Thursday, November 19, 2015

Veterans Experience

On Wednesday, November 18, thirty-six 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 first toured the “World War II – We Can Do It!” exhibit with local Vietnam War veterans and History Center volunteers Larry Woods and Jack Sheehan.  

Later, 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, and the Vietnam War.  Each student left the experience with detailed notes about the lives and stories of the veterans.  Students are encouraged to share these testimonials in print, online, or with family and friends.

In addition, the students participated in a panel discussion with all of the veterans where they discussed topics such as following orders in the military, the difficulty in returning home after combat, changes in communication technology, and their favorite memory from their time overseas.  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), Gordon Lam (Vietnam), and Cynthia Davis (Vietnam) for spending the day with our students.

Mock Trial

In English, students are gearing up for the Flowers for Algernon Mock Trial!  Students are acting as lawyers and witnesses to decide whether or not Charlie Gordon should have had the surgery to make him intelligent.  The trial will take place on Monday

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

IM1 Students to take Keystone Exams in May

Mark your calendars!  The 8th graders who are enrolled in Integrated Math I (Algebra), will take the Keystone Exams the week of May 16.  For more information on the keystone exams, please go to or see the page on the AMS Grade 8 Blog.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Daily Text Messages to End 11/30

Starting Monday, 11/30, the 8 grade team will be sending students a weekly preview via Remind text messages. From that day forward, there will no longer be daily reminders. Students are encouraged to use their assignment books. 

The AMS Weekly Planner can be seen at the following webpage:

The 8th Grade daily homework calendar can be found on the 8th Grade Edline page:

Science Experiment Digital Badges

Congratulations to the 8th graders who earned a digital badge during the first nine-weeks grading period! Digital badges were processed this week and emails sent to students and parents.