Week of May 29th - June 1st:

Math: Ms. Lundy’s class will test over new material on 5/31/18.

Language Arts:

Students will begin a Media Literacy Unit.  The students will be using Chromebooks to work through this unit and all assignments will be in Google Classroom.

Science:

History:

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Band:

Choir:

Technology: Eighth grade students will complete their final course work in Typing Master Pro for learning the number row.  Keyboarding will continue with 3 minute typing test in order to keep students familiar with their keyboarding skills. Students will continue to research and learn about the many uses of a spreadsheet and prepare a spreadsheet through the use of Google Sheets.

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

If weather permits, students will be outdoors participating in various games. 

Student Council: Get your permission slips signed for the End of Year Celebration and turned into Mrs. May!

General Notes:

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Week of May 21st - 25th:

Math: 8th grade math will continue preparing our students for next year by reviewing fundamentals needed to be successful in algebra I.

Language Arts: On Monday, students will write an Expository Writing Prompt.  On Tuesday-Thursday, students will read the novel Yummyby Greg Neri.  On Friday, students will take their novel test (major grade).

Science: This week students will finish their environmental impact study as well as starting an independent research project on a current scientific field or discovery.

History:

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls: SIGN UP FOR SUMMER VOLLEYBALL CAMP, $$ is due Friday the 25th!  Get papers from Coach Benton, spots limited to girls who played volleyball only!

ALSO get your laundry fees turned in!

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport next year you will need a physical…...and UIL paperwork needs to be filled out online.  Get info from your coaches!

Band: Monday we will have an after school rehearsal until 5:30 to prepare for the Spring Concert.

7th/8th Grade Band Spring Concert is Tuesday, May 22nd at Turner Auditorium at SFASU. Students need to be seated on stage in dress clothes with horn (no cases) at 6:30pm!

Choir:

Technology: What an exciting week we have ahead of us! Keyboarding will complete the entire course of Typing Master Pro!! This week we will complete the number row. Students have now been taught the entire keyboard and number pad! Technology will begin working on how to do a spreadsheet.

Outdoor Ed.:

 If weather permits, students will be outdoors participating in various games. 

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Meeting on Tuesday from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of May 7th - 11th:

Math: 8th grade math will continue with its review in preparation for the second round of STAAR testing. The students who passed the first round will continue with their exploration of the first unit in Algebra I.

Language Arts:

Science: This week is the final push for STAAR SUCCESS! We are excited for our 8th graders to show how much scientific knowledge they have gained here at Mike Moses. Students have access to the quizlet for each unit’s vocabulary at home. Please encourage them to utilize this resource when studying for the test.

History:

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Band: Spring Concert for Beginners is on May 22 in Turner Auditorium at SFA. Students need to be seated in their warmup room at 6:30 ready to play. Concert will start at 7:00pm. Students need to be in concert attire. No blue jeans, tennis shoes, or tshirts.

Choir: We are hard at work on our pop show concert music. We are singing pieces from Moana, Glee, and Aretha Franklin’s Respect. We are looking forward to our Pop concert on May 22nd at 6:30PM in our Mike Moses Cafeteria! We hope to see you all there!

Technology: Keyboarding will complete the last lesson for the Number Pad/10 Key Pad. There are 5 lessons in this review.  Speed typist will continue learning the number row on the keyboard completing lesson 2 with 6 short lessons. Technology will continue with Internet Safety Awareness.

Outdoor Ed.:

 Each class period will have an Olympic-style archery tournament. Each archer will shoot 3 arrows per round, for 5 rounds. The maximum score for each arrow is 10 points (bullseye). The maximum score for each round is 30 points. The maximum score for a student is 150 points. Each class period will compete on a tournament bracket (similar to NCAA tournament). The winner of each pairing moves on. Students will be graded on participation, safety and sportsmanship. Students WILL NOT be graded on skill. 

Teen Leadership:

Student Council:

General Notes:

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Week of April 30th - May 4th:

Math:

Language Arts:

Students will be reading books in reading circles and completing assignments from a 9-Square Chart.  Students are expected to read each night and/or work on assignments from the 9-Square Chart.  They must have their book and assignments completed by Thursday, May 10th.  They will have an assessment on their book on May 11th, for a major grade.

Blitz Tutorials:  Students will be working on specific skills in order to prepare them for the second round of STAAR testing the week of May 14th.

Science: This week we will be continuing our STAAR review by refreshing the students’ memory of the following topics: Newton’s Laws, potential & kinetic energy, energy transformations, plate tectonics, topographic maps, watershed, and weather patterns. Please encourages students who need extra support to attend Champion Zone between 4 and 4:30 Monday through Thursday.

History: This week we will be reviewing the Colonial era, Constitutional Principles, and Early Republic, in order to prepare for the STAAR Test on May 17th.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Band:

Choir:

Technology:This week students will continue with the numeric keypad learning the special keys.  There will be 8 short lessons with sequence drills. Technology will continue with BE INTERNET AWESOME learning the skills to be internet safe!

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 May 8th! Be on the lookout for Remind alerts about the Year End Celebration!

General Notes: Friday night is another Movie Night! This month’s theme is May the 4th be With You, so it will be a Star Wars Surprise!

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Week of April 23rd - 27th:

Math: 8th grade Math will continue reviewing STAAR topics and practice questions in lieu of receiving round 1 scores and in preparation for round 2.

Language Arts:  This week, students will extract information from three sources on their chosen research project AND create a Google Slideshow with a title slide, a works cited slide, and a slide for each fact and a picture (10).  This is a MAJOR GRADE that is due on Thursday.  On Friday, students will evaluate their research process and project.

Science: This week we will be continuing our STAAR review by refreshing the students’ memory of the following topics: chemical reactions, speed, velocity, acceleration, motion graphs, balanced forces and unbalanced forces. Please encourages students who need extra support to attend Champion Zone between 4 and 4:30 Monday through Thursday.

History:

Electives:

Girls Athletics & PE - BRING BACK COUPON BOOKS and/or Money TUESDAY!!!  

Athletics:

Girls:  Spring Volleyball and Basketball continue this week!  Your coaches will be handing out the schedules weekly.

