Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Applebee's Fundraiser This Saturday!

Thank you to everyone who has supported this fundraiser. We appreciate it very much. Here are the final details you will need. 

7:45 AM - Students arrive for orientation in their uniform pants and 8th grade t shirts. All students who are 14 will be helping to serve. We need 10 people  to help at all times. Right now I only have 5 student waivers back. If your student will be 14 and has not yet returned their waiver, please get that in! I would like to have about 5 parents on standby to help if we don't have enough 8th graders who can handle the serving. Please let me know if you're available. 

8:00 AM - Doors open for breakfast. Students will be either serving (if they are over 14) or holding signs outside/working on other tasks. 

10:00 AM - Doors close - Students will be dismissed shortly after this. 

We have currently sold about 150 tickets which means we've raised approximately $600. This is a rough estimate, we'll know more for sure later. 

I look forward to seeing everyone Saturday morning!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Satellite Launch Pictures

First they explained their designs: 

Then they launched them: 

After recovery, we opened the satellites to see which had survived the launch and landing. These were the successful designs. 

Missing Homework Policy for 8th Grade

Missing Homework Policy

Students who do not turn in homework on time face a variety of escalating consequences.

1. If work is missing on the day it is due, students will stay in during lunch recess to complete it. If they finish it before recess is over, they are welcome to join their peers.

2. If students miss 3 or more assignments in one week OR missing work from earlier in the week is not completed by Thursday afternoon, students will attend Friday school. Friday school begins at 8:00 and ends when students complete all missing work OR at 3:30. Failure to attend an assigned Friday school without making arrangements with the teacher will result in an in school suspension until the work is completed.

3. Students that have missing work as of 3:30 on the Thursday before a field trip day will not attend the field trip. They will instead work in the office to catch up.

Homework includes regular classroom work, special projects, music practice, and World Language. 

What's Coming Up This Week 2/21

For a "short" week, it's anything but! 

Reading skills focus - 
This week we are focusing on distinguishing fact from opinion. This is a critical skill that allows students to take in information and then make informed decisions. 

In class reading - 
13 Days in October - During the thirteen days in October 1962 when the United States confronted the Soviet Union over its installation of missiles in Cuba, few people shared the behind-the-scenes story as it is told here by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In this unique account, he describes each of the participants during the sometimes hour-to-hour negotiations, with particular attention to the actions and views of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. (Amazon)

Course 3 - Test 14 and Lessons 76 - 78
Wednesday after school Math group meets this week

We begin our unit on critiques with a critique of a movie that we disliked. Next week we'll critique a restaurant and finally we'll critique a company. 

We've begun a new unit! For the next several weeks we'll be exploring electricity. 
Students will: 
  • Model the flow of electrons in a circuit
  • Build an actual electric circuit
  • Draw diagrams of electric circuits
  • Explain how to tell when the path of an electric circuit is complete
  • Test the conductivity of a variety of materials

We also worked on an engineering project for Tuesday. Students created satellite models that would protect a "passenger" through launch and landing. Look for pictures later today. 

This Friday is our curriculum showcase for Life in the 50's. Students will be showcasing their understanding of 50's attire, the role of automobiles in the development of suburbia, dance, music, important events, and new products released during this time. We would LOVE to have you join us for our American Bandstand on Friday at 12:00. For lunch we will be having 50's diner food, burgers and fries, from Mike's Drive In. Students are encouraged to dress up and parents are invited to watch the fun. 

Current Fundraiser(s):
Applebee's is coming up on March 4th. We have plenty of tickets left to sell, so keep spreading the word. I am still in need of a few people to work. I have two students who have returned their waiver. We will need all students who will be 14 by then to volunteer.

End of Year Needs:
It is time to start sending in photos for the end of year slide show. 
Brenda Cook (Max's mom) has graciously offered to compile a slideshow of our students through the years here at CHPCS for both veteran students and newly added students.

Please email Brenda at this email address the following pictures:  chpcs8thgradephoto@gmail.com
  • a baby picture of your student (please include name of your student)
  • any pictures of field trips, class activities, school events of your student and other students

  • photo file of less than 1 megabyte (mb) will appear really grainy when projected on a projection screen
  • photo file that is really dark or really bright/washed out will not display well on a projection screen

If it is easier for you  . . .  Brenda will accept a thumb drive with photo files from you . . . just give them to Max.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Science Fair - Next Thursday

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We are just over a week away from the 8th grade and friends science fair. I've been very impressed with everyone's work and their ability to manage a large project with a high level of independence. 

Yesterday I gave everyone a final checklist for editing their project and the final timeline. It is posted below for their convenience. 

The biggest piece of news is that the actual presentation of the projects will be NEXT THURSDAY, February 16th, 2017, AT 3:45 PM.  Yes, it is after school. Students will be done by 5:00 and ready for pick up. I encourage parents to come in and visit the projects and ask everyone questions. We will open the doors for visitations at 4:45 or as soon as judging is complete. 

Dress code for the day is regular uniform but students are allowed to bring dress clothes for their judge interviews. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Science Project Boards

This is the layout for the science fair presentation board we will discuss in detail in class on Wednesday, focusing on how to make the material stand out and look professional. Quality workmanship is critical. Crooked papers, smeared glue, etc will give the wrong first impression. Break out those rulers and line things up. Take your time and make it look good! 

American Bandstand Coming Up Soon!

Please mark your calendar and join us for our next curriculum showcase!

On February 24th we will be holding a celebration of life in the 50's. The fun begins at 11:30 AM, so break out your poodle skirts and your dancing shoes.

Students will demonstrate understanding of the evolution of music and the birth of rock n roll.
Students will demonstrate understanding of dance techniques from different eras.
Students will demonstrate understanding of the influence of the TV on commercialism.
Students will understand the importance and influence of automobiles on the expanding suburban culture.
Students will demonstrate understanding historical events and their influence on modern events.

As well as content, students will be working on team work, problem solving, and research and planning skills.

Students will have 3 weeks to work with their small groups. Very little time will need to be spent outside of class on these projects. It is quite possible that the only thing they will need to work outside of class on is costuming.

1. A 50's dance - Students are working with Mr. Weaver
2. A hit single from the 50's. - Students will be working in small groups in class
2. A live newscast featuring the top news story from their assigned year - Students will be working in their small group. Class time will be used for researching, writing, and rehearsing.
3. A live commercial featuring a product popular at the time. Class time will be used for researching, writing, and rehearsing.
4. A car from the 50's. - Students will build a replica car, supplies and class time will be provided.
5. Costumes are highly encouraged. We will be reviewing attire appropriate to the era. Poodle skirts are easy and inexpensive to make!

Family and friends are not only welcome, but encouraged to join us. Break out your poodle skirts, letterman sweaters, and rolled up jeans.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Planner Signatures

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Today marked one of many milestones between now and high school for 8th graders. Students who have consistently demonstrated their ability to manage their materials and homework were given the opportunity to practice doing the same without adult supervision. These students received a slip to place in their planner that allows them to not get their planner signed by teachers or parents. 
If at any point they have missing homework, this privilege will be rescinded. 

Students who are not quiet ready at this point will have another chance after Spring Break.