8th

I’m not crying, it’s just allergies

We’ve arrived. It’s Capstone week. If you see me crying, mind ya business! We are excited to go out on a high note. On Tuesday the kids will compete in the Middle School Olympics. They should be on a mission since they finished second last year. Mr. Goudy has been kind enough to open the pool for us, so please make sure your child has a swimsuit and a towel. On Wednesday, 8th grade will dismiss at 12:45 and should return to Wheeling Park by 4:00. Capstone will begin at 4:30 either at the bandstand at the top of the hill, or inside the White Palace (weather dependent). I know they’re a week late, but there are photos below from last week’s dance!

Important Dates:

Monday, May 20 – 6th/7th Grade Exhibition at Wheeling Park @ 5:00 pm

Tuesday, May 21 – Middle School Olympics/Swim (Bring a suit and a towel)

Wednesday, May 22 – 8th Grade Capstone 4:30 pm (8th Grade leaves at 12:45 pm and we ask that they are back for graduation around 4:00 pm)

Thursday, May 23 – Field Day at Main Campus (Mandatory for 6th/7th grade and optional for 8th) drop off @ 8:45 am 

Friday, May 24 – No school for middle school

A recap of the week

  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray -We have begun to review concepts covered over the year, and will have a cumulative test on Wednesday.  I am truly impressed by the quantity and scope of material we covered this year!!
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students took a test on functions and slope. We’ll review their progress with these concepts before moving on to polynomials.
  • Internships- Students wrapped up internships at their site this week. The work did not end there. This week students turned in their speeches, planned for their capstone tables, and invited their community mentors to the capstone ceremony.

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8th Grade News

It’s the last week of April and I have a question for you. What was your favorite track from the Tortured Poets Department? This week, I had the opportunity to do more site visits for internships. I am so proud of our kids. Opal is doing some awesome community work at the Mother Jones House. I have attached a few more actions shots from internships. As we prepare for the Capstone Ceremony, a reminder that it will begin at 4:30 at the bandstand on the top of the hill. If you need transcripts for your child’s next school, please contact the office. Please keep in mind that turnaround can take up to two days.

Friday, May 10th (7pm – 10pm)  – Spring Formal 

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand 

Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray -We spent the week working on Chapter 6, Systems of linear equations.  Tuesday and Thursday, we used on online review tool called Delta Math, to strengthen our skills with decimals and fractions.  We finished the week with a System of Equations puzzle.  We will complete our final AIMSWeb test for math next week.

8th Grade News

Important Dates
Friday, May 10th (7pm – 10pm)  – Spring Formal 

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand 

Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

I spent Tuesday and part of Thursday traveling to visit internship sites. Your children have embraced their roles as young leaders! My only regret about internships is that many of you do not get to see how impressive your children are in professional settings. It was super cool to see Maddox’s ugl.. mug on the Jumbotron at the Nailers game on Wednesday. Opal’s work at The Mother Jones has impressed the local community members she is working with. Jon is currently writing our school’s cyber security policy. I look forward to hearing more from others as we near our capstone presentation.

  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-We spent the week solving systems of equations, culminating with a “scavenger hunt” on Friday. 
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students took notes on functions, domain, range, and x and y coordinates. They evaluated functions, plotted points, and graphed lines. Next week, we’ll continue to work on graphing, slope, and slope intercept form. 
  • English with Mr. Rouse- After a lopsided loss to Mrs. McFadden, I was unable to gather myself enough to teach. I promise to be better next week! Adrienne, this was written by me, Damon Rouse.

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Happy Saturday morning all! It’s been a whirlwind week! 8th graders continue to impress at their internships. I have loved hearing stories about the work they are doing(bonus points to Lainee for bringing me cookies.) We certainly miss them on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s awfully quiet without them! If your child needs to submit transcripts or other information to their next school, please let me or the office know. There can sometimes be a 1 to 2 day turnaround.

Important Dates:

Monday, April 8th – Middle School to 8 Park Road for Eclipse in Afternoon

Wednesday, April 10th – 6th/7th to Carneige French Art Museum

Friday, May 10th (7pm – 10pm)  – Spring Formal 

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand 

Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-We planned a road trip to a location of the student’s choosing.  We concluded the week learning basic spreadsheet functions with budget planning.  Ask them about “where they went,” and what they learned about spreadsheets.

English w/ Mr. Rouse-  Mr. Rouse chose not to update this week, so I will improvise . Research Paper, yadda yadda, nonprofits, yadda yadda, ghost energy drinks, chess master.

Guess who remembered to do this. (Insert Jeb Bush “please clap” quotation here)

I may not be great at a lot, but I am elite bringing up oddly specific political references that nobody gets. Any way… It has been such a pleasure visiting eighth graders at their internships. This is my first year as a mentor, and I am blown away by the maturity shown by this year’s eighth grade. We truly are putting our best foot forward in the community sending such impressive ambassadors into local businesses.

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, March 23rd Celebrate WCDS (Round of applause for Meme… I mean Meagan Coffman)

Thursday, March 28th is an 11:30 dismissal (No Aftercare)

Classes resume at 10 am on April 2nd

Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel with our song!! We now have both verses, as well as our rap section recorded! We have one more part to go, some editing, and finally putting our song along with our music video!! Very exciting stuff!

Elective w/ Mr. Jividen- Adulting 101 is underway. It was entertaining to brainstorm what adult things students would like to learn! We started talking about investing, but the kids are most excited to try their hand at cooking. 

Celebrate Tickets Selling Fast. I blame the Coffmans.

Upcoming Dates

February 9th-13th Winter Break (February 13th classes resume @ 10:00 am)

March 2nd-11th Spring Break (March 11 classes resume at 10:00 am)


Act Now: Limited Tickets for CELEBRATE!

Tickets for CELEBRATE  are in high demand! While I feel like a carnival barker, we are fully expecting to sell out within the week. How fitting that our “Standing in the Hall of Fame” event will be standing room only.

If you are unable to attend in person, please sell vacation raffle tickets featuring exciting destinations like Disney and more. Physical raffle tickets will be available soon, but you can get a head start by obtaining digital copies right here. 

If you or a business would like to sponsor the event, there are still opportunities. Sponsorships are still available for $1,000. A $500 gift is also available to underwrite tickets for faculty and staff. As always, if you have questions, please contact Amelia Parsons at mparsons@wcdsedu.com.

Class Updates

  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-We took a test on Chapter 4 on Tuesday.  The students performed very well.  We then began Chapter 5, Linear Functions.  
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students worked very hard at finding the greatest common factor and least common multiple of two numbers. We also did a quick review of adding, subtracting, and multiplying positive and negative numbers. This made working with positive and negative fractions easier for them to understand.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – This week we worked on getting creative lyric writing flowing. We did an exercise where students picked a song, and decided how to keep the story going by coming up with their own next verse. We also brainstormed about everyone’s individual experience at wcds and how we can start bringing that into the song we are writing together. We also decided on our melodies for our verses and chorus. Good stuff!!!!!
  • Elective w/Mrs. Boldrick – The design class presented their “redo” projects in class this week using “Shark Tank” style. The groups did a nice job creating models of their improved project.

When you trust 8th graders with the AUX cord…

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, December 20th, 11:30 a.m. Dismissal – No Aftercare – Holiday Break!
  • Classes Resume January 4th with a 10:00 a.m. start

Class Updates

  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – We finished the week with practicing multi-step equations and the distributive property. The students are improving with this skill! When we return from the holiday break, we’ll dive into fractions!
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – We finished putting the finishing touches on our songs that we will be presenting at the Holiday Show. The students have worked very hard and I am very proud of their energy and dedication they have given to this! Every single one of them has an important role in contributing to middle school becoming an ensemble as a whole, and I’m very excited for them to share that on Tuesday evening!
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick or Mr. McFadden – Design – The design students worked hard at designing and building the set pieces for the WCDS Holiday Show. They’ve shown their creativity and ingenuity!

We could leave the Christmas lights up ’til January

Wednesday, December 6 – Whole school pajama pizza dance party – for 100% participation in 29 Hours. Wear pajamas all day. Pizza lunch.

