Welcome to Eighth Grade – 8C

Teacher:  Mrs. Kitty Wagner   kwagner@stalbert.org

 

Eighth Grade Social Studies 2014-2015

Course Description
In the Grade Eight Social Studies program students learn about significant events, critical movements and people of various backgrounds that contributed to the building of our nation. We focus attention on the time period before the arrival of Columbus through the Civil War era. Through the use of chronological thinking and historical analysis students examine the political, social and economic dimensions of early United States history and make links between past and present.
Student Resource Materials
Students are issued a textbook, American History: The Early Years during class. Students will need a spiral notebook for note taking.
Forms of Assessment/Evaluation
        Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
                Class Assignments: Worksheets
                Open Response Questions
                Homework: Vocabulary
                Class Discussion/Participation
                Group Work
                Projects
                Quizzes and Tests
 
Course Standards & Grading
         

Tests, & Projects         50%
Daily Work                 40%            
Homework                   10%
 
 
Homework
       
Students can expect homework about 1-2 nights a week which may include answering questions, doing vocabulary, reading or finishing an in-class assignment. About once a quarter students will be assigned a larger project but more time will be allowed for this assignment. Chapter Tests can be about every 7-10 class days. Extra studying time may be needed to prepare for these. 
Eighth Grade Religion 2014-2015
 
Course Description
 In preparation for Confirmation we will more fully examine our Catholic identity and teachings. During the study students learn that through God’s law and God’s grace they are called to form their consciences and make moral decisions. We will explore the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. One day a week, all of Grade Eight will continue to review topics in Church History in order to be introduced to the accomplishments of men and women of faith throughout the centuries. One day a week, students will attend a school liturgy.
 
Student Resource Materials 
Students will be issued a textbook, Confirmed in the Spirit  to be kept in class.  Students will use a Bible in class occasionally and may store them on the class bookshelf. They will need a spiral notebook for note taking.
 
Course Standards & Grading 
Daily Work/Tests/Projects            100%
 
Students should come to class with the necessary materials and a willingness to expand their prayer life and their service commitments and this will be a year of spiritual growth.
    
Seventh Grade Social Studies 2014-2015
 
Course Description
 In the Grade Seven Social Studies program students learn about early peoples and great Western and non-Western civilizations. We focus attention on human history prior to 1500 and examine the ways past civilizations met common needs. We also link the past to the present by noting how these early societies contributed to our way of life.
 
Student Resource Materials
Students are issued a textbook, Journey Across Time, The Early Years during class. Students will need a spiral notebook for note taking.
 
Forms of Assessment/Evaluation
 
        Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
                Class Assignments: Worksheets
                Open Response Questions
                Homework: Vocabulary
                Class Discussion/Participation
                Group Work
                Projects
                Quizzes and Tests
 
 
Course Standards & Grading
 

Tests, & Projects         50%
Daily Work                 40%            
Homework                   10%
 
Homework
       
        Students can expect homework about 1-2 nights a week which may include answering questions, doing vocabulary, reading or finishing an in-class assignment. About once a quarter students will be assigned a larger project but more time will be allowed for this assignment. Chapter Tests can be about every 7-10 class days. Extra studying time may be needed to prepare for these. 
In my class I will not send home tests for a parent signature since you will have easy access to the test grades in the Rediker grading system. In Social Studies, tests will be reviewed by the students in class and then collected for storage. If this system does not work for your family special arrangements can be made to send home items directly to a parent for review.
 
Late Work
 I will accept work for late credit at my discretion. I personally talk to students who are missing work and try to get a plan for when I can expect it. 
 
Classroom Expectations
Students should:
RESPECT YOURSELF: be prepared, be attentive and try your best.
RESPECT OTHERS: use appropiate language, be an encourager, “listen” to classmates.
RESPECT THE ENVIORNMENT: be careful, pick up after yourself, treat books & materials gently.
 
Consequences of inappropiate behavior may result in any one of the following:
                               Verbal warnings
                               Parent notification which may include a pink slip & an assignment or a STOP-THINK-CHANGE Form
                              Student conference
                              Parent conference
                              Detention
Tuesday Folders 
Each Tuesday a folder will be sent home with items which contain information that is important to be seen by parents. Look for the Tuesday folder and review the contents with your student each week.
Communication
 Please check the website each evening for homework updates and special announcements. If you need to communicate directly with me about your child’s study habits and progress, call the school and leave a message on voice mail or email me. It is my goal to respond with 24 hours. Looking forward to a great school year!
 
Phone: 425-1804