!Week of November 27th - December 1st:

Math: We will begin a new unit containing topics on bivariate and univariate data. Students will explore measures of central tendency, Mean Absolute Deviation, and random samples. At the end of the week, we will have a quiz over these topics. In Algebra I, we will begin the week with a review of direct proportions, inverse proportions, writing linear applications, using technology to calculate a line of best fit and correlation coefficients. We will have the Unit 4 Assessment on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, and the Mrs. Martin Unit Test on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. On Thursday, we will be solving systems of two or more linear equations.

Language Arts:  Students will begin their study of informational text by analyzing text structure using key features and terms.  Students should be working on their persuasive letter (Major Grade) due this week.

 Advanced:  Students will begin their study of informational text by analyzing text structure using key features and terms.  Students should be working on their persuasive letter (Major Grade) due this week.

*Students should continue to study all six chapters of their SAT vocabulary to prepare for the test (Major Grade) given on Friday, December 1st.

Science:

History:

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball travels to Lindale Monday! There will be an A gym and a B gym. Games starting at 4:30 in each gym.   Practice will be Wednesday & Thursday 7:00am-8:15am.   Good luck girls!  

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ...Offseason will be working out staying in shape and getting ready for track season!

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Boys Basketball

Band:

Choir:

Technology: Keyboarding will resume with “typing under the box!” Students will see their progress made through the touch typing and speed typing courses that now have been completed over the past 14 weeks! Students will not be able to see the keyboard as they type paragraph activities.  Technology students will begin to review lessons learned through viewing Learning.com and apply their knowledge to various activities with the keyboard and computer.

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Next meeting: Tuesday, November 28, 2017!

General Notes:

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Week of November 20th - 24th:  Thanksgiving Break!

Week of November 13th - 17th:

Math: Unit 4 test will be Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th. It will cover functions, proportional relations, direct variation, saving for college, and graphing lines. In Algebra I, we will continue writing linear equations by different methods while adding direct proportions, inverse proportions, using technology to calculate lines of best fit and correlation coefficients. Our next major test will be Tuesday, November 29, 2017 over Unit 4.

Language Arts:  Students will continue their study of persuasion with terms and comparing persuasive pieces.

They will also be assigned a Persuasive Letter.

Advanced:  Students will continue their study of persuasion with terms and comparing persuasive pieces.  They will also be assigned a Persuasive Letter.  

*Student should be studying all six chapters of their SAT vocabulary to prepare for a test (major grade) the week after Thanksgiving Break.

Science: The Unit 4/5 Test is Tuesday, Nov. 14th! A study guide was sent home last Friday. After the test we will begin an exciting physics unit where we explore Newton’s Laws.

History: This week we will be starting our new unit over the early republic. Our students will learning about the first five US presidents; George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe; and everything they did during their presidency.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball has a home game Monday vs. Jacksonville! 8th grade playing in the NEW gym starting with B team at 5:00 and A team following.  7th grade playing in the OLD gym starting with B team at 5:00 and A team following.  Practice this week will be Tuesday & Thursday 7:00am-8:15am.   Good luck girls!  

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ...Offseason will be working out staying in shape and getting ready for track season!

BOYS: Basketball season is upon us! Our first Basketball game is Thursday Nov. 16th in Jacksonville at the Middle School. They only have one gym so the first game will start at 5:00. See you there!

Band:  This week, only All-Region kids will stay for sectionals. They should know who they are. I called out the list in class. They will be on the same day as normal. We will do this for the next 2 weeks that we have school in preparation for All-Region competition on Dec. 2nd in Jacksonville. No Wednesday Full Band after school. We will be doing it during intervention this week.

Choir:  This week we will be working hard on our two pieces, “Feliz Navidad” and “Solfege Christmas”. We will also be working hard on sight-reading using “Chaos”. We will be having an after school rehearsal on Tuesday, November 14th from 4:00 to 4:30. Please allow your student the opportunity to rehearse afters chool to polish our music for our Christmas concert. Our Christmas concert will be on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00PM at the High School.

Technology: This week touch typist will begin Lesson 11 in Typing Master Pro. The new keys will be B and Y learning the proper finger placement by adding to keys learned in previous lessons. Speed typist will continue with the Special Marks course and this will complete the entire Typing Master Pro course for these typist. Technology will continue with lessons on software, desktop and network basics.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will continue to practice their archery skills, with a focus on aiming. Students will be given a specific area of the target to aim for. Each of the three arrows should get closer to the target area. As always on the archery range, students are to exhibit safe and courteous behavior on the archery range. Failure to do so may prevent the student from participating.

Teen Leadership: This week students will continue to learn how to build self esteem, and confidence not only in themselves but others. They will review their strengths and things they can improve on.

Student Council:

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12. Please ask your actors for Remind 101 information if you don’t have it yet!!

General Notes:

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Week of November 6th - 10th:

Math: We will be finishing up our unit with Functions in various forms. Students will explore tables, graphs, mappings, and sets of points. Algebra I will solve direct variation equations and write linear equations from tables, verbal descriptions and graphs. Our next major grade will be the Unit 4 Assessment on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Language Arts:  Students will begin their study of persuasion by analyzing speeches and persuasive essays.  Students should be completing their Character body map project(based on library book).

Advanced:  Vocabulary Chapter 6 quiz Friday

Science: This week we will examine the differences between balanced and unbalanced forces. We have a Journal Test on Wednesday. This is an open note test for the students over the entire curriculum to date.

History:

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls:  File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsVolleyball season has concluded!  Thank you for all your support! The girls worked hard and their school, coaches and community are proud of them!

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball has started! Practice this week will be Monday 2:00pm-3:30pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 7:00am-8:15am.  First game will be at HOME vs. McMichael Thursday Nov 9th.  8th grade playing in the NEW gym starting with B team at 5:00 and A team following.  7th grade playing in the OLD gym starting with B team at 5:00 and A team following.  Good luck girls!  

