Eighth Grade – Journey

Amy Hansen: Social Studies
Jake Brens: English/Literature (Team Leader)
Lisa Newborgh: Math
Jenny Tekiela: English/Literature
Justin Hames: Science
We have a wide range of teaching experience and we look forward to assisting your child as she/he meets the challenges of 8th grade. We’ve included some informational items below to help your family become acquainted with team procedures.
Homework Hotline/Team Announcements
Contact Times
Team teachers are typically available for phone calls between 7:50-9:30am. Feel free to contact us as needed. The school phone number is 899-8170. In addition, each teacher also can be contacted by email using the staff directory.To facilitate communication, please use the following guidelines.
  • Concerns that impact your child in all core classes should be directed to the Team Leader, Jake Brens.  Every attempt will be made to respond to your request as soon as possible.
  • Concerns that impact your child in a specific class should be directed to that individual teacher.

Late Work Policy / Absences
All work is expected to be handed in on time in order to enhance the level of learning that takes place during class time. Late work will be accepted for 50% credit the next school day. After this time, no credit will be earned for work handed in. Past experience with this policy has been very positive.

Missing work due to absences can be acquired by contacting the teacher upon returning to school or contacting a reliable classmate.

Homework Reminders
Students are expected to record academic information (homework, upcoming quizzes and tests, projects, etc.) in their Assignment Notebooks. As a support, Team Journey utilizes the Remind app to send out texts and/or emails to subscribers with reminders of such items.

Parent Portal
Your child’s graded work is a good indicator of performance in each class. Please use our Parent Portal to review your child’s grades on a regular basis. Mid-term reports will no longer be mailed to your home, so regular checks of your child’s progress will help to ensure his or her success. If you have concerns, it is a good idea to call or e-mail the individual teacher.

Help Sessions
Teachers will inform the students weekly about the times they will be available before and after school for additional help. Students may also request an appointment with the teachers.


We look forward to having an enjoyable and positive year with your child.


Team Journey Teachers