October 29

Today we took notes on the different families of elements.  The element quiz is scheduled for Friday.  If you lose the study sheet, you can easily print one in Google drive.  I have shared the periodic table notes and the element families presentation as well.  If you have missed these, you can access them in Google drive.

Friday after the quiz we will be doing a lab activity so be prepared!

Looking ahead:  periodic table/atomic theory test on Wednesday Nov. 5.  Things to study:  history of atoms notes, energy level diagram, periodic table notes, atomic math challenge worksheet.  I will have a study guide available on Monday with a list of vocabulary and things to be able to do.

October 27

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  This week we are delving into the groups and periods of the periodic table.  Today students were given a periodic table to color in and paste into their notebooks.  They were also given a table of elements to learn.  We will have a quiz on these on Friday 10/31.  The quiz format will be the table with some entries blanked out.  Students will have to fill in the missing information.  A copy of this list of 13 elements is available in the Google drive for students to create practice quizzes if they like.  Students will have to save a copy before they can make changes.

I have a lot of students with missing assignments.  There is no Dog Pound scheduled for this Friday, students who owe work will receive a letter tomorrow.  Any work not turned in by Friday will receive a zero that cannot be made up.  As always, students who need extra help can see me during lunch intervention.

October 22

Today was the Explore test and overall things went well.  Students seemed very positive about the test and are looking forward to seeing their scores.

Tomorrow is the 8th grade field trip to the Alabama Theatre.  There is no homework tonight or tomorrow.


Oct 20

Hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weekend we had!  Today we caught up on some note book stuff, reviewed the parts of an atom and how to calculate the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons in an atom.  Tomorrow we will be doing a lab activity examining and classifying different elements.

HOMEWORK TONIGHT!!! Students have the Atomic Math Challenge worksheet to complete (front and back).  It is due tomorrow.

Explore test will be Wednesday morning starting 1st period.  Please make sure you are at school and on time.  No electronic devices, bulky coats or hoodies with pockets are allowed in testing.  There is no make up test date so it is very important for all students to be here.

Oct 17

This week has been busy and grading has piled up.  I am doing my best to have all grades in this afternoon, but it may be tomorrow before it is all done.

First nine week report cards went home today.  Please look over report cards, no need to sign and return.

We are really into atoms right now!  No homework this weekend.

Looking ahead:  Monday and Tuesday we will be doing a lab station activity with different elements.

Wednesday is the Explore test for 8th grade.  Please make sure your child is at school that day with a good night’s rest and breakfast in the belly.  No electronic devices are allowed.  We will provide calculators, pencils, and scratch paper.  Testing should be done around 11:30 am.

Thursday- English class field trip, I am going and will have a sub.

Friday- Periodic Table and element arrangements


Oct 15

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a restful three day weekend.  We are starting a new nine weeks and really digging into atomic history and structure.  Students will finish the notes sheet today in class and we should finish the atom by the end of this week.  Big Hint:  Friday would be a great day to have a quiz over the atomic history notes sheet!!

Looking ahead:

Oct 22 the 8th grade will take the Explore test.  All content area teachers have been working on preparing students.  This test is an early ACT predictor and the high school may use this data to help with course selection next year.  Students should get a good night’s sleep Tuesday night and try to eat breakfast Wednesday morning.  Please do not schedule appts before 12 noon on Wednesday.  There is no make up date for the Explore test.  

Oct 23 is the field trip to the Children’s Theater.

Oct 8, 2014

Students took their final exam today.  Students who did not turn in study guides must turn them in by tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 9 for partial credit, or they will have a zero.  I will NOT be at school on Friday, the last day of the nine weeks to collect make up work.  Students should not try to turn work in to the substitute teacher.

Test grades should be in I Now this afternoon.  Tomorrow we will go over the test and finish any project presentations.

Friday students will have a written assignment to complete with the sub.  It will be for a grade, and may be the first graded work for the second nine weeks.

Monday, October 13 is a teacher work day so enjoy the long weekend and watch some football.  :)

Oct 7

Our Final Exam is tomorrow!  Study guides were given out yesterday and they have been available in Google drive since Friday.  If you lose your study guide, go to your Google drive and print one.  You may also type your study guide answers, but please SAVE a copy of the study guide first or you will be altering the original document and I will have to delete your answers.

Wed- final exam

Thursday- exam make up day for absent students

Friday- Mrs. B will be out for the OWLS field trip; last day of the nine weeks

Oct 3

Students began presenting their projects today, we will finish on Monday.  I will have a study guide for the nine week test shared in Google drive for students to access.  Students will be able to get  a hard copy on Monday in class.

The project boards look great!!

Reminders:  today was the last day to do test retakes or corrections

Tuesday 10/7 is the last day make up work is accepted.  The only assignment we had this week was the project, so this would be work from before 9/29.  Again, students who were assigned Dog Pound but did not complete work will not be able to make it up.

Wednesday 10/8 is our final exam.

Friday 10/10 last day of the nine weeks and I will be on the OWLS field trip.  It is important to make sure all final exams and study guides are done by Thursday 10/9 if possible.

Oct 2

Today was our last work day on the atomic timeline projects.  I expect students to enter my room tomorrow ready to present their posters and am really excited to see the work.  Most students have really taken time to do their best.


Friday 10/3 is last day for properties of matter test corrections or re-takes

Monday 10/6 study guide for nine week test available

Tuesday 10/7 review day and last day to turn in missing assignments that have not already been given Dog Pound.

Wednesday 10/8 final exam


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