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March 5, 2010

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

March 5, 2010

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

Dear HFS Community Members,

This was an exciting week at HFS. Here are just a few snapshots of the week that was…

Congratulations to the 8th grade students who received word of acceptances to the following high school programs (still more to come!)

Roland Park Country School (Baltimore)              Mercy High School (Honors Program)

Friends School of Baltimore (5 acceptances)      Calvert Hall College High School

West Nottingham Academy (Cecil County)                      Park School (Baltimore)

Jemicy School                                                                    John Carroll (Bel Air)

Preparations for next week’s Science Fair…

Primary Class tests its Egg Drop devices!

Project presentations…

7th Grade students read their children’s stories to the Lower School.

Intensified practices for tomorrow’s Destination Imagination Regional Tournament… Good luck teams!

Have a wonderful weekend!

-Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

English: It seems as though we have been busier than usual this week.  We have had a test in Spelling-Vocabulary.  But most importantly we have been working diligently with The Crucible.  Many students have mastered their lines and are progressing well.  Unfortunately, others still do not know their lines.  Please endeavor to go over lines with your child if he or she is having difficulty.  That will help the entire cast. Students have also passed in their monthly Reading Logs and have begun one for March.  Book Reports are looming, but the eighth grade will be completing an in-class activity for their book report this month. They will not have a “project” part to complete this time. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.

Social Studies: Students balanced work on their Research Projects with review of last week’s unit test. Revisions to the essay portion of the unit test and all Chapter Review Questions for Book #4 are due by Wednesday, March 10th. The class will be headed to the Harford County Historical Society on Thursday, March 11th during the morning so that students in need of some very specific sources of information can find it, use it, and speak with people who know something about their topics.  A revised syllabus was distributed on Friday. Chapters 5-9 of Book #5 should be read for Wednesday, March 10th.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: In a note to parents I, offering a teacher’s perspective, wrote that the overall purposes of the 8th grade science fair project are scholarship and an experientially obtained appreciation for the processes by which scientists work and communicate.  In that context, the science fair is an end, but the learning is in the means by which we arrive at a completed project and poster. This week, with time winding down, effort and focus were improved, and three students whose projects involved survey of responses or perceptions were prepared and were able to conduct much of their work with the help of classmate volunteers.  Still, too many students have missed intermediate deadlines and opportunities for student and teacher feedback on text and design while imagining they will nevertheless have a suitable presentation by the evening of March 11, which indeed will be the case if history is any guide.  Too many students expressed surprise and consternation when reminded they are expected to possess and to demonstrate deep if grade-appropriate command of the scientific content and vocabulary in their chosen area of research.  All shall be well.  Trust that learning will continue long after the supposed end represented by the science fair; this learning can occur not only in the form of reflections specific to the science fair but also as seen in broader future effects upon complex academic and experiential projects.

Math 8-A: Eighth grade math completed our look at exponential growth and decay as well as some rules of exponents.  We also had a short review of scientific notation that showed up as extra credit on the test on Thursday.  The next unit, Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes is about quadratic relationships.  I look forward to our first full unit together!

Math 8-B: In Math 8B this week, we have analyzed function inverses, in which the independent and dependent variables switch roles (basically, switching x and y) algebraically and graphically.  Students noted that by interchanging x and y, the graphs of a function and its inverse are reflection images over the line y=x (a line at a 45° angle through the origin in quadrant I).  By doing this with the graphs of exponential functions, you obtain the graph of a logarithmic function, a class of functions that are used in solving exponential equations.  With exponential decay on the agenda for next week, the unit test is moved back one week to March 16.

During a quiz this week, I rediscovered that we are still not wanting to show work used to solve problems.  This issue has reared it “ugly head” throughout the year, and needs to be resolved.  Good math instruction is unyielding on this issue.  I have also received final revisions on our sci-fi short story.

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish: We are going through a lot of the grammar lessons from last year and this year in the form of a lot of mini lessons.  We reviewed infinitives, making negative statements, adjectives, definite and indefinite articles, and word order, we reviewed subject pronouns, and the present tense of -ar, -er, and -ir verbs, we also reviewed ser, and tener, we also completed listening activities and some sentence structure exercises.  Next week we will review possessive adjectives, venir, ser and estar, and we will take the retake test on Wed 3/10.  The project guidelines and due dates for chapter 6 are on hold until we finish chapter 5.  We had a great week and the students are making a lot of progress.

NOTES from the Business Office…

Re-enrollment contracts for the 2010/2011 school year were mailed out on Tuesday.  Please complete and return to the business office at your earliest convenience to register your student for the upcoming school year.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s contract, please contact the business office.


HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

March 5, 2010

NOTES from Humanities…

English: It seems as though we have been busier than usual this week.  We have had a test in Spelling-Vocabulary.  But, most importantly, we have finally finished our Children’s Stories.  After presenting their final copies to the class, seventh graders visited our Lower School and read their stories to a most appreciative audience of first and second graders. It was wonderful to see the rapt attention of the younger children.  They followed each of our readers with big eyes and didn’t seem to move a muscle.  Students have also passed in their monthly Reading Logs and have begun a new one for March.  Book Reports are looming, but the seventh grade seems to be more than prepared for them.  We will be beginning a new unit in literature very soon.  I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.

Social Studies: In social studies this week the seventh grade has become familiar with the history of Rwanda and with the six characters in the village of Gisenyi that we will represent in a negotiation following the Rwandan genocide of 1994.  It is a very powerful and moving situation in which the seventh grade finds itself acting out.  I am impressed by the seriousness with which the class has undertaken this experience.  I look forward to a meaningful resolution of the difficult issues that face Frederic, Ancille, Perpetune, Joseph, Charles, and Bernadette.  Feel free to ask your student about their role and their assumed interests, values, and identities.

NOTES from Technology…

Science:  Seventh grade has been masterfully juggling time and attention to science fair concepts as well as continuing with our study of elements.  This week we have been learning about the groups and properties of metals.  We have experienced first hand the conductivity, malleability, ductility, luster and light wavelength emissions of various metals.  The science fair board and paper are both due on Tuesday!

Math: This week in seventh grade math we became more comfortable with multiplication and division using negative numbers.  A short quiz on Wednesday was used as a barometer to determine how the class stands with negative numbers.  In general, we need to focus more on addition and subtraction of negatives than multiplication and division in the coming days.  We also reviewed the order of operations as well as the distributive property with the new added wrinkle of negative numbers.  By the end of next week (Thursday), we will be ready for the unit test for Accentuate the Negative.

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish: We are a bit over half way through Spanish one in seventh grade.   For a class that only meets twice a week this is a grand accomplishment.  I am hoping to get through chapter 6 this year and in 8th grade students will complete a review, chapter 7, 8 and 9.  The lessons we are entering are not easy.  The material we are doing takes practice, a good classroom environment and commitment.  We are not doing just verbal activities in class or just vocabulary memorization.  Memorizing the vocabulary is only the first step of every unit.  Unit 5 has been very difficult for many seventh graders.  We learned a lot of new concepts and we also needed to pull from previous things learned in the beginning of the year.  Chapter 5 covered family and parties, and describing people and ordering a meal.  It covered lessons on the verbs tener, venir and ser and estar plus possessive adjectives.  In addition our tests are not like last year, we are having to read for understanding, and write in complete sentences and we are adding a culture piece to every test.

With all of that said, this week we had a chapter review and took the test.

Next week we will finish the test, new vocabulary will be handed out, the new project guidelines and due dates will be given, and the new vocabulary will be handed out.

NOTES from Advisory: in teacher’s absence this week, students completed a discussion on their class contract and began to write their anonymous questions about love and sex that they would like answered through our course. Student-Parent interviews on Rites of Passage are due on Tuesday, March 9th.

