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1 Welcome To Open House! 8 Orange TeaM 2012-2013
Together We Can Make A Difference! Welcome To Open House! 8 Orange TeaM

2 Meet our Team Mrs. Lowry- Mr. Conway- Mrs. McNamara- Mrs. Urban-
Writing Mrs. McNamara- Team Leader/Reading Mrs. Urban- Math Mrs. Lowry- Science Mr. Talbot- Social Studies Mr. Cragin- Learning Specialist

3 Keeping in Touch The quickest and most efficient way to communicate with us is through . Our s are listed on the NFMS website: The format for is: (ex. 8th grade phone:

4 Homework Posted daily on the Middle School web page on the 8 Orange Homework site nfm/page/homework-page-8-orange-499 Homework will be practice of a skill learned in class or extension of concepts covered in class Students should spend a daily maximum of min. doing HW. Contact us if consistently otherwise.

5 Academic Communication
Check your child’s grades on Infinite Campus (IC) regularly. Download the IC App to your electronic device for continuous updates. Use itunes, google play or to download Look for s from us via IC Messenger Mark your calendar for Parent/Teacher Conferences: Dec. 11th (AM), 12th (PM), 13th (EVE), &14th (AM). Appointments will be made a few weeks prior.

6 Costs for 8th grade Field Trips:
Connecticut Science Center- This Hartford trip will occur in November. The cost will be approx. $ (paperwork to come home soon) Holiday Hill- This is an 8th Grade trip in June (Chesire, CT). It costs approx. $60.00 per student. (paperwork comes home in Feb./March)

7 Costs For 8th Grade YEARBOOK
Yearbook is mostly made by 8th grade students so it has a lot about their year. A pre-sale usually starts in October and then again in February. The last sale is in June. Cost is anywhere from $26-30. It is cheapest during the 1st sale and most expensive in June. Yearbook Parent Ads will be for sale as well (winter)

8 Costs for 8th Grade 8th Grade Semi-formal Dance--June
Tickets generally cost around $20 Gowns for the Graduation Ceremony--June These can be purchased from the school (information will come home with students in Feb.) or borrow one from a brother/sister or previous student. The gowns cost approx. $16.

9 Reading/Team Leader Sue McNamara-
Our curriculum will center around the Common Core State Standards

10 Writing Keith

11 Integrated Science Curriculum
Kate Lowry: Physical Science— Forces and Motion. Topics include speed, acceleration, net force, Newton’s laws. Life Science—Heredity: how traits are passed through generations. Topics include chromosomes, DNA, dominant and recessive genes, mitosis, meiosis. Earth Science—Earth in the Solar System. Topics include tides, seasons, moon phases eclipses.

12 Social Studies Brendan Talbot:
U.S. History from colonization to Civil War (part 1 of 2). There are 5 units; Colonization, Revolution, Constitution & Civics, Sectionalism & Westward Expansion and Civil War. Reconstruction to WWII is the 10th / 11th grade curriculum (part 2 of 2). Syllabus and textbook have been sent home.

13 8th Grade Math Barbara Urban:
Curriculum is based on the Common Core Standards A few of the units to be covered: Unit 1: Real Numbers Unit 2: Pythagorean Theorem Unit 3: Linear Relationships

14 Algebra 2 Barbara Urban:
Curriculum is based on High School criteria Some of the topics to be covered: Equations and Inequalities Linear Equations and Functions Linear Systems Quadratic Functions and Factoring

15 Learning Specialists Brian Cragin:
Direct Study (DS) Focus Math Focus Writing Ginny Gorman: Focus Reading Debbie Parker: Literacy Workshop

16 Parent Assignment In a 1,000,000 words or less…
Tell the orange team what you think we should know about your child. You know your child best! This will help us to better understand your child and the unique and special people they are. Please hand in to homeroom teacher or to Mrs. Lowry at By October 3rd, or as soon as you can. THANK YOU!!

17 Closing We look forward to working with your child and you this year.
Please take a pamphlet home with you. We hope that you find it a useful reference. Next: World Language speaker Mrs. Fuller Please see language teachers/unified arts as needed for more information STAY IN TOUCH!

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