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January 18, 2008

HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections
(1/18/08)

This week’s queries…

At the conclusion of the semester, students and faculty alike are encouraged to engage in a three-step process: inquiry, reflection, action. In many ways, this process is the school year in microcosm. During their studies, students learn through inquiry or are challenged to ask probing questions whose answers will deepen current understanding or capability. At the end of a unit there is a test or project that requires the application of new skills and knowledge. At the end of a marking period, each student and parent is able to reflect on progress through reports and a student’s own report reflections written in advisory. At the beginning of new units, new marking periods, or new school years, students utilize their new skills and knowledge base and apply them to new challenges and problems to be solved. Simply, they put their skills and ideas into action. So for this week’s query, I offer the following “in”queries….

Am I mindful of my own capabilities and able to apply them when needed?
Do I work reliably to strengthen my skills and my knowledge?
Do I set achievable goals and work to attain them?
To what do I attribute my successes and failures?
Do I see myself as an agent of change in my own life and in the world?

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities: Our students continue to work very hard in all aspects of Humanities 6. In spelling-vocabulary, we have completed our review work for Units 7 – 9, and we will soon be working on the next unit. We have been selecting new books for our book reports, and everyone should have chosen a book, approved by me, by this Friday.  In grammar, we are beginning a short unit on using quotation marks, and in literature we have been reading the very poignant short story, “The Scarlet Ibis.” In social studies, we continue studying Ancient India and China and have been exploring some of the beliefs of Buddhism.  Also many of the students are proud of the fact that they can pronounce “Chandragupta” correctly.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Sixth grade science was a week of review. We played Jeopardy as a review on Monday, and continued on Tuesday. We spent time creating our own questions for the game, and then had a great game of review. We also had time allotted for working on our group projects explaining why an electric motor works, that we plan to present to the eighth grade as a lesson to them. Friday was our test on electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetism. It had been heavy on the minds of all, and now we are moving on to astronomy, and I know that it is going to be wildly popular.

Math: Working with our new unit, Shapes & Designs, we spent much time this week on vocabulary development, identifying characteristics of regular polygons, and learning about tessellations, while reviewing equivalent fractions through warm up activities. Part of next week will be spent on creating Escher-type tessellations.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: For additional information on the Maryland Conservatory of Music, please see www.musicismagic.com.

Choir:

Spanish: Last week students had their exams. Their hard work and understanding of the material was evident, as the overall outcome of the grades was high. ¡Buen trabajo! We have rembarked working on periods of the day, times off the year, and things relating to the calendar. This week we started reading and translating the book Frida, which proved to be challenging. Thursday they had a special treat of watching Shrek in Spanish, along with a scavenger hunt requiring them to use their listening skills in order to answer a set of questions pertaining to the movie. (Some English assistance provided for this complex task). Students have worksheets due next week, flashcards, as well as their Shrek scavenger hunt papers that they did in class. Please follow up with your student to make sure he or she is on the right track. Questions, concerns, or needs for assistance may be directed to my email: amanda@funwithforeignlanguage.com For additional information on Fun with Foreign Language, please see www.funwithforeignlanguage.com.

Art: Students struggled and persevered in a study of portraits. They ended their semester with an Egyptian headdress project. Nice work in Art sixth grade!

Computer Technology: Sixth grade has finished Computer Technology for the year! For additional information on MParr Solutions, please see www.mparrsolutions.com.

Physical Education: Unfortunately, our final fitness day of the quarter was pre-empted by the snow and early dismissal. We will make up for it next week (1/22 and 1/24). We will move on to floor hockey on Tuesday, Jan. 29!

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Monday, January 21: NO SCHOOL in celebration of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
  2. Thursday, January 24: Annual HFS Donor Thank-a-thon to be held at the home of HFS Trustees Lois & Bill Kelly in Bel Air. Parents are needed to help contact more than 200 contributors to HFS. Please bring your cell phones to help us get through the lists more quickly! Refreshments will be served. Time to be announced.
  3. Friday, January 25: 6th & 7th grade half-day trip to Blue Dog Creative Arts. Drivers for an additional 6 students needed. Please let Jennifer Button and Jonathan Huxtable know if you are able to assist.
  4. Friday, January 25: Destination Imagination practice 3:30-5:30.
  5. Monday, January 28: Destination Imagination practice 3:30-5:30.
  6. Thursday, January 31: HFS Informational Potluck at the home of a prospective HFS family in Belcamp, 6:30-8:30PM. Please join us as an HFS representative to introduce HFS to a neighborhood of people. Please let us know ASAP if this is an event to which you can commit.
  7. Monday, January 28 – Friday, February 1: HFS Spirit Week, Spirit Committee details to come.
  8. HFS Inclement Weather Policy: Harford Friends School follows the delayed openings and cancellations for schools of the Harford County Public Schools. In the event of inclement weather, please check the following for school delay/closing announcements: WBAL, WMAR, WJZ, WBFF
  9. If students are interested in having Weekly Collections sent directly to their own email address, please submit those emails to Jennifer Button electronically at jbutton@harfordfriends.org.  Student emails will be blind-copied and will be kept strictly confidential.

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections
(1/18/08)

This week’s queries…

At the conclusion of the semester, students and faculty alike are encouraged to engage in a three-step process: inquiry, reflection, action. In many ways, this process is the school year in microcosm. During their studies, students learn through inquiry or are challenged to ask probing questions whose answers will deepen current understanding or capability. At the end of a unit there is a test or project that requires the application of new skills and knowledge. At the end of a marking period, each student and parent is able to reflect on progress through reports and a student’s own report reflections written in advisory. At the beginning of new units, new marking periods, or new school years, students utilize their new skills and knowledge base and apply them to new challenges and problems to be solved. Simply, they put their skills and ideas into action. So for this week’s query, I offer the following “in”queries….

Am I mindful of my own capabilities and able to apply them when needed?
Do I work reliably to strengthen my skills and my knowledge?
Do I set achievable goals and work to attain them?
To what do I attribute my successes and failures?
Do I see myself as an agent of change in my own life and in the world?

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities: Our students continue to work very hard in all aspects of English 7.  In spelling-vocabulary, we are working on the words in Unit 9. We have been selecting new books for our book reports, and everyone should have chosen a book, approved by me, by this Friday.  In grammar, we are beginning a short unit on using quotation marks correctly.  We have revisited various composition activities for rework, and all will by handed in by the end of this week.  Some of these activities will be submitted to the Literary and Art Magazine. Social studies is beginning its focus on China. We are looking first at ancient China, which is a review for us, and learning about the geography, and class stratification of ancient China. We will soon be moving into modern China, and all of the fascinating issues that surround it. We are having some problems remembering to do homework, but I know that this will be remedied soon. Have a great long weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Seventh grade math was a review of the unit called Comparing and Scaling. We finished up the last section in the unit and had a couple of days reviewing. Our unit projects were presented and we had seen many of the themes that were presented in our look at paper pool. We were going to have the test on Thursday, but then there was flaky precipitation that changed those plans.

Science: Science in seventh grade was an interesting week of working on our group and independent projects as well as plowing ahead with our picking up of basic concepts that relate to ocean science. This week we learned about currents in the sea created by wind, and we started figuring out how we will demonstrate sinking of colder water and more salty water as well as upwelling (ask to find out what it is!).

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: For additional information on the Maryland Conservatory of Music, please see www.musicismagic.com.

Choir:

Spanish: Last week students had their exams. Their hard work and understanding of the material was evident, as the overall outcome of the grades was high. ¡Excelente! This week we have continued reading and translating our book En mi Familia. The students are doing a great job, as very little assistance has been needed in English! Thursday they had a special treat of watching Shrek in Spanish, along with a scavenger hunt requiring them to use their listening skills in order to answer a set of questions pertaining to the movie. Students have worksheets due next week. Also, they are required to read and translate part of the story we’ve been reading to one person in Spanish; the story sheet is to be signed by that person attesting to this having been done. Questions, concerns, or needs for assistance may be directed to my email: amanda@funwithforeignlanguage.com For additional information on Fun with Foreign Language, please see www.funwithforeignlanguage.com.

Art: Salvador Dali would be proud! Everyone continues to work hard on their surrealism project. One of the biggest challenges for them is letting their imaginations run wild in unexpected ways.

