HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
May 27, 2011

Dear HFS Community Members,

Many thanks are owed to the students and parents who have worked so hard to show their appreciation for all that our dedicated faculty and staff do to make HFS possible. What a delight to see so much love and appreciation shared. I am still convinced, though, that nothing is more meaningful to a teacher than a handwritten note of thanks. Teachers so often are the source of challenge and the facilitators of change and growth that students may not always be aware of the great gift that such high expectations and such demands of performance produce. However, this week I’ve had the distinct and humbling pleasure of being reminded of the value of struggle. As many, if not all of you know, it is a concept I preach. Frequently when speaking about growth and learning I ask my audience members to identify an accomplishment of which they are most proud. Invariably, the pride arises from having overcome an obstacle, working a way through a seemingly impossible situation, achieving success as a result of hard work. Examples include raising children, overcoming tragedy, setting and attaining a goal. Over the past three days, I’ve spent our lunch period meeting with our eighth grade to listen to their reflections, a.k.a. “speeches” prepared for graduation on June 11th. While students will only deliver one or two at graduation, each reflection will appear as part of the graduation program. As I am sure you will find that day, there is a consistent theme in each student’s message; it is a message of struggle. However, “struggle” is not the villain, the foil or the antagonist in their stories, it is the accelerant, the facilitator of growth, and the core, most necessary aspect of their time at Harford Friends School. Upon reflection, these students recognize that their individual and collective growth occurred not through gentle encouragement or carefree days of fun and play, but through the active and often unpleasant engagement of tasks, issues, and people that challenged them. No one becomes smarter by simply studying. No one gains confidence by observing. No one learns about who they are by only surrounding themselves with like-minded people. We grow by applying our knowledge, taking up tool to task at hand, making mistakes, learning from them, and seeking to understand differences. As we enter the final few days of the school year, I am grateful for the wisdom of our eighth grade and for their awareness of the source of their growth. It is the source of all of our growth as individuals and as a community. I look forward to celebrating their growth with you on the 11th. Thank you, teachers, for your unyielding commitment to this arduous, yet glorious process of transformation.

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS…

[Please Note: HFS welcomes general announcements from community members to be included in this section of the Weekly Collections, particularly if the announcements involve the extra-curricular activities of our students, families, faculty, and staff. Please be aware that not all requests can be accommodated each week and that the school reserves the right to publish information at its discretion.]

End-of-Year Middle School Camping Trips

If you have and would care to lend us the following supplies, middle school students and chaperones would be grateful. Thanks!

  • Large cooler
  • Tarps
  • Camp kitchen ware (ladles, long-handled spoons, tongs)
  • Lanterns
  • Free-standing canopy

Bus Service

Registration is now open for the new HFS bus service for the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, visit our home page at www.harfordfriends.org. If interested, please return your bus service registration form as soon as possible!

Snow Make-Up Dates

As previously announced by Head of School Jonathan Huxtable, the following dates have been added to the school year in order to make-up days off for inclement weather: Monday, April 25 (snow make-up day #1) and Thursday, June 9 (snow make-up day #2). (Please note, Wednesday, June 8 is now a full-day of school as well.)

HFS Magnets

Thanks to the hard work of HFS parent Alisa K. we now have Harford Friends School magnets. Stick them on your car, your refrigerator, or your filing cabinet at work! Magnets can be purchased for $1.00 in the HFS Office.

HFS Photos

Please send any photos you have to Valerie Hartman in electronic format for the 2010-2011 school yearbook. Thank you!

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

NOTE: Items new to this week’s Collections are identified with bold type.

Items changed after an earlier posting are identified in italicized and bold type.

  1. Monday, May 30 – HFS Closed for Memorial Day
  2. Wednesday, June 1 – Lower School Bugz rehearsal (8:05-9:00)
  3. Wednesday, June 1 – Grade 1/2 to Blue Dog Art studio (Depart 11:15, Return 3:00)

Grade 3/4 to Steppingstone Museum (Depart 9:15, Return 2:30)

Grade 5/6 to GVOLC (Depart 8:15)

Grade 7 to Fox Island (Depart 8:05)

Grade 8 to Harpers Ferry (Depart 8:05)

  1. Wednesday, June 1 – Intermediate Class overnight experience at HFS
  2. Thursday, June 2 – Lower School field trip to Ladew Gardens (Depart 9:15, Return 3:00)
  3. Friday, June 3 –             Lower School field trip to Dutch Wonderland (Depart 8:15, Return 3:00)

