Week of October 30, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

  • There is an all-school mass on Wednesday, November 1, to mark All Saints Day; dress uniform is required on this day.
  • 7th and 8th graders, your proposal for your science inquiry project is due on Friday, November 3.
  • 8th grade zero period algebra I students, you have a test (on systems of equations) on Thursday, November 2.
  • 6th graders continue to work on characteristics of life and microbiology this week.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of October 23, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Student/parent/teacher conferences take place this week from October 25 to October 27. The window for signing up online has passed, but if you would still like to meet with me, feel free to contact me:                                                         stice@st-johnschool.org
  • 7th and 8th graders, the deadline for submitting a proposal for your Science Inquiry Project is November 3.
  • Bishop Blanchet High School is hosting a math competition for 7th and 8th graders on Saturday, November 3. Please contact me if you’re interested.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of October 16, 2017

Killing it at the Math Games

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Congratulations to the 14 8th graders who went to the Math Games at Seattle Prep this weekend. One of our three teams won the competition (the team was named one of the top three, in no particular order), and all of these students did St. John proud. Thank you, 8th graders!
  • 7th and 8th graders, your proposal for your Science Inquiry Project is due on Friday, November 3.)
  • Dr. Crowther, our excellent student teacher in middle school science, is now the lead teacher in 6th and 8th grade science. 6th graders have just begun to identify the characteristics of living things, and the 8th graders continue their unit on cell biology and heredity.
  • 7th graders will continue to work on Newtonian physics; this week we will focus on using mathematical models to describe gravitational acceleration.
  • The 6th graders, in a bit of bad timing on my part, took a major science test on the same day that progress reports went home. I suggest that 6th grade families look at PowerSchool in the near future, as the test may have completely altered their child’s grade in science.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of October 9, 2017

Hello middle school students and families:

  • MAP testing ends Monday, October 9, with a science test. The time of the test is, again, 8:30-10:00 AM.
  • The 6th graders have a test on science practices on Thursday, October 12.
  • 7th graders will begin a joint music/science project with Mrs. Tsagalakis and Dr. Crowther this week (I’m pretty excited about this one).
  • Some 8th graders will be attending the Math Games at Seattle Prep on Saturday, October 14 from 1:00-4:00 PM. Parents need to provide transportation to and from the event, and they’re very welcome to attend, although I do not expect this. I will be in attendance for the duration of the Games. Students will receive more detailed information later this week.
  • Student-parent-teacher conferences take place next week from October 25-27. Parents should have received a link to sign up for a time. If you have not received an email, please contact the school office. Families, please remember that these days have been specifically set aside for conferences. If you travel during these days, and wish to schedule another time to meet with your child’s teachers, I will try to accommodate you, but I cannot promise that you will be able to meet with any or all of us.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice