Throughout the semester, we have been updating the website with week by week information on what the students have been learning. Please choose from the weeks below.
Review and Exam Week
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
Vocabulary
• Students will be asked to demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary by matching definitions
and filling in the blanks.
Grammar
• Students will be asked to demonstrate grammar knowledge by using possessive adjectives
with nouns and pronouns to show ownership, capitalizing proper nouns, identifying
conjunctions, and utilizing the present perfect tense.
Spelling
• Students will be asked to determine the correct spelling of vocabulary words through
multiple choice questions.
Reading Comprehension
• Students will be given an excerpt from the textbook reading and will be asked questions
that demonstrate students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Writing
• Students will be asked to demonstrate writing skills through a general writing prompt.
Grade 8A + 8B Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
• Geosphere
• Atmosphere
• Hydrosphere
• Cryosphere
• Biosphere
• Weathering (chemical and physical)
• Erosion and deposition by water
• Erosion and deposition by wind, ice, and gravity
• Soil formation
Grade 8C Science
Teacher George Perry
Earth’s Spheres and Earth Systems
• What is the Earth System?
• Earth’s Spheres:
o What is the geosphere?
o What is the hydrosphere?
o What is the cryosphere?
o What is the atmosphere?
o What is the biosphere?
• How do Earth’s spheres interact?
o By exchanging matter
o By exchanging energy
• Earth’s energy budget
Weathering
• What is weathering?
• Physical weathering:
o Temperature change
o Pressure change
o Animal action
o Wind, water, and gravity
o Plant growth
• Chemical weathering:
o Reactions with oxygen
o Reactions with acid precipitation
o Reactions with acids in groundwater
o Reactions with acids in living things
Erosion and Deposition by Water
• How does flowing water change Earth’s surface?
o By erosion
o By deposition
• Inland Erosion: What factors relate to a stream’s ability to erode material?
o Gradient
o Load
o Discharge
• Inland deposition: What landforms can streams create?
o Canyons and Valleys by Erosion
o Floodplains by Deposition
o Deltas and Alluvial Fans by deposition
• Inland groundwater erosion
• Coastal Erosion:
o Waves
o Currents
o sea cliffs and wavecut platforms
o sea caves, arches, and stacks
• Coastal Deposition
o Beaches
o Sandbars and Barrier Islands
Erosion and Deposition by Wind, Ice, and Gravity
• How can wind shape Earth?
o Abraded Rock
o Desert Pavement
o Dunes
o Loess
• What kinds of ice shape Earth?
o Flowing Ice
o Alpine Glaciers
o Continental Glaciers
• How can gravity shape Earth?
o Slow Mass Movement
o Rapid Mass Movement
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
1. Properties of Triangles
• Total of angles = 180
• Pythagorean Theorem
• Distance Formula
2. Volume
• Spheres
• Cones
• Cylinders
3. Scatter Plots and TwoWay Tables
Week 26
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 5, Reading 1 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “Why do we explore new frontiers?” The grammar lesson will focus on using the past perfect to describe something that happened before a certain time in the past. We will also read the excerpt, “River to Tomorrow.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Dialogue
• Flashback
• Accompany
• Assist
• Goal
• Interpreter
• Locate
Grade 8A + 8B Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in class we will be learning about soil formation. We will learn the difference between dirt and soil. We will learn how decomposition adds to soil nutrients. Later in the week we will learn about different properties of soil and soil horizons. We will also learn why soil chemistry and soil fertility are important to agriculture. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary words for the week.
Vocabulary

• Soil
• Humus
• Soil profile
• Soil horizon
Grade 8C Science
Teacher George Perry
We finished last week by conducting an experiment called ‘mudslide mountain’ to measure the effect of rain on erosion and deposition. Next week we’ll need to finish this chapter which looked at erosion and deposition by water, followed by an endofchapter test on Tuesday.
We’ll then move onto the final segment in this unit, which is about other forms of erosion and deposition caused by wind, ice, and gravity. This shall be the end of the unit that is all about the Earth’s gravity.
After this week we have a review week, followed by midterm exams the week after, then we shall move onto the next unit in our textbook, which is all about ‘Our Dynamic Earth’.
Vocabulary:

