How can I help my child do better in Language Arts class?
The best way is to help your child set up a regualr study routine or schedule. Many students believe that since assignments are from week to week that they really don't have homework on any given night. This way of thinking gets them in trouble because they end up waiting until the assignment is due before they start. Students need to get in the habit of studying 5-7 vocabulary words per night as well as breaking down their grammar assignment to one or two pages per night. If a book report has been assigned, they should decide on a certain number of pages or chapters to read each night depending on other activities such as practices or games. All of this should not take more than 30 to 45 minutes depending on individual student speed.Back to Top
My child made much better grades last year than this year, what has changed?
8th grade course material is more difficult for students because teachers want to make sure that students are ready to handle the curriculum at the high school. If your student enters high school without being fully prepared, then we have committed a disservice to your child.Back to Top
What are stems?
Stems are parts of words that most people call prefixes, suffixes, and roots. When students recognize the definition of separate word parts, they are able to make an educated guess as to the meaning of any new word they come in cantact with. This is excellent for reading and/or taking any type of standardized test requiring word recognition.Back to Top
What tests will my student have to pass to exit 8th grade?
Students in 8th grade will take the Middle Grades Writing Assessment in January. It is not necessary that this test be passed in order to go to the High School, but passing it can indicate how successful your child may be in the high school setting. Many papers are written in high school subjects and a firm writing foundation is absolutely necessary.Students must pass the Reading CRCT to pass to High School. Not passing this test will result in retake or possible summer school or possible retention. The Language arts portion is necessary only to provide a sound foundation for communication in high school and beyond. Back to Top