Eighth grade is filled with high school decisions, testing and applications! Specific questions should be directed to Mrs. Ballou, the homeroom teacher.
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Religion (Faith First Legacy Edition-Church History; Church and Sacraments, RCL Benziger):
Unit 1 - Apostolic Age to A.D. 1500
Unit 2 - A Call to Renewal: A.D. 1500 to Present
Math (Merrill Algebra 1: Applications and Connections, Glencoe McGraw-Hill):
Unit 1 - An Introduction to Algebra
Unit 2 - Rational Numbers
Unit 3 - Equations
Unit 4 - Applications of Rational Numbers
Unit 5 - Inequalities
Unit 6 - Polynomials
Unit 7- Factoring
Unit 8- Rational Expressions
Unit 9- Functions and Graphs
Unit 10- Graphing Linear Equations
Unit 11- Systems of Open Sentences
Unit 12- Radical Expressions
Unit 13- Quadratics
Unit 14- Statistics and Probability
Unit 15 - Trigonometry
Language Arts :
Literature - Elements of Literature-Second Course, Holt, Rinehart & Winston
English - English, Houghton Mifflin
Science (Science-Level Blue, Glencoe McGraw-Hill):
Unit 1 - Humans and Heredity
Unit 2 - Ecology
Unit 3 - Earth's Changes Over Time
Unit 4 - Earth's Place in the Universe
Unit 5 - Chemistry of Matter
Unit 6 - Motion, Forces and Energy
Unit 6 - Physical Interactions
Social Studies (A More Perfect Union, Houghton Mifflin; We the People, US Department of Education):
Health (Teen Health-Course 2, Glencoe McGraw-Hill):
Chapter 1 - Understanding Health and Wellness
Chapter 2 - Taking Charge of Your Health
Chapter 3 - Physical Activity and Fitness
Chapter 4 - Nutrition
Chapter 5 - Mental and Emotional Health
Chapter 6 - Building Healthy Relationships
Chapter 7 - Resolving Conflicts and Preventing Violence
Chapter 8 - Tobacco
Chapter 9 - Alcohol
Chapter 10 - Drugs
Chapter 11 - Personal Health and Consumer Choices
Chapter 12 - Growing and Changing
Chapter 13 - Communicable Diseases
Chapter 14 - Noncommunicable Diseases
Chapter 15 - Personal Safety
Chapter 16 - The Environment and Your Health
Click here to view the Discipline Plan for upper grades.
The following are a collection of academic guidelines for students in Grades 6, 7 & 8. It has been put together to help parents and students better understand the Middle School grading process. If you have any questions or would like clarification about any of the following policies, please contact your student's homeroom teacher.
The expected amount of homework for middle school students is 90 minutes per night (Monday-Friday), with occasional weekend assignments.
- Daily Reading : All students will be required to read for at least 30 minutes every night and 30 minutes over the weekend. Parents are asked to supervise this reading and to sign a reading log on a daily basis. Reading logs will be checked in weekly.
- Math : Students are expected to spend about 30 minutes per night doing math problems assigned that day.
- Projects : Students will periodically be asked to work on special long-term projects.
- Homework is to be turned in on the due date.
- Excused Absences :In the event of an excused absence, the student will receive full credit for missed work by completing any missing assignments and turning them in to the teacher within a reasonable time period.
- Late Work : Late work will be accepted but will only receive half credit. It may be turned in up to the end of the Progress Report grading period or the Report Card grading period only. For larger projects and assignments, students will be given specific grading criteria for items turned in after deadlines.
- Homework will be assessed for its accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness.
- Homework assignments will usually be worth 3-10 points per assignment.
- Assignments are usually worth 50% of the total grade.
Frequently throughout the year students will be tested on the material that has been covered in class.
- All students are expected to be present on test days.
- In the event of an absence, the student will be given the opportunity to retake the test on his or her next day in school.
- Tests and projects combined are usually worth 50% of the total grade.
- Test papers will be sent home to be signed by the parents indicating that they have seen their student’s score. Students receive homework points for these signatures.