Week of October 1:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • The 7th graders will go on a service immersion trip on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. (According to Mrs. Halley, who has organized the trip, Mrs. Rzegocki’s class will go on Wednesday, and my class will go on Thursday.) We will probably be back at school by 3:05, but, given the vagaries of Seattle traffic, there is a possibility that we will return a little late.
  • 8th graders, your conceptual modelling presentations need to be ready by Tuesday.
  • 6th graders appear to be settling into their new life a middle school students. I appreciate their hard work and good attitude.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 24:

7th graders on retreat.

Hello middle school students and families:

  • MAP testing will continue this week on Monday and Wednesday. If at all possible, please plan to be at school before 10:00 AM on those days.
  • 6th graders are working on making observations and inferences this week.
  • 7th graders will be measuring density and carrying out scientific investigations (i.e., the scientific method).
  • 8th graders will be doing a modeling activity this week.
  • Thank you to all the parents who came to Curriculum Night last week; it’s gratifying to see all the support.
  • My home room class is getting close to meeting its goal for the the Jog a Thon; we have until the end of this week to make it!

Have a great week,

Sven

Week of September 17:

I’m not that sure too many people will get the joke…

Hello middle school students and families:

  • MAP testing begins this week. If it’s at all possible for students to be at school in the mornings during the next two weeks, please make it so.
  • 7th and 8th graders will receive consent forms from me this week, to give me permission to record video of students in science classes and to give them surveys. These surveys and videos are part of research for the Trustey STEM Fellowship with which I am involved.  If you have questions or concerns, I’m very happy to speak with you about this research project.
  • 7th graders will be going on a short retreat this Wednesday, September 9. We do not need chaperones for this trip, but we do need a few more drivers. If you can drive students to the retreat at 8:45 AM or pick them up at 2:15, you can sign up here:  Driver sign-up
  • 6th graders will be working on measurement and making observations this week.
  • 7th graders will be working on the scientific method and identifying variables this week
  • 8th graders will begin a short conceptual modeling activity (this is the one I hope to get on video).
  • Parents, I look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night on Thursday night at 7:00.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 10, 2018

 

Hello middle school students and families:

Welcome to the first full week of school! Here are this week’s announcements:

  • There is a new homework link on my teacher’s page; from now on, I will post all the homework that is assigned in the classes that I teach.
  • The Jog A Thon has begun! The run itself is scheduled for September 21; we have about 2 weeks to raise $80,000 for our school….
  • Algebra I students, your first checkpoint quiz is scheduled for Thursday, September 13.
  • All middle school students will have a checkpoint quiz in science on Friday, September 14; please make sure you are prepared!
  • I look forward to seeing parents on middle school Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 20.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 3, 2018:

Dear middle school students and families:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at St. John School! I very much look forward to working with all of the 7th and 8th graders again, and I’m excited to be meeting the 6th graders and some of their families. Here are a few things to keep in mind during the first week of school:

  • As I’m sure you know, the first floor of the main school building is being renovated; construction work will occur during school hours. Areas of the school that were formerly open to students are closed until after the new year. Please remember, if it’s behind a chain link fence or a wall, don’t go there.
  • General guidelines for middle school science can be found on the sidebar to the left. Please take a few moments to read these.
  • On the first day of school, Wednesday, September 5, we’ll dismiss at 12:00.
  • If you are in 7th or 8th zero period math, classes will begin at 7:40 on Thursday, September 6. (Please be prepared to do some academic work that day.)

Again, I’m very excited to be working with you this year; see you on Wednesday.

Thank you,

Sven Tice