HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
May 2, 2008

HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections
(5/2/08)

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities: For more information on 6th grade Humanities, please contact Jim Pickard at jpickard@harfordfriends.org.

Geography-6: Students discussed “convention” and issues of “clarity” and “accuracy” as we collectively labeled a wall-sized map of Europe. We established a class convention of using only capital letters to identify countries and also identified how and what kind of confusion can arise from varying, even slightly, from the convention we’d established. In essence, clarity and accuracy are sacrificed and this is not good for either the cartographer or the traveler. There is no homework for Geography prior to our next class. However, students may wish to study for our third and final South America mapping exercise (date and time TBD).

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Sixth grade science finished the astronomy unit with a quiz on Wednesday.  It has been the most uniformly enjoyed unit of the year, so we are a bit sad to see it go.  We had a few last questions about what can happen in space, and what if … scenarios.  Now we are beginning a short look at beginning chemistry.  We are beginning by determining what elements we know, and what all of the information on the periodic table means.  I look forward to a fun unit.

Math: During this week, our students have been working on their unit projects on area and perimeter.  We have also been studying the relationship between a fixed area and varying perimeters.  In addition, we have been continuing our warm up work on fraction division.

NOTES from Explorations…

Choir: For information on 6th grade 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: Progress is being made! Our soccer players are developing a field sense and an understanding of the need for proper spacing. We’ve had some really excellent leading passes and our goal is for each team to work for true ball control through directed dribbling and passing. Again, this is all in preparation for our 2nd Annual Friends Cup on Friday, June 6th! We hope you will be there to play!

NOTES from Advisory 6…

Life Education – 6: We concluded our Life Education course today. Students wrote very thoughtful and perceptive course evaluations and packed all of their work into individual folders. They have been instructed to share their body of work with you. The packets include the Values, Rites of Passage, and Pregnancy Interviews. All will become treasured family documents I am sure. Finally, if I can get a female nurse to come in and talk, we will reconvene for her presentation and Q&A with the students. Form one student’s course evaluation, “This course is very valuable because this (life education/sex education) is important to know. NO matter how gross we think it is, we need to know.”

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. 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.
  2. Saturday, May 3: HSA set to staff the HFS informational booth and flower basket sales 11AM-9PM.
  3. Sunday, May 4: HSA set to staff the HFS informational booth and flower basket sales 12-8PM.
  4. Wednesday, May 7: Spring Appreciation Day! All classes are to be held outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather!
  5. Friday, May 9: Field trips scheduled:
    6th Grade –Need parent drivers for 8 students. (Depart 10AM, Return 3PM)
    7th Grade – Computer Technology. Thank you Tom for driving once again! (Depart 9AM, Return 1PM)
    8th Grade – No trip. Classes to occur as usual.
  6. Tuesday, May 13, 5:00-9:00PM: Heartsaver CPR Training Class to be held at HFS. Register now with Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org. Program cost is $50.
  7. Friday, May 16: Field trips scheduled:
    6th/7th Grades – GVOLC. Need parent drivers for 12 students.
    8th Grade – Gettysburg. Need parent drivers for 7 students.
  8. Sunday, May 18, 2:00-4:00PM: HFS to host its final Open House of the school year. Parents and students please attend if you are available!
  9. Friday, May 23, 3:30PM: End of School Year Picnic at the home of Bill & Carmella Fifty in Churchville. Please contact Carmella for details!
  10. Monday, May 26: SCHOOL CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.
  11. Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, May 30: All students to travel with GVOLC for the annual 3-day outdoor adventure. Parent drivers/chaperones needed!
  12. Thursday, June 5, 8:00-8:45AM: Parent Coffee with the Head of School. Please plan to attend to enjoy light refreshments and conversation with Mr. Huxtable. RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org.
  13. Friday, June 6: Last Day of School; Field Day & 2nd Annual Friends Cup soccer tournament!
  14. Saturday, June 7, 10AM-12PM: Commencement Ceremony at Deer Creek Friends Meeting. All HFS students and families are expected to attend this special event.
  15. Friday, June 13: Year-End Student Reports mailed to families.

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections
(5/2/08)

NOTES from Humanities…

English: For more information on 7th grade English, please contact Jim Pickard at jpickard@harfordfriends.org.

Social Studies: Seventh grade social studies aimed to finish our investigation of India by looking at the myriad of political issues that plagued India over the past 50 years as well as modern qualms with surrounding countries including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.  We finished our unit with a test on Friday, and the beginning of a movie in the afternoon, hurray!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Seventh grade math continued an introduction of three dimensional shapes with both a review of area and perimeter as well as a look at some of the easiest three dimensional shapes, rectangular prisms, or boxes.  We made the connection between the surface of a box that we can analyze in two dimensions and the box itself, with its surface area and volume.  We also looked at different ways we can represent a box using “nets”.  This is a far more hands-on unit compared to our last few.

