HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
February 15, 2008

HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections
(2/15/08)

This week’s queries…

“Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying for one another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.”

-Isaac Pennington, 1667

How can I become more open to the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the people around me?

Do I listen to and respect the Light within each person?

How can I contribute to a learning environment or meeting that incorporates respect for each person’s knowledge and perspective?

How do I help my classes to be meetings for learning? Do I listen with an open mind?

from Faith & Practice, Friends School of Baltimore

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities: Sixth grade Humanities will continue its exploration of Black Poetry through more readings of Langston Hughes. The class will participate in developing round robin narratives. Spelling and vocabulary and quotations will be the focus of grammar, mechanics, and usage in the coming week. For their social studies, students are to review Ancient India and Ancient China readings and notes.

Geography 6: Sixth grade students are learning through discovery in their use of maps and atlases. We explored the continents and major bodies of water in our first week and are now diving into each continent’s major land forms and rivers. There is a test each week on the material covered the week before and a pre-test each week on the material to be explored. Our two main objectives in all of our map and geography work are CLARITY and ACCURACY. Students will have practice maps to take home with them each week and should use them for review and study purposes.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Sixth grade science was hardly affected by the brevity of the school week.  We deepened our understanding of the factors that affect gravity (mass and distance) and that affect earth’s orbit (gravity and inertia).  We used a little styrofoam ball and tossed it around the room, letting everyone demonstrate one concept or another.  On Monday and Friday, we made progress on our science fair project ideas, and I encourage the sixth grade to solidify their ideas by Wednesday, so that we can continue in earnest to understand the finer points of our projects.  What a great opportunity the long weekend presents to work on their science fair project!

Math: This was the week that winter finally arrived, resulting in a shortened week.  With the decreased amount of class time, we have continued our work with angle measurement as we explored vertical angles and angles formed by parallel lines cut by a transversal.  The Tessellation Project due date has been moved to Monday, March 3.  Students should be working at home on getting their design ready.  I will be bringing in paper for the tessellation on Monday.

NOTES from Explorations…

Choir: For information on middle school choir, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

Spanish: For information on 6th grade Spanish please contact Amanda Tejada at Amanda@funwithforeignlanguage.com.

Physical Education: We have one more week of basketball. We will spend the majority of next week in three-on-three basketball games in which ball movement and “v” cuts will be our primary teaching points. In the end, it all boils down to teamwork. We’ll transition from February to March by picking up the sticks, setting up the goals, learning to stick-handle, shoot, and pass in our floor hockey unit!

NOTES from Advisory 6…

The sixth grade advisory unit on life ed/sex ed is moving a bit more slowly than expected due to the recent school days missed. When we meet next Tuesday, we will discuss our answers to the 8 questions from pp. 5-7. We will then begin a discussion of Rites of Passage. Students will be asked to conduct a Rites of Passage interview with you on Tuesday evening (questions will be handed to students as well as emailed home) and share their findings with the class on Wednesday. We will also use our library trip on Tuesday to kick-off our “Growing Up Around the World” poster project. Students will be bringing home an assignment sheet as well as a research worksheet to initiate their explorations into various rites of passage rituals from around the world. That project will be due on Tuesday, March 4.

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Yearbook Request for Photos – If you have taken any photos at school events or on field trips, please send them to Valerie Hartman. The first half of the school year has a target completion date of March 1st, so the sooner they are received, the better. Digital files are preferred, but print copies can be scanned and returned if necessary.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Thursday, February 21, 7-9 PM: Night of the Arts featuring 8th grade’s The Crucible (one act), Music by Computer Tech teacher Mike Parr, and art by HFS middle school artists
  5. Friday, Feb. 22: Activities 1:30-3:00: Art History, Photography, Improvisational Acting
  6. Friday, February 22, 7-10 PM: Harford Day School middle school dance; students are responsible for securing their own drop-off and pick-up
  7. Sunday, February 24, 10-4: Summer Camp Fair/Education Expo; help needed staffing the HFS booth. Please contact us if you can lend an hour or two. Thanks!
  8. Friday, Feb. 29: Field trips – 8th to Annapolis, 7th TBD, 6th to Babikow Greenhouses
  9. Saturday, March 1; Destination Imagination competition at Bel Air Middle School – come cheer on the HFS DI team!
  10. Sunday, March 9: HFS community is invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Little Falls Friends Meeting 10:30-12:00
  11. Sunday, March 9, 1 PM: Prospective 6th grade boys pizza party in Jarrettsville! Please let us know if you can attend as a current HFS parent. Thanks!

