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Week 38: May 27-31

Week 37: May 20-24

Week 36: May 13-17

Week 35: May 6-10

Week 34: April 29-May 3

Week 33: April 22-26

Week 32: April 15-19

Week 31: April 8-12

Week 30: April 1-5

Week 29: March 25-29

Week 28: March 11-15

Week 27: March 4-8

Week 26: February 25-March 1

Week 25: February 18-22

Week 24: February 11-15

Week 23: February 4-8

Week 22: January 28-February 1

Week 21: January 21-25

Week 20: January 14-18

Week 19: January 7-11

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Week 38: May 27-31

Early Release for Summer: Thursday at 1PM!

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Math

Student will be finishing their Geometric City Projects.

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Algebra

Students who have not finished their Algebra About Me project will complete it in class on Wednesday. Students will also get the opportunity to complete any missing assignments.

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Language Arts

Students will finish their novel study (Night- preap and Tunes for Bears to Dance to-academic) with a quick assessment on Wednesday.  The last book challenge was due 5/22/19 and accepted through Friday for a late grade.

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Science

We will continue working on teamwork, as well as looking at potential and kinetic energy, with a fun assessment on Wednesday.  All test corrections and missing work are past due.

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Social Studies

Students will finish their civics unit next week and on Tuesday 8th grade students will go on the end of the year field trip. Students not attending the field trip will follow their regular schedule and continue the civics unit. All work needs to be turned in by Wednesday afternoon by 4pm.

Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Tech:  The students will watch and evaluate their Commercial Video Projects.

Yearbook:  The students will continue to sell the yearbook.

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🎉 Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day Holiday

🚍 Tuesday, May 28th: 8th Grade Field Trip to ZDT Amusement Park (click to view schedule)

😎 Thursday, May 30th: Talent Show Assembly and Early Release @1pm

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Week 37: May 20-24

Last full week of school for 2019-20!

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Math

Students will be working on a geometry project all this week in class.

Algebra

This week, students will wrap up a mini lesson on Pythagorean Theorem. The majority of the week will be spent working on an in-class project that involves students writing multi-step equations.

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Language Arts

Students will continue reading one of two novels (Tunes for Bears to Dance too (academic) or Night (Pre-AP). A test over the novel reading will be given on Friday.  The last book challenge is due May 22nd.

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Science

Students will be looking at qualities that make a person successful in life as well as in Science.  We then will start review projects that will last several days.

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Social Studies

Students will be using events in U.S.  history to identify the qualities of an American hero.  We will also look at how communities and citizens work together during difficult times and the sacrifices people make for their our country and our freedom.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Technology:  The students will produce and edit their Commercial video projects.

Yearbook:  The students will continue to sell yearbooks.

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General Notes

🕯    Thursday, May 24th 6pm: NJHS Induction Ceremony

🎉 Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day Holiday

🚍 Tuesday, May 28th: 8th Grade Field Trip to ZDT Amusement Park

😎 Thursday, May 30th: Talent Show Assembly and Early Release @1pm

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Week 36: May 13-17

STAAR Testing resumes this week

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Math

This week our students that were involved in SSI will be retesting on Monday.  Good Luck!

The rest of the week our students are involved in Social Studies and Science rotations.  Then they have STAAR the end of the week.

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Algebra

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Language Arts

This week students not involved in retesting will be doing Social Studies and Science review rotations on Monday and Tuesday. Reading retesting is Tuesday. Friday students will begin reading a novel in class.  Book challenge is due May 22nd for a test grade.

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Science

This week students not involved in retesting will be doing Social Studies and Science review rotations on Monday and Tuesday.  The Science STAAR test is Wednesday.  Students had their review packets returned on Friday so that they can use them to study over the weekend.  Students also were asked to take their Science notebooks home on Friday as another study resource.  Test correction worksheets for the Review Week 1 and Review Week 2 test grades were passed out on Friday -- these should be returned by Tuesday.  Students needing assistance with test corrections are encouraged to stay for tutorials after school on Monday.

