We had a nice week back together after winter break as we launched into our study of physics. I wanted to let everyone know that we’ll be having our next parent evening for 7th grade in February (I’ll announce the exact date and time soon). In the meantime, I’m hoping all of you will be able to come for a World Language meeting on January 28 to discuss plans for trips abroad to Germany and Mexico in the summer of 2017. Even if your student is not in world language, he/she is invited to participate in one of the trips. Here are the details. This trip will be open to next year’s 6th through 8th grade classes.
WORLD LANGUAGE INFORMATIONAL EVENING
Thursday, January 28th, 5:30-6:30 pm
We are working with Walking Tree Travel in Denver to plan our trips. A representative from Walking Tree will be there to present a general overview of registration, what is included in the cost, travel safety and insurance, and fundraising. After Luke's introduction the groups will split for Mexico and Germany to go over some specifics.
Photos for Art Class
7th graders should bring in a fairly recent photograph of themselves (a head and shoulders view so the face is close up) for art class on Tuesday. They will be working on self-portraits.
Middle School Informational Evening for NEW/INCOMING Middle School students: This Wednesday we will be hosting a middle school informational evening for parents of the rising 5th grade class (in 6th next year) and any prospective 7th or 8th grade parents) who are not currently enrolled. You do not need to attend this evening as the information would be largely redundant, but I wanted to be sure you knew of it in case you had any friends considering our middle school and so that you know not to worry about coming yourself if you see it in the school newsletter.
Cyber Civics: In our Wednesday language arts period we have started work with a Cyber Civics curriculum, a middle school curriculum that offers weekly lessons in digital citizenship, information literacy and that helps teach students to use technology wisely, confidently and ethically. For homework (due Wednesday) students are conducting brief interviews with parents or grandparents about what life was like before the mobile phone and/or smart phone. You can read more about the Cyber Civics curriculum here if you are interested: http://www.cybercivics.com/
Mid-year Progress Reports will be mailed on Jan. 22. They will contain first-semester grades and comments for main lesson and language arts, math, and world language. You will only have comments from other specials teachers if they have concerns or want to note some exceptional work on the part of your 7th grader.
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help with our camping trip and our class play (and to Kristen for coordinating the sign-up geniuses). I am truly grateful for your support! Here are links to both of those sign-up geniuses if you’d like to get involved:
Camping Trip: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4aadae29a31-great
Class Play: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4aadae29a31-class digital citizenship, information literacy,
Weekly Class Report from this week’s class reporter, Amy Schug
On Tuesday we started a new block on physics, and in math we began working on algebra and geometry. In choir we started a new song and learned new warmups, and in art we spent the time catching up on unfinished work. It was the first day back from two weeks of winter break.
On Wednesday we spent our gardening class working on our geodesic domes. In Main Lesson we experimented with concave and convex lenses, and thermodynamics (heat). Our language arts period was exchanged for a new class called Cyber Civics, where we discussed the pros and cons of technology.
On Thursday we reviewed for a math test and in Main Lesson we experimented with thermodynamics and condensation. We also started a new Main Lesson book page focusing on concave and convex reflections.
On Friday we read with our 3rd grade book buddies in language arts, and took a math quiz. In Main Lesson we went downstairs and did different physics experiments focused on acoustics and optics. In handwork we continued worked on our puppets and some people advanced to putting on hair.