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport next year you will need a physical…...FREE Physicals will be offered at the High School on May 12th from 7am-1pm!

Art:

Band: No after school band this week! We will begin working on spring concert music!

Choir:

Dragons that Care: we will meet this Monday AND Friday from 4-5 to continue working on our flower boxes and vegetable beds. There will be the possibility of working on Saturday as well.

G/T Robotics: Our season has finished, but some of our students are going to Japan in May, so we will be taking our robotics expertise and a kit to Japan!

Technology: Keyboarding has completed 12 weeks of touch typing learning all letters on the keyboard! This week we will begin learning the number pad/10 key pad. There will be 8 short lessons learning finger placement through drills. Technology will continue with the  BE INTERNET AWESOME safety unit “Secure Your Secrets.”

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council:We will meet on Tuesday from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of April 16th - 20th:

Math: 8th grade math will continue reviewing various topics each day in preparation for STAAR testing in May.

Language Arts:

Science: This week we will be continuing our STAAR review by refreshing the students memory of the following topics: kingdoms of classification, dichotomous keys, inherited vs. learned behaviors, human body systems, atoms and the periodic table. Please encourages students who need extra support to attend champion zone between 4 and 4:30 Monday through Thursday.

History:

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls:  Spring Volleyball and Basketball start this week!  Your coaches will be handing out the schedules weekly.

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport next year you will need a physical…...FREE Physicals will be offered at the High School on May 12th from 7am-1pm!

Band:We will have after school band Mon-Tue-Thur from 4-5:30pm!

Choir: We are hard at work on our pop show concert music. We are singing pieces from Moana, Space Jam, and Aretha Franklin’s Respect. We are looking forward to our Pop concert on May 1st! We hope to see you all there!

Technology: This week keyboarding will begin their final lesson in touch typing! Typing Master Pro Lesson 12 will introduce the new keys of Z and X. There will be 8 short lessons with word, sentence and paragraph drills with the lesson exam at the end. WPM grade will be taken and accuracy grades will be taken using Typing.com.  Technology will continue with BE INTERNET AWESOME unit “Don’t Fall for Fake.” These lessons help students understand that the content they find online isn’t necessarily true or reliable, how to spot a scam and recognize how friends can pretend to be someone they are not!!

Outdoor Ed.:

 Students will continue participating in the class washers tournament. When the tournament has concluded, students will begin an introduction to archery and range safety.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Our next meeting is April 24! We will be finalizing details for our End of Year Celebration (date TBD).

General Notes:

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Week of April 9th - 13th:

Math: Students will finish reviewing for the STAAR test on Monday. They will be taking their STAAR Math test on Tuesday. We will continue reviewing on Thursday, at the conclusion of the first round tests. Good luck to everyone testing!

Language Arts:  Students will finish reviewing for the STAAR test on Monday.  Students will take their STAAR Reading Test on Wednesday.  Students will spend the rest of the week studying plagiarism and ways to avoid it (we will be starting a research project the following week).

Science: This week students will be preparing for the science STAAR by reviewing 7th grade material that is likely to be tested. This week’s review topics are natural selection, organism adaptations, cell theory, cell types, organelles, and asexual vs. sexual reproduction.  

History: This week we will be looking at the aftermath of the Civil War, focusing on the Political, Economic, and Social change that occurred during this time. Next week, students will take a test over Civil War and Reconstruction.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Band: This week’s rehearsals will be Monday-Tuesday-Thursday from 4-5:30pm. ALL band students should be at every rehearsal after school now since track and Robotics competitions are over. Please be on time to pick up your child after rehearsals. Every child should be picked up by 6:00pm at the latest. We will fit students for uniforms this week for contest. Make sure your child has BLACK SHOES AND BLACK SOCKS! They will need them to wear with their tuxedo uniform. No high heels. Our contest will be either April 25th or 26th depending on where we fall in the schedule of bands. When we receive a schedule with the day and time, I will send home a note ASAP. The contest is at Lufkin High School this year, which is closer than most years. Parents are more than welcome to come listen and clap for us during the concert portion of the contest!

Choir:

Technology: Keyboarding classes with begin Typing Master Pro Lesson 11 learning the new keys of B and Y. There will be 8 short lessons in this unit including word, sentence and paragraph drills. Technology will continue with learning about internet safety using the Be Internet Awesome Curriculum beginning section two “Don’t Fall for Fake.”

 Outdoor Ed.:

Students will participate in a tournament of washers. Students’ names will be randomly drawn and placed on a tournament bracket . The last two students will complete for first place. Students will be graded on participation and sportsmanship. This tournament will help to prepare them for our 2nd Mike Moses Middle School Community Challenge.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council:

General Notes:

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Week of April 2nd - April 6th:

Math:

Language Arts:Students will be reviewing for the STAAR Test that will be on April 11.  Students have two sets of vocabulary assigned in Quizlet they can be studying when they have access to the internet.  Advanced students have Vocabulary Chapter 11 assignments to complete this week.

Science: This week we will be completing our 8th grade curriculum by taking our Ecology test on Wednesday. We will then start STAAR prep by reviewing the 7th grade standards that are likely to appear on the STAAR.  

History: This week we will be discussing the major events and people of the Civil War.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls:  Sign up for Spring Basketball AND/OR Spring Volleyball!!  Fliers are in the locker room!!!

Boys&Girls TRACK:Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ... Track PRACTICE Tuesday 4:00-5:45 for everyone. Our last Meet is the District meet in Whitehouse Thursday!  Go Lady Dragons and Dragons!

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport at the High School you will need a new physical…...FREE Physicals will be offered at the High School on May 12th from 7am-1pm!

Band: We will have rehearsal after school from 4-5:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday this week!

Choir: This is the big week! It’s UIL Concert & Sightreading Time! We are travelling to Carthage HS on Thursday morning to perform our concert selections and show off our sight reading skills! We will be leaving at 10 AM and returning at about 4PM. Thank you for allowing your student to be a part of the MMMS Choir Program.

