Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
~ Oprah Winfrey
Team Summit Parents,

With all of this warm weather it is easy to feel that summer is here. No matter how much we may wish that was true, we still have seven packed weeks of learning until break arrives.

During the month of May, Skyridge students will be taking the state MSP test. 8th grade students take the Science, Math, and Reading MSP. Additionally, all algebra students take the EOC (end of course exam) in order to receive a graduation requirement from the state of Washington. We have included the dates for each of the MSP tests below. Please consider these events when scheduling any appointments and family events that may cause your student to be absent. Students do their best when they take the MSP with their classmates during a regularly scheduled testing time.

Thursday, May 2 - Science MSP All 8th Grade Students
Thursday, May 9 - Math MSP All 8th Grade Students

Monday, May 20th - Reading MSP for Mr. Mattson 1st Period
Tuesday, May 21st -Reading MSP for Mrs. Buckely 1st Period
Thursday, May 23rd - Reading MSP for Mrs. Smith 1st Period
Friday, May 24th - Reading MSP for Ms. Hackworth 1st Period

June 10-12 - Algebra Student End of Course Test Mrs. Buckley's 6th period

***Reading MSP is computerized. Students will take the test with their 1st period teachers on the assigned days.

What can I do to help prepare my student for the state testing?

    - Please make sure they have the following supplies:
            - several number two pencils with erasers, a reading book (paper book NO electronics), and a calculator. 
    - Please make sure your student is getting plenty of sleep the night before if not the entire week leading up to the test. Finally, 
    all students need a hearty breakfast the day of the test. They should not be loading up on sugary items like doughnuts, other 
    types of pastries, or sugary cereals. Some good options are toast with peanut butter, eggs, fruit, yogurt, etc. Students that eat 
    a lot of sugar for breakfast will crash in the middle of the test and it will be difficult for them to focus on completing the test to 
    the best of their ability. 
        - we are allowing a snack during break time but it needs to be fruit and/or vegetables. Feel free to pack something for you 
        student if you would like.

If you have any specific question please feel free to email any of the Team Summit teachers.

Enjoy that Sunshine!!

            As we continue our journey through history, we will move from the creation of the United States Constitution, to the major shifts in political  ideology. Our current focus is Andrew Jackson, the Father of Democracy. Students will evaluate if this is an appropriate nickname for him by analyzing primary and secondary source documents. Using this knowledge, they will answer the question, "How democratic was Andrew Jackson?"
            We have also shifted our writing from the formal structure of debates to creative and descriptive foucs. Students are learning how to Show Not Tell in their writing by using vivid details, a developed setting, and proper dialogue. These writing techniques will help them to successfully write Civil War Letters in April. 
            Although students are no longer completing a Book Bingo, they are still expected to be reading a book of their choice.

The students of Team Summit have bonded together to adopt-a-family during this season of  Caring and Sharing. The Salvation Army has connected us with a family so that we can help to make their Holiday brighter. The father is recently unemployed while Mom stays at home with the children, one of which is special needs. The little girl likes kitchen toys. The three boys are interested in  K-Nex., Legos. and  MatchBox cars.  

  The needs of the family go beyond mere gifts and part of our commitment is to provide them with essential items for a festive dinner. It seems likely that with the giving spirit of our team is families,  we can also help supply some of life’s daily needs, which are not covered through governmental assistance. We have included the suggested items on the back of this flyer.

  We have been heartened by the desire for our students to give to this family. We are aware that we only have 5 days to pull this together, so we are asking that gifts and donations  (money will be collected to purchase fresh food items) be returned as soon as possible. Our students will help wrap and label the gifts during lunches next week, assemble the food baskets, and help with delivery on a designated day between the 19th and 20th. This will be scheduled at a convenient time for the parents who volunteer to help with chaperoning and driving the student to the home. Please contact Mrs. Smith ,, for this opportunity.

  Mrs. Buckley, Ms. Hackworth, Mr. Mattson, and Mrs. Smith all thank you in advance for helping with this need and especially for  the privilege of teaching your children and seeing what caring hearts they have.

Happy Holidays  to You and Yours!