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ...Offseason will be getting ready for track season!

Band: Marching season is over! We will begin learning Christmas Concert music in class this week. Make sure your child is turning in practice reports every Thursday signed by a parent.

Choir: This week we will continue to work hard on sight reading and reading music better. We also will continue learning our carols and “Feliz Navidad”. On Wednesday , November 8th we will have an after school rehearsal from 4:00 to 4:30. Please allow your student to attend as this counts as a major grade. Thank you for letting your student be a part of the choir program!

Technology: Touch typing students will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 10 learning the new keys of Q and P.  Finger placement will be introduced and added to previously learned letters on keyboard.  Speed typist will begin with the Special Marks Course starting with Lesson 1 learning the keys : ; / and ?. For technology and word processing students will be introduced to the use of mobile devices, windows and controls, toolbars, menus and desktop.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will refine their archery skills through routine and repeated practice of the 11 steps for archery. This week, we will learn how to keep score. There are 10 possible points per arrow. Each student shoots 3 arrows for a maximum score of 30 points. We will prepare for an archery tournament, similar to Olympic-style competition. In order to ensure safety, students are to exhibit safe and courteous behavior on the archery range. Failure to do so may prevent the student from participating.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council:

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

General Notes:

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Week of October 30th - Nov. 3rd:

Math: We will continue with our investigation of proportional and nonproportional relationships and include direct variation. Ms. Lundy’s class will start a major grade project on Monday that will be due on Friday November 3rd.

Language Arts: All students will continue to analyze poetry throughout the week.  Tuesday and Wednesday, students will be taking their CBA Reading and Grammar Assessments.

Science: This week we will be focusing on graphing changes in motion as we continue our exploration of speed, velocity, and acceleration. We will have a Curriculum-Based Assessment (CBA) on Wednesday and Thursday. This test will assess student’s mastery of all the material we have taught this year. Please refer students to the unit test reviews they have received throughout the year to study.

History: This week we will continue learning about the US Constitution focussing on the 7 principles reflected in the document.

Electives:

Art:  WE ARE WORKING ON OUR YEARBOOK COVER DESIGNS!!!  PERIOD.  MAJOR GRADE.  (1ST Period WILL HAVE guests from SFASU during the week)

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Athletics:

Girls:  File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsVolleyball plays their LAST game at home this week VS. Jacksonville on Monday the 30th starting at 5:00 with 7B, 7A, 8B, 8A.  Come out and support us!  ALL volleyball issued items will need to be turned in on Tuesday the 31st.  (Clean or dirty)

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball tryouts will be held Wednesday and Thursday of this week (Nov 1&2) from 7am-8am! Must have a current physical on file with the coaches.

Boys: The Dragons will play against Whitehouse at the High School Tuesday the 31st. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 and the Dragons are looking to finish the season on a strong note.

Boys Basketball tryouts will  be held on November 10 (Fri.) from 4-6 and Nov. 11 (Sat.) from 8 am - 10 am. Must have a physical on file and passing.

Band: BBQ tickets due October 31st!!! Senior Night Game on Friday, November 3rd. Game starts at 7:30pm. We will be bussing the 7th/8th graders to the High School from Moses to rehearse with the high school band before the game.  Students are dismissed from the game after half time.

Choir: This week we worked hard on our caroling music! If you hear your students humming or singing Christmas carols already, then you can blame me! Also, we started work on our Christmas concert music. Next week, we will be having National Anthem Auditions starting at 4:00. As soon as your student is finished auditioning I will release them. Thank you for a great week!

Technology:Next week keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 9 learning new keys W and M. We are getting close to competing this touch typing course! WPMs are progressing with speed and accuracy. Word processing will continue with Learning.com learning about mobile devices, printers and scanners.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will perform the 11 steps for archery (NASP - National Archery in Schools Program)  with actual equipment. They will also follow the appropriate actions by whistle commands. Students will spend the week practicing their form and actions on the archery range. Safety is the most important factor, so each student is required to listen and follow instructions. If there are any behavioral concerns, students may be kept from participating.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: If you have t-shirt ideas, please submit them by November 3.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 14 from 4-4:30 in Ms. Rasbeary’s room. Dues ($10) will need to be turned in at this meeting.

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

General Notes:

Champion Zone: Need help with a subject? Need some time to finish or makeup an assignment?  Mike Moses is offering after school tutorials/makeup time Monday-Thursday from 4:00-4:30.  Snack is provided! Transportation is NOT provided.  Please go to the following rooms for each subject:

MATH: Room 414

SCIENCE: Room 318

Reading/Writing: Room 309

Social Studies: Room 215

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Week of October 23rd - 27th: 

Math: We will finish up our linear unit with proportional and non-proportional relationships then take a mid unit exam on Friday October 27, 2017.

Language Arts:  Introduction to poetry and figurative language.

Read and analyze poetry.

Major grade:  Personal narrative

Students should be reading their independent novel at home and working on their character project.

Science: We are starting an exciting new unit on physics this week which will begin with an introduction to speed, velocity, and acceleration. We will have lab on Tuesday the 24th.

History: This week we will be starting our new unit about writing the Constitution. Students will learn how our constitution was created and why it still functions today. For this unit students will learn how our government works.