Tuesday, December 19 @6pm – 2nd – 8th grade Holiday Show in the WCDS Gym

2-8th grade kids arrive in classrooms by – 5:30 

6-8th grade report to the community room

(5th grade arrive at 5:15)

Doors open at 5:30

Wednesday, December 20- Half day. 11:30 dismissal. No aftercare.

Thursday, January 4th- Students return @10 AM.

We did it, Joe! After Mr. Rouse tattled on the eighth grade, we banded together and got even. I am proud of the eighth grade boys for reaching a level of petty that Mr. Jividen can be proud of. Long live “L Damon WV” on Clash Royale.

  • English w/ Mr. Rouse- Students continued their reading of We Are Not Free and started working on thesis paragraphs again. One more day to go!
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-In algebra this week, we solved absolute value inequalities, linear inequalities, and learned about the triangle inequality theorem.  Friday, we began reviewing for our quiz on Tuesday.
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – We started the week learning about one-step equations using multiplication and division and then moved to reviewing one-step equations using all four operations. By Friday, they were confident with their abilities and even solved an escape room project using their algebra skills. Next week, we’ll move on to 2-step equations.
  • Deep Dive-Deep Dive-  We kicked off our WCDS Zine deep dive this week with a presentation by Dr. Christina Fisanick who presented information on what zines are, how they got their start, and the endless creative possibilities they could use in their own zines.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – This week, we spent more time singing and learning sign language for “Silent Night”. We also did a complete dress rehearsal of our Sound Bath Meditation that the kids will be presenting. They have all done such a great job putting this together and I’m so proud of them. It’s going to be beautiful!!
  • Art w/Mr. K: I’m late to the party, but middle school art has been working with washable markers to create watercolor style art work. The subject matter was to take a skeleton and have it do something in everyday life, lol. I know, right. The other goal was to understand techniques with marker and water and see how creative they could be with a commonly white skeleton. Another great thing in class was having a guest speaker, Mandy, who is related to one of the excellent 8th-grade middle schoolers. She works at the M+ museum located in Hong Kong. She spoke about her work at the museum as the Senior Registrar for M+ and what other behind-the-scenes activities happen in museums. I’m pretty excited to get into some digital work after the break, but until then, Great job!
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick or Mr. McFadden – Design – Our class is in charge of set design for the WCDS Holiday Play. The students planned and made materials lists for their assigned set element. They might go home and ask for leftover or unused items in your household. If you are willing to part with items, we’ll take them. We’re trying to reuse and recycle items instead of purchasing new supplies.

Joe’s Version

  • Monday, November 20 – Pick up at Main Campus (Turkey Ball Game)
  • Tuesday, November 21st- Drop off and Pick up at Main Campus – Family Thanksgiving Feast, 12:30 pm Dismissal, No Aftercare that day
  • Wednesday, November 22nd-Sunday November 26th – Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, November 27th – Classes Resume, 10:00 am Start
  • Wednesday, November 29th – Please join the 8th Grade for a special Sound Bath Meditation Presentation, on Wednesday November 29th from 8:15-8:45!! Students will share a short morning meditation by playing cross-cultural instruments that are used to help the mind and body relax. Please bring a yoga mat, towel or small pillow to sit on the floor with. 8th grade students must arrive at 8:00. Doors open at 8:15 in the Main Room on Middle School Campus. We hope to see you there!!!
  • Progress reports are now available on Veracross. If you have any questions or difficulty logging on to the Parent Portal, please contact Asylnn Belancic at abelancic@wcdsedu.com.
  • The Wheeling Symphony will present Symphony on Ice Thursday, November 30, at WesBanco Arena.  This spectacular event features the WSO along with professional skaters, area choir students AND Mrs. Chelsey as the guest singer this year, performing all of your holiday favorites!  Student tickets are available for just $10 anywhere in the arena. See the flyer below.
  • As we begin the new trimester, please remind your kiddos to continue coming to class prepared with a charged computer, pencils, and their books.