NOTES from the Business Office…

Re-enrollment contracts for the 2010/2011 school year were mailed out on Tuesday.  Please complete and return to the business office at your earliest convenience to register your student for the upcoming school year.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s contract, please contact the business office.

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 5, 2010

NOTES from Humanities…

It seems as though we have been busier than usual this week.  We have had a test in Spelling-Vocabulary.  We have been reviewing our work on verbs and are getting ready for a test very soon.  We have introduced the unit on Black Poetry and have been having fun analyzing some of the poems.  Many of the poems vary greatly in style and purpose, and students seem to be enjoying the differences they have discovered.  Students have also passed in their monthly Reading Logs and have begun a new one for March.  Book Reports are looming, but the sixth grade seems more than prepared for them.  Last, we are finally completing our study of Ancient Egypt and have been working with all sorts of reviewing techniques.  A Unit Test on Ancient Egypt is in the offing.  I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Sixth grade science spent the week completing our modeling of the subduction of the Nazca plate under South America.  Unfortunately, this was very topical considering the large earthquake in Chile last week, but we did gain some deep insight into the geologic phenomena behind such an event.  We also spent substantial time and energy on our science fair projects.  Please be aware impending science fair on March 11, 2010.  I will use the majority of science homework time in support of the science fair in the coming week, however, class time will still be used to complete our broad unit on geology.

Math: Please see attached letter.

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish:  We began our new unit this week.  Unit 2A is about school and the vocabulary is about classroom items and furniture, parts of the classroom and prepositions of location.  Using this theme we will learn subject pronouns, the present tense of Ar verbs.  We have gone through a lot of grammar rules already this year and this unit is a biggie.  Lots of practice will be required.  The ‘hip hop’ song from Pearson is a good tool to memorize the new endings.  Your child can download into their ipod if they wanted.  The new project guidelines were handed out and the due dates were given.  Check with your student on these.  Also, the new vocabulary was given.  We worked on subject pronouns this week. They have to be memorized  (Yo,tu, el, ella,usted, nosotros, ustedes,ellos y ellas).

Next week we will work on vocabulary and have our vocab quiz on 3/10.

the unit test will be 3/22 and the project is due on 3/23.

Computer Technology: This week the students learned how to create an outline in Microsoft Word.  They will be completing an Outline project on an invention of their choice during class.  The students received their grades from last week’s quiz.

NOTES from the Business Office…

Re-enrollment contracts for the 2010/2011 school year were mailed out on Tuesday.  Please complete and return to the business office at your earliest convenience to register your student for the upcoming school year.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s contract, please contact the business office.

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

March 5, 2010

NOTES from the Primary Grades Classroom…

This week the Primary class has been busy reading biographies during language arts reading time.  Along with this they will be writing an autobiography.  We will be writing autobiographies in a few different forms, but they are just starting out in draft form this week.

The first grade math group will be having an assessment on Tuesday, March 9, 2010.

This week in science each student has been working on a Science Fair experiment, the Egg Drop.  We have been working on it together as a group in class and the students were asked to think about what they learned from the Air and Weather unit they did at the beginning of the school year.  I am very happy about the ideas each student came up with and on Tuesday we got to do our first drop.  After our first egg drop the students were asked to re-evaluate their experiment and see how they could change it to make it better.

In theme we finished discussing wool and the students have learned many facts about wool.  Next we will be discussing silk and important facts about silk.

NOTES from the Intermediate Grades Classroom…

The intermediate students did a wonderful job on their culture exhibits!  Grades for these were sent home this week.  Next up–the science fair.  Science fair projects are due on Wednesday, March 10, and the science fair will be on Thursday, March 11.  Please plan to be there.  In class, the students have been examining biographies, both in reading and in writing workshop.  Our next field trip will be on March 23, which is a Tuesday.  This is the trip that was rescheduled, due to February’s snow.  The intermediate math group will have a test on fractions on Monday, March 8.  Lastly, I wish all the best to our DI teams, both in lower and middle school, at the regional competition on Saturday, March 6.