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Social Studies

Monday and Tuesday students will review causes of the American revolution. The History STAAR exam on Thursday May 16, 2019.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

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🌟 Monday: STAAR 7th Math & 8th Math Retests

🌟 Tuesday: STAAR 7th Reading & 8th Reading Retests

🌟 Wednesday: STAAR 8th Science

🌟 Thursday: STAAR 8th Social Studies

🌟 Friday: STAAR Makeup Tests

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Week 35: May 6-10

Math

Students will continue working with their SSI group if they were not successful on the 1st administration of the STAAR test.  In these classes, we are revisiting areas of the 8th grade TEKS.  All other 8th graders are working on the beginning processes of Algebra.  

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Algebra

Students will wrap up STAAR review by going over exponential functions. They will take their Algebra EOC STAAR exam on Wednesday, May 8th.

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Language Arts

This week students will continue to work on either their mythology project or continue with SSI..  Book challenge is due May 22.

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Science

This week students will review our topics that are the prerequisites for Chemistry.  Please have your student arrange a make-up time with their teacher if they miss any day this week, or have missed any day the previous 2 weeks; activities each day contribute to your student’s grade.

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Social Studies

Students will continue the review and tutorials in preparation of the STAAR social studies test. This review will for 10 more days and be on a rotating basis. By the time the tutorials and reviews are over each student will have rotated through colonization, the American Revolution, the US Constitution, including the principles of government, Bill of Rights, and landmark court cases, Manifest Destiny and westward expansion, the early Presidents, Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Technology:  The students will work on their New Music Slideshows.

Yearbook:  The Yearbooks are in!!!   The Yearbook students will be selling the Yearbooks during all lunches starting on 5-9-19.

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Week 34: April 29-May 3

Math

This week students who passed the STAAR test will begin working on combining like terms and the distribution property.  The first part of the Algebraic TEKS will be covered.  Students who were not successful on the math STAAR will begin an SSI intensive intervention class until the second administration.

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Algebra

This week students will continue reviewing for their Algebra STAAR test. They will be working with quadratic functions and exponential functions. If a student needs additional help with any topic, Algebra tutorials are available Monday and Wednesday after school from 4-5pm. There will also be STAAR Camp on Saturday, May 4th that students are encouraged to attend.

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Language Arts

This week students who passed the STAAR test will begin a mythology research project. Students who were not successful on the reading STAAR will begin an SSI intensive intervention class until the second administration.

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Science

Students will continue their review of the year, preparing them for high school as well as STAAR.  Topics this week include: Balanced/Unbalanced Forces, Newton’s Laws, Human body systems, atomic structure, and the Periodic Table.  Each class last week and this week is a different topic and each day contributes to the weekly grades; if a student misses any day, they need to arrange to make up that day’s work after school.  All students are urged to attend STAAR Camp on Saturday, May 4, 8:30-11:30.

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Social Studies

Students will continue the review and tutorials in preparation of the STAAR social studies test. This review will for 10 more days and be on a rotating basis. By the time the tutorials and reviews are over each student will have rotated through colonization, the American Revolution, the US Constitution, including the principles of government, Bill of Rights, and landmark court cases, Manifest Destiny and westward expansion, the early Presidents, Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

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Week 33: April 22-26

Math

Students will practice 8th grade TEKS that will lead in to Algebra concepts

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Algebra

Students will continue to review for the STAAR test. This week we will focus on writing linear equations and solving multi-step equations, as well as systems of equations.

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Language Arts

Students will be reading excerpts from The Narrative of Frederick Douglas and answering questions and various completing activities  to show their comprehension of the text. Students will take the Unit 12 Roots Test on Friday. Book challenge is due May 22.

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Science

This week students will start their review of 8th grade TEKS needed for high school and for STAAR.

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Social Studies

Students will begin rotating review tutorials in preparation of the STAAR social studies test. This review will last 15 days and be on a rotating basis. By the time the tutorials and reviews are over each student will have rotated through colonization, the American Revolution, Manifest Destiny and westward expansion, the early Presidents, Civil War and Reconstruction. Students need to check the rosters outside of their social studies classroom to find out with rotation they will start with and the location.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Tales ‘n Paws Theatre-  Our advanced class is in high gear.  We competed on April 6th at the UIL One Act Contest and came in 3rd place!  Four of our thespians earned top individual awards.  On April 17th five 8th grade students were treated to a night out in Austin as we attended the annual Greater Austin High School Musical Awards after eating a sumptuous dinner at The Shady Grove.  At this time we are preparing for our murder mystery dinner show, Cafe Murder! on May 9th only $13 per ticket (Bassano’s Italian Restaurant) dinner, drink and dessert-hurry tickets going fast!  Email csmith2@bisdtx.org, BEAR Innovation in May Poetry, Acting, Dance contest (free); Performing Arts Awards night on May 23rd at 6pm, and our annual talent show May 30th.

Video Technology:  The students will complete their Stop Motion video projects.

Yearbook:  The students will watch and summarize inspirational Ted Talk videos and continue selling the completed yearbooks.

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Week 32: April 15-19

🎉 Friday is a School Holiday!

Math

Students will practice 8th grade TEKS that will lead in to Algebra concepts

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Algebra

On Monday, students will take a common assessment covering exponential functions. The rest of the week will be spent reviewing to prepare for the STAAR; we will focus on domain and range and linear functions.

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Language Arts

Students will spend the week reading an expository piece and poem on the same subject. Through these, they will summarize, monitor their comprehension and make inferences.  Students are encouraged to begin reading for their last book challenge due middle of May.  Pre-Ap students will be given articles of the week which are due the following week.  Weekly roots assessments will pick back up as well.  

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Science

This week students will finish our Interdependence of Living things unit by looking at watersheds, reviewing relationships in ecosystems, and looking at human impact on ecosystems.  There will be a unit test on Thursday.

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Social Studies

This week students will evaluate legislative reform programs of the Radical Reconstruction Congress and reconstructed state governments and explain the economic, political, and social problems during Reconstruction and evaluate their impact on different groups. Students will have a District Assessment next Tuesday over Reconstruction.

HEADS UP! - Beginning April 22, 2019 students will have rotating review tutorials in preparation of the STAAR social studies test. This review will last 15 days and be on a rotating basis. By the time the tutorials and reviews are over each student will have rotated through colonization, the American Revolution, Manifest Destiny and westward expansion, the early Presidents, Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Technology:  The students will produce and edit their Stop Motion video projects.

Yearbook:  The students will market the Yearbook using video commercials, flyers, presentations, and media.

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Week 31: April 8-12

Math

Last day of review for STAAR testing is Monday.  8th grade Math Test is Wednesday!!  Please make sure and be here.  We will continue Algebra concepts.

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Algebra

Students will continue practicing arithmetic and geometric sequences. We will wrap up the exponential functions unit at the end of this week.

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Language Arts

Reading STAAR testing is Tuesday. Please make sure your child is rested and ready! We will review Monday and end the week with a Poetry.

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Science

Students will continue looking at interdependence of living things, including predator/prey and host/parasite relationships.

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Social Studies

They will then begin looking at the time period after the Civil War referred to as Reconstruction. Students will analyze the effects of Reconstruction on the political, economic, and social life of the nation. They will be expected to evaluate legislative reform programs of the Radical Reconstruction Congress and reconstructed state governments and explain the economic, political, and social problems during Reconstruction and evaluate their impact on different groups.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

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Week 30: April 1-5

Math

This week we will be continuing our review of the topics that will be covered on the upcoming STAAR Test. Every day we will also incorporate practice test questions about anything we have covered so far this year.

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Algebra

This week students will continue to find the exponential growth or decay of a real world situations.

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Language Arts

This week students will work on various expository and fiction activities through stations. These stations are a review for next week’s Reading STAAR test.  The book challenge is due April 3rd. Pre-Ap students must complete a reading analysis (essay) for their book.  

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Science

This week students will study the interdependence of living things.  We will be looking at producer/consumer, predator/prey, herbivore/carnivore/omnivore, etc. relationships within a variety of terrestrial and aquatic environments.

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Social Studies

Students will begin looking at the time period after the Civil War referred to as Reconstruction. Students will analyze the effects of Reconstruction on the political, economic, and social life of the nation. They will be expected to evaluate legislative reform programs of the Radical Reconstruction Congress and reconstructed state governments and explain the economic, political, and social problems during Reconstruction and evaluate their impact on different groups.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Technology:  The students will edit and complete their Movie Trailer video projects.  

Yearbook:  The students will market the Yearbook using video commercials, flyers, presentations, and media.

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Week 29: March 25-29

Math

This week we will be continuing our review of the topics that will be covered on the upcoming STAAR Test. Every day we will also incorporate practice test questions about anything we have covered so far this year.

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Algebra

This week students begin their unit over exponential functions. They will be identifying key features of the graphs such as intercepts, domain and range, and asymptotes. They will also write equations to represent real life exponential growth and decay.

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Language Arts

This week students begin analyzing media literacy.  Book challenge is due APRIL 3rd. Please ensure your child has read and completed their project by then.

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Science

This week students will recognize how distances are measured in space, theory of the origin of the universe, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Social Studies

Students will finish studying the Battles of the Civil War. They will then begin looking at the time period after the Civil War referred to as Reconstruction. Students will analyze the effects of Reconstruction on the political, economic, and social life of the nation. They will be expected to evaluate legislative reform programs of the Radical Reconstruction Congress and reconstructed state governments and explain the economic, political, and social problems during Reconstruction and evaluate their impact on different groups. Students will have a District Assessment on Thursday over Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Technology:  The students will create a Movie Trailer Video in groups.

Yearbook:  The students will market the Yearbook using video commercials, flyers, presentations, and media.

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Week 28: March 11-15

Math

This week we will be continuing our review of the topics that will be covered on the upcoming STAAR Test. Every day we will also incorporate practice test questions about anything we have covered so far this year.

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Algebra

Students will continue to analyze quadratic function transformations. We will conclude our quadratic function unit with a common assessment on Friday, March 15th.

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Language Arts

Students will continue analyzing both fiction and informational text throughout the week. Students have this week to make test corrections for common assessment 5 they took last week..  Students should also be working on their book challenge throughout the 6 weeks. It is due April 3 and all papers needed for the assignment are on Google Classroom and in class.

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Science

Students will continue our Space unit.  We will finish the week creating a photo album/autobiography for specific stars.  This photo album will be a major grade.

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Social Studies

Students will continue studying the Battles of the Civil War and will evaluate how Lincoln's views changed through the course of the war, the strengths, and weaknesses of the North and the South, and the opposing viewpoints of each side. Students will also analyze Lincoln's speeches to develop an understanding behind his motives for war.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

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Week 27: March 4-8

Math

This week we will be continuing our review of the topics that will be covered on the upcoming STAAR Test. Topics this week include angle theorems and scatterplots. Every day we will also incorporate practice test questions about anything we have covered so far this year.

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Algebra

We will begin this week reviewing all material learned this school year to prepare for the Algebra Mock STAAR test on Thursday morning. After the test, we will continue describing transformations of quadratic functions.

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Language Arts

Students will be pairing a text with a video they watched last week and compare and contrast authors purpose, point of view, and rhetorical devices used. Students will also be identifying theme through media pieces and they will have their unit 10 test on Thursday for Ms. Wiesenhahn’s class and Friday for Mrs. Walker’s and Ms.Nickell’s classes. Students should also be working on their book challenge throughout the 6 weeks. It is due April 3 and all papers needed for the assignment are on Google Classroom and in class.

