Monthly Archives: September 2014

Picture-Taking Tuesday



If you couldn’t make it to school today, here’s what you missed:

DLR Week #8-Complex Sentences

POINT of VIEW Manual-Present PowToon

AUTHOR’S PURPOSE-Scavenger Hunt-Study Guide

WRITING-Narrative Essay “Snow White”-Begin Rough Draft; Pump Up Your Writing



Picture day is today!

Snow White Final Draft due on Monday through Google Classroom

Don’t forget to check e-mail and Google Classroom daily to get assignments from Mrs. Kassenbrock

End of Grading Period is coming up: A week from Thursday, October 9th

$5.00 for an Outsiders book- due Friday

Fact of the day:

Did you know elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump?


Book Review:

An oldie but a goodie, My Sister’s Keeper by best-selling author Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite books.


Anna’s sister Kate has a rare type of cancer called acute promyelocytic leukemia, and this is ultimately the reason Anna was born. She is the product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis and because of this is the perfect bone marrow match for Kate. She’s undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots all so that her sister Kate can fight the leukemic cells inside of her. She has never challenged her role in the family . . . until now. As a teenager Anna starts to question who she truly is. She has always been defined in terms of her sister, so she makes a choice that for most is unthinkable. This choice will tear her family apart and could have fatal consequences for Kate, the sister she loves.  ~Elizabeth Dexter

Peer Buddies:

For the first three-week session of WIN, I was assigned peer buddies. Peer buddies is a program that helps bring together the students with disabilities and those without, and just be friends. The first three weeks, we learned about different disabilities, such as hearing and visual impairment, down-syndrome, and autism. We then filled out applications and ten people were selected to be paired up with the kids; I was one of them. My peer buddy is so much fun to be around, and she always makes us smile when we are feeling down. We play board games, draw, read, and do whatever else we want to do. Peer buddies is an awesome thing to be involved in.  ~Emma Cato

Quote of the Day:

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be,” ~ William Shakespeare

Blog Post By, Elizabeth Dexter, Emma Cato, and Darrah Alcantara



Making Your Monday



 September 29, 2014; MONDAY                                                                            

-DLR Week #8- Complex sentences(8.W.6.1;8.W.6.2)

-Point of View Manual- PowToon Due TODAY(8.RL.2.1;8.RN.2.1)

-Authors Purpose- Notes on Study Guide(8.RN.3.3)

-Writing-Narators Essay Plan”Snow White” Review”Grumpy” Plan, choose another point of view 5paragraph essay(8.W.3.3A-E;8.W.4.A)


Reminders: Spirit wear information: Due to the large number of orders this fall, the spirit wear will not be delivered until mid-October.

Picture day will be the 30th. Students must stay in uniforms for picture day. These pictures will be in the yearbook.

To order online please visit: and use flyercode: 629035

8th grade students, there will be a meeting on Tuesday, October 7th for the NY and Washington

DC trip at 6:00pm at NJHS for those who are interested.

Any student who is riding home with another student on the bus needs to have a note and arrangements made before school starts. We will no longer accept parents calling in during the day to make these arrangements.

Dates to remember:

September 30th picture day

November 14 7pm Fall Musical Hoover Performing Arts Center

November 15 7pm Fall Musical Hoover Performing Arts Center

Interview:  Mr. Huff

Is the reason your trying to fill the dunk tank with ice water because you are supporting the ALS ice bucket challenge? Its a spin off of that PTSA came to us and said if we raised an ultimate goal of $1500 would we do it in the ice.


How did you pick the 3+,3, 2, and 1 for the RDS, but some parents don’t understand it because they grew up with the letter grades? This year we had a parent meeting to try and explain what they mean, so when they look at your grade book  they understand it better.


How much of school privileges does the student council have for the planning and decorating the school dances? Within a partnership of PTSA they can have as much privileges as they want. We appreciate the authority of the students of the decorating and planning, the student council has those privileges.

Do you think that there is a possibility for every two or three months if students bring in two dollars we could wear whatever we want if it’s school appropriate? Possibly. I think it’s possible. I think we can put some perimeters around it. The end of the year last year we did it and we were somewhat successful with students staying within dress code. We can think about it.

