We wrapped up our study of organic chemistry with a focus on fermentation and presentations of the students' Organic Chemistry final projects. Read the class report below for more details and be sure to read about these important upcoming dates:
Parent Evening Feb. 8: We will have an 8th grade parent evening from 6 to 7:30 on Wednesday Feb. 8. Along with getting a glimpse of our journey through the 8th grade curriculum and your student’s work, we’ll be discussing high school transitions, and our plan for our play, service learning presentations in early May, graduation, and our class trip to Moab. It’s going to be an action-packed ending to our time together. I hope at least one parent from each family can make it.
Feb. 27: A high school counselor from Poudre High School will be coming to work one-on-one with our group of students going to Poudre to offer guidance in selecting classes. She will be at Mountain Sage beginning at 8:15 so please arrive promptly that Monday. If those of you whose students are going to other high schools talk to counselors willing to do the same, we are more than happy to have them. (Sue, Henry and Oscar’s mom, helped set this Poudre counselor visit up for us.)
Class Play: We will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the school during the day on Wednesday March 8. Our evening performance for family and friends will be at 6:30 on Thursday March 9. The 8th graders are supposed to work on mastering the first third of their lines by Friday of this week. Our goal is to have all lines memorized before we start blocking the play on Feb. 20 so that we can focus our energy on staging, projecting and acting with expression. Thanks for supporting your thespian in this ambitious work!
Moab Class Trip: We plan to take a class trip to Moab on May 15-18. At this point I’m anticipating the trip fee (including 3 nights of camping, food for 4 days, a half-day rafting trip, and admission to Arches National Park) will be about $150. I realize this is a sizable amount of money, so I wanted to allow everyone to start budgeting for it. Please e-mail me if you are either in need of a scholarship (reducing the fee) or willing to help pay a portion of another students’ fee above and beyond your own, and I will try to sort out our financial needs. If anyone wants to head up a fundraiser that is in keeping with our school mission please contact me. Chaperones on the trip will include Kristen, Marci, Mark, Reneca, Rodney and Toby.
Collaborative Class Report by Henry, Jaymison, Nynaeve and Lilly:
Monday: During main lesson, Ms. Hutchinson, an addiction specialist at Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development, gave a presentation about marijuana and its effects to our class and the 7th grade.
Tuesday: Today we spent German studying for a quiz. In math we were taught how to graph in 3d, and in main lesson we made cheese. In choir we sang Seasons of Love, in cyber civics we practiced the play, and in gardening we played in the geodesic dome.
Wednesday: Today we decided to heat some milk and started to make yogurt. After main lesson we had recess and lunch then had explorations. I have outdoor Ed, and we looked at how water is provided between all of Colorado. We then had music and learned a new song. Then we did chores packed up and went home!
Thursday: We had a calm morning which included world language and study hall. Then we watched, the sixth grade play, Momo and the Thieves of Time.
Friday: Today we presented our organic chemistry projects. After that, we ate lunch and went to Epic for our field trip today. We all went swimming and had a great time.