Academic Calendar 2017-2018

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday and Thursday February 22- 23, 2017

Today's Quote:

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
~ Charles William Eliot
photo source: elitediscovery


In all classes and sections, I went through the grade book and had every student write down in their planner what missing work they have and gave them until Friday to get it made up. Additionally, I am calling and/or emailing parents to speak to them about their child's grades. I also went over IXL, our online help system that quizzes and reviews with students. I demonstrated for the class how we can see when they log in, how long they spend practicing and why they should not skip the question reviews when they get a wrong answer. I also reminded every class that they DO have homework every night of the week for at least 10 minutes in science.
It is critical that parents support this effort to get students back on track. If you have not yet signed up for the parent portal you should make the time to come in and meet with our guidance department who can get you your credentials. Once that is done you can have access to your child's grades as well as set up your preferences to automatically e-mail you their progress weekly.

NOTE: egg lander drops will be Thursday and Friday this week due to the DBMA county test.

Brain Bender:

Clem and Joe work in a coal mine. At the end of the day, Clem and Joe come out of the mine and bid each other farewell for the night. Clem's face is dirty and Joe's face is clean. As Clem and Joe set out for home, Joe wies his face and Clem doesn't bother. Since both men appreciate cleanliness, why doesn't Clem clean his face?


All classes will take the county DBMA test today and Thursday

Makeup work and parent phone calls.
Today and Tuesday I will be offering a one-time chance to get caught up. All grades are in the grade book. We will also be notifying parents BY PHONE.

1. Check your portal (You can only make up work in this nine weeks)
2. For ANY work you are missing you will be able to read that chapter in the textbook, do ALL the section review questions, and submit your notes and questions by Friday of this week.
3. You will receive a grade no higher than a 70% for this work. (You should have done it when it was due)
4. you MUST put the following as the heading on your paper:
full name, period, title of the unit you are doing, the assignment you are replacing. If this information IS NOT on the paper, you will receive no credit.

5. If you are missing IXL work (you should have 10 assignments done at the end of this week with an 80% or higher) you can make them up by Friday for no higher than 70% (you should have done them when they were due.)

6. If you missed a lab, you will have to find a corresponding chapter in the book and do it for work. (It cannot be the same as one of the other assignments you have done)

EXAMPLE: You didn't turn in the notes over the nervous system. You find the chapter on the nervous system and READ it, taking notes. Do the section review questions AS YOU READ. Do the chapter review at the end. Turn it all in by Friday with the heading information above.

(This should be written in your planner every day)
Vocabulary Builder word list

There will be no vocabulary test this week since we will be doing the DBMA benchmark test Thursday and Friday

Continue with 2 lessons in IXL- Due Friday (By this week, you should have 10 complete lessons with 80% or better

7th Grade-  

Preview Frog Dissection notes paying special attention to the external anatomy.

Watch the video and take notes!

8th grade- 

Motion Webquest Discuss sections 2 and 3  Complete Task 4 for Thursday and Friday

Create your own universe- Gravity Lab

Solving a problem in freefall.

Solve the following problem for homework. Be sure to DAP and use the 5 step method:

Wil-E-Coyote drops a bowling ball off a cliff to try to catch the Roadrunner. The cliff is 132m high.
 A. How long does it take the ball to fall to the ground? _________________ 
B. What is its impact velocity? _________________ 
C. How far does it fall in the first 3.0 seconds? _________________
 D. How fast is it going at the end of 3.0 seconds? _________________
 E. How long would it take the same ball to fall if the cliff was on the moon (g = 1.63 m/s2 )?

