HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
March 7, 2008

HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections
(3/7/08)

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities: Students are presenting their book reports today and tomorrow.  I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your children wax eloquent about their books.  I think authors would really appreciate the reactions of each of our students!  In social studies, we have begun a unit on Ancient Greece, and the class seems to be fascinated with what we have been studying.  We will very soon begin a unit in Greek mythology to accompany the social studies information.  Eventually, each student will be writing a myth of his/her own creation.  I am already looking forward to the results!

Geography 6: Students spent the majority of the class engaged in partner review/discovery of major landforms and bodies of water in each continent before taking the quiz. We also reviewed our continents quiz and prepared for a third attempt at everyone getting 100% (14/14). The next step is South America with a little different twist on how to remember the various countries.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: In sixth grade science we finished the week both with a fire drill and a quiz on the first few sections of astronomy.  This week was filled, again, with a dichotomous existence split between dutiful work on the science fair and continued work on learning about the relationship between the moon, earth, and sun.  Also, remember that the rough draft of our 2-5 page paper for the science fair is due.

Math: The Tessellation Projects are in, and the sixth grade did a terrific job in putting them together.  While they have not yet been graded, the project appears to be a success.  In addition, we have had a quiz this week on regular polygons and their angles.  We will be finishing up this unit next week, as we prepare to go on with studies of perimeter and area.

NOTES from Explorations…

Choir: We will be getting new folders and music for next class. Students are asked to please bring their folders to each rehearsal. It is their responsibility to come prepared and ready to sing. We have to new pieces – O Danny Boy and MacNamera’s Band. Both will be rehearsed next week.

Spanish: We have been reviewing animals this unit and have been trying to work with the present tenses of the verbs “ser” and “tener” and forming simple sentences describing animals. The unit test will take place March 13.

Physical Education: Floor/Street Hockey continues and aside from the occasional bruised shin or stick blade to the fingers, everyone is thriving. It was a nice escape to get outside and play in the basketball courts this week. What was once purely frenetic energy on the floor has turned into concepts of teamwork and reliance upon others to achieve a shared objective. The fact that the students are also elevating their heart rates and breaking a sweat is a desired by-product of play. We will continue this unit until Spring Break.

NOTES from Advisory 6…

Students are wrapping up their Growing Up Around the World projects. Each student conducted sufficient research and gained enough insight into the Rites of Puberty/Passage from various cultures to see that the celebration or ceremony, more often than not, occurred at the age of puberty (10-14 in most cases) or involved the concept of procreation (weddings and marriage rituals). This provides us with the perfect segue into our study of puberty and the changes that are occurring and will occur in each of them. Next week students will be asked to read about the female reproductive system and draw and label an anatomically correct illustration showing each part of the system.

NOTE from Spirit Committee…

Thank you to everyone that participated in our first ever Talent Show! Performances included playing the piano, a voodoo dance, unicycle-riding, belly-dancing, blindfolded face-painting, and even “the worm”! Congratulations Peter, Elsie, Becca, Zoe, Samantha, Hannah, Rachel, Myleigh! Special thanks go to our Master of Ceremonies, Joseph!

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. Sunday, March 9: HFS community is invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Little Falls Friends Meeting 10:30-12:00
  5. Monday, March 10: D.I. practice resumes 3:30 PM
  6. Thursday, March 13, 5:00PM: Blueberry Festival Planning Meeting in Broad Creek Classroom
  7. Thursday, March 13, 5:30-6:00PM: HSA Potluck Dinner in Broad Creek Classroom
  8. Thursday, March 13, 6:00-7:00PM: Home & School Association Meeting in Broad Creek Classroom
  9. Thursday, March 13, 7:00-9:00PM: 3rd Annual HFS Science Fair to be held in the gymnasium
  10. Saturday, March 15, 9-11AM: Our next Admissions Assessment Day will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 9-11. In each of the two sessions, we would like to provide our prospective families the opportunity to ask questions of and interact with some of our current students and parents. Please let us know if you can participate. We need at least two parents. Thank you to Tracey Waite and Hannah Stambaugh for already volunteering to attend. Student volunteers are needed to arrive by 8:30 AM to learn about their responsibilities with the elementary-age children.
  11. March 16 – March 30: Spring Break; School Closed. School resumes on Monday, March 31.

