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

7 and 8 Class News 12/1/17

Dear Parents,

Don`t you just love to drive around and look at all those Christmas lights? Remember to let the light of Christ shine in you this holiday season.

In ELA we will do some practice with analogies and making inferences. We will also take a look at how point of view influences the story. The seventh and eighth graders will take a section of the passage and rewrite it in another character `s point of view. In social studies we will be looking at how the Industrial Revolution changed the daily lives of people during that time.

In math this week the 7th graders will be finishing up their chapter on proportions.  They will have a test on Wednesday. They will then spend a day on cumulative review. The 8th graders will be finishing up their chapter on linear functions.  They will have a test on Tuesday.  They will then spend a day on cumulative review.  The algebra students will be working with graphing inequalities and solving systems of equations.  All the 7th and 8th graders will also be making Christmas-themed math story problems.

In science, we will be starting a study of creation science.  We will be looking at the science that supports creation.  Why is the biblical account of creation true, and the materialistic view of evolution not true?  That is what we will spend the next couple of weeks looking at.  The kids also have an experiment that they are working on at home on food decay (in relation to an article they read on mummies).

Reminders:

-December 13th 7:00 – Christmas Celebration – All students involved!

-December 22nd – 1/2 day of school, 1st and 2nd grade pageant

 

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 11/3/17

Dear Parents,

I wanted to share with you a note in a card we received in the mail this week from someone in the West Seneca community. It reads, “We want to thank you for the delicious chicken dinners we shared with our family Saturday. It was so well organized. The three little girls who came out for our tickets and returned with the dinners were so cute, with great smiles and very polite. We look forward to next year`s event, this being our first as we just moved into West Seneca in September”.  Incredible!

In ELA we will continue to work our way through the novel unit, completing some fun activities with the chapters. New Readnquiz books will be due on Monday, November 13th. In social studies we will be looking at the events  and results of the War of 1812. This is the last section of the chapter which means everyone should be taking their packets home over the mini break to study for their upcoming test.

In math this week, the 7th graders will be working with unit rates and proportional reasoning.  The 8th graders will be doing cumulative review and starting on rate of change.  The Algebra students will start working with inequalities.  In science we will be continuing our little mini-unit on magnetism.  We will be tracing field lines, learning where magnets come from, and how the earth is like a magnet.

 

Reminders:

-No school next week Wednesday-Friday due to teacher conferences

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 10/27/17

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had time to relax on Sunday after the chicken BBQ. Thank you again for all your help!

In ELA we have started two novel units. Some students are reading The Giver, by Lois Lowry and the other students are reading White Fang, written by Jack London. Throughout the week we will complete fun activities and mini projects that go along with the plot of each story. In social studies we will discuss the benefits and risks of  overseas trading and how the British and French violated the neutrality of American ships.

In math this week the 7th graders will finish up their chapter on inequalities.  They will have a test on Wednesday.  I have sent home answers to practice problems.  They should be doing these practice problems to help study for the test.  The 8th graders will be finishing up their chapter on functions.  They will have a test on Friday.  I have also sent home answers to practice problems for them.  The Algebra students will be finishing up their chapter on equations, proportions, and dimensional analysis.  They may have a test before the end of the week.  In science we will be taking a test on chapter 19 – Newton’s Laws.  I will then pass out a project dealing with Newton’s Laws.  Be on the lookout for that.  We will then spend a few days on a Balloon Rocket lab.  Very fun!  And it covers all 3 of Newton’s Laws.

 

Reminders:

-Trunk or Treat 10/28 at 6:30

-Pumpkin Day 10/31

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 10/20/17

Dear Parents,

It is finally here- the chicken BBQ. I wanted to personally say thank you for all help. Tomorrow will be a great day!

In ELA we will be taking a break from the textbooks and workbook to do a novel unit. These are my favorite! We will be doing a lot of fun activities that tie in with the plot of the story. In social studies we will be looking at the Lewis and Clark expedition along with American trading with other nations. We will also discuss how the Embargo Act affected trade.

In math this week the 7th graders will be working with inequalities.  The 8th graders will be learning about functions and proportional relationships.  In science, we have been learning about Newton’s Laws.  This week we will finish up the second law, and move on to the third.  We will also start reviewing for a test over this material.

Reminders:

-Chicken BBQ is tomorrow

-Trunk and Treat 10/28

-Pumpkin Day 10/31

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 10/13/17

Dear Parents,

Thank you God for giving us grandparents who love us so much. Grandparents Day is definitely one of my favorite events at Trinity. I loved seeing cars parked on the grass when we walked over for chapel. How awesome!

We will spend the first part of the week reviewing for the ELA test which will be on Thursday. I sent home a review sheet that has all the topics listed that will appear on the test. I also sent home a study guide sheet that must be filled out in order to play the review game on Wednesday. No spelling words this week due to the test. In social studies, there will be the state capital quiz on Wednesday. We have been doing a lot of practice in class, and I have also put the states and capitals on Quizlet for independent studying.

In math this week the 7th graders will be taking their test over chapter 2 on Tuesday.  They have a review sheet to be working on to help them study for the test.  The 8th graders will be reviewing for their next test.  They will then test on Wednesday and Thursday.  On Friday, they will start the relating graphs to events.  The algebra students will be working with equations that have variables on both sides, equations about consecutive integers, and ratios and proportions.  In science we will be starting our next chapter on Newton’s laws.  We will be focusing on Newton’s first and second laws this week.

