7 and 8 Class News 6/2/17

Dear Parents,

It seems crazy that it is already time for the class and sports night to be here. We are almost done, but still have work to be completed.

In ELA we will be playing a review game on Tuesday. Everyone needs to have their study guides filled out by then in order to play the review game. The test will be on Friday. In social studies we will play our review game on Monday and the test will be on Tuesday. Everyone should be taking their packets home to study.

In math this week the 7th graders will be taking their final.  That will most likely take both Monday and Tuesday.  They will then spend some time creating a Geometry City using the skills they learned in our geometry studies.  The 8th graders will be reviewing for their final.  Dates for review sessions are posted under the homework tab on the website.  The students have review packets to help them prepare.  In science, the written component of the state test is on Monday.   We will then be finishing up the sheep heart dissection and preparing for a quiz over the material.  The kids have done a great job with the dissection.

 

**There will be no more Resource Room for the remainder of the year.

Reminders:

-Sports Banquet/Class Night – Friday, June 2nd 6:00

-School Picnic – Camp Pioneer – Wednesday, June 7th – All are welcome – drivers needed

-Donuts with Dad – 8:30-10:00 – Wednesday, June 14th – Dads and special adult male friends welcome!

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 5/26/17

Dear Parents,

What a busy couple of weeks we have coming up at the school! Please make sure to check the newsletter and emails for important dates and times.

In ELA we will be discussing the difference between static and dynamic characters. We will also practice determining the meaning of words based on their roots. In social studies we will look at the responsibilities of a citizen and how someone can become a citizen.

In math this week the 7th graders will continue reviewing for their final.  This is a cumulative final, covering all material from the year.  They have all been given a study packet to help guide them through the study process.  Their final will be on Monday, June 5th.  I will have two after school review sessions for them – both optional.  Wednesday, May 31st and Thursday, June 1st.  Review sessions go until 4:15.  The 8th graders will be finishing up their flight unit, as well as studying for their final.  They have a cumulative final, covering material from the whole year.  They have been given a review packet to help guide them through the study process.  Their final will be Friday, June 9th.  I have two after school review sessions for them – both optional.  Tuesday, June 6th and Thursday, June 8th.

In science we will be continuing with the cardiovascular system and the sheep heart dissection.

Reminders:

-Permission slips have come home for Pioneer and Field Day.  Please sign and return them.

-Donuts with Dad is on Wed. June 14th 8:30-10.  Please try to attend.  Grandfathers and special male friends are also welcome.

-Last day of school is Th. June 15th.  This is a half day.  Closing service/Graduation is at 7:00.  All students are required to attend.  Report cards are handed out following graduation.

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 5/19/17

Dear Parents,

Miss Hoffmann is still on the class trip – so no news from her this time!

In math this week the 7th graders will be finishing up their chapter on volume and surface area.  After that they will start reviewing for their final.  The 8th graders will continue with their unit on flight.  They will finish creating planes and start flying them in competition.  Competitions will be in length of flight, distance, and accuracy.  In science we will be starting our heart dissection.  The hands-on component of the state science test for 8th grade will be on Thursday.

Please remember to send in Class Night paperwork.  We need to get a good count.  Thanks!

In Him,

Katie Willert

7 and 8 Class News 5/12/17

Dear Parents,

It is finally May 12th!  I am sure everyone has had this date circled on the calendar for a long time now. I am blown away by the talent I have seen this week in rehearsals. Remember to invite friends and family to come see the show.

Just a reminder I will be on the eighth grade class trip this upcoming week. Mrs. Mackey will be filling in for me. The seventh graders will be working on a creative writing piece throughout the week. In social studies they will complete a DBQ (document based questions) on the American Revolution. They will also be working on a mini project on the checks and balances of the three branches of government.

In math this week the 7th graders will be continuing with volume and surface area of solid shapes.  In science, the 7th graders will be dissecting worms.  Can’t wait!

Reminders:

-Walk-A-Thon is 5/25

-Please send in paperwork for Class/Sports Night ASAP

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 5/5/17

Dear Parents,

Can you believe we are already at the halfway point of the fourth quarter? Time is just flying by! As you know there are many fun events going on from now until graduation so please make sure to check the school`s newsletter for important dates and times.

In ELA we will be looking at how authors express themselves through their writing style. We will focus on how authors use word choice, sentence length and rhythm, and tone to produce their style. Everyone`s final copy of the thematic essay should be printed out or shared with me by Wednesday. In social studies we will discuss the viewpoints of the federalists and the anti-federalists. We will finish the chapter with the compromise of adding a bill of rights to the Constitution. There will be a quiz on Thursday.

In math this week the 7th graders will be working with volume and surface area of solid figures.  The 8th graders will start an extension project.  They will either be working with the math and science surrounding flight or they will be planning a cross country trip by plane and car.  I am letting them choose…so we’ll see!  In science we will be studying the circulatory system.  They will have a quiz on Friday.

 

Reminders:

-Muffins with mom is Wednesday 5/10

-Musical is Friday 5/12 at 1:00 and 7:00

-Walk-a-thon is 5/25

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

 

 

7 and 8 Class News 4/29/17

Dear Parents

Are you excited for Open House and the Curriculum Fair tonight? I sure am! I can`t wait for everyone to see all the really cool projects the students have been working on for the past couple of weeks. I have learned a lot from their presentations this week in class.

In ELA we will be focusing on how word choice, setting, and events contribute to the mood of a passage. Both the seventh and eitgth graders will continue to  work on the thematic essay on our latest novel, A Long Walk to Water. In social studies we will be taking a look at the very complicated task of setting up a new country and it`s government. We will start by looking at the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. Later in the week we will look at the Virginia Plan, New Jersey Plan, and finally the Great Compromise.

Math state tests are on Tuesday,  Wednesday, and Thursday.  Please be sure your child eats a good breakfast and gets a good night’s sleep.  Also, please remind your child not to let these tests stress her out.  Just trying her best is all I ever ask.  We have discussed this at school, but reinforcement from home is great!

In science we will be moving on to the human body.  This week we will start learning about the cardiovascular system before we start on our sheep heart dissections.

Reminders:

-Musical is on Friday, May 12th at 1:00 and 7:00

-Muffins with Moms is on Wednesday, May 10th at 8:30

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 4/21/17

Dear Parents,

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! Please continue to share word about our upcoming open house next Friday, April 28th. Thank you to everyone who has been working hard getting the school ready for the event. The hallways look great!

In ELA we will be finishing the novel A Long Walk to Water.  Early in the week we will look at the connections here at home with the story including the organization, Water for South Sudan located in Rochester, New York. There will be a quiz on the book on Wednesday. In social studies we will play a review game on Monday and the test will be on Tuesday. Everyone should be taking home their packets home over the weekend to study.

In math this will be our last week of cumulative review.  The students have been making great strides in remembering and using all of the material they have learned this year!  In science we will be finishing up the study of creation science.  It is neat to see the kids connecting faith and science in positive ways.  We will then move on to the human body.

 

Reminders:

-Curriculum Fair is on Friday, 4/28!!!  All students are required to attend and stand by their projects for at least half an hour.  This is part of their grade.  The projects are looking good.  Please be checking in with your child on the progress, and have him/her practice his/her presentation for you.   Thanks for all of your help from the home end!

Reminders:

-8th grade pictures are May 1st.  Please be sure your child has appropriate clothes.

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

 

7 and 8 Class News 4/7/17

Dear Parents,

While vacation is a great time to refresh and relax, nothing can match up to the joy of that message we will continue to be reminded of in the coming days. The message that replaces despair with joy, fear with hope, and death with life. I pray that all of you have a blessed Easter!

When we return from break, we will continue reading A Long Walk to Water. In the story, one of the characters is struggling to learn English.  We will take a look at what makes English a difficult language to learn due to things such as homonyms, homographs, and homophones. In social studies we will look at the hard time colonists had at Valley Forge during the winter. We will also discuss the ways that different groups contributed to the war cause including women and Native Americans.

In math next week the both the 7th and 8th graders will continue with cumulative review.  It is tough work bringing all of those past concepts back up, but the kids are plugging away at it!  I can’t stress enough how important the review is!  In science we will continue with creation science.  We will start learning about the origin of life and the amazing complexity of information in the cell.

Reminders:

-Easter Egg Hunt is Sunday, 4/9 at noon

– The musical is on May 12th

 

Happy Easter!

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 3/31/17

Dear Parents,

We are so thankful that Mr. Willert is feeling better and was able to join us for class yesterday! For the past several weeks, a representative from UNYTS has come in during gym class to speak about healthy living, blood donations and organ donations. We were joined this week by Mrs. Anderson`s sister who shared her incredible journey and connection with UNYTS. Thank you Mrs. Anderson for arranging this course.

In ELA we will be starting a new novel unit. Both grades will be reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. This book is unique in the sense that it has a parallel plot structure. It tells the story of  eleven year old Salva Dut and eleven year old Nya. In social studies everyone has been working with their partner on their project on one of the major battles of the American Revolution. We will finish these up next week and every group will teach the class as the battles occur in our study. Next week we will take a look at the Battle of Long Island, Battle of Trenton, and Battle of Saratoga.

In math this week, both grades will be working on cumulative review.  This is really when the material for the year starts to take hold.  Coming back and reviewing material helps the kids learn it better and better!  In science we will continue with creation science.  This week we will keep looking at the seven tenets of materialism, and how creation refutes those tenets.  We will also be doing a lab on the density of ice.  One of many amazing creations of God that allow life to thrive on Earth.

*New AR books due Monday

Reminders:

-Trinity Easter Egg hunt, Sunday, April 9th

-Camp Pioneer Retreat,  4/21-4/23

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 3/24/17

Dear Parents,

Thank you God for these rainy days which will help those beautiful flowers to bloom soon! Hope your week has been going smoothly.

Next week is the New York State tests for ELA. They will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. A letter was sent home this week regarding the tests. Due to the tests, we will spend the remainder days reviewing and also sharing the short stories written by the seventh and eighth graders last week.

In math this week the 7th graders will be testing on geometry before moving on to cumulative review.  The 8th graders will be testing on volume before moving on to analyzing data.  In science we will continue with creation science.  We will focus  on the how the theory of evolution is based on the belief in materialism.  We will be looking at the seven main beliefs of materialism, how they relate to evolution, and – the best part – how creation disproves those main beliefs.  What an amazing God we have!

 

Reminders:

-Easter Egg Hunt is on Sunday, April 9th at noon

-Open House and Curriculum Fair is on Friday, April 28th

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

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