8th Grade Announcements

United States History to 1877

During the first week of school each student received a SS Guide and the HW Policy for GMS. Please read, discuss, and return the signed forms promptly.  Once the signatures have been checked these forms will remain in the student's SS binder for the remainder of the year.  Also, each student will complete and return a Student Information Sheet. The main purpose of this sheet is to provide me with contact info and to help me learn more about each student -- likes, dislikes, motivation, etc.

Please check your child's grade sheet for the most up-to-date grade.  Also, please verify that grade using the HCPSS Parent Portal.  Grades are updated on the HCPSS Parent Portal approximately three times a quarter.

Quizzes, Tests, and Assessments:

Quizzes and tests will be announced approximately three to five days ahead of time. Students will be instructed to record the quiz/test date in their Agenda Book.  The dates will also be posted on the dry-erase board located in my room and on this web page.  Refer to the individual study guides for specific information.

  • Up-dated items/dates are in bold lettering.  
  • Click on the “Keep Calm . . . “ icon for the study guide.

Students are required to return all quizzes and tests with a parent/guardian signature.

Quarter 1

  1. The first quiz of the 2016-2017 school year will be given September 27.  The quiz will focus on the historical process.  Students will also need to the know the location of states and major physical features of the United States. The study guide will be given out/posted approximately a week before the quiz date. There will be a binder check the day of the quiz. New date: Sept. 29; Reason — Additional time for editorial cartoons and review.
  1. GT field trip info was given out and discussed the week of October 3.  The evaluation is due no later than April 20, 2017.  For details go to the “8th Grade Web Resources” tab.


  1. The second quiz for Quarter 1 will be given October 19 October 20.  The focus will be on colonization, the thirteen English colonies, and the French and Indian War.
  1. The test for Quarter 1 will be given  November 2 and 3.  The test will cover all objectives taught in the first quarter.  There will be a binder check the day(s) of the test.



Quarter 2

  1. The first quiz for Quarter 2 will be given  December 20. The focus will be on the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolutionary War.  There will be a binder check on the day of the quiz.  
  1. The test for Quarter 2 will be given  January 24 and January 25.  The test will cover all objectives taught in the second quarter (focus on the AOC and the Constitution).  There will be a binder check the day(s) of the test. 


Quarter 3

  1. The first quiz for Quarter 3 will be given February 24.  The focus of the quiz with be the Federalist Era. 
  1. The test on Quarter 3 material will be given 04/05 and 04/06. The test will cover all objectives taught in the Third Quarter.  There will be a binder check the day(s) of the  test. A hard copy of the study guide was given out and the guide was attached to an email I sent home this past week.


Quarter 4

  1. The first quiz for Quarter 4 will be given 5/11 .  Topics will include Texas, Mexico, and the completion of Manifest Destiny, the three major compromises focusing on slavery, the Reform Era, and the institution of slavery. 


  1. The test for Quarter 4 will be given 6/2 and 6/5.  The test will cover all objectives taught in the fourth quarter.  There will be a binder check the day(s) of the test.



© Susan D. Apple 2014