Electives:

Art:   Continuing in learning to perceive is the basic skill that the students will acquire, not drawing skill.  The really important teaching/learning point is how to see differently.  Our goal is that every student will make significant progress regardless of their initial skill level.  In Chapter 6 of our text, we are doing a study of the hand along with contour line drawings as our beginning stages of realistic drawing.  PLUS, WE ARE WORKING ON OUR YEARBOOK COVER DESIGNS!!!   Again SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS, AND MAP PENCILS... In 1969, perceptual psychologist Rudolf Arnheim, one of the most widely read and respected scientists of the twentieth century, wrote in his book, Visual Thinking:

“The arts are neglected because they are based on perception, and perception is disdained because it is not assumed to involve thought.  In fact, educators and administrators cannot justify giving the arts an important position in the curriculum unless they understand that the arts are the most powerful means of strengthening the perceptual component without which productive thinking is impossible in every field of academic study.

What is most needed is not more aesthetics or more esoteric manuals of art education but a convincing case made for visual thinking in general.  Once we understand in theory, we might try to heal in practice the unwholesome split which cripples the training of reasoning power.”

Athletics:

Girls:  Volleyball plays at home game this week VS. McMichael on Monday the 23rd starting at 5:00 with 7B, 7A, 8B, 8A.  Come out and support us!  Volleyball practice Wednesday & Thursday...7:00am-8:15am.  Offseason still working hard for basketball and track season.

Girls Basketball tryouts will be held November 1st & 2nd!

Boys: The Dragons are back HOME this week going up against Jacksonville on Tuesday the 24th. Kickoff is at 6:00 and we are looking to get a Win to get back at to .500 for the year. There will be no practice Wednesday the 25th, but we will be back in action Thursday after school until 5:30.

Boys Basketball practice will be held November 9th & 10th!

Band: We will be practicing our field marching routine for our performance on Nov. 3rd at the NHS football game. BBQ tickets have been handed out. Please try to sell 10 tickets! The BBQ is the same night as their performance, so you can drop your student off, then go eat some brisket before the game. Money for BBQ tickets is due October 31st. Tickets are $10 each! There will be NO BAND on Wednesday this week!

Choir: This week was a wonderful one! On Tuesday, we had a fantastic concert where the Mike Moses Choir Program got to show of what great behavior it has and what great musicians it is made of. Please let your students know how very proud I am of their hard work and how very proud I am of your allowing your student to be in choir. On Wednesday, we had cupcakes and listened to our performance. For the rest of this week and next we will be gearing up for the Christmas concerts on December 12th and December 19th. Here are some links to the choir concert for you to enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gjBwmM_2Wc & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-9bDvPMxII

Technology:Touch typing students will be introduced to Lesson 8 on Typing Master Pro learning the new keys of V, N and ?. There will be 8 short lessons and WPM will be taken as a grade on Tuesday.  Speed Typist will begin continue with the Numbers Pad Course Lesson 3: Review.  There will be 5 short lessons in this course.  This week we will also be typing/keyboarding “Under the Box!” This activity will encourage the students to type without looking at the keyboard!!  

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will build upon their skills of sportsmanship through competition by learning how to improve personal goals and performance. Students will begin learning the 11 steps for archery. These steps are from NASP - National Archery in Schools Program. To ensure maximum learning and safety, students will be held to high behavioral expectations. If there are any behavioral concerns, students may be kept from participating. Listening and following instructions are required.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 4:00-4:30. Please be sure to arrive on time as we have much to discuss!

General Notes:

Dragon Chat

Our Superintendent Mrs. Dowdy will be on campus Wednesday, October the 25th to meet with parents and answer questions. She will be in the library from 8:00-8:30.

Champion Zone: Need help with a subject? Need some time to finish or makeup an assignment?  Mike Moses is offering after school tutorials/makeup time Monday-Thursday from 4:00-4:30.  Snack is provided! Transportation is NOT provided.  Please go to the following rooms for each subject:

MATH: Room 414

SCIENCE: Room 318

Reading/Writing: Room 309

Social Studies: Room 215

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

Red Ribbon Week: Monday, October 23-Friday, October 27

Monday:  “My Future Is Great Without Drugs” (Dress As What You Want To Be When You Grow Up)

Tuesday: "Team Up Against Drugs!" (Favorite Team Jersey/Sports Theme)

Wednesday: “Live Like Star & Stay Drug Free” (Dress For The Red Carpet)

Thursday: "Friends Don't Let Friends Do Drugs!" (Twin Day)

Friday: “Let’s Show Good Character By Being Drug Free” (Dress As A Book Character)

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Week of October 16th - 20th:

Math: We begin the week by completing our first CBA that was started on Friday. We will then step into our next unit which includes “saving for college” and solving systems of equations using graphs and substitution methods. Algebra I will be learning about slope, graphing linear equations, writing linear equations from points and/or slope and discussing parallel and perpendicular lines. Our next major test will be the CBA (Units 1-3) on Wednesday, 11-1-17.

Language Arts:  This week we will review for a selection test over the two stories we have read in the past couple of weeks.  Students will be tested over these selections on different days depending upon their teacher.   Some classes will have Japanese students visiting on Tuesday and a special lesson will be taught for their benefit and enjoyment.  Students will also be assigned a Personal Narrative paper that will be due Friday, October 20th.  We will begin our study of Poetry on Wednesday.

Advanced: This week we will review for a selection test over the two stories we have read in the past couple of weeks.  Students will be tested over these selections on different days depending upon their teacher.   Some classes will have Japanese students visiting on Tuesday and a special lesson will be taught for their benefit and enjoyment.  Students will also be assigned a Personal Narrative paper that will be due Friday, October 20th.  We will begin our study of Poetry on Wednesday.

Science: We will have a chemical reactions lab on Tuesday and Wednesday; please come dressed for the lab. We will have a test on Thursday.

History: This week we will be finishing our American Revolution Unit. We will have a CBA test over the Colonial Era and the Revolutionary Era on Thursday.

