Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Family Reading Night

Family Reading Night

Our annual celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday is coming up!  Please join us for Family Reading Night on Thursday, March 2nd, starting at 6:30. Adult/child pairs sign up for two sessions of literacy fun at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0D4FA5AF23A20-family1 .   This year’s books include but are not limited to Monster Trouble, Rainbow Fish, Eloise in Paris, Johnny Appleseed, A Wocket in My Pocket, The Mysterious Tadpole, One Plastic Bag, Oh The Thinks You Can Think, How I Became a Pirate, and One Green Apple. At 7:30, join us in the cafeteria for birthday cake.

Please note that folks MUST sign up beforehand, and children MUST be accompanied by an adult in each session.  Younger siblings are also welcome (just be sure to sign them up, too!).

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: During the school day, children may dress as their favorite literary character (some restrictions apply).  Teachers will clarify expectations for their class, but your child should 1) bring a copy of the book, 2) be prepared to read a favorite passage out of it, 3) be able to engage in regular learning and physical activity in their costume.  While comic books, Disney books, and graphic novels are great fun to read, we request that your child choose a more "literary" literary character.

Monday, January 30, 2017

American Bandstand Project

American Bandstand Project

We've started our next project! As we learn about the 50's  in the United States, students will be working in a small group to complete the following tasks: 

1.       Create a ½ scale model of the top selling car from your year.
2.       Research the top hit song from your year. Learn the words. Choreograph a dance and lip sync for it.
3.       Research the most influential news story of the year. Research the backstory and how it changed American history. Prepare a 3 – 5 minute LIVE broadcast.

4.       Research new commercial products released in your year. Prepare a 30 second live action commercial with props. 
Learn and perform a dance from the 50's era. 

These will all be due on February 24th. After our visit to Concordia in the morning, we will come back to school and perform for family and friends. 

Applebee's Fundraiser

Applebee’s Fundraiser

Our next fundraiser is upon us. March 4th we will be hosting an Applebee’s pancake breakfast from 8:00 - 10:00 AM at the Happy Valley Applebee’s. There are two ways for students to help us make the most of this fundraiser.

  1. Over the next few weeks families are asked to help us sell as many tickets as possible. Our goal is to raise at least $1000. Tickets are $10 each, with our profit being $6.00 of that. So we need to sell just under 200 tickets to meet our goal. That seems like a lot, but when we divide that by 23, it’s only about 9 tickets per family. We will also be advertising to all Cascade families, which will help. For their $10, attendees will receive pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, milk, juice, and soft drinks. Attached you will find 8 tickets for your 8th grader to work on selling. We can accept cash or checks made out to Cascade Heights Public Charter School. If you need more, please let me know and I’ll get you another set. If you have not sold the original 8 by February 24th, please return to them to school so we can pass them out to others. There is a limit of 300 total tickets we can sell, and we would love to sell out.
  2. The second way to help is to work the day of the fundraiser. Students 14 and older will help seating people and clearing dishes. We need 10 people to help, so everyone that is able is highly encouraged to work that day. Attached is a waiver for those students that will be needed the day of.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Book Publishing

This week we begin what has become a Cascade tradition, publishing books. Each student will create a 12 page book that will be sent to a printer to be published as soft bound book.

In 8th grade the topic of their individual books are up to them. I want this to be something they enjoy and are proud of. Some students will choose to do a non fiction book based on a topic they feel an expertise in while others will do fictional short stories. The only restriction I place on content is that it must be original work and it must be school appropriate. (No sex, profanity, or violence) When they are done, they will have 12 pages worth of text and 12 pages worth of illustrations!

This week we will begin the key word outline for their paper. Next week will be the rough drafts while the week after will be the final draft. These books will be handwritten in italics and will require dress ups and sentence openers as well as liberal use of our vocabulary words.

