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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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TEACHERS: MRS. MAKUCH, MS. DOBROWOLSKA 

  
 
We wish to welcome you and your child to Grade Eight at Josyf Cardinal Slipyj School. We hope your child will experience a productive and rewarding year. Your child, this year, will be learning many academic, organizational and social skills, as well as develop a greater sense of self-confidence and responsibility. Both teacher and parent will play an important role in helping your child reach his/her maximum potential. By working together, we can help your child become the best person they can be. 
 
We believe that ongoing communication between the school and home is essential to supporting student achievement and progress. The following information is intended to outline our expectations for students and how we will be communicating student progress. 
 
SUBJECTS 

 Your child will be studying the following subjects this year: 
1.    Religion
2.    Family Life
3.    Mathematics
4.    Language Arts:  Reading, Writing, Oral and Visual Communication and Media Literacy
5.    Geography
6.    History
7.    Science and Technology
8.    French
9.    Ukrainian
10.  Visual Arts/Drama/Dance
11.  Physical Education/Health
12.  Instrumental Music 
 
TEACHERS 
 
Your child may have many different teachers this year. It is important that the student understands the need to be cooperative with all teachers. We have been able to organize a full rotary system this year and your child will have the benefit of having Mrs. Makuch for Language, History, Religion, and Art; and Mr. Pankhurst for Math, Science, Geography, and Physical Education. This experience will benefit your child by giving them a sense of the rotary process they will experience in high school. 
  
 
HOMEWORK
  

Regularly assigned homework improves academic results, skills and attitudes.  It serves many purposes: 

 ●  reinforcing skills and concepts taught during class time
 ●  providing extra drill in areas where a student is weak
 ●  helping students to develop self discipline and self motivation
 ●  allowing students to gain experience in research techniques
 ●  providing an opportunity for students to develop study habits, including organization of time and materials

How can a parent/guardian help?

●  Make sure that there is a quiet, regular place to work.
●  Help the student organize time for assignments and homework; prioritize work according to difficulty.
●  Provide an “audience” for oral reading and skills that need drilling.
●  Be a resource, providing helpful hints about where and how to locate information.
●  Be a proofreader.
●  Provide words of encouragement.
●  Monitor visitors and phone calls to avoid unnecessary interruptions. 
However, we remind you that, “while all these actions can help students, remember that too much help can prevent a student from developing healthy independent study habits.”
(The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association) 
  
 
STUDENT AGENDA/HOMEWORK PLAN
  
As you know, each student has a student agenda.  The purpose of this planner is to assist students in developing organizational and time management skills relating to homework completion and assignments.  It will also provide a link between home and school. Accordingly, your child is expected to keep you informed of upcoming tests so that, if need be, appointments can be scheduled so that a test is not missed. Homework boards and relevant class websites will be kept up to date as and it is the students’ responsibility to check these on a daily basis. 
 
Due dates will be provided to students on the day that the assignment is given, and will be noted in their agendas and/or monthly calendar.  Students and parents should know that work is ultimately assessed and evaluated for report card purposes, and therefore, also for promotion purposes.  Incomplete work will not only affect individual results, but class averages as well.
 
It is essential that all students keep up with their work and come to school prepared.  Students will be asked to complete any unfinished homework during morning or afternoon recess whenever necessary.
 
EVALUATION 
 
Evaluation is based upon the following:  daily work, homework, quizzes, tests, assignments, projects, participation and effort.  Teacher, self and peer assessment will be conducted.  Evaluation is ongoing, and will include both process and product.  The following marking scheme will be used:
 
​LEVEL ​GRADE ​PERCENTAGE
1-​ ​D- ​50 - 53
​1 ​D ​54 - 56
​1+ ​D+ ​57 - 59
​2- ​C- ​60 - 63
​2 ​C ​64 - 66
​2+ ​C+ ​67 - 69
​3- ​B- ​70 - 73
​3 ​B ​74 - 76
​3+ ​B+ ​77 - 79
​4- ​A- ​80 - 83
​4 ​A ​84 - 89
​4+ ​A+ ​90 - 100
 
 
 CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

The following is a summary of classroom expectations.  These expectations have been discussed with your child and will continue to be reviewed throughout the year.   When students experience difficulty in meeting classroom expectations for homework completion or good behaviour, parents will be notified.

