Week of September 30:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Thank you very much to those parents who took the time to attend Curriculum Night last week. There seemed to be positive energy in all the sessions, which makes me feel even better about the coming school year.
  • 8th graders, your persuasive essay on climate issues is due on Monday, September 30.
  • 8th graders have a test on science practices on October 8; 7th graders have their test on October 10; and 6th graders have their test on October 16.
  • 6th graders, please remember to include a full heading on everything you turn in to me. The heading should include your full name, the date, the LO, the SLE, and the name of the assignment.
  • MAP testing concludes on Tuesday and Thursday of this week, from 8:30-10:00. If possible, please arrange to be at school at those times.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

8th Grade Writing Assignment:

LO: Describe (in essay form) the outcomes and real-world implications of scientific investigations (sp-7, sp-8, MS-ESS3-4)

SLE: Articulate ideas clearly and effectively

The assignment:

In August of this year, the governments of the UK, Iceland, and Canada declared a state of climate emergency: climate change is said to be occurring at such a rapid rate that urgent action is needed right now.  Others have said that the word “emergency” is an overreaction to the actual situation, and that climate activists are panicking over scientific information they do not really understand.

Your task is to write a 3-5 paragraph persuasive essay on this topic. Do you believe that changes in the earth’s climate is an emergency in need of urgent action, or do we have more time than some people think?

Details:

  1. Watch the videos and read the articles linked below.
  2. Write a persuasive essay that agrees with one side or the other. Be sure to provide at least three arguments or pieces of evidence to defend your thesis. (Refer to the rubric)
  3. Your completed short essay is due on Monday, September 30. (This is a 10 point assignment; it’s worth putting some effort into, but it won’t make or break your grade.)

Links:

Climate Emergency?

Why some meteorologists are skeptical

Greta Thunberg takes it to the adult world

Skeptics’ guide to climate change  (pdf)

NOAA climate change information

Feel free to do independent research.

 

 

 

 

Week of September 23

Making quantitative and qualitative observations.

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Thank you students, families, and especially parent volunteers for a successful jog-a-thon this year. The 7th graders ran with their kindergarten buddies for their entire run, and then started their own 7th grade run, where they chalked up some impressive mileage! (or, um, Kilometer-age?)
  • MAP assessments take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, this week and next. If possible, please arrange for students to be at school at those times.
  • The middle school curriculum night takes place on Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 PM. We’ll begin in the church and then proceed to classrooms.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 16

Hello middle school students and families:

  • We seem to have gotten off to a good start; the students are working hard, and the vast majority seem to have a positive attitude and an eagerness to be kind.
  • The Jog-a-Thon takes place this Friday, September 20.
  • I encourage all middle school students to check PowerSchool at least once a week, to monitor grades/progress and to check for missing assignments.
  • Middle school curriculum night takes place next Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 PM; I look forward to discussing the science program with families at that time.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of September 9, 2019:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • It was a pleasure to see the 7th and 8th graders again this week, and to meet Ryan (7th) and all of the incoming 6th graders. I look forward to a rewarding and productive year.
  • Students, if you haven’t already done so, please remember to turn in your disaster comfort kits to your homeroom teacher as soon as possible.
  • The back-to-school picnic takes place this Friday, September 13 at 5:30.
  • The Jog-a-Thon has begun. The running itself takes place on Friday, September 20.
  • Middle school Curriculum Night takes place on Thursday, September 26.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice