Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Take It Away Sale

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Are you looking for a wonky desk or a fun architectural piece for your home, work, or tree house? Come on over to Cascade Height's Take It Away Sale, October 8, from 8-2. For a few bucks you could find yourself with a cool desk, table, bookshelf or other interesting find to spice up your space! This sale is open to the public, so tell your friends and neighbors! We hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Problem Solving Design Process

Given 5 pieces of notebook paper, build a structure that will hold the most weight.

Gravity Lab

Today we completed our first two full lab write ups. The first one was an experiment I designed, while the second they worked with a partner to design. This included a mini lesson on how to use spreadsheets to create graphs. 

September 27, 2016

Purpose: Discover the relationship between gravity and falling objects.

Question: How does the shape of an object effect the speed at which it falls?

1 box of Kleenex
1 ball

1.          Partner 1 climbs to the top of a playground structure.
2.          Holding each object in one hand, the items are dropped at the same time.
3.          Partner 2 records which one hits the ground first.
4.          Repeat 9 more times.
5.          Using the recorded data, create a graph of the results.

Data Collection:
Trial Number
Tissue Box











A tissue box and a ball were dropped from the top of a structure 10 times. The ball hit the ground first 1 out of 10 times. The ball hit the ground first 0 out of 10 times. They hit the ground simultaneously 9 out of 10 times. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

MAP Testing

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On Monday students will be taking MAP tests all day. Students will attend specials at normal times, but otherwise will be taking the Math, Language Arts, and Science MAP tests. MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth. Students will receive their results as they complete the tests and I will have paper copies for you at our fall conference. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September Book Reports

September is coming to a close which means it's time for the first book reports of 8th grade. As you may recall, at the beginning of the month I explained that each month I would like students to read and share 1 book. Each student chose a book and recorded it on their book list. Next week students will be asked to share their book in some manner.

There are hundreds of creative ways to do this. The hope is that they will choose something that compliments the type of book and the story line. For example, a mystery book would be a perfect opportunity to create a front page article of a newspaper or a short newscast video. A historical novel could be beautifully portrayed through costuming, either a doll or the student. 

No matter how they choose to present, they will need just a few basic facts and opinions. 
1. Title
2. Author
3. Theme
4. General summary that does not give away the ending
5. Recommendation - Did they enjoy it? Who else would enjoy it? 

The whole thing should take no longer than 30 minutes of focused effort and the presentation itself should be between 3 - 5 minutes. 

I look forward to hearing all about their September choices!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

8th Grade Night October 13 *Date Changed*

8th Grade Meeting
October 13th, 2016
7:00 PM

October 13th, 2016 at 7:00 PM is our 8th grade family information night. Every family will want to have at least one person there to learn about:

  • being promoted from 8th grade
  • understanding the wide range of options for high school
  • choosing a high school that best fits your student
  • our end of year trip
  • fundraising possibilities

This is your chance to help shape the trip and have a say in the extent of our fundraising. 

Please come with any questions you have about high schools, GPA translations, deadlines, essays, recommendation letters, etc. 

Also, please bring any ideas you have for fundraisers that align with our school mission. 

What We're Learning This Week 9/19

What are We Learning September 19th - 22nd

Students will:

  • Identify major forms of government (autocracy, monarchy, dictatorship, representative and direct democracy, oligarchy, theocracy, anarchy)
  • Compare and contrast the major features of different forms of government
  • Analyze examples of real-world governments 
  • Describe five limits on government: constitution, separation of powers, rule of law, consent of the governed, and rights of the minority.
  • Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of giving one leader total control.
Students will: 
  • Describe force in scientific terms
  • Determine balanced and  unbalanced forces
  • Identify 6 contact forces and 3 at a distance forces 
  • Demonstrate Newton's laws
  • Create free body diagrams 
  • Accurately document a lab experiment
Course 3 Math: 
  • Lessons 7 - 10 
Literature: The Good Earth, Chapters 1 - 4
Students will: 
  • understand how to use specific literary terminology 
  • demonstrate comprehension of historical background concerning Pearl S. Buck 
  • develop an awareness of historical background concerning events taking place in China during the time Buck wrote her novel 
  • read critically and analytically to draw comparisons, make inferences, trace plot development, and evaluate theme
Students will: 
  • use paired texts to analyze information
  • compare and contrast paired texts

