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May 22, 2009

HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections

May 22, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

The big news is we have finished the Negotiations Unit!  The opposing sides came to an agreement yesterday afternoon amid much hoopla and general rejoicing.  I was quite amazed by their involvement in this activity, and I am certain that Mr. Huxtable was very pleased with what they did.  We continue to work with reviewing the parts of speech, and we all should be experts by now.  We continue to read and write Greek myths.  The class has come up with some delightful ideas for their original writing.  I look forward to eventually reading and enjoying them!  Have a great weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Sixth grade math completed its investigation of decimals, percents, and operations with decimals.  We spent substantial time working out the ever useful of determining tax, tip, and discounts without the use of the much coveted calculator.  Next time you are out to dinner, ask your sixth grader to calculate tax and tip for you, they will probably need a pencil and paper, though, so plan ahead.  We will finish the year with an abbreviated investigation of probability.    Probability is both very interactive and example driven, so we will be spending at least part of our last week of school rolling dice.  To keep the students thinking mathematically, I will make sure to ask as many math related questions as possible next week on the three day field trip.

Science: Sixth grade science spent the week completing our electric motors as well as trying to understand why on earth they worked.  We introduced the concepts of armature, brush, and commutator to explain how it indeed did function.  Then we quickly introduced the seemingly inverse idea of generators.  Because of our concrete understanding of electric motors, generators seemed to make sense quickly.  Finally, we looked at transformers, both step-up and step-down, and why they are useful in our electric grid.  

NOTES from Technology…

Computer Technology: The students continue to work on typing skills using Ultrakey 5.0.

Physical Education: We have been working on our soccer skills. The students are working on dribbling, passing, and shooting.

Spanish: We had great time this week learning about Costa Rica,Dominican Republic, and Paraguay.  We enjoyed juice, Dominican rice and beans and corn bread. Next week we will begin a review of the year.

From the Business Office…

In an effort to meet your financial needs, you may now pay your student’s tuition with a credit card.  Instructions will be emailed out this week.

Just a few reminders…

  • Student statements will be mailed out this week for all outstanding charges that are past due.  The deadline for all current school year charges to be paid in full is May 29, 2009.  Thank you.
  • 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, May 25: School Closed – Memorial Day
  2. Tuesday, May 26: LAST DAY TO SUBMIT ALL PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES for use during the camping trip. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE IN ITS ORIGINAL CONTAINER – CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE CHILD’S NAME, TYPE OF MEDICATION AND DOSAGE INSTRUCTIONS. If possible, please include the attached Physician’s Medication Order Form, completed by your child’s physician, for each medication to be administered. Only medication that is taken on a daily basis, or those that are taken on an as-needed basis (i.e. inhalers/epi pens/Benadryl for allergic reactions) will be allowed on trips. No over-the counter medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, or pain relievers will be given on a field trip unless accompanied by a Physician’s Medication Order Form clearly outlining guidelines for use.
  3. Tuesday, May 26: ALL STUDENTS MUST COME TO SCHOOL WITH BAGS PACKED AND READY FOR THE CAMPING TRIP Wednesday through Friday. Packs will be inspected and retained overnight. This provides students with the opportunity to makes sure nothing is forgotten before leaving on the trip (due 8:00 AM)
  4. Tuesday, May 26: MathCounts with Mr. Norton in Forest Hill Classroom (3:00-4:00PM)
  5. Wednesday, May 27: ALL students depart for 3-day Outdoor Adventure (8:30AM)
  6. Friday, May 29: Students return from 3-day Outdoor Adventure (5:30PM)
  7. Tuesday, June 2: MathCounts with Mr. Norton in Forest Hill Classroom (3:00-4:00PM)
  8. Wednesday, June 3: Blueberry Festival Coordinators Meeting (6:30PM)
  9. Thursday, June 4: Parent Coffee with the Head (8:00-9:00AM) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  10. Thursday, June 4: Commencement Rehearsal at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (3:30-5:00PM). Parent volunteers are needed to transport 7th & 8th grade students to DCFM at 3:00PM and return them to HFS at 5:30PM. Pickup may occur at DCFM at 5:00PM or at HFS at 5:30PM. Regular 3:00 dismissal will occur for all 6th grade students.
  11. Friday, June 5: Last day of School (Schedule to be announced)
  12. Friday, June 5: 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.
  13. Saturday, June 6: Alumni/Graduate Breakfast (8:00-9:00AM at DCFM); Class of 2013 Commencement (10:00AM-12:00PM at DCFM)
  14. Monday, June 15: Year-End Reports mailed to students.
  15. Friday, June 19: Student Summer Work Mailing
  16. Friday, August 28: 2009-2010 Admissions Referral Enrollment deadline

