Welcome to Grade 8!
This is an exciting year of new experiences and learning opportunities. Grade 8 is a very important year, as you bring to an end your Elementary School years at Ancaster Meadow. It is a challenging year with class work, homework and many projects but entails many leadership opportunities and exciting events such “A Day in the Life of a High School Student.” We hope that you get the most out of this year as it is your final preparation for high school.
Our classrooms will function as laboratories of learning, with classes consisting of whole classroom discussions, a wide variety of problem solving activities, tests and individual end of unit culminating activities. We will work hard to create an environment in which all of you (our learners) feel valued and confident, having the courage to take risks and make mistakes.
We will be challenging you to take charge of your education. It is our hope that you will learn valuable skills that will benefit you throughout your lifetime, in whatever path you choose. We will be working as a team to help you develop deep learning skills. “Deep learning is understanding and applying what is being taught, not just memorizing it.”
We are looking forward to being your teachers during this awesome year!
Miss Hodgins & Mrs. Pettit
The 8 Rules of Grade 8:
- Be accountable for your own behaviour.
- Come to class with completed assignments/homework.
- Be prepared for each class (materials).
- Respect your peers. Treat people the way you want to be treated.
- Raise your hand when you have something to say.
- Follow directions the first time they are given.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Devices are to be used for educational purposes during instructional time.
The following will be the consequences for not following the rules:
1) Warning: verbal warning to indicate that the behaviour is unacceptable and needs to be changed.
2) Complete Behaviour Think Sheet: completed by student. Encourages them to reflect on unacceptable behaviour and make a plan to change.
3) Parent/Guardian contact: The first two consequences were ineffective; student/teacher connects with home to create plan with parent(s)/guardian(s) (email, phone, etc.).
4) Parent/Guardian conference with Principal: Student continues unacceptable behaviour. Teacher, student, parent(s)/guardian(s), and Principal generate school specific plan.
Below you can find a copy of the Grade 8 student contract: