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February 6, 2009

HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections

February 6, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

Students in Humanities 6 celebrated Ground Hog Day by presenting their book reports.  Many did very well indeed, and they enjoyed getting positive feedback from their peers.  We are currently working on Unit 12 in Spelling-Vocabulary and on the verb in Grammar.  We are finishing up a series of descriptive compositions of people at Harford Friends School, and students have improved their descriptive skills immensely.  We will soon be engrossed in a unit on Black Poetry.  Such poets as James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Maya Angelou, Lucille Clifton, and Langston Hughes will be included.  In social studies we are mastering some very difficult vocabulary on Ancient India by developing s series of flashcards.  The technique is working very well indeed.  Have a great weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Sixth grade math spent this week reviewing addition and subtraction of fractions, as well as beginning to understand multiplication of fractions.  We used the example of brownies or a cake to get a physical understanding of what one third of a half might mean.  Many students were familiar with the idea, and intrinsically understood the idea behind taking a fraction of a fraction, but the jump to multiplication, and the details of multiplication were more difficult to recall.  We will next be tackling division of fractions.  The unit is moving briskly, but we still have a couple of weeks until any assessments.

Science: Sixth grade science spent part of the week tackling the gargantuan task of portfolio reflections.  Beyond that, we also completed our discussion of plants as we went over our science tests, and on Friday, we finally began our new unit on electricity and magnetism.  I look forward to the new unit and tackling the more theoretical ideas that are sometimes hard to visualize, like an electric current or a magnetic field.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

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

Computer Technology: The students are working on typing skills using Ultrakey 5.0 as well as creating tables using Microsoft Word. We are also discussing and using search engines to help us find good websites to answer the questions.

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

Physical Education: We are working on dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. The students are also working on defensive stances.

Spanish: We are moving right along.  Changes were made to the schedule due dates because of the 2 missed classes.  Quiz and part 2 of project are due next week.  If your child does not have a Spanish binder yet it is a good idea to get one. We will begin to work on putting the vocabulary to use next week.

Advisory/Life Education: Sixth grade life education finally reconvened and re-engaged its discussion of rites of passage, values, and societal expectations. I was impressed with the depth and degree of thought that was sparked by their conversations at home. Based on a careful examination of the rites of passage students presented, we identified the ages of 11-16 as being the five year span of life in which the vast majority of value-based rites of passage occur. After some discussion as to why this may be, we realized that boys’ and girls’ bodies experience tremendous change during that time. We become physically mature in the ability to reproduce. However, we are not yet emotionally mature. Much of what we discussed involved the values the selected rites of passage seek to instill and how those values translate into mindfulness and respectfulness of the body’s emerging capabilities.

Students are to read pages 8-19 in LASIPL and are to draw two diagrams for our class on Thursday, February 12.  Our visiting nurse will join us on February 18th, March 6th (girls only), and March 11.

From the Business Office…

Just a couple of reminders…

  • Before & After School Care invoices for January will be mailed out this week.
  • If you would like to receive a tax letter for the mileage that you drove for HFS field trips this calendar year, please email the date and location of the field trip to kcarlone@harfordfriends.org
  • HFS Spirit Gear: Show off your school spirit! Stop in the Business Office and view our selection of sweatshirts, athletic t-shirts and tie-dye shirts (only a few tie-dye shirts left!).

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

  1. Monday, February 9: Basketball practice in gymnasium (3:00-4:15PM)
  2. Monday, February 9: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg in Broad Creek classroom (3:30-5:30PM)
  3. Tuesday, February 10: MathCounts with Mr. Norton in Forest Hill classroom (3:15-4:15PM)
  4. Wednesday, February 11: Music Club (3:00-4:30PM) A club that you bring in musical instruments and play music. Parent volunteers, present at each meeting, include Nora Cohee and Chas Bieckert. Please contact the After School Activities Committee with questions.
  5. Thursday, February 12: Parent Coffee with the Head of School. (8:00-9:00AM) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  6. Thursday, February 12: Basketball practice in gymnasium (3:00-4:15PM)
  7. Thursday, February 12: Re-Enrollment Contracts mailed for the 2009-2010 school year.
  8. Friday, February 13 – Monday, February 16: School Closed for Mid-winter Break.
  9. Tuesday, February 17: School resumes
  10. Thursday, February 19: HFS Open House (9:00-11:00AM) Please contact jbutton@harfordfriends.org if you are able to volunteer to host prospective families.
  11. Friday, February 20: Parent Activity #3 (1:30-3:00PM)
  12. Friday, February 20: Monthly Movies in Broad Creek Classroom (3:00-5:00PM). Parent volunteer Leslie Kline will provide a movie and popcorn for students wishing to participate. Movie titles and ratings will be emailed the Tuesday prior to viewing. Next month’s movie will occur on March 27.
  13. Friday, February 20: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg in Broad Creek classroom (3:30-5:30PM)

