Week of August 19, 2019

English

This week, Gr. 8 wrote a poem entitled “Where I’m From” and worked on finding their book club partners. They also had an ungraded writing activity about their vacation to give the teachers an idea of their writing abilities. Next week, they should come to class with a printed version of their poem and then they will dig into Signpost #1 Contrast and Contradiction. They are expected to always read for 20 minutes a day for homework.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 students were introduced to CEFL (Current Events Football League) where they are grouped into teams and answer current events questions from CNN 10. They are expected to watch CNN 10 every Monday to Thursday and take down bullet point notes in their notebook. Next week, they will answer the question below as they explore the topic of World War One:

Here is a quizlet to help them with vocabulary.

Science

This week, the students investigated the phenomena of the Thirsty Candle as they reviewed how to write CER.

Next week, they will build their e-column.

Mathematics

There are three different Math teachers and they are at different stages, but everyone is teaching the Real Number System and Rational and Irrational Numbers. They will continue to work on this next week.

Welcome to SY 19-20

Dear Parents,

I hope that you all had a restful summer break and that you are ready for school year 2019-2020!

Ms. Kathryn Deveza  (Teacher Assistant), Ms. Brigette Javier (Educational Assistant)  and I are here to help support your child throughout the year in their core classes (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science). We work closely with all of the Gr. 8 teachers to advocate for your child’s needs.  We accomplish this by co-teaching in the core classrooms every day.  Great pride is taken in finding the right balance in supporting their needs while challenging them academically on their level.

I will be using this blog to communicate with you, so please bookmark this site.  Do note that this site will be moved to Google Site soon. This is updated on Friday afternoons.  You will find a short overview of what has been happening along with a look at what is coming up in each core curriculum class.  I will also post resources that are helpful for that week. I wish to particularly invite you to look at the Homework calendar often as all the assignments in the core subjects will be posted there on the day that they are due. Many parents find this very helpful when their child comes home and says, “I don’t have any homework” every night. Planners were distributed to your children. It is very important for you to check the planners every day as that will communicate to your child the importance of school work and of being organized.

Many students take the Strategies Instruction class (SI) to help support learning and develop skills. In SI we take the time to help with organization, learning strategies, skills development, and task-specific instruction. We do not use class time to complete homework. The class time is fully dedicated to improving and learning additional skills.

I look forward to meeting you all during the Open House on August 28, 2019.

I will be setting up goal meetings with you and your child soon. In the meantime, please feel free to schedule a meeting with me using this link if you have pressing concerns.  I always look forward to meeting with parents because they are the experts on their child.

Thanks,

Mrs. San Agustin

The students started the year by having seminar workshops to start the year right.  The regular schedule did not start until Thursday third block.  As such, the teams have not yet had a chance to meet.

May 13, 2019

English

Students have continued writing their speeches which are due next week. Below is the rubric:

Social Studies

Gr. 8 started to write their research paper, which is due to turnitin on Sunday at 8 pm. Below is the rubric:

Science

Students continued to work on their AFC project. This is the rubric depending on their choice.

Mathematics

Students have continued working on Statistics and will continue until next week. There will be no more assessment on this.

May 6, 2019

English

Students have finished writing their letters in English. They will work on writing their speeches next week. Below is their homework to prepare for their speech:

For those who want to work ahead, the scaffolds for their speech is posted in Google Classroom.

Social Studies

Students researched Tried Solutions. Next week, students will start working on their own solutions. For those who want to work ahead, the scaffolds for the research paper is posted in Google Classroom.

Science

Gr. 8 have started working on how to use Science in presenting their solutions. Below are the options for presenting their work in Science: model of the problem/solution, design and engineering, or scientific investigation.

For those having a difficult time formulating the Science Research Question, below are some guiding questions.

Below is the AFC Calendar again with the deadlines.

Mathematics

Students learned about statistics, which would help them in their AFC research. Next week, they will continue the lessons on interpreting and presenting data.

April 29, 2019

English

Gr. 8 have started writing their letters. The deadline has been extended. Below is the updated AFC calendar:

Social Studies

Students have started working on the causes. They are reminded again to make sure that the causes have tried solutions.

Science

Students have wrapped up the lesson on the e-column and have started the lesson on AFC starting with the human impact on the environment.

Mathematics

Next week, DeLuigi’s class is taking the Unit 3 test during the first block, going over the answers during the second block, and starting Analyzing and Displaying Data unit for AFC during the third block. Cargile’s class will go into statistics next week.

April 23, 2019

English

Students continued their research. Next week, they will have mini lessons on persuasion and they will start writing their letters.

Social Studies

Gr. 9 continued their AFC research. Next week, they will go into the Causes. Students are reminded that the causes must have tried solutions. Below is the AFC calendar.

Science

Students reviewed and took the assessment on Matter. Next week, they will finish the e-column and start with AFC on Day 3. Below is the rubric for the e column:

Mathematics

Next week, Ms. DeLuigi’s class will do functions and graphs lesson, practice test, and take the test. Mr. Cargile’s class will also take the test.

April 15, 2019

English

Students continued their AFC research. Letter to a leader assessment is due on the first or second week of May depending on their block. Here is the rubric.

Social Studies

Gr. 8 discussed in-text citation and continued their research. There are 12 notecards for Global Overview which are all due next week, April 26. Below is the AFC calendar again.

Science

Students worked on Matter and assessment is next week. Review slides are in Google Classroom.

Mathematics

Gr. 8 continued to work on Functions and Equations. Assessment is next week.

April 8, 2019

English

Students reviewed how to write letters in preparation for Writing to A Leader assessment for AFC. Next week, they have to determine the leader to whom they are writing the letter. The essential questions for this unit are:

Social Studies

Gr. 8 have started using the AFC note cards. They also had a lesson on paraphrasing and determining credible websites. Next week, they will continue their research.

Below is the AFC calendar:

Science

Students took the assessment and discussed the concepts in Energy. Below is a video proving the Law of Conservation of Energy.

Next week, they will go into Matter. Assessment will on the week after the break.

Mathematics

Both classes are into Functions and Equations and will continue the lesson until next week. Assessment will be on the week after the break.

April 1, 2019

English

Students finished their dystopian stories and posters. Then they did a gallery walk to learn from each others’ work. After that, they looked at the library books for their AFC research. Next week, they will be introduced to “Letter to a Leader” AFC project and go into research using the AFC research template. Below are the important dates for English AFC:

Social Studies

Gr. 8 looked at the Sustainable Development Goals and found out that they are all connected. Then, they were guided on how to craft their research question. Next week, they will start researching the global overview of their topic. Here is the research template that they will use for AFC.

Science

Students finished their pendulum investigation and took their assessment on Energy. Next week, they will have an assessment on Matter.

Mathematics

Mr. Cargile’s class worked on Functions and will work on graphs and comparing linear functions next week . Ms. DeLuigi’s class worked on equations with variables on both sides. Next week, Ms. De Luigi’s class will take the equations quiz and will find the slope of a line.