Week of September 28:

Dear students and families, please check PowerSchool at least once a week to monitor student progress.

20150922_113535                (A quieter moment at the 7th grade retreat)

News for this week:

The 6th and 7th graders continue to practice conducting experiments this week. Next week, they will have their first major assessment, on science practices. This test will represent the overwhelming majority of students’ grades thus far, so it’s important that students are thoroughly prepared for this assessment.

* The 6th graders have their test on October 9 (Friday)

* The 7th graders have their test on October 6 (Tuesday)

  • The 8th grade began a unit on matter last week, and will look more closely into the physical and chemical properties of matter this week.
  • 7th and 8th graders will be introduced to the science fair project this week.  See my links for details about this project.
  • If you can, please come to the stakeholders’ meeting at 7:00 on Tuesday; we would love to have your input regarding the new school-wide learning expectations that are being developed.

Thank you,

Sven Tice

Week of September 21, 2015

News for the week:

  • The 7th grade will go to Discovery Park for their start-of-year retreat on Tuesday, September 22. We will leave school at 8:45 and return to school by 3:00. We still need drivers for this retreat. If you’d like to help, please contact me, Sally Edwins or Sue Kelly. Students will need to bring a snack, a lunch, a water bottle and outdoor clothing with them on that day.
  • The 6th grade have begun to use experimentation to test hypotheses. This week we’ll focus on writing hypotheses and organizing data.
  • The 7th graders will concentrate on identifying variables this week; it’s not as easy as one might imagine….
  • The 8th graders wrap up their review of science practices this week. Their first summative assessment is on Wednesday of this week. (Students, please do not claim to be surprised by this news.)
  • In algebra I, we’re still working on single-variable equations. Our first summative assessment in this course will be on Tuesday, September 29.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Week of September 14, 2015:

Dear middle school families, we are now into the honest-to-goodness, long work phase of the school year. The vast majority of our students have done a wonderful job of stepping up to the challenges presented to them; some have begun to stumble a bit. Please make a point of checking the grade site from time to time to monitor your child’s progress.

Here is the week’s news:

  • The 6th and 7th graders continue to work on measurement this week. In addition, we are learning about observations and making inferences based on those observations.
  • The 8th graders continue to work on developing scientific models; their first summative assessment takes place on Wednesday, September 23.
  • The Jog-a-Thon and middle school orientation take place this Friday, September 18. Students should bring running clothes on that day.

Week of September 7:

  • Dear students and families, students’ first weekly science quiz scores have been posted, along with other assignments that have been submitted to me. Please check PowerSchool whenever it’s convenient; I’ve noticed that some students have already exhibited signs of organizational struggles….
  • This week in 6th, 7th and 8th grade science, we will continue to explore the nature of science and using metric measurements. The 6th and 7th grade will focus on the metric system itself, while the 8th graders will review density and continue to grapple with scientific models.
  • In algebra I, we will continue our work with unit and rate conversions, and begin to review equations containing a single variable.
  • This year’s first middle school dance will take place on Friday, September 11 at Christ the King School. 7th and 8th grade students may attend; permission slips will be distributed to students at the end of the school day on the date of the dance.
  • The Jog-a-Thon continues this week! I’ve told my home room 7th grade class that if we raise a minimum of $3100, I will provide them with a movie and breakfast…

It appears that we’ve begun the school year well; let’s keep up the good work!