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October 16, 2009

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

October 16, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

Social Studies: We are days away from one of my favorite HFS trips of the year! There is so much more to observe and take in than is humanly possible in just 48 hours while in Williamsburg and Jamestown. Our time will be spent spanning the time between the arrival of the Jamestown settlers and the move of the Virginian capital from Jamestown to Williamsburg and the establishment of America’s thirteen colonies, roughly the same time period covered in the book students are finishing this week. This is an opportunity to absorb and soak in the wonder of the nation’s history and the fortuitous (to many) circumstances, trials, and tribulations that occurred to lead us to our present and into our future. I want nothing more than for our students to recognize themselves as part of the living history of our nation and begin to recognize that many of the same issues and themes that confronted the earliest Americans are still with us today albeit in different forms and manifestations.

In preparation for both our trip and the upcoming unit test on October 30th, students this week engaged in the first review sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. They will also welcome guest presenter Mr. Gregg Beatty to class on Friday. He will orient the students to the intricacies of both Jamestown’s and Williamsburg’s histories with a comprehensive Power Point presentation. He is a graduate of William and Mary, an extraordinary history buff, and also happens to be HFS science teacher Cheryl Foley’s father! Please note that there are no CRF’s due between Monday, October 19th and Tuesday, Nov. 3. The next CRF’s are due on Wednesday, Nov. 4th.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: This week has been dedicated to developing linear models from various problem solving situations and through these models we have solved linear equations and linear inequalities associated with the problem being studied.  We have also used our calculator technology to analyze these problems from a graphical perspective.  We will be taking a quiz on linear models on Monday, followed up by our Investigation dealing with inverse variation, the conclusion of our unit Working with Mathematical Models.

Science: First, I would like to mention that I really enjoy teaching the 8th graders – they have a special charm about them and, as a group, exude good vibes that make teaching fun. This week many students employed perseverance and determination as they gained ownership of concepts that evaded them last week…character traits that will continue to serve them well.  Next week we will tackle sections 2.1, observing chemical changes and 2.2, balancing equations.  I have several hands-on activities/labs planned to give the students practice on staying focused and productive while working with a group as well provide a dynamic learning environment.  Please note: the students were made aware of an upcoming comprehensive test, a.k.a. quarter exam, scheduled for Monday Nov. 2.

NOTES from Explorations…

Physical Education: Our muscle unit has begun for all grades. We are busy learning about different kinds of exercises and how they affect our muscles. Our activities are ranging from station work to games to relays races. Grades 6 through 8 are getting a small taste of what it’s like to be a personal trainer!

Grades 6th through 8th will be getting 2 study guides next week. A quiz will follow soon so everyone needs to know the material! Grades 1 – 5 will receive a work sheet or two throughout the unit.

PLEASE make sure your child has the proper shoes for gym. Vans and sketchers are too slippery. A basic running (athletic / cross trainer) shoe will allow the feet to grip the floor. We’re still having some wipeouts!!

FAVOR TO ASK: Does anyone have any interest or time to make some beanbags? We could use about 25 – 30 of them and I feel we could make them for much less than what they cost in the catalogs. Also, if you have any used tennis balls, we could use a bunch of those too.

Spanish: Weather forecast scripts were due this week. As a class we are at different steps, but most of the class is on track; some groups are still working on the rough draft, others have their drafts approved by me and just have to get feedback from their classmates on the presentation, edit and finalize the draft. We concluded the oral presentations this week. Next week we will continue to work on the project and will also conduct more activities on the irregular verbs.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, October 19 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

2.  Monday, October 19 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

3.  Tuesday, October 20 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, October 20 – National Day on Writing

5.  Wednesday, October 21 – 8th grade trip to Jamestown departs (8:00AM; Drivers Set)

6.  Thursday, October 22 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

7.  Friday, October 23 – Field Trips: Primary – Corn Maze (Depart 8:30AM, Return 1:00PM); Intermediate – Railroad Museum of PA (Depart 8:15AM, Return 3:00PM); 6th Grade – Emory Knoll Farm (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM; Drivers set); 7th Grade – TRIP CANCELLED; 8th Grade trip to Jamestown/Williamsburg (Anticipated 6:00PM Return)

8.  Monday, October 26 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

9.  Monday, October 26 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

10. Tuesday, October 27 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

11. Tuesday, October 27 – Quaker Education Parent Workshop – “What Are Quakers All About?” (5:30-7:00PM, Deer Creek, includes simple meal) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

