Posted by: aoifelove | March 5, 2017

Teachers’ Professional Growth Day: Friday!

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Students,

I cannot believe that we are already into March!  Time flies when we’re having fun! 🙂

Last week in literature, my Eighth Graders read that Odysseus had returned to Ithaca.  However, he could not enter his home, as it was occupied by 108 suitors, who want to marry his wife, Penelope.  Athene visited Telemachus, disguised as an old manservant.  She advised him to stand up to the suitors and ask them to leave.  She told him to go to Pylos, and ask King Nestor for news of his father.

My Eighth Graders also  continued with their project, “Write The Constitution in your own words,” (on Monday and Tuesday).  In preparation for writing their “Novellas,” we focused on the Exposition, and the need to grab the attention of the reader with a detailed, exciting, and interesting introduction to their novellas.  I read five introductions to novels, to demonstrate different ways of approaching the Exposition.  In addition to this, my Eighth Graders explored “Proverbs,” which will be an ongoing study, once a week, until we finish the packet.  Proverbs are fun!  We also reviewed Literary Terms, in preparation for the test.

I am happy to report that the majority of my Eighth Graders scored A+’s/A’s on the Literary Terms Test, last Friday.  Great job, Eighth Graders!  I am so proud of you! 🙂

Friday: Joel York, on Skype: Joel addressed the elements of writing a good Exposition and Rising Action, and the idea of using “foreshadowing.”  Great job, Joel! 🙂

This coming week in literature, my Eighth Graders will continue to follow Odysseus, as he conjures a plan on how to deal with the suitors at his home.  They will also read about Telemachus’s journey to Pylos.  In addition to this, they will continue to write The Constitution, in their own words, and they will work on their “Novellas.”  This week in class, we will focus on the “Rising Action,” and how to write practical, believable, and intelligent events that will lead to an intense “Climax” for the main characters and the reader.  In addition to this, we will revisit “Proverbs.”

Last week in Drama Class, on Tuesday, we watched a video of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to inspire my students with their parts.  On Thursday, we rehearsed Scenes 2 and 3.  This week, on Tuesday, in Drama Class, my students will watch another and better video of the play.  On Thursday, we will rehearse Scenes 4, 5, and maybe, Scene 6, if time permits.  At the moment, the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is scheduled for June 14, in the afternoon.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Study for the spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 11, in Wordly Wise, for Thursday, March 9 (no school on Friday).
  • Study the next SAT words for Thursday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 11 of Wordly Wise, for Thursday.
  • Work on the plot of your novella.
  • Complete Joel’s homework, please.


  • Friday, March 10, is Teachers’ Professional Growth Day.  Therefore, there will be no school for our students.  Enjoy the three-day weekend. 🙂
  • ECDS JOG-A-THON will take place on Friday, March 17.  This is a very worthwhile fundraiser.  For every $1,000 raised, a child will receive a lifesaving heart surgery in either Haiti or Kosovo.  All donations will be GREATLY APPRECIATED!  Sponsor sheets need to be completed and turned in by Wednesday, March 15.  The Eighth Graders will run/jog between 2:00p.m. and 2:30p.m.  ECDS needs parent volunteers for this special event.  If you will be available, please sign up.  Many thanks!

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.

~ Elbert Hubbard

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


Miss Susan 🙂