Week of November 30, 2015

Hello students and families:

I hope you all had a joyful week with your loved ones over Thanksgiving break. (If you’re a WSU fan who watched the Apple Cup, I hope you’ve had time to recover from that disappointment…) Here is this week’s news:

  • The 8th graders will have their unit exam on the nature of matter on Thursday, December 10. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’ve covered a lot of ground in this unit, so it’s very important that you start preparing for this test now.
  • The 7th graders have a few things to keep in mind this week as well. First of all, your report on the results of their egg drop is due on Tuesday, December 8. Then, on Friday, December 11, you will take your unit exam on Newtonian physics (force and motion). The good news is that writing the report will help you prepare for the exam.
  • The 6th graders will be busy, too, but fortunately you’ll have a bit more time; your unit exam on microorganisms will not be until Wednesday, December 16.

Have a happy, productive week, everyone!

Sven Tice

Week of November 23, 2015

Hello middle school families and students:

I hope everyone has a joyous and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some things to remember this week:

  • We will start this week with mass. Dress uniform is expected.
  • The first trimester ends on Tuesday, November 24. If you need to re-take a test or turn in late assignments, this absolutely must be accomplished by 4:00 PM on Tuesday. (Algebra students have a bit more time if they need to re-take the systems of equations test.)
  • 7th graders, you need to come to school with an “egg drop device” on Monday, November 30. The report of the results of your egg drop is due on December 7.
  • 7th and 8th graders, your research paper for your science fair project is due on January 8. Now is the time to start thinking about the research phase of this assignment.

Have a great short school week and a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Sven Tice

Week of November 16, 2015

Dear middle school students and families:

The 1st trimester is rapidly drawing to a close; if you need to re-take a test or turn in late assignments, especially those having to do with the science fair projects, please do so by the end of this week. Students, see me about scheduling.

In other news:

  • The 7th graders will be going on a field trip to the EMP on Tuesday, November 17. Students may wear jeans that day, but are still expected to wear St. John uniform tops (sweatshirts or hoodies).
  • 6th graders will be learning about the role of bacteria and viruses in infectious disease this week.
  • 7th graders will continue learning about gravity and will begin their “egg drop” project.
  • 8th graders will begin work on chemical reactions and balancing chemical equations.
  • Algebra students, you have one more test this trimester, on systems of equations, on Friday, November 20.

Have a fun yet productive week,

Sven Tice

Week of November 9, 2015

Dear middle school families and students:

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade math students, who placed 3rd as a team (among teams from 14 schools) at last weekend’s math contest at Bishop Blanchet High School:

St. John’s successful mathletes….


In other news:

  • Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day, and students will have no school that day.
  • 7th and 8th graders, your problem (inquiry question) for your science fair project is due on Thursday, November 12.
  • The 6th graders will learn about viruses and infectious disease this week and into next week.
  • The 7th graders will be introduced to Newton’s view of gravity (no general relativity yet) this week.
  • The 8th graders will start working with chemical bonding this week.
  • In Algebra I, we will continue to work on systems of linear equations.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week Of November 2, 2015

Dear middle school students and families, it was nice to sit down and talk with many of you last week. I think it was a good opportunity to validate the successes of so many of the students and, in a few cases, to come up with some minor adjustments to ensure more success in the near future.

At the Math Games at Seattle Prep last weekend.


Here is the news for this week:

  • Mass is scheduled for Monday, November 2; dress uniform is called for on this date.
  • Algebra I students, you have a test on linear functions this Wednesday, November 4.
  • 7th graders, if you haven’t turned in your permission slips for the EMP field trip (November 17), please do so as soon as possible.
  • The 6th graders will begin to learn about viruses this week.
  • The 7th graders will continue to learn about the laws of motion; towards the end of this week, we will begin work on gravity, which is a bit more involved than what we’ve worked on to date.
  • The 8th graders will begin work on molecules and chemical bonds this week.
  • After their test, algebra I students will begin work on systems of equations.

Have a wonderful week,

Sven Tice