Science: Seventh grade science had a great time determining the genetic traits of a group of animals we named Gumps.  By breeding them, we are trying to see how population genetics occurs within a few generations.  We also finished our survey of the school’s genetic traits.  We also learned what dominant and recessive traits mean, and how they manifest themselves.  We will continue our look at genetics and the importance of DNA next week.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Choir: For information on 7th grade music, 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: We will start typing a page from the students favorite book into a MS Word document. After that we will work with digital photography starting with theory then taking some classroom shots. We will discuss file size, pixel size, red-eye, cropping, jpg vs gif, and more. After that we will work on a solution to view analog video in a digital environment.

Physical Education: Progress is being made! Our soccer players are developing a field sense and an understanding of the need for proper spacing. We’ve had some really excellent leading passes and our goal is for each team to work for true ball control through directed dribbling and passing. Again, this is all in preparation for our 2nd Annual Friends Cup on Friday, June 6th! We hope you will be there to play!

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. 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.
  2. Saturday, May 3: HSA set to staff the HFS informational booth and flower basket sales 11AM-9PM.
  3. Sunday, May 4: HSA set to staff the HFS informational booth and flower basket sales 12-8PM.
  4. Wednesday, May 7: Spring Appreciation Day! All classes are to be held outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather!
  5. Friday, May 9: Field trips scheduled:
    6th Grade –Need parent drivers for 8 students. (Depart 10AM, Return 3PM)
    7th Grade – Computer Technology. Thank you Tom for driving once again! (Depart 9AM, Return 1PM)
    8th Grade – No trip. Classes to occur as usual.
  6. Tuesday, May 13, 5:00-9:00PM: Heartsaver CPR Training Class to be held at HFS. Register now with Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org. Program cost is $50.
  7. Friday, May 16: Field trips scheduled:
    6th/7th Grades – GVOLC. Need parent drivers for 12 students.
    8th Grade – Gettysburg. Need parent drivers for 7 students.
  8. Sunday, May 18, 2:00-4:00PM: HFS to host its final Open House of the school year. Parents and students please attend if you are available!
  9. Friday, May 23, 3:30PM: End of School Year Picnic at the home of Bill & Carmella Fifty in Churchville. Please contact Carmella for details!
  10. Monday, May 26: SCHOOL CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.
  11. Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, May 30: All students to travel with GVOLC for the annual 3-day outdoor adventure. Parent drivers/chaperones needed!
  12. Thursday, June 5, 8:00-8:45AM: Parent Coffee with the Head of School. Please plan to attend to enjoy light refreshments and conversation with Mr. Huxtable. RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org.
  13. Friday, June 6: Last Day of School; Field Day & 2nd Annual Friends Cup soccer tournament!
  14. Saturday, June 7, 10AM-12PM: Commencement Ceremony at Deer Creek Friends Meeting. All HFS students and families are expected to attend this special event.
  15. Friday, June 13: Year-End Student Reports mailed to families.

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections
(5/2/08)

NOTES from Humanities…

English: For more information on 8th grade English, please contact Jim Pickard at jpickard@harfordfriends.org.

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

NOTES from Technology…

Science: In Eighth Grade Science, we have taken journeys of the body and the mind these past three weeks, savoring the denouement of middle school education for these youngsters.

At the Hagley Museum on the Brandywine River, we had a well-guided tour of the era of water power as it evolved from simple water wheels to steam and back to turbines.  We walked the museum and then the millrace, observing how the gravitational potential energy of water was converted to mechanical energy, and moved hundreds of yards by systems of shafts and gears.  In another section we observed a massive steam engine in action, with its belts and enormous flywheel, energy transferred again to shafts and remote locations.  This tangible synthesis of our previous studies of physical sciences was linked to reminders of our brief forays into chemistry:  the water-driven industry of DuPont in the early 19th century was the manufacture of gunpowder.  Charcoal, sulfur, and potassium nitrate were carefully mixed and milled, buildings were dispersed (thus the need to transfer water power via turning shafts), and sources of sparks were eliminated (except in the occasions they weren’t, and great explosions occurred).  We were treated to a demonstration explosion, and necessarily reminded (back in class) that “bang” means that chemical combustion is followed by explosive physical expansion of heated gases.

Our study of the immune system, combined with the opportunity to visit the Body Worlds exhibit at the Maryland Science Center, created some coherency in what became a short unit on physiology.  We prepared in advance for the Body World trip, and debriefed afterward (in part through homework) for content and students’ impressions.