• dune
• loess
• glacier
• glacier drift
• creep
• rockfall
• landslide
• mudflow
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we finish the Go Math book by examining frequency tables. The second half of the week will be spent reviewing and testing our statistics section: scatter plots, trend lines, formulas for trend lines and frequency tables.
Week 25
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 4, Reading 4 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “Can we see change as it happens?” The grammar lesson will focus on using possessive adjectives with nouns and pronouns to show ownership. We will also read an essay by James Baldwin called “Harlem: Then and Now.”
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Rhyme
• Theme
• Brief
• Community
• Published
• Residential
• Section
Grade 8A + 8B Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class we will continue to learn about different types of erosion and deposition. The main topics of the week will be erosion by wind, ice, and gravity. We will also be covering the different types of deposition that occur with these types of weathering. At the end of the week the students will take a quiz to assess their knowledge from the week’s topic. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary words for the week.
Vocabulary

• Dune
• Loess
• Glacier
• Glacial drift
• Creep
• Rockfall
• Landslide
• mudflow
Grade 8C Science
Teacher George Perry
Last week we completed the chapter about weathering, and we concluded the week by conducting an experiment using sugar cubes to demonstrate the differences between physical and chemical weathering. To round off the section, students will also be required to take a test on Monday to accumulate their scores.
Next week, we shall move onto the next sections that study the nature of the changing face of our dynamic Earth. This is a twopart module that first looks at erosion and deposition by water (including inland and coastal), and then investigates erosion and deposition by wind, ice, and gravity. After these modules students will need to start preparing for the midterm exam next month.
Vocabulary:

• erosion
• deposition
• floodplain
• delta
• alluvial fan
• groundwater
• shoreline
• beach
• sandbar
• barrier island
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
We begin our week with a quiz on volume of spheres, cones and cylinders. I hope everyone has their calculators. For the rest of the week, we will shift gears completely and look at scatter plots and lines of best fit. Did he say “lines”? No, that means slope and yintercept and …. Argghhh!
Week 24
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 4, Reading 3 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “Can we see change as it happens?” The grammar lesson will focus on capitalizing proper nouns and conjunctions. We will also finish our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Civil rights
• Justices
• Federal court
• Racism
• Segregation
• Troops
• Integrate
• Apparent
• Undertake
• Convince
• Symbol
Grade 8A + 8B Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class we will be studying how water causes erosion. We will cover streams, coastlines, and underground water sources. The students will be expected to be able to identify causes of erosion and how to prevent or slow it. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Erosion
• Deposition
• Flood plain
• Delta
• Alluvial fan
• Ground water
• Shoreline
• Beach
• Sandbar
• Barrier island
Grade 8C Science
Teacher George Perry
Last week Grade 79 students attended scout camp and there were no classes between Wednesday and Friday.
On Tuesday last week, we finished Lesson 1 of our book, all about the interactions between Earth Spheres, now we’re moving onto the next topic, which is ‘weathering’. This is part of a 3step process of how matter moves around the earth’s surface, i.e. “breaks it, takes it, drops it”, with weathering being the first step as larger matter is broken down into smaller pieces due to various agents that we’ll investigate.
We had our first end of chapter test last Tuesday, and students will be provided their results on Monday. Students also had their workbooks and portfolios graded, and from now on they will be requested for grading at the end of each unit and points awarded accordingly.
Students are reminded they must be responsible for completing all of their own work to the best of their ability, including all notes for their portfolios, so that they can be awarded the maximum amounts of points possible. Students should also be aware that end of chapter test results also count towards their overall grades.
Vocabulary Words:

