It’s also been interesting to learn about our country’s struggles to end “taxation without representation,” and the infamous Boston Tea Party, at the same time that we were able to watch our presidential debate and learn about how the structure of taxation continues to be a fundamental source of contention when it comes to American politics. I was very proud of the 8th graders for being able to have a civilized conversation about Monday’s debate. They managed to speak thoughtfully and critically and interrupted one another far less than the candidates themselves had done.
This week we are going to dive into our high school research project, beginning Monday
with a career interest survey guided by Ms. Zak.
Bike Field trip Reminder:
Remember to bring your 8th grader’s bike and helmet to school on Tuesday (except for those of you who requested a bike from Safe Routes to Schools). Please check tire air pressure and brakes, ensure helmets fit snugly ahead of time, and arrive before 8:10 on Tuesday so that our morning bike safety check is quick and easy and we’re able to make it to Rocky Mountain High School on time.
Student-Led Parent Conference Reminder
Mr. Lazar will be sending out the sign-up this week for student-parent conferences the following week, on Wednesday and Thursday Oct. 12 and 13. Remember to sign up for a time when both you and your 8th grader can attend since they will be leading much of the conference. There will be no school Oct. 12-14.
High School Research Project:
You might ask to see the high school research project guidelines in your 8th grader’s binder. We have not begun any of the work on it yet, but I am asking all students to call the school they are most interested in attending to see if there’s a possibility for doing a shadow day at the school. This is definitely possible at Polaris; students who are told there’s no shadow days at the school they are most interested in will be doing a phone or in-person interview with a high school student there instead. Please talk with your 8th grader about best days to schedule these shadow days (which are usually half day). We will excuse them from Mountain Sage for the morning they choose, but please do not schedule this day for Oct. 21, the morning of our Fort Collins High School tour.
Students should be about one-fourth of the way through their biographies by the end of this weekend. (a few who have chosen long 400- and 500-page biographies will have an extra week or two to finish, but still should be making good progress.) For those who got their books late, it may be important to do some catch-up reading this weekend and/or next week.
A reminder that students should complete 10 hours of volunteer work by winter break. Please e-mail me if you haven’t already and you and your son/daughter are still struggling to figure out what to do so I can help you form a workable plan. I have yet to receive a few of the students’ service learning plans.
Thank You Parents!
Thank you to Kurt and Toby for chaperoning this week’s bike field trip, to Tracy for spending hours at home covering our 8th grade classroom library books so they are ready for check out, to Kristen for continuing to co-sponsor student council and set up our sign-up geniuses, to Andrea for making signs for the soup at Harvest Festival, to Liz for attending parent council meetings as our class representative, and to each of you who sent in contributions for our Harvest Festival soup and cider. I am grateful to all of you for the many ways you support our class!
Sterling’s Class Report
On Monday we talked about Jamestown and how the people came from England. In math we practiced how to find the area and perimeter of a trapezoid. In hand work we learned about sewing machines and then we hung our batik art.
On Tuesday in math we learned more about transformations of geometric shapes and how to make animations with them. We ate soup in gardening and learned about water with plants.
On Wednesday we made good spoons in wood working, which was hard. We practiced on our new song in choir, which went O.K. We also had a math quiz.
On Thursday in Main lesson we had time to type essays about the founding of the Jamestown and Plymouth colonies. For lunch we got to go outside.