February Fun

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Enjoy this month’s highlights from the Science and Innovation Center!

Eighth Grade Physical Science:

The eighth graders really stepped it up on Science Fair Day, writing and choreographing a chemistry show for the whole school. The audience loved it!

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We have moved on to physics this trimester, using ramps, cars, and pulleys to explore concepts related to forces and motion.

Hannah finds the center of mass!
Hannah finds the center of mass!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week we traveled to Chaparrel Ice and explored the physics of ice skating!

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This week we will dive into energy transformations and simple machines.

 

 

 

Sixth Grade Earth Science

The students in sixth grade are taking a trip to the Colorado Plateau and the Grand Canyon to learn about our Earth’s history. As students explore the sedimentary rocks, minerals, and sands with laboratory tools, they are building an understanding of the processes that shape our Earth.

Dekel identifies minerals using the scratch test.
Dekel identifies minerals using the scratch test.
Shira and Abby use the hand held electronic microscopes to examine rock samples.
Shira and Abby use the hand held electronic microscopes to examine rock samples.
Lue observes sand particles with the microscope.
Lue observes sand particles with the microscope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday we will travel to Mount Bonnell with a local geologist to learn about the geological history of Central Texas!

 

 

Engineering!

This month the students were tasked with turning trash into treasure. We rescued old coolers from the dump and transformed them into cool pieces of furniture.

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The finished product!

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Passion Project

The eighth grade students continue to work independently on their projects. We look forward to May 8th when they will present their projects to the community.

Marley spends her weekend filming concerts.
Marley spends her weekend filming concerts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philanthropy and NJHS

A message from the middle school…

Around the world, Shmita is becoming a focus for Jews concerned with links between social justice, environmental responsibility, and Jewish life. At AJA, we would like Shmita to be a source of inspiration, an impetus for change, and a medium for cooperation.

In this year of middle school, we are working toward creating an environmentally sustainable, zero waste campus. One of our goals is to educate and promote environmental values to our community, by way of a reuse event called the reJuse-apalooza.  Our vision is to stage a community event on the campus of the JCAA held on Sunday, April 19th. Sale items will include gently used merchandise (clothing, furniture, toys, books, and housewares) collected from school, neighborhood and Jewish community members. In addition to the sale, there will be “make and take” type booths that teach creative fun ways to turn trash into treasure! Several organizations have already pledged support for our event. The main event will be an eco-fashion show where we aim to get people to think differently about waste and their relationship to stuff. The show will present new outfits made from old clothes, recyclable materials (i.e. water bottles, paper, cardboard) and non-recyclable items.

We are calling on the Jewish community to pledge their support by way of donations like gently used clothing, furniture, books, and toys. If you have an expertise that might be useful to our cause, like advertising or event planning, we would really appreciate your assistance. Keep an eye out for our advertisements and collection days. Thank you in advance for supporting our cause. 

Sixth grade math 

The students will take the Unit 6: Collecting and Displaying Data math test tomorrow! next we move on to Unit 7: Proportional Relationships.

Students enjoy math outside!
Students enjoy math outside!