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections
(2/15/08)

This week’s queries…

“Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying for one another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.”

-Isaac Pennington, 1667

How can I become more open to the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the people around me?

Do I listen to and respect the Light within each person?

How can I contribute to a learning environment or meeting that incorporates respect for each person’s knowledge and perspective?

How do I help my classes to be meetings for learning? Do I listen with an open mind?

from Faith & Practice, Friends School of Baltimore

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Seventh grade English students will engage in a review of gods and goddesses. They will develop round robin narratives while continuing to work on the next spelling and vocabulary unit. Quotations will be the focus of the classes’ continuing study of grammar, mechanics, and usage.

Social Studies: Social studies in seventh grade was as rather abrupt business.  We had class only on Thursday and Friday, but we still moved from 1945 through the nineties!  It was only an overview of the coming chapter, but impressive nonetheless.  We now have a deeper understanding of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, as well as the historical perspective of Tiananmen Square.  We had a quiz Friday, and everyone showed that they understood 20th century China well.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Seventh grade math was also hit hard by the shorter magnitude of the school week, yes, math terms in collections.  We are nearing the end of our investigation of negative numbers and how they are manipulated. As a result, our test is scheduled for next Thursday.  We had a race in math on Friday, with the students doing four order of operations questions, while I did twenty, ask for results from the seventh grade! Although it was done for fun, it underlined the need to work on mental math involving simple multiplication and addition, as well as assisted in our review of the order of operations.

Science: Seventh grade science found itself busy in this abbreviated week.  On Monday, we did the last physical part of our attempts to recreate ocean phenomena in the classroom.  Thank you to the Cerasolis for the use of their fan.  The most important lesson learned from the attempts was that science doesn’t always work like you expect it to.  On Friday, we began in earnest on our science fair projects.  I encourage the seventh grade to work outside of class to solidify our plans for the project by Monday, so that we can review them together, and move forward quickly.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: For information on middle school music, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com

Choir: For information on middle school choir, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

Spanish: For information on 7th grade Spanish please contact Amanda Tejada at Amanda@funwithforeignlanguage.com.

Art: For information on 7th grade art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net.

Computer Technology: For information on 7th grade computer technology please contact Mike Parr at mparrsolutions@vmdirect.com.

Physical Education: We have one more week of basketball. We will spend the majority of next week in three-on-three basketball games in which ball movement and “v” cuts will be our primary teaching points. In the end, it all boils down to teamwork. We’ll transition from February to March by picking up the sticks, setting up the goals, learning to stick-handle, shoot, and pass in our floor hockey unit!

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Yearbook Request for Photos – If you have taken any photos at school events or on field trips, please send them to Valerie Hartman. The first half of the school year has a target completion date of March 1st, so the sooner they are received, the better. Digital files are preferred, but print copies can be scanned and returned if necessary.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Thursday, February 21, 7-9 PM: Night of the Arts featuring 8th grade’s The Crucible (one act), Music by Computer Tech teacher Mike Parr, and art by HFS middle school artists
  5. Friday, Feb. 22: Activities 1:30-3:00: Art History, Photography, Improvisational Acting
  6. Friday, February 22, 7-10 PM: Harford Day School middle school dance; students are responsible for securing their own drop-off and pick-up
  7. Sunday, February 24, 10-4: Summer Camp Fair/Education Expo; help needed staffing the HFS booth. Please contact us if you can lend an hour or two. Thanks!
  8. Friday, Feb. 29: Field trips – 8th to Annapolis, 7th TBD, 6th to Babikow Greenhouses
  9. Saturday, March 1; Destination Imagination competition at Bel Air Middle School – come cheer on the HFS DI team!
  10. Sunday, March 9: HFS community is invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Little Falls Friends Meeting 10:30-12:00
  11. Sunday, March 9, 1 PM: Prospective 6th grade boys pizza party in Jarrettsville! Please let us know if you can attend as a current HFS parent. Thanks!

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections
(2/15/08)

This week’s queries…

“Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying for one another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.”

-Isaac Pennington, 1667

How can I become more open to the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the people around me?

Do I listen to and respect the Light within each person?

