HFS Weekly Collections

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April 11, 2008

HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections
(4/11/08)

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities: Our students continue to work very hard in all aspects of Humanities 6. In spelling-vocabulary, we are studying the words from Unit 15 and will probably have a test on next week.   In literature, we are working with several of the ancient Greek and Roman myths.  We are analyzing their structure, characteristics, and their purposes. We will soon advance to writing original Greek myths of our own.  We will utilize the various steps of the writing process in order to do so, and I am already looking forward to the results. Students are preparing charts in an attempt to keep the various gods and goddesses straight in their minds.  They have also read the myths of Arachne, Prometheus and Pandora, and Echo and Narcissus.  More of course, will follow.  In social studies, Mr. Huxtable is working with the class on a Greek Negotiation Project, which students seem to be enjoying immensely.

Geography 6: Our study of South American countries and capitals will resume on Friday, April 25.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Sixth grade science continues our investigation of our solar system.  We were surprised by the fact that the sun is gaseous, and about 15 million degrees Celsius.  Another surprise that seemed to stick was the fact that the sun is 99.8 percent of the mass of the solar system.  Now we also have turned our attention to the inner planets, the terrestrial planets, and what we can expect to find on the surface, in the atmosphere, and their possible histories.  Next we turn to the outer planets, and this will be summarized by the project due Monday, April 21, in which we each look more deeply at on of the planets (ah, the perfect number of students to planets if we exclude earth) and finally attempt to construct a representation of the solar system.

Math: For more information on sixth grade mathematics, please contact Ray Pitz at pitzraymond@aol.com.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

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

Physical Education: Students transitioned from group games and cooperative challenge activities to soccer with some Ultimate Frisbee classes. We will be playing soccer soon in preparation for our 2nd Annual Friends Cup game to be played on Friday, June 6. All community members are welcomed to play.

NOTES from Advisory 6…

Life Education: Students are to have read Chapter Five: “Man and Woman Unite in Sexual Intercourse” and Chapter Six: “Heredity: What is Passed on to Us by the Sperm and the Egg” by Tuesday, April 15. We will review that reading together before beginning our next family project, an interview with either a woman who is or was once pregnant OR a man who is or was once a partner to a woman who was pregnant. Student will be assigned Chapter Eight, pp. 38-51, “From Fertilization to Birth of the Baby” to read by Tuesday, April 22nd. The answers to the interview questions will be due the same day. WARNING: This will take longer than one single twenty-minute session. Students and parents should plan on at least two 20-30 minutes sessions to discuss and document the answers to the questions!

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Monday, April 14 – Thursday, April 17: ERB Testing to occur during the school day for all grades. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast!
  2. Friday, April 18: Sixth grade to Broom’s Bloom Dairy. Up to two additional drivers still needed. Departure time: 9:00 AM, Return tine: 3:00 PM. Please email Mr. Norton if you are available at Norton.jacob@gmail.com.
  3. Friday, April 18: Seventh grade to the Maryland Zoo. One parent driver/chaperone still needed. Departure time: 8:00 AM, Return time: 3:00 PM. Please email Mr. Huxtable if you are available at headofschool@harfordfriends.org.
  4. Friday, April 18: Eighth grade to Haverford College and Hagley Museum. Up to two parent drivers still needed. Departure time: 7:30 AM, Return time: 5:30 PM. Please email Mr. Huxtable if you are available at headofschool@harfordfriends.org.
  5. Friday, April 18: HSA Meeting 5:30-7:30 PM with potluck dinner. Please contact Carmella Fifty for additional details at c50fifty@verizon.net. Please park at the Presbyterian Church across the street even if there are spots available in the school parking lot. Both the gym and playing fields will be fully occupied at that time.
  6. Thursday, April 24: All grades will travel to the Baltimore City area for field trips. Departure time: 8:00 AM. Sixth and seventh grades are expected to return to school for 4:00 PM dismissal. Eighth grade is expected to return to school for 5:00 PM dismissal.
  7. Saturday, April 26, 9-11AM: Our next Admissions Assessment Day will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 9-11. In the session, 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. Student volunteers are needed to arrive by 8:30 AM to learn about their responsibilities.
  8. 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.
  9. Pizza Day: If you would like to have a pizza lunch in April, feel free to suggest a day at least two weeks out. Payment is requested by Monday of the week in question and a list of participating students will be posted on the following Tuesday.

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections
(4/11/08)

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Our students continue to work very hard in all aspects of English 7. In spelling-vocabulary, we are studying the words from Unit 14 and will probably have a test some time next week.   In literature, we are still working with myths and legends starring the classic heroes of Ancient Greece and Rome.  We are currently engrossed in “The Quest of the Golden Fleece” and will be evaluating Jason as a classical hero.  In writing, we are feverishly working on writing and illustrating a children’ s story, which is due tomorrow! Students will read their stories to kindergarteners when the stories are completed. We are all eagerly awaiting these literary debuts.

