyone may refer a student to Mr. Pellicano that meets both the qualifications! Avonworth Middle School can only nominate one student.  Each nominee will be required to write a short essay.  See or email Mr. Pellicano for more details! Deadline is December 10, 2014.

Upcoming Dates and Events


Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28
 Thanksgiving Holiday - No school
Monday, December 1
 School is in session
Tuesday, December 2
 [Social Studies] Revolutionary Town Hall Event and Research Packet DUE
Friday, December 5
 [sci] layered curriculum - final assessment due Friday (update)
Wednesday, December 10
 2 Hr Delay Teacher In-Service
Tuesday, December 23
 [Event] AMS Children's Hospital Auction
Wednesday, December 24 -  Friday, January 2, 2015
 Winter Vacation
Monday, January 5, 2015

 School is in session

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Good Luck 'Lopes!

Good Luck 
AHS 
'Lopes Football
at Heinz Field! 

We WILL have school tomorrow! The Grade 8 team will be conducting classes with so many long-term projects underway! Go Avonworth Antelopes!

The Diary of Anne Frank fall play

Our eighth grade students went on a field trip to see live theater right here under our own roof!  Senior high English teacher and fall play director Deb Frauenholz and the high school cast and crew of The Diary of Anne Frank fall play presented an impressive assembly to the eighth grade class today. 

The performance was a terrific opportunity for Avonworth middle and high school students to make a curricular connection.  In the spring, eighth graders will read the Goodrich and Hackett Pulitzer prize play The Diary of Anne Frank that the high school is currently performing. The assembly broadened our eighth graders' understanding of theater and provided a sneak peek of the future eighth grade text. 

 

   

Upcoming Dates and Events


Friday, November 21
 [Reading] Book Club Session #4 Reading and Sticky Notes due Fri, Nov 21
 [READING] AR quiz on Amer Rev Book NO LATER than Fri, Nov 21.
 [Social Studies] Revolutionary Town Hall - complete Step

Monday, November 24
 [Reading] Book Club Session #4 Reading and Sticky Notes due Mon, Nov 24
 [English] Menu Assignment due
 [Social Studies] Revolutionary Town Hall - Complete Step 5

Tuesday, November 25
 Grade 8 Advisory
 [Social Studies] Revolutionary Town Hall - Complete Step 6

Wednesday, November 26
 No school for students - ACT 80

Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28
 Thanksgiving Holiday - No school

Monday, December 1
 School is in session


Tuesday, December 2
 [Social Studies] Revolutionary Town Hall Event and Research Packet DUE


Wednesday, December 3
 [sci] layered curriculum - final assessment due

Wednesday, December 10
 2 Hr Delay Teacher In-Service

Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, January 2, 2015
 Winter Vacation

Monday, January 5, 2015
 School is in session

Monday, January 19, 2015
 No school for students - ACT 80





Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Science layered curriculum coming to an end

The following was an email sent to students on Wednesday, 11/19/2014: 

Hi students,

The end of the layered curriculum is quickly approaching. It is now time to start thinking about your last activity. Over the next two days, decide which assessment you would like to complete. 

Here are your final assessment choices for the layered curriculum:

FINAL ASSESSMENT (extended 12/3)
UNIT C: ENERGY
Unit Assessment Choose one of these activities. You can earn up to 20 points, but weighted to 50 pts in the gradebook.
Your Score/
Total Points
C10.1 Test

/20
C10.2 Rube Goldberg Machine

/20
C10.3 Roller Coaster Model

/20
C10.4 Mousetrap Car

/20
C10.5 Instructional Video

/20
C10.6 Calder Mobile Model

/20

See you in class. 

Sincerely,

Mr. Haskins