There are a few things i have learned in the first semester (18 weeks).
I have learned that the 8th grade teachers are a little more strict than the 6th and 7th grade teachers to get you ready for high school (or J.P. Knapp).
I have learned that you will have classes without your friends. All of my friends except for 2 or 3 are at the front of the hall and I am in the back.
I have learned that presenting projects in front of your class is not as bad as you think because everyone has to do it.