 

Electives:

Art:  Learning to perceive is the basic skill that the students will acquire, not drawing skill.  The really important teaching/learning point is how to see differently.  Our goal is that every student will make significant progress regardless of their initial skill level.  In Chapter 6 of our text, we are doing a study of the hand along with contour line drawings as our beginning stages of realistic drawing.  Again SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS... In 1969, perceptual psychologist Rudolf Arnheim, one of the most widely read and respected scientists of the twentieth century, wrote in his book, Visual Thinking:

“The arts are neglected because they are based on perception, and perception is disdained because it is not assumed to involve thought.  In fact, educators and administrators cannot justify giving the arts an important position in the curriculum unless they understand that the arts are the most powerful means of strengthening the perceptual component without which productive thinking is impossible in every field of academic study.

What is most needed is not more aesthetics or more esoteric manuals of art education but a convincing case made for visual thinking in general.  Once we understand in theory, we might try to heal in practice the unwholesome split which cripples the training of reasoning power.”

Athletics:

Girls:  Volleyball has its  first home game this week VS. Whitehouse.  Thursday starting at 5:00 with 7B, 7A, 8B, 8A.  Come out and support us!  Practice Mon, Tues, Wed...7:00am-8:15am.  Offseason still working hard for basketball and track season.

Girls Basketball tryouts will be held November 1st & 2nd!

Boys: The Dragons will playing away against the Lindale Eagles Tuesday the 17th. Kickoff is set 5:30 at Lindale Eagle Stadium, located on Stadium Dr. There will be no practice Wednesday the 18th but athletes will need to be ready for practice Thursday until 5:30. Go Dragons!

Boys Basketball tryout will be held on Nov. 9-10th after school until 6:00.

Band:We will be preparing this week for our performance on November 3rd. We will be learning how to march in class, so we can join in the drill with the high school band on the Senior Night football game. We will continue working on All- Region music in sectionals. Remember that attendance at sectionals/performances are mandatory and are part of each student’s grade. Sectional Schedule is:

Monday’s -Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion

Tuesday’s-Flute, Clarinet, French Horn

Wednesday- FULL BAND (Everyone)

Choir:  What a wonderful dress rehearsal today for our upcoming concert! I hope you will all join us for our concert next Tuesday, October 17th. We will be singing two selections and the High School and McMichael will be singing as well. Concert attire is the choir polo, jeans, (with no holes), and dark closed toed shoes. Please have your student at the high school auditorium by 6:15. Concert starts at 7PM! See you all there!!

Technology: Keyboarding will begin Lesson 7 in Typing Master Pro. Students will be learning the keys G, H and apostrophe.  There will be 8 short lessons with word, sentence and paragraph drills.  WPM grade will be taken at the end of the course. Word processing and keyboarding will continue with Learning.com.

Outdoor Ed.:

Leaders from our community have been invited to meet our students and participate in a friendly competition of washers and ladderball. Members of our local police and fire departments have agreed to participate, as well as Mayor Brophy and County Judge Perry. This is an opportunity to display good sportsmanship and meet role models in our area.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Next meeting: TBA. Make sure you have joined our Remind notifications!

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

General Notes:

GT:  Robotics will have practice after school each Thursday from 4-5 pm in Room 219.

SPRING BREAK TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY - See Mr. Lucena to sign up.

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Week of October 9th - 13th:

Math: We will be taking CBA 1 on Friday October, 13th. This will cover the first 3 units of material, which includes the real number system, ordering numbers, scientific/standard decimal notation, simple/compound interest, solving equations, and an introduction into slope. We will review many of these topics through warm-ups and a formal review on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Algebra I will be continuing the study of domain and range. We will extend domain and range to include real-world situations and inequalities. The Unit 2 test will be Friday, October 13, 2017. It will count as a major test grade. Preview:  We will be taking our first
CBA over Units 1-3 on Thursday, November 2, 2017. This six weeks will end on Friday, November 3, 2017. Make your plans now!

Language Arts:  This week we will continue our study of literary nonfiction.  We will be reading another selection from our textbook, “Going Where I’m Coming From,” by Naomi Shihab Nye.  Students will be using textual evidence to support their assertions when answering questions.  They will also continue to analyze how authors characterize protagonists.

Advanced:   This week we will continue our study of literary nonfiction.  We will be reading another selection from our textbook, “Going Where I’m Coming From,” by Naomi Shihab Nye.  Students will be using textual evidence to support their assertions when answering questions.  They will also continue to analyze how authors characterize protagonists.

Science: This week we will be applying the knowledge we have gained about chemical equations to examine chemical reactions. We will have lab on Wednesday the 11th.

History: This week we will be continuing our American Revolution unit with the declaration of Independence and the beginning of the war with Lexington and Concord. Finally we will end our week with our first test grade for the second six weeks. Students will be creating an “Instagram” Feed as though they were present during the revolution.

Electives:

Art: Drawing is a teachable, learnable skill that can provide a twofold advantage.  First, by gaining access to the part of your mind that works in a style conducive to creative, intuitive thought, you will learn a fundamental skill of the visual arts:  how to put down on paper what you see in front of your eyes.  Second, you will enhance your ability to think more creatively in other areas of your life.  We are working the skill of perception of edges thus being able to distinguish them from outlines.  Again SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS…

“Perhaps the best way of all ways of learning observation is to draw.  Best not only because you have to look and look again (there are no hiding places for ignorance between pencil and paper) but also because drawing demands a more or less methodical approach:  a general sizing up of the whole subject followed by more and more minute inspection of the details.” Hugh Johnson, Principles of Gardening (Mitchell Beazley Publishers Limited, 1979), p.36.

***ALSO THIS WEEK, WE ARE BEGINNING OUR YEARBOOK COVER DESIGN FOR THE ART 8TH GRADERS ONLY!***

PE: Everyone is mastering their locks and procedures, don’t forget to bring your $5 laundry fee if you haven’t already!

Girl’s Athletics: Volleyball has a BYE this week.  Practice on Wednesday & Thursday 7am-8:15am.  Offseason is still working hard to get ready for Basketball and Track!

Boy’s Athletics: The Dragons will play Tuesday evening at Whitehouse, 108 Wildcat Drive. Kickoff is scheduled at 5:30. Also, there will be no practice Wednesday but athletes need to be ready for practice Thursday until 6:00.

Band: Students will receive their first practice report on Thursday. They need to be signed by a parent and turned in EVERY Thursday!

Choir: This week we are working hard and preparing for our concert on October 17th. This concert will take place at Nacogdoches High School in the Auditorium. Concert dress will be the Choir Polo we have ordered and a nice pair of jeans. Concert starts at 7:00 PM sharp! In looking forward to this date we will be having a dress rehearsal at the school on October 12th from 4:15-5:00. Please allow your student to attend both of these as they are graded activities! Thank you for your continued support!

Technology: This week keyboarding will add the new keys of C and comma. This will be lesson 6 of the 12 keyboarding lessons that are part of Typing Master Pro curriculum.  At the end of the week students will be halfway through the this program.  Technology will continue with word processing activities through Learning.com.  

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will begin the week learning how to play Ultimate Frisbee. Students will play in teams to score points similar to football, except with a frisbee. Thursday and Friday, students will resume washers and ladder ball to prepare for the Mike Moses Community Challenge. Members of our community will compete with our students in washers and ladder ball.

Teen Leadership:

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday and Friday from 4:00-5:30 & Saturday 9-12

General Notes:

Library:  October 9th - 13th is Teen Read Week.  Be sure to come by the library for a new book and some literary fun, games and contests throughout the week!

Champion Zone: Need help with a subject? Need some time to finish or makeup an assignment?  Mike Moses is offering after school tutorials/makeup time Monday-Thursday from 4:00-4:30.  Snack is provided! Transportation is NOT provided.  Please go to the following rooms for each subject:

MATH: Room 414

SCIENCE: Room 318

Reading/Writing: Room 309

Social Studies: Room 215

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Week of October 2nd-6th:  

Math: We will begin our third unit, covering slope in various forms including the use of triangles, tables, graphs, and the slope formula.

Language Arts:  This   week   we   will   begin   our   unit   on   literary   nonfiction.      We   will   be   reading   a   selection   from   our text   book   entitled,   “My   First   Free   Summer,”   by   Julia   Alvarez.

Science: This week students will be expanding upon their knowledge of atoms and the periodic table to interpret chemical formulas and equations.

History: This week we will be starting our new unit over the American Revolution. Students will be learning about the French and Indian War, various taxes imposed by the British, and the acts of civil disobedience the colonists took to protest against the British.

Electives:

Art:   Instead of overemphasizing the skills best accomplished by the left side of the brain (memorizing – dates, data, theorems, and events), we will be “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” this week as we begin to “see” like an artist.  Again SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS...“Perhaps the best way of all ways of learning observation is to draw.  Best not only because you have to look and look again (there are no hiding places for ignorance between pencil and paper) but also because drawing demands a more or less methodical approach:  a general sizing up of the whole subject followed by more and more minute inspection of the details.” Hugh Johnson, Principles of Gardening (Mitchell Beazley Publishers Limited, 1979), p.36.

Girl’s Athletics:  Volleyball teams travel to Lindale on Monday.  No morning practice this week for Volleyball, we will be hard at work during the class period.  The girls will head to the High School Friday to be recognized at the High School Volleyball games after school, they will need to be picked up at the High School at 6:30pm.  Offseason is hard at work during the athletic period! Working hard getting in shape for Basketball and Track seasons!

Boy’s Athletics:

Band: The middle school band will play at the Moses v. McMichael game next Tuesday at the high school stadium. We will meet behind the home side stands at 6:30pm. After halftime, they are done! Please be there about 7:30-7:45 to pick them up! If shirts are finished by then, we will hand them out in class that day. They'll wear their band shirt and blue jeans to the game. If they still aren't done, they’ll just wear school clothes. Please make sure your kids are practicing and turning in practice reports! NO SECTIONALS TUESDAY BECAUSE OF GAME THAT NIGHT!

Choir: Thank you for a wonderful performance of the National Anthem! We have a concert coming up on October 17th. This will take place at Nacogdoches High School as a combined NacISD Choir Program. We have a dress rehearsal scheduled for October 12th after school in the choir room to rehearse for this concert. Thank you for allowing your student to participate in the choir!

Technology: Students will continue to build upon the learning of the keyboard by adding the letters of Shift and Period.  We will begin Lesson 5 from Typing Master Pro with 8 short lessons that will introduce them to the use of two new keys. Speed Typers will also begin with Lesson 5 practicing keys of Q, Z and P.  Word processing for this week will include two lessons from Learning.com.  These lessons will help students learn about program menus, toolbars, software, buttons and controls.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will continue playing washers and ladder ball. We are preparing for our new Mike Moses Middle School Community Challenge - Oct. 16-20. The Outdoor Education classes have sent out a challenge to members of our community (Nacogdoches Police and Fire Department, mayor, sheriff, etc.) to compete against them in a washers and ladder ball tournament. Students will display their skill and sportsmanship, as well as meet our local leaders and public servants.

Teen Leadership:

One Act Play:

AUDITIONS

Thursday and Friday – October 5th and 6th

4:00 – 5:15

Band hall – yep, you read it right!

Bring yourself and be ready to play!!

Ask Mr. Lieberman or Ms. Mitchell for more details

General Notes: Monday Oct. 2nd will be a teacher work day, students will have the day off. Oct. 5th will be Open House. At 5:00 pm we will have a Title 1 meeting. Open House will begin at 5:30 pm.

