8th Grade Information

Welcome to the 8th Grade Information

8th Grade Information for 20-21

Hello Future 8th Graders,

First and foremost, I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy during the pandemic and this pivotal moment in our nation’s history. Secondly, congratulations on successfully completing the 7th grade and being promoted to 8th grade. The purpose of this letter is to outline the 8th Grade Team’s expectations and requirements to successfully navigate 8th grade and be part of the Class of 2021.

The 8th grade team has many activities planned for you. However, there are mandatory requirements, that must be met in order to participate in the 2021 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony. The first requirement is that every student must maintain at least a 1.5 stepsheet average or higher to qualify for the ceremony. The graduation package includes 2 tickets for those students who meet this threshold. If a student has a stepsheet average between a 2.5 and 3.49, they will earn an additional ticket. If your stepsheet average is between a 3.5 and 4.0, you will earn an additional two tickets. It is imperative that you carry your step sheet with you at all times and present it upon request.

The second requirement is that all students must pass their federal and state constitution tests. This content is taught during the months of January and February in your Social Studies class. It is very important that students are at school every day and stay on pace with the schedule provided.

The third requirement is that all students must write and pass their research paper. This requirement is taught under the guidance of the English Language Arts department during the FIRST quarter of the school year. Students will receive a deadline for completion and specific instructions to help you meet the requirement.

We expect our 8th graders to be the best-behaved students in the school because they are the most mature and oldest students in the building. You set the example for the 6th and 7th graders by behaving properly. Although we expect and appreciate well-behaved students, it is important to understand that you earn your grades based on the quality of the work you submit. At the end of the school year, awards, scholarships and NJHS consideration is based on your ability to be successful in your studies and behave appropriately. Each academic department in the 8th grade has specific expectations which are outlined below:

English/Language Arts

The curriculum for 8th grade is My Perspectives, the same series used in 7th grade. We will begin the year with our district required research paper. Detailed instruction is provided daily, and it is important that you follow the prescribed timeline and strive to submit quality work. In order to prepare you for the rigors of high school, we do not give completion grades or accept late work – quality and timeliness of work matters. We teach all 4 components of literacy – reading, writing, listening and speaking. The expectation is that each student pursue mastery in all four domains.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENT:  ALL students should select and read a novel, of their choice, over the summer. Be prepared to discuss your selection upon return to school.

Pre-Algebra

Hello future 8th graders! We cannot wait to meet you and work with you to build your problem-solving & critical thinking skills. We will continue to use the same CMP-3 curriculum that you have used since 6th grade. We will communicate with your 7th grade math teachers to gain an understanding of your skill base and needs. This will help us design and structure the learning process that will best help you build on the mathematical foundation that you have already established. Some other tools used both in and out of the classroom are Khan Academy and Desmos.  Please know that the bar is set high and your best efforts are expected. Homework is given 3-5 days per week and will be graded for accuracy. Feedback will be provided with the intention of correcting misunderstandings and leading to improvement.  We have one goal in mind and that is to properly prepare you as you move forward.

Summer Assignment: Create an account on Khan Academy. Under courses, start at any grade level and/or any skill that you see fit and work your way up from there. Review math concepts that YOU KNOW you are deficient in.  Keep a notebook of the concepts/skills you practiced to show your 8th grade math teacher upon your return to school.

Algebra (Math One)

Hello to my Honors students. I cannot wait to meet you and work with you to build your problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Because this class requires a higher level of rigor, I expect that you are ready to learn at a faster pace and are willing to dig deeper into the concepts. For this class, we use a combination of resources; the CMP-3 curriculum that you have used since 6th grade, an Algebra textbook, and modules from the Mathematics Vision Project Math One course. Some other tools used both in and out of the classroom are Khan Academy and Desmos. Because this is a high school level course, you will take a midterm exam in the winter and a final exam in the spring. Passing the course and advancing to the next course depends on your performance on these two assessments as well as your class performance.   Please know that the set bar is set high and your best efforts are expected. Homework is given 3-5 days per week and will be graded for accuracy. Feedback will be provided with the intention of correcting misunderstandings and leading to improvement. We have one goal in mind and that is to properly prepare you as you move forward.

