Welcome to Grade 8

Meet the Teacher


Principal:                Ms. L. Krosney

Vice-Principals:        Mr. D Difabrizio

Ms. V. Big George


Sargent Park School Grade 8 Team

Grade 8 Team

Mr. Harbeck                  Math/Technology        charbeck@wsd1.org     Co-Team Leader                                               

Ms. Manilla              ELA/Social Studies     dmanila@wsd1.org   Co-Team Leader                

Ms. Persaud                   ELA/SS                             npersaud@wsd1.org               

Mr. Tat                          Math 814                      htat@wsd1.org

Mr. Potter                     Science/Innovation     dpotter@wsd1.org

Ms. Young                /Art/                        miyoung@wsd1.org

Mr. Costello                Resource support        ssantos@wsd1.org 

Ms.C. Almeida          Guidance                calmeida@wsd1.org

Transition Year

Grade eight is known as a transition year because students will be required to move towards becoming independent learners. They are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour. In grade 8, we will help them make a connection to their community and the world around them. An important aspect of this year is to develop critical thinking skills that will help them to prepare for the demands of High School in Grade 9.

Student Agenda

Students are expected to record due dates for all assignments, tests, and important information in the student agenda. To help your child to succeed, check it regularly for due dates. Students experiencing difficulties may have their organizers signed by teachers and parents to keep track of their progress more closely. Behavior contracts and homework books are also utilized by staff to help those individuals that are experiencing difficulties.

Letters Home

When students experience difficulties, teachers will contact parents by letter, email, or phone call. Parents that receive letters, please read over carefully, sign it, and have the student return it the next school day. Open communication between the school and home is very important. Students need to know that we are working together!

Reporting Periods

Term 1                        November 13th – Report cards go home

                        November 15th (evening) - Tri-Conferences (Student/Teacher/Parent)

                        November 16th – Tri-Conference Day (Student/Teacher/Parent)

Term 2                        March 12th – Report cards go home

                        March 15th (evening) – Student Led Conferences with Portfolios

                        March 16th – Student Led Conferences with Portfolios

Term 3                        June 27 – Report cards go home



Students that are up-to-date in their school work and demonstrate responsible and appropriate behavior, earn the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities. Activities include MTYP, Manitoba Museum, dances, special events, extracurricular school activities etc.

Extra-Curricular School Activities Encourage your son/daughter to become involved in a school activity i.e. musical production, inter-school athletics, intramurals, yearbook, various clubs, etc. It will help your child make a connection to the school and it will make grade eight a fun year!

Grade 8 Leadership and Living Me to We Grade eight students will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a variety of ways. One of our yearlong goals is to help our students make a difference in their school, in their community, locally and globally. Developing student citizenship is an important part of being a grade eight student at Sargent Park School.

Some students will be active leaders in our school. They will be a member of the Me to We group and will facilitate and plan special events to help create awareness. Students must have regular attendance in the Me to We meetings and activities. They must exhibit responsible and respectful behaviour to remain a part of this team.

Student Accident Insurance We encourage you to purchase Student Accident Insurance. It tops up family insurance plans and covers you if you should need emergency treatment. Please consider purchasing this product.

Full Course information can be found at


Grade 6-9 Guidance Counsellor

Ms. Almeida

Room 125


The role of the Guidance Counsellor at Sargent Park, is to enhance student learning by helping students with their social/emotional needs. Students receive support from the counsellor on either an individual or group basis. The counsellor also offers classroom guidance programs, and helps to support school wide mental health based initiatives.

If a student needs to see the Guidance Counsellor to help work out social/emotional concerns, they can come to room 125 either before or after school, or at lunch. Appointments can also be made during the school day, with permission from the classroom teacher. Parents can also refer their child for counselling, by calling the school, e-mailing Ms. Almeida directly at the e-mail address above, or by dropping by room 125 to set up an appointment to discuss the issues. Administrators and teachers may also ask the counsellor to meet with a specific child who they feel might benefit from the experience.  Individual and/or group counselling is provided for any student who requires support and guidance. The counsellor also provides referrals to school and community agencies when home and school agree that it is necessary.  

The counselling office is always open for students. It is a friendly and safe space to talk, or take a break when needed.




