8H Homework & Announcements

EIGHT HAMPTON

MAY AND JUNE CURRICULUM NEWSLETTER

The following information is intended to serve as an outline of studies for all core classes during the months of May and June.

Language Arts with Mrs. Paster:

Students will begin the month with the writing and publishing of their argumentative essay/claim papers, an assignment that requires students to research a debatable topic and write an argument to support a position. During May, they will also complete their state English Language Arts and Writing Test.  Although class time in class will continue to be adjusted in order to accommodate the testing schedule, we will continue to have all core classes. During this time, students will continue to review language rules, Greek and Latin roots and affixes, and Vocabulary for Achievement will continue with lessons 17-25.  Finally, students will complete their last project for the year, a research presentation about an area of interest that will be explored in high school. The presentation incorporates Google slides and two short videos.

Social Studies with Mr. Coggeshall:

Students have wrestled with the Constitution, learned about the immigration history of the United States, and examined today's immigration issues.  They have looked at the growth of big business and debated how much government involvement there should be. They witnessed the fighting in World War One, reveled in the fun of the 1920's, and faced the worst economic time in American history by studying the Great Depression.  And now, at the end of the year, they will study the greatest event in world history so far--World War Two. We will study the rise of dictators, the fighting of the war, the Holocaust, and the aftermath of the War while applying some of the lessons learned to similar situations in our present lives.  Thanks in advance for a great year!

Science with Mr. Shaw:

During the month of April students were introduced to the basics of motion and energy tradeoffs as a part of our physics unit. They have started to examine the interaction of matter with moving objects. We will continue this with a more in depth study of motion for the rest of the year. Students will observe demonstrations and will also be responsible for a major assignment called The Car Project.  For this project, students will design, blueprint, construct, and “run” a rubber-band propelled cardboard “car”. Parents will need to support this challenge by helping students find sufficient corrugated cardboard and cutting out the design pieces at home. The actual construction will be completed in school. As we begin this project, students should be informing parents about specific deadlines, checkpoints, and project requirements.  The major summative evaluation for this project is a 3 - 5 page scientific paper that validates students’ knowledge and application of key concepts and how these topics directly relate to the motion of their constructed car. Students are motivated to get started and it is a great way to end the school year.  Please feel free to contact me at cshaw@sau90.org if you have any questions.   


Pre-Algebra with Mrs. Bonsaint:

During the months of May and June, students will first work with geometric transformations. Students will be introduced to translations, reflections, rotations and dilations. They will draw the transformations on a coordinate plane, represent them using algebraic function notation and use them in problem solving situations


The last topic for the year is congruence and similarity. Students will work on understanding both congruent figures and similar figures and will find missing values for each. Last, students will relate congruent and similar figures to geometric transformations.


All of these topics are building blocks for Algebra I, so it is very important that students stay focused and continue to work through the end of the year. Students will continue to have nightly homework, vocabulary and weekly skills. They should continue to work to keep their math materials organized.


The Winnacunnet High School Math Placement Test will be given on May 29. This will take place during regular math class.

Algebra I with Mrs. Bonsaint:

During the months of May and June, students will first complete their work with factoring. Factoring is a topic essential to success in Honors Geometry. The next topic we will work with is quadratics.  Students will identify and graph quadratic functions, transform and solve quadratic equations and use factoring to graph and solve quadratics. The Quadratic Formula can be used to solve any second degree polynomial equation in future studies of math.  If time allows our final topic to study will be exponential and radical functions.


Students will continue to have nightly homework and vocabulary work. They should continue to work to keep their math materials organized.


The Winnacunnet High School Math Placement Test will be given on May 29. This will take place during regular math class.


Special Education with Mr. Francisco

Study Skills - Students continue to work on their organizational skills which include organizing notebooks for classes and checking PowerSchool to see what assignments they may be missing.  Concepts that are taught in core classes are also reviewed during this period. High-School Transition Meetings will be held on May 15th and 23rd at Winnacunnet High School. A letter with the date and time of your child’s meeting has been sent home. Please contact Mr. Francisco bfrancisco@sau90.org  as soon as possible if you are unable to make this date and time.


 

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