Updates from the 8th Grade

Greetings from the 8th grade!
Students returned from their winter break ready to fully emerge themselves in their classwork and that’s just what they’ve done.
Recently in science, students investigated properties of unidentified white substances in preparation for a forensic activity designed to identify an unknown criminal.

In Humanities, students have been learning about the events leading up to the Holocaust including the hard choice German’s were faced with when deciding on a leader for their country in the wake of the Great Depression. In the pictures below students are reading the biographies who were similar to real Germans faced with decisions about who to vote for in the 1932 election.

Upcoming Field Trip!

On Thursday, February 1 students will going to the International WWII Museum in Natick. Students should bring money to purchase lunch at the food court at the Natick Mall or pack a lunch.

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Mentor/ Mentee Program- Empowering kids to build our Charter Community

On this final day before vacation, 5th and 8th graders were reunited for for their first mentor/mentee activity of the year. Eighth graders have been working diligently over the past few weeks to reassign mentors and create some get to know you games.
The kids had a blast talking with another and have a lot of great ideas for future events.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday and New Year!

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Baby Reebops in Science!

Following their study of genetics, students used genetic principals to randomize the traits of Baby Reebops to investigate the principals of survival of the fittest. The Reebops are challenged by a variety of environmental changes to determine who will survive to reproduce and pass in their traits to the next generations.

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Fantastic First Exhibition

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the students on Exhibition Night. The students worked tirelessly on their projects and we are so proud of all their efforts.

Upcoming Dates to Know:
Dec. 4- Report Cards Available on Powerschool at 5:00. Contact Matt Cronin if you need login information.
Dec. 7 and 12- Half Days for Report Card Conferences
Friday 12/22- Half Day, Winter Break Begins
Thursday 1/4- School Resumes

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8th Grade Happenings

In Science: Students created an extraction mixture of soap, water, and salt designed to release the DNA from the cells of strawberries in order to collect the strands.

In Humanities: Students read arguments by various Congressman regarding the Immigration Act of 1924 and created a metaphor of their Congressman’s definition of “America”.

Stay tuned for Updates on Exhibition I!

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Student Presentation and Upcoming DC Meeting

This past Tuesday, the renowned historian and storyteller Judith Black presented to the students about Mother Jones.
Ask your child about working conditions during the 20th century and the importance of unions.

Also- We look forward to seeing you Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 for a meeting on the DC trip.

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Library Trip and Upcoming Dates

This past Friday, 8th graders walked to Abbot Public Library where they were given a brief orientation on library resources. Students learned how to use the library database to find books available and make book requests. Eighth graders were then given the opportunity to check out a book for recreational reading.
Ask your child about his/ her reading goal for term one. The team hopes to see 8th graders reading regularly!

Upcoming Dates to Know: 
Picture Day: Wednesday, 9/27
Back to School Night: Wednesday, 9/27 6:30-8:00
Meeting with EF about DC Trip (for 8th grade parents only): Thursday, 10/5 6:30-7:30

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Thank You for a Fabulous First Day!

We had a successful first day of school thanks to the excellent turnout of supportive parents and the enthusiasm of the students!
Eighth graders discussed what it means to be an effective community member, played a game of human scrabble, got to know each other better through Bingo and even enjoyed a brief performance of the Chicken Dance.

The teachers are thrilled to work with such a great group of kids!

Some dates to remember:
Friday, September 1- NO SCHOOL
Monday, September 4- NO SCHOOL
Friday, September 8- Children’s Island (Details to Follow)
Wednesday, September 27- Back to School Night

“Getting the Conversation Started”- Sign Up to meet with member of 8th grade team

We look forward to seeing you often!
The 8th Grade Team


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Hello Incoming 8th Graders,

The team is thrilled to welcome you back for an exciting final year at Charter. We’ve been busy preparing lots of enriching activities for our class.

The first day of school is Monday August 28. Students should be lined up on the field by 7:45. We’ll begin with our traditional opening ceremony in the front parking lot followed by community meeting and a celebration for parents in the outdoor classroom.
We look forward to seeing you!
All the best,
Mrs. Lodgen, Ms. Hale and Mr. Veiga
The 8th Grade Team

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Summer Assignments

June 19, 2017
Greetings Incoming Eighth Graders and Families,
The purpose of this letter is to provide further information about the summer reading and required texts for 8th grade.

Supply List

Read one of the books from the three options listed below.  There will be an open response writing assignment given in class during the first week of school.  Students should complete the graphic organizer provided as they read to help them analyze the main character of the book.  Students will be allowed to use the graphic organizer, as well as the book, during the writing assignment. It is highly recommended that you have your own copy of the book so that you can have it with you when you write.
Required Book: (Choose 1 of the following options)
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
by B.M. Mooyaart (Translator)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
by Hohn Boyne
The Book Thief
Required graphic organizer is attached.
Books for 8th Grade
The texts we read in 8th grade have been included on the supply list. We require this because it allows kids to write in the book which is a key comprehension strategy. Required books are: Witness by Karen Hesse, Night by Elie Wiesel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Do Something! (A Handbook for Young Activists).
For the first time ever, we are offering parents the convenient option to purchase all four book through the school for discounted rate of $35. Please send check made out to MCCPS no later than Wednesday, June 21. Include your child’s name and “ELA Books”.  Books will be here at the start of school in August.
I’ve pasted ISBN numbers for books on backside if you prefer to purchase books on your own.
Sincerely, Ms. Hale
Dear soon-to-be eighth graders,
I would like to congratulate you on finishing your 7th grade year. The eighth grade team is looking forward to welcoming you on the first day of school- August 28. I hope you have a great summer and enjoy camp, travel, free time and relaxation.
Attached to this letter is a math packet to be completed during the summer. Although I know that you probably would prefer not to think about math in the summer, I know that practicing math is extremely important in order to not lose ground over the two months you are out of school. This packet is required and will be collected on the second day of school- August 29.
Part One: Summer Packet
  • Completion of this packet is required. SHOW YOUR WORK! The work can be done on this packet or on another piece of paper. If you use additional paper, number your work neatly, put your name on it and pass it in with the packet.
  • Calculators will not be allowed on the quiz you will take covering this material so it would be best not to use a calculator at all when completing the work. You may use one to check your answers but that will not be allowed on a quiz. It is smart to do this work without a calculator to practice.
  • The goal of this assignment is not to “get it done as fast as possible.” The purpose is to ensure you don’t forget all that you learned with Mr. Wrankmore this past year. Please pace yourself and do some of it each week during the summer. Do not put it off and try to complete it all at the end of August.
  • It is fine to get help from a friend, sibling, parent or a site like Khan Academy. If you don’t remember the formula for area of a rectangle, look it up. Just be honest and report how much help you received so we can work most effectively together in the fall.
Part Two: Khan Academy
  • Sign on to www.khanacademy.org and add elodgen@marbleheadcharter.com as your coach. I will be able to monitor your work during the summer and during the school year.
  • Practice your skills for at least 30 minutes per week. Do not do work that is below your level. Please stick to 6th, 7th or 8th grade topics.
  • You are certainly encouraged to explore new topics as well.
I look forward to working with you next year. Completing this assignment responsibly will allow us to hit the ground running at the beginning of the year so that your final year at MCCPS and the transition to high school math will be a breeze. Please feel free to email me at any point during the summer if you have questions or need some hints. My email is elodgen@marbleheadcharter.com.
Have a great summer!
Mrs. Lodgen
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