Spring Break trip to New York City - Parent Meeting October 5th at 6:00 p.m.

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY - Friday, October 6th (Order forms sent home on 9/29)

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Week of September 25th-29th:

Math: We will take our Unit 3 test Thursday, Sep. 28th and Friday Sep. 29th. Algebra I will be reviewing this week for a big Unit 1 test on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Also, Algebra I has a folder/composition book due on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, that counts as a major test grade. Additional opportunity:  Mrs. Martin will be having a Saturday School Algebra Special for additional review, retest, reteach and preparation for the big Unit 1 test. Students are welcome from 8:30-11:30 a.m. but may leave whenever they want. I hope to see you there!

Language Arts:  This week we will continue our study of drama.  Tuesday the students will take a drama quiz for a daily grade.  Wednesday and Thursday, students will be taking a Unit Test over fiction, drama, and grammar for a major grade.  **All make up work and missing assignments must be turned in by Friday, as it is the end of the first six week grading period.

Advanced:  This week we will continue our study of drama.  Tuesday the students will take a drama quiz for a daily grade.  Wednesday and Thursday, students will be taking a Unit Test over fiction, drama, and grammar for a major grade.  There will be a SAT vocabulary quiz over chapter 3 words, on Friday.   **All make up work and missing assignments must be turned in by Friday, as it is the end of the first six week grading period.

Science: We have our first UNIT TEST ON TUESDAY the 26th! We will be sending home a test review on Friday the 22nd. Please encourage your student to study. Champion zone (tutoring) is available after school Monday through Thursday from 4-4:30. There will be a lab on Thursday the 28th; proper lab attire is required. 

History: We will have our first Unit test on Thursday this week. We will continue to learn about the colonial era and test on Thursday. On Friday we will start our next unit with the French and Indian War.

Electives:

Art:  “The English script, also called Copperplate, is a style inspired by the Chancellery Cursive.  The English script became very popular and was used especially in the creation of signs and advertising.  Today, it is used mainly for advertising material and for designs that require a sophisticated, delicate, or feminine look.  Examples, could be wedding invitations or the label of a perfume.” – All About Techniques in Calligraphy.

We are growing our knowledge and skill in the art of calligraphy this week through the study of the Copperplate calligraphy-style.  The word of the week for art is slow-down.  Not procrastinate – putting off something until the very end only then to rush completion.  Slow-down and experience the moment.  Slow-down and grasp the concepts…understand why y=mx+b and stop being robots with no emotional connection/concern towards what we do.  Slow-down and make the appropriate connections.

Art SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS...

PE: We are rolling, don’t forget to bring your $5 laundry fee if you haven’t already!  Mile Monday and Two Lap Tuesday will start this week!  Lets see what you all got!!

Girl’s Athletics: Volleyball teams head to Jacksonville on Monday.  7th grade plays in the Jacksonville Elementary gym,  7th grade B starting at 5:00, then followed by B.  8th grade plays in Jacksonville Middle School gym starting at 5:00 with 8th B, followed by 8th A.  Practice for volleyball will be Wednesday & Thursday 7:00am-8:15.  Friday 8th grade A coming in at 7:30am.  Offseason is hard at work during the athletic period! Working hard getting in shape for Basketball and Track seasons!

Boy’s Athletics: The 8th grade Dragon football team will square off against Longview Foster at 5:30 Tuesday the 26th! The game will be held the High School field. If student athletes have not turned in their Emergency Release form they will not be allowed to travel.

Band: We will be performing in the pep rally on Tuesday. Hopefully band shirts will be ready by then, so we can all perform in them. Students must turn in practice reports every Thursday signed by a parent, and all student must attend their sectional and full band rehearsal every week! They are for a grade!

Choir: We had an excellent after-school rehearsal for the National Anthem last Monday. Thanks for allowing your student to participate! Our next after-school rehearsal is planned for Monday, September 25th 4:15 - 5:00. We will be working on more concert music as well as reviewing the National Anthem. Also, we will be singing the National Anthem at the 8th Grade football game on September 26th. Transportation will be provided TO the stadium but The game will be played at the Nacogdoches High School Stadium. Everyone needs to meet me at the stadium by 5:15. You can pick up your students as soon as we finish the National Anthem. If you want them to stay there for the entire game, it should end at about 6:30. Come support your students and your football program! See you all there!

Technology: Students will be progressing with keyboarding adding the letters T and O with touch typing. Lesson 4 will be introduced on Monday with completion of 8 short lessons by Tuesday. Speed typist will begin Lesson 4 with focus on the ring finger completing 5 short lessons.

Technology for the week will complete two lessons in Learning.com dealing with the basic components of the computer and navigating the ribbon interfaces. Students are now using headphones as they complete their work in Learning.com

Outdoor Ed.:

This week, students will begin competitive games (washers and bolo). Students will try to improve their performance throughout the week. They will alternate between games, as well as change partners. Win or lose, good sportsmanship is required.

Teen Leadership:  This week we’re refining our leadership skills by learning to give directions and follow directions. Students are participating in group activities where they have to delegate duties to complete the group’s objective.

General Notes: Open House will be Oct. 5th. Title 1 update will begin at 5 pm. Open house will begin at 5:30 pm. Pictures will be taken Oct. 6th.

 ***8th grade Spring Break trip to New York City - Info. packets sent home on 9/22 - Parent meeting October 5th at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

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Week of September 18th- 22nd:

Math: Students will learn how to calculate simple and compound interest. Ms. Lundy’s class will have an assignment quiz on Friday, Sep. 22, 2017.

Language Arts: This week we will begin our study of drama and continue to review elements of fiction in preparation for the Unit Test on September 27th.  This test will be a major grade.

Advanced:  This week we will begin our study of drama and continue to review elements of fiction in preparation for the Unit Test on September 27th.  This test will be a major grade.  

