HFS Weekly Collections

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February 19, 2010

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

February 19, 2010

(PLEASE FIND THE WEEKLY UPDATES TO THE MASTER CALENDAR ON THE LAST PAGE OF THIS DOCUMENT.)

Dear HFS Community Members,

It is good to be back in school. From a personal perspective, the extra time with family was wonderful, the chance to frolic in the snow with saucer-eyed children, divine. However, I sorely missed the break from routine and the excitement that greets every day in our school. Student stories of snowbound adventures from building forts to shoveling and sledding made much of the unanticipated break feel worthwhile. The sheer volume of snow under which we were buried will provide a lifetime of memories. While students may not remember the first day back to school years from now, the chance to share one’s “snow stories’ with friends and teachers seemed to confirm the reality of a very bizarre week and a half. While Wednesday’s hallway buzz was significant, the swing of the “pendulum of purpose” had come all the way back from its pre-snow position of “restless anticipation.” Classrooms this week were focused, directed, and “on,” as were our students. HFS Trustee Doug Miller, formerly a Penn State faculty member and leader of Penn State choirs, joined us for our first Meeting for Worship for Singing this week. After an engaging session of singing, Doug commented gratefully on the students’ joy in lifting their voices. Just as he connected the spontaneous singing on Haiti in the aftermath of January’s earthquake, i sensed that our students sang joyfully, in part, just to say, “We are here!” I believe the mixture of teachers getting back to what they love to do and students returning to routine, each other, and a greater appreciation for their community made this half-week feel so much more like a fully purposeful week. Thanks to all for your work in helping our program – teachers and students alike – pick right up from where we left off, only this time without the restless anticipation!

-Jonathan

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer middle school students needed as hosts and room captains for Judy’s Night of a Thousand Stars celebration of reading and storytelling, Thursday, February 25th from 5:30-7:30 (students needed from 5:00 to 7:30 PM). Students who volunteer will be welcomed to stay from 4:00 and 5:00 PM and help set-up after the after-school study hall. Only a limited number of students are required. Those interested in lending a hand should email Jonathan (headofschool@harfordfriends.org) ASAP. Thank you!

NOTES from Humanities…

English: It is a good thing to have my students back after the long, unexpected February vacation!  Pupils are busily attempting to get back into academic routines and patterns.  Since we have a great many parts to English instruction, we have more to do than most.  Spelling-Vocabulary is back on track as is the study of grammar. Writing is being resumed, and book reports still have to be prepared.  Please be aware that all papers receiving a letter grade from me should be brought home for a parent signature.  Most students do this religiously but some have been forgetting to do so.  Expect Teacher Notes next week if this has not been done.  We are having a good time learning and sharing each and every day.  I am enjoying working with your child.  I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

Social Studies: Students are grappling with three distinct areas of focus right now in social studies-8: The Mapping Project, continued reading and learning about American History, and the start of the Research Project. The Mapping Project is in its final throes, but impacting the amount of in-class time we can spend on the Research Project. Students are also preparing for the Thursday, February 25th unit test on Hakim’s Book 4, The New Nation. (Note, the test was originally scheduled to be given on Wed., Feb. 24 according to the syllabus, but will be delayed by a day to allow for a full week of review.) Students are to study in two ways. First, students should revise (and submit for improved marks) their responses to chapter review questions (I will hand back the final few chapters, with comments, on Monday). Second, students should familiarize themselves with the chronology of events timeline found in Book 4 on page 181. All of the content students will be required to know is included in the questions and answers to the chapter review questions.

Finally, students made individual progress on their Research Projects during our extended session this afternoon with project team member Virginia Remsberg. Students have now identified an “area” of interest and are now working to identify sources of information other than the internet. Students have also customized their NoodleTools account to handle on-line entry of bibliographic information (required) and on-line note-taking (optional). Students were also instructed in the finer points and time-saving tricks for traditional note card and bibliography card development. Students have the option to use one or both note card methods – on-line and 3”x5” card. By the end of next week, students will be expected to submit for review a minimum of thirty (30) note cards (on-line and/or traditional) and four (4) bibliography entries (on-line).

NOTES from Technology…

Science:

Math 8-A: In eighth grade math, during our partial week we extended our knowledge of exponential growth to a related topic, exponential decay.  We have found that b, the letter we raise to a variable power t, is less than one and greater than 0 when the function decays, and greater than one when the function is growing.  Next week, we will become more familiar with the rules when manipulating exponential forms.

Math 8-B: Students are reminded that they will take a quiz on Investigations 2 & 3 on Wednesday, February 24.

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish: We went over the verb ‘ser’ and ‘estar’ as well as all the assignments that were due.  Next week we will review for the test on Tuesday and the unit test will be on Wed 2/24.

Physical Education: All I can say is that it is great to be back to school teaching and seeing all of my students! We will finish up the month with aerobic fitness and basketball and revisit strength training and volleyball in March. Plans to be outside in April!