Why doesn’t the North Jr. High get to wear the patterns to school? That is purely the decision made by downtown officials. So far downtown gets to make the decision to allow high school students get to wear that giving high school student a little more freedom because their more mature and more able to handle those types of things. I myself, it doesn’t matter as far as the stripes go, but we have to stick to the rules and guidelines that are given to us by our superiors and those are the folk downtown that make the decisions.

Inspiration: “To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has achieved, but at what he aspires to.”

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1.Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants!

2.There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!

3.Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand!

-Information provided by Katherine and Kaitlyn.

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Daily Blog: Olivia Brawdy & Macy Street


*DLR Week #7-Compound Sentence-Quiz Retest
*Review Acuity Practice
*Narrative Point of View-Snow White-Continue Writing-Due Sometime Next Week
*Point of View Manual- Due Monday-September, 29


*This blog is now written by the students in Honors English
*Picture Day Tuesday September, 30
*Home football game vs. Bosse, (homecoming)

Skills/Standards Learned
*8.RL.2.1; 8.RN.2.1

Quote of the Day
*”Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive that is you-er than you!” -Dr. Suess

Personal Interests

-The Fault in our Stars (movie)

        The Fault in our Stars is an amazing movie that will take you on an emotional roller coaster like no other. Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16 year old who has been battling cancer her whole life. Her and her family don’t know how long she has to live, so everyday’s a blessing. Her parents really want her to start living a happier life, and believe Hazel attending a support group is the place to start. Although reluctant, Hazel goes to make her mother happy. While there, she falls in love with a witty, charming boy, named Augustus Waters, who was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer, and recently got the all clear. Hazel introduces him to her favorite book, An Imperial of Affliction, and he instantly falls in love with it as much as she did. They end up traveling to Amsterdam in hopes of meeting Peter Van Houten, the author. Yet, eventually Augustus breaks awful news to his beloved Hazel Grace, and both of their worlds come crashing down around them. This is an outstanding movie, and I recommend it to all our blog readers! (:


-Written and Blogged By:Olivia Brawdy & Macy Street

-NJHS 8th Grade Honors ELA

Trendy Thursday


If you missed school today, here is what we did in class, and reminders. – Alisha and Chloe

  • Agenda
    • 8.W.6.1; 8.W.6.2 – DLR Week #7 – Compound sentences
    • Acuity Practice
    • 8.RL.2.1; 8.RN.2.1 – Finish POINT of VIEW Manual – Pow Toons
    • 8.W.3.3.A.E- Narrative Point Of View- Snow White
  • Reminders
    • Notebook Checks Begin Next Week
    • Buy the ” Out Siders” for $5 Next Friday- October 3rd
    • Retest Packets Will Be Ready September 29
  • Interesting Facts
    • Indiana is the 14th in the nation in terms of population

GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday Is Fact Day!


September, 24                                                                                                 Emily W. Lili B.

DAILY AGENDA images (9)

8.W.6.1 + 8.W.6.2 Week #7- Compound Sentences

8.RL.2.1 + 8.RN.2.1 Interactive Notebook Point of View

8.RL.2.1 + 8.RN.2.1 Point of View Manual- Pow Toon

8.W.3.3A-E Narrative Point of View Essay-Snow White-Writing Plan

8.RV.1 Vocabulary Quiz-Genre-Friday-To Study use Quizlet or Interactive Notebook

STANDARDSimages (10)

8.W.6.1- Compound Sentences; Coordinating Conjunctions

8.RL.2.1 + 8.RN.2.1- Inference- Fiction & Nonfiction

8.RL.3.2 + 8RN.3.3- Author’s Point of View

8.W.1- Writing for Various Purposes, Audiences, Tasks

8.W.4- Writing- Plan, Draft, Revise, Edit, Rewrite

8.SL.2.1- Group Discussions- One-to-one, Group, Teacher Led

8.SL.4.2- Multi Media & Visual Display

8.RV.1- Vocabulary- Genre


  • Make sure netbooks are charged and powered up at the beginning of class
  • Vocabulary Quiz- Friday  Use QUIZLET or Interactive Notebook to Study


The most photogenic cat in the world is named Potato.