Technology: Keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 10 learning new keys Q and P. There will be 8 short drills with words, sentences and paragraphs for practice. Speed Typists will continue Typing Master Pro Special Marks Course Lesson 3 learning (), [, @, $. &, %. Technology will continue with BE INTERNET AWESOME UNIT with lessons over How Others See Us and Privacy in Practice.

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will continue playing washers and begin ladder ball. We are preparing for our new Mike Moses Middle School Community Challenge in May. The Outdoor Education classes will send out a challenge to members of our community (Nacogdoches Police and Fire Department, mayor, sheriff’s department, 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:

Student Council: Our next StuCo meeting is next Tuesday!

General Notes:

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Week of March 26th - 30th:

Math: This week in 8th grade math, we will be reviewing the number system and simple/compound interest.

Language Arts:  Students will take a test over Roots & Affixes on Monday and complete an activity matching themes.  On Thursday, students will take a CBA over making connections between texts.  We will enjoy a four day weekend!

Science:This week we will be finishing our major grade overfishing lab. The science benchmark is March 28th.

History: This week we will be taking a Benchmark on March 27th 2018. Afterwards we will continue to talk about the Civil War.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls:  Sign up for Spring Basketball AND/OR Spring Volleyball!!  Fliers are in the locker room!!!

Boys&Girls TRACK:Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ... We have a meet in Troup on Monday!  

Track PRACTICE Wednesday & Thursday 4:00-5:45 for everyone.    

Boys and girls:  IF you are wanting to be in any sport at the High School you will need a new physical…...FREE Physicals will be offered at the High School on May 12th from 7am-1pm!

Band: Students will rehearse from 4-5:30pm on Monday and Tuesday only this week. We will not rehearse after school Thursday because of the Pre-UIL Concert. All band members going to UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest will perform at the Pre-UIL Concert Thursday Night at 7:00pm at Nacogdoches High School Auditorium. Students need to be there at 6:15pm with horn and music only. No cases please! Students are to wear DRESS CLOTHES only. No blue jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or tennis shoes. Students must stay for the entire concert. Please get there early if you’d like a good seat because it will be crowded!

Gold Card money is due Thursday, March 29th! 

Choir: We are gearing up for the concert! In preparation for our concert, we will be having an after school rehearsal on Monday, March 26th from 4:30-5:30.

Our concert will be at 7:00PM on March 27th at the high school auditorium. We will be wearing all black for the concert. Black shirt and black pants OR a black dress. Please have your student ready to sing at 6:30PM.

Thank you for allowing your student to participate in choir!

Technology: Keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 9 learning new keys of W and M. There will be 8 short lesson with word, sentence and paragraph drills. Speed Typist will begin Lesson 2 on Special Marks Course learning the keys ‘ “ + - =. Technology will continue with the internet safety unit “Be Internet Awesome.” This week lessons in Google classroom will be Don’t Fall for Fake and Secure Your Secrets. These two lesson will teach students how to be internet smart, alert and strong.

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Next meeting is April 10 from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of March March 19th - 23rd:

Math:

Language Arts: March 18

Student will review Affixes and academic vocabulary and conclude the week with a quiz on Friday.  Students will also be reviewing persuasive text in preparation for STAAR.  They will be tested over this material on Friday.

Advanced:

Student will review Affixes and academic vocabulary and conclude the week with a quiz on Friday. Students will continue to work on their essays and “The Yellow Wallpaper”.  Their essays will be due Friday, March 23rd, for a major grade.

Science: This week students will examine how internal and external factors influence the sustainability of an ecosystem. We will examine how ecosystems recover from natural disasters such as floods and forest fires. Then we will examine how human exploitation of natural resources changes the survivability of an ecosystem.  We will have another “Throwback Thursday” quiz in order to allow students a broad picture of the areas they need to focus on in preparation for the STAAR test.

History: This week we will begin our unit on the Civil War. We will discuss the causes and effects of the war, as well as the major battles, events, and people of the War.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ... Track PRACTICE Monday 4:00-5:45, Tuesday 3:30-5:00 & Thursday 4-5:45 for everyone.   Wednesday sprint relay practice only from 4-5:00.  No meet this week!

Band: We have rehearsal from 4-5:30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week. Attendance is required, so make sure you are there! It’s time to get ready for UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest in April!

Choir:

Technology: Keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 8 with new keys V, N and question mark (?). There will be 8 short lessons with teacher directives given in order to learn proper hand and finger placement. Drills will be word, sentence and paragraph drills with grades taken for WPM. Technology will continue with a Google lesson concerning computer and internet safety. The interactive stories and Google slide story presentations presented during the week of 3/5-9/18 were very creative and fun for me to read!! The students worked well as teams and came up with very creative stories!!

Outdoor Ed.:

Students will begin learning about friendly competition through individual or team performance. The initial activities will give students the opportunity to both win and lose with a positive attitude. Good sportsmanship will be the focus for the next few weeks.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Meeting on Tuesday from 4-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of March 5th - 9th:

Math: 8th grade math will be finishing up our final “new” unit before our STAAR review. Mr. Waldon will be giving a test over 3-D forms on Feb. 9th and Ms. Lundy will be giving a project to be due on Feb. 9th. In Algebra I, we will be graphing quadratic equations (parabolas) and using graphs and equations to find parts of parabolas. Additionally, we will write quadratic equations in standard form and vertex form. Looking forward to the next major grade--March 23, 2018, Unit 8 Assessment.

Language Arts:

Science: This week we will be starting our ecology unit. Students will be examining the biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem and how they interact. Students will be challenged to use their critical thinking skills to analyze what happens to an ecosystem when one part is out of balance. For example what happens to the squirrel population in a forest environment when drought causes resources to be scarce? What would happen to that population if an invasive species of squirrels is introduced that is quicker than the native population?

History:This week we will look at America’s past with Sectionalism and how various laws and events led to the civil war. We will also look at how truly free were free African Americans. Thursday, March 8th, we will take a CBA.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

BOYS: Boys track is heading to Carthage Monday the 5th for their second track meet. Offseason is still working out and hitting the weight room.

