Team University





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

Karen Hughes – Math

La’Nita Eaton – History

Chris Harrell – Science

Team University News

Team University is off and rolling for the second quarter. We would like to recognize the following students as Brave of the Week: Brodey Dafoe, Angel Humphrey, Dezirae Jones, Aden Velazquez, Rylan Maluto, Ian Riley, Taylor Thomas, Antonio Wright, Lauren Curvan, and Sarah Calvin. These students stood out due to their outstanding citizenship, hard work, and contributions to the classroom. Keep up with your outstanding performances!

With the half-way point of the year quickly approaching, we encourage the parents to help ensure that students are still writing down and completing their homework. This would also be a great time of year to stock up on some school supplies. As always, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to us. We wish everyone a happy New Year, let’s make it a great one!

Students were amazed when they discovered the building of the Panama Canal is considered one of the world’s most incredible engineering feats of our time. They also discovered workers had to battle disease, mudslides, poisonous snakes, scorpions, and poor living conditions. Students are currently learning that technologies used during World War I are many of the technologies used in current wars. Our upcoming unit will cover the Roaring 20’s.

Students are working with the Periodic Table on the topics of ionic and covalent bonding. Before winter break, we will finish off 2018 with acids, bases, and the pH scale. We will wrap everything up with a holiday color flame lab.

Students are beginning to learn the prerequisite skills for Algebra I. We are practicing solving multistep equations by combining like terms, distributive property, and variables on both sides. We will continue to build on these skills throughout the year. Afterwards, inequalities and translating verbal and algebraic equations will be reviewed.
Students will also be expected to complete writing prompts and a performance based assessment this quarter.

Please encourage your teen to study and be prepared for class daily. Remediation and 21st century assistance is available if more help is needed.

Algebra 1:
We have completed the first three units, and we will begin learning about functions, relations, and linear equations. The students will be responsible for studying, and remembering the formulas and commands to use the TI-84 scientific calculator, in addition to practicing DESMOS, our on-line calculator. We will begin a performance based assessment which combines two units on functions, relations, and slope. Students are responsible for daily reviewing to help prepare for the midterm examination in January.

Eighth grade students just completed the writing benchmark on December 4th and 5th. When students return from winter break, they will be working on weaknesses identified on the benchmark test in order to prepare them for the writing SOL in March. Attendance is important as we prepare for this test, so please make every effort to ensure your child is here at school.

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
  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Let Go and Move On

Grading Policy

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: HOMEWORK 10%, QUIZZES 30%, CLASSWORK 20%, and TESTS 40%.

Demerit System

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:

Demerit System Procedures
1st Demerit Phone call to parent/conduct notice issued
2nd Demerit Student/team conference and parent/teacher conference
3rd Demerit After-school detention
4th Demerit Referral – ISS (1 day)
5th Demerit Referral – ISS (2 days)
6th Demerit Referral – OSS (1 day)

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.