Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Monday October 3rd, 2016

Today's Quote:


 Thursday and Friday were disappointing for me; I had assigned a worksheet on Practice with Dependent and Independent Variables and very few of my 6th and 7th graders decided it was worth their tie to finish it. Those students were told to take it home, complete it, and get it signed by their parents. The work I assign is designed to bolster the skills students are weak in. I don't assign homework, just for fun. PLEASE, do your work! 

In 6th grade we began to set up a data table to perform an experiment and student were reminded of their homework; to watch the opening video on the atmosphere and take notes for today.

 In 7th grade, we entered some new vocabulary in our journals and then talked briefly about the endosymbiotic theory.Following that we were introduced to the parts of a microscope and students learned how to calculate the magnification of a microscope. Today we will go over the differences in resolution and magnification. Students then went out to the farm to get a pond water sample for microscopic analysis. In 8th grade, we also gave out new vocabulary terms and began covering the properties of matter starting with the pH scale and a discussion of acids and bases (alkalines). I pointed out that the pH scale is logarithmic- meaning it increases by a factor of ten every time you jump from one number to the next. Students were fascinated to learn that a base can burn you as easily as an acid can. We plan on going outside today to learn about pH and water chemistry in the aquaponics bay.

Brain Bender:

While exploring the Amazon Jungle, Professor Stanwyck was seized by hostile natives who told him he could make one final statement which would determine how he would die. If the statement he made was false, he would be boiled in water. If the statement were true, he would be fried in oil. Since Stanwyck found neither option too attractive, he made a statement that got him out of this seemingly impossible situation. What is the one statement he could have made?


(This should be written in your planner every day)


  1. 6th grade- Water on a penny
  2. 7th grade-  Pond water
    1. Parts of a microscope
  3. 8th grade- The pH scale and virtual lab
ph of aquaculture tanks- water testing lab

6th Grade Honor's Earth Space Science:

6th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Weather and Atmosphere:
Unit Essential Question: How do the relationships among the five spheres affect life on Earth
How do the relationships among the five spheres affect life on Earth? 
Key Learning Statement: The atmosphere is layered and within these layers are weather patterns that affect life and are caused by interactions among spheres. Water is constantly being recycled through the spheres.  Heat transfer affects the development of weather. 


End of nine weeks project - Due Thursday and Friday( NO EXTENSIONS)

Weather, the basics. Read the article and take notes, Prepare to discuss. Due Thursday and Friday

Watch the video and take notes, come into class Monday with questions

7th Grade Honors Life Science

7th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Cell Structure and Function
Unit Essential Question: How has technology enhanced our understanding of cells? 

Key Learning Statement: As microscope technology advances, scientists understanding of cells is changing. Scientists continue to grow in their understanding of how a cell's structure and function are related to help maintain homeostasis.


End of 9 week project. Due Thursday and Friday- no extensions!

The Cell: Structure and function. Read the article and take notes, Prepare to discuss. 

Watch the video and take notes. Come to class on Monday with questions

8th Grade Honors Physical Science

Properties of Matter
Unit Essential Question: What determines the properties of matter? 
Key Learning Statement: The atom is the basic unit of matter.  The structure, motion, arrangement and energy of the atom determine the properties of matter. 


End of 9 weeks project- Due Thursday or Friday (No extensions)

Watch the video and TAKE NOTES!

Watch video and take notes. Come in Monday with questions


Science Current Events:

The Lightning Sprites Are Not Happy!

The Best Graph of Global Climate Teperatures Ever!

Our Part Of the Milky Way is Bigger Than We Thought!

Comet May Have Struck Earth 10 Million Years After Dinosaur Extinction

Do Animals Possess a Soul?

Kiss the Planet Good-Bye. CO2 Emissions Pass the Point of No Return

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

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