NOTES from Explorations…

Primary Spanish: We continued to work on the seasons theme by discussing the articles of clothing for winter and summer seasons.   Next week, we will work on Spring and Fall articles of clothing.  We practiced pronunciation of letter E and words from the students’ picture dictionaries.  We also reviewed words we already learned from their picture dictionaries.  Our new letters for this week are F and G.  The students are to complete letters F and G of the dictionaries.  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 continued to work on the seasons theme by discussing the articles of clothing for winter and summer seasons.   Next week, we will work on Spring and Fall articles of clothing.  We practiced pronunciation of letter E and words from the students’ picture dictionaries.  We also reviewed words we already learned from their picture dictionaries.  Our new letters for this week are F and G.  The students are to complete letters F and G of the dictionaries.  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

Physical Education:

NOTES from the Business Office…

Re-enrollment contracts for the 2010/2011 school year were mailed out on Tuesday.  Please complete and return to the business office at your earliest convenience to register your student for the upcoming school year.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s contract, please contact the business office.


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 8 – MS Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

2.  Wednesday, March 10 – Signed 2010-2011 Re-Enrollment Offer and Deposit due

3.  Wednesday, March 10 – Art Club (3:15-4:00PM, Fawn Grove) Please email the faculty sponsor, Ami Pacheco at amipac@aol.com with notification that your child will be attending.

4.  Wednesday, March 10 – Blueberry Festival 2010 Coordinators Meeting (6:00-7:00, Deer Creek)

5.  Thursday, March 11 – HFS Science Fair & Technology Night (7-9PM) (No child care available between 5 and 7 PM)

6.  Friday, March 12 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:50-3:00PM)

7.  Friday, March 12 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

8.  Friday, March 12 – MS Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

9.  Sunday, March 14 – HFS Families invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Little Falls Friends Meeting (10:30AM)

10. Monday, March 15 – MS Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

11. Wednesday, March 17 – Art Club (3:15-4:00PM, Fawn Grove) Please email the faculty sponsor, Ami Pacheco at amipac@aol.com with notification that your child will be attending.

12. Thursday, March 18 – HFS Open House (9-11AM) Seventh grade parent coordinators

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

14. Thursday, March 18 – HFS Thank-A-Thon (6-8PM) Parent volunteers needed; additional information to follow.

15. Friday, March 19 – Parent Activities Session #4 (1:50-3:00PM)

16. Friday, March 19 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

17. Friday, March 19 – MS Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

18. Friday, March 19 – 2010-2011 Admission Acceptance Reception (Location/time TBD) To be rescheduled

19. Monday, March 22 – MS Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

20. Tuesday, March 23 – Field Trip for Intermediate, 7th & 8th grades to Goucher College. Trip rescheduled from February date.

21. Tuesday, March 23 – H&SA meeting (7-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

22. Wednesday, March 24 – End of 2nd Interim; All assignments must be handed in by 3:00PM

23. Wednesday, March 24 – Art Club (3:15-4:00PM, Fawn Grove) Please email the faculty sponsor, Ami Pacheco at amipac@aol.com with notification that your child will be attending.

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

25. Friday, March 26 – Field Trip for Primary (TBA), 6th to Rocks State Park and planetarium & 7th to Forest Hill Health & Fitness.

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

27. Friday, March 26 – MS Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

28. Monday, March 29 – MS Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

29. Wednesday, March 31 – Art Club (3:15-4:00PM, Fawn Grove) Please email the faculty sponsor, Ami Pacheco at amipac@aol.com with notification that your child will be attending.

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

31. Thursday, April 1 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

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

33. Friday, April 2 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

34. Friday, April 2 – MS Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

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

36. Wednesday, April 14 – Final meeting of the Art Club (3:15-4:00PM, Fawn Grove) Please email the faculty sponsor, Ami Pacheco at amipac@aol.com with notification that your child will be attending.

NOTE: The HFS Spring Break dates, April 5-April 9, remain unchanged and unaffected by the rash of recent snow days. However, the final day of the school year is now Thursday, June 10.