Social Studies: Seventh grade social studies found themselves discovering yet another case of Britain becoming an imperial power after a rich cultural history.  Now, as we reach the last two hundred years of Indian history, we are beginning to see some similarities to the American experience, and yet some drastic differences as well.  As we learn more about the last one hundred years of Indian history, we will begin to explore the influence of Mahatma Gandhi as well as the modern influences on Indian culture.  I am very pleased with the review of Indian history from last year, and the retention of the empires that were instrumental in shaping India.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Seventh grade math had an excellent experience in real life experience this week.  While we were using the example of stairs to discuss rise/run and slope, Mr. Huxtable happened to walk in and suggest that we help him with the planning of some stairs he wants to build.  Using the information from the book, and after confirming this information online, we went about planning the dimensions of a set of stairs that will indeed be created.  We ended up planning on a rise of six inches and run of 13 inches (i.e. 13 inch landings for walking on, and 6 inch tall stairs).  What a great opportunity for problem solving.  We have also begun to investigate the patterns in slope of parallel lines but more impressively, perpendicular lines.  Ask about the term “negative reciprocal.”

Science: Seventh grade science has begun an investigation of animal cells and the important building blocks at the molecular level.  We learned about carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids and their importance.  Also, we looked at the fascinating process of cell division.  They heard my bad story about mitosis, it is a classic that I heard from my seventh grade science teacher, so I perpetuated the bad story to the next generation of rolled eyes and groans of disapproval.  Of course, I enjoyed it immensely.  Coming very soon, Monday, is our look at DNA.  We have already discovered what it is made of, and how, in general, it replicates with respect to cell division, but next week, we will solidify what we know.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: For more information on 7th grade music, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

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

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

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

Computer Technology: We will start of with a typing quiz! After that we continue with our PowerPoint presentation. Students will prepare a practiced version of their PowerPoint final, which is due at the end of class on May 5th. Mike Parr will not be available on April 28th.

Physical Education: Students transitioned from group games and cooperative challenge activities to soccer with some Ultimate Frisbee classes. We will be playing soccer soon in preparation for our 2nd Annual Friends Cup game to be played on Friday, June 6. All community members are welcomed to play.

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Monday, April 14 – Thursday, April 17: ERB Testing to occur during the school day for all grades. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast!
  2. Friday, April 18: Sixth grade to Broom’s Bloom Dairy. Up to two additional drivers still needed. Departure time: 9:00 AM, Return tine: 3:00 PM. Please email Mr. Norton if you are available at Norton.jacob@gmail.com.
  3. Friday, April 18: Seventh grade to the Maryland Zoo. One parent driver/chaperone still needed. Departure time: 8:00 AM, Return time: 3:00 PM. Please email Mr. Huxtable if you are available at headofschool@harfordfriends.org.
  4. Friday, April 18: Eighth grade to Haverford College and Hagley Museum. Up to two parent drivers still needed. Departure time: 7:30 AM, Return time: 5:30 PM. Please email Mr. Huxtable if you are available at headofschool@harfordfriends.org.
  5. Friday, April 18: HSA Meeting 5:30-7:30 PM with potluck dinner. Please contact Carmella Fifty for additional details at c50fifty@verizon.net. Please park at the Presbyterian Church across the street even if there are spots available in the school parking lot. Both the gym and playing fields will be fully occupied at that time.
  6. Thursday, April 24: All grades will travel to the Baltimore City area for field trips. Departure time: 8:00 AM. Sixth and seventh grades are expected to return to school for 4:00 PM dismissal. Eighth grade is expected to return to school for 5:00 PM dismissal.
  7. Saturday, April 26, 9-11AM: Our next Admissions Assessment Day will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 9-11. In the session, 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. Student volunteers are needed to arrive by 8:30 AM to learn about their responsibilities.
  8. 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.
  9. Pizza Day: If you would like to have a pizza lunch in April, feel free to suggest a day at least two weeks out. Payment is requested by Monday of the week in question and a list of participating students will be posted on the following Tuesday.

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections
(4/11/08)

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Our students continue to work very hard in all aspects of English 8. In spelling-vocabulary, we have returned to the vocabulary book, which we used last year.    In literature, we have been exploring the definitions of American Romanticism and Transcendentalism and the terminology associated with each.  We are delving into several short stories written by Nathaniel Hawthorne including “The Gentle Boy,” “The Birthmark,” and “Young Goodman Brown.”  We will attempt to analyze these in rather a gentle way, but my hope is that my students will actually enjoy reading them.  Last, students have been assigned a role-playing activity in which they will portray prominent writers of this period.  Accordingly, the class is researching the lives of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Sarah Waldron), Herman Melville (Hannah Stambaugh), Edgar Allan Poe (Samantha Pyle), Walt Whitman  (Eric Cerino), Emily Dickinson (Callie Jakuszeit), Ralph Waldo Emerson (Rachel Rosenberg), and Henry David Thoreau (Joseph Fifty).

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

NOTES from Technology…

Science: In eighth grade science, we used the immune system both as a primary subject for learning and more importantly as a model for a variety of biological processes.  Students were already well versed in cell structure and function, and in the central dogma of biology that “DNA makes RNA makes protein.”  The next level of questions involved queries such as “What things can be accomplished by collections of cells that can’t be accomplished by individual cells?” and “How do cells with different specializations figure out how to work together?” and more fundamentally, “How do cells communicate with each other?”  Of course, transcending all questions is the everlasting “Why should I care?”

To care about the immune system, we must care about whether we recover when we get an infection, how to avoid the worst infections, and how vaccines affect disease outcome.  We might also care whether our immune systems attack us from within (autoimmune disease), or attack things needlessly, with annoying or even deadly consequences (allergies).  Led by our readings (three chapters from PH Life Science, plus some supplementary material), we skimmed the surface infectious diseases, immunity, and the history of immunology.  This, and additional curiosities, took us down conventional story paths (Edward Jenner and smallpox vaccine, Alexander Fleming and penicillin) and many others besides (e.g., the medieval Black Plague; why Native Americans were decimated by diseases brought from Europe; how the evolution of an immune response in a single individual resembles the evolution of species).  Students will be provided a study guide to help them focus on the things they should retain for testing, versus the other wide-ranging learnings.

Finally, to productively disperse a high level of class energy, we took our immunological learning to a kind of game theory, with students playing different roles that attempted to model the frenetic race between pathogen and immune system.  This was helpful in the sense that it opened opportunities to discuss the complex orchestration and careful balance in this system, and how similar rules apply in other tissue and organ systems.  At this level (and following the orchestra metaphor), students are invited to appreciate the music and name of few of the instruments, not become masters of theory.

In the category of science enrichment, parents and students are encouraged to consider a Saturday, April 26 event at the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University.  Details are at: http://www.pha.jhu.edu/~fair/ In short, this is a kind of open house, elaborate show-and-tell, and opportunity for competition.  We are unprepared to compete as a team in any kind of event, and I believe competition would not be as good a use of time as roaming through the JHU Department of Physics and Astronomy, witnessing scientific showmanship by college students, checking out the instrumentation of physics research labs, hitting an entertaining lecture, and going to the observatory to look at the sun.  Reservations are not required for attendance at this noon – 5 PM event, and we need not go as a group unless we choose to do so.  If students want to go but parents are unavailable, I believe I am available to chaperone.

Math: For more information on 8th grade mathematics, please contact Ray Pitz at pitzraymond@aol.com.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: For more information on 8th grade 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 more information on HFS Choir, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

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

Computer Technology: This will be a very busy class this week as we have a lot to accomplish! We will have a typing quiz to start our class then we will start training on a music program using a pc. We will also talk about saving pictures as a jpeg. You will create a folder on your flash drive or your profile area and save all the pictures for your website in that folder. Please have 1 picture for each page. Website text and pictures must be completed by end of class on April 28th and will be reviewed and graded on May 5th. Mike Parr will not be available on April 28th.

Physical Education: Students transitioned from group games and cooperative challenge activities to soccer with some Ultimate Frisbee classes. We will be playing soccer soon in preparation for our 2nd Annual Friends Cup game to be played on Friday, June 6. All community members are welcomed to play.

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Monday, April 14 – Thursday, April 17: ERB Testing to occur during the school day for all grades. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast!
  2. Friday, April 18: Sixth grade to Broom’s Bloom Dairy. Up to two additional drivers still needed. Departure time: 9:00 AM, Return tine: 3:00 PM. Please email Mr. Norton if you are available at Norton.jacob@gmail.com.
  3. Friday, April 18: Seventh grade to the Maryland Zoo. One parent driver/chaperone still needed. Departure time: 8:00 AM, Return time: 3:00 PM. Please email Mr. Huxtable if you are available at headofschool@harfordfriends.org.
  4. Friday, April 18: Eighth grade to Haverford College and Hagley Museum. Up to two parent drivers still needed. Departure time: 7:30 AM, Return time: 5:30 PM. Please email Mr. Huxtable if you are available at headofschool@harfordfriends.org.
  5. Friday, April 18: HSA Meeting 5:30-7:30 PM with potluck dinner. Please contact Carmella Fifty for additional details at c50fifty@verizon.net. Please park at the Presbyterian Church across the street even if there are spots available in the school parking lot. Both the gym and playing fields will be fully occupied at that time.
  6. Thursday, April 24: All grades will travel to the Baltimore City area for field trips. Departure time: 8:00 AM. Sixth and seventh grades are expected to return to school for 4:00 PM dismissal. Eighth grade is expected to return to school for 5:00 PM dismissal.
  7. Saturday, April 26, 9-11AM: Our next Admissions Assessment Day will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 9-11. In the session, 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. Student volunteers are needed to arrive by 8:30 AM to learn about their responsibilities.
  8. 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.
  9. Pizza Day: If you would like to have a pizza lunch in April, feel free to suggest a day at least two weeks out. Payment is requested by Monday of the week in question and a list of participating students will be posted on the following Tuesday.