Posted by: aoifelove | November 5, 2016

Thank You, to Our Veterans!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

THANK YOU to all our heroic Veterans, who have done so much for our country!  Their service, dedication, and bravery are greatly appreciated.  I wish all our ECDS families a Happy Veterans’ Day, on Friday, November 11.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Middle School “Students of the Month!” Smita Varna (8th Grade); Leela Walker (7th Grade); and Gwen Laats (6th Grade).  Well done!  You are all excellent students, and I am very proud of you.  Keep up the GREAT WORK! 🙂

This past week in Literature, my Eighth Graders commenced reading Night by Elie Wiesel.  It is the memoir of the journey taken by Elie Wiesel and his father, as they were moved from Auschwitz concentration camp to Buchenwald concentration camp and more.  It is a story about the strong bond between a father and his son, and how their love sustained them, during a most brutal experience.  In addition to this, my students continued writing the formal outline of Animal Farm, using their laptops.  I also explained and discussed the next writing assignment, which is due on Wednesday, November 16.

This coming week, my Eighth Graders will continue to read Night by Elie Wiesel.  In addition to this, they will return to their study of Literary Terms.  They will finish the outlines of Animal Farm.

My Eighth Graders will commence a Career Project on Tuesday.  This project will take seven to eight weeks to complete.  They will learn how to write a formal resumé, a business letter, and a questionnaire for an interview.  They will also complete a college application and a job application, this work will be done in class with me. For homework, they will research three careers that appeals to them, and they will write a summary of each career.  Then, they will research the three best colleges in the United States for each particular career of choice.  They will also research the GPA requirement for admission to these colleges, the tuition, the cost of room and board, three companies or corporations that might hire them on completion of college etc. etc.  They will also have to interview people in their three chosen careers.  It is an important project, as it is never too early for my students to start thinking about their futures.

On Friday, my Eighth Graders will  watch the DVD of Animal Farm, as we ran out of time last week, due to our field trip to Old Town, last Wednesday.

This week in Drama Class, I will begin the auditions for the parts in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

Reminders:  No school on Friday, November 11.

Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 17 and 18.

The homework for this coming week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 6 in Wordly Wise.
  • Spelling/vocabulary of the SAT words.
  • Complete all the exercises of Lesson 6 in Wordly Wise.
  • Rewrites of  Episode VI of Pride and Prejudice for Mondday, November 14.
  • Work on your reaction paper “What I Learned by Reading by George Orwell,” due on Wednesday, November 16.

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. 

~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

Sincerely,

Miss Susan 🙂

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