Week of May 1, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

  • May Crowning is on Monday; please remember to wear dress uniform and to bring a flower from home.
  • MAP assessments take place on Tuesday-Friday of this week. If at all possible, please arrange to be at school for the duration of these school days.
  • I know these tests are tedious and annoying, students, but they can provide teachers a lot of valuable information about students’ progress, and they can help inform our teaching- but only if you actually do your best when you work through them. Please take them seriously. (Also, keep in mind that high schools do use standardized test scores as a data point in the admissions process.)
  • Science final exams for the entire middle school will take place on May 30 and May 31. Please start preparing now.
  • Zero period algebra I has their final exam on May 24 and May 25; that’s not too long after you get back from your Washington, DC trip, so again, please start preparing now.
  • Students, I’ve been noticing a lot of missing assignments in science lately. As you might imagine, this does not put a smile on my face. If you’re not sure that you have turned in all of your assignments, please check Power School.

It looks like we’re going to be really busy this month. (Personally, I’d rather be busy than bored; I hope you feel the same way…) Have a nice week,

Sven Tice

Week of April 24, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

I hope you’ve all had a restful, fun holiday. Here’s what happening in science/zero period algebra I this week:

  • Progress reports go home this Thursday, April 27
  • 6th graders will continue to learn about the causes and possible consequences of anthropomorphic climate change this week. Families, if you have concerns about this topic, please contact me.
  • 7th graders, your astronomy test grades have been posted online. However, I cannot return tests to you until everyone has taken it. This week, we’ll begin one of my favorite units, on biological evolution.
  • 8th graders, we’re moving into inheritance and genetics this week. As a subject, it’s a little more challenging than cell processes, so remember to stay focused for six more weeks!
  • Zero Algebra I students, please remember that we’ve transitioned into geometry for the next few weeks. This doesn’t mean we’ll get very far into it, however; all of you will need to take geometry in high school.
  • All of the middle school students will be taking the final MAP of the year next week, from Tuesday-Friday. If you can, plan to be at school from 8:30-10:00 on those days.

Welcome back, and have a great week!

Sven Tice

Week of April 10, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Over the last three months, the 6th graders have raised and then, last Friday, released 266 chum salmon into Piper’s Creek in Carkeek. The very inclement weather on Friday held off long enough for us to have a pleasant and successful outing, and it was nice to see the salmon get to the stream where they will, if they’re very lucky, someday spawn and die. Thank you very much 6th grade parents, for stepping up and driving and supervising the students.
  • The 7th graders have an astronomy exam this Friday, April 14
  • 8th graders continue to learn about cell processes this week.
  • The entire school will celebrate our last Stations of the Cross at 2:00 this Friday. The 7th graders will be leading.

Have a blessed Holy Week and a nice Easter vacation.

Sven Tice

Week of April 3, 2017

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Hanging out at the science fair.

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Congratulations to the 7th and 8th graders for once again creating a successful science fair. The projects looked very solid this year, and I received very positive comments about your presentations from many of the judges.
  • Congratulations are especially in order for 7th graders August and Nicholas, who successfully participated in this year’s Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.
  • The 7th graders have an astronomy exam on Friday, April 14. (Start studying now.)
  • The 6th graders are going on a field trip this Friday, April 7, to release our salmon into Piper’s Creek in Carkeek Park. We will leave at 9:20, and return at 1:30. We need drivers/chaperones for this trip. If you can drive on this trip, please let me know: stice@st-johnschool.org
  • 8th graders, you don’t have anything big coming up in science for a while, but don’t get too relaxed; you’re not done yet!

Have a great week,

Sven Tice