Reminders:

-9:00 tomorrow passing out fliers

-Chicken BBQ is on Saturday 10/21

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 10/6/17

Dear Parents,

Fall is my favorite season because it is such a wonderful reminder of how beautiful God created this world. I love watching the green leaves turn into pretty reds and oranges. However, did you know that these colors are always there in the leaves? Just like the color in the leaves, God is always there for us. How wonderful!

In ELA we will spend time comparing and contrasting fictional and nonfictional narratives. We will look for invented details and true details from the two passages we read in class. I will be sending home a study guide sheet for students to fill out for their  test, which will be during the week of October 16th. In social studies there will be a map quiz on Wednesday. We will be starting our next chapter which will focus on Thomas Jefferson`s presidency. Our first section will be looking at how he reduced the power of the government.

In math this week the 7th graders will finish up working with 2 step equations before moving on to equations with the distributive property.  The 8th graders will be working with multiple step equations with variables on both sides of the equation.  The algebra students will be reviewing for a test over our latest material, basic equations and beginning functions.  In science we will be finishing up our car safety lab, which has been a ton of fun.  We will then spend a day in the latest Science News before moving on to Newton’s Laws of Motion.

 

Reminders:

-Grandparents Day Chapel and breakfast 10/11

-Flyer pass out 10/14

-Chicken BBQ 10/21

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 9/29/17

Dear Parents,

Extra hot days means lots of popsicles! Hope everyone enjoys the cooler weekend.

In ELA we will be looking at what information should be included in summaries. Then, we will practice writing a summary of our story this week, Tell-Tale Heart. We will also look at the meanings of several prefixes and suffixes.  In social studies we will play a fun review game on Tuesday for the first test on Wednesday. Everyone should be taking their packets home with them to study a couple of sheets each night.

In math this week, the 7th graders will be working on solving one and two step equations.  The 8th graders will be solving multi-step equations and equations with variables on both sides.  In Algebra we will also be solving equations and starting work with functions.  In science we will be finishing up our chapter on motion.  There will be a test most likely on Wednesday.  Please be sure your child is studying the information on the study guide.

Reminders:

-Grandparents Day Chapel is on Wednesday, October 11th

-Chicken BBQ 10/21

-Passing out flyers to the neighborhood on Saturday, 10/14

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

 

7 and 8 Class News 9/22/17

Dear Parents,

How blessed are we to have such a beautiful day for our first soccer game (and what looks like will continue for our next couple of games too)! Remember that God loves the way we get in the game. Faith is not a spectator sport so put on the armor of God and make sure you are getting in the game.

In ELA we will be looking at details from the text to determine character traits while reading our passages. We will examine if each character shows many different traits and are a round character, or if they just show one trait and are flat characters. In social studies we will examine the rise of political powers and how they impacted our early presidential elections. Everyone should start to review a couple pages from their packets each night. Our first test will not be until the week of October 1st, but it is always a great idea to start studying about a week in advance. (Miss Hoffmann)

The students had a great time at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve!  I would encourage all of you to get there for a hike this fall.  It is free and open to the public.  I sent brochures of programs home with the kids too.  Again, thanks to all of our drivers!

In math this week, the 7th graders will be simplifying expressions and solving one step equations.  The 8th graders will be reviewing fraction and integer operations before diving into solving 2 step equations.  In science we will keep progressing in our chapter on motion.  We will be learning about acceleration and collisions.  There will be a quiz over the first two lessons probably on Thursday. (Mrs. Willert)

*Mrs. Willert will not be at Resource Room on Wednesday. She has a doctor appointment that has been scheduled for a long time. I will still be here.

 

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine this weekend!

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

7 and 8 Class News 9/15/17

Dear Parents,

Have a fun time at the Trinity Camp Out tonight if you are going. Don`t
forget that we have the blessings of backpacks at Trinity this Sunday
during the late service if you are able to make it. See you all on Monday for our first class trip meeting. 

Next week in ELA we will be looking at how asking questions to compare and contrast helps a reader enrich their understanding of the text. We will also discuss how the setting of a story can create different moods. In social studies we will take a look at the outcomes of the Whiskey Rebellion and President Washington`s foreign policy. (Miss Hoffmann)

In math this week the 7th grade will be reviewing for and taking their first chapter test.  They have been given answers to chapter review pages, as a way of practicing and checking at home in preparation for the test.  The test will be on Thursday.  The 8th graders will be working with the Pythagorean Theorem and finding distances on a coordinate plane.  Algebra kids will be finishing up the review chapter and taking a quiz on it.  The quiz will most likely be Wednesday or Thursday.

In science we will be focusing on our field trip to Reinstein woods on Tuesday.  We will be doing a program with the Reinstein staff in the morning, and I will be running programs on tree identification and orienteering in the afternoon.  We will be doing some science lessons on pond life and succession in preparation for our trip.  I will send out more details about the field trip on Monday, but please be sure your child is ready for a bag lunch and old clothes/sneakers.  I LOVE science and being outdoors, so I can’t wait! (Mrs. Willert)

 

Reminders:

-Camp out is tonight

-Blessings of backpacks 9/17

– Field Trip to Reinstein Woods 9/19

-Chicken BBQ 10/21

 

 

God`s Blessings,

Ashley Hoffmann

Katie Willert

 

 

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