Week of January 25, 2016


Dear middle school students and families,

I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by! As of this week, the school year is officially half over; so is the 2nd trimester, so expect to see your progress reports on Thursday. In other news:

  • 6th graders will be learning more about earthquakes this week. It’s going to get a little challenging at times, so please be patient with yourselves!
  • 7th graders, you have a test on work, simple machines and energy transformations on Friday, January 29. Please be prepared.
  • 8th graders will begin to look more deeply at the nature of light and the electromagnetic spectrum. To that end, we will be making spectroscopes in class on Wednesday. Please bring a small to medium sized box to school on that day.
  • I have not forgotten about the research papers; you’ll get them back as I grade them. (It’s going to take awhile.)
  • Catholic Schools Mass takes place next Sunday, February 1 at 10:30. Please plan to attend this mass. It will be followed by an open house at the school.

Have a fun yet productive week,

Sven Tice


Week of January 18, 2016

Dear middle school students and families:

I hope you’ve enjoyed the long weekend in honor of MLK Jr., and managed to have a chance to catch your breath a little. Here are reminders for this upcoming week:

  • 7th and 8th graders, the hypothesis for your science/engineering fair project is due on Wednesday, January 20.
  • Algebra I (zero period) students, you have a test on Factoring on Friday, January 22. (I moved it back a day to make sure everyone is ready….)
  • 6th graders, we’ll begin learning about earthquakes this week. In addition, the salmon have begun to hatch over the weekend, so be sure to take a peek into the fish tank on your way into class!
  • 7th graders, we’ll still be working with simple machines and energy this week. Your next unit exam is on Friday, January 29.
  • 8th graders, we’re continuing to work with wave behaviors this week. At the end of the week, we’ll be making spectroscopes in preparation of our study of light. Please have a shoe box or similar sized box with you by Friday, January 22.

Have a great week, everyone, and let’s all take many moments to reflect on the great contributions MLK, and others like him, have made to our country.

Sven Tice

Week of January 11, 2016

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

  • 7th and 8th graders, the science fair project picks up a little steam this month. On January 20, you need to submit your problem, statement of interest and hypothesis for your project. 8th graders who are doing an engineering project need to submit their problem, statement of interest, and a list of at least three alternate solutions (with discussion) to their problem.
  • The 6th graders will model sea-floor spreading this week; in addition, we’ll take a closer look at tectonic plate movement in general. We’ll also be keeping on eye on our new salmon eggs to see if they’ll hatch this week!
  • The 7th graders will continue to work on simple machines, mechanical advantage and efficiency.
  • 8th graders begin work on wave energy.

Have a great week, everyone. Keep working hard and producing good work.

Sven Tice

Week of January 4, 2016

Dear middle school students and families:

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a fun and restful holiday, and that we’re all ready to get back to some serious science and math!

Here are reminders for this week:

  • 7th and 8th graders, your research papers are due on Friday, January 8. Re-check the standards and guidelines (see left) if you need a reminder of what’s expected.
  • 6th graders, grades for the microbiology test you took last month have been posted on PowerSchool; you’ll get your tests back when all the 6th graders have completed the test (a few of you were away on holiday during that last week).
  • This week, the 6th graders will begin learning about the theory of plate tectonics; the 7th graders will continue to work with simple machines, mechanical advantage, and efficiency; and the 8th graders will wrap up work on their nuclear weapons presentation projects.

I look forward to getting back to work this week,

Sven Tice