November 5-8

November 6, 2018 by Shayna Byrd

Welcome to Quarter Two!

This year is seriously flying by! We just finished our first nine weeks are are cruising into the second semester of the school year.

 

A couple of things…

 

Parent Conferences –

 

Unfortunately, I will be out of town on Friday. The Byrd family is headed to a wedding in Montana. Therefore, I will not be able to meet with you guys on the 9th. Instead, we will need to set up appointments for next week, with times before and after school. I will send out a Sign Up Genius to help schedule times. I’m sorry in advance for the inconvenience, but I’m excited to meet with you about your kiddos.

 

The Enchanted Forest Book Fair –

 

The Book Fair is happening right now in the “Makerspace” (back by the 8th grade classrooms). I took both our 7th & 8th grade reading classes on Monday and they were able to scope out books they are interested in. Our volunteers have done a fabulous job making the area feel like an enchanted forest (thank you, guys!!!), so please come check it out!

Open each day from 7:45 to 4:30

Family Night November 8th from 6-8pm

 

Upcoming Holidays & Breaks –

 

NO SCHOOL – Monday, November 12th (Veteran’s Day).

NO SCHOOL – November 19th – 22nd (Thanksgiving/Fall Break)

 

This week’s schedule –

 

7th & 8th Grade Reading and Writing –

Both classes are working on finishing up their novel projects. The 7th grade teams have made some really creative 3D representations of their Freak the Mighty chapters. They are honing in on their writing portions this week to finish strong. 8th Grade is also working hard on their life sized character analysis. They are finding evidence to support their reasoning for the objects and words they chose to represent different aspects of their character’s characteristics.

 

Projects –

At the beginning of the week, students will play with an interactive website, Amusement Park Physics, using park rides to simulate changing forces on simple and compound machines. They will then use that knowledge as they move on to our Rube Goldberg Simple/Complex machines projects. This week the groups will brainstorm ideas for a blueprint for their model. Groups must turn in a written/drawing plan with detailed information about the simple machines, Newton’s Laws, and materials before starting actual design. Once this is complete, they will begin their build of a 3-D model of their design. The teams will need to test and redesign as they record each step along with a final presentation.