Band: Make sure practice reports are being turned in EVERY Thursday with a parent signature! The number 1 reason for poor grades in band is not turning in practice reports. Please get them in! Students should be practicing daily on our three contest pieces. We will have sectionals this week! Full Band sectionals on Monday-Tuesday-Thursday from 4-5:30pm will begin the week after spring break. Attendance is required.

Choir:

This week we will be combining with McMichael Middle school for our UIL  rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday. This rehearsal will last from 4:30 - 5:30. Please allow your UIL student to attend this as we prepare for UIL Concert and SIght reading. The next choir concert is on March 27th in the High School Auditorium.

Technology: Technology will continue with an interactive Google assignment to learn how to use applied digital skills.  This assignment will promote teamwork and creativity as they work together! Keyboarding will continue later in the week beginning with Lesson 8 on Typing Master Pro learning the new keys of V, N and question mark.

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.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: T-shirt orders are due MONDAY, MARCH 5!!! Meeting on Tuesday, March 6 from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of February 26th - March 2nd:

Math: 8th grade math will begin our final “new” unit this week. We will discuss and discover volume and surface area of 3-D figures. This week we will start with a wrap-up review of Unit 7 on Tuesday and a Unit 7 Test on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Thursday, we will start Unit 8 which will be the graphing of quadratic functions as well as the real-world applications of quadratic functions. I have STEM applications available if you would like for your student to pick one up!!

Language Arts:  

Students will be working with STAAR academic vocabulary and reviewing the Benchmark test taken last Wednesday and completing the personal narrative writing assignment from last week.

Advanced:

 Students will be working with STAAR academic vocabulary and reviewing the Benchmark test taken last Wednesday and completing the personal narrative writing assignment from last week.

Science:This week we will be finishing our study of the universe and then test our student’s content knowledge from the entire year with a Content-Based Exam that begins on Wednesday the 28th. After the exam, we will begin our unit on ecology.

History:This week we will look at America’s past with Sectionalism and how it affect the lives of men and women in the North and the South.

Electives:

Art:  "How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world.  You're not capturing it, you're interpreting it." -Juliette Aristides.  We first gained access to the part of your mind that works in a style conducive to creative, intuitive thought, you learning a fundamental skill of the visual arts:  how to put down on paper what you see in front of your eyes.  Secondly, we enhanced your ability to think more creatively in other areas of your life.  NOW continuing our journey of perception, we are working on figure drawing once more.  As a teacher, the most important skill I want my students to have is the ability to draw what is in front of them.  I could go on for a while about why, but to simplify, I will say this: The ability to draw what you see is the basis for all other forms of art.  Once you can do this well, you will be more successful in every area of art.  SUPPLIES NEEDED – ruler, protractor, compass, sketchbook/composition book, PENCILS... Arts education is a big part of building a 21st century creative mind, and I think that we have let way too many kids lose their way by NOT DRAWING in their young minds...with music, dance, painting, and the other various ways we can express those things we do not have words for.” Heather Watts, Principal of New York City Ballet (retired).

Athletics:

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ... PRACTICE MONDAY 9am-11am …..for everyone Practice will be Tuesday & Wednesday 4-5:45.  We will go to our first meet Thursday, March 1st!  Girls will be traveling to Jacksonville & Boys will be traveling to Whitehouse.   Go Lady Dragons and Dragon Track!

Band: Flute, Clarinet, High Brass (trumpet/french horn) have sectionals on Tuesday, Feb. 27th. Please make sure that your student got home with the updated calendar for the rest of the year. Some of our dates have changed from the original calendar because of middle school STAAR date change and high school EOC exam dates. The calendar is posted on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mikemosesband/ You don’t have to be on facebook to view it.

Choir: This week we will be combining with McMichael Middle school for our UIL  rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday. This rehearsal will last from 4:30 - 5:30. Please allow your UIL student to attend this as we prepare for UIL Concert and SIght reading. The next choir concert is on March 27th in the High School Auditorium.

Technology: This week keyboarding will begin Lesson 7 with Typing Master Pro.  There will be 8 short lessons learning the new keys of G, H and apostrophe. Lessons will contain word, sentence and paragraph drills.  Technology will continue with Google maps!

Outdoor Ed.: 

Students will begin learning strategy through chess. Students will learn the basics of movement and objective. Students will also view, “The Queen of Katwe” - a true story of how the game of chess helped a young girl overcome difficult circumstances and teach her about personal strength and endurance.

Teen Leadership: Students are participating in team building activities modeling sportsmanship and leadership qualities.

Student Council: Meeting this week on Tuesday, February 27 from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

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Week of February 19th - 23rd:

Math: 8th grade will be taking benchmarks on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will then begin our last “new” unit at the end of the week. The students will explore three dimensional figures and their measures. In Algebra I, we will review our unit on solving quadratic equations by square roots, factoring and the quadratic formula. We will be taking the Algebra I Benchmark on Tuesday, 2-20-18, and the 8th Grade ELA Benchmark on Wednesday, 2-21-18. The Unit 7 Assessment will be Friday, 2-23-18.

Language Arts:  Students will retest over Making Connections.  Students will Benchmark Test on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Students will continue to work on vocabulary and create their “My Hands” Poem Project (Major Grade).

Science:

History: 8th grade will be taking benchmarks on Tuesday and Wednesday. This week we will look at America’s past with Sectionalism and how various laws and events led to the civil war.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ... Track Practice begins this week.  Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 4-5:45 everyone.  Thursday 100m & 200m relay practice 4-5:30.  We should be narrowing down which events everyone will be doing. Make sure your track athlete picks up a practice calendar and a schedule!  Go Lady Dragons and Dragon Track!

Band:No sectionals again this week. We will have to start them next week. Students should be practicing Moscow 1941 and Pan American March at home this week. Make sure practice reports are being turned in every Thursday!

Choir:

Technology: This week keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 6 learning the new keys C and comma. There will be 8 short lessons with practice for proper hand placement, speed and accuracy.  After this week students will have completed half of this course! Speed Typers will continue with the speed building course Lesson 5 focusing on the use of the little fingers. There are 5 lessons to improve and practice with keyboarding drills. Word Processing will continue with the completion of google slide presentations.