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This is an image of Hurricane Sandy as it was moving across the Atlantic ocean just prior to landfall on the Jersey shore. The destructive impact this storm had on people and property was enormous to citizens from New Jersey to Ohio. Our science class is now  focusing on our Catastrophic Event unit where we will learn the meteorology of regional and global weather. A primary question we will seek to answer is how can science help communities prepare for natural disasters?
There will be several laboratory investigations completed in class over the next several weeks. They are  key in helping students understand why weather happens. Missing one of these labs can be critical for student understanding.
Following is a list of assignments for  November 7-9. We had several stuents participate in the concert to celebrate the success of our magazine sales. Hopefully this information will help you stay current.

11/9 (in class)

11/9 (homework)
Heating & cooling rates of H20 & Soil
Reflection questions for lab
Atmosphere, reading/diagrams
(p.34-36 in student guide)
Active reading:   Joseph Henry: 
Father of Weather Forecasting
page 11-12
page 13 
p.15c (diagram sun's light on earth)
page 17b (label atmosphere layers)
page 18-22 (questions on p.22)
We had a wonderful time on our field trip to Mount Saint Helens last week. Team Summit students we able to learn about volcanism, and play in a winter wonderland, a special treat that Mrs. Smith can only remember happening one other time. 

Do you have some Mount Saint Helens photos that you would like to share? If so, send them to Mr. Mattson at, and he will add them to the slide show.
In Language Arts and Social Studies we are moving into the Revolutionary War. For the last week we have focused on the relationship between the colonies and the British. Students have examined laws passed by Britain and the colonists' reactions to these laws. With their knowledge of these reactions, and their analysis of the 2nd presidential debate, students will be participating in a town hall debate of our own. Students will take on the roll of a specific historical figure to convince neutralists to join their cause.

Over the next month, we will continue our journey through the Revolutionary War. We will look at the battles, strategies, outcomes, and heros of this war.

Students will also be looking at heros from another perspective by reading fantasy books. After selecting a book, students will work in groups to analyze this book and share their thoughts, opinions and insights.

     Today we started a new phase in our algebra unit called minus and parentheses. So far everything we have done with our algebra unit has been with addition and multiplication. We are now adding the concept of the minus sign which has three different meanings: negative, subtraction (take away), and the opposite of. Just like the other concepts this year we will start this concept with the lab gear to give students the visual and hands-on before moving to just pencil and paper. Last year students used pink blocks for positive numbers and green blocks for negative numbers. In 8th grade we add a level of complexity because the blocks are the same color but the students are working with something called a workmat that has different areas. I know that some students understand positive and negative numbers without the visual but I'm really asking the students to keep an open mind and follow along because it will help them get a deeper understanding of the math. I have had four students from last year come back and tell me how easy algebra is at the high school because of all the work we did in my pre-algebra class. This phase in our algebra unit will probably bring us all the way to Thanksgiving.
      Students turned in their 3 ways to multiply polynomials project today. I will try to get these graded as soon as possible but I did tell the students that they need to give me at least a week. However, as I grade projects I will enter the scores into skyward.
      Currently the algebra students are learning about inequalities. This should be review from last year but we are strengthening our skills for when we get to the harder concepts later in the school year. The class just took a quiz today on sections 3-1 to 3-4 on solving inequalities and some word problems. I was able to get the quizzes graded today and I entered the scores in skyward. I'm hoping to pass back the quizzes no later than Friday but there are two students that still have to take the quiz.
     We are moving on to section 3-5 and 3-6 which will be completely new information for the class and it is probably the hardest concepts they have had this year. We will take some extra time to learn these concepts before we have a chapter 3 test.
In Language Arts and Social Studies we started the year exploring a new world, learning about the colonists of Jamestown and the Puritans in New England. 

Fast forward 150 years. The year is 1762. The colonies have peacefully grown in size and prosperity. The British Empire has expanded as well, now touching many corners of the world. Britain, however, is not the only European nation looking to expand its overseas territories. The French also have their eyes on the land and resources of North America. The native people, who have been driven off their land, also have much at stake. The choices made during the lifetime of one British king cause war, taxes, and discontent to spread throughout the colonies. 

Over the next month we will ask, "how is it that in just 14 years the American patriots could move from being happy British subjects to declaring their independence from the king?"To explore the road to revolution, and the American Revolution itself, we will focus our studies on Chapters 5-8 of History Alive. To supplement our journey, we will also read some exciting novels that revolve around the theme of Revolution.