Week of October 26, 2015

Dear middle school students and families,

This week is largely devoted to parent–student-teacher conferences. If you did not have an opportunity to schedule a meeting with me before the sign-up period ended, please email me and I will try to find an open time for you. If you are meeting with me, please arrange to have at least one parent and the student present. I look forward to speaking with many of you.

In other news:

  • 7th and 8th graders, your proposals for your science fair projects are due on Tuesday, October 27.
  • Algebra I students, you have a test on linear functions on Wednesday, November 4.
  • The 6th graders are running two experiments this week; one on the needs of living things and one on bacterial growth. In addition, we will begin a short project on the classification of organisms.
  • The 7th graders will begin work on the laws of motion this week.
  • The 8th graders continue to work with the periodic table of the elements.

If you’re meeting with me this week, I will see you at your scheduled time. If not, have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of October 19, 2015

Dear 7th grade students and families, progress reports went home with students last week. If you have not yet done so, please sign the cover sheet and return it to me as soon as possible.

Here is the news for this week:

  • Parent-student-teacher conferences have been scheduled for October 28-30. If you have a child in my home room class, please make a point of scheduling a conference with me. If your child is not in my home room, but you have concerns, please feel free to schedule a conference with me as well. If your child is not in my home room, and is doing  well in courses that I teach, don’t feel like you have to meet with me…

Sign up for conference here

  • Iowa tests continue through this week. If at all possible, please arrange for your child to be present until testing concludes on Friday.


  • 7th and 8th graders: The due date for your proposals for your science fair projects has been moved up by one day to Tuesday, October 27.
  • The 6th graders have begun studying the characteristics of living things. This week, we’ll begin working on classification of organisms.
  • The 7th graders continue to work on mathematical descriptions of motion (speed, velocity and acceleration). We’ll begin working on Newton’s laws of motion by Friday.
  • The 8th graders are learning how to use the periodic table to predict the properties of elements. If this goes well, by the end of the week we’ll begin to study how substances interact with one another in non-chemical ways (mixtures, solutions, etc.).

Get a lot of sleep this week, middle schoolers, and have a great week everyone,

Sven Tice


Week of October 12:

Dear middle school families, here is the news for this week:

  • The Iowa Test begins on Thursday, October 15.  We will be testing from 8:25-10:00 most days for the next week and a half.
  • Progress reports go home on Thursday, October 15 as well.
  • 6th and 7th graders, scores for the science practices tests you took last week have been posted on PowerSchool.
  • The 7th graders have completed their unit on science practices, and have already begun to work on Newtonian physics.
  • The 6th graders will begin to study the characteristics of life on Monday of this week.
  • The 8th graders continue to study the particle model of matter and the structure of atoms.
  • 7th and 8th graders need to submit their proposals for the science fair projects by October 28.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of October 5:

Hard at work doing science…

News for this week:

*Individual student pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, October 6.
*Because of the pictures, the 7th grade science test has been moved back a day to Wednesday, October 7.
*The 6th graders will still have their unit exam on Friday, October 9.
*The 8th graders continue to study the nature of matter. This week, we’ll start to learn about the structure of atoms.
*7th and 8th graders need to start thinking about their science fair projects. They need to submit an idea to me by October 28.
*Two math competitions are coming up:
    -Saturday, October 31at Seattle Prep
    -Saturday, November 7 at Blanchet
If you’re interested in either of these, please see me!
Have a great first full week of October,
Sven Tice