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Science

This week our 8th grade students will have their Mock Science STAAR test on Wednesday.  After that, we’ll start our Space unit, first looking at the life-cycle of stars.

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Social Studies

Students will continue the study of the causes of the Civil War.  Students will also begin studying the Battles of the Civil War and will evaluate how Lincoln's views changed through the course of the war, the strengths, and weaknesses of the North and the South, and the opposing viewpoints of each side.  Students will also analyze Lincoln's speeches to develop an understanding behind his motives for war.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Technology:  The students will complete the second phase of their Music Projects.  The student will watch and evaluate the projects.  The students will have a quiz over the basics of Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Element

Yearbook: Students will complete their assigned yearbook pages and work on their video projects.

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General Notes

        ACE at BMS is a place for academics, acceptance, consistency and enrichment activities for 7th and 8th graders that need a place to catch up on assignments or get tutoring on any subject. Enrichment activities include but are not limited to art and craft study, fun hands on science and maker activities, cooking new and interesting foods and outdoor and leisure fun.  At ACE our day starts off with a good for you snack, and academic assistance or skill enhancement as needed. That is followed up with various enrichment and physical activities that stimulate mind, body and soul. The day finishes with some relaxation time and reflection. On Friday we do some fun social/emotional skill building and then we always cook something super yummy. We often have a self reflection time on Fridays in order to get ready for the next week as our best selves! Applications are accepted until March 15th, 2019. . .

        For more info contact Mrs. Mills @ lscherbarthmills@bisdtx.org or 512 627 6237

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Week 26: February 25-March 1

Math

This week we will be beginning our review of the topics that will be covered on the upcoming STAAR Test. Topics this week include the real number system and the multiple different forms a number can take. We will be reviewing angle theories and how to solve problems involving triangles. Every day we will also incorporate practice test questions about anything we have covered so far this year.

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Algebra

Students will continue to identify key features of a quadratic function this week. We will also be analyzing graphs and describing the changes when compared to the parent function.

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Language Arts

Students will continue reviewing theme through the reading of nonfiction literature. Students will also continue practicing their writing skills as well as take a Common Assessment toward the end of the week. Remind students to study for their upcoming Unit 10 vocabulary test on Monday, March 4th.

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Science

This week will start with students having individual silent writing time, allowing them to show their knowledge of why we have seasons.  Next, non-PreAP students will spend some time learning about tides, while PreAP students review atomic structure and the Periodic Table.  On Thursday, we will have a Unit test covering Seasons, Moon Phases, and Tides, along with our review materials.  Students should bring their rotation/revolution bracelets for extra credit on the Unit Test.

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Social Studies

There is a test on Monday over Manifest Destiny and Sectionalism. Students have received a review sheet. Students will begin the study of the causes of the Civil War.  Students will also begin studying the Battles of the Civil War and will evaluate how Lincoln's views changed through the course of the war, the strengths, and weaknesses of the North and the South, and the opposing viewpoints of each side.  Students will also analyze Lincoln's speeches to develop an understanding behind his motives for war.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Yearbook: Students will complete their assigned yearbook pages and work on their video projects.

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Week 25: February 18-22

Math

This week we will continue our unit with surface area of various shapes. Students will work with formulas to find the surface area of cylinders as well as triangular and rectangular prisms. Also, we will be doing a writing activity in class on one of the days to see what the students can write about transformations.

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Algebra

This week students will be graphing quadratic functions and identifying key attributes such as the x & y-intercepts, maximum or minimum, domain & range, vertex, and axis of symmetry. Students will also complete a writing assignment in class recalling various topics they have learned in Algebra.

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Language Arts

This week students will be analyzing a speeches and identifying effectiveness and persuasive techniques used. Unit 10 roots packet will be due Friday and the test will be March 1st. Students also have a book challenge due at the end of the six weeks that they should be working on outside of class.

