8th Grade Newsletter

MARCH 2019

Dear Class of 2019 Families,

It’s March and we’re looking forward to warmer weather as we head into the home stretch of the 3rd Marking Period!  In this month’s newsletter, you will find the following sections: 1) Classroom News:, 3) Coming Up This Month:, 4) Paperwork & Permission Slips:and 5) From the School Counselors

Classroom News:


Ms. Julien-Ndjiki



Current Unit of Study: March is Essay Writing Month that commenced in February.

Upcoming Assessments: An essay was due on Friday, March 1 and another essay will be due the week of March 11. Note the ELA state test is scheduled for April 1 and April 2.

How to Support Your Scholar: Talk to your scholar about the thesis statement that she or he developed for their independent reading book essay. Please encourage your scholar to read.

Office Hours: Mondays from 1:15 - 2:00 in room 415 or by appointment


Ms. McGrade/Ms. Chao



Current Unit of Study: Quadratic Equations

Upcoming Assessments: There will be a unit exam the last week of March which will cover the whole unit of quadratics (which we have been doing since after February break).

How to Support Your Scholar: Please encourage scholars to complete all homework assignments which are posted on PupilPath as well as ask for help during class or office hours. Also scholars can get the Barron’s review book to begin practicing problems for the Regents exam in June. The book can be ordered on Amazon using this link:


Office Hours: Thursday during lunch in room 409 or by appointment


Mr. Shetia/Ms. Chao




Current Unit of Study:   Evolution: we are starting the evolution unit this week, where scholars are learning about different theories that explain the possible causes for evolution (the changes overtime).

Science Fair Grade wide presentation on March 18th (9am to 11 am)

Family Night Science Fair on March 21st from 5 pm to 7 pm

Upcoming Assessments:  There will be a major test during the 3rd week of March that will cover genetics and part of evolution unit.

How to Support Your Scholar: Please review the worksheets and homework with your scholars. There are a soft copy of the PowerPoints and worksheets files attached on Pupilpath under each assignment for your reference. Also it is time for scholar to practice Regents questions using the red Barron’s review book or through this link in order to prepare for the Regents exam June 18th (http://www.nysedregents.org/livingenvironment/)

Office Hours: Every Wednesday during lunchtime in room 407

Social Studies

Ms. Fletcher



Current Unit of Study: Students are wrapping up their study of the Great Depression and will start our World War II unit next week. We will begin our unit by reading Art Spiegelman’s family memoir of the Holocaust Maus.

Upcoming Assessments: Test on the Great Depression on Monday March 11. 

How to Support Your Scholar:  Discuss current events with your scholars and their connections to the past.  

Office Hours:   Wednesday at lunch in room 405


Ms. Feder



Office Hours: Fridays during lunch

ICT Teacher Math/


Ms. Chao



I co-teach Math and  Science.

If your scholar needs support in classwork, homework or organization, they can drop in during my office hours or make an appointment to see me any other day of the week.  

Office Hours:  Extra Help Mondays during lunch and by appointment in Room 409

ICT Teacher


Ms. Taffe



8th Grade General Pupil Path Update:

Please make sure you and your scholars are checking your scholar’s Pupil Path accounts regularly!  There is so much crucial information including Anecdotals, which provide notes from your scholar’s teachers about their performance and behavior at school.  Can’t log on or don’t know how?  Email Ms. Herrera at jherrera@motthall2.org. 

Coming Up This Month:

  • Please send back the 8th grade Dues Payment letter with your scholar and the first payment on Weds., March 6, 2019.

Paperwork & Permission Slips:

  • The 8th Grade Dues letter was backpacked home last week!  The Dues Letter must be signed and returned along with the first Dues payment on Weds., March 6th!
  • Click here for the English version
  • Aprete aqui para el formulario en espanol

From the School Counselors

Community Service:

If there are any parents/guardians/families, who would like to support our endeavors, please feel free to contact Ms. Robbins - jrobbins@motthall2.org

High School:

Any questions, please email at bgorman@motthall2.org  or see Mrs. Gorman in room 420A

8th Grade Action Shots:

Stay tuned for action shots of your scholars, they’re coming soon!

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