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Eight Gold Newsletter

May 2019

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Walk for hunger - Thank you

Medieval Festival - Thank You

Thank you to the many students and families who helped make this year’s Walk for Hunger a success -- we have raised just over $9000 so far -- and welcome more donations!  Any cash donations sent in will help the KPJ foundation fight childhood brain cancer.  The founder will come speak with our students, tell them about his son, and accept our donation towards the end of the month.

Our videos are online!  Go to our youtube channel to see our hike, teamworks trip, medieval highlights, spirit week, and more to come...

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Thank you to the many, many family members who came in to support our medieval festival in April.  Our students were thrilled to see you, and we hope you found the presentations to be informative and well thought out.  Presenting their research to a real audience really helped add authenticity to our efforts.

8 gold medieval festival group




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Science with Ms. Gilpin

Social Studies with Mr. Ahlin

Students have learned about different types of energy transformations over the last few weeks. Some examples include the pendulum pineapple demonstration, Van de Graaff  generator (“shockingly” fun), and the efficiency of light bulbs (more efficient = less wasted heat). They applied their knowledge, along with hands-on testing of foam roller coasters, to explore the energy transformations taking place on a real world roller coaster!

Roller coasters are fun, creative, and perfect examples of energy transformations. Students applied the Law of Conservation of Energy to their thrilling coaster creations. They identified different forms of energy exhibited in the twists and turns of their coaster track as well as how energy changes forms throughout their thrill ride.

Students are currently learning about heat transfer. Students will use the engineering design process to design/test solar cookers. Depending on their solar cooker design, they may need to bring in materials (boxes, a small black pot with lid, aluminum foil, small sheets of plexiglass/plastic panels, etc). Students will learn more about this upcoming project and have the weekend to gather materials for class next Tuesday.  Students will be bringing home a solar cooker permission slip soon. The permission slip must be signed in order to participate in the solar “cook off”. Let’s hope for sunny weather next week!

Enjoyed meeting many of you at our Medieval Festival last month. Our class recently learned about the history and impact of the the Italian Renaissance.  Students completed this unit with a persuasive project that involved determining who is truly the most important Renaissance people of this time period.

Students completed their projects using the Flipgrid video App on their I-pads along with a  formal resume.  The goal of this exercise was for students to realize that there were many contributors to this time period besides  well known figures such as  Davinci & Michelangelo.

Since returning from vacation, our class has been learning about the Protestant  Reformation movement which  was closely associated with the Italian Renaissance.

Important upcoming dates and topics

●    Retake deadlines for our most recent Renaissance unit assessment is Friday 5/10/19
●    The upcoming unit assessment on this topic will be the week of 5/20/19.
●    We will complete the year with the study of  the European World Exploration.

Math with Ms. Young

English with Mr. Pizzuto

Since our last newsletter students completed our unit on the properties of exponents and solving problems with scientific notation. We are now well into our new unit, It’s in the System, which focuses on using linear equations to model different scenarios and solving systems of two linear equations using a variety of methods.  This unit reviews and ties together many concepts that students have already learned earlier in the year including, but not limited to, writing equations to model word problems, determining when an ordered pair is a solution to an equation, graphing linear equations, using algebra to write equivalent expressions, and solving linear equations for a specific variable.  

Looking even further ahead, we will be finishing the year in math class by studying how to represent nonlinear functions, including exponential and inverse relationships, with graphs, tables, equations and scenarios.    

8 gold math students

The Play is the Thing!
Students are now part of acting companies as we read, perform, and film A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  My core goals in this unit are for kids to learn to read drama - that it is a living document, meant to be performed - and gain experience at understanding the poetic language of the Elizabethan play.  Towards these ends, we read the play together in class, with an annotated copy on the overhead as I act it out, so students can take notes… each company then creates their own script for part of the scene (we effectively do the homework together before it is homework!).  Companies then prepare their scene and perform it on film.
Once a day’s filming is complete, I compile a sort of “best of” video - integrating footage from the four classes, along with some effects - and post it on Youtube for students and families to view. The raw footage is also available, where you can see exactly how each group interpreted the scenes.
I strongly recommend you check out both the key materials for the unit and the videos themselves -- linked below.  There’s some very creative work and impressive acting in there!
Over the course of the unit there are several key tests: A performance assessment, coming up next Thursday, where students choose lines to memorize and perform, and submit a written analysis (3 separate paragraphs - not an essay - due at the end of this week) of their character.  For many, this is their first performance assessment, and some stage fright is to be expected.  That being said, it lasts less than 5 minutes, and gives them a solid foundational experience for future such assessments.  
Beyond this, during the last full week of classes, students will have a final test covering the entire play.  There will be a study guide, and the test will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.

A Few Reminders:

  • The warm weather is a sure sign that the school year is winding down, but students still have plenty of learning left to do!  Please take a moment to remind your student about the importance of staying on top of their work and finishing the year a strong note.
  • Extra help sessions will continue to be offered every Wednesday until 3:15 p.m. for students who would like to have an opportunity to ask additional questions outside of class.

Support/Essential Math with Ms. Menard

Essential ELA with Ms. Ponte


Essential Math

Since our last newsletter, we have finished our unit on transformations as well as exponents and have begun to work on solving systems of linear equations.  We’ve created many tools and resources in our notebooks throughout these units that students have used to help them solve different types of problems.

While working with exponents, students learned to apply rules to simplify expressions that have exponents.  We learned about the product rule, quotient rule, power rule, zero exponents, and negative exponents.  The unit ended with a review game, a student favorite of “trashketball” to help students prepare for the assessment.  
In our current unit, solving Systems of linear equations, we have reviewed solving multi step equations and how to graph equations.  We’ve started solving systems by graphing, graphing the lines of two equations and finding the point of intersection.  We will also look at the methods of elimination and substitution.

As a class, we are also participating in the school wide IXL competition, which takes place May 1- May 31.  Students are encouraged to spend time on grade 8 skills in IXL to contribute to our overall class average. In the first week of competition, we were the class with the highest average of questions answered!  We are in the running for a pizza party at the end!  Goutham was the student who completed the most problems in the school during the first week, answering more than 950 questions!

Understanding Shakespeare’s message or key theme in the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be the main focus for the rest of the third trimester. Students will be viewing the play in a movie format (the 1999 version) and work  with a booklet that contains soliloquies and comprehension questions.  Love is blind, love is irrational and the course of true love is never smooth are some of the messages Shakespeare expresses.
Students will be assessed on their understanding of the theme of the play.  The ORQ for the unit is based upon evidence and explanation of the how the characters overcome obstacles to find their truelove.  
Students have been using a guideline: ”5 R’s to Paraphrasing” when working to explain selected passages and scenes.  
The 5 R’s include: 
  1. Read- Read the passage through from beginning to end at least once
  2. Reword- Circle the words you do not know and look them up.  Students have been using a Shakespearean Glossary to help with this!
  3. Rearrange- Rearrange the words and ideas within the sentence
  4. Realize- Some words and phrases cannot be changed.
  5. Recheck- Make sure your paraphrase has the same meaning as the original

Additionally, students will be underlining figurative language including similes, metaphors and personification in the soliloquies in their booklets. Explaining the meaning of the similes and metaphors help comprehension skills and assists with understanding the play.