Week of January 28

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th graders and 8th graders, your procedures for your inquiry projects are due on February 12. When you submit this assignment please include:
  1. Your problem
  2. Your interest statement (3-5 sentences)
  3. Your hypothesis
  4. A materials list
  5. Your independent variable, dependent variable, and 5 controlled variables
  6. A step-by-step description of your experiment.

If you’re an 8th grader doing an engineering project, you need to describe how you will test your prototype. In addition, on February 7, you need to submit your final design proposal that describes your favored solution, and why you think that design is your best choice.

  • Normally, I cancel Zero period algebra I on the Friday of National Catholic Schools Week, but this year, we will need to have class as scheduled. We have missed quite a few days already this year, and I am worried that we will not be able to meet all of our standards before the end of the year.

Have a good week,

Sven Tice

Week of January 21, 2019

Totality of the lunar eclipse on January 20, 2019, courtesy of Sky and Telescope. My pictures turned out less well.

 

Hello Middle school students and families:

  • Algebra I students, you have a test, on factoring, on Thursday of this week.
  • 7th and 8th graders, please submit your inquiry project hypothesis to me on Tuesday. (If you’re in 8th grade and doing an engineering project, I need a discussion of at least 2 possible solutions to your original problem/objective.)
  • 6th graders, I’ve noticed that some of you have begun to turn in work that, while still showing some understanding of our topic, is frankly appalling in its appearance and quality. If you are one of these students who is turning in work that should embarrass you, please do something about this. If you’re not sure you’re one of these students, or need guidance regarding my minimum standards for written work, I’m very happy to discuss this topic with you.
  • Catholic Schools Week begins next week. To kick off this event, mass takes place on Sunday, January 27 at 10:30 AM. Students and their families are encouraged to attend.  An open house will take place immediately after mass.

Thank you and have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of January 14:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th and 8th graders need to submit their research papers to me on Wednesday, January 16.
  • 7th and 8th graders, your Inquiry Project problem, interest statement and hypothesis are due on January 22. If you’re an 8th grader doing an engineering project, instead of a hypothesis, submit a list of possible alternative solutions for your original problem/objective.
  • I will be away from school on Thursday and Friday of this week, to attend a workshop. If you have questions between January 17 and 21, I will not be available to answer them.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of January 7, 2019:

Welcome back, students and families! I hope you all had a peaceful, fun, and energizing Christmas break! Here are some reminders for this week:

  • 7th and 8th graders, your research paper is due on Wednesday, January 15.
  • 6th graders, we will begin to use textbooks this week. We’ll start working on earth science, so bring the book entitled “Geological Processes and History” with you to class. The textbook includes and online version, which we will use occasionally. You will need to write down your username and password in your notebooks; please don’t lose this information.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice