After attending Ft. Worth public schools, Margaret Farquhar received a Bachelor of Arts in math from UTA, a Masters in Library Science and a Masters of Education in Counseling from UNT. Beginning in the Arlington School District as a math teacher for 10 years, she has been a junior high counselor for 27 years of her 37 year career.
Mrs. Farquhar is married to a retired teacher from the Birdville school district and has two sons, one who attends Law School at UT Austin and one is a teacher with Arlington ISD.
If you have any questions or concerns about your 8th grade student, contact Mrs. Farquhar via email at; email@example.com .
For 8th grade Parents and Students
8th grade is the time of transition into high school. It is a challenging and exciting time. There are more choices to be made and more responsibility is placed on the student. Study habits and taking responsibility for learning and choices are emphasized. Good study habits and responsibility are the foundation stones for success in high school and beyond.
8th graders must now pass the reading and math portions of the STAAR test to be promoted to high school. In addition, the students must pass all four of the core courses: English, math, science, and history. It is important to attend class each day, actively participate in class, organize and do a follow-up review each evening, and attend tutoring, if needed. Tutoring is available Monday - Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 101. Contact your child’s teacher if you have concerns about his/her progress.
For parents, it is still important to be involved in a supportive manner. A suggestion is to set aside some time each evening to discuss the day. Ask specific questions: such as, what went well today, what didn’t go well today, what was fun or interesting today. Discuss the things that didn’t go well and ask your child what he/she plans to do differently next time. Listen without judging. Encourage and empower your child to come up with solutions. A good way to stay up to date with your child’s grades and attendance is with the Parent Self Serve Portal system. To sign up, go to the Ferguson homepage and click on the link to parent portal. Then you will need to come to the school with your photo ID to get your authorization. For questions about Parent Self Serve contact Ms. Pensado. For questions about your child’s grade or progress, contact the teacher.
During the 8th grade year there are several presentations for the benefit of the students. Internet safety, the dangers of sexting, and cyberbullying are discussed in presentations. A presentation to encourage healthy relationships is called Expect Respect. A Career Day is planned to allow students to hear about various careers.
Spring is especially busy as the students get involved in registration for high school. Representatives from the Arlington Scholars organization come to explain the Recommended High School Plan for graduation. The 8th grade counselor presents Gear Up to explain promotion policies, graduation plans and requirements, earning credits, grade point average, and grants for college. The high school counselors come to do the actual registration for high school and answer questions. There are also opportunities to learn about IB, AVID, and other special high school programs. Please ask your child to be sure to bring home all the information they receive. All questions about the high school schedule should be directed to the appropriate high school counselor.