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Science

We will finish up Moon Phases with a quiz - Tuesday for Ms. Leight’s and Ms. Frazier’s classes, Wednesday for Mrs. Adamson’s.  Students should know the phases of the moon, in sequence, as well as the meaning of waxing, waning, crescent, and gibbous.  Pre-AP classes will then take a look at tides, while other classes review atomic structure, Bohr models, and the periodic table.  

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Social Studies

Students will continue studying Manifest Destiny and the development of Sectionalism in the United States.  Students will be introduced to new content specific vocabulary and begin to evaluate the growing differences between the North and the South.  Students will also study how the addition of western lands contributed to the growing tensions between these two regions. There is a test on Monday February 25th over Manifest Destiny and Sectionalism and students will receive a review prior to the test.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

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Week 24: February 11-15

Math

This week we will be working with the surface area of different shapes. We will build the formula used to find both the lateral and total surface area of cylinders and prisms.

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Algebra

Students learned the quadratic formula on Friday, and they will get more practice using the formula early this week. They will take a common assessment on Thursday, February 14th covering quadratic equations and square roots.

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Language Arts

This is the last week of the 4th 6 weeks! Book Challenge Projects are due Wednesday, and the last day of the 6 weeks to get work in is Friday. Please encourage your student to finish strong. This week will continue to work on nonfiction text.

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Science

Look up at the sky at night!  Students will be learning why we see phases of the moon.

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Social Studies

Students will be studying Manifest Destiny and the development of Sectionalism in the United States.  Students will be introduced to new content specific vocabulary and begin to evaluate the growing differences between the North and the South.  Students will also study how the addition of western lands contributed to the growing tensions between these two regions. There is a test on Friday over Manifest Destiny and Sectionalism and students will receive a review prior to the test.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

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Week 23: February 4-8

Math

This week students will be reviewing the Volume formula of Cylinders, Cones, and Spheres. Students will take a practice STAAR test on Wednesday. At the end of the week, we will begin Surface Area.

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Algebra

This week students will begin a new unit focusing on Quadratic Equations. They will be solving quadratic equations and interpreting the answer. Students will also be working radical expressions, such as square roots.

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Language Arts

This week students will begin a new unit on Nonfiction Literature. Students will begin learning the steps to creating an effective summary. Students will be tested over their Unit 9 vocabulary words this Friday, February 8th.

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Science

This week students will continue our section on the Earth’s rotation and revolution - why we have day and night, as well as seasons.  Our next topic will then be phases of the moon.

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Social Studies

In other history news, students will be studying Manifest Destiny and the development of Sectionalism in the United States.  Students will be introduced to new content specific vocabulary and begin to evaluate the growing differences between the North and the South.  Students will also study how the addition of western lands contributed to the growing tensions between these two regions.

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Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

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Week 22: January 28-February 1

Math

This week we will be working with the volume of 3D figures. We will review and practice with circles and then work our way to finding the volumes of cylinders, cones, and spheres using specific formulas.

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Algebra

This week we will continue to practice factoring quadratic expressions. Students will take a common assessment on Thursday, January 31st covering exponent properties and polynomials.

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Language Arts

On Monday, students will complete test corrections for the Common Assessment taken on 1/18. The rest of the week students will be analyzing theme in short stories through station work. On Friday, 2/1, Unit 9 Roots packets are due. Unit 9 test will be 2/8. Students should be working on the book challenge as well which will be due 2/13. Guidelines for book challenge are on Google Classroom.

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Science

Students will finish up our hurricane unit.  They’ll spend some time reviewing methods of convection currents in the air and sea, as well as weather maps, before the Common Assessment on Wednesday.

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Social Studies

Students will be studying Manifest Destiny and the development of Sectionalism in the United States.  Students will be introduced to new content specific vocabulary and begin to evaluate the growing differences between the North and the South.  Students will also study how the addition of western lands contributed to the growing tensions between these two regions.

