HFS Weekly Collections

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March 26, 2010

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

March 26, 2010

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

Dear HFS Community Members,

Hopefully, this issue of Collections arrives at its intended destination. As a week’s worth of research has revealed, there is little that could have been done on either end of this communications dilemma. As I have come to understand, various email servers and services have built-in protocols to protect users from SPAM. From HFS parent and web technician Mark Perrault, “Some email servers don’t like HTML (AOL mail) and others don’t like the size of the email message (gmail, yahoo mail, and some corporate sites).  Almost all email servers are setup to fail and not notify anyone.  Some unpleasant people were talking advantage of the failure notifications to send out spam, so most administrators turned that feature off.  That’s why you’re not seeing any failure notifications.” Thanks to Mark’s intervention, we are posting this listing to the school’s first foray into the blogosphere! You should now be updated automatically from now on anytime an HFS official updates this blog. Please let us know your thoughts and share any ideas about how we might use this technological tool to improve communications. We will continue to post copies of Weekly Collections to our web site, but that will likely become more of an archive than a first-look source of information.

Thank you,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Eighth graders have been busy with just about everything that a teacher can think of.  We continue our work with SSR  and reading logs and have had a  vocabulary test.  Students made their own tests for The Crucible and then had the pleasure of taking one of mine. We continue to struggle a bit with our acting, but many students are really getting into it now.  I hope that you will be pleased when you see our production on April 25.  We also have been working on  turning in make up work for the third  quarter.  I hope that you all  have a wonderful weekend!

Social Studies: Students wrapped up their reading of Hakim’s Book 5 this week and engaged in conversation and note-taking about the book’s organizational concept. Rather than presenting information primarily chronologically as she has in books two through four, Ms. Hakim examined the theme of “expansion” in this book: westward, rights, technology, transportation, communication, government, etc. These are all noted in the study guide students received today in advance of their Unit Test on Thursday, April 1st (really). Students also presented Mapping Projects and examined the possibilities of relationships between such seemingly isolated variables as areas of corn growth in the US and state by state outcomes of the election of 2008 to average annual rainfall and the national system of highways. Finally, the students tackled the organizational concept they will pursue in their Research Project (otherwise known as the Major Topics of their outline) and developed a skeletal outline (Major topics and sub-topics). Students also identified the number of note cards they’ve generated for each sub-category which should aid them in directing any further research they need to conduct. Updates on Research Project progress will be made through the interim comments.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Monday, students brought science news articles for sharing, a practice resumed from previous years and one that seemed to capture students’ scientific interests and imaginations.  Teacher, while learning much himself, endeavored to underscore connections:  despite a superficial randomness to what students found interesting, there are patterns and links that serve our iterative learning. In further discussions, we revisited some widely misunderstood concepts in evolution, particularly the matters of “fitness” and changes that may occur over time.  Due to a field trip rescheduled from a February snow day, Tuesday class was postponed until Friday.  Wednesday, we did part of a laboratory and data analysis activity, using popular materials — M&M’s — to introduce and practice skills in using a balance, understanding tare weights, understanding the difference between mass and weight, observing variation and error subject to statistical analysis, and getting an experiential handle on masses including grams, kilograms, and milligrams.  Sidebar illustration of best explicative plans gang agley:  as we were learning there are two kinds of numbers in science (exact, obtained by counting things like fingers or toes, and inexact, obtained through measurement), it was revealed one of the students was born with twelve toes, but the extra two weren’t exactly toes.  Upcoming activities will reinforce what we learned about solutions, concentrations, and the role of membranes (here, dialysis membranes) in managing concentrations of different solutes on either side of the membrane.

Math 8-A: This week in eighth grade math we continued to investigate quadratic equations.

Math 8-B: In Math 8B, we finished our GrowingGrowingGrowing unit with a test and collection of our sci-fi short stories, coinciding, coincidentally with the end of the marking period.