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections
(3/7/08)

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Students are presenting their book reports to day and tomorrow.  I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your children wax eloquent about things literary.  I think the authors would really appreciate the reactions of each of our students! We have been working on creating a Children’s Story in writing.  We have targeted five year olds as our audience.  We have already chosen the protagonist of each story — one of whom is a cow!  Students really seem to enjoy composing these stories, and I am already looking forward to reading them and sharing them with the kindergarten class downstairs.

Social Studies: Social studies saw the end of our China unit with a test.  We also had a discussion of how Lei Feng and Superman were both good examples of the ideals of their respective countries.  Ask how Lei Feng was the prototypical Communist success story, and why he was memorialized in comic book form in communist China.  Also, as a great surprise to me, the seventh grade put on a play for me on Friday that summarized the history of communist China in a single act.  Bravo!  It was fantastic, and I enjoyed it immensely with a silly grin on my face the whole time.  Thank you.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: In math, we investigated the linear relationships in many real world examples.  We practiced determining the point of intersection of two lines through tables, graphs, and equations.  As a result, we are starting to formalize our work with equations so that we have some sort of algorithm for solving equations for a variable.  I am very excited because we are starting to begin with classic algebra, which makes my heart sing.

Science: Science in the seventh grade was again split between our two focuses, the science fair and ocean science.  On Friday we finished our investigation of the ocean by finishing our packet.  We were excited to know that a quiz awaits us next week and a new topic is on the other side of that quiz.  Also, please note that the rough draft of our 2-5 page papers as well as our 3-D representations are due Monday.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Choir: We will be getting new folders and music for next class. Students are asked to please bring their folders to each rehearsal. It is their responsibility to come prepared and ready to sing. We have to new pieces – O Danny Boy and MacNamera’s Band. Both will be rehearsed next week.

Spanish: We’ve continued studying animals and have touched on nature vocabulary and will be starting working on weather a little more soon. Our exam is scheduled for March 11. Our next unit will mainly pertain to community helpers.

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: Floor/Street Hockey continues and aside from the occasional bruised shin or stick blade to the fingers, everyone is thriving. It was a nice escape to get outside and play in the basketball courts this week. What was once purely frenetic energy on the floor has turned into concepts of teamwork and reliance upon others to achieve a shared objective. The fact that the students are also elevating their heart rates and breaking a sweat is a desired by-product of play. We will continue this unit until Spring Break.

NOTE from Spirit Committee…

Thank you to everyone that participated in our first ever Talent Show! Performances included playing the piano, a voodoo dance, unicycle-riding, belly-dancing, blindfolded face-painting, and even “the worm”! Congratulations Peter, Elsie, Becca, Zoe, Samantha, Hannah, Rachel, Myleigh! Special thanks go to our Master of Ceremonies, Joseph!

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. Sunday, March 9: HFS community is invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Little Falls Friends Meeting 10:30-12:00
  5. Monday, March 10: D.I. practice resumes 3:30 PM
  6. Thursday, March 13, 5:00PM: Blueberry Festival Planning Meeting in Broad Creek Classroom
  7. Thursday, March 13, 5:30-6:00PM: HSA Potluck Dinner in Broad Creek Classroom
  8. Thursday, March 13, 6:00-7:00PM: Home & School Association Meeting in Broad Creek Classroom
  9. Thursday, March 13, 7:00-9:00PM: 3rd Annual HFS Science Fair to be held in the gymnasium
  10. Saturday, March 15, 9-11AM: Our next Admissions Assessment Day will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 9-11. In each of the two sessions, we would like to provide our prospective families the opportunity to ask questions of and interact with some of our current students and parents. Please let us know if you can participate. We need at least two parents. Thank you to Tracey Waite and Hannah Stambaugh for already volunteering to attend. Student volunteers are needed to arrive by 8:30 AM to learn about their responsibilities with the elementary-age children.
  11. March 16 – March 30: Spring Break; School Closed. School resumes on Monday, March 31.

