Awesome April

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What a month! It has been both exhilarating and exhausting, but so worth it! The reJuse-a-palooza is now behind us, but the learning will last a lifetime. It is my hope that this introduction to philanthropy and non-profit business has given our students a taste of both the amount and kind of work involved in this enterprise, and the great reward that comes from knowing you made a difference.

Thank you to all of you who helped make the event a success!

On Friday, the students celebrated with a cake and slide show as our treasurer, Emily, gave us the financial rundown. The students were thrilled to learn that they raised nearly $1000 for Keep Austin Beautiful  AND were able to make a substantial donation to the ARC of Texas.

Post reJuse celebration
Post reJuse celebration
Charlie and Marley take a break!
Charlie and Marley take a break!
Yes, we will take your money!
Yes, we will take your money!
Hannah and Kendall count the money after the sale.
Hannah and Kendall count the money after the sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Kaballat Shabbat, the 8th grade students dramatized the history of trash and the unsustainable material economy.

Benji is the industrialist.
Benji is the industrialist.
Avi as the cave man, Frederico as the Roman, Emily as the Briton, Charlie as the colonist, and Kendall as the settler.
Avi as the cave man, Frederico as the Roman, Emily as the Briton, Charlie as the colonist, and Kendall as the settler.
Sarah portrays the wise Indian.
Sarah portrays the wise Indian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8TH GRADE SCIENCE

The 8th grade students spent this week and last investigating sound waves, including key concepts such as frequency, amplitude, and wavelengths. They conducted labs using tuning forks, bottles with water and sound meters. This week we move on to electromagnetic and light waves.

We look forward to our Six Flags math and science field trip on Friday when we will examine amusement park physics!

6TH Grade Science

After wrapping up our geology unit, the sixth grade turned their attention to the food waste project. Frequent visits by Bernard from Keep Austin Beautiful focused on the history of trash, landfills, and composting. The students were excited to begin a vermi-composting bin which will be incorporated into our new aquaponics system!

Bernard takes a look at our composting pile.
Bernard takes a look at our composting pile.
Students complete a trash audit and calculate the percentages of each type of trash.
Students complete a trash audit and calculate the percentages of each type of trash.

 

Nir and Daphna rip paper for the "carbon" in our compost bin.
Nir and Daphna rip paper for the “carbon” in our compost bin.
Abby and Shira join in the fun!
Abby and Shira join in the fun!
Noah drill holes in the vermicomposting bin.
Noah drill holes in the vermicomposting bin.
The students examin the worms using the electronic microscopes.
The students examin the worms using the electronic microscopes.
Examining worms!
Examining worms!
Bernard checks the finished bin.
Bernard checks the finished bin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have moved on to our last unit, Weather and Water, where we will examine the atmosphere and hydrosphere!

We begin with an investigation of air and its components.

Lue and Nir think of a way to prove that air has mass.
Lue and Nir think of a way to prove that air has mass.
Roy explains his balance scale.
Roy explains his balance scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6TH GRADE MATH

This week the students will take the Unit 11 exam on integers! Next, we will move on to probability.

KIDS IN THE CREEK

The student tested water quality last week using our Vernier data collectors and probes. Students tested pH, dissolved oxygen, and temperature in pools, riffles, and glides. This week we will travel to Shoal Creek where Roy and Lue will teach us about the geology of the creek.