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Room 318 8th Grade
Welcome to Mrs. McCarthy's
Dear Parents and Students,
This year will be an exciting and important year for your child. This letter contains some basic information plus an outline of the rules and expectations for 8th grade. We hope that everyone is ready for a great year full of fun and learning!
As you know, 8th grade is part of the IB MYP departmental program. The students will receive a schedule of their daily classes on the first day of school. Here is a list of the classes and teachers the students in 8th grade will be having this year. Please refer to this basic information as well as an outline of the rules and expectations for 8th grade. A link to the Academic Honesty Policy is located at the bottom of this page.
P.E. Mr. Hajiharis (Gym) Wednesday & Friday
Health Mrs. Suarez Santiago (318) Thursday
Design/ Dr. Wriddle (214) Monday
Art/Music /Mr. Swenson (005) Music Tuesday/ Art Wednesday
Language Acquisition/ Mr. Gonzalez (314) Monday, Thursday, Friday Individuals & Societies/ Mrs. McCarthy (318) Monday, Thursday, Friday Science/ Mrs. Hollister (321) Daily Mathematics/ Mr. Santana (324), Mrs. Touras (316), or Mrs. McCarthy (318) Daily Language & Literacy/ Mrs. McCarthy (318) Daily Ms. Atteo 104 Tuesday Classroom Expectations *Be respectful and honest to others. *Bring necessary supplies to class every day. *Follow directions when they are given. *Walk quietly in the hallways. *No gum chewing or eating in class (unless there is a class treat or a reward provided by the teacher). Homework Homework is a useful tool for both teachers and students. It provides students an opportunity for additional practice of skills, and it provides teachers with an opportunity to check for understanding. All assignments should be done according to the directions given and completed neatly and on time. If your child takes the time to do his or her homework on a regular basis, we will all see positive results. In order to keep track of all assignments, it is required that your child use an assignment notebook/agenda. Please provide a quiet environment in which your child can study. Be supportive of your child's efforts, and ask them questions about what they are learning. Tutoring Tutoring is available if needed. Each teacher will make the students aware of the dates and times he/she is available. Your child should make arrangements to receive a pass the day before. Attendance Attendance is very important to your child's success. If for any reason your child is absent, please remember to send a note explaining your child's absence when they return to school. Other Information Once again, each student is expected to complete the equivalent of 25 book reports. Students are required to read one book report independently and to complete activities related to to the novel read in class per quarter. The remaining required reading will be monitored quarterly via parent's signature on the quarterly report card verifying that at least 100 minutes have been read per week. Students who do not submit signed report cards will be responsible for completing additional book reports. Students may choose to do additional book reports; book report options are available on our websites. As International Baccalaureate MYP Programme students, community & service is an important aspect of each student's learning. 20 service hours are strongly encouraged. Students should be asking themselves the following questions:
How do we live in relation to others?
How can I contribute to the community?
How can I help others?
Please make sure your child is in uniform on a daily basis: a white collared shirt with dark blue pants and a gym uniform on gym days. If an undershirt is worn, it must be white. If a sweater is worn, it must be dark blue, gray, or white. Please refer to the Parent Handbook. There is no cost for lunch this year. In addition, universal breakfast will be provided at no charge to the students each morning. We also hope you will use our web pages as a resource; we will post upcoming events and important reminders on this page. On this page, below this letter, I have listed the Gradebook categories for the subjects I teach. Daily assignments and upcoming events will be posted on the homework calendar. Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Mrs. Mary McCarthy email@example.com Audio for ELA Textbook 8th Grade: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/yetcres/multimedia/McDougalLiterature/pages/grade08.htm 6th Grade: Go to Listening Center http://www.classzone.com/cz/books/ml_lit_gr06/book_home.htm
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