Happy May! Here is what to look forward to in Ms. Campbell's classes for the remainder of the year...
Math: Students will finish Saxon Course 3 up to lesson 100. We will go right up until the 8th graders' last day, so be prepared to keep pushing your student at home until the very end. We will also take an end of the year test to map progress over the year. Overall, students do a great job in math! It has been fun to work with a smaller group that allows them more one on one time, as well as allows them to be more comfortable asking questions!
8th Language: Students have been working on research projects. A majority of 8th grade Language standards fall in the writing process, so we will be spending a lot of time diligentely studying the writing process before making a final product. Students will be expected to type their final drafts of the research projects. They will have the option to use Google Docs or Schoology on a Chrome book here at school or they are welcome to type it on a laptop or computer at home. I will be giving ample time in class to work, but the projects will tentatively be due on May 10. For the last week and a half of school, we will spend time working with verbs and sentence structure.
6th Language: 6th graders are wrapping up their research projects this week. We will start presentations on May 2nd and be done by May 6th with this unit. For the last month of school, we will work on types of sentences and punctuation. We will have two more weeks of spelling left for the year!
7-8th Reading: We are about 3/4 of the way done with our final class novel, Between Shades of Gray. It is a Lithuanian Holocaust novel that follows the life of a 16-year old girl, Lina and her family. Upon completing this book, students will have a novel test and projects to complete. They will be able to choose from a project menu and have some flexibility in how they choose to present their knowledge of the novel. To wrap up our Holocaust unit, we will be watching the film "The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas". Students will do a writing exercise where they compare the film to the Holocaust play we saw in early April at Iowa State.
8th Grade Religion: Students are on week 4 of Theology of the Body with Deb Ryan. They do a great job in this class and it has been a joy to have Deb working with us. On days when they don't have Theology of the Body, we are still working through the religion curriculum. We will get through chapter 12, The Church is Catholic, and end the year with that. It has been a joy to watch these students grow in their faith over the last two years as their religion teacher!
*May 2: May Crowning @ 2:00 pm [please bring a flower]
*May 3: 8th grade field trip to Historical Museum 9:00-11:30 am
*May 5: Dress down & Middle School Field trip to the state Capitol & the Jordan House
*May 6: Track and Fun Day! 1:00-3:00 pm
*May 10: Life Touch Photos (group) from 1:00-3:00 pm
Boys Cross Country visit at 12:30 pm
Home & School Meeting in the gym @ 6:30 pm
*May 13: Field trip to the Civic Center 9:15-11:30 am
*May 16-20: Spring 2016 Reading Benchmarking
*May 19: Dress Down & "I love that Dog" field trip at the Temple for Performing Arts 9:15-11:30
*May 23: Talent Show @ 1:45
*May 24: Spirit Day & 8th Grade Dunk Tank all afternoon
*May 25: 8th Graders' Last day! 8th Grade Graduation at 7:00 pm
*May 27: Last day of school! 1:00 Dismissal