Marvelous Middle School

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The month of September flew by, but not without some highlights! For AJA students, September is a time to re acclimate to the school routine and reflect on both our academic and spiritual goals as we enter the High Holidays.

 

Our trip to Nature’s Classroom was a blast. The diverse experiences included: exploring, writing and performing myths; dissecting lampreys, collecting and examining insects, physics experiments, refugee simulations, building fire from an ember, food waste education, ecology hikes, outdoor games, and much more.

 

 

 

 

 

A friendly game of football during break
A friendly game of football during break
Happy Charlie
Happy Charlie
Marley demonstrates her flexibility.
Marley demonstrates her flexibility.
Brooke can remove her glasses with her feet!
Brooke can remove her glasses with her feet!
Federico found a friend.
Federico found a friend.
This group desperately tries to start a fire.
This group desperately tries to start a fire.
We made fire!
We made fire!
We love s'mores!
We love s’mores!
Deep breathing!
Deep breathing!
Myth performance
Myth performance
Nice tutu Roy!
Nice tutu Roy!
Saber tooth tiger?
A game of charades after lunch. Saber tooth tiger?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School Students came together on Tuesday to decorate the Sukkah with their artwork.

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8th Grade SCIENCE

With our first unit, Science Skills, behind us, the students are more than ready to charge forward with Chemistry. This week we were introduced to the properties of matter, distinguishing between elements, compounds, and mixtures. The students are presently engaged in a lab where they are using various techniques such as decantation, filteration, and evaporation to separate a mixture.

Benji and Federico use a magnet to remove the iron filings from the mixture.
Benji and Federico use a magnet to remove the iron filings from the mixture.
Teamwork in the lab
Teamwork in the lab!

 

 

Avi and Charlie are ready to dissolve the salt and then evaporate the water.
Avi and Charlie are ready to dissolve the salt and then evaporate the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the Holidays and the fact that two out of three science classes are on Thursday and Friday, progress is slow this month; however,  moving forward in the coming weeks, the students will tackle chemical and physical changes, phase changes, conservation of mass, and gas behavior.

PASSION PROJECT

The teacher panels allowed the students to further refine their ideas. Each student has been assigned a mentor for the year and has begun creating an implementation guide, a year-long timeline to carry out the project. The students have set up their Blogs on which they will be reporting their weekly progress. Research is an integral part of this process. The students are using Evernote and RSS feeds to manage and organize their research. In lieu of Portfolio Day, the eighth graders will pitch their ideas with a TED talk!

6th Grade Science

The sixth grade students were very excited to begin their new unit: Astronomy. Our focus was: The universe is BIG, FAST, FAR, AND OLD. To wrap our brains around the size of our solar system, we reduced the sizes (diameters) and distances of each of the planets by a billion, finding foods to represent each planet. For example, Saturn was a cantaloupe, while Earth was a grape. Then we calculated the distances from the sun. On the field, we measured the distances of only Mercury, Venus, and Earth from the sun. The children realized that Pluto is not only the size of a grain of rice using our scale, but also 4 miles away!

*Our field trip to UT’s Heliostat is rapidly approaching on October 28th. I will need two drivers in addition to myself for this short excursion. If you are available that morning, please let me know

Noah holds Mercury, 58 meters from our "sun."
Noah holds Mercury, 58 meters from our “sun.”
Our "Sun" is over a meter in diameter.
Our “Sun” is over a meter in diameter.
Everyone gets in on the measuring.
Everyone gets in on the measuring.
Madison's Venus is the size of blueberry and is 108 meters from the sun.
Madison’s Venus is the size of blueberry and is 108 meters from the sun.
Daphne holds Earth, the size of a grape and 158 meters from the sun.
Daphne holds Earth, the size of a grape and 158 meters from the sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Grade Math

Presently the students in sixth grade are immersed in an Introduction to Pre-algebra. These concepts are brand new to many of the students but will lay the foundation for algebra in the coming years. Our exam for this unit will be October 22. Following this unit we will tackle decimals!

Remember, a wonderful resource for homework help is

http://go.hrw.com/gopages/ma/msm1_07.html

The sixth grade course is Course One: 2007