We “launched” into our new unit, entitled “Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes” (really), dealing with quadratic relationships and functions.  I say “launched” because one of the investigations we will be undertaking involves projectile motion, for which I am interested in any parental expertise in launching toy rockets (for the purpose of analyzing the flight path mathematically)—please let me know if you are interested in helping with this.  This particular investigation ties in very nicely with what is being done in 8th grade science, and Dr. Schmaljohn and I will be working in conjunction as we develop this activity.  “8B-ers” will also be developing other skills related to quadratic functions, such as solving quadratic equations by factoring and the quadratic formula.  We will also briefly expand our world of quadratic functions to include polynomial functions, of which quadratics is a subset.  It is my hope to have this unit of study completed by April 22.

We will also be working to fortify our techniques and format with which we solve various types of equations.  At the moment, we are reinforcing these skills with linear equations in a single variable.

NOTES from the Business Office…

Final tuition payments and Student Activity Fee invoices are being mailed out today. Please remit payment at your earliest convenience for all charges on your student’s account.

Re-enrollment contracts are past due.  Please send in your student’s re-enrollment contract along with your deposit promptly if you intend on sending your child to HFS in the upcoming 2010/2011 school year.    If you have any concerns or questions you may contact Kim Carlone in the business office or Jonathan Huxtable.


HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

March 26, 2010

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Seventh graders have been busy with just about everything that a teacher can think of.  We continue our work with SSR and reading logs and continue to work on linking verbs.  We also have had a vocabulary test,    We are reviewing a bit of Greek mythology, and we have begun discussing “The Catbird Seat” by James Thurber. In between regular activities, we did some work with mime and a few skits.  We  also have been working on turning in make up work for the third  quarter.  I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

Social Studies: This week in seventh grade social studies we worked on a follow up assignment related to the Rwanda negotiations.  The students were asked to create a situation that could be solved using skills acquired in the negotiations process.  We also became familiar with the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency which we will begin next week.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: The 7th grade science class began our new unit on life science this week.  Students created models of living organisms, based on previous conceptions, and then worked to incorporate new information we learned about organisms into their model.  We had some very interesting, creative creatures evolving in class.  We extended our lessons about what living organisms have in common to what makes them differ. We made observations on 10 very different organisms and then figured out how to group and organize them.  Finally, students learned a classification system that they applied not only to organisms but also to random items of junk from around their house.

Math: This week in seventh grade math was spent continuing to investigate linear relationships.  We focused on the addition of a y-intercept and creating equations from a table or a word problem.  We investigated a walk-a-thon and the different pledges for walking any number of distances.  Next week, we will continue with linear relationships.

NOTES from the Business Office…

Final tuition payments and Student Activity Fee invoices are being mailed out today. Please remit payment at your earliest convenience for all charges on your student’s account.

Re-enrollment contracts are past due.  Please send in your student’s re-enrollment contract along with your deposit promptly if you intend on sending your child to HFS in the upcoming 2010/2011 school year.    If you have any concerns or questions you may contact Kim Carlone in the business office or Jonathan Huxtable.

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

March 26, 2010

NOTES from Humanities…

Sixth graders have been busy with just about everything that a teacher can think of.  We have had a vocabulary test, a grammar test, and a social studies test.  We have introduced a new unit — Ancient Greece — and we have completed and turned in a map of Ancient Greece circa 500 BC.  We are advancing nicely with Black Poetry, and students have prepared a first draft on a poet of their choice.  We also have been working on turning in make up work for the third quarter.  I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Science: This week in sixth grade science we completed our look at geology with a test.  Afterwards, we began looking at astronomy by asking very broad questions and then investigating the answers to these questions.  On Friday, we said goodbye to geology with activities in Rocks State Park and then helped usher in the astronomy unit at the Southampton Middle School planetarium.

Math: The partner quiz was returned and students were encouraged to make corrections and return, with a parent signature, for additional credit on Wednesday, March 24th. The unit test for Bits and Pieces II is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31st. A study guide will be copied into their math journals on Friday, March 26th.

NOTES from Explorations…

Computer Technology:

NOTES from Advisory: Life Ed. Will resume on Tuesday, March 30th. Students will be expected to bring in their notes from their “pregnancy” interviews.

NOTES from the Business Office…

Final tuition payments and Student Activity Fee invoices are being mailed out today. Please remit payment at your earliest convenience for all charges on your student’s account.

Re-enrollment contracts are past due.  Please send in your student’s re-enrollment contract along with your deposit promptly if you intend on sending your child to HFS in the upcoming 2010/2011 school year.    If you have any concerns or questions you may contact Kim Carlone in the business office or Jonathan Huxtable.

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

March 26, 2010

NOTES from the Primary Grades Classroom…

This week the primary class has completed their theme on Clothing.  The keeping quilt is complete, so please come in and look at all the hard work that the students have done.  The next unit we will begin is Survival: Food and our April 16 field trip will relate to that.  The itinerary will be sent home shortly.  In science we are continuing the growth of our brassica seed and observations.  The students are writing great observations about their plant.  In language arts the class has completed their autobiography recipes, which are displayed in the classroom.  During this time the class is still working on informational texts and will be creating a lap book about the specific subject they chose.

NOTES from the Intermediate Grades Classroom…

The students are wrapping up the third quarter by finishing their point of view stories in writing workshop, reading historical fiction and biography in reading, and reviewing nouns, verbs, and adjectives in language arts.  We have launched our new theme, cities, by creating a rural village that will soon develop into a bustling city.  The intermediate math group completed the unit on fractions and has moved on to geometry.  The field trip to Goucher on March 23 was a long-awaited success, as we finally saw Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.  I was pleased to see how familiar this topic was to the students, as we read about Ms. Tubman back in February.  I am excited to move into our unit on writing poetry, which will begin next week.

NOTES from Explorations…

Primary Spanish: We worked on our picture dictionaries by reviewing H and I words.  The students were provided J and K and asked to complete these for next week.  We also practiced the months in Spanish.  The students are asked to fill out the sheet on the birthdate for their mom and dad and practice repeating the sentences.  They will have to recite the sentences orally on Tuesday.  The students are welcome to fill out the sheet for any other family members they live with.   Please remind your child that the stoplight sheet is required to be in class each week.  Please remember to check your child’s stoplight sheet to see how he or she did in class.    Remember that students can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary using http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

Intermediate Spanish: We worked on our picture dictionaries by reviewing H and I words.  The students were provided J and K and asked to complete these for next week.  We also practiced the months in Spanish.  The students are asked to fill out the sheet on the birthdate for their mom and dad and practice repeating the sentences.  They will have to recite the sentences orally on Tuesday.  The students are welcome to fill out the sheet for any other family members they live with.   Please remind your child that the stoplight sheet is required to be in class each week.  Please remember to check your child’s stoplight sheet to see how he or she did in class.    Remember that students can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary using http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

Primary Art: The lesson we are working on is a clay relief of sunflowers. We did a compare and contrast of Van Gogh, Monet and O’Keeffe’s sunflowers. Texture is being explored through the use of various clay working tools. We will be working on this lesson for several weeks and will keep everyone updated as we move along. We are learning and growing with energy and enthusiasm each week!

Intermediate Art: We are working with clay and plaster in our current lesson. The class has studied radial balance, texture and relief sculpture. We have formed clay molds and created a radial design using textured objects. This Friday ( 3/26) we will be pouring the plaster to set for the weekend. We are very excited and anticipate fantastic results!

NOTES from the Business Office…

Final tuition payments and Student Activity Fee invoices are being mailed out today. Please remit payment at your earliest convenience for all charges on your student’s account.

Re-enrollment contracts are past due.  Please send in your student’s re-enrollment contract along with your deposit promptly if you intend on sending your child to HFS in the upcoming 2010/2011 school year.    If you have any concerns or questions you may contact Kim Carlone in the business office or Jonathan Huxtable.


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.  Monday, March 29 – MS Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, – Blue Team only – Virginia Remsberg (Gunpowder)

2.  Wednesday, March 31 – Art Club (3:15-4:00PM, Fawn Grove) Please email Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org with notification that your child will be attending.

3.  Wednesday, March 31 – Thank-A-Thon rescheduled from earlier date (6-8PM)

4.  Thursday, April 1 – 2010-2011 Signed Enrollment Contracts due (students new to HFS)

5.  Friday, April 2 – 2nd Interim Reports distributed to students

6.  Friday, April 2 – Primary grades class field trip to Belvedere Farm (Depart 8:00AM, Return 12:00PM)

7.  Friday, April 2 – MS Destination Imagination CANCELLED

8.  Monday, April 5 – Friday, April 9 – School Closed – Spring Break (School resumes Monday, Apr. 12)

9.  Saturday, April 10 – Blue Team DI participating in State Tournament at UMBC.

10. Tuesday, April 13 – Parent Coffee with the Head (9:00-9:50AM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.] Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org

11. Wednesday, April 14 – Final meeting of the Art Club (3:15-4:00PM, Fawn Grove) Please email Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org with notification that your child will be attending.

12. Thursday, April 15 – 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. departs at 7:00AM.

13. Thursday, April 15 – HFS Open House (9-11AM) Sixth grade parent coordinators

14. Friday, April 16 – Field Trips: Primary – Cooking/Nutrition (Depart 8AM, Return 1PM); Intermediate – TBD; 6th – Washington, D.C. (Depart 7AM, est. 6:00PM dismissal); 7th – TBD; 8th – Washington, D.C. trip concludes (est. 6:00PM dismissal)

15. Monday, April 19 – Friday, April 30 – ERB Testing for grades 3-8 (Schedule TBD). Please ensure your child arrives at school on time and ready to begin at 8:00AM. Help them be prepared by getting a good night’s rest and eating a healthy breakfast.

16. Thursday, April 22 – Earth Day Activities (lunch and other activity possible 10:00AM-12:20PM) TBD

17. Friday, April 23 – Setup for Afternoon of the Arts (1:50-3:00PM)

18. Friday, April 23 – Blue/Gray Basketball Game (3:00-4:00PM) on outdoor courts; Award Ceremony & Party (4:00-5:00PM)

19. Sunday, April 25 – Open House & Afternoon of the Arts (2-4PM). All students are required to attend this event. Sixth and Lower School parent coordinators.

20. Tuesday, April 27 – H&SA meeting (7-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

21. Friday, April 30 – Parent Activities #1 (1:50-3:00PM)

22. Friday, April 30 – Sunday, May 2 – H&SA Fundraiser at Broom’s Bloom Dairy. Contact Dawn Tridone for information.

23. Tuesday, May 4 – Parent Coffee with the Head (9:00-9:50AM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.] Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org

24. Thursday, May 6 – 2nd Annual Judy’s Night of a Thousand Stars (5:30-7:30PM) Rescheduled from February dates

25. Friday, May 7 – Parent Activities #2 (1:50-3:00PM)

26. Wednesday, May 12 – Blueberry Festival 2010 Coordinators Meeting (6-7PM)

27. Friday, May 14 – Field Trips: Primary TBD; Intermediate TBD; 6th to Broom’s Bloom Dairy; 7th TBD; 8th to Gettysburg

28. Tuesday, May 18 – Brunch with Friends (9-11AM) followed by HFS Trustee Day classroom visitations and meeting with the Head of School

29. Thursday, May 20 – HFS Open House (9-11AM) Lower School parent coordinators

30. Friday, May 21 – 8th Grade trip to Blue Dog Arts (Depart 12:30PM, Return 3:00PM)

31. Friday, May 21 – Parent Activities #3 (1:50-3:00PM) *Will not include 8th grade students