Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday and Friday November 10th & 11th, 2016

Today's Quote:

Once you realize that the road is the goal, and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple. In itself an ecstasy.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj ~


We had a "Come to Jesus' meeting in my classes yesterday where I pointed out that I have the most respectful kids in the school. I have some of the best thinkers in the school. Subs LOVE covering my class because it is such an easy job compared to other classes. But I also have some of the laziest students in the school. To combat this I have implemented a plan. First, all students were given a parent letter informing them of the program IXL online. Students have their log-in information and can use this site to practice in science, math and language arts. For any student with a D or F- and there are more than I care to admit, they are to complete 1 lesson each night. If they do not, I will call parents immediately. for students who have an A through a C, the program is good for enrichment. 

I also handed out free after-school tutoring forms. We have tutoring available in every subject area from Monday through Thursday 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Students with D's or F's on their progress report should plan on attending at least one day per week.

Finally, in 6th grade, we are continuing to work from the textbook with a more structured environment to help these students adjust to the rigors of middle school classes.

In 7th grade, we continued talking about the cell membrane and cell tonicity after we debriefed the FCA results and talked about why kids missed specific questions.

8th graders went over the parts of an atom and practiced with IXL in class.

Brain bender:

Paul Nordstrom and Gary Blevins, two popular politicians, met at a club to discuss the overthrow of their party leader. They each ordered a Vodka on the rocks. Gary downed his and ordered another one. He then drank his second one in a gulp and decided to wait before ordering a third. Meanwhile, Paul, who was sipping his drink, suddenly fell forward dead. Both men were set up for assassination. Why did Paul die and Gary live?


(This should be written in your planner every day)

7th grade- FCA #2 finish debrief.  Lab  Pathogens, Antibodies, and Vaccines.   cell tonicity.

 6th grade- Check Chapter 12 and grade notes taken Section 1 Question check (grade) Solar Input, a Limit To Growth

8th grade-  Finish notes over History of Atomic Theory Notes Answer questions from reading of The Atom  Just a few notes before we begin... The Periodic Table advanced

 Begin lab- Thickness of a BB pancake

Ever wnder what all those elements are used for?

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. 


Chapter 12   Take Cornell Notes over Sections 2 &3

Do the Try this question on page 465, 473, & 486

Lesson Review page 480- 481 & 487

Using the Article on Page 469: Is there a link between hurricanes and Global Warming, Make a claim, Reseach your topic and provide evidence to support your claim and explain your reasoning. (CER model)

Due Monday

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.


Cell Membrane and tonicity worksheet- Due Monday

8th Grade Honors Physical Science

8th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

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. 


History of Atomic Theory Notes

Using The Atom- video complete the worksheet on Electron placement. Due Monday


This weekend Aquaponics students worked hard to make sure our farm is doing well. It was a great Saturday.

Science Current Events:

Solar Storm Puts Crack in Earth's Magnetic Shield!

Scientists Discover First Fully Warm Blooded Oceanic Fish

Scientists May Have Discovered What Dark Matter is Made Of

Is It Bad To Hold Your Pee?

Marine Mammals Grieve For Their Dead 

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

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