Computer Technology: Seventh grade Computer Technology resumes on Monday, January 28. For additional information on MParr Solutions, please see www.mparrsolutions.com.

Physical Education: Unfortunately, our final fitness day of the quarter was pre-empted by the snow and early dismissal. We will make up for it next week (1/22 and 1/24). We will move on to floor hockey on Tuesday, Jan. 29!

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Monday, January 21: NO SCHOOL in celebration of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
  2. Thursday, January 24: Annual HFS Donor Thank-a-thon to be held at the home of HFS Trustees Lois & Bill Kelly in Bel Air. Parents are needed to help contact more than 200 contributors to HFS. Please bring your cell phones to help us get through the lists more quickly! Refreshments will be served. Time to be announced.
  3. Friday, January 25: 6th & 7th grade half-day trip to Blue Dog Creative Arts. Drivers for an additional 6 students needed. Please let Jennifer Button and Jonathan Huxtable know if you are able to assist.
  4. Friday, January 25: Destination Imagination practice 3:30-5:30.
  5. Monday, January 28: Destination Imagination practice 3:30-5:30.
  6. Thursday, January 31: HFS Informational Potluck at the home of a prospective HFS family in Belcamp, 6:30-8:30PM. Please join us as an HFS representative to introduce HFS to a neighborhood of people. Please let us know ASAP if this is an event to which you can commit.
  7. Monday, January 28 – Friday, February 1: HFS Spirit Week, Spirit Committee details to come.
  8. HFS Inclement Weather Policy: Harford Friends School follows the delayed openings and cancellations for schools of the Harford County Public Schools. In the event of inclement weather, please check the following for school delay/closing announcements: WBAL, WMAR, WJZ, WBFF
  9. If students are interested in having Weekly Collections sent directly to their own email address, please submit those emails to Jennifer Button electronically at jbutton@harfordfriends.org.  Student emails will be blind-copied and will be kept strictly confidential.

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections
(1/18/08)

This week’s queries…

At the conclusion of the semester, students and faculty alike are encouraged to engage in a three-step process: inquiry, reflection, action. In many ways, this process is the school year in microcosm. During their studies, students learn through inquiry or are challenged to ask probing questions whose answers will deepen current understanding or capability. At the end of a unit there is a test or project that requires the application of new skills and knowledge. At the end of a marking period, each student and parent is able to reflect on progress through reports and a student’s own report reflections written in advisory. At the beginning of new units, new marking periods, or new school years, students utilize their new skills and knowledge base and apply them to new challenges and problems to be solved. Simply, they put their skills and ideas into action. So for this week’s query, I offer the following “in”queries….

Am I mindful of my own capabilities and able to apply them when needed?
Do I work reliably to strengthen my skills and my knowledge?
Do I set achievable goals and work to attain them?
To what do I attribute my successes and failures?
Do I see myself as an agent of change in my own life and in the world?

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Students continue to work very hard in all aspects of English 8.  In spelling-vocabulary, we are working on the words in Unit 9. We have been selecting new books for our book reports, and everyone should have chosen a book, approved by me, by this Friday.  In grammar, we are beginning a short unit on using quotation marks correctly.  In literature, we have finished our large unit on Early American Literature and have had a culminating test on the material.  We will also be working on staging Act I of “The Crucible.” Students will be staying after school for rehearsal on Tuesdays until 4:30 PM.  Parents are strongly encouraged to help their children learn their lines by cueing them each night.