*At home, students should be working on completing Part 2 of their first 6 weeks book project, which is due September 22.

Science: This week we will be examining trends in the periodic table and identifying properties of elements. Our young scientists will be participating in a district wide lab on Thursday and Friday that will count as a major lab.  

History: This week we will be learning all about the growth of representative government in our nation. Starting with the Virginia House of Burgesses, the Mayflower Compact, and Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. Students will then use their knowledge to create an illustrated timeline detailing the evolution of government. This project will be another test grade! There will also be a vocabulary quiz on Monday!

Electives:

PE:  Don’t forget to bring your $5 one time laundry fee and PE guideline paper!

Art:

Girls Athletics:  Two different  things going on in girls athletics these days…..Offseason is working hard to get in shape for Basketball and Track season!  

Volleyball is in full swing...we have a game at McMichael this Monday 9/18, 8th grade in one gym 7th grade in the other.  Starting with B teams in both gyms at 5:00, A team to follow! We will have practice 7am-8:15 on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday...and working volleyball during the athletic period!

Don’t forget to bring your $5 one time laundry fee!

Boys Athletics:

Band:Band: All students have started learning their All-Region music. Please encourage your student to play for you at home! Remember that practice reports are due EVERY Thursday and must be signed by a parent. Everyone has something to practice, so make sure their horn is getting out of the case every night, so we can reach our goal at All-Region in December!

Choir: We had an excellent after-school rehearsal for the National Anthem last Tuesday. Thanks for allowing your student to participate! Our next after-school rehearsal is planned for Monday, September 18th 4:15 - 5:00. We will be working on more concert music as well as reviewing the National Anthem. Also, we will be singing the National Anthem at the 8th Grade football game on September 29th. The game will be played at the Nacogdoches High School Stadium. Everyone needs to meet me at the stadium by 5:15. See you all there!

Technology: We’ve had some fun challenges the past several weeks in technology!! Students have learned additional letters to the home row keys and are competing with each other on Typing Master Pro and Typing.com. We will begin lesson 3 learning the new keys of R and U this week. Students typed with coins on their hands in order to learn the proper placement of hand position while typing.  It was and “eye opening” experience and even more so while typing “under the box!” Typing without looking and not “text typing” is difficult for some students due to the use of cell phones. In my class I hope to provide students with techniques to keyboard properly so that the skills they learn will be used as they progress into upper level grades. Technology is ever changing and is the way of the world these days!

We will continue to explore lessons on word processing program Learning.com with lesson topics of the Do’s and Dont’s on the computer and learning the basic components of the computer.

Outdoor Ed.:

In the past three weeks the class has gradually learned to: work together as a team, effectively communicate with peers, and experience a win or loss with sportsmanship and respect. This week, students will be learning the rules of washers and bolo. Students will compete in pairs. The previous themes of teamwork and sportsmanship will continue.

Teen Leadership: Working on team building!  We will be doing group activities to get the students familiar with public speaking.

General Notes:

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Week of September 11th - Sept. 15th

Math: We will begin Unit 3 over equations and inequalities. Ms. Lundy’s class will have a quiz on Friday Sep. 15, 2017. Mr. Waldon’s class will have a quiz on Wednesday Sep. 13, 2017. Algebra I will be solving equations and proportions. We will have our first major test grade on Thursday, September 14, 2017, over solving equations, proportions, properties of equality and groups of real numbers.

Language Arts: Students will continue their study of fiction by analyzing the short story, “The Story of an Hour.”  The final draft of their imaginative story is due Wednesday as a major grade.  Students will be taking a fiction assessment on Friday.

Advanced: Students will continue their study of fiction by analyzing the short story, “The Story of an Hour.”  The final draft of their imaginative story is due Wednesday.  Students will also be taking a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.  Students will be taking a fiction assessment on Friday.  

 *At home, students are reading the novel for their first 6 weeks book project.  The first part is due this Friday, September 15, and the second part is due on September 22.  These will constitute a major grade for the first six weeks.

Science: This week we will be combining everything we have learned about atoms to explore the Periodic Table. Please ensure the “Technology Resources Acceptable Use Agreement” is signed and returned to so that your student can participate in our new online science resource STEMscopes.

History: This week we will be learning about the 13 original colonies, including when each was founded, the founder, and the geography of each colony. Students will then create a giant map of the 13 colonies and show their knowledge and understanding of the political, economic, and social aspects of each of the three regions of the 13 colonies. This project will be the first test grade for the year.

Electives:

Art:  We are moving into practicing our calligraphy study now with the pens!  We will be going over the proper techniques, strengthening our foundation from which we laid down the previous week.  SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS... “Craftsmanship is the quality that comes from creating with passion, care, and attention to detail. It is a quality that is honed, refined, and practiced over the course of a career. It is the quality that defines the difference between a Timex and a Rolex.

Girl’s Athletics:  Two different  things going on in girls athletics these days…..Offseason is working hard to get in shape for Basketball and Track season!  Volleyball is in full swing...we have a game in Whitehouse this Monday 9/11, practice 7am-8:15 on Wednesday & Thursday...and working volleyball during the athletic period!

Don’t forget to bring your $5 one time laundry fee!

Boy’s Athletics: Football season is here! Boys 8th grade football team has their first game Tuesday the 19th against Hallsville at home at Nacogdoches High School. Student athletes are responsible for bringing emergency release form so they can travel. Go Dragons!

PE:  Don’t forget to bring your $5 one time laundry fee and PE guideline paper!

Band: Students are responsible for learning their pop tunes, and we will continue working on All Region music. Practice reports have been given out. They are due EVERY Thursday, and they must be signed by a parent. They are a large part of each student’s grade. Please encourage your child to practice! Remember sectionals and full band rehearsals are required, and students must be picked up no later than 30 minutes after a rehearsal.

