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It’s already half way through the year! Time really does fly! This quarter, students are doing a poetry unit, and then will discuss government oppression with a novel. During the poetry unit, students have read classic poetry and will even share their own poetry! We will end with poetry café, which is a fun activity where students show off their recitation skills. We are continuing in the year of the verb and will learn about verbals: gerunds, participles, infinitives…exciting stuff J. They will also learn about prepositions. We continue in our root study, finding how to use roots to help us know many more words. Ask them what they know about roots! Lastly, the students’ 3rd quarter project involves reading authors underrepresented in the literary canon. They have an opportunity to present information in different ways than they did last quarter, so it should be another fun one.
In Science, Team 8-1 will wrap up our studies about Chemistry.  Students learned about how to use the Periodic Table and its trends.  We then began our studies about Genetics. The Genetics Science Learning Center is an excellent resource for learning about the principles of inheritance and beyond.  We watched corn seedlings emerge and gathered evidence to make a claim about the parents’ genotype.  It is hard to believe that high school registration is upon us!  We will talk about different Physical Science course options and requirements for each.  I highly encourage students to consider taking STEM elective/club options available through Creek’s mathematics and science departments: Introduction to Computer Science, Science Research and Robotics.  Students will receive registration materials on February 3. 
 We are in full force in the Third Quarter.  Passes can be used for late work turned in within 7 days but will now be worth 50%.  In Algebra 1 students are studying Linear functions and graphing.  Students will continue this quarter by graphing quadratics.  In Math 8 students are studying linear equations and systems of equations.  Please remember to check COLE for weekly assignments. 
In February, all 8-3 language arts classes will be reading Jackie Robinson’s autobiography, I Never Had It Made.  In addition to reading this text, students will be discussing various poems, short stories, and non-fiction selections to enhance discussions of racial oppression.  Students will continue to learn their Greek and Latin roots, and will also explore the grammatical concept of verbals.  Students will also continue to work on tier 1 and tier 2 paragraphs.  Social studies students are in the middle of studying our Constitution, having examined the legislative and executive branch.  The federal court system is next, concentrating on landmark Supreme Court cases and the Bill of Rights.  We will then look at how our early leaders used the Constitution to stabilize our young country. Geometry classes will continue their study of polygons and similarity.  Math 8 classes will be working with linear equations, functions, and connecting graphs to tables to equations.  Please watch for a letter in early February that explains the high school math placement process and individualized recommendation for your son/daughter.
In Social Studies students will be studying the Judicial Branch. We will be learning its history, function, organization and discussing several landmark Supreme Court cases. Student will participate in a Supreme Court simulation where they will research a historic case, develop arguments, and act as attorneys presenting their case to the court.  In Language Arts, both levels are continuing their study of social injustice, governmental oppression and the abuse of power by reading novels that explore these themes. Regular classes are reading Animal Farm by George Orwell and Advanced classes are reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  Regular classes will also be looking at the issue of propaganda and Advanced classes will be investigating censorship, banning/challenging books and First Amendment rights.  All students should continue to read for Reading Logs every day!  In science, students are working on a genetics unit.  This study will include looking at the ethics of cloning. Students will be reading a science fiction novel, House of the Scorpion, to explore this issue.  This book, along with the novels being read in Language Arts classes, all fall within the genre of science fiction; both science classes and LA classes will explore why this genre is perfect for looking at controversial issues in the real world. 
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