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Seventh and Eighth Grade Parent Newsletter

January Newsletter

  

Grades Seven & Eight

RELIGION

Grade 7:  During the month of January, we focus on the season of Christmas and on Chapter 7: The Promise of Salvation in which we learn that god reaches out to help humankind, offers his people the hope of salvation, promises a Messiah, and that His promise of a Messiah comes to fulfillment.

Grade 8:  During the month of January the eighth grade class discussions will focus on building a strong relationship with God.  Students will see that God reveals His love to us, and we are free to respond in faith by what we say and do.


SOCIAL STUDIES

Grade 7:  Students will examine the growing tensions over political power and economic issues that sparked a movement for independence from Great Britain.   


Grade 8: Eighth grade students will begin their study of  Expansion and Imperialism and how during the second half of the 19th century, economic, political, and cultural factors contributed to a push for westward expansion and more aggressive United States foreign policy.


MATH

MATH 7: Students taking Math 7 will finish up their study of ratios and proportional relationships during the month of January.  Students will use proportional relationships to solve multi-step percent problems. Topics covered will include: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, and percent of increase and decrease.

MATH 8: During the month of January, the students will finish their study of transformations and then move on to solving equations.  We will begin with solving a variety of multiple-step equations. This will include solving linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.


MATH Algebra 1: In January, the students TAKING ALGEBRA 1 WILL FINISH THEIR WORK WITH SOLVING quadratic equations graphically and algebraically.  THEY WILL ALSO study descriptive statistics. Topics of study WILL include graphs and data distribution, properties of distribution, and bivariate data, including residuals.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Grade 7:  the grammar focus for grade 7 will be on verbs: their principal parts;  indicative, imperative, emphatic, and subjunctive mood; modal auxiliaries, and agreement. Student  writing will focus on How-to articles. Students will learn what constitutes a good how-to article, how to use relevant details and detailed information in a how-to article, and how to use transitions effectively. Students will also be given a book talk assignment. We will continue with our vocabulary lessons.

Grade 8:  the grammar focus for grade 8 will be on verbs: their principal parts;  indicative, imperative, emphatic, and subjunctive mood; modal auxiliaries, and agreement. Student  writing will focus on How to compose business letters. Students will learn what makes a good business letter. Students will examine the characteristics and parts of a  business letter, follow guidelines for writing an effective business letter, understand purpose, and use appropriate tone. Students will be assigned and given the details for  a book talk. We will continue with our vocabulary lessons.

SCIENCE

Grade 7 Life Science:

In science, we will begin our study of genetics, the science of heredity.  Topics will include the work of Gregor Mendel, Punnett Squares, DNA structure and replication.  Lab experiences will support these lessons.


Grade 8 Earth Science:

As the month begins, science classes will continue their study of the Earth’s surface. This will lead into our study of earthquakes and volcanoes throughout the world.   By the end of the month we will begin our study of weathering and erosion. Lab experiences will support these lessons.

Regents Earth Science: During the month of January, the Regents Earth Science students will conclude their study  of the dynamic earth.By mid-month we will begin our study of the effects of weathering and erosion on earth’s surface.  Laboratory investigations will include analyzing seismic waves and earthquakes. To be successful in this course, a daily review of concepts is strongly recommended.




SPANISH

Grade 7:  En  Enero, we will work on the Present tense of -er and -ir verbs. Also, expressions of frequency as well

Questions: Te gusta …? And  Te encanta …? With their proper answers: ...me gusta or me encanta will be addressed.


Grade 8: En Enero, we will continue with our “Cultural presentations”.  Also, students will be introduced

To the  grammar section, the Present tense of -er and -ir verbs. We will conclude with how to answer the questions: Que te gusta comer ? and Que te encanta beber ?



Wishing you a joyful January!

The Teachers of Grades Seven and Eight.


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