Outdoor Ed.:

Due to benchmark testing and rainy weather, students will participate in activities that will teach them the importance of earning and keeping trust with friends and peers. Students will also continue exploring the properties of light and sound.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: No Student Council this week! Next meeting is Tuesday, February 27 from 4-4:30.

One Act Play: Wednesday 21st performance at MMMS for faculty and staff. Thursday 22  Rehearsal  4-5:30. Friday 23rd Rehearsal 4-5:30 Performance at 6:00 for Parents, community, friends, etc.

General Notes:

Gifted and Talented: Robotics will begin meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:30.

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Week of February 12th - 16th:

Math: In Algebra I, we will be studying solving quadratic equations by the square-root method, completing the square and applying the quadratic formula. Upcoming major grades:  District Benchmark will be Tuesday, 2-20-18; Unit 7 Assessment will be Friday, 2-23-18; and, Folder and Composition Book will be due Friday, 2-16-18.

8th grade math will finish up our triangle and angle unit by exploring interior and exterior angles of triangles and what happens when 2 parallel lines are cut by a transversal. We will conclude the week with a quiz over those topics and the pythagorean theorem.

Language Arts:  Students will study vocabulary lesson 2 and have a quiz on Friday.  Students will continue to analyze analogies.  Students will also continue to synthesize and make connections between ideas in and across texts.  Students will begin a short-term project on Friday (be looking for directions and a rubric).

Advanced:  Students will study vocabulary chapter 8 and have a quiz on Friday.  Students will continue to analyze analogies.  Students will also continue to synthesize and make connections between ideas in and across texts.  Students will begin a short-term project on Friday (be looking for directions and a rubric).  

Science: This week students will be learning about the life cycle of a star and how to identify characteristics of celestial bodies.

History:This week in U.S. History we will be taking a test on Tuesday, February 13th. Later this week we will begin our unit on Sectionalism and the events that led to the Civil War.

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 through investigating eyesight activities and optical illusions thus being able to distinguish them from outlines.  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.

Athletics:

Girls:Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ... Track tryouts will be Feb14th & Feb 15th. After school until 6pm. Until then we will be getting in shape for track during the athletic period each day.

BOYS: Track tryouts will be Feb14th & Feb 15th. After school until 6pm. Must have physical on file to tryout.

Band: No after school band this week! We will begin sectionals for UIL Concert and Sightreading contest next week!

Choir:

We have had our first combined rehearsal with McMichael! It was a great success and the students were able to be a part of a bigger choir ensemble. This week we will have after school rehearsals on Monday, Feb. 12th and Tuesday, Feb. 13th.  We are going to be working hard on our UIL Music in preparation for our concert on March 27th. As we are combining so many new members from both middle schools, please be aware of any changes in attitude your student has toward choir. This may help me in solidifying the group’s identity as well as help me resolve any conflicts before they become major issues! Thank you for allowing your student to be a part of the Amazing Mike Moses Choir!

Technology: Keyboarding will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 5 learning new keys of Capital and period.  There will be eight lessons incorporating the use of word and sentence drills. Speed typist will begin Lesson 4 with focus on the ring finger keys. Technology will continue with word processing activities.

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

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.

Student Council: Meeting this Tuesday (2/13) from 4:00-4:30

One Act Play: see note sent home with your actor for rehearsal times and information for contest.

General Notes:

SPRING PICTURE DAY - February 20th 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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Week of February 5th - 9th:

Math: In 8th grade math, we will continue our exploration of geometry. The students will discover and manipulate the Pythagorean Theorem. In Algebra I, we will be studying radical expressions. We will be looking at square roots and cube roots of numbers and square roots of monomials. The last two days of the week we will start quadratic equations.

Language Arts:  Students will begin their study of analogies this week.  They will also complete vocabulary lesson 1.  There will be a quiz on Friday.  Students will continue to make connections within and between texts.  

Science:

History:

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls:Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ... Track tryouts will be Feb12th & Feb 13th. After school until 6pm. Until then we will be getting in shape for track during the athletic period each day.

Band: At the end of the day on Friday, Feb 9th, band students who are participating in Solo and Ensemble Contest will be bussed from Mike Moses to the high school where the contest will be held. Each student will be given a performance time. Please be there to pick up your student at the high school 15 minutes after their last performance time. We WILL NOT be bussing them back to Mike Moses. Student need to be in dress clothes. No blue jeans, tennis shoes, or t-shirts! There will be a concession stand, so you might want to send some money with them to get a snack.

Choir: This week we will be combining with McMichael Middle school for our first rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 6th. This rehearsal will last from 4:30 - 5:30. Please allow your UIL student to attend this as we prepare for UIL Concert and SIght reading.

Technology:Keyboarding students will begin Lesson 4 in Typing Master Pro with 8 lessons learning the new keys of T and O. Proper hand and finger placement will be instructed by teacher completing these lessons by Wednesday,  Technology will continue learning the components of the toolbar while using a blank word document to create a paper.

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:

Student Council:

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday 4:00 - 5:30; Friday 4:00-6:30

General Notes:

        ***There will be a Valentine’s Dance on the 9th from 6pm - 7:30pm!***

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Week of January 29th - February 2nd:

Math: 8th grade math will be starting a new unit using roots so that we can discover the pythagorean theorem. In Algebra I, we will complete Unit 6 with polynomial division using factoring and then review. On Thursday, February 1, 2018, we will take the district Unit 6 Assessment. Finishing up the week on Friday, February 2, 2018, we will take a Unit 6 Assessment over the entire unit using a teacher prepared test.

Language Arts:  Students will continue to analyze and compare texts of various genres.  Students will have a Comparing Selections Test (Major Grade) on Friday.

Advanced: Students will continue to analyze and compare texts of various genres.  Students will have a Comparing Selections Test (Daily Grade) on Friday.

Science: On Monday, students have a test on plate tectonics, plate boundaries, topographical maps and weather. Then students will begin learning about the phases of the moon.

History: This week we are studying industrialization in America. Students will be learning all about the factory system, new inventions, and how it changed daily life. This unit is also completely online. We will be using the Chromebooks everyday this week.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls-Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball is over, GREAT season ladies!  Turn in your basketball stuff ASAP!