• weathering
• physical weathering
• abrasion
• chemical weathering
• oxidation
• acid precipitation
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our Pythagorean Theorem unit with a review and test. On Wednesday, we begin a unit on volume, looking at cylinders, cones and spheres.
Week 23
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will finish our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar and begin watching the film in class. Group discussions will focus on identifying major themes, character motivation, and the differences between the book and the movie.
Grade 8A + 8B Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week we will discuss the different types of weathering and learn how to identify the causes of weathering. The students will do a project to better understand what different types of weathering look like. Later in the week the students will be quizzed on what causes chemical weathering and what causes physical weathering.
Grade 8C Science
Teacher George Perry
This is our final week studying about the Earth system and the five sphere’s of the Earth, but this week there are only two classes. Students and teachers from Grade 8 will be attending scout camp on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; meaning no class.
On Monday, we will be answering two core questions: “how do the sphere’s interact?” and “what disturbs Earth’s energy balance”. On Tuesday, we will be wrapping things up with an end of chapter review session, and then students will be required to complete their first individual test that counts towards their assessment grade.
Students will also be asked to submit their Science Portfolios and Workbooks for grading on the day of the test. It is recommended that all students should follow the criteria correctly in order to receive the best possible grade at the end of the semester.
Vocabulary:

• Earth system
• geosphere
• biosphere
• hydrosphere
• cryosphere
• atmosphere
• biosphere
• energy budget
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
Alas, a short week, but still enough time for a quiz on Tuesday. Make sure to buy a calculator with a square root function. We finish of our Pythagorean Theorem unit with the mighty Distance Formula.
Week 22
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 4, Reading 2 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “Can we see change as it happens?” The grammar lesson will focus on the importance of synonyms in writing, as well as using will or won’t to make predictions about the future. We will also continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Conflict
• Foreshadowing
• Achieve
• Consequence
• Impact
• Incident
• Injured
• Outcome
Grade 8A + 8B Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class the lesson will be on weathering and erosion. The first part of the week we will be studying different types of physical weathering on different types of rocks. The students will be expected to learn the different types of physical weathering. In the later part of the week we will be covering different types of chemical weathering. We will do an experiment to show the effects of acid rain on different types of rocks. By the end of the week the student will know the difference between weathering and erosion. The students will also know the differences between chemical and physical weathering.
Grade 8C Science
Teacher George Perry
This week we are continuing our quest into understanding the Earth’s spheres and how they interact with one another. We want to understand the Earth system and also how the planet balances its energy budget.
We have some interesting activities coming up this week, including ‘Apple Core of the Earth’ (using apples to demonstrate the layers of the Earth), and ‘Atmospheric Planesphere’ (students will be creating their own circular versions of the Earth to visualise the different atmospheric zones), which follow on from our demonstration yesterday, ‘Pizza Slice of the Geosphere’ (involving a real, warm pizza, which was good enough to eat!)
Please don’t forget, this upcoming Tuesday (23rd October) is a public holiday and there is no class.
Vocabulary:

• Earth system
• geosphere
• biosphere
• hydrosphere
• cryosphere
• atmosphere
• biosphere
• energy budget
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our unit on angles with a quiz and then proceed to launch into the Pythagorean Theorem. Learn it or fail!!! (Luckily it’s pretty simple). Now calculating sides of a triangle should be a breeze – as is finding the distance between two points, even if they aren’t on a nice horizontal or vertical line. Handy!
Week 21
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 4, Reading 1 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “Can we see change as it happens?” The grammar lesson will focus on using the present perfect tense when talking about things that happened or did not happen at an unspecified time in the past. We will also continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Fertilizer
• Fossil fuels
• Hybrid
• Microscopic
• Resources
• Solar power
• Alternative
• Communication
• Enable
• Focus on
• Regulation
Grade 8A + 8B Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science we will be starting a new textbook The Dynamic Earth. We will start the book by learning about Earth’s spheres. We will be covering the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. We will also be learning about Earth’s energy budget. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Earth system
• Geosphere
• Hydrosphere
• Cryosphere
• Atmosphere
• Biosphere
• Energy budget
Grade 8C Science
Teacher George Perry
This week, we are welcoming the 8C students to their new science teacher, and new homeroom teachers. We shall be introducing students to the new semester and their new classrooms.
We will be introducing the new topics, which is all about ‘Dynamic Earth’. We shall be studying from a new Science Fusion textbook, and students will also be required to complete a ‘science portfolio’ folder this semester. This is meant as an ongoing record of their work and assessment.
Topics to be learned this week include: ‘Earth’s Spheres’ — How matter and energy move through earth’s spheres. Please take note of the keywords to be learned as part of wider comprehension in Grade 8 Science.
Vocabulary:

