Week of November 19

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Please remember that we have a mass on Monday, November 19, and that it is a dress uniform day.
  • 7th and 8th graders, we will begin working on research papers soon. Please start thinking about your topic; it should be related to the topic of your inquiry project.
  • There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Thereafter, I’m hopeful we will have an extended stretch of normal work weeks and actually get some work done.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Sven Tice

Week of November 12, 2018

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th and 8th graders, your problem/question for your inquiry projects are due on Thursday, November 15.
  • 6th graders will start work on the structure of bacteria this week.
  • 7th graders will continue using simple mathematical models to predict the motion of falling objects.
  • 8th graders will continue to learn about the organization of the periodic table of the elements.
  • Algebra I students will begin a review of systems of equations this week.

Have a good week,

Sven Tice

Week of November 5:

Doing well at Blanchet’s 45th annual math contest.

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Congratulations to those students who participated in the math contest at Bishop Blanchet High School. Two students placed in the top five individually, and St. John placed third as a team among the 17 schools that participated. Good work, students!
  • 7th and 8th graders, your formal proposal for your science inquiry project is due on Tuesday, November 6. Typically, about a third of students forget to have this available to me on the due date. I’m hopeful things will go more smoothly this year.
  • Thank you to those 6th graders who have already submitted their classification projects. If you haven’t already done so, please email your projects to me by Tuesday evening.
  • Students and teachers, please take a moment to review PowerSchool at least once a week; it’s a quick and easy way to monitor your progress in all classes.
  • Parent-teacher-student conferences resume on Monday, November 5. Students are expected to attend these conferences with their parents and teacher(s).

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of October 29:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • Thank you to those students who participated in the Math Games event at Seattle Prep last weekend. Our students did quite well, had a little fun, and engaged in positive teamwork.
  • If you’re interested in participating in the math contest at BBHS next weekend, I need to know by Tuesday, October 30.
  • Zero period algebra I students have a test on Wednesday, October 31, and no class on Thursday, November 1.
  • Thursday, November 1 is a dress uniform day for all students.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of October 15:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 6th graders, you have a test on Tuesday, October 16. The test will cover everything we’ve done so far this year in science: the nature of science, science practices, and measurement.
  • 7th graders have begun to learn about Newtonian physics. Much of this unit involves simple mathematical models. If you struggle with math, this may be a challenge for you. If you start to struggle, please do not hesitate to contact me.
  • 8th graders begin work on the structure of matter this week.
  • Both 7th and 8th graders will begin working on their Inquiry Projects this week.
  • Progress reports go home on Thursday. Parents, please read them, sign them and return them to school via your child by Monday, October 22.

Have a nice week,

Sven Tice