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Clay Grade 8 Brochure

Writing tools

All classes require students to have writing implements. Students will need pens, pencils, a highlighter, colored pencils, markers and an eraser. Teachers will inform students which tools are required for their class and when they are needed.


All students will be given a planner on the first day of school. Students are required to carry planners with them to all classes throughout the day. The planner is used to record all long term and short-term homework assignments, tests, and quizzes. Parents must check their child’s planner to see how their child is handling their school responsibilities. Periodic checks are recommended for all students. Students should be able to show a parent their planner and completed homework. Some students must have their parents check their homework every night.

Hall staff

  • Mr. Bedell, English
  • Mrs. Peterson, Social Studies
  • Mrs. Schanz, Math
  • Ms. Bishoping, Science
  • Mrs. Hayes, Guidance
  • Ms. Bisognano, Secretary
  • Mr. Zadoorian, Hall Principal

Special education teachers of Clay Hall students attend weekly planning sessions on Mondays to receive and provide information regarding their students.


All instructors ask students to bring #2 pencils and a folder to class.


Students will use an English 3 subject notebook every day to maintain class notes and handouts. The notebook will be divided into sections to help with organization of materials. One composition notebook should be brought to class every day. Highlighters will be used for note taking purposes as well as when reading articles, short stories, novels, and poetry. In addition, students should bring planners to class every day. Students who miss class for any reason, including music lessons, must find out what they missed in class and discuss with the teacher how best to make up the work.

Family & Consumer Sciences

Students in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) will need a two-pocket folder to keep all handouts in. Students will need 5 – 10 sheets of loose leaf paper in their folder for note taking. All students should be prepared with a pen (blue or black) and a pencil each day.

General Music

In general music, students are required to keep a folder. The folder will contain several handouts as we do not use a textbook. Students at times will need loose-leaf paper in a small quantity for note taking and scrap paper. Pencils are needed for rough draft work for writing music. Pens are needed for final copies.


Teacher: Mrs. Gannon & Mrs. Lashmet

Students will need a composition notebook and yellow plastic two-pocket folder for each class. Students can recycle their daily journal and folder from last year’s health class if preferred. Loose-leaf paper and highlighters will be helpful throughout the year. Since this class is every other day, it is important to use a student planner to keep track of homework and project due dates. All students are expected to see the teacher or check the health website to catch up with what is missed.


Parents must refer to the handout for foreign language class supplies.


A binder (1 inch, please) will be used to stay organized and keep important papers. Students are required to use pencils only, so be sure they are well stocked! In addition, all students will need a graphing calculator. The TI-84 Plus is recommended.

Music Performing Groups

Students will need a folder for holding lesson book, music, practice sheets, lesson schedules and handouts. Students should also have pencils (not pens or markers) to make markings on their music during rehearsals and lessons.

Students in instrumental performing groups, with the exception of some larger instruments, should own or rent their own instruments from a local music store. All musicians are encouraged to have a metronome and a tuner. Specific supplies such as lesson books, reeds, valve oil, sticks, rosin, chin rests and mutes will be required as needed throughout the year, depending upon the instrument which the student plays.

Physical Education

Students will be assigned a locker with an attached combination lock for physical education class. Students will attend phys. ed. every other day according to their schedule. Students are required to wear appropriate clothing (tee shirt, shorts, sweat shirt/pants, athletic socks) and athletic footwear for class. Appropriate dress helps students perform to his/her potential and avoid injuries. Students will change clothes to return to class. Students are asked to keep a towel and deodorant in their athletic locker. Jewelry is not allowed during P.E. All jewelry and valuables shall be locked in the locker.

Physical Science 8/Earth Science

Students should be prepared by bringing their science binder to class each day. The binder will help students organize their notes, labs and assessments by unit. Students will be using Google Classroom for a portion of their homework, labs and tests. Assignments and announcements will be posted regularly to our Google Classroom page.

Social Studies

Students will have 4 two-pocket folders (1 for each quarter). Students will be responsible for dating all handouts and storing them in date order in their folder. Every quarter, the accumulated worksheets in the folder should be stored in a safe place at home. Homework is given regularly in social studies (3-5 times a week) and should be entered in the student’s planner on a daily basis. There should always be an entry, even if no written work has been assigned. Students will be using an on-line textbook in social studies. Students should bookmark the textbook after logging in to provide quick and easy access to it. In the case of absences, students are responsible for completing any missed work and should pick up the necessary sheets from the crate in the classroom. Students should see me to reschedule any missed quizzes or tests. Students may also access daily assignments for class at the Google classroom for social studies.


Technology students will need a two-pocket folder with several sheets of loose leaf paper.  All handouts will be kept in the folder.  A pen and pencil are required each day.