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

7 and 8 Class News 1/19/18

Dear Parents,

Yay! Finally a Friday game. I know everyone has been practicing hard for the first game. Good luck Hawks! Don`t forget to check out the information sheet about Lutheran Schools Week and dress appropriately  for each day.

In between all the fun activities throughout the week, we will be finishing up our novel. Permission slips will be going home in order for the class to watch the movie once we have finished the book. New Readnquiz books for the third quarter (hard to believe) are due in class on Monday, January 22nd. In social studies we will finish our chapter on Jackson. We will play a review game on Tuesday before the test on Wednesday.

In math this week the 7th graders will beginning a neat project.  They will be learning how percentages affect the daily lives of adults.  They will be “purchasing” a car – complete with a car loan with interest!  They will also find out how much different professions earn, and plan a budget.  They will need to be asking you some questions at home – such as utility costs – just to give you a heads up.  The 8th graders will be operations with scientific notation and exponents.  The algebra students will be moving on to polynomial operations.  In science we will be staring with thermal energy.  We will be focusing on heat and temperature this week.

Reminders:

-Taste of Trinity is this Sunday following the late service

-1/22-1/28 is Lutheran Schools Week

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 1/12/18

Dear Parents,

We have been busy planning out Lutheran Schools Week (1/22-1/28) and I think it is safe to say this may be my favorite one yet. Many fun activities will be taking place that week. Look for information coming home soon.

In ELA we are going to continue reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. During the week, we will be writing a response piece to a “Dear Abby” letter Bruno writes. In social studies we will take a look at increasing conflict between Native Americans and President Jackson, focusing on the Trail of Tears.

In math this week the 7th graders will be finishing up their chapter on percent.  They will have a test on Friday.  This is a tough test.  I have passed out answers to the review pages in the text.  They really need to be doing practice problems to study for the test.  The 8th graders will be doing a few days of cumulative review before moving on to scientific notation.  In science we will continue work on inventions, as well as move on to a chapter on thermal energy.  This week will find us learning about temperature and heat.

 

Reminders:

-Lutheran Schools Week information will be coming home shortly

– Taste of Trinity 1/28 – Students will be singing at the 10:30 service

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 1/5/18

Dear Parents,

Welcome 2018! I can`t wait to see what it has in store. I pray it is off to a great start for all of our Trinity families.

In ELA, we will continue reading our novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. We will be focusing on comparing and contrasting throughout the week. In social studies we will take a look at Andrew Jackson`s presidency and the spoils system.

In math this week the 7th graders will be working with applications of percent and simple interest.  They will have a quiz on Thursday.  The 8th graders will be reviewing systems of equations and taking a test on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Algebra students will be reviewing and testing on Tuesday before moving on to a chapter on polynomial operations.  In science we will be finishing up creation science.  The students will be taking articles from Creation Magazine (an excellent magazine on this topic) and creating newscast segments from them.  Should be fun and very informative!

 

Reminders:

-Taste of Trinity is Sunday, January 28th

 

God Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 12/22/17

Dear Parents,

Merry Christmas and happy New Year! I hope everyone has a blessed holiday with your families.

When we return from break, we will be starting our next novel unit which will be The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas. Throughout the unit, we will focus on making predictions and how to the author uses suspense to make the reader want to keep reading. In social studies we will have a notebook quiz on Tuesday. This is not a quiz that requires studying but rather organization.

After break, the 7th graders will be solving percent problems with equations and start doing real life problems involving percent.  The 8th graders will be finishing up with solving systems of equations, and applying that skill to real life problems.  The algebra students will be working with scatter plots, linear regression, and residuals.  In science we will continue with creation science.  We will focus how creation science supports the bible, the work of scientists Redi and Pasteur, as well as the observations of Charles Darwin.  Mixed in there, we will also do the next step of our inventions – drawing plans and creating supply lists and investor letters.

Thank you again for your help with all of our holiday events here at Trinity.

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

 

7 and 8 Class News 12/15/17

Dear Parents,

What talented students we have here at Trinity! Wednesday night was filled with such beautiful voices. Don`t forget next Friday is a half day. We are doing a classroom sock gift exchange after the pageant. Please make sure to send them in for Friday.

I sent home a review sheet with all the topics we have covered during this unit in ELA which will appear on the test on Wednesday. I also passed out study guide sheets which have been started in class, but must be completed by Tuesday to play the review game. In social studies we have also finished our last topic in the chapter. We will play a fun review game on Monday and the test will be on Tuesday. For social studies, they create their own study guides by creating two questions per page in their packet. Please encourage them to spend time on this as this is not only studying for the test, but also creating good studying habits.

In math this week the 7th graders will be working with percent problems and equations.  They will also be using percents in word problems.  The 8th graders will be solving systems of equations using substitution and elimination.  The algebra students will be working with systems of inequalities and scatter plots.  Both the 8th grade math and algebra students will be playing a superhero game with systems of equations on Thursday.  Should be fun!  In science we will continue with creation science.  We have gotten into the analysis of data, homology, and natural selection.  They will have a quiz on Wednesday.  We will also reach the next stage in our invention packet.

 

Reminders:

  • Friday, 12/22 is a half day (and classroom gift exchange)

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 12/8/17

Dear Parents,

This is such a busy time of year. I hope that you are all finding some time to enjoy the season in between the hustle and bustle of all the activities.

In ELA this week we will take a look at the difference between implied themes and stated themes. We will be discussing what details to look for in the passages to help determine the theme. In social studies we will examine how our country was starting to become divided during this time over tariffs and how these tarrifs influenced interstate commerce.

In math this week the 7th graders will be starting their study of percents.  We will dive into the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents first.  We will then be relating percents to proportions.  The 8th graders will be solving systems of equations by graphing, substitution, and elimination.  The algebra students will be solving systems of equations and inequalities.  In science we will continue with creation science, as well as doing two days on our inventions.  Please sign and return the note about the inventions if you have not already.

The 7th and 8th graders did a great job guiding the preschool and kindergartners in coding activities this past week!  They were great mentors and leaders.  We were very proud of them!

If you haven’t noticed – snow is here!  We still go out for recess (unless it is below about 20 degrees).  Please be sure your child has appropriate outerwear.  Winter coats are a must!  If your child wants to go off the parking lot and play in the snow, he/she also needs hat, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and boots.  Any winter wear may be kept at school for the winter.   It does not have to go back and forth every day.

 

Reminders:

-Wednesday, 12/13 Advent Service (6:30 for Alleluia Choir,  6:45 for all other students)

-Thursday, 12/14 Class trip meeting 5:30

 

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

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