To make connections in our knowledge (an activity often resisted by children and adults alike), we first considered our tour (expertly guided by Virginia Remsberg) of the Maps exhibit at the Walters Art Museum.  In class afterward, students were asked to make itinerary and networking maps as seen by red blood cells, requiring that they re-imagine their knowledge of both maps and human bodies.  Next we, considered frames of reference represented in our language, among them gravity-based frame (e.g. “above”), geocentric frame (e.g. “north”), object-centered frame (e.g. “the car’s right side”), and egocentric frame (e.g. “behind the pole”).  Our body’s gravity sense (and lack thereof, which results in motion sickness) is created in conjunction with the bony labyrinth of the inner ear, a delicate little structure all students had failed to observe in the Body Worlds exhibit as they gaped at the larger spectacle of plasticized and fragmented human bodies.  Stretching the metaphor of “mapping one’s place in the universe” one step further, we had a brief discussion of relativity and special relativity, mindbending concepts that are approachable enough if the complex math is avoided.

Though we are not quite finished with infectious diseases and immunology (there will be a special presentation next week by guests), and students have not yet been quizzed formally on their knowledge, we premiered the next major unit by viewing “An Inconvenient Truth,” which centers on global warming.  Note that our approach to this documentary and other great issues of humankind’s impact on the planet will involve critical analysis and some individual research, not simple belief and memorization.

In Science in the News, we considered chaos theory and the butterfly effect, the mounting evidence that Tyrannosaurus Rex was more closely related to modern birds than modern reptiles, a recent government report on record-setting levels of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere, and a review of a book built on the theme that the bodies and minds evolution has given us are a kluge (defined as “a clumsy or inelegant – yet surprisingly effective – solution to a problem”).

We made a brief nod to Earth Day, the first one in 1970 being quite ancient history to 8th graders, along with such things as fires on the Cuyahoga River, Silent Spring, Three Mile Island, and the Apollo missions (even the 2000 election, which freed Al Gore to give slide shows on global warming, was well before their time).  Class discussions have generally been lively, and students may occasionally hold the misimpression they stray to randomness and avoidance of science, when in fact they are interconnecting what they know.  And, as they assembled two solar sprint cars and conducted some trial races on the sunny outdoor basketball court, they may not have noticed they were not only cavorting but also learning.

Math: We are finishing our work on quadratic equations and functions.  The unit assessment will be next Tuesday.  In addition, a sample Algebra I test has been given as a home assignment that will be due next week.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: For 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 information on 8th grade music, 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: Students must hand in their text for their websites at the beginning of class on Monday May 5th. There must be 5 pages with at least 100 words on each of those 5 pages. Additional pages are extra credit. After that we will discuss how to use the website design software and the process necessary to create an effective website.

Physical Education: Progress is being made! Our soccer players are developing a field sense and an understanding of the need for proper spacing. We’ve had some really excellent leading passes and our goal is for each team to work for true ball control through directed dribbling and passing. Again, this is all in preparation for our 2nd Annual Friends Cup on Friday, June 6th! We hope you will be there to play!

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. 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.
  2. Saturday, May 3: HSA set to staff the HFS informational booth and flower basket sales 11AM-9PM.
  3. Sunday, May 4: HSA set to staff the HFS informational booth and flower basket sales 12-8PM.
  4. Wednesday, May 7: Spring Appreciation Day! All classes are to be held outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather!
  5. Friday, May 9: Field trips scheduled:
    6th Grade –Need parent drivers for 8 students. (Depart 10AM, Return 3PM)
    7th Grade – Computer Technology. Thank you Tom for driving once again! (Depart 9AM, Return 1PM)
    8th Grade – No trip. Classes to occur as usual.
  6. Tuesday, May 13, 5:00-9:00PM: Heartsaver CPR Training Class to be held at HFS. Register now with Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org. Program cost is $50.
  7. Friday, May 16: Field trips scheduled:
    6th/7th Grades – GVOLC. Need parent drivers for 12 students.
    8th Grade – Gettysburg. Need parent drivers for 7 students.
  8. Sunday, May 18, 2:00-4:00PM: HFS to host its final Open House of the school year. Parents and students please attend if you are available!
  9. Friday, May 23, 3:30PM: End of School Year Picnic at the home of Bill & Carmella Fifty in Churchville. Please contact Carmella for details!
  10. Monday, May 26: SCHOOL CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.
  11. Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, May 30: All students to travel with GVOLC for the annual 3-day outdoor adventure. Parent drivers/chaperones needed!
  12. Thursday, June 5, 8:00-8:45AM: Parent Coffee with the Head of School. Please plan to attend to enjoy light refreshments and conversation with Mr. Huxtable. RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org.
  13. Friday, June 6: Last Day of School; Field Day & 2nd Annual Friends Cup soccer tournament!
  14. Saturday, June 7, 10AM-12PM: Commencement Ceremony at Deer Creek Friends Meeting. All HFS students and families are expected to attend this special event.
  15. Friday, June 13: Year-End Student Reports mailed to families.