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

February 6, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

A workable peace was achieved! Well, at least an agreement to continue to work toward peaceful coexistence was achieved. I have nothing but praise and admiration for our students. Over the course of the past two weeks of Humanities class students have done the extremely hard work of playing a role and advocating interests of individuals half a world away and possessing vastly different life histories. However, as today’s, sometimes frantic, conversation revealed it is even harder to resolve a conflict once it’s begun. I look forward to reading the final installment of student journals. They should be entitled, “Lessons Learned.” One of the most significant lessons students identified today was the need for people in conflict to “listen more than speak” and to “make sure others’ know exactly what is important to me.” Negotiation packets are due on Monday with all materials, except the Packaging Form, due.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Seventh grade math is continuing to look at “negative” by seeing how different combinations of addition and subtraction of positive and negative integers work.  We understand how the number line can help us visualize the direction of movement, positive or negative.  I look forward to continuing our investigation of negatives through multiplication and division.

Science: Seventh grade science spent a substantial portion of the week working on our portfolio reflections.  We also completed our unit on Mollusks, Arthropods, and Echinoderms with a test.  On Thursday, we also began our unit on ecosystems and biomes.  It is the beginning of looking at the broader picture of the living world.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

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

Computer Technology: The students are working on typing skills using Ultrakey 5.0 as well as creating tables using Microsoft Word. We are also discussing and using search engines to help us find good websites to answer the questions.

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

Physical Education: We are working on dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. The students are also working on defensive stances.

Spanish 7/8 A Intermediate: We are struggling through the new vocabulary.  It is important to study the vocabulary on a weekly basis. This is a new unit but it is important that the students have the concepts from previous units down as the unit progresses.  This unit will use vocabulary from the school supplies unit, numbers, days of the week, time of day and the last unit about like and dislikes.  My suggestion is to start reviewing those older units before it all creeps up on us.

Quiz on vocabulary is Tuesday. Next week we will begin putting these words to use.

I gave all the students their packets for the whole unit.  If they do not have a Spanish binder yet, it is a good idea to get one now.

Spanish 7/8 B Accelerated: Vocabulary quiz next week.  We will begin the unit A and B lessons next week.  The students have their unit packet and it is a good idea to have them in a binder.  Please make sure your student has a Spanish binder.

From the Business Office…

Just a couple of reminders…

  • Before & After School Care invoices for January will be mailed out this week.
  • If you would like to receive a tax letter for the mileage that you drove for HFS field trips this calendar year, please email the date and location of the field trip to kcarlone@harfordfriends.org
  • HFS Spirit Gear: Show off your school spirit! Stop in the Business Office and view our selection of sweatshirts, athletic t-shirts and tie-dye shirts (only a few tie-dye shirts left!).

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

  1. Monday, February 9: Basketball practice in gymnasium (3:00-4:15PM)
  2. Monday, February 9: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg in Broad Creek classroom (3:30-5:30PM)
  3. Tuesday, February 10: MathCounts with Mr. Norton in Forest Hill classroom (3:15-4:15PM)
  4. Wednesday, February 11: Music Club (3:00-4:30PM) A club that you bring in musical instruments and play music. Parent volunteers, present at each meeting, include Nora Cohee and Chas Bieckert. Please contact the After School Activities Committee with questions.
  5. Thursday, February 12: Parent Coffee with the Head of School. (8:00-9:00AM) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  6. Thursday, February 12: Basketball practice in gymnasium (3:00-4:15PM)
  7. Thursday, February 12: Re-Enrollment Contracts mailed for the 2009-2010 school year.
  8. Friday, February 13 – Monday, February 16: School Closed for Mid-winter Break.
  9. Tuesday, February 17: School resumes
  10. Thursday, February 19: HFS Open House (9:00-11:00AM) Please contact jbutton@harfordfriends.org if you are able to volunteer to host prospective families.
  11. Friday, February 20: Parent Activity #3 (1:30-3:00PM)
  12. Friday, February 20: Monthly Movies in Broad Creek Classroom (3:00-5:00PM). Parent volunteer Leslie Kline will provide a movie and popcorn for students wishing to participate. Movie titles and ratings will be emailed the Tuesday prior to viewing. Next month’s movie will occur on March 27.
  13. Friday, February 20: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg in Broad Creek classroom (3:30-5:30PM)


HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

February 6, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

Students in Humanities 8 celebrated Ground Hog Day by presenting their book reports.  Many did very well indeed, and they enjoyed getting positive feedback from their peers.  We are currently working on Unit 13 in Spelling-Vocabulary and sentence patterns in Grammar.  In literature will be examining the works of such people as Ouladah Equina, Phillis Wheatley, and Jupiter Hammond.  We are getting ready to begin a major project in eighth grade and that is the research paper.  This paper will have a definite connection with the history of Harford County as well as our nation’s history.  Several study periods have been added to the eighth graders’ schedule to allow them to work on this very important project.  Have a great weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Being in the home stretch of our unit, Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes, our eighth grade math-letes have been challenged this week with some interesting applications of quadratic functions, related to projectile motion and painted surfaces on cubes.  Our final test on this unit will take place next Tuesday, February 10.  The next unit of study will be Say It With Symbols, which is an algebra unit focusing on algebraic expressions (equivalent expressions and combining expressions), solving equations (linear and quadratic), and functions.  The intent of this unit is to develop a cohesiveness with all of the algebra that we have studied so far this year, as well as to apply these skills to some interesting applications.

