Week of February 25, 2019

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th and 8th graders, inquiry project presentations begin on March 18. The signup for these projects will be posted on this page on this Thursday, February 28, at 7:00 PM.
  • 6th graders, you have a test on earth science on Thursday, March 14.
  • 7th graders, you have a test on astronomy on Friday, March 15.
  • 8th graders, you have a test on wave energy on Tuesday, March 12.
  • Students and families, please check your PowerSchool accounts periodically.

This is our first full week of school, after a long month of snow days and scheduled breaks.  We have some catching up to do; please be prepared to work hard these next few weeks.

Sincerely,

Sven Tice

Week of February 18-22, 2019

 

Hello middle school students and families:

I hope you’re enjoying a relatively relaxing February. Here are announcements and reminders for this week:

  • School resumes on Wednesday. If you’re an 8th grader in zero period algebra I, please plan on being at your desk by 7:40.
  • 7th graders, you have a checkpoint quiz on the life cycle of stars on Wednesday, the day we come back from break. The quiz will include a question about how astronomers estimate the distance to stars.
  • 7th and 8th graders, now that most of you have turned in the procedures for your inquiry projects, it’s time to finish up the project (do the actual experiment) and make preparations for giving your presentation to your class. The first presentation will be given on March 18. The signup for making presentations will be online, and will go live at 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 28. It’s first come, first served.  As most of you know, I’m generally pretty forgiving about late assignments, but, because of scheduling constraints, not this one. If you’re not able to give your presentation on the date you’ve been assigned, you will receive a 20% per day penalty (minus 60 points per school day).
  • I’ve enjoyed working with the 6th and 8th graders this trimester.  Most of you tend to work very hard, you participate positively in class, and many of you are sincerely intellectually curious.  I’m grateful for your great attitude and work ethic; keep up the excellent work!

Have a nice few additional days off. See you on Wednesday,

Sven Tice

Week of February 11-15, 2019

Hello middle school students and families:

  • I hope you’re staying safe and warm this week! In the event of more snow days, please be prepared to do a little school work online, from home.
  • 7th and 8th graders, the procedures for your science inquiry projects are due this Tuesday, February 12.
  • Progress reports go home this Thursday, February 14.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of February 4, 2019:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • If you’re an 8th grader doing an engineering inquiry project, you need to have a description of possible design solutions to me by Thursday, February 7. (That’s Thursday of this week!)
  • All 7th and 8th graders should submit the first half of their inquiry project lab report to me by February 12. This report should include:
  1. The “problem”
  2. An interest statement
  3.  A hypothesis
  4. A materials list
  5. Independent variable, dependent variable, and 5 controlled variables
  6. A detailed procedure

Students doing an engineering project have slightly different requirements; see the sidebar for details.

  • My 7th grade homeroom has a class mass with their kindergarten buddies on Wednesday, February 6.
  • 6th graders don’t have anything special due this week, but they should plan on working hard, as they normally do. 🙂

Have a nice week,

Sven Tice