Notes from the Admissions Office…

Carmella Fifty needs parent (and student!) volunteers to hand-out HFS balloons and represent our school at the Camp and Education Fair at John Carroll School (Bel Air) on Sunday, Feb. 28th from 10AM to 4PM.  Carmella will set up and would love some company for the event!


HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

February 19, 2010

NOTES from Humanities…

English: It is a good thing to have my students back after the long, unexpected February vacation!  Pupils are busily attempting to get back into academic routines and patterns.  Since we have a great many parts to English instruction, we have more to do than most.  Spelling-Vocabulary is back on track as is the study of grammar.  Writing is being resumed, and book reports still have to be prepared.  Please be aware that all papers receiving a letter grade from me should be brought home for a parent signature.  Most students do this religiously but some have been forgetting to do so.  Expect Teacher Notes next week if this has not been done.  We are having a good time learning and sharing each and every day.  I am enjoying working with your child.  I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

Social Studies: During this abbreviated week in seventh grade social studies we investigated the ways in which colonial powers maintained their control during the colonial period in Africa and started to see how that has detrimentally affected modern Africa.  Next week, we will look at how that period in African history ended with various independence movements.  Also, the Rwanda negotiations will begin after we have finished discussing the colonial period.  The negotiations will begin next Friday, February 26.  Before that, however, we will have a quiz on central and eastern African geography.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: In our short week, we have reviewed plans for the science fair, caught up with missing assignments, explored the properties of gases through demonstrations with dry ice and learned how to determine the numbers of protons, electrons and neutrons in an element by the information on the periodic table.  I’m loving every minute with the students!  I hope the time spent making lollipops, burning candles, feeding snakes, growing marigolds and doing other random science fair experiments is a harmonious experience at your home.  

Math: During the rather shortened week in seventh grade math we discussed the paper pool projects that were finally handed in.  The extra time to work on the project was clearly used effectively as the projects, in general, were the most sophisticated and complete I have every received for this assignment.  We are moving quickly through the realm of negative numbers and have become far more comfortable with the sometimes counterintuitive logic of adding, subtracting, and multiplying negatives.  I look forward to an entire week of progress in math next week!

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish:

Music: I’ve attached the project I’m having the 6th and 7th grade work on the next several weeks.  If you read through you will notice that each student is to bring in a recording of a song.  The first note on page two states that no song should be brought in that will have offensive or suggestive language.  I’m not worried about the sixth grade, but the seventh grade worried me with some of the questions they asked regarding language or content that might be pushing the limits.  I told them that as a general rule of thumb if they have to ask about it, it might be best to pick something else.  I just want to make sure no one brings in something that will offend someone else.

Physical Education: All I can say is that it is great to be back to school teaching and seeing all of my students! We will finish up the month with aerobic fitness and basketball and revisit strength training and volleyball in March. Plans to be outside in April!

Scholarship Opportunity for 7th Grade Students and Families…

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program application period is now open! The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program supports hundreds of high-achieving students with financial need across the United States. Young Scholars receive a unique combination of services, which may include:

▪ Guidance in selecting a high school and, if necessary, support in applying to a private or magnet high school.

▪ Summer academic or enrichment programs.

▪ Computers, software, or other learning technology.

▪ Specialized support in music, art, science, math, or other subjects.

▪ College advising and counseling.

Seventh-grade students and families who feel they may qualify should visit the web site, www.jkcf.org, to learn more about the Young Scholars Program and to download an application.  Representatives are available to answer questions at 410-735-6270 or jkcinfo@jhu.edu. The application receipt deadline is Monday, April 26, 2010.


HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections

February 19, 2010

NOTES from Humanities…

It is a good thing to have my students back after the long, unexpected February vacation!  Pupils are busily attempting to get back into academic routines and patterns.  Since we have a great many parts to English instruction, we have more to do than most.  Spelling-Vocabulary is back on track as is the study of grammar.  Writing is being resumed, and book reports still have to be prepared.  Please be aware that all papers receiving a letter grade from me should be brought home for a parent signature.  Most students do this religiously but some have been forgetting to do so.  Expect Teacher Notes next week if this has not been done.  We are having a good time learning and sharing each and every day.  I am enjoying working with your child.  I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Science: In sixth grade science we spent time discussing and modeling continental drift and sea-floor spreading.  We are now familiar with the evidence for Pangaea and continental drift.  On Friday, we had some extra time to fit in a lab about rocks that gave us some fun practice identifying important rocks.  I look forward to an entire week of class time to move forward in the curriculum!

Math:

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish: We had a very busy day trying to review the material we last did in class and go over all the assignments.  We worked on sentence structure in class, (subject + noun + verb + indefinite article and noun + adjective = beautiful Spanish sentence).  Next week we will review 5a an 5b and the students should work on their 2 part assignment from page 52, part 1 and 2 are due on Monday 2/22 and the unit test is on Monday 2/22 as well.  They will receive the draft back on Monday and the final draft is due on Wed.

Music: I’ve attached the project I’m having the 6th and 7th grade work on the next several weeks.  If you read through you will notice that each student is to bring in a recording of a song.  The first note on page two states that no song should be brought in that will have offensive or suggestive language.  I’m not worried about the sixth grade, but the seventh grade worried me with some of the questions they asked regarding language or content that might be pushing the limits.  I told them that as a general rule of thumb if they have to ask about it, it might be best to pick something else.  I just want to make sure no one brings in something that will offend someone else.

Physical Education: All I can say is that it is great to be back to school teaching and seeing all of my students! We will finish up the month with aerobic fitness and basketball and revisit strength training and volleyball in March. Plans to be outside in April!

Computer Technology: This week, the students created flyers for their fellow classmates using word art and clip art.  Next week, the students will be taking a quiz on Microsoft Word, Internet research and computer terms.  A portion of the quiz will be written and a portion will be interactive.  Please encourage your student to study before Thursday’s quiz.

Advisory Update: Please remember to send in your child’s permission slip to participate in the 6th grade Life Education unit. Note, while the program is optional, a signed permission slip is not, whether or not your child will participate. Those students who have not yet submitted their permission slips will not be able to take part on Tuesday, February 23rd. Thank you.

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

February 19, 2010

NOTES from the Primary Grades Classroom…

This very short week we started right back where we stopped and the class did a great job getting back into the swing of things.  We continued to discuss or clothing theme and our trip to Joann Fabrics will be great!  The students will learn about different types of fabric and how to use a sewing machine to make their own scarf.  In language arts we started to talk about different types of books; the class came up with many great types—fiction, nonfiction, picture books, adventure book, biographies, and chapter books.  In language arts and writing we will be talking about and reading different genres of books.  The first genre we are going to be reading and doing writing on is biography/autobiography.  Relating with black history month we will reading biographies on famous African Americans.  Also as a reminder weather permitting we will have our 100th Day Celebration on Tuesday, February 23rd.  The students’ 100th Day projects are due Monday, February 22nd.

NOTES from the Intermediate Grades Classroom…

It was great to see my students again after our long, unexpected break. We have jumped right back into our ongoing work, and we are also beginning some new projects.  As you know, the field trip for Friday, February 19 has been postponed.  We will still see the same play, “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad”, on March 23.  In reading, we have been preparing for this by reading several different biographies of Harriet Tubman.  In writing workshop, we will continue this theme by writing biographies of famous African Americans.  This will be completed in class.  In math, Mrs. De Mey’s math group has just completed our unit on graphing and probability with an assessment on February 19, after which we will begin to explore fractions.  In social studies, the students have presented their amazing culture exhibits to the class.  I am very impressed by the results of their hard work.  With hardly a pause to catch our breath, we will dive into science fair projects this week.  The intermediate students are asked to complete a study of an animal.  We will complete an in-class companion project that will help the students know what they are required to do on their individual projects, and written guidelines will be sent home shortly.  A fun assignment will be sent home today for the students to complete for the 100th day of school, which should fall on Tuesday, February 23.  Have a great week!

NOTES from Explorations…

Primary Spanish:

Intermediate Spanish:

Physical Education: All I can say is that it is great to be back to school teaching and seeing all of my students! We will finish up the month with aerobic fitness and basketball and revisit strength training and volleyball in March. Plans to be outside in April!


Announcements/Calendar Updates…

NOTE: Items new to this week’s Collections are identified with bold type.

Items changed after an earlier posting are identified in italicized and bold type.

1.  Sunday, February 19 – Blue Team Middle School Destination Imagination, 1:00-3:00PM at Remsberg residence

2.  Monday, February 22 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

3.  Tuesday, February 23 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

4.  Tuesday, February 23 – Home & School Association meeting (7:00-8:30PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

5.  Wednesday, February 24 – Blue Team Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:00-4:00PM, Gunpowder classroom

6.  Thursday, February 25 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

7.  Thursday, February 25 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

8.  Thursday, February 25 – Snow Date – Judy’s Night of a Thousand Stars (5:30-7:30PM)

9.  Friday, February 26 – Parent Activities Session #2 (1:50-3:00PM)

10. Friday, February 26 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

11. Friday, February 26 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

12. Saturday, February 27 – MathCounts Competition (9AM-2PM, Owings Mills High School?)

13. Sunday, February 28 – Blue Team Middle School Destination Imagination, 1:00-3:00PM at Remsberg residence IF NEEDED

14. Sunday, February 28 – Camp & Education Fair at The John Carroll School 11AM-4PM. Please contact cfifty@harfordfriends.org for additional information.

15. Monday, March 1 – 2010-2011 Admissions Acceptances mailed to new students

16. Monday, March 1 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

17. Tuesday, March 2 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (9:00-9:50AM, Gunpowder) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

18. Thursday, March 3 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

19. Friday, March 5 – 7th grade field trip to Blue Dog Arts (Depart 12:30PM, Return 3:00PM)

20. Friday, March 5 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

21. Friday, March 5 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)