January Update for 8th-Grade Art

Ms. Leibowitz’s art students in 8-403 are using direct observation (mirrors) to complete their self-portraits

In January, Ms. Leibowitz’s  8th grade art students will have completed their direct observation self portraits or portraits of their peers. Direct observation requires using proportions and measuring alongside the development of hand and eye coordination. The art students will then develop and render a background space to convey a personal narrative.

January Update for 8th-Grade ELA

Happy New Year! We’ll finish our novel study of Lord of the Flies by analyzing the symbolism and writing about how William Golding uses this tool to send a message about human nature. Then we’ll begin our third unit, “Space Invaders.” In this unit, we’ll read science fiction texts by Ray Bradbury and H.G. Wells. We’ll compare and contrast how the authors portray life on Earth during an alien invasion by exploring how they use characters and plot to develop their message. We’ll add in other texts and explore how writers develop setting and mood to support our analysis.

8th-grade ELA students evaluating the nature of humanity

Students should be reading every day for 20-30 minutes, so please make sure your child has a quiet place and consistent time to read.

January Update for 8th-Grade Math

8th graders take an interesting angle on linear functions

January brings us to the main focus of the eighth grade linear functions. Students extend what they already know about unit rates and proportional relationships to linear equations and their graphs. We will  understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations in this unit.  The students will  learn to apply the skills they acquired in Grades 6 and 7, with respect to symbolic notation and properties of equality to transcribe and solve equations in one variable and then in two variables. These are the foundation skills for understanding functions and systems of equations.


MATH REGENTS: Students are reviewing what they know about linear functions to explore non linear graphs and their meanings. They will gain a deeper understanding of domain and range. They will also use scatter plots to display data and along with their knowledge of linear functions, create best fit trend lines or lines of regression.

8th-Grade Art Update: December 2017

In December with Ms. Leibowitz, the 8th grade art students will complete their preparatory sketches and will then start drawing their self-portraits, using direct observation. Direct observation requires using proportions and measuring alongside the development of hand to eye coordination. Line quality, value, and shading techniques will be explored to render three-dimensional forms. After drawing their self-portraits, using mirrors, the art students will develop a background space to convey a personal narrative. Once the self-portrait unit is complete, the students will explore drawing and painting figures in a landscape.