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

May 22, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

The seventh graders have completed their study of India. We are discussing current events in South Asia as well as the Middle East.  In English, the students have completed writing about the journey of a hero. In vocabulary, we are discussing root words and vocabulary with the theme being “All or Nothing”. We will have completed these lessons Friday, May 22nd. In literature, we continue to read Rebecca. We have been discussing the characters and storyline of this novel daily.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: In seventh grade math we continued to investigate the properties of geometric shapes.  We focused primarily on volume and surface area of cylinders and triangular prisms.  We turned these three dimensional objects into nets, or “unfolded” two dimensional objects to understand how surface area can be more easily understood.  During next week, Tuesday, as well as the final week of school we will finish the year with a look at cones and pyramids.  The relationships to shapes we have already described are surprising!  To keep the students thinking mathematically, I will make sure to ask as many math related questions as possible next week on the three day field trip.

Science: This week in seventh grade science we continued our work on oceans with a miniature quiz that was made up of warm up questions from the last couple of weeks.  We also began our work on incorporating our newfound knowledge of oceans into a horror story.  It is a chance for students to use their humanities skills and the thrill of stories like Jaws or Open Water to share their knowledge of ocean science.  This week we also looked at the complicated idea of the Coriolis Effect and how this affects the ocean.

NOTES from Technology…

Computer Technology: The students continue to work on typing skills using Ultrakey 5.0.

Physical Education: We have been working on our soccer skills. The students are working on dribbling, passing, and shooting.

Spanish A:  We completed a review of the year this week.  We will have a test on Tuesday the 26th.

Spanish B: We completed a review of the year this week.  We will have a test on Tuesday the 26th.

From the Business Office…

In an effort to meet your financial needs, you may now pay your student’s tuition with a credit card.  Instructions will be emailed out this week.

Just a few reminders…

  • Student statements will be mailed out this week for all outstanding charges that are past due.  The deadline for all current school year charges to be paid in full is May 29, 2009.  Thank you.
  • 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, May 25: School Closed – Memorial Day
  2. Tuesday, May 26: LAST DAY TO SUBMIT ALL PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES for use during the camping trip. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE IN ITS ORIGINAL CONTAINER – CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE CHILD’S NAME, TYPE OF MEDICATION AND DOSAGE INSTRUCTIONS. If possible, please include the attached Physician’s Medication Order Form, completed by your child’s physician, for each medication to be administered. Only medication that is taken on a daily basis, or those that are taken on an as-needed basis (i.e. inhalers/epi pens/Benadryl for allergic reactions) will be allowed on trips. No over-the counter medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, or pain relievers will be given on a field trip unless accompanied by a Physician’s Medication Order Form clearly outlining guidelines for use.
  3. Tuesday, May 26: ALL STUDENTS MUST COME TO SCHOOL WITH BAGS PACKED AND READY FOR THE CAMPING TRIP Wednesday through Friday. Packs will be inspected and retained overnight. This provides students with the opportunity to makes sure nothing is forgotten before leaving on the trip (due 8:00 AM)
  4. Tuesday, May 26: MathCounts with Mr. Norton in Forest Hill Classroom (3:00-4:00PM)
  5. Wednesday, May 27: ALL students depart for 3-day Outdoor Adventure (8:30AM)
  6. Friday, May 29: Students return from 3-day Outdoor Adventure (5:30PM)
  7. Tuesday, June 2: MathCounts with Mr. Norton in Forest Hill Classroom (3:00-4:00PM)
  8. Wednesday, June 3: Blueberry Festival Coordinators Meeting (6:30PM)
  9. Thursday, June 4: Parent Coffee with the Head (8:00-9:00AM) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  10. Thursday, June 4: Commencement Rehearsal at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (3:30-5:00PM). Parent volunteers are needed to transport 7th & 8th grade students to DCFM at 3:00PM and return them to HFS at 5:30PM. Pickup may occur at DCFM at 5:00PM or at HFS at 5:30PM. Regular 3:00 dismissal will occur for all 6th grade students.
  11. Friday, June 5: Last day of School (Schedule to be announced)
  12. Friday, June 5: 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.
  13. Saturday, June 6: Alumni/Graduate Breakfast (8:00-9:00AM at DCFM); Class of 2013 Commencement (10:00AM-12:00PM at DCFM)
  14. Monday, June 15: Year-End Reports mailed to students.
  15. Friday, June 19: Student Summer Work Mailing
  16. Friday, August 28: 2009-2010 Admissions Referral Enrollment deadline

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

May 22, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

The research project is almost completed!  However, students and parents should note that the final drafts are due on Tuesday!  The class has worked very hard on this paper, and I am looking forward to reading and evaluating them.  We still continue to work with prepositional phrases used as adjectives and adverbs, and we may have time to explore the magical world of gerunds, infinitives, and participials.  We also continue to work with American literature and shall do until the end of the year.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: The eighth graders have been spending this week exploring different sampling strategies, including convenience, systematic, voluntary-response, and random sampling, discovering that random sampling is, perhaps, the least biased, since every element of the population has an equal chance of being selected for the sample.  In this process, we have discovered that true “randomness” cannot be attained from a computer or calculator based algorithm, and that rolling a die or spinning a spinner may yield a more random result.

We are currently analyzing distributions of sample means and medians to see the effect of altering sample size on our discoveries, with the goal of applying the central limit theorem in developing inferences, and establishing margins of error.

On Friday, we are completing the Maryland High School Assessment from a prior year as a summary of our “year in algebra”, so that the students understand that they have met the requirements (and beyond) as established by MSDE for students throughout the state in algebra and data analysis.

Science: Students concluded their tour of carbon chemistry, particularly the chemistry of biological molecules.  After misunderstanding the textbook’s description of esters, they found fascination in ester fragrances, the olfactory system’s capacity to distinguish so clearly between such things as ethyl acetate (nail polish remover) and ethyl butyrate (banana odor) despite relatively little difference in structural formulas of the molecules.  Other misunderstandings, revealed by in-class and homework question-sets, were also explained and clarified.  Students made molecular models of amino acids, which were then used to foreshadow things they will someday understand in more depth, especially the importance of size, charge, hydrophilicity (water-seeking), and hydrophobicity (water-avoidance) as traits of biological molecules.  Students were reminded of their previous learning that shape, charge, and motion are the fundamentals of molecular binding and assembly.

A short reading on soap was used to re-introduce and reinforce the disinclination for oil and water to mix, and the tendency for a given solute (in this case, red food dye) to associate with either the water or oil phase, but not both.  We discussed and showed how soap allows oil and water to mix.  To reinforce the tendency of water to associate with itself and not with unlike molecules, we re-examined the phenomenon of surface tension, floating an ordinary pin and a paper clip on the surface of water in a beaker.  A tiny amount of soap, added to the water at some distance from the floating metal object, breaks surface tension almost immediately, leading the denser object to sink.  Turning to similar phenomena in biological membranes, we discerned that soap is a wonderful disinfectant because it perturbs lipid membranes; so, use soap in washing your hands not because your mother told you to but because there are good scientific reasons to do so.