Social Studies: This week students took a semester’s end exam over the three days. At the end of the last class, I asked students to list their likes and dislikes about our class and make specific suggestions re: how they would like to conduct the class in semester two. We shall discus this when we reconvene next week. We also are planning a show and tell of some samples of the writings of Frederick Douglas to commemorate Martin Luther King’s birthday. In addition, we have a map exercise planned: we will make the connection between a place and an event we’ve read about in Hakim. This reviews course content, but, as importantly, it practices map skills which are notably weak.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: In eighth grade science, our main expedition has turned toward the micro- and macroscopic worlds of biosciences, though we continue to perambulate and reconnoiter in other areas as well. Our protozoan culture is teeming with unicellular forms, giving us cause and opportunity to review and improve our skills with microscopes. We began to examine genetics and natural selection through the vehicle of NOVA’s “Dogs and More Dogs,” posing the question of how dogs came to be at once so diverse in their traits and so similar in their genes. We watched a second NOVA program, “Cracking the Code of Life,” to review and extend our knowledge of DNA, genes, inheritance, and much else. In “Science in the News,” we considered glacial melting in Greenland one week, and the following week we discussed in some depth a proactive article on mutualism between Acacia trees and ants in Africa. In the ever present theme of improving our science vocabulary, students were given listings of scientific prefixes and suffixes: students were mostly preoccupied with various kinds of phobias (freestyle 13-ishness), but also proved their capacity to deconstruct compound words by deriving the meaning of such words as “rhinorrhea” and “megafauna.” For a little vocabulary fun, we challenged ourselves with a nicely designed web-based game from Jefferson Lab (http://education.jlab.org/vocabhangman/index.html) bearing the objectionable (to teacher’s anti-execution sensibilities) moniker of “hangman.” Oh well, it’s a good learning game and a rose by any other name wouldn’t smell sweeter. Science Fair (March 13) is in the long-range forecast, with students currently in the process of stating and defining their projects, subject to teacher’s input and approval.

Math: We continued developing foundations of functions, a topic on which we had a quiz this week.  Additionally, we have worked in some detail on models of exponential growth and decay.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: For additional information on the Maryland Conservatory of Music, please see www.musicismagic.com.

Choir:

Spanish: Last week students had their exams. Their hard work and understanding of the material was evident, as the overall outcome of the grades was high. ¡Excelente! This week we have continued reading and translating our book En mi Familia. The students are doing a great job, as very little assistance has been needed in English! Thursday they had a special treat of watching Shrek in Spanish, along with a scavenger hunt requiring them to use their listening skills in order to answer a set of questions pertaining to the movie. Students have worksheets due next week. Also, they are required to read and translate part of the story we’ve been reading to one person in Spanish; the story sheet is to be signed by that person attesting to this having been done. Questions, concerns, or needs for assistance may be directed to my email: amanda@funwithforeignlanguage.com For additional information on Fun with Foreign Language, please see www.funwithforeignlanguage.com.

Computer Technology: Eighth grade begins their Semester in Computer Technology on Monday, January 28. For additional information on MParr Solutions, please see www.mparrsolutions.com.

Physical Education: Unfortunately, our final fitness day of the quarter was pre-empted by the snow and early dismissal. We will make up for it next week (1/22 and 1/24). We will move on to floor hockey on Tuesday, Jan. 29!

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Monday, January 21: NO SCHOOL in celebration of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
  2. Thursday, January 24: Annual HFS Donor Thank-a-thon to be held at the home of HFS Trustees Lois & Bill Kelly in Bel Air. Parents are needed to help contact more than 200 contributors to HFS. Please bring your cell phones to help us get through the lists more quickly! Refreshments will be served. Time to be announced.
  3. Friday, January 25: 6th & 7th grade half-day trip to Blue Dog Creative Arts. Drivers for an additional 6 students needed. Please let Jennifer Button and Jonathan Huxtable know if you are able to assist.
  4. Friday, January 25: Destination Imagination practice 3:30-5:30.
  5. Monday, January 28: Destination Imagination practice 3:30-5:30.
  6. Thursday, January 31: HFS Informational Potluck at the home of a prospective HFS family in Belcamp, 6:30-8:30PM. Please join us as an HFS representative to introduce HFS to a neighborhood of people. Please let us know ASAP if this is an event to which you can commit.
  7. Monday, January 28 – Friday, February 1: HFS Spirit Week, Spirit Committee details to come.
  8. HFS Inclement Weather Policy: Harford Friends School follows the delayed openings and cancellations for schools of the Harford County Public Schools. In the event of inclement weather, please check the following for school delay/closing announcements: WBAL, WMAR, WJZ, WBFF
  9. If students are interested in having Weekly Collections sent directly to their own email address, please submit those emails to Jennifer Button electronically at jbutton@harfordfriends.org.  Student emails will be blind-copied and will be kept strictly confidential.