Monday, December 19, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Open house and student work

Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to Open House last night.  Unfortunately, there was not enough time to connect with all of you. Conferences will be coming up in October so I am looking forward to checking in with each of you then.  If you have questions or would like to connect before that time, please give me a call or send an email. 

COASTAL CLEAN UP Field Trip TOMORROW:  dress for the weather, bring a lunch

As I mentioned last night, in social studies class, students have been working in groups to create a 1 to 2 minute video of facts and images that relate to a specific area of the economy.  Students spent one class period researching facts, and one class period assembling their videos.  Excellent group work, and super fun, informative and creative videos!  We shared them today in class after the Maine map test.

You can check them out here.

Rod Corey
8th grade science and social studies teacher

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

8th grade upcoming events

Good afternoon,

I wanted to let you know about the weeks ahead in 8th grade.  You can also see these events on the 8th grade google calendar (

Thursday 9/15:  

  • School Photos

  • CMP Math - Quiz

Friday 9/16:  

  • Physical Map of Maine quiz  (lakes, rivers, mountains, and parks)

Tuesday 9/20:  

  • A walking field trip to the Yarmouth Historical Society for a Yarmouth history slide show.  All students will be back in the building for lunch and the rest of the day.  Your kids should come home with their homeroom tie dyes; keep an eye out.

  • Science quiz (decimals, place value, scientific notation, and time conversions)

Wednesday 9/21:

  • NWEA (MAP) - Reading

  • Open House (6:30pm-7:45pm)

Thursday 9/22:

  • Maine Map test

Friday 9/23:

  • Coastal Clean-up (permission slip forthcoming)

Monday 9/26:

  • NWEA (MAP) - Math

Tuesday 9/27:

  • Walking tour of Main Street in Yarmouth.  All students will be back in the building for lunch and the rest of the day.

Friday 10/7:

  • Inservice Day - no school for students

Monday 10/10:

  • Columbus Day - no school

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fwd: 8th Grade Open House reminder

Date: Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 11:55 AM
Subject: 8th Grade Open House reminder

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Guardians,

We are pleased to remind you about Open House at Harrison Middle School on Wednesday, September 21.  The schedule for the evening's activities is as follows:

6:30 - 6:40   Meet with world language teachers

Mrs. Vicenzi  - room 122 (portable classroom)

Mrs. Hladky - room 204 (Ira Warshaw's room)

Mrs. Roberts - room 202 (Brad Martin's room)

6:45 - 7:15  Everyone meet in cafeteria for eighth grade overview

7:15 - 7:45  Meet with your child's teachers  

Corey, Shardlow Subteam

7:15-7:30 begin with your child's homeroom teacher

(the teacher from whom you received the reminder email)

7:30-7:45 meet with other subteam teacher

Martin, Rice Subteam

7:15-7:30 begin with your child's homeroom teacher

(the teacher from whom you received the reminder email)

7:30-7:45 meet with other subteam teacher

McMahon, Warshaw Subteam

7:15-7:30 begin with your child's homeroom teacher

(the teacher from whom you received the reminder email)

7:30-7:45 meet with other subteam teacher

Mr. Corey - room 201 Mr. Martin - room 202 Ms. McMahon - room 203

Mr. Shardlow - room 105 Ms. Rice - room 205 Mr. Warshaw - room 204

Mrs. Turgeon - room 211

Thank you for your attention; we look forward to seeing you!


Rod Corey, Brad Martin, Kellie McMahon, Megan Rice,

Bill Shardlow, Angie Turgeon, and Ira Warshaw

Friday, May 27, 2016

upcoming dates to remember

Dear Eighth Grade Parents and Guardians,

Many of you have been asking about upcoming dates and events as we approach the end of the school year.  Here is an overview.  

  • Civil Rights Museum, Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Step-Up Day (Laptop Turn-in), Tuesday, June 14, 11:15 am - 2:25 pm (Students have a regular morning schedule at HMS, and then walk to YHS at 11:30 am for a mini class rotation.)

  • Yearbook Assembly, Monday, June 13, 7:50 am - 8:25 am

  • Range Pond, Thursday, June 16, 8:00 am - 2:15 pm (Just a reminder:  all outstanding payments (lost textbooks, library books, computer charger, etc.) need to be addressed before a student can participate in the Range Pond trip.)  More details to come.

  • Last Day of School (half day for students), Friday, June 17.

    • Breakfast sponsored by the parents (HMS café), 7:50 am - 8:15am

    • Year-End Celebration (HMS café), 8:15 am -  9 am

    • Movie (HMS café), 9:00 am - 11:00 am

    • Dismissal, 11:00 am

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

8th grade update

Hard to believe, but we are currently two-thirds of the way through the school year!  Last week we completed our MEA testing in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.  MEA testing in the area of science will occur at the end of April or beginning of May.  

Looking forward, we have three busy weeks ahead of us before April Break....

Wednesday, March 30 - Intensive Math Investigation 3 Quiz

Thursday, March 31 - Periodic Table test in science classes

      Math-(A and C) Investigation 5 (Exponents) Quiz

Monday, April 4 - Spring sports start

Thursday, April 7 - Cold War time period test (Part 1) in social studies classes

Friday, April 8 - Cold War time period test (Part 2) in social studies classes

Tuesday, April 12 - Parody due in Language Arts classes

Tuesday, April 12 - Impact baseline testing in science classes (completed in conjunction with the YHS trainer, Sarah Holmes)

Friday April 15 - No school (first day of April Break)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Fwd: High School Transition Conference Information

Dear Parents,

Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2 have been scheduled for Eighth Grade Transition Conferences at the middle school.  These conferences will include you and your child, along with myself and your child's future high school advisor.  This is one of several activities scheduled for students and parents to begin the transition from Harrison Middle School to Yarmouth High School.  Students will be completing their pre-conference activities the week we return from February vacation.

In order to coordinate conferences for each eighth grade student that include both the homeroom teacher and high school advisor, it is necessary for the eighth grade team to assign the date and time.  Please try to keep your schedule as free as possible for those afternoons/evenings.  Once we have set up the schedule,  I will send you an email with your specific conference date and time.  

At the conclusion of your transition conference, you, your child, and the high school advisor will schedule a registration conference for the following week (please bring your calendar).  This meeting will be held at the high school and will involve, among other activities, setting up the student's course schedule for ninth grade.

In the coming weeks, I will be sending home more information on the whole transition process.  I look forward to seeing you at your conference!


Rod Corey

Friday, January 8, 2016

Coming up in the 8th grade...

Tuesday, January 12- 
  • Electricity Quiz 
  •  MATH(A and C Block) Investigation 1 and 2 Quiz

Wednesday, January 13- 
  • WWI Quiz 
  • Intensive Math - Looking For Pythagoras Unit Test

Monday, January 18th (MLK, Jr. day)- No School!

Daylight gain so far this year?  9 minutes and 6 seconds!