As kinetic relief and to remind students of a variety of physical principles previously encountered (mechanics, energy transfers, etc.), we liberated from storage two solar cars assembled by last year’s eight graders.  After some trial runs on the outdoor basketball court, students returned to class to modify cars (for straighter tracking and greater speed) in ways that last year’s students never had time to achieve.

To synthesize some of our recent knowledge on climate change and the world’s energy challenges, students were tasked with writing 5-paragraph essays on some small component (at each student’s choosing) of White House policy related to environmental stewardship.  See rubric in students’ possessions.  This exercise is intended for skill-building (5-paragraph essay is a recurrent theme in high school) and to compel students not only to look up new information about discrete topics but to revisit their memories of videos and readings from this quarter.

NOTES from Technology…

Physical Education: We have been working on our soccer skills. The students are working on dribbling, passing, and shooting.

Spanish A: We completed a review of the year this week.  We will have a test on Tuesday the 26th.

Spanish B: We completed a review of the year this week.  We will have a test on Tuesday the 26th.

From the Business Office…

In an effort to meet your financial needs, you may now pay your student’s tuition with a credit card.  Instructions will be emailed out this week.

Just a few reminders…

  • Student statements will be mailed out this week for all outstanding charges that are past due.  The deadline for all current school year charges to be paid in full is May 29, 2009.  Thank you.
  • 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, May 25: School Closed – Memorial Day
  2. Tuesday, May 26: LAST DAY TO SUBMIT ALL PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINES for use during the camping trip. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE IN ITS ORIGINAL CONTAINER – CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE CHILD’S NAME, TYPE OF MEDICATION AND DOSAGE INSTRUCTIONS. If possible, please include the attached Physician’s Medication Order Form, completed by your child’s physician, for each medication to be administered. Only medication that is taken on a daily basis, or those that are taken on an as-needed basis (i.e. inhalers/epi pens/Benadryl for allergic reactions) will be allowed on trips. No over-the counter medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, or pain relievers will be given on a field trip unless accompanied by a Physician’s Medication Order Form clearly outlining guidelines for use.
  3. Tuesday, May 26: ALL STUDENTS MUST COME TO SCHOOL WITH BAGS PACKED AND READY FOR THE CAMPING TRIP Wednesday through Friday. Packs will be inspected and retained overnight. This provides students with the opportunity to makes sure nothing is forgotten before leaving on the trip (due 8:00 AM)
  4. Tuesday, May 26: MathCounts with Mr. Norton in Forest Hill Classroom (3:00-4:00PM)
  5. Wednesday, May 27: ALL students depart for 3-day Outdoor Adventure (8:30AM)
  6. Friday, May 29: Students return from 3-day Outdoor Adventure (5:30PM)
  7. Tuesday, June 2: MathCounts with Mr. Norton in Forest Hill Classroom (3:00-4:00PM)
  8. Wednesday, June 3: Blueberry Festival Coordinators Meeting (6:30PM)
  9. Thursday, June 4: Parent Coffee with the Head (8:00-9:00AM) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  10. Thursday, June 4: Commencement Rehearsal at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (3:30-5:00PM). Parent volunteers are needed to transport 7th & 8th grade students to DCFM at 3:00PM and return them to HFS at 5:30PM. Pickup may occur at DCFM at 5:00PM or at HFS at 5:30PM. Regular 3:00 dismissal will occur for all 6th grade students.
  11. Friday, June 5: Last day of School (Schedule to be announced)
  12. Friday, June 5: 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.
  13. Saturday, June 6: Alumni/Graduate Breakfast (8:00-9:00AM at DCFM); Class of 2013 Commencement (10:00AM-12:00PM at DCFM)
  14. Monday, June 15: Year-End Reports mailed to students.
  15. Friday, June 19: Student Summer Work Mailing
  16. Friday, August 28: 2009-2010 Admissions Referral Enrollment deadline