Week of March 19, 2018

Dear 8th graders, be sure you have answers to these questions:

Review questions on the EMS:

1.List the waves of the EMS, in order from longest to shortest waves.

2.What is the speed of light?

3.Which wavelength of visible light is the fastest?

4.When you look at a blue shirt, why does it look blue?

5.How are EM waves different from other (mechanical) waves?

6.Which parts of the EMS is visible to humans?

7.List four ways that EM waves can be described (e.g., wavelength, etc.)

8.If a microwave has a wavelength of 0.1m, what is its frequency?

9.If you increase the wavelength of an EM wave, what happens to its speed? What happens to its frequency?

10.How are particles of light created?

11.Explain how fluorescent lamps produce light.

12.Yesterday, you learned that mirrors do not reflect all the light that hits them. What happens to the “missing” light?

13.Why do red apples look red to us? (Describe in terms of the EMS.)

14.If you place a green plant under a red light, what color will it appear to be?

Week of March 5, 2018:

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th and 8th graders, the online signup for inquiry projects is now closed. If you still need to sign up for a time to present your project, please see me.
  • The 6th graders have a test on plate tectonics on Wednesday, March 7.
  • The 7th graders have an astronomy test on Friday, March 9.
  • The end of the 2nd trimester is Friday. If you need to turn in missing/late work, I need it by Wednesday, March 7.
  • The middle school musical will be performed on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of this week. If you are in the musical, and you’re having trouble getting everything done in the next few days, please talk to me.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice

Week of February 26, 2018

7th and 8th graders, you can sign up for a time to present your inquiry project here:

Sign up for inquiry project

The deadline for signing up is Friday, March 2 at 4:00 PM. If you have not signed up by then, I will assign you one of the remaining open dates.

Students, please note: Sign up dates are final. I have hard copies of this schedule. If I learn that anyone has attempted to pressure a classmate into giving up their time for them, that student will face these completely non-negotiable consequences: 

  1. Automatic detention;
  2. Automatic scheduling for the earliest available date; 
  3. 20% deduction from their final score for this assignment.

-Mr. Tice

Week of January 29, 2018

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th and 8th graders, you should have completed the hypothesis (or list of engineering designs) by this time. I will have these back to you as quickly as possible.  It’s going to take me a long time to return your research papers to you; please be patient with me about this.
  • If you are an 8th grader working on an engineering project, I need your prototype design and rationale for this design choice by February 9.
  • 8th graders, you have a test on the nature of matter on Tuesday, February 6.
  • 6th graders, you have no major deadlines coming up, but it’s important to continue preparing for the Friday checkpoint quizzes.

Have a great Catholic Schools Week,

Sven Tice

Week of January 22, 2018

Hello middle school students and families:

  • 7th and 8th graders, please don’t forget that your problem, statement of interest and hypothesis ( for science projects) or problem, statement of interest, and list of alternative solutions (for engineering projects) are due this Friday, January 26. These must be typed, and saved on your device; they will become part of your final project report.
  • 8th graders will continue to work on chemical bonds and chemical reactions this week.
  • 7th graders will start to learn about the planets of our solar system this week.
  • 6th graders are learning about earthquakes this week.
  • Families, please remember that Catholic Schools Mass is scheduled for 10:30 on Sunday, January 28. It will be followed by a short open house in the school and in Egan Hall. We hope to see you there.

Have a great week,

Sven Tice