7 and 8 Class News 4/13/18

Dear Parents,

Last week Wednesday, several members of Trinity`s congregation and Pastor Krueger left on a missions trip to Haiti. Everyone returned home safely this past Wednesday. They were able to visit the Upper Room Orphanage which the church helps to sponsor and the place where our third quarter chapel offerings were donated. During their trip, everyone took turns writing daily updates and talking about their experience there. I have attached the link to the church’s website if you would like to read about their trip:

http://www.trinitywestseneca.com/2018/04/updated-2018-haiti-mission-trip/

In ELA we will be starting our next unit which will be on poetry. To begin, we will look at the structure of poems and sound devices poets include such as alliteration and onomatopoeia. We will also be taking some class time to peer edit the essays for the curriculum fair. Please make sure to remind your child that final copies are due on Wednesday, April 18th. In social studies we will take a look President Lincoln`s presidency including the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation.

In math the 7th graders will be working on some cumulative review.  The 8th graders will be finishing up their chapter on data analysis before testing on Wednesday.  They will then be doing cumulative review as well.  In science we will be learning about the moon – its characteristics and influences on planet earth.  There will be a test over this chapter on Thursday.

The students need to keep working on their Wax Museum projects!  They look great so far. Please discuss the costume with your child, so it doesn’t get left to the last minute.

Report cards are being sent home today. Please look them over and return the signed envelope as soon as possible.

 

Reminders:

  • Curriculum Fair is Friday, April 27th  – attendance is required

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

 

7 and 8 Class News 3/30/18

Dear Parents,

Happy Easter! Enjoy this time with your family celebrating the resurrection of our Lord.

Material was sent home regarding the Wax Museum for our Spring Spectacular on April 27th. Please be sure to look it over with your child.  There are 4 more steps and separate deadlines.  We will be working on this quite a bit in class, but some may need to be done at home.  Especially gathering up materials for a costume.  Thanks for your help!  I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

When we return from break, the ELA state tests will be on Wednesday and Thursday. A letter was sent home from the office about the tests several weeks ago. Please make sure you have read it over. In social studies we will take a look at the election of 1860 and  the advantages of the North and the South during the war.

In math next week the 7th graders will be learning about area of figures and circumference and area of circles.  We will also be reviewing for a test.  We may get to the test Friday.  Keep an eye out for an exact date.  The 8th graders will be starting a chapter on analyzing data.  We will start with scatter plots  and tend lines.  The algebra students will be continuing with exponential functions and function review.  In science we will be reviewing material from our cow eye dissections in preparation for a quiz.

 

Reminders:

-Open House/Learning Fair is Friday, April 27th

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 3/23/18

Dear Parents,

Happy spring! Can you believe the fourth quarter is practically here? Wow- time sure has gone by quickly this year.

In ELA we will do a mixture of multiple choice comprehension practice and short response comprehension practice. Everyone will also get to share their creative writing pieces they have been working so hard on this week. New Readnquiz books are due on Wednesday. In social studies we will be learning about the Civil War and reconstruction of the South.

In math this week the 7th graders will continue with their work on geometry.  They will be working with the area of a triangle and other figures.  The 8th graders will be working with finding side lengths of similar solids before taking a test on Thursday and Friday.  In science we will be doing our cow eye dissection.  We dissect cow eyes because they are so similar to human eyes, and we have been studying sight.  These cows are butchered for meat, so they are not killed just for their organs.  It is amazing to see the parts of the eye, and marvel at God our creator for making life so amazing!

Reminders:

-Please check with your child about his/her pencil supply.  Mrs. Willert is really running low on her extras, as they keep getting taken by students.  Everyone needs to have his/her own pencils.  Thanks!

-Trinity Easter Egg Hunt is this Sunday 12:00-1:00

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 3/15/18

Dear Parents,

Happy St. Patrick`s Day! Let us celebrate with a delicious spaghetti dinner. Hope to see everyone there!

In ELA we will be focusing on comprehension practice skills such as rereading, summarizing, and making predictions. We will also work on using context clues to help find the meaning of vocabulary words. In social studies we will play a fun review game on Monday in preparation for the test on Tuesday. Everyone should be working on filling out their study guides to help them study.

In math this week the 7th graders will be playing a review game for a couple of days before moving on to angle measure and area.  The 8th graders will be working on volume of solids.  The algebra students will be starting a chapter on comparing functions and exponential functions.  In science we will be finishing up our chapter on waves.  There will be a test later in the week.

Reminders:

-Spaghetti Dinner is from 12-4

-March 25th is the Easter Egg Hunt here at Trinity

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

 

 

 

 

 

In math this week the 7th graders will be playing a review game for a couple of days before moving on to angle measure and area.  The 8th graders will be working on volume of solids.  The algebra students will be starting a chapter on comparing functions and exponential functions.  In science we will be finishing up our chapter on waves.  There will be a test later in the week.

7 and 8 Class News 3/9/18

Dear Parents,

What an exciting season for our basketball players and cheerleaders! Thank you to the parents and everyone who helped out throughout the season. Now on to volleyball.

In ELA we will continue to work on our biography writing pieces. We will also finish our discussion on organizational structures. I will be sending home a study guide sheet today which will be due on Wednesday. Anyone who does not have their study guides completed will not be allowed to play the review game before the test on Thursday. In social studies we will investigate the reforms of this time period, including the temperance movement, and discuss how the antislavery movement grew. On Friday, we will play a review game for the test the following Monday.

In math the 7th graders will be playing a jeopardy review game for cumulative review.  They will then move on to measuring angle measures.  The 8th graders will be working with transformations and symmetry before reviewing for and taking a test.  The algebra students will be taking a quiz and then a test on quadrilateral functions.  Both 7th and 8th graders will be celebrating Pi Day on Wednesday, 3/14.  We will do special activities on Wednesday involving circles.  Always a favorite!  In science we will be doing a lab on sound waves before moving on to the study of light.

 

Reminders:

-Social studies extra credit is due 3/16

-Spaghetti Dinner is Saturday, March 17th

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 3/2/18

Dear Parents,

Did you see the flowers starting to come up in the front of the school this week? Of course they are covered with snow now, but it is reassuring to know that very shortly (hopefully) we will be seeing a lot more of them.

In ELA we will look at the organizational structures of three passages and discuss why the author chose that style. We will also begin to work on writing a biography. In social studies we are taking a look at the the different economies of the North and the South. This week in social studies, we focused on the industrial economy of the North and next week we will look at the agricultural economy of the South.

In math this week the 7th graders will be finishing up with probability.   They will have a test on Thursday or Friday.  The 8th graders will be working with transformations and congruence before moving on to dilations.  In algebra we will be finishing up quadratic functions.  We will be focusing on word problems and solving quadratic-linear systems.   In science we will be moving on to waves.  We will be learning about refraction and reflection to start out.

 

Reminders:

-Saturday is the Character Carnival out at the Hub in Hamburg

-March 17th is the Spaghetti Dinner

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 2/16/18

Dear Parents,

Hope everyone has a wonderful week off! Enjoy the time with your family.

When we return from break, we will practice making connections between supporting paragraphs and the main idea. Don`t forget new Readnquiz books are due on Tuesday, February 27th. In social studies we will spend some time with geography skills before beginning our next chapter.

In math next week, the 7th grade will be working with probability.  They will be learning about experimental probability, sample spaces, and compound events.  The 8th grade will be doing some cumulative review before moving into a chapter on translations.  They will focus on reflections, symmetry, and rotations next week.  The algebra students will continue with their chapter on quadratic functions.  They will be doing a lot of graphing and interpreting those graphs.  In  science the students will be reviewing for a test over chapter 21.  This test will be on Wednesday.  It would be a great idea to do some reviewing over break.  The vocab is all set up to practice on quizlet.com.

