Week of February 12, 2018

Hello middle school students and families:

  • The 6th graders will be begin to learn about volcanoes this week. We will mostly be focused on how they are formed.
  • 8th graders, having completed their unit on the nature of matter, are currently working on a project on nuclear weapons. The goal of this project is not to frighten students, but to meet NGSS (national science standards), which require students to make connections between scientific discoveries and the “real” world.
  • 7th graders are learning about stars this week.
  • Because of the short week, there will be no checkpoint quizzes this week.
  • 8th grade zero period algebra students, please remember that you have a test on quadratic equations on Monday.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of January 29, 2018

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th and 8th graders, you should have completed the hypothesis (or list of engineering designs) by this time. I will have these back to you as quickly as possible.  It’s going to take me a long time to return your research papers to you; please be patient with me about this.
  • If you are an 8th grader working on an engineering project, I need your prototype design and rationale for this design choice by February 9.
  • 8th graders, you have a test on the nature of matter on Tuesday, February 6.
  • 6th graders, you have no major deadlines coming up, but it’s important to continue preparing for the Friday checkpoint quizzes.

Have a great Catholic Schools Week,

Sven Tice

Week of January 22, 2018

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th and 8th graders, please don’t forget that your problem, statement of interest and hypothesis ( for science projects) or problem, statement of interest, and list of alternative solutions (for engineering projects) are due this Friday, January 26. These must be typed, and saved on your device; they will become part of your final project report.
  • 8th graders will continue to work on chemical bonds and chemical reactions this week.
  • 7th graders will start to learn about the planets of our solar system this week.
  • 6th graders are learning about earthquakes this week.
  • Families, please remember that Catholic Schools Mass is scheduled for 10:30 on Sunday, January 28. It will be followed by a short open house in the school and in Egan Hall. We hope to see you there.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of January 8, 2018:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 8th graders, your research papers are due this Friday, January 12.
  • 7th graders, your research papers are due at the end of next week, on January 19.
  • 7th graders, don’t forget about the test, on machines and engineering design principles, on Thursday, January 11.
  • 6th graders will continue to work on the theory of plate tectonics this week.

Note: I typically catch up on grading during the weekend. However, this weekend I have not been able to do so, due to a website issue which is beyond my immediate control. I will enter grades in PowerSchool as soon as possible, hopefully by Tuesday of this week. I apologize for any inconvenience or stress that this delay may cause.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of January 1, 2018:

Happy New Year!

  • 8th graders, don’t forget that your research paper is due on Friday, January 12.
  • 7th graders, I have received several emails from students about the research paper over the Christmas break. These emails lead me to believe that many of you are, surprisingly, completely at a loss over how to write a longer essay of any kind, let alone a research paper. Because of these concerns, I’ve postponed the due date for this paper until Friday, January 19. Expect me to revisit this assignment a couple of times more this week.
  • 6th graders will continue to work on the layers of the earth this week; we’ll also start to learn about the theory of plate tectonics.
  • 8th grade zero period algebra students have a test on factoring on Tuesday, January 9.

Welcome back,

Sven Tice