12. Tuesday, October 27 – Home & School Association Meeting at HFS (7:00-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

13. Thursday, October 29 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

14. Friday, October 30 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:50-3:00PM)

15. Friday, October 30 – 7th & 8th Grade Students SAT Prep Session #1 – Verbal (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

16. Sunday, November 1 – HFS 2nd Annual Taste of Excellence (2:00-4:30PM, Bel Air Armory)

17. Mason-Dixon Food Locker, located in the Highland Community building, is desperately seeking immediate donations of non-perishable food items. Please call 410-452-9025 for current operating hours.


HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

October 16, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

Social Studies: Seventh grade social studies spent the week beginning to look at South America as well as taking our first vocabulary test.  The vocabulary that we will be using throughout the year is based on teaching vocabulary through Greek and Latin root words.  Many of the words that we will encounter are related to social studies, and similarly, many words that we come across in social studies have Greek and Latin roots that we will more easily be able to identify if we have some comfort with these roots.  On Wednesday and Thursday we read some Pablo Neruda, one of the most important poets in the 20th century, not to mention in Latin America.  Feel free to ask your student about the political leanings of Pablo Neruda and how they were clearly identifiable in the two poems that we looked at and dissected.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Seventh grade math started the week with a test on tables, graphs, and equations and then moved on to begin our investigation of similarity.  We enlarged shapes using rubber bands and used the idea of scaling to estimate the size of unknown objects or people.  We will continue to look at similarity next week and beyond.

Science: Science class this week has been a very “moving” experience.  We’ve simulated food chains that had pesticide-laced corn as the producer, and then discovered the principle of bioaccumulation as our grasshoppers, shrews and hawks all suffered various maladies depending upon the concentration ingested.  We’ve discussed the contrast between energy transfer and loss through a food web versus nutrient cycling.  The latter part of the week was spent developing lessons on water, carbon dioxide-oxygen and nitrogen cycles that the students will teach to the 6th graders on Friday.

NOTES from Explorations…

Physical Education: Our muscle unit has begun for all grades. We are busy learning about different kinds of exercises and how they affect our muscles. Our activities are ranging from station work to games to relays races. Grades 6 through 8 are getting a small taste of what it’s like to be a personal trainer!

Grades 6th through 8th will be getting 2 study guides next week. A quiz will follow soon so everyone needs to know the material! Grades 1 – 5 will receive a work sheet or two throughout the unit.

PLEASE make sure your child has the proper shoes for gym. Vans and sketchers are too slippery. A basic running (athletic / cross trainer) shoe will allow the feet to grip the floor. We’re still having some wipeouts!!

FAVOR TO ASK: Does anyone have any interest or time to make some beanbags? We could use about 25 – 30 of them and I feel we could make them for much less than what they cost in the catalogs. Also, if you have any used tennis balls, we could use a bunch of those too.

Spanish: The class is working on fine-tuning their scripts for the weather forecast project. Some groups have a lot to do and other groups have their script approved and were able to have the scripts reviewed by their peers, made changes, turned in the final draft to me and are starting to work on the presentation. There are groups that are also practicing their presentations. This is a very exciting time of the quarter in Spanish class, the fun work for the project begins and when it culminates the students will have a DVD of their presentation to add to their Portfolios. As a class we also reviewed the verb “ser” and another review of negatives, and infinitives, present tense. We looked back at the second quarter of last school year and conducted an exercise using the vocabulary about things we like to do and things we do not like to do. We put a conversation together. It was a lot of fun!

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, October 19 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

2.  Monday, October 19 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

3.  Tuesday, October 20 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, October 20 – National Day on Writing

5.  Wednesday, October 21 – 8th grade trip to Jamestown departs (8:00AM; Drivers Set)

6.  Thursday, October 22 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

7.  Friday, October 23 – Field Trips: Primary – Corn Maze (Depart 8:30AM, Return 1:00PM); Intermediate – Railroad Museum of PA (Depart 8:15AM, Return 3:00PM); 6th Grade – Emory Knoll Farm (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM; Drivers set); 7th Grade – TRIP CANCELLED; 8th Grade trip to Jamestown/Williamsburg (Anticipated 6:00PM Return)

