Parent/Student Communication

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Dear Parents,

It was great to have the sunshine visit us this weekend.

This will be the last week of Quarter 1.  It will also be a very busy week.  Students will be taking benchmark tests for all subjects; they will also finish and submit their argumentative essay.  The argumentative essay will be completed in class, but if a student is absent or does not finish a particular part of the essay any given day, it will become homework.  

Benchmark schedule:
Monday - Writing
Tuesday - Reading Comprehension
Wednesday - Science
Thursday - Social Studies
Friday - Math

Students will write a reflection on their independent reading book.  This will be due on Wednesday.  The assignment is posted on Google Classroom.  It has been 3 weeks since the last writing submission.  Therefore, students should have read an additional 147 pages in their independent reading book.  Many children are far past this point and have started on a new novel.  

Please ensure that your child is reading at least seven pages per night.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Jenny Jordan


Monday, September 24, 2018

Dear Parents, 

We will be starting our argumentative essays this week.  Students will explore various topics in which they can write about, find support to develop their position on the topic they choose, and craft a thesis statement.  This essay will be completed in class; however, if a student is absent or does not complete classwork that particular day, he/she will need to complete for homework.  

Also, we studied the root words uni and mono today.  Students have an assignment to complete which is due on Wednesday.  

Please ensure you child is reading every night.  The students' next writing assignment with regards to their independent reading will be October 3rd.  By the time October 3rd rolls around, students should have read at least 150 pages since their last writing submission which was September 12th.  

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Jenny Jordan


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope your family had an enjoyable weekend.

The students will have a test this week.  This assessment will be given in two parts, but will be a single grade in PowerSchool.  The first part will be on Tuesday and will include the following:
1) making inferences;
2) finding theme; and
3) root words mater/pater

The second part of this assessment will be on Wednesday.  Students will analyze two passages with conflicting view points and answer questions.  These questions will assess their knowledge on parts of an argument, persuasive techniques, and making inferences. 

Although this entire assessment should only take about 50 minutes, Mrs. Williams and I wanted to ensure that all students had plenty of time to complete the test.

Students were given a study guide on Friday.  This study guide will be a homework grade as well as be used for a few points extra credit on the test.  This is being done to ensure students take some time to review for the test.  This assignment is due Wednesday.  Although, I will accept this assignment after Wednesday for a late homework grade, I will not accept late for extra credit on test.  

This study guide can be found on Google Classroom.

Thank you so much for your support.

Jenny Jordan
8th Grade Language Arts Silver

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable weekend.  

On Friday, I discussed the writing assignment with students that will assess their knowledge of the independent reading they have been doing.  This assignment is located on Google Classroom.  Also, if you click on the link on my calendar, you will be able to see instructions for this assignment, as well.  Students can submit this assignment through Google Classroom anytime before 7:15 am, Wednesday, September 12th.  I also let the students know that I would be happy for them to stay after school on Monday for them to utilize a school computer for this assignment.  Students will need to be pick up by 3:00 Monday, if they choose to stay.

Please remember your child should be reading every night. I require students to read a minimum of seven pages per night.  This is less than 50 pages a week.  Many students read far more than this, but I have many students that have not been reading the required amount. Independent reading every day will ensure your child stays on grade level and is prepared for high school

Here is our plan for the week:
Monday – Parts of a argumentative text
Tuesday – Distinguish the different types of persuasive techniques
Wednesday and Thursday – Analyze a text to identify the parts of an argument
Friday - Independently apply knowledge learned throughout the week

As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Jenny Jordan
8th Grade Language Arts Silver


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Dear Parents,

It was great to see all of the students today.  Please take a moment to review the calendar.  It is my understanding that all students have their Google Classroom login information now.  I will get to test this theory tomorrow as the students will be typing a theme analysis paragraph for me in class and submitting through Google Classroom.  

This week in Language Arts students will:
  • Learn to uncover various themes found throughout literature
  • Write theme statements which can be supported by textual evidence
  • Craft a well developed paragraph in which students determine the theme of the short story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and support the theme with evidence and explanations
  • Discover the elements of a persuasive text

Please ensure that your child is reading every night. 

Enjoy your week.

Jenny Jordan

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Please take a moment to look at the calendar on my class website for a list of assignments and an upcoming test.  Note, the calendar is much easier to view on a computer versus a mobile device. 

It is our hope that all students will have the capability to access Google Classroom by the end of this week.  Based on this, the students' first independent reading assignment will be be submitted through Google Classroom on September 5th.  By this time, students should have read a minimum of 100 pages in their independent reading book.  

Here is an outline for Language Arts this upcoming week:
  • Accountable talk (seminar) analyzing the dystopian society in The Giver
  • Test on Tuesday.  See information on calendar
  • Library/Accountable talk.  Students will read an article entitled "The R-Word", analyze text, and have Accountable Talk in the library
  • Making logical inferences when reading
Have an awesome week.

Jenny Jordan 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

The year is off to a great start.  It has been a pleasure getting to know the students.  I would encourage you to look at the calendar on my class website for a list of assignments and an upcoming test.  Students will have a written assignment that will accompany their independent reading and will occur every other week.  This writing assignment will be submitted through Google Classroom.  Speaking of Google Classroom, the County is resetting passwords so most students do not currently have access to their Google Classroom site. 

Just to let you know, I use three main ways to communicate with parents and students:  this webpage, Google Classroom, and Remind.  If you have not signed up for Remind, I would suggest you do so.  Simply text @dbca36 to the number 81010.  Please note that this is a one way communication and the number that appears on your phone is not my cell phone number.  I am also only allowed 140 characters when typing a Remind so you will sometimes see many abbreviations.  :-) 

Here is an outline for Language Arts this upcoming week:
  • Study words that contain the Latin root mal (bad) 
  • Utilize the PEEL method to successfully craft paragraphs
  • Utilize the STEAL method to understand how authors develop characters
  • Accountable talk (seminar) analyzing the dystopian society in The Giver
  • Making logical inferences when reading
Have a wonderful weekend and an awesome week next week.

Jenny Jordan 
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