6th grade- Finish notes

Periods 4 & 6 

Take notes over these videos:

Egg Lander Pricing list: As we discussed in class, businesses must balance their choice in production materials with the goal of making a profit. Everyone wants to use the BEST materials, but everyone ALSO wants to make a profit. What happens is, you have to make trade-offs. Choosing alternative materials allows you to ensure quality and safety while still maintaining a healthy profit margin. This is a RISK you take in business. We are going to apply an element of this risk to your egg landers.
The fine print:
  1. You may work individually or as partners.
  2. You must form a corporate name.
  3. You will purchase ALL materials for your egg lander vehicle. (I may have some of them in the class, but I cannot supply everyone, everything) I will supply one "eggstronaut" to each individual or partner group.
  4. You must use the following "risk" points guide when purchasing materials:
  5. If you manage to successfully land your vehicle with your eggstronaut intact and within the target zone, you will get all of your RISK grade points back.
  6. As payment, you will also receive one "get out of test free" card, usable on any regular class test or quiz.
  7. The landing zone: you must land within the target zone. Two grade points will be subtracted from your overall total for every .5 meters outside the target zone. In the real world, precision and accuracy are extremely important and costly in both time and money if they are not part of the constraints of any project.
Materials cost sheet:
        Item purchased:                                                                            Grade point spent:
Food products (Peanut butter, Marshmallow cream excluded)      20pts
Consult with an expert                                                                       15 pts/10 min
Tissue paper (like you wrap gifts in)                                                10pt/2 sheets
Legos                                                                                                   1 pt per Lego
Styrofoam anything                                                                           10pt/2 items
Bubble wrap                                                                                       10pt/3 square inches
Aluminum foil                                                                                     10pt/ 3 square inches
Cotton balls/batting                                                                           10pts/5 each or 1 snack bag                                                                                                                   loosely packed
Sponges                                                                                              10pts/3 square inches
2- liter bottle or plastic bottles                                                          5 pts
drinking straws (10)                                                                           5 pts
Popsicle sticks (10)                                                                            5pts
Small boxes (1)                                                                                   5pts
AC filter media   5cm x 5cm square                                                  5 pts
Ziplock or plastic bags 1 each                                                           2pts
Papertowels each                                                                                2pts
balloons each                                                                                       2pts
sand/soil per 5 g                                                                                   2pts
grocery bags paper or plastic each                                                    2pts
newspaper                                                                                             2 pts per sheet
rubber bands 5 each                                                                             2 pts
hot glue                                                                                                 2pts/stick
Index cards                                                                                           2pts/5
string                                                                                                     2pts/ft
coffee filters                                                                                          2pts each
Scotch tape                                                                                           1 pt/foot
Heavy tapes- duct, packing- reinforced, book binder                                  10pt/foot

Speed and acceleration Notes

Parachute Egg Lander Goals:

  1. Be able to understand Newton's Law of Gravitation and how to apply it.
  2. Know Newton's three laws and how they apply to everyday life.
  3. Be able to describe the motion of a two and three-dimensional object
  4. Show proficiency in designing and building a device capable of landing an egg safely on the ground and calculate how much force it would experience if dropped on Mars.

6th Grade Honor's Earth Space Science:

6th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Earth’s Structure and Changes Over Time

Unit Essential Question: How do the processes of the rock cycle and human activities alter the surface of Earth over time? 
How do the processes of the rock cycle and human activities alter the surface of Earth over time?
Key Learning Statement: The shape of the land changes over time through two major processes, both natural and manmade.  Natural changes occur through weathering, erosion, and deposition which are agents of the rock cycle.  Manmade changes occur through deforestation, urbanization, desertification, air, land, water quality, and change in flow and pollution of water.  

Chapters 10 and 6 in the textbook. If you are out sick, you are expected to read these chapters and if you miss a lab day, you will need to do the chapter section reviews, "Try this"problems and math practice questions for credit.

Homework: IXL nightly

7th Grade Honors Life Science

7th Grade Class Information and Syllabus

Human Body
Unit Essential Question: How are the systems of the human body organized so that they work together to maintain homeostasis?

Key Learning Statement: The body is made up of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.  These systems have different functions, working together to maintain homeostasis, and protect against pathogens. 


Biodigital Human App

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. 


Work on egg lander-


Science Current Events:

Apps and Programs to Help You be Successful:

Video Links/ Other Resources over this topic

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