Course Overviews

Grade 8 Mathematics Overview

Mr. C. Harbeck (8-121, 8-16, 8-73),

Mr. H. Tat (8-14,)

Math Journal shows the teacher how the student can express their understanding of Math through their written language. In their Math Journal the students will explain to the teacher and their parents what they have learned in school for selected lessons. As parents you will be asked to spend up to 10 minutes talking to your child about what they have learned in class. The student will be able to explain the topic covered in a way that makes you wish you were back in Grade 8!!

Mental Math All students need to expand on the skills they already have in computing in Mathematics. The Mental Math component of the subject will give the students extra mind-tools to solve questions without the use of a calculator. The students will gain a better conceptual understanding of the subject as they learn these new skills. Mental math is also part of the final exam.

Assessment is ongoing and done on a regular basis. The assessment will take place in the form of tests and quizzes, verbal interviews and projects. These tests and quizzes will be formatted to look similar to the types of questions found on their final exam. Completion of assignments and homework will improve a student’s results on these assessments.

21st Century Learning Students use many different types of technology in their personal lives and will use technology to make math more relevant to them. Students will create blogs (personal learning logs), wiki's, do podcasts and make movies all about math. These activities and assignments will be a large part of their learning experience in Grade 8.

Final Exam- The final exam will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd this year. The students will be taking a division wide math exam based on the Manitoba Math Curriculum. The exam covers Mental Math, Restricted Response (Multiple Choice) and Problem Solving.

Communication with the teacher - All teachers in the Winnipeg School Division have an active email account. It is the quickest and most efficient way of communicating with us. If you have any questions about your child’s progress please email charbeck@wsd1.org or htat@wsd1.org or call the school and leave a message. We are available between 8:15 and 3:45 Monday to Friday.

Grade 8 –English Language Arts Course Overview

Ms.Manilla ( 8-14, 8-73) Ms. Persaud  (8-16, 8-121)

“We believe we are a community of learners and therefore we learn with and from each other.”

The ELA program consists of the following Essential Learning Categories:

Reading Program Components

Goals of the Independent Reading Program are:

  1. To increase reading volume, capacity, and complexity of texts over time
  2. To create a balance of independent reading, text study, and novel study
  3. To help students deepen their thinking through writing about reading
  4. To build a classroom culture focused on the love of reading

“Books matter, stories heal, and the right book in the hands of a child can change a life forever.” ~ Penny Kittle

Writing Program Components

Writing skills will be developed following the Writing Process (pre-writing, drafting, revision, editing, proofreading, publishing) and the Six Traits of Writing (Ideas & Content, Organization, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, Voice, Word Choice).

Students explore attitude towards writing and expand skills by writing in many forms including:

Emphasis is placed on learning the mechanics and conventions of writing including spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.

AFL - Assessment for Learning

Term grades will be determined from assessment of completed work. Students will be using a portfolio in Language Arts. A portfolio is a record of student work throughout the year. It shows progress related to specific goals each has set following guidelines from the teacher.

Assessment builds student awareness and confidence in learning. Throughout the year, students will participate in ‘Assessment for Learning’ strategies, some of which include:


Grade 8 students will write a Divisional Common ELA Exam on June 9th and 10th.  

Grade 8 Social Studies Course Overview

MsManilla  (8-14, 8-73) Ms. Persaud  (8-16, 8-121),

Social Studies: World History – Societies of the Past

The World History course is designed to help students explore the ways that people lived within certain societies of the past, and to realize that life today is closely related to developments which have occurred through the ages. The intent is not to examine 3000 years of history but to encourage students to compare a wide variety of ways of life of the past and the present.

There are five clusters of study:

Cluster 1: Understanding Societies Past and Present

Cluster 2: Early Societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, or the Indus Valley

Cluster 3: Ancient Societies of Greece and Rome

Cluster 4: Transition to the Modern World (circa 500 – 1400)

Cluster 5: Shaping the Modern World (circa 1400 – 1850)

Course Skills and Learning Outcomes:

The course will focus on the following Essential Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding: eg. Organize and record information in a variety of formats (charts, outlines, maps), daily assignments, tests and quizzes

Research and Communication: eg. Plan topics, goals, and methods for historical inquiry and research

Critical Thinking and Citizenship: eg. Listen to others to understand their perspective, collaborate with others to establish and carry out group goals and responsibilities

Assessment for Learning

Students will be assessed on a variety of work through current Assessment for Learning guidelines. Students will follow the Task/Intent/Criteria model. The model clarifies learning intentions, task and criteria for success with students.

