8th Grade Content Update | October

Each month, we will update you with what is going on in Crew, Math, Science, & Humanities for 8th Graders. If you have any questions, please reach out directly to your child's teacher.

Crew & Social Emotional Development

“By mid-adolescence, friends are the major providers of social support...close friends promote the social competencies and self-esteem of children...suggesting that close friends support resilience”

Making Grateful Kids

October is Bully Prevention Month, and our habit of focus is Compassion. Middle Schoolers will be working through a variety of lessons during crew in order to promote compassion and support towards themselves and others within and outside of the school community.

All Middle Schoolers have a lesson planned for them through crew in order to learn about the impacts of cyberbullying, and how to respond to cyberbullying. In our world of changing technology, quick disappearing pictures and messages, it is important for kids to understand how their actions impact others, and what to do if they feel bullied. Thank you for continuing these important conversations at home.

Here are a few resources for you regarding Compassion & Bully Prevention:

Stop Bullying

100 Affirmations for Kids

Second Step

All middle schoolers are working through their first unit within Second Step - Mindset & Goals. Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply it to their social and academic lives.

Family Discussion Prompts:

  • Ask your child to describe their own personality. Describe how you see them, how their personalities have changed, and the good that can come from that.

  • Ask your child about an adult they have met at school that they connect with. Tell them about an adult who has impacted your life growing up.

  • Ask your child if there is something new they would like to try, even if they are scared. Share something new you would like to try.


8th Grade:

In late September, we began our second unit -- Dilations, Similarity, and Slope -- which connects our learning of rigid transformations from unit 1 to an introductory look at linear functions. We’ll have our unit 2 assessment around October 11th and then jump right in to rates of chance and proportional relationships. This unit will give us a basic understanding of the principles of algebra, building a foundation for Math 1 in high school.

Math 1:

Last month, we connected our observations of patterns and their various representations to linear and exponential functions. Beginning in October, we’ll continue this trajectory and expand our understanding of the term function to encompass more than just linear and exponential growth. We’ll take our next assessment during the 3rd week of October.


Students are currently working on their Nature vs Nurture unit. They are working on Task 3 (Heredity & Genetics) and will be working on Task 4 (Human’s Affects) next week. They are working toward a final team project where they write a formal letter informing the reader about why mechanisms that created a toxic algal bloom and how this might be avoided in the future.


The students will continue reading Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Along with their class novel, the students have pieced together a ‘Vietnam Wars Timeline’ in order to understand the cultural context of the Vietnam War. The novel also highlights how characters change and develop over time due to serious life events, as the main character is the story becomes a refugee. In addition to our reading in class, the students have started working on Suspense Story projects within their blogging platform This project is meant to highlight narrative writing skills that are related to their major narrative assessment.