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ... Track tryouts will be Feb12th & Feb 13th. After school until 6pm. Until then we will be getting in shape for track during the athletic period each day.

File:Volleyball B.svg - Wikimedia CommonsYouth Volleyball Sign Ups at the Nacogdoches Recreation Dept are NOW until February 17th...if you want to play volleyball next year it’s a good idea to sign up!!  (14 and under)

BOYS: Our final home game is this Thursday, Feb. 1 against Hallsville!! 8th grade start time are at 6:00.

Track tryouts will be Feb12th & Feb 13th. After school until 6pm. Until then we will be getting in shape for track during the athletic period each day.

Band:Students will continue working on Solos and Ensembles for the contest on Feb. 9th at NHS. A note was sent home with students who are participating in the contest a couple of weeks ago. The note was also posted on our facebook page, so you can check it out the details there.

Choir:

This week we will be working on our contest music that we will perform for UIL Concert and Sight reading! We will be working hard on our music as well as getting back into the groove of sight reading every day! There will be no after school rehearsals this week but look forward to working after school next week!

Technology: Students will be introduced to new keys R and U using Typing Master Pro.  There will be 8 short lessons using word and sentence drills. At the end of the lessons there will be a review wizard and lesson exam. WPM will be taken as a grade at completion of the course. Technology students will continue learning the basics of the tool bar.

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council:

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday from 4:00-5:30; Friday 4:00-6:60

General Notes:

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Week of January 22nd - 26th:

Math: We will conclude our unit on transformations with translations and rotations. The unit exam will be started Thursday Jan. 25th and finished on Friday Jan. 26th. This week in Algebra I we will start with the test over Exponent Laws and Polynomial Operations that is a major grade on Monday, January 22, 2018. The rest of the week will be comprised of factoring the difference of squares, factoring by grouping and factoring trinomials. As a forward glance, the next major grade is the Unit 6 Assessment on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Language Arts: On Monday, our 8th grade students will all write an Expository essay for diagnostic purposes.  

Regular classes:  Students will have a vocabulary test on Tuesday (these words are in their Google classroom).  Students will continue to read different genres about the Holocaust and compare these texts.  Students will create an acrostic poem (Major Grade) in Google Slides.  

Advanced classes:  Students will have a test over Night (Major grade) on Tuesday.  Students will turn in their essays and projects on Wednesday.  Students will continue to analyze the Holocaust by comparing various texts and media.  Students will create a “Found Poem.”

Science:This week we will begin studying how Earth’s tilt, rotation, and revolutions cause different conditions. There will be a unit test over continental drift, plate tectonics, plate boundaries, contour maps and weather on Jan. 29th.

History: This week we will be finishing up our unit over Westward Expansion with a test on Tuesday. Then we will be starting our new unit over Industrialization and Reform Movements.

Electives:

Art:  Doodle-4-Google “What Inspires Me” Art Contest!  Students are expressing their inspiration through a creative doodle contest held by the internet search engine company, Google.

Athletics:

Girls-Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball play their last game in Whitehouse this week.  8th grade in new gym, 7th grade in old gym.  All grades starting with B teams at 5:00pm!   Good luck girls!   Practice is Monday 7:00-8:15am.  Good luck girls!  

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ... Track tryouts will be Feb12th & Feb 13th. After school until 6pm.

Band:Coming up next weekend, Saturday, January 27th,students who made the All-Region Band will perform a concert at Hallsville Middle School Auditorium starting at 5:00pm. Students will report to McMichael Middle School at 6:15am that morning and travel to Hallsville Middle School to rehearse.  Students need to bring dress clothes with them for the concert that evening. No t-shirts, tennis shoes, or blue jeans. Lunch will be provided, but students will need to have money for snacks and supper. After the concert, we will take them to the Longview Mall. They will eat in the food court there. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the concert. Personalized plaques and t-shirts commemorating the event will be available for purchase, as well as recordings of the concert. If you wish to take your child home from the concert, please bring a note before Saturday morning.  

Solo and Ensemble Contest will be on Feb. 9th at Nacogdoches High School. Students will be bussed to the high school from Mike Moses at the end of the school day. They need to either wear dress clothes to school that day, or bring a change of clothes with them. No tshirts, tennis shoes, or blue jeans. Students will be assigned an audition time for their solo and/or ensemble. Please arrange to pick your child up from Nacogdoches High School 15 minutes after their last event. Results will be posted at the contest, but we will also have a copy of the results available the following Monday if they don’t want to wait for their rating.

Choir: This week we are working hard on our three pieces of music! We are sight reading every day and will soon begin work on our composer project! 7th and 8th grade will be rehearsing during intervention on Wednesday, so no after school rehearsal this week!

Technology: Technology/Keyboarding students will continue with Typing Master Pro Lesson 2 learning new keys E and I. Students will practice with a blank word document before lessons in order to learn proper hand placement for new keys. Students will practice changing their wallpaper on their individual computers this week.

Outdoor Ed.:

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:

Student Council: Our next meeting is January 23 from 4:00-4:30!

One Act Play: Thursday 4:00-5:30, Friday 4:-6:30

General Notes:

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Week of January 15th - 19th:

Math: This week in Algebra I we will complete our study of laws of exponents and math operations with polynomials. There will be a test over this content on Friday, January 19, 2018, that is a major grade.

Language Arts:

Students will have a vocabulary test on Thursday.  They are continuing the World War II unit and comparing different genres of texts.  They will also be creating an acrostic poem (major grade) that will be due on Monday, January 22.

Advanced students will finish reading Night by Tuesday.  They will receive their test review on Tuesday and have their novel test (major grade) on Thursday.  Students will also be working on their Night essay (major grade), which is due on Friday.  At home, students should continue working on their Night project (major grade) which is due on January 24.

Science:

History: This week we will continue our Westward Expansion Unit by learning about the different types of immigrants that came to the US and the Mexican American War.

Electives:

Art:  Doodle-4-Google “What Inspires Me” Art Contest!  Students are expressing their inspiration through a creative doodle contest held by the internet search engine company, Google.  

