Week of October 2, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

  • I’m very sorry, but our grading website has been inoperable, and I was not able to stay current with grading this weekend. I will catch up on Monday or Tuesday if the site is back up by then. I regret the inconvenience.
  • 7th grade boys, thank you for inviting me to your soccer game last weekend.
  • Dr. Crowther will continue to work with the 8th graders as the primary teacher until the completion of his student teaching term in early December. As the trimester continues, he will gradually assume lead-teaching duties in the 6th and 8th grades as well.
  • 7th and 8th graders, please start thinking about your science inquiry projects (formerly science fair projects). We will formally begin work on these projects next week (the week of October 9).
  • 6th graders, please remember that you have your first major test, on science practices, on Thursday, October 12.
  • We have an all-school mass on Wednesday, October 4; this is a dress uniform day.
  • The teachers have a workshop to attend on Friday, October 6, so there will be no school that day.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 25, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Seattle Prep is hosting a math competition for 8th graders on October 14 from 1-4 PM. It’s actually pretty fun, and I award extra credit for attending this event. If you are interested, please see me by September 29.
  • Ms. Rzegocki’s 7th grade home room class will be going to Christ Our Hope in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, September 27, for a service project.
  • My 7th grade home room will be going to Christ Our Hope on Thursday, September 28.
  • In a brief moment of what I hope is uncharacteristic stupidity, I threw away my home room class’s permission slips for the service trip. Students will be bringing home new permission slips on Monday, and they should be signed and returned by Wednesday. I apologize for the needless inconvenience.
  • The 7th graders have a test on science practices on Monday, September 25.
  • Zero period algebra I students have a test on Tuesday, September 26, on single-variable equations.
  • Dr. Gregory Crowther, in keeping with his student teaching timeline, will be the lead teacher in 8th grade science beginning this week.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 18, 2017

Doing science with some enthusiasm…

 

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 8th graders have a test on science practices on Monday, September 18.
  • 7th graders are going to a day-long retreat at Discovery Park on Tuesday, September 19. We will leave at 8:45 AM and will return by the end of the school day at 3:05. Students should be dressed for the weather, which is predicted to be a little rainy. They should also have a lunch, a water bottle, and colored pencils or markers. Phones should be left at school.
  • Dr. Gregory Crowther, our student teacher for middle school science, will be assuming an increasingly greater amount of responsibility in the coming weeks. Students, please go out of your way to make him feel welcome.
  • I look forward to seeing parents at Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 21. The event begins at 6:30 PM in the church.

Have a pleasant week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 11, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

  • The Jog-a-Thon takes place on Friday, September 15. Please make sure students are dressed for running on that date. Also, as you know, it’s a fundraiser for the school, so it’s important to get the word out!
  • The 8th graders have their first summative assessment in science on Monday, September 18.
  • The 7th graders will be at Discovery Park for a day-long retreat on Tuesday, September 19. We do not need chaperones for this trip, but we do need drivers.
  • 7th graders have their first science test on Monday, September 25.
  • MAP testing takes place on September 20, 22, 26, and 29. If at all possible, plan to be at school on those days.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 5, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

The first week of school seems to have gone smoothly: the students seem mostly happy to be back and everyone seems to be ready to work. The 6th graders made a good first impression; I’m looking forward to a fun and productive year with them.

Announcements/reminders:

  • We have a student teacher in the middle school this trimester: please welcome Dr. Gregory Crowther to St. John School. Greg is completing his work for 5-12 certification in science through Western Governors University, and comes to us with a long list of accomplishments. He has published several papers in physiology/microbiology, and has been assistant professor at UW Medical School. (I’ve also been told that he’s a very successful, fairly well-known distance runner.) He will be working alongside me in the middle school science classes for the first 12 weeks of school, and will gradually assume more responsibility as he progresses through his student teaching experience. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Greg will also introduce himself at the middle school curriculum night.
  • The middle school curriculum night will take place on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 PM. I look forward to seeing parents there.
  • Students, expect to have a short checkpoint quiz every Friday, starting this week. For all grades, this will involve the nature of science, and for grades 7 and 8, what scientific models are.
  • The Jog a Thon takes place on Friday, September 15! I’m hoping for full participation from everyone, but especially from students in my home room.¬† If we meet our goal of $3500, I’ve told them that I will buy them all pizza and watch a movie with them (Sorry, students, Sharknado¬†is not on the table.)

Have a great week,

Sven Tice