Throughout the year students will participate in a variety of assessment formats which will include: homework, group participation, portfolio entries, quizzes/tests, and research projects.

Grade 8 Science

Mr. D. Potter (8-14, 8-16, 8-121, 8-73)

Unit 1:        Cells, Tissues, Organs, and Systems

Unit 2:        Fluids

Unit 3:        Light and Optics

Unit 4:        Water Systems on Earth



Knowledge and Understanding

Scientific Inquiry Process

Design Process/ Problem Solving


Science experiments

Graphic organizers

Small projects

Computers based assignments                    50%

Tests                                             50%              

Grade 8 Physical Education Overview

Ms Tetrault

The physical education program provides all students with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of individual and team activities. Students are encouraged to learn and develop new skills, work co-operatively with others, and strive for the highest level of personal fitness. These experiences will enhance and encourage students to live an active and healthy lifestyle.



Fitness Management                         

Healthy Lifestyles                         


Resource Program Overview

Mr. Costello

At Sargent Park School, the resource program is designed to help the student who is experiencing difficulties in the classroom.  The problems may be academic, behavioral or social which can prevent the student from achieving success.  In conjunction with administration, guidance, parents, student and classroom teacher, Resource will address the students’ needs.

We believe that children learn best in their own classrooms from their own teachers.  Our goal is to help that happen.  Sometimes things interfere with a child’s learning.  It is our job to identify the source of the problem and to take the necessary steps to ensure the child’s success.

Our teachers work co-operatively with the resource teacher to develop the best plan to help the student having trouble.  We may try a different teaching strategy, help the student work more effectively in groups and individually or it may be necessary to adapt programs to fit the needs and abilities of the student.  It may be necessary to work with a student by pulling them out of class for short periods of time or by providing support directly in the classroom.  In addition, we are able to call on specialists within the division for consultation.  

Most importantly, we believe that the school and parents share responsibility for a child’s success at school.  We need the support and commitment of parents to help when their children are experiencing difficulties at school.  When a problem arises at school, we contact the home to explain difficulties and enlist the help of parents.  Parents and students are invited and encouraged to contact us if they are experiencing any difficulties and would like extra support.  Our goal is to provide the most suitable classroom environment as well as access to all possible services in order to help our students achieve his or her potential.

Should you have any concerns about the progress of your child, please feel free to call the Junior High Resource Teacher, Mr Costello, at 204-775-8985.


The Grade 8 Visual Art Program

Technology Overview:  Digital Storytelling/Programming
Mr. C. Harbeck, Mrs Florendo 
The primary focus of this course is to make students producers of product not consumers of product.  Everything taught in the lab is based on students creating product and understanding what they have done. 

Students, through a variety of tools, will tell stories and publish them online.  Each storytelling tool is transferable to other class assignments in ELA, Math, etc. The goal of this course is to have a portfolio of stories, curricular and personal, all shown with different computer tools.

Students will use Google Drive, PowerPoint and many other Web 2.0 tools like Tapestry, Voicethread and Prezi.

Students have technology twice a cycle.

Performing Arts Overview

Ms. M. Allard

Teacher: Miss M. Allard

Grade 8 Performing Arts

“Do it big, do it right and do it with style.”― Fred Astaire

This class builds on Grade 7 Performing Arts, and continues to familiarize students with the three performing arts that make up a ‘triple threat’ performer: drama, music, and dance. This is a collaborative and participatory course, regular attendance is critical, as is the willingness to work and problem solve collaboratively. Students must be open to taking creative risks, respect all other classmates’ work, bring a good attitude to class, and have fun!

Students are expected to wear comfortable clothing for mobility. Furthermore, clothing should never cause the wearer, or others, embarrassment or distraction. Students must ensure they arrive on time for class and always bring a pen, pencil and notebook/binder with paper.

Goals of this class:

Acquire skills in movement and choreography

Develop a strong, creative voice through drama skits and improvisation

Work on a projected, and confident singing voice

Explore and research Musical Theatre shows, and stage terminology

Unit#1 Group collaboration: Exploration of triple threat basics

Unit #2 Choreography basics

Unit #3 Musical theatre show exploration “Annie”

Unit #4 Broadway shows

Mark Breakdown:

Students’ grades will be largely dependent on attitude and willingness to participate. There will also be several projects, and in-class performances that will make up the balance of the final grade.

