Voyagers News


Where will the Voyagers travel in the third quarter?  That remains to be seen as we will focus on narrative writing using some different vehicles.  One vehicle will be that of a memoir; we will read one and analyze it before students will then be assigned to 'write' a memoir of someone.  The vehicle in which the memoir will be presented will involve media as that is a focus of the third quarter curriculum.  Another focus will be poetry and how that 'speaks' to each individual.  Lastly, we will tie up the third quarter with teams of students beginning to write a drama/mock trial which will be presented in late in the fourth quarter.  This has been a favorite of many students in the past as they are able to use Google Docs, in order to share work with their team!


We will begin the third quarter with a unit on energy. We will look at how mass and velocity affect kinetic energy as well as how gravitational potential energy can be changed by changing the height of an object.  The unit will wrap up with transformations and transferences of different types of energy.  The second half of the quarter will deal with the electromagnetic spectrum.  We will look at the “anatomy” of waves and discuss how different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation are used in various forms of electronic communication.

Social Studies

The 3rd Quarter puts the “scaffold” principle into effect.  Whereas in Quarter 1 we learned how the Declaration of Independence established the philosophy of the relationship between a people and a government.  The founding beliefs of: “all men are created equal”, “unalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, “consent of the governed”, and “the right of a people to alter or abolish an unjust government” become engrained in the essence of what it means to be an American.  In Quarter 2 we learned how the Constitution of the United States put these founding principles into effect.  The words of the Preamble highlight the goals of the U.S. government in order to serve the people and prevent tyranny.

Quarter 3 builds upon the previous work in order to study the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.  2017 offers a wonderful opportunity to see how these principles and beliefs are being defined, questioned and challenged in the United States today.  We will examine a history of past government performances in order to understand the nature of the question:  What are the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens?

Math 8th grade quarter 3

3.1 Integer Exponents

3.2 Properties of Exponents

3.3 Scientific Notation

3.4 Operating with Scientific Notation

3.5 Squares and Square Roots

3.6 Estimating with Square Roots

3.7 Real Numbers

3.8 The Pythagorean Theorem

3.9 Applying the Pythagorean Theorem and its Converse.

4.1 Ratios, Rates, and Unit Rates

4.2 Solving Proportions

4.3 Similar Figures

4.4 Dilations