• Earth system
• geosphere
• biosphere
• hydrosphere
• cryosphere
• atmosphere
• biosphere
• energy budget
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
Sadly, we are leaving slopes and pointintercept equations behind us and moving into new areas (but, don’t worry, you’ll reunite with y=mx+b soon enough). This week we focus on angles, specifically, angle relationships in parallel lines and triangles. Bring it on!!
Review and Exam Week
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
Vocabulary
• Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of vocabulary by matching
definitions and filling in the blanks.
Spelling
• Students will be asked to determine the correct spelling of vocabulary words through
multiplechoice questions.
Reading Comprehension
• Students will be given an excerpt from the textbook and will be asked questions that
demonstrate their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Writing
• Students will be asked to demonstrate their writing skills through a general writing prompt.
Grammar
• Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of grammar by:
○ adding prefixes and inflections
○ identifying relative pronouns
○ identifying homophones and gerunds
○ identifying expressions of quantity
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
Review topics for grade 8 science
• Waves
• Properties of waves
• Sound waves and hearing
• Interactions of sound waves
• Sound technology
• The electromagnetic spectrum
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
1. Solving systems of equations: Given two lines, where do they intersect?
– Possible methods: substitution, graphing, multiplication and addition/subtraction
– What if they don’t intersect? Infinite solutions and one solution
2. Transformations
– Translation, reflection and rotation – know them and love them.
3. Dilations
– Properties and algebraic representations
Week 18
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will work through the reading, writing, and grammar section in our textbook and workbook. The grammar lesson will focus onsimple and compound sentencesas well as error correction. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• famine
• scholarships
• excelled
• interpret
• precise
• cultural
• awareness
• challenge
• global
• priority
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class the students will be finishing the lesson on sound and sound technology. After we have finished sound the class will be learning about the Electromagnetic spectrum. We will be learning about light and the properties of light. The class will also learn about colors and how they are produced, starlight and how to see it better, and the range of the EM spectrum. The students will also learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Radiation
• Infrared
• Ultraviolet
• Electromagnetic spectrum
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
Our final week of transformations and the semester end by examining dilations in all their many and fascinating aspects – they can get bigger and smaller. Special guest, AntMan, will be demonstrating dilations in person.
Week 17
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 3, Reading 4 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “What defines success?” The grammar lesson will focus on foreign words and expressions of quantity. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar and complete our Postcard Project.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Corporation
• Engineer
• Innovation
• Physicist
• Robotics
• Theories
• Affect
• Attain
• Awareness
• Challenge
• Design
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week the students will be learning about how sound interacts with different objects. We will cover how temperature can affect the speed of sound and how echoes and resonance work. By the end of the week the students will also know how sound and matter interact and how sonic booms work. The students will also be learning vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Echo
• Interference
• Resonance
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our unit on Transformations. We save the hardest section for last and work on combining transformations, putting all our newly acquired skills to the test. A comprehensive exam on the unit will take place Thursday, with an introduction to dilations on Friday.
Week 16
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will begin our Holes Postcard Project. Students will design a postcard from the perspective of Stanley Yelnats and his experience at Camp Green Lake. We will review the importance of character development and theme through class discussion and a comprehension test. We will also focus on how to write a letter using correct grammar, punctuation, and relevant detail.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class we are going to be covering sound. By the end of the week students will know what sound is how it travels what determines pitch and what makes something loud. We will also be learning about how humans hear and the Doppler affect. The students will be learning the vocabulary words for the week.
Vocabulary

• Sound wave
• Longitudinal wave
• Loudness
• Decibel
• Doppler affect
• pitch
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we continue with our transformational geometry unit, adding to our repertoire of transformations by examining reflections and rotations.
Week 15
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will begin our Holes reading project. Students will design a postcard that deepens their understanding of the book and its characters. The postcard will represent the life of Stanley Yelnats from his experience at Camp Green Lake. We will also continue our vocabulary lesson from the previous week.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Character motivation
• Suspense
• Considerable
• Displayed
• Objective
• Participate
• Previous
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class the students will be learning about sound how it’s made and how it travels. This week is also the week of the science fair. All of the students will be expected to have completed their projects, displays, and research papers. The students will be setting up their displays for the school and showing the other students their projects on Friday.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
A sad week: After an epic struggle, we conclude our solving systems of linear equations unit with a review on Monday and a test on Tuesday. No more substitution! No more solving for variables! I sense tears welling. On Wednesday we veer radically to a new subject: Transformational geometry. Get those pencils sharp and rulers and protractors ready!!
Week 14
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 3, Reading 3 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “What defines success?” The grammar lesson will focus oninflections and infinitives of purpose. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Character motivation
• Suspense
• Considerable
• Displayed
• Objective
• Participate
• Previous
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class we will continue to learn about the properties of wave and how to calculate the different properties of waves. The students will also be preparing and putting the final touches on their materials for the science fair.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we look at various methods of solving a system of equations – that is, finding where two lines intersect. We spend some more time on substitution, which is proving a stubborn concept, and then explore further methods: adding, subtracting and multiplying the equations (or a combination of the three) to eliminate a variable and solving for the remaining one. Same same but different.
Week 13
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This weekwe will start Unit 3, Reading 2 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “What defines success?” The grammar lesson will focus on homophones andgerund phrases. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
• Extended metaphor
• Repetition
• Stanza
• Cultural
• Distinctive
• Interpret
• Precise
• Pursue
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science we will continue to learn about waves. We will be learning how to describe waves and what things affect a wave. The students will also learn how to determine the speed and frequency of different waves. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Wave
• Amplitude
• Wavelength
• Wave period
• Frequency
• Wave speed
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we are introduced to solving systems of equations – basically figuring out where two lines intersect. Put those thinking caps on!
Week 12
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 3, Reading 1in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “What defines success?” The grammar lesson will focus onprefixes and independent versus dependent clauses. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Enterprise
• Excelled
• Famine
• Satellite
• Scholarships
• Selfportrait
• Aid
• Commitment
• Contribution
• Global
• Priority
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science we will be starting a new book, Sound and Light. The students will be
learning about what waves are, disturbances and transfers of energy. The students will also learn the
how waves move with difference between longitudinal waves and transverse waves. We will also learn
about mechanical and electromagnetic waves. The students will be expected to learn the vocabulary for
the week as well.
Vocabulary

• Wave
• Medium
• Longitudinal wave
• Transverse wave
• Mechanical wave
• Electromagnetic wave
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we continue our study of linear equations, using our previously learned skills of inverse operations and distribution property to determine if an equation as one solution, infinite solutions or no solutions. This short week culminates with a quiz on Thursday.
Review and Exam Week
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
Vocabulary

• Students will be asked to demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary by matching
definitions and filling in the blanks.
Spelling
 • Students will be asked to determine the correct spelling of vocabulary words through
multiple choice questions.
Reading Comprehension
 • Students will be given an excerpt from the textbook reading and will be asked
questions that demonstrate students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking
skills.
Grammar
 • Students will be asked to demonstrate grammar knowledge by spelling regular
plurals, identifying subjectverb agreement, forming the simple past of regular and
irregular verbs, and recognizing active and passive voice in a sentence.
Writing
 • Students will be asked to demonstrate writing skills through a general writing prompt.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti

• Body Systems (introduction)
• The skeletal and muscular systems
• The circulatory and respiratory systems
• The Digestive and Excretory Systems
• The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
• The reproductive system
• The Immune system
• Infectious disease
• Nutrition and fitness
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon

1. Real numbers, exponents, and scientific notation
a. Real number
i. Rational and irrational numbers, sets of real numbers, ordering real numbers
b. Exponents and Scientific Notation
i. Integer exponents, scientific notation with positive and negative powers of ten,
operations with scientific notation
2. Proportional and Nonproportional Relationships and Functions
a. Proportional Relationships
i. Representing proportional relationships, rate of change and slope, unit rate
b. Nonproportional Relationships
i. Representing nonproportional relationships, slope and yintercept, graphing using
slope and yintercept, situations
c. Writing Linear Equations
i. Writing linear equations from situations, graphs and tables
ii. Linear or nonlinear? Making predictions.
d. Functions
i. Identifying and representing functions, describing functions, comparing functions,
analyzing graphs
Week 9
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 2, Reading 4 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “Where can a journey take you?” The grammar lesson will focus on adverb clauses of time and words ending in ‘y.’ We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Simile
• Metaphor
• Adjust
• Emphasize
• Expand
• Immigration
• Temporary
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
In science class this week we will be going over nutrition and fitness. The students will learn the six classes of nutrients, how to read a nutrition label, and what makes up a healthy diet. The students will also learn about eating disorders, and different types of exercise (aerobic and anaerobic). The students will also be expect to learn the vocabulary words for the week.
Vocabulary

• Nutrition
• Nutrient
• Diet
• Overweight
• Obesity
• Eating disorder
• Physical fitness
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude Unit 2 with a review day on Monday and then a test on Tuesday. The rest of the week will be an introduction into solving linear equations – essentially using inverse operations to isolate and solve for the variables. Much fun will be had with fractions, decimals, variables and “realworld” situations. The excitement is palpable.
Week 8
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 2, Reading 3 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “where can a journey take you?” The grammar lesson will focus on using the passive voice and omitting the ‘by’ phrase. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Stern
• Despair
• Essence
• Prophecy
• Security
• Revenge
• Approach
• Migrate
• Sufficient
• Transport
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week the students will be learning about infectious diseases. We will cover the difference between infectious and noninfectious diseases. The students will learn what causes infectious diseases, how infectious diseases are passed from one person to another, and how to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary word for the week.
Vocabulary for infectious diseases

• Noninfectious diseases
• Infectious disease
• Antibiotic
• Antiviral drug
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we finalize Unit 2 with an introduction to functions. After examining some basic qualities of functions (in a nutshell, an input yields only one output) we delve into more detail: Is a function proportional or not, linear or not. We utilize our newfounded linear equation expertise to look at linear functions. Finally, we hone our skills at analyzing graphs. Great stuff!!
Week 7
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 2, Reading 2 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “where can a journey take you?” The grammar lesson will focus on adding a suffix to form a new word and sentences using the active or passive voice. We will continue our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
• Civilizations
• Expeditions
• Explorations
• Markets
• Navigator
• Trade
• Conducted
• Established
• Financed
• Region
• Varied
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week we will be testing on the reproductive systems and the information learned in unit 1. Students will also learn about the immune system. We will learn about different diseases and types of diseases. The students will learn how the body reacts to these different problems with different types of white blood cells. The students will also learn vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary for week 7

• Pathogen
• Immune system
• Microphage
• T cell
• B cell
• Antibody
• Immunity
• vaccine
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our unit on linear equations, starting with a test on Monday and a pop quiz Friday. Yay! In between, we apply our newfound skills to word problems. Double Yay!!
Week 6
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 2, Reading 1 in the textbook and workbook. The unit asks, “where can a journey take you?” The grammar lesson will focus on introducing root words and using the simple past of regular and irregular verbs. We will also start our reading book, Holes by Louis Sachar.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
• Plot
• Character
• Point of view
• Abandon
• Collapse
• Finally
• Investigate
• React
• Strategy
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class we will be studying the human reproductive systems fetal development and STIs. Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the reproductive system, stages of pregnancy and STIs. The students will also be expected to know the vocabulary words and their definitions.
Vocabulary words for week 6

• Sperm
• Testes
• Penis
• Egg
• Ovary
• Uterus
• Vagina
• Embryo
• Placenta
• Umbilical cord
• fetus
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week Algebra I continue studying the slopeintercept form in both proportional and nonproportional situations. Students will learn to map lines using the formula from graphs, tables and the equation itself. Friday will conclude the week with a comprehensive test on the unit.
Week 5
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 1, Reading 4 in the textbook and workbook. The reading continues to focus on the natural world with an emphasis on the water cycle. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on long ‘a’ spelling and subjectverb agreement.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:

• Atmosphere
• Condensation
• Evaporation
• Precipitation
• Vapor
• Water cycle
• Available
• Consist
• Create
• Process
• Reverse
• Source
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class we will be studying the exciting world of the nervous and endocrine systems. By the end of the week the students will be familiar with the nervous system and the different parts of the nervous system. They will know how their senses work and relay information to the nervous system. We will also be talking about the endocrine system and the students will learn how the endocrine system uses hormones to chemically communicate with the body. The students will also be expected to become familiar with this weeks’ vocabulary words.
Vocabulary words for week 5

• Nervous system
• Brain
• Spinal cord
• Neuron
• Axon
• Dendrite
• Endocrine system
• Hormone
• gland
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we enter the world of nonproportional relationships and, more specifically – drum roll, please – the slopeintercept form, y=mx+b. Major math fun will ensue as we graph and manipulate this powerful and useful equation!!
Week 4
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 1, Reading 3 in the textbook and workbook. The reading continues to focus on the natural world with an emphasis on deserts. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on compound nouns, and simple and compound sentences.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
• Figurative language
• Personification
• Setting
• Adapt
• Capable
• Concluded
• Rely
• Route
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week the 8th grade will be learning about the digestive and excretory systems. By the end of the week they should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the major organs in both of the systems, as well as demonstrating knowledge on their basic functions.
The students should also be familiar with and memorize the vocabulary words for the week

• Digestive system
• Enzyme
• Esophagus
• Stomach
• Small intestine
• Large intestine
• Pancreas
• Liver
• Excretory system kidney
• Nephron
• urine
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week Algebra 1 continues studying proportional relationships, finding the rate of change/slope and interpreting it. This then segues to Algebra 1 learning about nonproportional relationships and introducing everyone’s favorite: The slopeintercept form! Much graphing and plugging in x and y values will ensue.
Week 3
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 1, Reading 2 in the textbook and workbook. The reading focuses on the relationship between living and nonliving things in the natural world. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on regular plurals and comparison structures.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
• Nonliving
• Nutrients
• Organism
• Photosynthesis
• Reproduce
• Species
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week we will be going over the circulatory and respiratory systems. The student will be expected to understand the major working organs in the respiratory and circular systems, and the vocabulary.
Vocabulary

• Lymphatic system
• Lymph
• Lymph node
• Artery
• Capillary
• Cardiovascular system
• Blood
• Vein
• Respiratory system
• Pharynx
• Larynx
• Trachea
• Bronchi
• Alveoli
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our first unit with studying negative scientific notation and operations. We will have a review of the entire unit with a big test on Thursday, covering all material studied so far this year. Finally, on Friday, we begin a new unit on proportional relationships.
Week 2
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern
This week we will start Unit 1, Reading 1 in the textbook and workbook. The reading focuses on imagery, sensory details, and the life cycles of living creatures. The spelling and grammar lesson will focus on prefixes and order of adjectives.
The vocabulary words for this lesson include:
• Cycle
• Dramatic
• Percent
• Project
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
The students should be familiar with and understand the bones in the skeletal system, the structure of bones, different types of joints, and 3 different types of muscles.
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we finish the first unit on real numbers and complete our first quiz, followed by beginning Unit 2 on exponents and scientific notation.
Week 1
Grade 8 English
Teacher Alexandra Kern

• Focus on familiarizing students with the classroom, curriculum, staff and fellow students.
• Introduction to classroom rules and expectations.
• Ice breakers and teambuilding exercise to engage students.
• Writing and reading comprehension worksheets to help identify ability and level of English.
Grade 8 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
Grade 8 Algebra I
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week will serve as an introduction to Algebra. Algebra can be viewed as a puzzle that requires manipulation to solve for an unknown or a variable. Up until now, students have carried out mathematical operations to the left of the equal sign (or above) with the answer to be filled in to the right of the equal sign. In algebra, manipulation will be required to isolate the variable and then solve for it.
This week we will be studying rational and irrational numbers, sets of real numbers and ordering real numbers. Critical vocabulary and concepts will include: integers, whole numbers, real numbers, cube root, square root, perfect cube, perfect square, principal square root, rational numbers, irrational numbers, repeating decimal, terminating decimal.