Posted by: aoifelove | January 9, 2016

Happy New Year!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

Happy New Year!  I hope that this new year will bring you all much love, happiness, smiles, laughter, success, good health, and surprises on a daily basis.  I trust that you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families.  Your children returned to school happy and rested.  They definitely enjoyed their Christmas break, as per “Share Time,” last Monday. We have just begun a new year in the education of your children. We have a lot of new and exciting work to study, learn, research, ponder, explore, and discuss before June, 2016.

THANK YOU once again for all the great gifts that you showered upon me and my co-workers for Christmas.  We are indeed blessed to have such thoughtful and generous parents.  THANK YOU for giving “Christmas” to our adopted family.  THANK YOU for the delicious donations for our Eighth Grade Christmas party.  They had a great time!  A very special THANK YOU to my homeroom Mom, Laura Visco, Michelle Acosta, Mary Rudick, Cheri Bell, and their team of parents who helped with the gingerbread houses.  Great job!

This past week in literature, my Eighth Graders continued reading Night by Elie Wiesel. This week, they will finish reading the book.  Then, they will watch an interview with Elie Wiesel and Oprah Winfry, as he returns to the Auschwitz concentration camp.  In addition to this, my Eighth Graders will continue to work on their Career Projects. This past week, they focused on how to write questionnaires for interviews.  They accomplished a lot of work with the help of their laptops.  This coming week, they will learn how to fill in a job application and a college application.  For their homework, they will research and write-up their “Career 3.”

This past week in history, my Eighth Graders finished reading Chapter 4.  This coming week, they will read Chapter 5, and learn about the Thomas Jefferson Era, the Louisiana Purchase, and Lewis and Clark.  In addition to this, they will watch documentaries to enhance what they read in their history books.

This past week in religion, the Eighth Graders read about Martin Luther, his 95 Theses, the Protestant Reformation, and how the Church struggled with corruption during the Middle Ages. This coming week, they will read about the Counter-Reformation.  In addition to this, they will prepare for the Acre Tests, which will be given during the first week of February.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Rewrites of Career 2 are due on Monday, January 12.
  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 10 in Wordly Wise, for Friday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 10 of Wordly Wise, for Friday.
  • Research and write Career 3, for Friday.

Please Note:

  • Last Tuesday, I sent home large white envelopes of all the work/tests (from September to December), from my Eighth Graders’ files.  Please sign the envelope, to assure me that you have received the work, and return the empty envelope to me this week.  MANY THANKS to those parents who have already returned the envelopes.
  • Many of our Middle School parents are experiencing difficulty logging on to the Sycamore Portal.  Therefore, I chose to continue to use Word Press for another week.  We, Middle School teachers, hope to solve this problem this coming week.  Please contact us, if you are experiencing any difficulties with the Sycamore Portal.  Thank you!

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a grand week ahead.


Miss Susan 🙂