WELCOME TO EIGHTH GRADE!
Arrive on time with all of your materials.
Listen and follow directions the first time they are given.
Talk respectfully—no putdowns, cursing, or teasing.
Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Please be respectful when a teacher or classmate is talking.
Consequences for Classroom Rule Violations:
Time owed during break
Please take time to read pages 42 and 43 of the Student/Parent Handbook. Remember – no tank tops may be visible under polo shirts, socks must be worn, non-school uniform sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets may not be worn inside any classroom. Any student not following the dress code will be given a dress code violation slip and asked to return to their homeroom teacher for follow-up.
You will need to take the following basic supplies with you to each class:
College ruled notebook paper
Blue/ black pen
Red correcting pen
Additional supplies as requested by other teacher
Assignment notebooks are very helpful in teaching the organization skills that you will need in high school. I will require you to buy the school assignment book to keep track of your assignments. I will be checking these from time to time and encouraging your parents to ask for them as well.
You must make up any missed work when absent from class. If you are absent, work can be obtained from other students or by asking the teacher. For each day absent, you have 1 school day to make up the work. In the event of a prearranged absence, it is your responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher to “make up” missed work upon return.
Late Work Policy:
An assignment will be considered late if not turned-in at the time a teacher calls for it. This includes assignments that need to be printed. Please print papers before class, and be ready to submit on time. Late work can be turned in up to one week late, but will not be accepted after one week. Late work receives a 15% deduction.
Grades will be determined on a straight percentage scale, based on the total number of points possible. Below is the grading scale:
All homework assignments should be placed in the basket for your grade located at the side of the classroom. Assignments on torn-out spiral notebook paper will not be accepted with the fringe. Please remember, papers with no heading will be returned and must be resubmitted as late work. Assignments (not including late work) earning less than 90% can be corrected and earn up to 89%. Corrections must be made within one week upon return of the graded assignment. Please use the following heading for all assignments:
Right side of paper: First and last name
Left side of paper: Assignment title or page number
Profile of a St. Ignatius Student
This year we are focusing on the four components of our student profile: Eager Minds, Passionate Hearts, Enthusiastic Spirits, and Brilliant Futures. There will be a few assemblies to motivate and educate students about these four topics, and we will be examining ourselves and keeping track as a class.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
The 8th grade is in charge of the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the first Mass of the school year. At this time, each eighth grader will be commissioned as a leader of the school and will be blessed as you begin your studies in preparation of Confirmation.
High School Visits and Open Houses
Each of the area Catholic high schools will be making a presentation to the eighth grade.
The entire 8th grade class will be volunteering at Blanchet House in Northwest Portland. Blanchet House provides hot meals to Portland’s homeless community. Each month, the eighth grade class will prepare, serve, or clean-up after a meal. We will join the staff for lunch.
Each 8th grader will help to prepare or serve a meal for transition projects. This is a great way for you to live out the lessons you are learning both here and at home. In addition, this kind of activity is one of the things that high school admissions directors look at in trying to assess a student for placement and/or scholarship aid.
High School Placement Exam – Saturday, December 1, 2012
Eighth Grade Visits to High Schools
All Catholic high schools offer a time for eighth graders to spend a day at the high school they are considering. Each high school has their own schedule for how and when these visits are to take place. I will keep a calendar in the classroom listing planned visits. Please check the calendar and confirm your visit with me to ensure that no more than two students are missing class on a given day.
Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
We will be going on a field trip with the first grade to the Pumpkin Patch in October, and will also participate in a follow-up lesson on weighing the pumpkins, counting the seeds, and decorating the pumpkin face with your first grade partner.
It is an 8th grade privilege to design and wear a class sweatshirt.
Graduation – Friday, June 7, 2013