*THERE WILL BE NO FULL BAND WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK DUE TO CONFLICT WITH 6th GRADE HORN DRIVE!!!*

 

Choir:

Technology: This week students will continue the use of  Typing Master Pro, a software program used for keyboarding.  The students will be in introduced to Lesson 2 learning the keys E and I and returners will do the speed typing course. Speed and accuracy will be stressed in keyboarding along with proper hand placement and learning to type without looking at the keyboard.

We will continue to learn the use of the toolbar and its many components.

Learning.com will be introduced to technology students this week beginning with the lessons on internet safety and cyberbullying.

We are working on becoming CHAMPION KEYBOARDERS!!!

Outdoor Ed.: This week, students will continue to practice and use a study strategy called Memory Hooks. They have each been given a sheet that reminds them of each memory hook and the hand motions. We will apply this strategy to grade appropriate content this week.
We will also continue to participate in activities that teach students how to function as part of a team. Students will: identify problems, discuss solutions, communicate effectively, and accomplish goals. Students are reminded – “If you fail, learn from your mistakes and try again.”

Teen Leadership:

General Notes:

CHAMPION ZONE BEGINS!! Need help with a subject? Need some time to finish or makeup an assignment?  Mike Moses is offering after school tutorials/makeup time Monday-Thursday from 4:00-4:30.  Transportation is NOT provided.  Please go to the following rooms for each subject:

MATH: Room 414

SCIENCE: Room 318

Reading/Writing: Room 309

Social Studies: Room 215

Gifted & Talented Students: If you are interested in international politics and solving real world problems, come to the Model United Nations introductory meeting on Tuesday, September 12th in the Mike Moses Library from 4:00-4:30.  If you have any questions, please see Mr. May in room 307 or Mrs. Twigg in room 213.

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Week of September 4- Sept. 8

Math: Students will take Unit 1 test Friday September 8, 2017. The topics covered in this unit include the real number system, scientific notation, standard decimal notation, and ordering real numbers.  Algebra I will be reviewing order of operations, combining like terms and solving one and two-step equations. We will have a quiz on Wednesday (9-6-17) over order of operations and combining like terms. Also, the students have a math property to advertise by making a poster that is due Friday, September 8, 2017.

Language Arts:  Students are continuing their study of fiction by reading and analyzing the selection “Raymond’s Run.”  Students are also writing an imaginative story that is due on Friday.

*At home, students need to be reading their library books for 20 minutes per day.

Advanced:  Students are continuing their study of fiction by reading and analyzing the selection “Raymond’s Run.”  Students are also writing an imaginative story that is due on Friday.

*At home, students are reading the novel for their first 6 weeks book project.  The first part is due on September 15, and the second part is due on September 22.  These will constitute their first major grade.

Science: This week, our young scientists will continue developing their knowledge of atoms. Please ensure the “Technology Resources Acceptable Use Agreement” is signed and returned to so that your student can participate in our new online science resource STEMscopes.

History: This week we will be learning about the reasons for European exploration and the early settlements of Jamestown and the Pilgrims.

Electives:

Art:

Boy’s Athletics:

Girl’s Athletics

Band:  Bring $10 for a band shirt if you don’t still have one! Students will be given their All-Region music to start practicing for All-Region Competition on December 2nd. Sectionals start this week! No sectionals on Monday because of Labor Day. Sectionals are:

Mondays- Trumpet/Trombone/Baritone/Tuba/Saxophone/Percussion 4-5pm

Tuesdays- Flute/Clarinet/French Horn 4-5pm

Wednesdays- Full Band 4-5:30pm

Choir:

Technology:

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will participate in team-building activities that focus on: (1) cooperation and respect, (2) problem-solving, (3) effective communication, and (4) experiencing failure/success as a team. Students will learn how to set goals, maintain motivation, and play their role within a group setting.

Teen Leadership:

General Notes:

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Week of August 28 - Sept. 2

Math:  This week in 8th Grade Algebra I, we will address classroom policies and CHAMPS behavior expectations. We will study groups of real numbers and properties of equality. Our first quiz over this material will be Friday, September 1, 2017.

Language Arts:

Science: This week we will be reviewing science safety, setting up our interactive notebooks, and begin to explore atomic structure. You must have your science safety contract (will be handed out Wednesday) returned before you are allowed to participate in science labs. It is a district safety policy. School supplies that you will need for science this year: 2 composition notebooks and 1 roll of paper towels (science tends to get messy). We can’t wait to see you Monday!!!

History:

Electives:

PE:  Look for a PE guideline sheet to come home!  Don’t bring anything to put in your lockers until we issue them!  You can bring your $5 laundry fee anytime!

Art:

Band: Welcome back, band! On the first day, students will receive a Band Handbook that will include a calendar, Band Contract, and a medical release form. The band contract and medical release form will need to be filled out, signed and returned by Friday, September 1. Students should be practicing “Smoke on the Water” and “Land of 1000 Dances.” There will not be any after school sectionals or full band rehearsals the first week of school. Their after school sectional schedule will be on the band calendar. We will start sectionals/full band rehearsals on the second week of school!

Choir:

Athletics:

Girls - Bring your $5 laundry fee anytime! Volleyball Tryouts are 2nd day of school, Aug 29th from 4-6:55pm, you have to have your physical to tryout!  Teams will be posted at the end of the tryouts.  Girls who make the team will have practice Wednesday 7-8:15am and 4-5pm.  Parent meeting in new gym at 5:30pm Wednesday.  First game Thursday!!  

Boys - Football practice begins August 29!! The athletes were sent home with a schedule for the next 3 weeks. Practice ends at 6:00. Go Dragons!

Technology:

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

General Notes:

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