Well, we’ve almost made it to Thanksgiving Break. Objectively it is the best holiday. Food, Family, and Football are tough to beat. I did an informal poll of the eighth grade and way too many of them said that stuffing is the best Thanksgiving food. I’d love to understand how they could pass up the mashed potatoes, homemade noodles, or whatever meat is available to land on stuffing, but to each their own. The eighth grade drew names for their upcoming “secret santa” exchange and their teacher isn’t feeling left out at all.

  • English w/ Mr. Rouse- Students continued their reading of We Are Not Free and started working on thesis paragraphs again. One more day to go!
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-In algebra this week, we solved multi-step inequalities and compound inequalities.  Friday, we worked on Thanksgiving logic puzzles.
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students learned, practiced, and practiced some more, solving one-step equations with addition and subtraction. By the end of the week, they felt pretty confident about the process. After the Thanksgiving break, we’ll continue with one-step equations using multiplication and division. 
  • Deep Dive-Deep Dive-  We kicked off our WCDS Zine deep dive this week with a presentation by Dr. Christina Fisanick who presented information on what zines are, how they got their start, and the endless creative possibilities they could use in their own zines.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – This week, we spent more time singing and learning sign language for “Silent Night”. We also did a complete dress rehearsal of our Sound Bath Meditation that the kids will be presenting. They have all done such a great job putting this together and I’m so proud of them. It’s going to be beautiful!!
  • Art w/Mr. K: I’m late to the party, but middle school art has been working with washable markers to create watercolor style art work. The subject matter was to take a skeleton and have it do something in everyday life, lol. I know, right. The other goal was to understand techniques with marker and water and see how creative they could be with a commonly white skeleton. Another great thing in class was having a guest speaker, Mandy, who is related to one of the excellent 8th-grade middle schoolers. She works at the M+ museum located in Hong Kong. She spoke about her work at the museum as the Senior Registrar for M+ and what other behind-the-scenes activities happen in museums. I’m pretty excited to get into some digital work after the break, but until then, Great job!
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick or Mr. McFadden – Design – We started the trimester in design class by designing and making “formal wear” using only trash bags, tape, and staples. Their creations were amazing! We also started a logo design project which involves creating a logo using their first and last initials. We’ll continue this project after Thanksgiving break.

Run In Color, Exhibition, Bring a Friend… Where’s the Tylenol?

Wednesday, November 15th at 3:00-Thursday, November 16th at 8:00 p.m – 29 Hours of Giving
Tuesday, November 21st -Family Thanksgiving Feast, 12:30pm Dismissal 
Wednesday, November 22nd-Sunday November 26th – Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 27th – Classes Resume, 10am Start

What a week! I am so proud proud of the 8th grade for their dedication ensuring that the first exhibition was a success. They worked hard for twelve weeks and it shows. A special thanks to the parents who volunteered to share their stories with us. It was awesome to see the White House Christmas Tree as it stopped at Wheeling Park. Finally, I am grateful for all of you who helped make the Color Run helpful. It was great to see so many 8th grade parents step up and help!

A note about Veracross

On Monday, you should receive an email from Asylnn Belancic about Veracross, our new database. This email will provide directions on how to set up an account with Veracross. We will continue using Praxi until we have transitioned all aspects of the school, but we will begin with progress reports for the first trimester. Progress Reports should be available to you in the parent portal in Veracross by Thursday, November 16th. Should you need help logging in after receiving the email on Monday, please email abelancic@wcdsedu.com to assist you by phone or attend the parent coffee on Wednesday.

8th Grade Blurbs

English w/ Mr. Rouse- Students continued their reading of We Are Not Free and ended the week with an Erasure Poem. An Erasure is when you take a song, famous newspaper, or poem and eliminate parts of the works. You take what’s leftover and create a new piece.

Deep Dive w/ Mr. Jividen and Mrs. McFadden- Thanks for a great twelve weeks. You thought you were done with us, but we start WCDS Zine next week!

Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – We continued working on mapping out our new instrument additions to the Sound Bath, and finding our rhythm with how it will all flow. The students are all doing a great job at focusing! We also began learning Silent Night, as 8th grade will now be participating in the Holiday Show. They will be doing some singing and sign language!

Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick or Mr. Alex – Coding/Robotics – everyone is signed up for two Nutcracker Ballet shows. Thank you!