8.  Monday, October 26 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

9.  Monday, October 26 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

10. Tuesday, October 27 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

11. Tuesday, October 27 – Quaker Education Parent Workshop – “What Are Quakers All About?” (5:30-7:00PM, Deer Creek, includes simple meal) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

12. Tuesday, October 27 – Home & School Association Meeting at HFS (7:00-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

13. Thursday, October 29 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

14. Friday, October 30 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:50-3:00PM)

15. Friday, October 30 – 7th & 8th Grade Students SAT Prep Session #1 – Verbal (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

16. Sunday, November 1 – HFS 2nd Annual Taste of Excellence (2:00-4:30PM, Bel Air Armory)

17. Mason-Dixon Food Locker, located in the Highland Community building, is desperately seeking immediate donations of non-perishable food items. Please call 410-452-9025 for current operating hours.
HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections

October 16, 2009

NOTES from Technology…

Math: This week was spent working on two important items in sixth grade math.  First, our special number projects were due on Wednesday.  We had a number of very informative presentations that explored the characteristics of various numbers from 2 to 42.  Secondly, on Friday, we had our first math test on the Prime Time unit.  Next, we will begin to explore fractions in the unit Bits and Pieces (1).

Science: Sixth grade science spent the week learning about plants on another scale, the plant cell.  We also had to learn a bit about the microscopic world in general so that we could understand cells better.  We will continue to learn about this smaller, but no less important, part of the plant world next week as we begin to look at diffusion and respiration.

NOTES from Explorations…

Physical Education: Our muscle unit has begun for all grades. We are busy learning about different kinds of exercises and how they affect our muscles. Our activities are ranging from station work to games to relays races. Grades 6 through 8 are getting a small taste of what it’s like to be a personal trainer!

Grades 6th through 8th will be getting 2 study guides next week. A quiz will follow soon so everyone needs to know the material! Grades 1 – 5 will receive a work sheet or two throughout the unit.

PLEASE make sure your child has the proper shoes for gym. Vans and sketchers are too slippery. A basic running (athletic / cross trainer) shoe will allow the feet to grip the floor. We’re still having some wipeouts!!

FAVOR TO ASK: Does anyone have any interest or time to make some beanbags? We could use about 25 – 30 of them and I feel we could make them for much less than what they cost in the catalogs. Also, if you have any used tennis balls, we could use a bunch of those too.

Spanish: We worked really hard on using the new vocabulary this week; we completed oral exercises to work on pronunciation and usage. The students completed written exercises individually and in groups. On Wednesday they worked without any notes or handouts, the purpose was to develop strategies to remember the vocabulary. We used geographical knowledge to make connections such as, (Cleveland, invierno (winter), nieva (snow)) and (Maryland, octubre, hace viento). Next week we will resume activities for the project, as a class we will devote time to the writing of the scripts.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, October 19 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

2.  Monday, October 19 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

3.  Tuesday, October 20 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, October 20 – National Day on Writing

5.  Wednesday, October 21 – 8th grade trip to Jamestown departs (8:00AM; Drivers Set)

6.  Thursday, October 22 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

7.  Friday, October 23 – Field Trips: Primary – Corn Maze (Depart 8:30AM, Return 1:00PM); Intermediate – Railroad Museum of PA (Depart 8:15AM, Return 3:00PM); 6th Grade – Emory Knoll Farm (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM; Drivers set); 7th Grade – TRIP CANCELLED; 8th Grade trip to Jamestown/Williamsburg (Anticipated 6:00PM Return)

8.  Monday, October 26 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

9.  Monday, October 26 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

10. Tuesday, October 27 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

11. Tuesday, October 27 – Quaker Education Parent Workshop – “What Are Quakers All About?” (5:30-7:00PM, Deer Creek, includes simple meal) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

12. Tuesday, October 27 – Home & School Association Meeting at HFS (7:00-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

13. Thursday, October 29 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

14. Friday, October 30 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:50-3:00PM)

15. Friday, October 30 – 7th & 8th Grade Students SAT Prep Session #1 – Verbal (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

16. Sunday, November 1 – HFS 2nd Annual Taste of Excellence (2:00-4:30PM, Bel Air Armory)

17. Mason-Dixon Food Locker, located in the Highland Community building, is desperately seeking immediate donations of non-perishable food items. Please call 410-452-9025 for current operating hours.


HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

October 16, 2009

NOTES from Primary Grade…

This week we are starting a new science section on observing weather.  Along with that in theme we are talking about specific types of weather.  We have discussed rain and what makes it occur and tornados.  Relating to this we made rain sticks and created a tornado with two soda bottles.  Last Friday we also had two very special events one with our 8th grade buddies, where we created bird feeders out of pinecones and hung them outside around campus.  We also had the Fire Department come and talk about fire safety for Fire Prevention Month.  The student learned about what to do in case of a fire, they got to look at the equipment on the fire trunk and walk through the fire truck.  Also the lower school committee joined the solutions committee regarding a proposal they wrote, which was then presented to the whole school at business meeting and approved.

Next week will be a busy week on Tuesday, October 20, it is National Day on Writing, where we will do many fun lower school and all school activities focusing on writing and discussing pieces of writing.  Also on Friday, October 23 we will be going to Brad’s Produce, there we will be going on a hayride, pumpkin picking, and doing an activity.  We will then be keeping our pumpkins at school for a while and will be doing math related activities with them.

NOTES from Explorations…

Physical Education: Our muscle unit has begun for all grades. We are busy learning about different kinds of exercises and how they affect our muscles. Our activities are ranging from station work to games to relays races. Grades 6 through 8 are getting a small taste of what it’s like to be a personal trainer!

Grades 6th through 8th will be getting 2 study guides next week. A quiz will follow soon so everyone needs to know the material! Grades 1 – 5 will receive a work sheet or two throughout the unit.

PLEASE make sure your child has the proper shoes for gym. Vans and sketchers are too slippery. A basic running (athletic / cross trainer) shoe will allow the feet to grip the floor. We’re still having some wipeouts!!

FAVOR TO ASK: Does anyone have any interest or time to make some beanbags? We could use about 25 – 30 of them and I feel we could make them for much less than what they cost in the catalogs. Also, if you have any used tennis balls, we could use a bunch of those too.

Primary Spanish: In class, we reviewed basic greetings.  We continued to work on emotions this week and we also worked on personal pronouns….I, he, she, we, they, you, and you all.  The students worked on a worksheet in class that combined personal pronouns and emotions.  For next week, the students are asked to review their Emotion homework sheet during the week and prepare for in-class oral presentations using emotions and personal pronouns.  We also reviewed the rubric of how they will be evaluated.   Remember that children can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary using http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

Intermediate Spanish: In class, we reviewed basic greetings.  The students presented their emotion pumpkin faces in class.  We continued to work on emotions this week and we also worked on personal pronouns….I, he, she, we, they, you, and you all.  The students worked on a worksheet in class that combined personal pronouns and emotions.  For next week, the students are asked to review their Emotion homework sheet during the week and prepare for in-class oral presentations using emotions and personal pronouns.  We also reviewed the rubric of how they will be evaluated.   Remember that children can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary using http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, October 19 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

2.  Monday, October 19 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

3.  Tuesday, October 20 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, October 20 – National Day on Writing

5.  Wednesday, October 21 – 8th grade trip to Jamestown departs (8:00AM; Drivers Set)

6.  Thursday, October 22 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

7.  Friday, October 23 – Field Trips: Primary – Corn Maze (Depart 8:30AM, Return 1:00PM); Intermediate – Railroad Museum of PA (Depart 8:15AM, Return 3:00PM); 6th Grade – Emory Knoll Farm (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM; Drivers set); 7th Grade – TRIP CANCELLED; 8th Grade trip to Jamestown/Williamsburg (Anticipated 6:00PM Return)

8.  Monday, October 26 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

9.  Monday, October 26 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

10. Tuesday, October 27 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

11. Tuesday, October 27 – Quaker Education Parent Workshop – “What Are Quakers All About?” (5:30-7:00PM, Deer Creek, includes simple meal) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

12. Tuesday, October 27 – Home & School Association Meeting at HFS (7:00-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

13. Thursday, October 29 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

14. Friday, October 30 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:50-3:00PM)

15. Friday, October 30 – 7th & 8th Grade Students SAT Prep Session #1 – Verbal (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

16. Sunday, November 1 – HFS 2nd Annual Taste of Excellence (2:00-4:30PM, Bel Air Armory)

17. Mason-Dixon Food Locker, located in the Highland Community building, is desperately seeking immediate donations of non-perishable food items. Please call 410-452-9025 for current operating hours.