Some eighth graders have been talking about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Based on the novel of the same name, this series explores a troubled teen’s motivations for committing suicide. It is graphic and deals with many mature issues including rape, teen drinking, and voyeurism. We wanted this to be on the radar of all eighth grade parents so that you can be in conversation with your child as needed to help answer questions, frame the show for them, or share your thoughts and feelings about it. It appears as though most students have at least heard about this show and that some have seen it. Below are some links that provide some more context and can help with discussions at home. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's advisor if you have questions.
Last week in Humanities all eighth graders took part in a mock trial based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. With each section divided up into a prosecution and defense, students worked on their critical thinking, writing, and public speaking skills. It was also a great way for students to collaborate with each other. Special thanks to all the parents and faculty members who volunteered to play the role of a witness in the trial!
During the last two weeks before service learning in math class, 8th graders have been given the task to create a catapult that will propel a Skittle furthest while also hitting a designated target. Students have been creatively using a variety of different materials including wood planks, clothespins, binder clips, rubber bands, spoons, and plenty of hot glue to make different designs. They employed the engineering design process by planning, creating, testing, and then redesigning their creations in order to improve their outcomes. Students used the starting and landing points in order to figure out the equation of the parabola that models the flight of their Skittle.
The final exam for math is on May 4th at 8:10 AM.
Students in 8th grade science are working on their independent research projects.
This project is student driven and will result in presentations this week!
Students decided on the purpose of their experiments, wrote their hypotheses statements, and started their background research.
The science labs are busy with all sorts of interesting research and experiments such as:
Concussion research and experimentation (with jello as a simulated brain)
Memory and music (pop versus classical) studies
How plants can phytoremediate
The effects of caffeine on Daphnia
The best recipe for slime (will be decided by lower school students)
Rising sea levels and how that will impact humans