Posted by: aoifelove | September 10, 2016

A Great Start, 8th Graders!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

We are off to a great start!  I am happy to report that my Eighth Graders completed a grand first week of school.  I know that they will be wonderful role-models for their peers, as well as great examples of excellence.  They appear to be happy to have reached this milestone in their education.  I trust that they will remain enthusiastic and focused on their academics as they prepare for high school.

This past week, my Eighth Graders commenced reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.  It is an allegory about the Russian Revolution, and the dictatorship and cruelty of Josef Stalin.  They also started Lesson 1 of Wordly Wise.  I always complete the first lesson in class with my students, in order to clarify my expectations for their future homework in this workbook.  In addition to this, they started their first journal entry, “All About Me.”

This coming week, my Eighth Graders will continue to read and analyze Animal Farm, finish Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise, and complete their journal entry. In addition to this, they will view Episode 1 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Then, they will write a summary of the episode for homework, as it is essential to be able to summarize succinctly.  The first summary will be due on Friday, September 23.  We will concentrate on writing summaries for the next six weeks, as my students will watch and summarize six episodes of Pride and Prejudice.  If time permits, they will begin their study of Literary Terms.

My Eighth Graders appeared to have enjoyed their first drama classes last Tuesday and Thursday.  They certainly laughed a lot.  They explored expressing emotions and states of being using their faces, hand gestures, and leg movements.  They also made up a skit, which was mimed.  I introduced them to movement and dance during Thursday’s drama class, and they surprised me with their talent.  This week in drama class, they will work on a skit about “Service,” in preparation for October’s assembly, which they will host.


Classroom Orientation will take place on Thursday, September 15, at 3:30p.m. -4:30p.m.  I look forward to meeting with you.

The following is the homework for this coming week:

  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 1 in Wordly Wise, on Friday, September 16.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and talk to me, either before or after school.  If this does not suit your schedule, you can send an email to me at:

I am excited to be working with your children, and I look forward to a happy and productive year with them.

Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~ Allan Bloom

Enjoy your weekend and have a GRAND week ahead.


Miss Susan