A pair of ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz were sold for more than $660, (6)

The average strawberry has 200 seeds.

Fire trucks were originally painted red because it was the cheapest color.

Someone tried to sell a chicken McNugget  Shaped like George Washington’s head on eBAY for $8100.

You can buy insurance that covers alien abductions.

The fear of numbers is called arithmophobia.

Walking uses 200 (5)

Every 50 years,rocks from mars fall to the earth.

Two teenagers launched a lego man 85,000 feet into space using a homemade wedownload (7)ather balloon.


“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference”

– Virginia Satir

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Tuesdays are Terrific

Tuesdays are Terrific

  Elizabeth .S, Logan .L, Grace. R

Hey huskies, incase you were unfortunate and missed Mrs.Kassenbrocks class or didn’t fill out your agenda here is what you will need to know:

(8.W.6.1),(8.W.6.2) DLR Week 7 Compound  Sentences

(8.W.1) “Reading” Video- Kidblog writing prompt

(8.W.4) Writing -Narrative- Point of View-Snow White

(8.RL.2.1),(8.RN.2.1) Point of View Manual


Football practice, speech meet, and a district cross country meet at Angel Mounds. Also check Google classroom everyday(,Pay $5.00 ELA if you haven’t,The Outsiders $5.00 if you want to buy a book,and NEED KLEENEX.

Some skills we learned today are Narrative Point of View and using Powtoons ( ,see agenda for standards.

MazeRunnerOn a side note a book we recommend is “The Maze Runner ” by James Dashner. Thomas wakes up in the lift, and the only thing he can remember is his name. His memory is blank, but he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds other kids who are just like him. They are trapped in the Glade—a large, open area surrounded by stone walls that move every night and morning. None of the Gladers know why or how they got to there. All they know is that the Glade is surrounded by a huge maze. And every 30 days a new boy gets delivered in the lift. But the day after Thomas comes, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas learns he is more important than he could have ever thought.

Interesting Facts

1.Strawberry Point, Iowa is home to the ‘World’s Largest Strawberry’, which sits atop city hall.

  1. Common pesticides such as roach, termite and flea insecticide can be found in the bodies of majority of Americans.
  2. If you grew 100 apples from the seeds of the same tree, the new apple trees would all be different.


Go Huskies!!!!  

First Blog


Monday, September 22

This is a blog summary of what was done in class today along with a book summary, hope you find it helpful!                                                                                                                                                                                                 – Chloe & Alisha                                                                                         

  • Agenda-
    •  8.W.6.1.E;8.W.6.1 – DLR Week #7 Compound Sentences
    • 8.RL.2.1 INFERENCE – What’s In a Picture
    • 8.RN.2.1 INFERENCE – Nonfiction Explains Pow Toons
    • 8.W.4.A-B POINT OF VIEW – Speckled Band Intro to Writing Power Point
  • Schoolwork Done Today-
    • Compound Sentences
    • Inference
    • Nonfiction Pow Toons
    • Narrative Writing
    • Point of View
  • Reminders
    • Speech Meet
    • Reaching Out, Tomorrow
  • Interesting Fact of the Day: Fish don’t have eyelids.
  • Book Review: The Selection by: Kiera Cass

The Selection is a chance for any thirty-five girls, no matter their caste, of the country of Illea to swoon over and win the heart of the stunning prince Maxon. The opportunity to escape a life planned out for you since birth is every girls dream.Getting swept up in glitter and jewels would be ideal for any young lady, except for America Singer that is. America is in a dangerous relationship with the love of her life, Aspen; The only Fatal aspect of the relationship is that Aspen is a caste below America, which is highly frowned upon by society.

After constant pushing by both family and Aspen, America finally caves and fills out an application among thousands of other girls. While watching the capital report with her family America’s life will forever change. Along with thirty-five beautiful women from Illea, America gets shipped off to the palace. After getting to know Maxon, he gradually grows on her as she realizes the life with Apsen she had always planned may not turn out to be what she really wants.

                                  GO HUSKIES!