We had outstanding class participation in our Quarter 1 Accelerated Reader Reading Challenge! While we did not succeed in achieving our class goal of having everyone read at least 2 books and score an 85% average on AR tests, we did have nearly 100% of the students test on two books. Some students read upwards of 10 books - very impressive! I rewarded the students today with pencils and candy to recognize their efforts (this is ungraded independent reading, after all). 

For Quarter 2, we will tweak our goals slightly. Each student should aim to read and test on at least 2 books. Scores, however, will depend on the individual achievement goal the student and I work out when we conference together. For instance, a student might decide to aim to get an 8 out 10 correct (80%) on at least 2 tests. This time, we will not look at an averaged test score. Therefore, if a test receives a low score, the student will be encouraged to read another book and test again toward his/her goals, but that one low test won't otherwise negatively impact progress. As part of our conference, the student and I will discuss what worked well for him/her this quarter (i.e. taking the test ASAP after finishing the book) and what could be improved (i.e. taking one's time during testing rather than rushing or choosing a book at his/her AR level).

We will vote shortly on a class reward for achieving the Quarter 2 goals. 

We will again have class time to take AR tests - Nov. 4 and Dec. 9. The last day to meet AR goals will be Thursday, Dec. 19th. 

Beyond any scores, what is exciting to me is how much our students are spending time reading good stories, building their vocabulary, comprehension, and spelling skills while engaged in this fun pastime. Parents, please encourage your children to explore a variety of genres, make family trips to the library, participate in our school October reading challenge (10 nights of reading = Pajama dress-out day!), and take part in other literacy activities. 

8th Grade Home

 Grace Lutheran Jax 8th grade class                                Grace Lutheran Jax 8th grade

Welcome to Mrs. Jaeger's Webpage!

Our theme verse this year is about going Forward in Faith, trusting God for directions along life's path: "...for we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).

This is an extension of last year's emphasis on being Connected to Christ and Connected to Community. Our middle school students connect to Christ as they study and memorize the Scriptures in Religion class and Middle School Bible Study, and as they praise Him during Chapel and Middle School devotions. 

Students connect to the Grace community through our Chapel Buddies program, where older students are paired with four-year-old students for chapel and other buddy-bonding activities. Students build relationships through after-school clubs such as Russian Club and Cooking Club. They learn teamwork through playing on our golf, volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, cheer, and track teams. They build relationships on class trips.

Grace parents connect to our community through cheering on our sports teams together, chaperoning field trips, worshipping at chapel, and more! 

Grace graduates connect to area high schools, arriving 100 percent prepared for the transition to high school. While at Grace, students develop study skills, note-taking skills, writing skills, and a well-rounded academic foundation that will allow them to succeed at the next level at the school of their choosing.

I am cheering for my students and their families along this journey! I am ready and willing to guide students as they learn and grow, clearing roadblocks and soothing sore spirits. I love teaching middle schoolers because they bring energy to the classroom.

As I seek to teach children, I am always mindful that I am praying for the Lord to teach me, too. “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).

May God bless us as we encourage each other to stay Connected while moving Forward in Faith this school year!

                                   8th grade field trip Grace Lutheran Jax

Parent Resources: Below are links to documents that have links to numerous articles on these topics.

Academics

Connecting With Your Teen

Emotional and Social Health

Faith

Media Tips

Physical Development

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Important Information

Below are folders for shared documents for each of my classes.

Language Arts (link to folder)

Social Studies (link to folder)

Religion (link to folder)