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    All homework will be updated through the PWCS Edmodo site. All of my students are signed up!  If you would like to sign up as well, visit this link to learn how to stay connected to your student's Edmodo page. Homework will not be listed on School Messenger. Please refer to Edmodo for all assignments, due dates, and announcements.
    Posted by krausln  On Aug 31, 2018 at 9:19 AM 1 Comment
    Welcome to 8th grade language arts. This year you will have a heavy focus on writing.  1) You will be writing every day.  2) You will be reading at least 4 days a week. 3) You need to bring your supplies to class, every day. Look in the files for a copy of the syllabus.
    Posted by stenfosl  On Aug 24, 2018 at 6:37 PM
    All grades are final this Friday, June 1st.  The Final Exam is Wednesday and there will not be retakes. To help you study I have provided Quizizz codes.Below are codes to play review Quizizzes.  Join at  Cells 165424, Scientific Investigations 083451, evolution 376672, Genetics and DNA 150432, Cell Processes 851348, Ecology 839750, Classification 610537, and Biomes 713024. You may also use all of your review packets and the crossword we went over today.  On Thursday we will be going over background for the squid dissection and the squid dissection will be Friday if behavior permits. 
    Posted by armstrem  On May 29, 2018 at 12:34 PM
    This week we should be reviewing for the Ecology test, Final Exam and working on our final projects.  The Ecology test is Friday for the students who have not already taken it.  I will be passing out the review sheet today for any student who did not pick it up earlier.  I am out of the building tomorrow and Thursday.  The sub has review activities for the students to work on.  I have set up a Quizizz code for review.  To join the game go to and use the code 819879.  The Final Exam is Wednesday after Memorial Day May 30th.  Students should use all previous review sheets to study.  The test will cover standard 1-23 and there are no retakes for this exam.  It will count as a single test grade. As we ae getting down to the wire I have made an adjustment to make it a little easier since I have many students who will not make their final projects in time.  I am going to average all the smaller projects/activities with the final larger project.  Point wise this means that students who did all the required activities leading to the test will have a B for their Project Grades.  Those that do the final project will have the opportunity for an A.  Students are welcome to continue working on these projects until June 1st.  ALL assignments are final at that point including retakes. Look on my web page fur further resources and information. Have a great week.
    Posted by armstrem  On May 22, 2018 at 5:28 AM
    The school year is running out fast.  We have but four short weeks left.  This week students should be completing standard 23 activities, reviewing and maybe even taking their unit test on Ecology.  Next week, they would then be working on their Ecology culminating project.  All students who have not taken the Ecology test previously will take the test on May 25th.  We will also do some review next week for the Final Exam.  The Tuesday we return from Memorial Day weekend we will continue to review for the Final Exam.  All students will take the final Exam on Wednesday, May 30th.  That Friday, June 1st , we will be dissecting a squid.  Please make sure students are not wearing their best clothes and that anyone with long hair has means to tie it back.  No open toed shoes will be allowed that day.  During the last week of school we have field day, a field trip and a couple other activities planned.  Before we know it we will be waving goodbye. Have a great week.
    Posted by armstrem  On May 15, 2018 at 5:34 AM
    Ecology Unit Individual Plan.docx Classification Essay Option 1 .docx Good morning, We have begun our last unit. Students are working on this unit more independently.  They were given a sheet that had both the standards and targets on one side and a breakdown of what they need to accomplish with the name of the choices for different assignments on the other. We do some assignments together.  At this point your student should have finished their vocabulary (Pretest, vocab sheets, vocab activity and vocab test).  They may retake the vocab test if they do not have an A.  Many of the assignments are on my web page in Files and documents and many more will be up by Tuesday.  By the last week of May, they will need to have the unit complete including a project and test.  We will be having a final exam that Friday June 1st. This will cover standards 1-23.  Grades in parent portal should be up to date. The final grades will be submitted that day as well.  In addition, many students have not submitted their essay exam for the previous unit or retaken their tests for standards 17 and 18.  There is still time to do this. If you have any questions, please email me.  Have a great weekend.   Mrs. Armstrong
    Posted by armstrem  On Apr 28, 2018 at 5:16 AM
    Last week we finished the unit on Evolution.  Students folders should be filled in and complete.  The vocabulary key and review key are online.  The test was moved to Thursday per the request from the District. The quizizz code is 393319.  Our next unit is on classification.  We will study how we classify and name organisms organisms as well as how to use/make a dictomous key. Our next project will be the students making a dictomous key.  Next week we will complete the dichotomous keys and move on to The Taxonomic levels as well as what are characteristics of the different Domains, Kingdoms, and Phyla.
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM
    Hope everyone is having a great week.  Because of the days off and late starts we are a little off from where we were expected.  Every class has now received all the notes for their tests.  The test on Evolution (standard 14 and 15) will be next Wednesday regardless of the class. There have been two projects for this unit.  One on the Tortoises of the Galapagos and one called Rat Island that focuses on Natural Selection.  We will spend two days on Fossils and then review in periods 3-5.  Sixth period will be moving on to Classification early.  The review guide and answer sheet are available online.  Students are to join the game with code,696835 at On Monday of next week, we will be having a special presentation by our counseling department called Flirting not Hurting.  There is an attached letter. The second half of next week we will be working on Dichotomous Keys and using Binomial Nomenclature.  Opt-Out Letter.pdf
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 07, 2018 at 3:35 PM 9 Comments
    The Gainesville wrestling team closed out its 2018 regular season with a thrilling 47-35 dual meet victory over Reagan.  The meet came down to the very last match, with Donovan Sprouse clinching the victory by pinning his opponent early in the second period.  The meet started on a rough note for the Hawks, coming away with one win, courtesy of Wyatt Carter,  in the first five weight classes.  After that, Gainesville started firing on all cylinders.  Austin Zehring ran his season record to 6-0 by winning a hard fought match.  Josh Cilla came out on the positive end of a back-and-forth match that had to be settled in overtime.  Nic Miozzi followed up with a pinfall victory, taking his record to 5-0.  Vincenzo Corvetto then put the Hawks ahead for good by pinning his opponent, taking his season record to 7-0.  Ryland Harris also goes into the regional tournament with a perfect record (6-0) as he scored his way to a technical fall.  Cole Caparella (pinfall) and AJ Waskow also added victories for Gainesville before Sprouse put the meet to bed with his win.  The wrestling Hawks now go into the regional tournament with a dual meet record of 5-2 and a lot of wrestlers aiming for a high place on the podium.  The Western Regional Wrestling Tournament is one week away, on Saturday March 10 at Manassas Park High School.  Wrestling will start at 9:00, come on out and support the boys as they go for the championship.
    Posted by mcdanisw  On Mar 01, 2018 at 8:05 PM
    Last week we completed Standards 19 and 20.  Enriched took their test on Friday and periods 3, 4,  and 5 will be taking their test today. After students have their unit paperwork including the vocabulary completed they may retake the test if they need to.  We will be starting Targets 14 and 15 this week which focus on Evolution.  I encourage you to have discussions with your family concerning this topic at home.  We will start with explaining the difference between our common use of the term theory as well as compare and contrast the meanings between scientific theory and scientific law. Then we will move on to variation, adaptations and a discussion between micro evolution and macro evolution.  Some of our activities will include nearpod, finch variation Lab, and a tortoise exercise. In addition 3rd quarter Interim grades are completed by Friday and all make up and old assignments should be completed by then to be included in this grade. Please contact me if you have any questions.
    Posted by armstrem  On Feb 26, 2018 at 5:48 AM
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