Mrs. Conrad



to 8th grade ELA and Social Studies!

WSSD Middle School ELA teachers are using a new textbook this year. The Collections series contains short stories, poems, and essays that are centered around common themes. As we delve into each theme, we will be analyzing the stories for content and literature features, studying the writing styles of each author (and how to improve upon our own writing!), and reviewing basic grammar skills through our daily grammar practice. Study Island is still utilized in the 8th grade. Students are given time to complete lessons during class, but any unfinished work becomes homework. They may retake the Study Island lessons until they are happy with the grade they receive. (This can be completed at home). Units covered in the curriculum include: Culture and Belonging; The Thrill of Horror; The Move Towards Freedom; Approaching Adulthood; Anne Frank's Legacy; and The Value of Work

Social Studies this year will center around the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We will be using a variety of means to study this period in time, with our textbook anchoring it all. Our studies will include discussions on the howsand the whys of key events. Students will be encouraged to understand how history impacts our events today. Students are encouraged to keep up to date on current events (please see my resource page).

I am available every homeroom period and most Mod 5 periods for students to receive any additional help. I also post my after school availability on my board each week. Students are required to make up any classwork they miss during absences. Unfinished work may be turned in for full credit up to a week after the assignment. After that, points will be deducted for late work. Should you have specific questions, please feel free to contact me.


Communication is a key to any class. Under this section, you may find upcoming events and important dates.

January 12, 2018--Early Dismissal / End of Second Marking Period

January 15, 2018--No School for students

January 23, 2018--8th grade Academic Bowl--ACE at 4:30 pm

January 26, 2018--Report Cards Issued

February 2, 2018--Early Dismissal 

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