Monday, September 25, 2017

Ashland Volunteers

Drum Roll Please.....
First up is the fathers!

Mr. Harrel and Mr. Pak will be joining us on the trip. If either of them cannot join us for any reason, Mr. Wilson is our first substitute and Mr. Stinson is our second.

And for the moms..
Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Hibpshman will be joining us. With Mrs. Snow and Mrs. Hoke as our substitutes.

Thank you!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Health Lesson #1

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Today we had our first of many health lessons. Students used our new Chrome Book cart to complete a webquest that delved into issues with smoking in all of its forms. Be sure to ask your student what they learned about tobacco and nicotine use.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Curling Field Trip

Curling Field Trip

Our first field trip will be on September 28th, 2017. We are going to Evergreen Curling Club to learn the sport of curling and to see physics in action!

About Evergreen Curling:
"Curling first came to the Portland, OR area in the winter of 1847 when the HMS Modeste, an 18 gun British warship, spent a few months frozen in on the Columbia river near Ft. Vancouver. Four officers from the Modeste bested four locals from the Hudson Bay company in a 3 game series on the frozen river on January 26, 1847. They used locally found stones and a makeshift rink only 22 yards in length. During the after-match partying they cordially instituted the Vancouver Curling Club, the fate of which remains a mystery today.
More than 110 years later, in September of 1962, Harold Mahnke, a retired school teacher from Superior, WI, re-introduced the ancient sport to Portland by holding a series of curling exhibition matches at Lloyd Center Ice Rink near downtown Portland. Mahnke then established the Portland Curling Club which hosted games on rented ice at the Silver Skate Ice Rink in Portland for 20 years until the demise of Silver Skate in 1983.
In January 2013, Evergreen CC took another step by opening Oregon's first dedicated curling facility. The three sheet facility is located in a rented warehouse in Beaverton, OR. Evergreen CC provides a variety of programs during curling season including nightly leagues, learn-to-curl classes, corporate events, a junior instruction program, skill clinics, bonspiels, competitive playdowns and private parties. The facility includes a warm room with bar, and state-of-the-art video monitoring with live streaming and commentary to the Internet during competition."
We will leave school at 8:00 and return at 12:00. Students will wear their regular school uniform (pants only) and must bring a warm jacket. Curling is played on ice, which means the room is below freezing! Everyone, parents included, should bring a warm jacket and gloves. 
I can take up to 3 parent volunteers. If you'd like to attend, please let me know right away. 

T Shirt Writing Assignment

Persuasive Writing - T Shirt Design
This week's writing assignment is a persuasive piece. Students are to design a t shirt that represents our 8th grade class. After designing their shirt, students will write a 30 second commercial selling their shirt. The commercial must contain all of the dress ups and sentence openers.

Due Date – Monday, September 25th, 2017

Required Materials - Students may use their own filming equipment if they would prefer, or we will film in class on Thursday, September 21st, 2017. The finished project must be a wmv or mp4.

Expected Time Requirement - 1 - 2 hours including t shirt design, KWO, rough draft, final draft, and filming. Writing should explain your design and convince people to buy it.

The final products will be shared in class to help decide the winner of the official 8th grade shirt. 

Ways for parents to be involved:
  • Please ask them about their design. "How does your design represent your class? How did you come up with your ideas? What color do you think this would look good in?" 
  • Offer to help with filming. Parents make great camera operators, spokesmodels, or props. Post editing (if any) should be left to the student.
  •  Review the final product and laugh with your student. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Birthday

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A very happy birthday to the many students who have September birthdays! 


8th Grade Wishlist

If you are out and about and happen to find great deals on the following things, we would love it!

  • 2 tall bar type stools for our tall tables. 
  • Yard/Meter Sticks (We could use a total of 10 or so, but we'll take one gladly)
  • Garbage Grabbers (2) We're in charge of keeping the dumpster area cleaner than it has been, so having a few grabbers to pick up stray papers would be wonderful. 
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Computer Sciences and Student Passwords

Today we will be beginning to work with the computers on campus. This will happen in multiple ways and will always be purposeful. Some of the many ways we will work with computers this year include: 

1. Specific lessons on the tools used in word processors, spread sheets, and presentation software. 
2. Creating projects. 
3. Researching projects. 
4. Using modeling software and websites to practice physics concepts. 
5. Robotics

Students will leave 8th grade having a solid handle on technology that they may encounter in the world and the adaptability to work with new software. 