Summer Assignment: Create an account on Khan Academy. Under Courses, choose 7th grade. Spend 15 minutes daily watching videos and practicing the skills reviewed in the course. Keep a daily notebook of the concepts/skills you practiced to show me upon returning to school.  Please note the dates in your daily heading. It is my expectation that you have a firm understanding of every concept covered in the 7th grade curriculum. I also expect you to be fluent in solving equations in one variable (up to multi-step) and identifying linear equations (y=mx+b) in equation, tabular, and graphical form.

Social Studies

The 8th grade curriculum for Social Studies is TCi, which is the same program that was used in 7th grade. It is a different series because our focus is on World Geography, World Cultures, and World Social Issues. We also include DBQs (Document Based Questions) for each lesson we cover. TCi will mostly be completed online. DBQs are used to help students analyze nonfiction informational text, as well as using the information to write an opinion driven essay backed by facts. As stated above, the students will be completing the Federal and State Constitutions. The students will be receiving booklets to complete. There will be a Federal Constitution test and a State Constitution test. The dates will be provided at the beginning of the year.

Science

The 8th grade curriculum for year is primarily based upon physical science. The first topic that we will be covering will be basic chemistry in terms of atoms through elements and compounds. The second topic that will be covered will be basic physics of motion, forces, and energy. The third topic that we will cover will be Light and Waves. In addition to our curriculum students will be required (not a graduation requirement) a science fair project during the second quarter that will be presented to the class. The top two science fair projects will advance to the Thornton Feeder School Science Fair. The science fair is done usually in the first or second quarter.

We are looking forward to working with you and having a successful 2020-2021 school year and to make you as prepared for high school as we can.

Yours in Education,

The 8th Grade Team

Remote Learning

Beginning April 13th due to the Governor's Stay at Home order, students will be completing their homework at home through Remote Learning. It is very important that all students complete their work by Friday of each week as these assignments are going to prepare them for high school. The recommendation is to work on each subject area for 30 minutes per day. This includes your Encore classes.

The research requirement of all 8th graders still needs to be met. If your student has not completed the research requirement please have them email their corrected research papers to Mrs. Fuller at sfuller@shsd151.org.

If you have any trouble with your computer or with Microsoft Teams please go the Student Help Desk to the left and fill out the form to communicate with our technology department for assistance. 

ASSIGNMENTS

Please see your teacher's webpage for specific directions. Please click on the link to the left for the Coolidge Staff Directory and find the teacher's name.  

Online Textbook Directions

Directions to access different textbooks online:

Science:

www.thinkcentral.com

Your user name is:  first two letters of first name@last name@151

Example:  John Smith:  jo@Smith@151 (if that does not work add the number 1 after your last name). If it still does not work please contact me and I will get if for you.

Your Password is: shsd151

English/Language Arts and Math

1. Go to www.pearsonrealize.com
2. Log in with username (contact teacher - same username for math and ELA )
3. Password Cool8!!!
 

Social Studies

1-Go to www.teachtci.com
2-Type in teacher name
3-Type in username and password
4-If you do not know your username or password or both, email your teacher

Microsoft Teams Directions

In order for students to access their assignments from their teachers, they will need to become fluent with Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is a collaboration tool that the district has been utilizing this year in classrooms. From this website students will be able to communicate with their teachers by either the chat function or even by video chat. It will also give teachers the chance to meet virtually with their entire class by video chat. All assignments will be posted in the assignments section of their classroom team. Students will view, complete, and turn in their assignments virtually. Teachers will have the opportunity to grade their assignments and provide feedback online for students to view and reflect on their progress.

Listed below are two ways to access teams on their school laptops:

  1. Teams App
    1. Type the word “Teams” into the search bar at the bottom of the page
    2. Log into Teams as they normally would to access their school email account
      1. User Name: ####@shsd151.org  Password: ABcd12! (####=Student ID Number)
      2. Example: 9999@shsd151.org
    3. Click on the appropriate team on the left side of the screen for your class.
  2. Via the Internet
    1. Go to www.outlook.com
    2. Log into your email using the same method outlined above
    3. Click on the “nine dots” button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen
    4. Select the “Teams” app and it will take you to the Teams website
    5. Click on the appropriate team on the left side of the screen for your class.

If you have any technology questions, either a malfunctioning computer or issues with Microsoft Teams please contact our technology team using the following website: Help Desk

Field Trip Permission Forms

In the future we will be posting permission slips and flyers for 8th grade field trips and All-School Field trips in this section.