Daily Work 60%

Projects and Performances 40%

Contact Miss Allard: miallard@wsd1.org


Teacher: Miss M. Allard

Course Name: Grade 8 Dance

“Dance, as though no one is watching you” -Souza

Dance is a collaborative and participatory course; therefore, regular attendance is critical, as is the willingness to work and create collaboratively. Consistent involvement, plus creative and personal risk taking, is essential to succeed in this class.

Student Requirements:

Students are expected to wear comfortable clothing for mobility ie. Non-marking sneakers, loose-fitting shorts (to just above the knee) or sweat pants, and a t-shirt. Furthermore, clothing should never cause the wearer, or others, embarrassment or distraction. Students must ensure they arrive on time for class and always bring a pencil and binder with paper. It is expected that all students will exhibit appropriate and respectful behavior towards their classmates in all activities and during group work.

Course Description:

This course provides opportunities for students to make, create, reflect and respond to dance – specifically hip hop, contemporary, and jazz styles of movement. Students will work independently, and as a community of dance-learners to create and make meaning.  

Unit #1 Thinking about movement and dance/Basic concepts & terminology

Unit #2 Group dance and across the floor exercises

Unit #3 Short combinations/ specific terminology

Unit #4 Dance history

Unit #5 Project: group combinations; perform and teach

Unit #6 Observing master dancers/performances and reflecting on style etc.

Unit #7 Collective dance

Unit #8 Group choreography

Mark Breakdown:

Students’ grades will be largely dependent on attitude and willingness to participate in each class. There will be several projects, and in-class performances that will make up the balance of the final grade.

Daily Work (group dance, across the floor, stretching etc…) 60%

Projects and Performances 40%

Contact Miss Allard: miallard@wsd1.org

Junior High Choir Overview

Ms. M. Allard

Course Outline
This course is designed for students who love to sing! Music is a unique art form that offers experience in and opportunities for self-expression. The choir program will strive to provide musical opportunities through singing, studying, listening and creating music. It is the intent of this program to foster the musical independence of its students through these activities.

Rehearsal Expectations
· Arrive on time and quickly eat your lunch!
· Always come prepared with your music and pencil.
· Attend
all practices and performances. The Sargent Park Junior High Choir is a team. Be respectful to your choir members (or teammates) by being present and trying your best.
· Practice regularly, faithfully and intelligently. Please remember your responsibilities to the ensemble, to yourself and to your friends.
· Participate in any extra scheduled sectionals

Behavioural Expectations
I expect respectful behaviour from all Choir members. We will respect each other, our music, our equipment and our rehearsal space. All school rules apply during rehearsal. Every member is expected to contribute not complicate. When your behaviour or actions complicate rehearsal it prevents your fellow choir members from being able to learn and contribute. If your behaviour or actions continue over multiple rehearsals it may result in asking you to leave the group. Please be respectful and we can all have a great time and a successful year!

Please do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
You can e-mail Ms. Almeida at calmeida@wsd1.org or come see her.


Band Overview

Ms. K. Martens

In Grade 8 Band you will increase your knowledge of musical styles and instrumental techniques.  We will be learning new key signatures and more challenging repertoire.  This year a strong emphasis will placed on learning to tune each instrument and developing the skills needed to identify and produce a good tone that is steady and in tune.

You will be expected to arrive ready for class each day with your instrument, your music folder and a pencil.  Cooperation and participation in class and in concerts is expected.

Your term marks will be based on performance tests, practice journals, and in-class playing.

Grade 8 Music 

Ms. K. Martens

Goals of the class: 


Course Outline
In this course, students will continue developing their skills on the guitar. Learning will include guitar maintenance, tuning, playing technique and music literacy. This course will also study music theory and history.


Daily Work: To receive full marks you are required to:

Tests can be written or performed on guitar. To receive full marks you are required to:

Project based assignments: To receive full marks you are required to:

Participation and Effort: To earn full marks, you must:

* Please do not hesitate to ask for help. Ms. Martens can meet with you to discuss any problems you may be having or you may e-mail her at kmartens@wsd1.org