THE Rising 9TH GRADERS of Isaac J.Gourdine Middle School

Welcome to I.J.G. 's Official 8th Grade Website!

Greetings Parents and Students! Below you will find information for all of the core subjects here at Isaac J. Gourdine Middle. Important dates are located at the bottom of the site. Information will be updated again after Fourth Quarter Progress Reports on May 10th, 2017. This web page will be used to provide information that is specific to 8th Grade only.
We the staff and students of Isaac Gourdine Middle School, agree to create and maintain a learning environment built on Respect, Ownership, Acceptance, Reflection, and Service. One Team + One Goal = The Promise!

SCIENCE

8th Grade Science will be completing Life Science: Changes and Interactions. After that, we will be moving on to Earth Science : Exploring the Universe and Earth's Systems. Please be sure to discuss any assignments or progress sheets at home.

Teachers:

Mr. Cobb: relmond.cobb@pgcps.org

Mr. Scott: kevin3.scott@pgcps.org

Reading

As 4th Quarter begins, English students are finishing their Literary Analysis Task Essays about Obama's speech on Climate Change.

As the quarter progresses, students will complete three major assignments:

Public Service Announcements: Students will create PSAs about what young people can do to impact an environmental issue.
The Diary of Anne Frank: Students will write about the characters in Anne Frank's memoir and compare and contrast the message of the texts.
Snapshot Memoir: Students will create a snapshot memoir that showcases a moment from their life when they made the critical choice of speaking up or remaining silent. Think, Malala Yousafzai.
* Honors: 8th Grade Honors will be completing the Quarter 4 focus mentioned above, TWO novel studies and a Passion Project.

Teachers:

Ms. Williams: fachon.williams@pgcps.org

Ms. Brown: jasmine.brown@pgcps.org

Mrs. Orbita: deanna.orbita@pgcps.org

Social Studies

Kudos to the 8th grade students for successfully completing JA Finance!!!

As we move into the 4th quarter please remember you (Students) are still responsible to come to class on time, be prepared, and fully participate in your academic endeavors!

Social Studies will focus on the Industrial Revolution, Slavery and Escape to Freedom, and The Women's Suffrage Movement.

2 projects

6 quizzes

12 assignments

1 Test

Continue to focus on Excellence!!!

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Reminder: ALL students are STILL required to have a 3 section spiral notebook (major part of their grade)

Teachers:

Mrs. Dilworth: kafi.dilworth@pgcps.org

Ms. Brown: michelle2.brown@pgcps.org

Math

Students will be learning to work with, analyze and evaluate exponents and exponential form. Students will use these skills to solve and analyze real world problems.

Foundations for Algebra: Students will be learning how to evaluate square roots and perfect squares. Students will also be able to use these skills in order to analyze and solve problems involving Pythagorean Theorem and apply these skills in real world problems.

As a reminder, homework is given out nightly.

Teachers:

Mr. Brown: nicholas3.brown@pgcps.org

Mr. King: julian.king@pgcps.org

Mrs. Hayes: tina.hayes@pgcps.org

Algebra 1

Students compare the key characteristics of quadratic functions to those of linear and exponential functions. Students learn to anticipate the graph of a quadratic function by interpreting various forms of quadratic expressions. In particular, they identify the real solutions of a quadratic equation as the zeros of a related quadratic function. Students will explore the effects of transformations on quadratic functions in preparation for their work in Geometry.

Teacher

Mr. Orbita: ramil.orbita@pgcps.org

Important dates

PARCC TESTING BEGINS AFTER SPRING BREAK! Do your best and get some rest! - MAY 3, 2017 starts RELA PARCC TESTING for 8th Grade!

Q4 Progress Report Grades Go into SchoolMax - 5/10/17

Q4 Progress Reports Released on 5/23/17

8th Grade End of the Year Activities

Below is a list of TENTATIVE 8th Grade End of the Year activities. Requirements, cost, and more information will be forthcoming as finalizations are made.

1. PARCC Testing Schedule (Starting May 3) 2.-4. Ways a Parent Can Help with Reading and Math (y en espanol) 5. 8th Grade EOY Letter Home (adjustments made below)

8th Grade Field Trip

Tuesday May 30, 2017 - King’s Dominion - Departure at 8am!

8th Grade Semi-Formal

June 2, 2017 - 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Harborside Hotel - 6400 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Cost: $40.00

8th Grade Promotion

Thursday June 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Oxon Hill High School - Oxon Hill HS 6701 Leyte Drive Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Cost: TBA

8th Grade Registration Information

High School Registration Deadline is APRIL 30th!
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