Grade 5/6 field trip (Return est. 5:00)

Grade 7 field trip (Return est. 4:00)

Grade 8 field trip (Return est. 5:00)

  1. Monday, June 6 – REQUIRED student work session for any student owing work for the 4th Quarter (3-5PM)
  2. Wednesday, June 8 – Regular school hours (8AM-3PM) *Snow Make-up Date; Special Business Meeting and Presentations of Learning schedule to be announced
  3. Wednesday, June 8 – We would like to invite parents, siblings, and faculty members to participate in the Lower School music performance grand finale. We are looking for a bass player, drum set, guitar and any wind instruments. We will be performing ‘Hard Rock Blues.’ If you are interested, please contact me at joyful@joyfulsounds.net by Monday, June 6.
  4. Thursday, June 9 – Friends Cup Soccer Game for students, families, and faculty (10-11:30AM) Family members wishing to participate should RSVP to Jonathan Huxtable by Tuesday, June 7.
  5. Thursday, June 9 – Last Day of School schedule to be announced (12:00PM Dismissal); End of Semester – Please note – After-School Care will not be provided. Please remember to coordinate changes in dismissal with your carpool and communicate those changes to the school.
  6. Thursday, June 9 – Commencement Rehearsal at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (12:30-3:00PM) Required attendance for all 7th and 8th grade students
  7. Saturday, June 11 – Graduate/Alumni Breakfast (8:30-9:30AM) By invitation only
  8. Saturday, June 11 – Class 2015 Commencement Ceremony and luncheon at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (10AM-12PM)
  9. Thursday, June 16 – H&SA Fundraiser at Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli (5-9PM). Contact Melissa Chaney for information.

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we looked at General Sherman’s role in the Civil War and the vast toll it took on the American populace. We’ve also continued our work with Emily Dickinson’s poetry – many of the students greatly enjoyed her sparse but rich verse. By the end of the week we read a bit of Walt Whitman, too, as well as Langston Hughes (via his response to Whitman as the great American poet.) Third drafts of the research papers are due on Friday for peer review and the final is due Wednesday morning before the camping trip.

NOTES from Technology…

Science:   We spent the week reviewing and solidifying our understandings, with a final quiz remaining in the last week of school. In preparation for final quiz, students practiced some of their knowledge in the form of a crossword puzzle, and further review will be provided.  Monday, students presented to each other their skits on the life and times of Archimedes, and we continue to debrief on how (in some future reprise) to place sufficient emphasis on content, not merely theatrics and swordfights.  Of course it was the video of a loosed sword flying just past the teacher’s camera that the students appreciated most (in slow motion), never mind the fact there is no known account in which Archimedes defended himself.  It still puzzles many students that a spring balance may show a wrench to weigh 120 grams when suspended in air but 102 grams when suspended in water, that while the dense object’s mass remains constant, the gravitational pull upon it is reduced by buoyancy, and that — from this information — we can infer the volume occupied by the wrench, and the density of its metal.  Perhaps someday in the bath, each of students may return to the problem and shout “eureka!”  Finally, it must be noted that this teacher (like all the others) deeply appreciated the acts and foodstuffs (especially chocolates) of “appreciation week” and also the student’s rousing singing of Happy Birthday on teacher’s 60th.

Math: In Math 8 this week, we continued Mr. Pitz’s work with factoring quadrics and using factoring to solve quadratic equations. We also solved quadratic equations by completing the square. After becoming competent with this, we then struggled through the arduous process of completing the square on a general quadratic equation to derive the quadratic formula, giving us an easier way to solve quadratic equations that are difficult to factor. Whew!! I have very much enjoyed teaching the 8th grade class this week. Thank you 8th grade for being so open and willing to learn, even though we were all missing Mr. Pitz. -Mrs. Seitz

NOTES from Explorations…

Art: For information on Art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net

Computer Technology: This week we recorded our Fearless, Reckless, Feckless MP3 and completed our biography entries for the yearbook.

Music: For information on Music, please contact Bill Jenkins at wjenkins@loyola.edu

Physical Education: It has truly been a fast, fun and rewarding school year.  My students have improved in many areas physically and/or socially in class. Lower school has worked hard on playing cooperatively and improving basic fitness skills. Middle school improved in overall fitness and athleticism.

We are currently finishing up our softball unit and will continue our running unit and play favorite games to finish out the school year.

My hope is that all of my students will have new interest in staying active this summer and will stay busy, busy , busy! Good luck to all eighth graders. May you excel in all your endeavors!! BE FIT!

Spanish: Students took another vocab quiz on our food unit and prepared for their test, which they took on Thursday. They completed their information sheets on the cultural foods they selected to make for the Spanish hour on June 8th. Parents: the students should have already listed the ingredients on their info sheets and should be letting you know now which ingredients they will need in preparation for this project! I look forward to everyone sharing their creations on the 8th!

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

As the year draws to a close, advisory groups will spend their short remaining time together to reflect on this school year.  Special attention will be paid to appreciating everyone in the school community.  Have a great week!

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we completed the first two chapters of our Middle East unit. I hope to get through as much as possible in these waning days of the school year. We also continued our curtailed work with Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and The Odyssey. On this coming Tuesday, we have our last vocabulary test on lessons fifteen and sixteen.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: 7th graders finished our unit on microorganisms with a test on Tuesday.  We then delved into the world of cells, specifically DNA, replication and mitosis. Please contact me if you have any questions about our trip to Fox Island next week.  Packed luggage is due in school on Tuesday.

Math: In Math 7 this week, we analyzed and created stem-and-leaf plots, box-and-whisker plots, and bar graphs and histograms. The statistics unit test was Friday. Look for this to come home for revisions on Tuesday. In the remaining class periods, we will take a look at misleading statistics, and try to determine how a graph or a statistic might be misleading. In these last couple of units, we have focused heavily on the skill of note taking. This is a critical skill that will be needed in high school and beyond. Taking notes that are accurate and that will help you remember the material later is very important. I’ve seen a lot of improvement in the class. We are continuing to work on showing the mathematical process, rather than giving only an answer. Communicating the mathematics in a justifiable way is also a critical skill that will be needed, particularly heading into Algebra in the 8th grade.

NOTES from Explorations…

Art: For information on Art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net

Computer Technology: This week we finalized our current events research and our biography entries for the yearbook.

Music: For information on Music, please contact Bill Jenkins at wjenkins@loyola.edu

Physical Education: It has truly been a fast, fun and rewarding school year.  My students have improved in many areas physically and/or socially in class. Lower school has worked hard on playing cooperatively and improving basic fitness skills. Middle school improved in overall fitness and athleticism.

We are currently finishing up our softball unit and will continue our running unit and play favorite games to finish out the school year.

My hope is that all of my students will have new interest in staying active this summer and will stay busy, busy , busy! Good luck to all eighth graders. May you excel in all your endeavors!! BE FIT!

Spanish: We practiced La Rueda or Casino Salsa in preparation for the Spanish hour. We reviewed past topics and took a test on Thursday, then began to delegate roles for teaching salsa on June 8th.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

As the year draws to a close, advisory groups will spend their short remaining time together to reflect on this school year.  Special attention will be paid to appreciating everyone in the school community.  Have a great week!

HFS Grade 5/6 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

Students have been busy composing essays on their best memories of the 2010-11 school year. The students have a chance of getting their essays published in the upcoming Harford Friends School Newsletter that will be coming out in June. We have one more vocabulary unit to complete, which will be interesting with the field trip, but we will do it. The students filled their rice jar so we will be planning their second party for the school year. I was very proud of their concentration as they composed their most recent essays. We have a class of writers! Mr. Huxtable is looking forward to hearing the persuasive essays that will be presented to him on June 9th.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: The 5/6th grade class spent the week developing models for explaining the seasons and discovering why earth does not go spinning off into space.  We’ve tried to make sense of rotation vs. revolution and gravity vs. inertia, while also appreciating the tilt of the earth in causing our seasonal differences.    The week ended with learning about the effect of the moon’s gravity on our oceans.

Math: The 6th grade math students had a very lengthy and thorough unit test on Wednesday and Thursday this week. After students have completed revisions we will begin a geometry unit. We will conclude the year by outlining our summer math goals.

NOTES from Explorations…

Art: For information on Art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net

Computer Technology: This week we wrapped up all biography entries for the yearbook and completed several short descriptions of HFS events.