This year we have new software that teachers will be using. It allows us to see what is on every student's screen and to control the screens when it will be more efficient or to redirect students if necessary. For this software to work, students have to log in to Google. They will also use their school email to email me, log in to the Chrome Books, use Google docs, and Google Classroom. 

Today, all students were given 2 copies of their user name and password. One is for them, the other is for the parents. Students are instructed to not change their passwords. If you find that it has been changed, please let me know so we can reset it. 

If you have any questions, please let me know! 

Harvest Festival

12th Annual CHPCS
Harvest Festival
October 12, 2017

Join the CHPCS community for a fun filled evening of free family frivolity.

The Harvest Festival is a chance for CHPCS families and friends to get together and celebrate the turning of the season with music, games, and a baking contest. Hay rides, pumpkin ring toss, face painting, tug o war, and needle in a haystack will keep the young and old entertained for hours. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.

Are you a baker? Are you the keeper of Great Granny’s apple pie recipe? Now’s the time to put on your chef hat, dust off your apron, and whip up your favorite apple or pumpkin themed recipe!  The baking contest is open to all adult/child pairs. Baking with children is not only fun, but is great math practice and provides one on one time that encourages open communication. All baking entries are due on October 12th no later than 3:30 p.m. for judging. After ribbons are awarded, the baked goods will be sold at the Harvest Festival for $1.00 a piece.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Picture Day

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8th grade picture day will be on Wednesday, October 4th. Students wear their best uniform and pictures are ordered online afterwards. 

First Writing Assignment of the Year

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Today we started our first writing assignment of the year. After brainstorming together, students created a key word outline and then launched right into their rough draft! Students will write one paper a week all year long. This builds stamina, provides lots of opportunities for feedback, and allows them to refine their craft.

Look for this first paper to come home early next week.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Community Event

We are fortunate to live in an area with fun and educational cultural events almost every weekend. When I see one that matches our curriculum, something they've learned at Cascade in previous years, or that involves members of our class, I'll post them to the blog so people can attend if they wish! 

First up is the Polish Festival! Mrs. Erbe was kind enough to let me know it was happening. See her letter below for more information. 


Come and join me and my family at the Polish Festival next week!!!
There will be lots to do and lots to see. Aniela and Severyn will be volunteering, I will be selling pastries at the Polish Hall Saturday 11am-3pm and Sunday 3-6pm and Mike will be playing with the Polish rock band-Yazda 8-10pm. For those who likes to stay up late, Yazda will be playing 11pm-1am at Mississippi Pizza Pub 3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227

Come any time you'd like and stay as long as you want. Bring your Family and friends! There will be something to do for everyone!

Hope to see you all next weekend! :)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Healthy Lunches

Studies have shown that children who have a healthy diet (full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins) learn and behave better at school.  Nutrition is important to our mission of educating the whole child.  Please honor our commitment to building healthy minds and bodies by ensuring your child has a variety of natural, healthy food for snack and lunch.
Lunchbox Villains!
Lunchbox Superheroes!
White bread
Whole grain
Gatorade, Crystal Light, juice, Capri Suns, coffee
Water, white milk
Fritos, Doritos
Sunchips, whole grain crackers
Fruit by the Foot, fruit gummies
Real fruit, Stretch Island fruit leather
Rice Krispie treats
Dry cereal
Chocolate covered granola bars (e.g., Quaker)
Nature Valley or similar
Protein bars with chocolate
Odwalla or Lara bars or similar

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What to Expect on the First Day of School

Wednesday is the big day!  What should you expect? 
First, you should expect your student to be simultaneously excited and exhausted. We hit the ground running as soon as we are settled in to our classrooms.  While there is a lot of procedural things on the first day, we will also begin our first writing assignment, which will serve as my baseline. Students will receive their syllabus and review it as a class. They should be able to explain to you my homework policy, absence policies, academic integrity policies, and behavior policies. We will briefly review the course of study, and students will be able to explain what they will need to know by the end of our first units. 

All students will have a few minutes in their math class tomorrow. During that time they will receive their math book and learn how to set up their math notebook for a successful year. They will not have regular math homework the first day, but do need to cover their math book. While you can use store bought book covers, I highly recommend the old fashioned brown bag technique. 8th graders are perfectly capable of doing this on their own if you provide a brown paper bag for them! If they need a little guidance,here's how to cover your books!

Their final homework assignment for day 1 will be to have a family discussion about what contact information you are comfortable with them sharing. On Thursday we will be creating business cards. These cards will be used in our classroom to share contact information so students can contact each other for homework help.