How can I contribute to a learning environment or meeting that incorporates respect for each person’s knowledge and perspective?

How do I help my classes to be meetings for learning? Do I listen with an open mind?

from Faith & Practice, Friends School of Baltimore

NOTES from Humanities…

English: The Crucible, The Crucible, The Crucible!!!

Social Studies: The class presented research posters to the school last Friday. Students spoke to small groups about their research topic and answered questions. They comported themselves ably, demonstrating an impressive degree of professionalism—they were prepared and comfortable.

I met with students individually on Monday. The rest of class was devoted to discussing 18th century Maryland.  We consulted maps and atlases to tie issues to the physical. Mr. Huxtable presented us with an historical map, and we compared this with a modern day road map, discussing how much—and very different information—is presented in them. For example, territory west of Maryland was virtually empty on the mid-18th century map, indicative of the dearth of knowledge about the interior of the continent. We compared this to an account (from Hakim) of a contemporary traveler, describing complete wilderness 150 miles west of Philadelphia.

Wednesday, unfortunately, was a snow day.

Friday, I announced that in second semester, we will continue to take notes on the reading, and identify MVPs, but will have a new emphasis on writing essays. Accordingly, we reviewed the structure for an essay: introduction—identify the topic and describe the organization of the main points; middle—discuss the points with assertion and backup (and citation of sources); and conclusion—summary and “take home message.”

For Friday, we had read about Zenger’s trial for libel—for printing negative articles about the governor—and his historic defense by Andrew Hamilton. Using this trial as a model, we had a trial in which Dr. Stone was the defendant. The charge was unfairness in assignment of homework. The prosecution presented two pieces of evidence as to my guilt; these were not contested. The proceedings were orderly. I was ably defended, but the jury returned a verdict of guilty. The judge awarded a very fair sentence.

From my perspective, this was a useful exercise, not the least in demonstrating to the students that those in power can be questioned and brought low, as England is soon to find.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: For information on 8th grade science please contact Alan Schmaljohn at aschmalj@xecu.net.

Math: During this shortened week, we have been studying parabolas whose equations are written in vertex form.  We are getting ready to analyze zeros of quadratic functions by taking roots, completing the square, and using the quadratic formula.  Additionally, the Conic Section Project has been assigned.  It is due to be completed by March 12.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: For information on middle school music, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com

Art: For information on 8th grade art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net.

Choir: For information on middle school choir, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

Spanish: For information on 8th grade Spanish please contact Amanda Tejada at Amanda@funwithforeignlanguage.com.

Computer Technology: For information on 8th grade computer technology please contact Mike Parr at mparrsolutions@vmdirect.com.

Physical Education: We have one more week of basketball. We will spend the majority of next week in three-on-three basketball games in which ball movement and “v” cuts will be our primary teaching points. In the end, it all boils down to teamwork. We’ll transition from February to March by picking up the sticks, setting up the goals, learning to stick-handle, shoot, and pass in our floor hockey unit!

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Yearbook Request for Photos – If you have taken any photos at school events or on field trips, please send them to Valerie Hartman. The first half of the school year has a target completion date of March 1st, so the sooner they are received, the better. Digital files are preferred, but print copies can be scanned and returned if necessary.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Thursday, February 21, 7-9 PM: Night of the Arts featuring 8th grade’s The Crucible (one act), Music by Computer Tech teacher Mike Parr, and art by HFS middle school artists
  5. Friday, Feb. 22: Activities 1:30-3:00: Art History, Photography, Improvisational Acting
  6. Friday, February 22, 7-10 PM: Harford Day School middle school dance; students are responsible for securing their own drop-off and pick-up
  7. Sunday, February 24, 10-4: Summer Camp Fair/Education Expo; help needed staffing the HFS booth. Please contact us if you can lend an hour or two. Thanks!
  8. Friday, Feb. 29: Field trips – 8th to Annapolis, 7th TBD, 6th to Babikow Greenhouses
  9. Saturday, March 1; Destination Imagination competition at Bel Air Middle School – come cheer on the HFS DI team!
  10. Sunday, March 9: HFS community is invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Little Falls Friends Meeting 10:30-12:00
  11. Sunday, March 9, 1 PM: Prospective 6th grade boys pizza party in Jarrettsville! Please let us know if you can attend as a current HFS parent. Thanks!