Thursday, September 15, 2016

Is this science or math class?

The students in the eighth grade are participating in a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities in their math and science classes. First we are working through Ramp It!, which is an investigation into principles of motion. Student teams in the different science classes are independently investigating what happens to an object as it rolls down a ramp. As the unit unfolds, students learn about classical physics problems and some of the history behind so many of the discoveries of the 17th century. They are then applying those principles to everyday problems using scientific investigation.

This unit is also exploring the "gamification" of the math and science classrooms. Students will have opportunities for enrichment or review as needed. Students can earn digital badges for completing certain activities. Read more on the science website.

Science Stars for Flu Season Preparation!

Dear parents, 

It is beginning... the sniffles, coughs and germs are back!  Donations of disinfectant wipes and facial tissues will be accepted in math and science rooms! Students can bring in one item for four stars during the current unit in math/science class! All of the donations will be shared among the 8th grade team teachers to supply their rooms. 

Read more about the upcoming flu season at

Thanks in advance for your assistance!


Mr. Haskins & AMS 8 Team

Black Box Project

Students have published their results from the black box project! Check out what they are saying on the blog! It is available on the following website:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

8th Grade Welcomes Visitor from the North Hills American Legion

On Monday, September 12, 8th Grade Students welcomed Retired Sgt. First Class Eber Tripp.  Mr. Tripp spoke to students about his military service in both the Vietnam and Iraq Wars as well as the history of the US Flag.  He then led students through a demonstration of how to properly salute, fold an American Flag, and retired a flag that has become damaged or unfit for display.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Grading Symbols and Scale Used by AMS 8 Teachers

Teachers in the 8th grade use the grading symbols on Edline reports in different ways. Click here to see how each teacher uses the special codes for scoring assignments. Also, you can view the current  grading scale on the AMS website