Students will have 30 - 45 minutes a day to work in class on this project. My expectation is that they will finish in this time. As we get closer to books being due, they may need to do some of the final draft or illustrations at home. If this becomes necessary, I will adjust other homework to account for it. Because these have to be sent to a printer, they must be completed on time. I'm very excited to see what they come up with!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Interviews on Monday

This Monday we will be practicing our interview skills. This week in class we wrote resumes and cover letters for a job at NASA. Over the weekend they are to finalize their resume and cover letter. Yes, they are allowed to make up educational experience and work experience to create a believable resume. I highly encourage them to do some research into the position they are applying for so they can make appropriate decisions about what an appropriate educational background might look like.

Students are encouraged to bring a change of attire for their interview.

In order to have enough time to prepare, there is no vocab this weekend and only one math lesson for Course 3.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Field Trip

Due to the snow and ice, our field trip plans have changed. We will be going to the Clackamas Town Center to see the 12:40 showing of Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures applies to all of our remaining history units, so this is the perfect chance to see it!  Before and after the show, we will be here at school making up robotics time. 

Students will wear their regular uniforms and will need to bring a lunch as there will be no hot lunch service that day. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow Day Homework Take 2

And yet again... I can't remember the last time we had this many days off due to weather. For tomorrow please complete the following work:

1. Reading - Animal Farm Chapter 5. Please write a a 10 question quiz for your classmates. Include 2 True/False questions, 2 multiple choice, 2 vocabulary questions, and 4 short answer questions.

2. Math - Course 3 - Lesson 57 and 58

3. History -  Please complete the webquest found at http://teacherweb.com/WQ/MiddleSchool/JoinerColdWar/apt1.aspx You only need to do the section on the Korean War. Be sure to document your answers in a Google Doc and share it with me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Another Snow Day?

This has been one crazy winter! There will be no school again tomorrow, but the show must go on.

Students, please complete the following things: 

1. Math -  Course 3 - Lesson 56. Be sure to take notes, do the problem solving and the mental math in your notes. If you are not in Course 3, follow the instructions given to you by your teacher. If they did not give you instructions, do the next lesson in your book. 

2. Reading - Read chapter 4 of Animal Farm. Write a one paragraph summary of the reading. 

3. Vocab - Find the part of speech and definition for these words:
  • prejudice:
  • probation: 
  • proceed:
  • rapid:
  • relentlessly:
  • skepticism:
4. Science - Finish your background research and write your hypothesis. If you need a refresher on how to write your hypothesis, visit http://www.sciencebuddies.org/blog/2010/02/a-strong-hypothesis.php. Be sure it is in the form of If ________, then______ because ______. Once you have entered your hypothesis into your document, email me so I know to check it. Check back later in the day for feedback! 

5. Read a book. 

6. Build a snowman. 

7. Drink a warm beverage. 

8. Take a nap. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year - January Curriculum and Dates

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It's hard to believe that 2016 is over, and with it, a significant portion of our 8th grade year. We have much yet to learn, experience, and enjoy. 

Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 - Back to school! 

Thursday, January 5th, 2017 - First time 8th graders may wear their class t shirts. These must still be tucked in, but can be worn instead of their uniform shirts. 

Thursday, January 5th, 2017 - Twelfth Night
  • Matinee - 1:00 PM
  • Cast Party - 3:30 PM
  • Evening Performance - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 - PTA Meeting

Monday, January 16th, 2017 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, January 20th, 2017 - Field Trip Day

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 - Winter MAP Assessments begin

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 - Winter Conferences

Upcoming Curriculum Topics: 

Science - Individual Investigative Projects (Science Fair) 
(See http://8thgradeatcascade.blogspot.com/2016/12/student-selected-scientific-research.html for details)

History - Cold War and Life in the 50's

Writing - Technical Writing including resumes, cover letters, business proposals etc. 

Literature - Animal Farm

Robotics - Design, build, and program a robot that will draw a picture of an endangered species. Also prepare a verbal report on the species including what can be done to improve its chances. 

Twelfth Night
This Thursday we will be performing Twelfth Night. I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone on stage. I know they've worked incredibly hard.  To put a rumor to rest, yes, in the past classes have gotten to use scrolls or their books. This year they will NOT be doing so. This class has had 4 extra weeks to learn their lines, so there is no need for books or scrolls. There will be a prompter back stage in case someone needs a little help.