Athletics:

Girls-Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball plays Lindale at HOME this week, 8th grade in new gym, 7th grade in old gym.  All grades starting with B teams at 5:00pm!   Good luck girls!   No Practice this week due to the weather.  Good luck girls!  

Free photo: Track, Athletics, 100 Meters - Free Image on Pixabay ...Girls Offseason will be working hard staying in shape and getting ready for track season!  Track tryouts will be Feb12th & Feb 13th.

Band:

Choir: This week we will be getting our contest music that we will perform for UIL Concert and Sight reading! We will be working hard on our music as well as getting back into the groove of sight reading every day! There will be no after school rehearsals this week but look forward to working after school next week!

Technology: Students will begin keyboarding skills using Typing Master Pro completing 8 short lessons learning the home row, proper hand placement and proper posture. Keyboarding lessons will also begin using www.typing.com to reinforce keyboarding skills. Students will practice with teacher directives using a blank word document each day before starting lessons.  

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:

Student Council:

One Act Play: Thursday & Friday 4-5:30

General Notes:

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Week of January 8th - 12th:

Math: This week in Algebra I we will be continuing our study of the laws of exponents and study math operations with polynomials. There will be a quiz on Thursday.

Language Arts: This week regular students will begin their study of the Holocaust by learning new vocabulary and studying a brief overview of maps and articles from the time period.

Advanced students will continue their study of Night.  The assigned reading continues to follow the calendar, a vocabulary quiz will take place on Friday, and students have chapter questions, an essay, and their project to continue working on at home.

Science: This week students will review the knowledge of plate tectonics they gained before the break and delve into an exploration of contour maps and convection currents.

History: This week we will be starting our Westward Expansion Unit. Students will be learning all about the different regions of the US and how we acquired the land. Students are making an interactive map that will show the various regions, natural resources, physical features, and types of transportation (Trails and Railroads). This map will be a test grade (first for the new 6 weeks).

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls-Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball is traveling to Jacksonville, playing in one gym starting at 4:30pm!   Good luck girls!   Practice this week will be Mon, Tues & Wed @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!

Band: This week we will review how to clean our horns. If your student cleans their horn at home, please supervise the process! We are also working on Solo and Ensemble music for the contest on Feb. 9th. Each student is either assigned a solo, an ensemble, or both. Each ensemble has a specific practice time after school once a week for 30 minutes. Please be there to pick your student up right when their rehearsal is finished. The directors must leave to teach at the high school right after we finish at the middle school.

Choir:

Technology: This week brings a new beginning for the school year! Students will start their second elective course for the year! This week students will be introduced to Redfield Rules and expectations for this class.  Students will learn to log into their computers, google classroom and various sites and software that will be used for technology and keyboarding.  Students will learn computer terms and definitions through the use of powerpoint presentation.  Lots to learn this week and an exciting time getting to know new faces!! Happy New Year!

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:

Student Council:

General Notes:

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Week of December 18th - 21st:

Math:

Language Arts: Students will continue their novel study over On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer.  They will be answering questions and completing activities during class. They will also be creating a Character Body map of the main character for a major grade that will be due Wednesday, December 20th.

 

Advanced:

Students will begin their novel study over Night by Elie Wiesel.  This study will continue into next semester.  They will be reading assigned pages each night.  They will be answering questions and taking quizzes over what they have read.  Students will also be assigned reading to be completed over Christmas break.  Students will also be working on gathering information to be used to complete an essay and project to be due at the end of the novel study.  Both of these will be major grades for the third six week period.  Students will have a reading calendar and assignments in hand by Thursday in case they want to work on them during the break.

Science: This week students will be examining how the movement of the continental plates has changed the features of the Earth. Students will be modeling the different ways plates can move in relation to one another and the resulting environmental impacts.

History: This week we will be finishing up our unit over President Jackson. We will be reviewing on Monday and students will take a test on Tuesday.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls- Tuesday the Lady Dragons will be traveling to SFA to watch the Ladyjack Basketball team play.  Make sure your permission slip gets turned in!

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball does not have a game this week!   No Morning Practice.

Band:

Choir: Choir concert this week! Our Christmas concert will be on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00PM at the High School. Please have your student there by 6:30 at the latest. Concert attire is formal black (Either a black dress or a black shirt and black slacks). Hope to see you all there!

Technology: Students will present their Google slide presentations in class for their final grade in technology. Students have worked very hard on their presentations and I look forward to viewing and sharing their work!!

Outdoor Ed.:

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: We will be having a meeting on Tuesday, December 19 from 4:00-4:30.

One Act Play: Practice Thursday after school until 2pm

General Notes:

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Week of December 11th - 15th:

Math: In Algebra I, we will be writing and solving systems of equations for real-world applications and systems of inequalities. The week will conclude with a review and our next major grade of CBA 2 over Units 1-5 on Friday, December 15, 2017. Future notice--Folders and composition books will be due for a major grade on or before Wednesday, December 20, 2017. 8th Grade math will review each day, a unit per day to prepare for the cumulative CBA 2.

Language Arts:  Students will be taking their Unit CBA (Test) on Tuesday, December 12.  Regular classes will begin reading the novel On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer.  Advanced classes will begin reading Night by Elie Wiesel.  Also for advanced classes, a Vocabulary Unit 1 make up assignment will be given Monday and due Thursday, December 14.

Science: This week students will start examining how the plate tectonics have changed the Earth over time. On Thursday and Friday, students will be completing a research project in which they examine supporting evidence for the continental drift theory. The ability to conduct thorough research is an important skill for our young scientists to develop.  Students will present their findings on Monday, Dec. 18th.

History:

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls:

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball does not have a game this week!   Practice will Thursday 7:00am-8:15am.   8TH GRADE A TEAM WILL BE PLAYING @Lufkin Thursday at 5:00pm at the JH Panter Gym.  Last minute scheduled game**

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: Monday the 8th grade “A” team will travel to Lufkin to go up against Lufkin “Purple” with the game set to tip off at 6:00. 8th grade “B” team will not have practice Monday but will resume Tuesday. Go Dragons!

Band: Christmas Concert is Dec. 11th in the competition gym at NHS. Students need to be seated and ready to play at 6:30pm with instrument and music only, no case! Concert begins at 7pm. No blue jeans, tennis shoes, or tshirt. Wear dress clothes!