We have also gotten our play to the point that we are ready to write dialogue.  After the script is completely written, we will be preparing for a presentation of the play on March 26 at the “HFS Science Fair and Technology Night”.

In line with this week’s Problem of the Week, you may also want to ask your child, “Why is a manhole cover round?”

Science: Albert Einstein once wrote, “All physical theories, their mathematical expressions notwithstanding, ought to lend themselves to so simple a description that even a child could understand them.”  More pithily, nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford (1871 – 1937) echoed, “If a piece of physics cannot be explained to a barmaid, then it is not a good piece of physics.”  So, such giants have not only allowed us to stand on their shoulders but also have thrown down the gauntlet to writers of textbooks and teachers of children, daring us to explain the meaning and significance of the physical sciences.

Our eighth graders labored to re-imagine some of their intuitive and experiential understandings of the physical universe, their language, and rudimentary mathematical expressions such as those representing speed, velocity, acceleration, momentum, and force.  Despite calls for more of the physics of sledding, we stayed indoors with a physical sciences game of Jeopardy (categories included “words you thought you knew, ” “friction,” and “gravity”), and explored video clips and a bagful of objects to demonstrate principals such as conservation of momentum (useful in billiards, football, and other collisions), centripetal force (roller coaster), and so forth.  Newtonian laws even explain how we can tell a boiled egg from a fresh one without breaking the shell.  The purposes of physical sciences units are not to achieve full mastery of these subjects but to introduce a more scientific view of the physical world, in preparation for life and education in the 21st century.

Upcoming units consider the behaviors of gases and fluids, including works of Archimedes, Bernoulli, Pascal.  How does a cargo ship float, an airplane fly, the brakes on your car work?

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Physical Education: We are working on dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. The students are also working on defensive stances.

Spanish 7/8 A Intermediate: We are struggling through the new vocabulary.  It is important to study the vocabulary on a weekly basis. This is a new unit but it is important that the students have the concepts from previous units down as the unit progresses.  This unit will use vocabulary from the school supplies unit, numbers, days of the week, time of day and the last unit about like and dislikes.  My suggestion is to start reviewing those older units before it all creeps up on us.

Quiz on vocabulary is Tuesday. Next week we will begin putting these words to use.

I gave all the students their packets for the whole unit.  If they do not have a Spanish binder yet, it is a good idea to get one now.

Spanish 7/8 B Accelerated: Vocabulary quiz next week.  We will begin the unit A and B lessons next week.  The students have their unit packet and it is a good idea to have them in a binder.  Please make sure your student has a Spanish binder.

From the Business Office…

Just a couple of reminders…

  • Before & After School Care invoices for January will be mailed out this week.
  • If you would like to receive a tax letter for the mileage that you drove for HFS field trips this calendar year, please email the date and location of the field trip to kcarlone@harfordfriends.org
  • HFS Spirit Gear: Show off your school spirit! Stop in the Business Office and view our selection of sweatshirts, athletic t-shirts and tie-dye shirts (only a few tie-dye shirts left!).

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

  1. Monday, February 9: Basketball practice in gymnasium (3:00-4:15PM)
  2. Monday, February 9: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg in Broad Creek classroom (3:30-5:30PM)
  3. Tuesday, February 10: MathCounts with Mr. Norton in Forest Hill classroom (3:15-4:15PM)
  4. Wednesday, February 11: Music Club (3:00-4:30PM) A club that you bring in musical instruments and play music. Parent volunteers, present at each meeting, include Nora Cohee and Chas Bieckert. Please contact the After School Activities Committee with questions.
  5. Thursday, February 12: Parent Coffee with the Head of School. (8:00-9:00AM) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  6. Thursday, February 12: Basketball practice in gymnasium (3:00-4:15PM)
  7. Thursday, February 12: Re-Enrollment Contracts mailed for the 2009-2010 school year.
  8. Friday, February 13 – Monday, February 16: School Closed for Mid-winter Break.
  9. Tuesday, February 17: School resumes
  10. Thursday, February 19: HFS Open House (9:00-11:00AM) Please contact jbutton@harfordfriends.org if you are able to volunteer to host prospective families.
  11. Friday, February 20: Parent Activity #3 (1:30-3:00PM)
  12. Friday, February 20: Monthly Movies in Broad Creek Classroom (3:00-5:00PM). Parent volunteer Leslie Kline will provide a movie and popcorn for students wishing to participate. Movie titles and ratings will be emailed the Tuesday prior to viewing. Next month’s movie will occur on March 27.
  13. Friday, February 20: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg in Broad Creek classroom (3:30-5:30PM)