6th graders, you have a test on Tuesday, October 16. The test will cover everything we’ve done so far this year in science: the nature of science, science practices, and measurement.
7th graders have begun to learn about Newtonian physics. Much of this unit involves simple mathematical models. If you struggle with math, this may be a challenge for you. If you start to struggle, please do not hesitate to contact me.
8th graders begin work on the structure of matter this week.
Both 7th and 8th graders will begin working on their Inquiry Projects this week.
Progress reports go home on Thursday. Parents, please read them, sign them and return them to school via your child by Monday, October 22.
There are some unit exams coming up in grades 6-8 during the next two weeks: the 7th graders on Tuesday, October 9, the 8th graders on Thursday October 11, and the 6th graders on Tuesday, October 16. Hopefully, everyone has already begun to prepare for these exams.
The Jog a Thon was very successful this year; thank you to all who contributed.
Parent-teacher conferences are coming up soon; look for an email that contains a link to sign up. I need to meet with everyone in my home room, but, given the fact that I have 162 students, if your child is not in my home room, please sign up for a conference with me only if you have concerns. (Yes, the previous sentence is grammatically correct…)
Parents, please make a point of checking PowerSchool at least once a week. Most students are in good shape, but some are having trouble submitting everything on time…
The 7th graders will go on a service immersion trip on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. (According to Mrs. Halley, who has organized the trip, Mrs. Rzegocki’s class will go on Wednesday, and my class will go on Thursday.) We will probably be back at school by 3:05, but, given the vagaries of Seattle traffic, there is a possibility that we will return a little late.
8th graders, your conceptual modelling presentations need to be ready by Tuesday.
6th graders appear to be settling into their new life a middle school students. I appreciate their hard work and good attitude.
MAP testing begins this week. If it’s at all possible for students to be at school in the mornings during the next two weeks, please make it so.
7th and 8th graders will receive consent forms from me this week, to give me permission to record video of students in science classes and to give them surveys. These surveys and videos are part of research for the Trustey STEM Fellowship with which I am involved. If you have questions or concerns, I’m very happy to speak with you about this research project.
7th graders will be going on a short retreat this Wednesday, September 9. We do not need chaperones for this trip, but we do need a few more drivers. If you can drive students to the retreat at 8:45 AM or pick them up at 2:15, you can sign up here: Driver sign-up
6th graders will be working on measurement and making observations this week.
7th graders will be working on the scientific method and identifying variables this week
8th graders will begin a short conceptual modeling activity (this is the one I hope to get on video).
Parents, I look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night on Thursday night at 7:00.