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

Week of March 19, 2018

Dear 8th graders, be sure you have answers to these questions:

Review questions on the EMS:

1.List the waves of the EMS, in order from longest to shortest waves.

2.What is the speed of light?

3.Which wavelength of visible light is the fastest?

4.When you look at a blue shirt, why does it look blue?

5.How are EM waves different from other (mechanical) waves?

6.Which parts of the EMS is visible to humans?

7.List four ways that EM waves can be described (e.g., wavelength, etc.)

8.If a microwave has a wavelength of 0.1m, what is its frequency?

9.If you increase the wavelength of an EM wave, what happens to its speed? What happens to its frequency?

10.How are particles of light created?

11.Explain how fluorescent lamps produce light.

12.Yesterday, you learned that mirrors do not reflect all the light that hits them. What happens to the “missing” light?

13.Why do red apples look red to us? (Describe in terms of the EMS.)

14.If you place a green plant under a red light, what color will it appear to be?

Week of March 5, 2018:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th and 8th graders, the online signup for inquiry projects is now closed. If you still need to sign up for a time to present your project, please see me.
  • The 6th graders have a test on plate tectonics on Wednesday, March 7.
  • The 7th graders have an astronomy test on Friday, March 9.
  • The end of the 2nd trimester is Friday. If you need to turn in missing/late work, I need it by Wednesday, March 7.
  • The middle school musical will be performed on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of this week. If you are in the musical, and you’re having trouble getting everything done in the next few days, please talk to me.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of February 26, 2018

7th and 8th graders, you can sign up for a time to present your inquiry project here:

Sign up for inquiry project

The deadline for signing up is Friday, March 2 at 4:00 PM. If you have not signed up by then, I will assign you one of the remaining open dates.

Students, please note: Sign up dates are final. I have hard copies of this schedule. If I learn that anyone has attempted to pressure a classmate into giving up their time for them, that student will face these completely non-negotiable consequences: 

  1. Automatic detention;
  2. Automatic scheduling for the earliest available date; 
  3. 20% deduction from their final score for this assignment.

-Mr. Tice