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

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