1. Listen when someone is speaking-avoid interruptions or distractions.
2. Help maintain a positive learning environment-keep voices low.
3. Be thoughtful and courteous to others.  Use appropriate language.
4. Solve problems and conflicts in a cooperative and Christian way.
5. Be punctual and come prepared for school with necessary supplies.
6. Follow teacher directions carefully and use your time productively.

 

EXCURSIONS
We know that education is not confined to the classroom, so we will schedule excursions throughout the school year.  You will be notified when these take place.
  
If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.
 
 
CURRICULUM
 
RELIGION
Text:  Grade 8 Stand By Me
 
The students will review prayer, scripture, doctrine and the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, employing the framework of the Apostle’s Creed as a basic statement of faith.  The students will also be involved in the planning, writing and participation of various liturgies and prayer services. 
Weekly visits from Father Kachur
FAMILY LIFE
Text:  Grade 8 Fully Alive
 
The students will have opportunities to develop insights into human relationships and to develop Christian attitudes and habits of behaviour that are loving and life giving.  Students will see themselves as unique individuals created in the likeness of God.  The following themes will be discussed this year:
1. Created and Loved by God
2. Living in Relationship
3. Created Sexual:  Male and Female
4. Growing in Commitment
5. Living in the World 
MATHEMATICS
 
Text:  Grade 8 Nelson Mathematics

The intermediate math program is designed to help students acquire a more thorough understanding of the fundamental operations and to apply them with accuracy and ease.  The strands to be covered in mathematics are:
1. Number Sense and Numeration
2. Measurement
3. Geometry and Spatial Sense
4. Patterning and Algebra
5. Data Management and Probability 
 
LANGUAGE ARTS
 
Texts:  Grade 8 Gage Crossroads, Language Power, Writing Sense 8, Novels and Anthologies
 
 Literacy is the umbrella term covering a vast range of actual reading and writing practices. 
 
Reading:
• Literature circles
• Novel studies
• Book talks
• Reading strategies: making connections, asking questions, visualizing, determining important ideas, and synthesizing
 Writing:
  • Writing strategies: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and repairing
  • comprehension

The Writing Process:

  • Ideas
  • Rough draft
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Conferencing
  • Good Copy

Media Literacy:

• Inquiry based learning
• Point of view
• Inferencing

Oral and Visual Communication:
 
 
GEOGRAPHY
 
Text:  Grade 8 Human Geography
 
The students will develop a range of skills that are required for geographical inquiry.  They will become aware of major geographical patterns and the interdependence of physical and human geography.  Grade 8 Strands:
1. Patterns in Human Geography
2. Economic Systems
3. Migration
 
HISTORY

Text:  Grade 8 Canada Revisited
The students will develop a range of skills and competencies that are required for historical inquiry.  They will develop an understanding of the impact of significant people and events on the history of various communities and of Canada. 
Grade 8 Strands:
1. Confederation
2. The Development of Western Canada
3. Canada: A Changing Society 
 
SCIENCE
Text:  Grade 8 Science Power 8, Investigating Science and Technology 8
 
The students will develop an understanding of the processes of science and the skills essential for participation in scientific work.  They will be encouraged to search for knowledge about nature and our environment.
 
​STRAND ​GRADE 8
​Life Systems ​Cells, Tissues, Organs & Systems
Matter and Materials​ ​Fluid
​Structures and Mechanisms ​Mechanical Efficiency
Earth and Space Systems​ ​Water Systems
 
  
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH
The students will develop an awareness of the importance of physical fitness.  They will acquire proficiency in motor skills and sports skills and develop social skills through experiences in group activities.   Students must come prepared for this class-a change of appropriate clothes, non-skid running shoes and deodorant are necessary.  Students will also acquire knowledge about healthy living.
​STRAND ​GRADE 8
​Fundamental Movement Skills ​Locomotion, Traveling, Manipulation and Stability
​Active Participation ​Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, Living Skills
​Healthy Living ​Eating Healthy, Growth and Development, Personal Safety, Substance Use and Abuse
 
 
VISUAL ARTS
The students will produce two and three-dimensional works of art using appropriate art forms. They will be introduced to the principles of design and use them when producing and responding to works of art.  We will also look at artistic choices and how they affect the viewer.
 
DRAMA
The students are going to have opportunities to create dramatic pieces using a variety of techniques. They will critically evaluate their work and others.  Drama will be integrated across the curriculum.