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8th Grade’s Look Ahead 

Happy Holidays from the 8th grade team! With only three weeks left before winter break, we are moving quickly towards the end of our second marking period. We hope you and your families have a peaceful holiday season. 

Please touch base with your child on a regular basis to hear about any assignments or homework, current or past. The school-provided planners, in addition to checking Powerschool, will help you and your child stay current with any assignments, missing work, or failing grades. Checking weekly will prevent any concerns before the marking period closes. 

If you know of any parent or guardian that did not receive this and would be interested, please ask them to email Mrs. Miller at kmiller@derbyps.org to be added to the list. 


***NWEA M.A.P. assessment- Dec. 11-15th 

*PBIS Trivia Hour: Friday, December 22, 2017

Our December PBIS event. Each grade level will participate in trivia games using Quizziz.com. This is a reward for students’ outstanding work, behaviorally and academically.   

*Cross Country

We have more 6th and 7th graders in the Running Club than 8th graders.
The Girls X Country Team finished the season with a record of  9 – 3 and placed 16th in CT.
Running club will be participating in the Christmas Toy 5K in Fairfield on December 17th and Chillie Chilly Run on January 1st 2018 in Orange.

*Marking Period 2 closes January 12th. No work will be accepted after this date.

*Report Cards come home that Friday, Jan. 19th. 

**Early Dismissal Dec. 22nd 

**NO SCHOOL Dec. 25-Jan. 1. See you on January 2nd for the New Year! 


We are currently working on our argument unit.  Students have been evaluating claims and evidence on their ixl assignments.  In class we are choosing our topics, which correlate to what Mr. Gozzo has covered thus far in history class.  Students will be completing graphic organizers, utilizing the laptops to do research, and submitting a typed essay and Work Cited page. This will be due on December 20th before the winter break.  Students will begin to take their NWEA tests on Monday, December 11th.   I am meeting with each student to discuss his/her NWEA scores from the Spring of 2017 and to discuss growth and answer any questions or concerns. I wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday. 


In November we started module 2 which is all about transformations. Students are learning how to translate, reflect, and rotate shapes on a coordinate plane. At this point we have covered translations and reflections. In the coming week we will cover rotations and the 2nd marking period project will be assigned. This project will be a mostly “in-class” project, but no other homework will be assigned during this time so some students might working on it at home. The project is to create a town. Students will put buildings in their town and then transform those buildings to other locations in their town. Students generally love this project as it allows for a lot of creativity! This project will count for 20% of students report card grade. Projected due date is Friday, December 15th. For the rest of December we will continue working with transformations and the coordinate plane. After break we likely begin working with some Algebra. 


In November, we focused on the issue of debating rationally and respectfully. We read and acted out Twelve Angry Men and discussed right vs. wrong, justice and the responsibility of a jury, and how to tailor one’s argument to meet a particular audience. We continued several of these ideas in an argument mini-unit with a focus on performance-enhancing drugs in competitive sports. Students built a strong understanding of this controversial issue. After reading several articles on differing viewpoints, they established their own position on PEDs and their role in sports. As always, I was impressed with the focus and ability each student showed as they annotated, argued, responded, and analyzed elements within each text. Well done!

Up next: War Horse tied into Mr. Gozzo’s WWI Social Studies unit. 


This month the students finished their study of Newton’s Laws of Motion and have transitioned into a unit on Astronomy.   In the Astronomy unit the students will learn about the Earth – moon – sun system.  Features studied will cover the Earth’s cycles, to include rotation and revolution, seasons, tides, eclipses, and phases of the moon.  We will also investigate the history of space exploration, with an eye towards the future. 


Students are working on completing the Era of Progressives and will be analyzing and interpreting primary and secondary source documents related to the U.S. Involvement in World War I.

*Progress Reports came home last Friday, Dec. 1.

Developing Red Raider Pride! 

2 girls in pink working on art project

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 26, 2018
    • Special Meeting - Student Matter 6:30 PMDerby Police Department, 125 Water Street, Derby, CT 06418Agenda
    Mar 27, 2018
    • Student Health and Safety Committee 6:30 PMCentral Office 35 Fifth StreetAgenda
    Mar 29, 2018
    • 3rd Marking Period Closes Irving School
    • 3rd Marking Period Closes
    • Negotiations and Personnel Committee 6:30 PMCentral Office 35 Fifth StreetAgenda
    Mar 30, 2018
    • No School ~ Good Friday
    • No School Good Friday
  • Apr 3, 2018
    • Gr. 8 PSAT Test 8:30 AM to 10:30 AMDMS
    • Field House and Baseball Field Building Committee 5:30 PM to 6:30 PMDMS Cafetorium
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