No sectionals until after Christmas break!

Choir:

Technology: We had a AWESOME week of technology with computer coding, building a foundation, robots and graphs! Lots of fun and creativity thanks to Ms. Schlebach coming to our classes all week and sharing her knowledge!! This week we will begin working on Google slides!!

Outdoor Ed.:

Preparations for the archery tournament will begin. Each class period will have an Olympic-style archery tournament. Each archer will shoot 3 arrows per round, for three rounds. The maximum score for each arrow is 10 points (bullseye). The maximum score for each round is 30 points. The maximum score for a student is 90 points. Each class period will compete on a tournament bracket (similar to NCAA tournament). The winner of each pairing moves on. Students will be graded on participation, safety and sportsmanship. Students WILL NOT be graded on skill.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: We are offering a service hour on Tuesday from 4:00-5:00 to decorate the halls for the holidays!

One Act Play: Rehearsal Thursday, Friday and Saturday!

General Notes:

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Week of December 4th - 8th:

Math: We will explore data in the form of scatterplots and classify attributes of the graphs. We will also use trend lines to predict future behavior. We will end the week with a quiz over the topics covered. Ms. Lundy’s class will complete a scatterplot activity booklet. Algebra I will be solving systems of equations by graphing, substitution and eliminations. We will also be deriving a system of equations from word problems then solving them. Our next major test will be Friday, December 15, 2017, CBA 2 which covers Units 1-5.

Language Arts:

Science: This week students will be creating a Rube Goldberg project that will reinforce what we have learned about energy transformations, potential vs. kinetic energy and Newton’s laws of motion. Students will be asked to bring in household items to complete this project. On Thursday, we will have a content-based assessment that will test our students understanding of everything that we have covered this year. Please make sure your young scholar is studying.  

History: This week we will end our unit on the Early Republic with a test on Tuesday. For the rest of the week we will start our unit on Andrew Jackson.

Electives:

Art:

Athletics:

Girls-

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Girls Basketball has a home game Monday vs. Whitehouse! 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 Thursday & Friday 7:00am-8:15am.  A teams have a tournament here at home Saturday Dec 9th….come out and support!  Games start at 9am.  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: The Lufkin tournament for “A” teams has been postponed due to Lufkin high school football team still advancing in the playoffs. No date has been set but I have been told possibly Jan. 20th. We will have practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.

Band: Regular sectionals resume Monday with everybody in the section there (not just All-Region people).

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

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

Christmas Concert is Dec. 11th in the competition gym at NHS. Students need to be seated and ready to play at 6:30pm with instrument and music only, no case! Concert begins at 7pm. No blue jeans, tennis shoes, or tshirt. Wear dress clothes

Choir: As we prepare for our Christmas concert, we have quite a few after school rehearsals coming up. This week we will have after school rehearsals:

Monday, December 4th - Part 1

Tuesday, December 5th - Part 2

Thursday, December 7th - All Students

Please allow your students to attend these as they are graded and essential to a wonderful performance. Have a wonderful week!

Technology: Computer Science Education Week is happening in the Technology classes!  It’s going to be a time of exploration, creation and pure awesomeness!

Outdoor Ed.:

Preparations for the archery tournament will begin. Each class period will have an Olympic-style archery tournament. Each archer will shoot 3 arrows per round, for three rounds. The maximum score for each arrow is 10 points (bullseye). The maximum score for each round is 30 points. The maximum score for a student is 90 points. Each class period will compete on a tournament bracket (similar to NCAA tournament). The winner of each pairing moves on. Students will be graded on participation, safety and sportsmanship. Students WILL NOT be graded on skill.

Teen Leadership:

Student Council: Our next meeting is on Tuesday, December 5 from 4:00-4:30!

General Notes:

        *Computer Science Education Week is happening in the Technology classes!  It’s going to be a time of exploration, creation and pure awesomeness!

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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: This week we will be exploring Newton’s laws of motion through a series of exciting experiments and projects. On Tuesday, students will need closed-toed shoes in order to participate in our Newton’s second law relay race. On Wednesday and Thursday, students will need craft materials to complete a pyramid diorama to demonstrate their knowledge of the laws of motion and on Friday students will be working in teams to plan their Rube Goldberg project. Students will be asked to bring in household materials to complete this project.

History:

Electives:

Art:

Girls 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!

Boys Athletics:

Free vector graphic: Basketball, Ball, Sports, Orange - Free Image ...Boys Basketball will play at HOME Monday against Lindale. 8th grade games begin at 6. “A” team in the new gym and “B” team in the aux gym. We will have practice everyday except Friday this week until 6:00pm.

Band: This is for the students who are attending this Saturday's 7th and 8th grade TMEA All Region tryouts.  NOT ALL 7th and 8th GRADE ARE ATTENDING.

TMEA All-Region TRYOUTS - Saturday 12/2/17
• Meet at McMichael MS @ 6:15 am
• Departing for Jacksonville Middle School @ 6:45 am
• 8:30 am Morning Auditions Begin
• 12:30 pm Afternoon Auditions Begin
• There MAY be an early bus to go home, but there is no way of knowing when it will be able to leave.  We are at the mercy of the contest.
• The remainder of the group should be home between 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm

Bring money for concessions or personal snacks.  You will sit around a lot so dress comfortable (within dress code please).  If you have a cell phone it would a good day to bring it (phones must be turned off in the audition room however).  
If your parents are picking you up please bring me a note by Friday 12/1/17.  
If your parent is interested in chaperoning please contact me at 936-552-9502!

Also, Christmas Concert is December 11th in the Competition gym at Nacogdoches High School. Students need to be in their seats at 6:30pm. Concert starts at 7:00pm. Students need to wear dress clothes- no blue jeans, t-shirts, or tennis shoes.

Choir: This week we will be working hard on our Christmas music as well as our Caroling music. We will not have any after school practices this week.Our Christmas concert will be on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00PM at the High School. I will be sending home a letter regarding the uniform for this concert.

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.:

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:

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

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 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 hom e, 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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