It is hard to believe that we are now entering the last two terms of the school year. Team B students have been working hard both inside and outside of the classroom. One of our highlights for Term 3 was completing our 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon as a community service project to recognize National Community Service Day. This year’s Team B students raised $1550 dollars to support our local animal shelter and had a great time bowling with their peers. We also took the team on their annual ski trip to Discovery. We are now planning for our trip to Montana Wild in Helena at the end of the year.
Since we are now entering term 4, the students will begin to start taking their Smarter Balance Assessments in Math, Language Arts, and Science. All students are required to take this assessment, so please make sure attendance is a priority during this time period. The 8th grade students also listened to a presentation from our Butte High School TIP (Teens in Partnership) students. The high school students are planning the annual TIP lock-in for Friday, March 27th. This is a great opportunity for our 8th grade students to learn about how to deal with some of the common stresses/pressures they may face in high school.
Please continue to monitor your child’s grades through the parent portal on the Butte School District website. The team continues to use the Remind App to send reminders about daily assignments and upcoming events in the classroom. If you need to visit with the team, we meet Monday through Thursday from 9:30 to 10:15. Please call 533-2671 if you need to set up a team meeting.
Here are some specifics about what is happening in individual classrooms:
Mr. Wadas’ science class: We're moving into lots of exciting physics topics. Students will be investigating forces, motion, and energy. Students will get an opportunity to build bridges, mousetrap cars, and use technology to measure different aspects of motion. There will be a strong emphasis on graphing and utilizing formulas. It will be the most difficult, but the most fun topics and activities of the year! This will be the first year of SBAC testing in science. We will complete testing during the week of April 6th. I am certain students are ready and looking forward to this test!
Mrs. Rose’s reading class: Team B’s reading students finished their first novel before Christmas break and just wrapped up the short story “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry. This ironic, humorous story was written in a style popular over 100 years ago. The vocabulary is rich and at times archaic and out of place with current trends. Yet, the story itself makes the students laugh. Students also experienced a graphic novel format to the same story, which they enjoyed. As always, we’re working on various poetry styles, and students will be creating their own sonnets before the year is up. Students completed a second novel before the end of March. MAP testing took place throughout the month of January. These scores helped to place students into their high school classes. SBAC practice testing occurred and students began SBAC testing March 9.
Ms. Fabatz’s English class: English classes have been presenting Power Points which include literary elements pertaining to their Independent Reading books. Students had a template that they worked from, but the creativity component was up to them and many students really stepped outside the box which was fun to see. Students were given the opportunity to practice public speaking which is not only an 8th grade standard, but also extremely important as they transition into both high school and the real world. Currently we are reading a class novel called Peak by Roland Smith. It’s a wonderful adventure story with many lessons about life intertwined throughout the novel. We have had some wonderful discussions about lived experiences that also tie into experiences the characters are facing in the book. The students and I are looking forward to the upcoming Spring Break and then we will be ready to tackle Smarter Balanced testing upon return!
Ms. Leipheimer’s math class: Students in both Pre-Algebra and Algebra I completed a unit on solving systems of equations. Students learned a variety of techniques for solving systems with one or more unknown. Algebra I students faced an additional challenge of solving many word problems. Students completed MAPS testing and most students improved their scores in math. SBAC testing begins this month and students are working hard to prepare.
Mrs. Queer’s Social Studies class: As we near the end of the fourth term, the students have just finished completing their most recent performance task. This performance task included researching a president and creating a glog, which is a multimedia poster. This project gave the students an opportunity to research using a variety of both primary and secondary sources as well as creatively display this research in a multimedia format. As we start into term five, we will now begin to study the Industrial Revolution. Students will learn about a variety of different inventions that were developed in the 1800’s and how these inventions changed life in both the North and the South. This will lead perfectly into our final unit, which is the Civil War.