Posted by: aoifelove | January 28, 2017

Spelling Bee!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

I am happy to report that the majority of my Eighth Graders scored A+’s/A’s on their Language Arts Final Examination, last Wednesday.  They answered seventy-three questions on the test.  Congratulations, Eighth Graders!  I am very proud of you!  Well done! 🙂

THANK YOU to all the parents who drove on our field trip on Friday.  Our children had a great time rock climbing. THANK YOU, Mr. Decking, for organizing it. 🙂

This week, ECDS will host its annual Spelling Bee.  I will give the first round of the Spelling Bee, on Monday, January 30, during Language Arts class.  The final Spelling Bee will given in the library on Thursday, February 2, by our Principal, Mr. Lehmunn.

This coming week in Literature, my Eighth Graders will commence reading a translation of The Odyssey by Homer.  It is a story of Odysseus’s adventures, as he journeys home to Ithaca, having spent ten years fighting in the Trojan War.

My Eighth Graders have finished their Career Projects, and I am pleased to hear from them that they found it interesting, and made them think about their futures.  The next writing assignment for my Eighth Graders is “Write a Novella.”  I will distribute the guidelines for it, on Tuesday, and they will begin working on it in class, on Wednesday.  This assignment will be accomplished in collaboration with Mr. Joel, a published author and friend of Mr. Decking.  We will Skype with Mr. Joel on Friday afternoons for ten weeks.  During this time, he will reinforce the narrative writing skills my students have studied to date.  In addition to this, he will elaborate on his experience as a published author, and he will guide them towards publication.  This is a wonderful and unique opportunity for our students.  Mr. Decking and I will facilitate this special class on Fridays, and we are excited about this adventure.

This week in Drama Class, we will block Scenes 6, 7, and maybe Scene 8 of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Review Wordly Wise spelling/vocabulary, if you wish to do well on the Spelling Bee.
  • Some students need to turn in their Dream Houses, to complete their Career Projects.
  • Study for spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 8, in Wordly Wise, on Friday.
  • Study the SAT words.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 8 of Wordly Wise, for Friday.
  • Complete the CROSSWORD at the end of Lesson 8.
  • Delve into your creative minds, and think of a good plot for your novella.


  • ECDS will host an Open House on Sunday, January 29, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  We hope that you will attend.
  • The “Spelling Bee Finals” will be held in the library on Thursday, February 2.

Develop a passion for learning.  If you do, you will never cease to grow.

~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

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


Miss Susan 🙂