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections
(3/7/08)

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Students are presenting their book reports today and tomorrow.  I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your children wax eloquent about things literary.  I think the authors would really appreciate the reactions of each of our students! We are currently watching The Last of the Mohicans in DVD.  Most of the class seems fascinated by the actions presented.  Later we will discuss and evaluate the film.

Social Studies: For information on 8th grade social studies, please contact Stephanie Stone at sstone@jhu.edu.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Ah, science.  The muffled poof of flame ignition, testing whether there was any hydrogen left when the electric motor stopped.  The rubbery feel (eeeww, they exclaimed) of sterile nutrient agar in a petri dish.  The questions, the many questions.  The rising anxiety of everybody-but-the-students with respect to whether science fair projects will be completed at all, let alone without last minute panic and decisive underachievement.  Que sera, sera (Doris Day, lyrics by Livingston & Evans).  All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well (Mother Julian of Norwich).

If it is rumored we have done some rudimentary microbiology in class, this much is true:  one of the students (and others will do so after break) has worked with an intentionally weakened strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) called DH5-alpha.  These bacteria, a strain commonly used in recombinant DNA technology, are less dangerous than the average unwashed hand and certainly less dangerous than the inside of each and every nose.  Nevertheless, they provide opportunity for demonstration in techniques including decontamination.

Students, either confident or indifferent with respect to impending time constraints, were asked to take a crack at the commonplace adult practice of making a list of tasks they knew to remain for their science fair projects, then numbering those tasks to establish priorities.  Success of this exercise remains to be established.  Discern for yourselves, the evening of Thursday, March 13.

Math: Much of this week has been spent on factoring quadratic polynomials.  We have had a quiz on factoring, and will be moving on to quadratic patterns next week.

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: We will be getting new folders and music for next class. Students are asked to please bring their folders to each rehearsal. It is their responsibility to come prepared and ready to sing. We have to new pieces – O Danny Boy and MacNamera’s Band. Both will be rehearsed next week.

Spanish: We’ve continued studying animals and have touched on nature vocabulary and will be starting working on weather a little more soon. Our exam is scheduled for March 11. Our next unit will mainly pertain to community helpers.

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

Physical Education: Floor/Street Hockey continues and aside from the occasional bruised shin or stick blade to the fingers, everyone is thriving. It was a nice escape to get outside and play in the basketball courts this week. What was once purely frenetic energy on the floor has turned into concepts of teamwork and reliance upon others to achieve a shared objective. The fact that the students are also elevating their heart rates and breaking a sweat is a desired by-product of play. We will continue this unit until Spring Break.

NOTE from Spirit Committee…

Thank you to everyone that participated in our first ever Talent Show! Performances included playing the piano, a voodoo dance, unicycle-riding, belly-dancing, blindfolded face-painting, and even “the worm”! Congratulations Peter, Elsie, Becca, Zoe, Samantha, Hannah, Rachel, Myleigh! Special thanks go to our Master of Ceremonies, Joseph!

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. Sunday, March 9: HFS community is invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Little Falls Friends Meeting 10:30-12:00
  5. Monday, March 10: D.I. practice resumes 3:30 PM
  6. Thursday, March 13, 5:00PM: Blueberry Festival Planning Meeting in Broad Creek Classroom
  7. Thursday, March 13, 5:30-6:00PM: HSA Potluck Dinner in Broad Creek Classroom
  8. Thursday, March 13, 6:00-7:00PM: Home & School Association Meeting in Broad Creek Classroom
  9. Thursday, March 13, 7:00-9:00PM: 3rd Annual HFS Science Fair to be held in the gymnasium
  10. Saturday, March 15, 9-11AM: Our next Admissions Assessment Day will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 9-11. In each of the two sessions, we would like to provide our prospective families the opportunity to ask questions of and interact with some of our current students and parents. Please let us know if you can participate. We need at least two parents. Thank you to Tracey Waite and Hannah Stambaugh for already volunteering to attend. Student volunteers are needed to arrive by 8:30 AM to learn about their responsibilities with the elementary-age children.
  11. March 16 – March 30: Spring Break; School Closed. School resumes on Monday, March 31.