Writing: (Topic of the week: The Most Memorable Event of My Life)
Students will:
  • Use rich adjectives to engage the reader
  • Use all dress ups correctly
  • Use 4 sentence openers correctly in each paragraph
  • Use the checklist to improve their rough draft

Study Skills:
Students will:
  • Get their planner signed nightly
  • Plan ahead for needed supplies
  • Keep their desks clean to ensure quick transitions

Sunday, September 11, 2016

What We're Learning This Week 9/11/16

Students will:

  • Identify the basic ideas on government from Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. 
  • Define the terms: state of nature, natural rights, sovereign. 
  • Trace the development of the idea of the social contract from Thomas Hobbes to John Locke.
  • Identify and describe the four features of a state. 
  • Differentiate between a sovereign state and the “states” in the United States by deciding whether the four features of a state apply to each. 
  • List the four roles of government. 
  • Apply the features and roles of a state by creating a profile of a new, fictional sovereign state and deciding on its priorities. 
  • Take notes
  • Use 2 strategies to study information given
Students will: 
  • Describe motion in scientific terms
  • Graph using position and time
  • Describe velocity in scientific terms
  • Understand the difference between velocity quantities and scalar quantities
  • Accurately document a lab experiment
Course 3 Math: 
  • Lessons 2 - 6
Students will: 
  • Memorize 1 poem
  • Read poetry with expression and appropriate phrasing
  • Analyze poetry to determine meaning
  • Understand how poetry has changed over time
Students will: 
  • be assessed for fluency
  • Read grade level non fiction text
  • Relate information to current events
Writing: (Topic of the week: Things I Did This Summer)
Students will:
  • Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
  • Use all dress ups correctly
  • Use 4 sentence openers correctly
  • Use the checklist to improve their rough draft

Volunteering in the Classroom

Volunteering in the Classroom

As we talked about at Back to School Night, volunteering in the classroom is one way to demonstrate to your student that you value education. I fully understand that not everyone's schedule allows them to do so, but, I welcome those that can.

Every day there are opportunities for parents, grandparents, or other family members to be involved in the classroom and in our school. Here are a few possibilities. If any of them look enticing, please let me know and we'll get you started right away!

1. Reading Groups - 10:15 - 10:45 Monday - Thursday. Volunteers will help a small group read a short passage. Probing questions, tricky vocabulary, and prompts will be provided for you.

2. Fluency Assessments - Day and time of your choice, first week of the month - Volunteers listen to each student read for one minute, marking any errors. All materials and training will be provided for you.

3. Editing - 12:45 - 1:30 Wednesday - Volunteers will meet one on one with students and help them to edit their paper before beginning their final draft. No red pen needed, just the ability to give feedback kindly.

4. Recess Games - 12:15 - 12:30 - Volunteers will engage students who are playing basketball or kickball. The primary objective is to give those playing another positive role model.

5. Office Help - Day and time of your choice - Volunteers will answer the phone, take messages, and greet visitors while Mrs. Marlatt takes care of the other million things she has to do. A friendly smile is really all that is needed!

6. Science Lab Help - 10:45 - 12:00 Tuesday - This is an on call position. Not every science lab needs extra hands, but about half do. Volunteers will help set up labs from printed instructions, float to assist students, and then help with the clean up. At least a week's notice will be given for labs that need assistance. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Field Trip Chaperone Sign Ups

8th grade has the most incredible field trips that are not only educational, but fun as well. In order for field trips to be successful, I need parents to help chaperone!

Below you will find the sign up link. Please sign up for ONE trip to start. After a week or two, feel free to fill in any empty spots. 

8th Grade Field Trips
Subject to Change

Curriculum Connection
October 6, 2016
Evergreen Curling Club
Physics/ Friction
Regular uniform w/ long pants

Friday,October 21, 2016
Dragon Boating/Chinatown Tour/ Lunch
The Good Earth
Regular uniform

November (TBA)
High Schools
High School planning
Regular uniform

Friday, January 20, 2017
Oregon Culinary Institute/ Portland Art Museum
Life Skills/ Art

Friday, February 24, 2017
College Tours
College Planning
Regular Uniform

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Oregon Ballet Theater
Regular Uniform

Friday, April 21, 2017
Downtown Portland
Life Skills
Regular uniform

April (TBA)
Bonneville Power
Regular uniform

Friday, May 19, 2017
Willamette Sailing Club
Physics / Buoyancy

May 31 - June 2 (Tentative)
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Twelfth Night
Business Casual/Formal