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Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

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Week 21: January 21-25

🎉 Monday is a School Holiday!

Math

This week we will continue with our transformation unit. Dilations will be covered while translations, rotations, and reflections will be reviewed. There will be a Test this week as well.

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Algebra

Students will continue to work with exponents, applying the exponent properties to simplify polynomials. We will conclude our week by learning to factor quadratic expressions.

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Language Arts

Students will receive feedback on their recent common assessment over fiction. Test corrections need to be completed by the end of the week.  Students will begin analyzing myths and legends this week. They will conclude the week with Unit 8 roots quiz.  Remind your child to continue to read for their book challenge that is due at the end of the six weeks.  

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Science

Students will have a quiz over weather maps on Wednesday.  We will then take a look at hurricanes - how they are formed and the effect on the shore.

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Social Studies

The US History classes will be looking at how the industrialization and urbanization of America led to a period of reform.  Students will discuss the various problem that urbanization has caused and the people and organizations involved in the movements to make improvements.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Technology:  The students will complete their Interview Video Projects learning how to edit video in Adobe Premiere Elements.

Yearbook: Students will complete their assigned yearbook pages.

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Week 20: January 14-18

Math

This week students will continue learning the 4 types of Transformations.

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Algebra

This week we will learn the multiplication and division properties of exponents, and apply them when multiplying and factoring polynomials.

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Language Arts

Students will begin reading a fictional piece of literature and work to identify linear plot lines within. All students have a Unit 8 Greek and Latin roots Vocabulary Packet due on Friday, January 18th, as well as Common Assessment #3.

Pre-AP: Article of the Week #1 due Wednesday, January 16

Academic: Article of the Week due Friday, January 18

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Science

Students will continue looking at convection currents on Earth.  The second half of the week, students will learn to interpret weather maps.

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Social Studies

The US History classes will be looking at how the industrialization and urbanization of America led to a period of reform.  Students will discuss the various problem that urbanization has caused and the people and organizations involved in the movements to make improvements.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Technology: Students will complete their Audio Video Career presentations and create their Interview Video Project.

Yearbook: Students will complete their assigned yearbook pages.

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Week 19: January 7-11

🎉 Classes resume Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2019!

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Math

Welcome Back!  Students will begin learning about Transformations this week and how to apply the Algebraic Rule to each transformation.

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Algebra

Happy new year and welcome back to school! Students will begin the semester reviewing linear functions and adding/subtracting polynomials before beginning our exponent unit.

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Language Arts

Happy New Year!  Students will begin the new semester by revisiting literary fiction. Through this genre, students will read a variety of literary texts and analyzing characters, theme, and plot. All students are still required to complete a book challenge every 6 weeks for a test grade.

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Science

Welcome back!  Students will start off the semester reviewing density.  We’ll then take up forms of energy transfer - conduction, convection and radiation as the start of our weather unit.

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Social Studies

The US History classes will begin their study on the Industrialization of the United States and the reform movements of the 1800s.  Classes will be introduced to new vocabulary and will review many of the inventions that were introduced during our study of the Early American Presidents.  Classes will also be introduced to the causes and effects of urbanization and use this information to begin a project covering the various reform movements of the time.

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Electives

Technology Applications: Please check our classroom website for all information regarding this course!

Video Technology: Students will research 20 Audio Video Careers and create a presentation on them in Google Slides.

Yearbook: Students will complete the assigned yearbook pages.

Theatre: The Perfect Ending - Spring Show  Our next school production of THE PERFECT ENDING comedy to be performed on March 1-2, 2019 at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center (PAC), Bastrop, Texas. (1401 Cedar Street, Bastrop TX).  Tickets are $5 (Children under  “48 are free).

It is our desire to have as many of our students participate in this production as there are a variety of opportunities for them to be involved.  What is important, however, is that you fully approve and are clearly aware of the time commitment.  Please read then sign the audition packet we sent home.

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