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.

8th-Grade ELA Update: December 2017

8th graders debate who has the best chance of survival on a deserted island.

This month in 8th-grade ELA with Ms. Arlequin and Ms. Green, we will begin our first novel study in ELA. We’ll read the classic adventure story Lord of the Flies and hone the reading skills we’ve been practicing this year. Students will answer the essential question “How does the use of symbolism help us understand human nature?” through discussion and writing. Students will read independently at home and come to class prepared to deeply discuss and analyze the reading to develop a deeper understanding of the important issues in the text. After studying these important books, students will end the unit by writing an analytic essay where they analyze the symbols used in the texts and how we can interpret them to help us relate to the themes.

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.

8th-Grade Math Update: December 2017

Classrooms can’t contain all the work going on in the 102 math rooms!

In 8th-grade math with Ms. Eliades and Ms. Zecca, students are still working in the Geometry unit. We have worked through the basic rigid motions and have explored how side lengths and angles are preserved. Now we are talking about scale factors and how dilations create similar figures. Also, we look at how the image and pre-image have proportional corresponding side lengths, but the angles remain congruent. After dilations, we will look at parallel lines cut by a transversal and the angle relationships formed by them. We will extend this into our algebra work looking at lengths as expressions and forming equations to solve for missing values.


The regents class with Ms. Zecca is moving on to Chapter 4: An Introduction to Functions. We will be discussing linear equations and their graphs as well as function notation. They will have to evaluate functions as well as compare the data that comes in a variety of ways such as a table, a list of coordinates, a graph, and an equation.