Members of team University will foster an authentic and unique sense of community where genuine concern for one another, empathy, mutual support, diversity, constructive feedback, and fun are emphasized and reinforced as a group; therefore, each individual who is a member of the team will grow and reach their maximum potential.
Teachers on the Team
Chelsea Wright – English/AVID
Stacy Freeman – Math
La’Nita Eaton – History
Chris Harrell – Science
Team University News
Is excited for the holiday’s right around the corner! While we have some time off, please check with your child(ren) to see if they need to replenish any school supplies like pencils, highlighters, notebooks, etc. In English we are beginning to actively prepare for the Writing SOL coming up in March. In science we will continue studying aspects of chemistry. In math the students are working on equations. In History the students are reviewing key concepts from the beginning of the year.
During the month of February, we will celebrate Multiculturalism and Black History Month. Also, students will explore the following topics in history third nine weeks: the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and the beginning World War II. We will incorporate many cross-curricular activities during these units of study.
We will be working on the Physics aspect of Physical Science for the 2nd semester. Topics include: Energy, Newton’s laws and speed and acceleration.
Pre-Algebra is working on the following: Relations vs. Functions; Determining Zeros and Intercepts of a Function; and, Finding Function Values.
Algebra I is working on the following: Finding Slope; Writing the Equation of a Line Given a Graph (Slope-Intercept Form); and, Writing Equations Given Two Points or Slope and Point
Students are preparing for their Grade 8 Writing Test in March. They will continue to learn, study, and review the writing and grammar skills necessary for their success—eighth grade and beyond.
Team University’s Philosophy and Mission
Each member of Team University will be fully valued and will help establish acceptable behavioral norms that insure that all members are safe and included in the community. It will be the responsibility of each team member to uphold their end of the commitment and to help hold others accountable as well. Here are the principles that establish the framework of the Full Value Commitment:
- Safety (physical and emotional
- Let Go and Move On
Each teacher on Team University utilizes a wide variety of assignments and activities to assess student’s understanding, knowledge and skills; Tests, class activities, projects, writing assignments, homework, and class work are all developed to differentiate the ways in which students are assessed. Grades are calculated for all students on Team U using the following guidelines: PRACTICE 30%, QUIZZES 30%, and TESTS 40%.
IRMS is excited to implement PBIS (Positive Behavior Integration System) this year! The 8th grade uses a merit/demerit system to deal with inappropriate behavior that we believe obstructs the educational process. This system will restart at the beginning of each quarter. For positive behaviors, Rise Rewards (merits) will be issued. Students may use 4 Rise Rewards to purchase back a demerit. Failure to meet the expectations listed above will result in the student receiving a demerit with the following consequences:
The 8th grade uses a demerit system to deal with inappropriate behavior that we believe obstructs the educational process. Failure to meet the expectations listed above will result in the student receiving a demerit with the following consequences:
|1st Demerit||Conduct notice issued; to be signed and returned to the teacher|
|2nd Demerit||Conduct notice issued; to be signed and returned to the teacher|
|3rd Demerit||Parent contact|
|4th Demerit||After-school detention with prior notice given|
|5th + Demerit||Referral to Ms. Chatman|
Rewards for Positive Behavior
- Monthly University award recognition and rewards
- Class and team celebrations
- Opportunities for school-wide recognition contests
- End of marking period rewards
- Positive phone calls home
- Increased trust from teachers and parents
- Opportunities for out-of-school activities
- Sense of pride, confidence, and well being
Communication with Team University Teachers
All teachers on Team University view communication as an essential element in the success of our students. There are many ways in which you can communicate with the teachers if you have a question, comment, concern, or compliment! The student agenda is a simple form of contact that can be used. Additionally, you can call the school (578-7030) and schedule a team conference on available Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays.