Week of February 13, 2017


Students have started to brainstorm about their own Dystopian Short Story, which is due on March 9 or 10 depending on their block. Here are the assignment details and sample short stories provided by the English teachers.  Below is the rubric:

Here are examples of good beginnings.  Below is what counts as a strong ending:

Example of good ending from “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Rad Bradbury:

Dawn showed faintly in the east. Among the ruins, one wall stood alone. Within the wall, a last voice said, over and over again and again, even as the sun rose to shine upon the heaped rubble and steam:

“Today is August 5, 2026, today is August 5, 2026, today is…”

Social Studies

This week Gr. 8 have watched the Lakas Sambayanan videos and added to their timelines and maps.  They will continue doing this after the break.  Gr. 8 played a game card of events to practice for the test.

The quiz on the map and events will be the following week. Here is a quizlet on the Marcos events and a game to practice identifying the cities on the map.

These events should have been included in their timelines.


The students had an experiment with this question: in the reaction between sodium bicarbonate and acetic acid, will the original mass of the substances change after the reaction? This was done to explore the Law of Conservation of Mass. Will the mass stay the same or not? Lab practical test will be on March 9 depending on their block. After that, they will have the science of cooking.


Students took the practice test and actual test in Geometry.  Before the actual test, they have analyzed sample answers to see what developing, proficient, and exemplary answers look like.

When they come back after the break, they will start working on Expressions and Equations.

Week of January 30, 2017


Gr. 8 students have finished their Cornerstone Essay.  When they come back from CWW, they will begin their book club and will start working on their Dystopian story and propaganda poster.


  • Creates a fictional universe
  • Creates an illusion of a perfect society
  • Citizens oppressed by society
  • Exaggerated worst-case scenario
  • Makes a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.


  1. The society is an illusion of a perfect, utopian world.
  2. Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
  3. Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
  4. A figurehead or concept is worshiped by the citizens of the society.
  5. The natural world is banished and distrusted.
  6. Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
  7. Citizens have a fear of the outside world.
  8. Citizens are dehumanized.
  9. Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.


  • often feels trapped and is struggling to escape.
  • questions the existing social and political systems.
  • believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society in which he or she lives.
  • helps the audience recognizes the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.

Social Studies

Students have continued watching the Lakas Sambayanan videos.  When they come back, they will continue watching Part 4 and 5, and they will add info to their maps and timelines. They also have to think of questions to ask former President Fidel Ramos when he comes to talk in March. No R and R that short week after CWW.


Gr. 8 have continued to learn about physical and chemical changes and the Law of Conservation of Mass.

After CWW, they will discuss their lab designs and will be graded on lab practicals. Students will continue to explore evidence of a chemical change. They will finalize their experiment design on the Law of Conservation of Mass and conduct a final test. Then, they will communicate results using the CER framework (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning).

The next lab will be about Endothermic and Exothermic reactions.


Students have learned about Pythagorean theorem and solved word problems.  Class notes are in Google classroom. When they come back after CWW they will have reviews, practice test, and unit test. Here is practice test from Ms. Deveza.