 

Reminders:

-Spaghetti Dinner is on Saturday, March 17th

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 2/9/18

Dear Parents,

Thank you for being so generous and quick with your donations of wipes and tissues. Tis the time of year when we go through a lot of our stock. We have a busy upcoming week with basketball games and special events. Make sure to check out the school newsletter for additional information.

In ELA we will look at our first type of nonfiction work, a narrative essay, on Harriet Tubman. We will focus on strategies to help find the main idea and key details of this type of writing piece. In social studies we will be finishing our chapter by discussing the California gold rush. On Wednesday, we will play a fun review game and the test will be on Thursday. Everyone should be taking their packets home with them every night to study.

In math this week the 7th grade will be doing some cumulative review on concepts learned so far this year.  They will then begin studying probability.   We will have fun with dice, spinner, and cards for this chapter!  The 8th graders will keep going with geometry concepts.   This week will find them studying polygons and similar triangles.  The algebra students will move into quadratic functions and their graphs.  We will really have those graphing calculators humming this week!  In science the students will spend a day on 100th day investigations before continuing our study of thermal energy.  We will focus on engines and refrigerators this week.  The students will then be designing their own labs to compare thermal insulators.

 

 

Reminders:

-Monday is our 100th day of school! Dress like you are 100 years old.

-Wednesday is our Dairy Magic Show and Valentine`s Day parties (They may bring in treats or valentines, but they must be for the whole class)

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 2/2/18

Dear Parents,

Make sure to check out the school`s Facebook page to see some pictures from our field trip yesterday. We had such a great time on Elmwood.

In ELA the seventh and eighth graders will be finishing up their compare and contrast essays. During the remainder of the week, we will be taking a look at the different organization methods used by nonfiction writers such as cause and effect, compare and contrast, and chronological order. In social studies we will be focusing on Texas and learning about the famous Alamo. Later in the week we will look at the challenges the Lone Star Republic faced.

In math this week the 7th graders will be finishing up their chapter on collecting and analyzing data.  They will have a test on Friday.  The 8th graders will keep working with geometry.  They will focus on angles and congruent figures.  The algebra students will test on polynomial operations and factoring before starting quadratic functions.  In science we will keep moving with our study of thermal energy.   Their ice cube projects are due on Monday.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

I have been noticing some students are running out of basic supplies such as pencils, paper, index cards, etc. Please check with your child if they need some of their supplies replenished.

Reminders:

-Spaghetti Dinner is March 17th

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

 

7 and 8 Class News 1/26/18

Dear Parents,

Well this was one exciting week! From Lutheran Schools week to a surprise announcement. I would like to personally thank you all for your kind words and excitement surrounding our engagement.

Report cards go home today.  Please be sure to sign and return the report card envelope.  You may keep the report card.  Please call/email Mrs. Willert or I if you have any questions.

Next week is back to normal. We will be starting our new unit in ELA which focuses on nonfiction pieces. We will start by first looking at the different types of nonfiction and their characteristics. In social studies we will also begin a new chapter. Over the next couple of weeks, we will focus on our nation`s westward expansion and the idea of manifest destiny.

In math this week the 7th graders will be finishing up their Real Life Percent projects.  They have had a great time finding jobs and determining salaries after taxes!  Interesting stuff!  The 8th graders will be testing on chapter 6 – scientific notation and exponents – before moving on to geometry.  In Algebra we will be factoring polynomials.  In science we will continue with our chapter on thermal energy.  This week we will focus on heat.  The students did a great job on their inventions!  They are in the hallway – come check them out!  I am passing out a new project this week.  No worries – it is not as in-depth and long term as the invention!  Just keep an eye out for the ice-cube project.

Reminders:

-The whole school will be singing at the 10:30 service here at Trinity on Sunday.

-Sunday is the Taste of Trinity

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

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