Music:

Physical Education: It has truly been a fast, fun and rewarding school year.  My students have improved in many areas physically and/or socially in class. Lower school has worked hard on playing cooperatively and improving basic fitness skills. Middle school improved in overall fitness and athleticism.

We are currently finishing up our softball unit and will continue our running unit and play favorite games to finish out the school year.

My hope is that all of my students will have new interest in staying active this summer and will stay busy, busy , busy! Good luck to all eighth graders. May you excel in all your endeavors!! BE FIT!

Spanish: Students continued working on their flags from Spanish-speaking countries, which will be used as decorations for our Spanish hour on June 8th. We reviewed past topics and students took a test on Thursday.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

As the year draws to a close, advisory groups will spend their short remaining time together to reflect on this school year.  Special attention will be paid to appreciating everyone in the school community.  Have a great week!

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

NOTES from the 1/2 Grade Classroom…

I would like to first start by thanking all the parents and students for the wonderful treats and gifts for teacher appreciation week.  This final fully week of class we finished up many wonderful projects and units we have been learning.  In science, we had our final assessment on insects and our end of the year math unit along with reviewing fractions by making pizzas and trading equivalent fractions with each other.  In language arts, we put together our final poem book with original poetry.  Next week will be full of field trips on Wednesday in the morning the Lower School with have musical practice, so please make sure your child knows his/her lines in the afternoon we will be going to Blue Dog Art Studio.  On Thursday, we will be going to Ladew Garden and on Friday, we will be going to Dutch Wonderland.  If you have any questions, concerns, or unsure what is needed each day please email me.  Also, please make sure your child brings in an extra bag as they start to bring home books and other items.

NOTES from the 3/4 Grade Classroom…

With just two weeks remaining in the school year, the intermediate class has made a list of priorities on the board.  The students are making decisions to spend their remaining time in the classroom working on the most important projects, in order to bring them to completion.  In Reading, we enjoyed the satire “The Problem with Pulcifer” and wrote examples of satire ourselves.  In Writing Workshop, the students are putting the finishing touches on their personal opinion essays about the Quaker SPICEs.  These essays will be presented to the school in the final week of classes.  In Social Studies, the class is working together on their final diorama, a true masterpiece that showcases life in modern Maryland.  The house features solar panels, recycling bins, a hybrid car in the garage, separate bedrooms for the children, electronics, modern appliances, and a significant emphasis on fun and leisure.  The students have made some amazing connections between the different time period they have studied.  The intermediate math group has finished the current curriculum and has spent the last week exploring future math topics, including percentages, multiplication of fractions, and even algebra.  An itinerary went home detailing our field trips next week to Steppingstone Museum, Ladew Gardens, and Dutch Wonderland, and our on-site overnight bonding experience, the intermediate lock-in.  It is a wonderful, bittersweet experience to wrap up such an event-filled school year with such unique, special students.  Have a great week!

Science-3/4: The students worked with electromagnets this week, experimenting with many variables.  Does the number of coils, the size of the battery, the size of nail, or the pattern of coils, make a difference in the strength of the electromagnet?  We wrapped up our unit on electricity and magnetism with a test on Thursday. The last days of the school year will be focused on energy.

NOTES from Explorations…

Art: For information on Art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net

Computer Technology 1/2: This week we wrapped up our poetry books.

Computer Technology 3/4: This week we wrapped up out biography entries for the yearbook, our “If I Were in Charge of the World” poems, and our favorite HFS memory stories.

Music 1-4:

Physical Education: It has truly been a fast, fun and rewarding school year.  My students have improved in many areas physically and/or socially in class. Lower school has worked hard on playing cooperatively and improving basic fitness skills. Middle school improved in overall fitness and athleticism.

We are currently finishing up our softball unit and will continue our running unit and play favorite games to finish out the school year.

My hope is that all of my students will have new interest in staying active this summer and will stay busy, busy , busy! Good luck to all eighth graders. May you excel in all your endeavors!! BE FIT!

Spanish 1/2: This week we continued working on and using the locations vocabulary we learned last week along with some previous vocab as well. In addition, we learned how to say where we live. We continued working on “Sol, solecito” as well, which is beginning to come together well! Next week we will hopefully get the chance to practice on stage in preparation for Spanish hour on June 8th, where the students will be performing the song.

Spanish 3/4: The storybooks are coming along well – this week students finished their text and gave it to me to edit, made their illustrations, and began working on their covers. Next week we will put the books together and share them with the class!