Week of March 20, 2017

Dear middle school students and families:

Welcome to the Vernal Equinox! Here are this week’s announcements:

  • The middle school science fair takes place on Thursday, March 30, from 1:00-2:30 and 7:00-8:30. Students, at this point I expect you to have completed your data collection; you should be working on organizing that data, figuring out what it means, and working on your lab report and display board. Parents, if you are interested in being a judge at the science fair, and I hope you are, you can sign up here:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084caaa72baaf58-stjohn1

 

  • The 6th graders are now well into their study of environmental science, which will take them most of the way to the end of the year. We will go to environmental science camp during the week of May 16.
  • The 7th graders, in addition to finalizing their science fair projects, are designing ways to keep humans alive during a journey to Mars and back.
  • The 8th graders are studying cell structure and functions.
  • Zero period algebra students took a test on radical expressions last week; results were mixed.  Results are available on PowerSchool.

Have a nice week,

Sven Tice

Week of March 13-17

Hello middle school students and families:

Things are heating up in middle school science!

  • 7th and 8th graders, the middle school science fair takes place on Thursday, March 30. Please plan on being in attendance in Egan Hall from 1:00-2:30 PM and 7:00-8:30 PM on that date. By now, you should have completed your actual experiment or engineering project, and be working on your finished product (display board, apparatus and lab/engineering report.
  • The 2nd trimester ended on Thursday of last week; report cards go home on Thursday, March 16.
  • Zero period algebra I students, you have a test on radical expressions and trigonometric ratios on Friday, March 17.
  • 6th graders, you have a checkpoint quiz on Friday, March 17; the topic is energy flow and interactions within ecosystems.
  • 7th graders’ checkpoint quiz will cover human space exploration.
  • 8th graders checkpoint quiz will cover the structure of plant and animal cells.

Have a happy yet productive week,

Sven Tice

Week of March 6, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

  • The end of the 2nd trimester is Thursday, March 9. If you need to turn in late work or make up a test or quiz, you need to do it by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 8.
  • The science fair takes place on Thursday, March 30 from 1:00-3:00 PM and 7:00-8:30 PM. 7th and 8th graders, my expectation is that your investigations are well under way if not completed at this point, and that you’re working on organizing your data.
  • We need parents to judge science fair projects again this year. Look for an email with a link to a sign-up during the next week.
  • 6th graders have just completed creating board games that teach about salmon habitat needs. They did a wonderful job, creating informative and creative games about PNW salmon species.

Stay warm and dry this week,

Sven Tice

Week of February 13, 2017

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Exploring the visible light spectrum

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 8th graders, if you are doing an engineering project for the science fair, and you have not yet submitted your discussion of your final design choice, please do so this week.
  • Also, 8th graders, you have a unit exam on wave energy on February 28.
  • All 7th and 8th graders need to give me the procedure for their science fair project on Wednesday, February 22.
  • 7th graders began working on astronomy last week; so far we all seem to be having a nice time….
  • 6th graders, the earth science unit is winding down this week. You will have a unit exam on earth science on Friday, February 24 (that’s next week).
  • As I’m sure all of us know, mid-winter break starts this week. School will be dismissed at noon on Thursday, and will convene again next Wednesday.

I wish all of you a productive, happy week and a restful break,

Sven Tice

Week of February 6, 2017:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Zero period Algebra I students were scheduled to have a test on quadratic equations on Tuesday, February 7, but we’re not quite ready yet. The test will be moved back to Thursday, February 9.
  • 8th graders who are doing an engineering project for the the science fair need to submit a statement which describes which of their original design alternatives they’ve decided to pursue; this includes a 3-5 sentence rationale for this choice. These are due this Friday, February 10.
  • All 7th and 8th graders need to submit a procedure (or a design, for the engineers) for their science fair projects on February 22.
  • 6th graders will have a test on earth science on Friday, February 24.

Have a good week, and stay warm and dry these next few days!

Sven Tice