Week of September 17:

I’m not that sure too many people will get the joke…

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 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.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 10, 2018

 

Hello middle school students and families:

Welcome to the first full week of school! Here are this week’s announcements:

  • There is a new homework link on my teacher’s page; from now on, I will post all the homework that is assigned in the classes that I teach.
  • The Jog A Thon has begun! The run itself is scheduled for September 21; we have about 2 weeks to raise $80,000 for our school….
  • Algebra I students, your first checkpoint quiz is scheduled for Thursday, September 13.
  • All middle school students will have a checkpoint quiz in science on Friday, September 14; please make sure you are prepared!
  • I look forward to seeing parents on middle school Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 20.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 3, 2018:

Dear middle school students and families:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at St. John School! I very much look forward to working with all of the 7th and 8th graders again, and I’m excited to be meeting the 6th graders and some of their families. Here are a few things to keep in mind during the first week of school:

  • As I’m sure you know, the first floor of the main school building is being renovated; construction work will occur during school hours. Areas of the school that were formerly open to students are closed until after the new year. Please remember, if it’s behind a chain link fence or a wall, don’t go there.
  • General guidelines for middle school science can be found on the sidebar to the left. Please take a few moments to read these.
  • On the first day of school, Wednesday, September 5, we’ll dismiss at 12:00.
  • If you are in 7th or 8th zero period math, classes will begin at 7:40 on Thursday, September 6. (Please be prepared to do some academic work that day.)

Again, I’m very excited to be working with you this year; see you on Wednesday.

Thank you,

Sven Tice

 

End of 2017-2018 School Year:

Hello middle school students and families:

The year is fast drawing to a close. In science and algebra I, the only things we have left to accomplish are some tests. Here is our schedule:

May 24: 6th grade environmental science test; Algebra I final exam part 1

May 25: Algebra I final exam part 2

May 29: 7th and 8th grade final exam, part 1

May 30: 7th grade final exam, part 2

May 31: 8th grade final exam, part 2; 6th grade final exam, part 1

June 1: 6th grade final exam, part 2

Students will be able to retake any of these exams if needed, but the timeline is very short: I cannot administer re-takes after June 5.  It’s a much better option for both students and teacher if re-takes are not necessary.

It’s been a pleasure working with you all this year. I wish the 8th graders happiness and success in the next stage of their journey. I look forward to seeing the 6th and 7th graders in August.

God bless,

Sven Tice

 

Week of May 14, 2018

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 6th graders will be releasing their salmon on Wednesday, April 11 at Carkeek Park. We will leave school at 9:30 AM and return by 12:30. Parents, if you can drive students to and from the park, I would love to hear from you…
  • 8th graders are doing a few simple spectroscopy experiments this week; I hope the students are enjoying these experiments as much as I am…
  • 7th graders continue to learn about the evidence for evolution this week.
  • Wednesday, March 28 is a dress uniform day, for class photos.

Have a good Holy Week,

Sven Tice