Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Read In/Game Day

The rumor is true... 8th grade filled up their incentive jar today and tomorrow is our Read In/Game Day.

What may they bring?
Snacks - All snacks must follow the health food policy. Fresh fruit, vegetables, popcorn, etc.
Games - Non electronic, school appropriate card or board games.
Books - Great books to read or share
Pillows - Bean bags or other comfy seating. No blankets or stuffed objects.

Will there be homework?
Yes! There will be still be vocab and math homework.

Monday, May 16, 2016

History Final Study Guide

The history final is a comprehensive final and will have multiple choice, essay, short answer, matching, and application questions. Below are some questions that will help students frame their thoughts before the final.


1. What are the three major powers of any government?

 2. Define: Dictatorship

3. Define: Democracy

4. What are the theories on the origins of government?

5. What are the purposes of the US government? Where can we find them?

6. List the key foundations of American government?

7. Define: Limited Government

8. What important documents did the founding fathers use to help them create the American government?

9. Explain the concept of Popular Sovereignty:

10. List the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

11. Describe the Framers of the Constitution: (professions, school, race, religious background).

12. List the basic principles of the Constitution.

13. Explain the difference between Checks and Balances and Separation of Powers.

14. Describe the qualifications for Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

15. Describe the terms for the House of Representatives and the Senate.

16. What is the main role of Congress?

17. Describe what Congress has the power to Tax.

18. List the steps for how a bill becomes a law.

19. What is officially needed for someone to take the oath of office for the Vice President if the office becomes vacant?

20. How are the President and Vice President elected? What determines the states # of votes?

21. Explain the difference between Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

22. Define: Due Process

23. Explain each part of the 1st Amendment as it pertains to Religion.

24. What clause in the Constitution protects an individual’s rights of assembly and petition?

25. What rights for a person accused of a crime are protected under the 6th Amendment?

26. Define: Jim Crow Laws

27. What historic Supreme Court case overturned the precedent “Separate but Equal”?

28. List what actions were prohibited according to the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Space Race:

1. What country was the first to send a man into space?

2. What was the name of the first man in space?

3. What was the name of the first American in space?

4. What was John Glenn’s important achievement with space travel?

5. How many Apollo missions successfully landed men on the moon? Which mission failed to land men on the moon?

6. What was the purpose of the first stage rocket for the Saturn V (Apollo) spacecraft?

7. What was the purpose of the second stage rocket for the Saturn V (Apollo) spacecraft?

8. What was the purpose of the third stage rocket for the Saturn V (Apollo) spacecraft?

9. A) What was the only part of the Saturn V (Apollo) spacecraft that returned to Earth?

10. Which part of the Saturn V (Apollo) spacecraft contained life support and power sources?

11. The APOLLO astronauts did not aim their landing for where the Moon was on the launch date. Why not? B

12. The nickname for the Apollo space suit was EMU. What do the letters E M U stand for?

13. List three hazards the EMU provided protection from:

12. Why did the Apollo astronauts need to use arm extension tools (like mechanical arms) to pick up moon rock samples?

14. Describe the progression from Sputnik to Saturn V in technology.

15. Describe the progression of live passengers in space.

16. What role did the Cold War play in the race for space?

17. What motivated the US to put a man on the moon?

Cold War:

1. During the Cold War, the two Superpowers were who?

2. Following World War II, the United States instituted an aid program to help rebuild western Europe’s economy known as what?

3. The Soviet Union’s goal during the Cold War was to do what?

4. At the beginning of the Cold War, who was the leader of the Soviet Union?

5. What type of economy did the Soviet Union have?

6. The United States has what type of economy?

7. In a Totalitarian government, who makes the laws?

8. Which term refers to a government where its citizens choose the leaders and the laws?

9. The purpose of the United Nations is to do what?

10. The Cold War was a war of ideas between who?

11. Explain why the United States sent troops to fight in Vietnam?

12. What happened after the United States pulled out of the Vietnam War?

13. The United States’ policy to stop the spread of communism was called what?

14. The alliance between the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War was called what?

15. Who was the United States president during the Cuban Missile Crisis?

16. After the Korean War, North Korea and South Korea did what?

17. What represented the end of the Cold War?

Civil Rights:

1. What is the Civil Rights Movement?

2. What president desegregated the military in 1948?

3. What did the NAACP work to end?

4. What decision stated that “separate but equal” WAS constitutional?

5. In the case Brown vs. the Board of Education, the Supreme Court argued that separate schools violated what amendment?

6. What was the result of Rosa Parks arrest in 1955?

7. What leader emphasized passive resistance against discrimination?

8. What were the Freedom Riders protesting?

9. Where did Martin Luther King Jr. give his famous “I have a dream” speech?

10. What was the purpose of the March on Washington?

11. What was the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

12. What was the Voting Rights Act of 1965?

13. In your opinion, do you think the protesters of the Civil Rights Movement were successful?

14. Name two work place disadvantages for women.

15. What was the Equal Rights Amendment?

16. Why did the Equal Rights Amendment fail?

17. What does NOW stand for and what did it do for women?

Promotion Location

June 7th, 2016
7:00 PM Program 
Reception to Follow

Gray Gables Estates
3009 SE Chestnut St, Portland, OR 97267

Student Attire:
Promotion is an exciting event and everyone loves to dress up. The full special occasion dress code can be found in the student handbook, but in general, skirts should be below the knees and shoulders should be covered. Long sleeves and ties are very appropriate. Jeans, t shirts, and untucked shirts are NOT appropriate. 

Middle School Outdoor Adventure

Friday was our annual middle school outdoor adventure and we had a blast!

Opal Creek is a gorgeous destination and I highly encourage you to visit as a family. Here are a few pictures from my rotation and I know there were several parent volunteers that took more. As they come in I'll add them here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ashland Packing List

brush or comb
hair ties/bobby pins/other hairstyling accessories
hair dryer/curling iron
retainer/ washing stuff
rubber bands/wax/ other braces required stuff
face wash stuff
make up/chap stick
2 casual shirts
2 medium dressy shirts
1 dressy shirt/dress/tie/suit jacket
2+ pairs of underwear
2 pairs of socks
2 pairs of casual pants
2 pairs semi dressy pants
1 pair of dressy pants
dress socks/tights/nylons
shoes/dress shoes
sleeping bag
swim suit
towel x2
entertainment for the bus


As of January 1st, all Oregon 7th and 8th graders must be taught CPR. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Mr. and Mrs. Bethke. Yesterday we spent the morning learning adult, child, and infant CPR. After everyone settled down, they took it very seriously and learned how to handle themselves in an emergency.