October Update

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With the Holidays behind us, the middle school jumped back into their first full week of learning in weeks. Here are some of the highlights and a preview of what’s to come.

BUDDIES!

The middle school students were introduced to their first grade buddies on Friday. What better way to get acquainted than with a science activity. Hearing that the first graders are presently studying the three states of matter, the buddies cooperated in making “fizz-inflators!”

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EIGHTH GRADE PASSION PROJECT

The 8th grade students were excited to finally meet with their mentors this week. The mentors will support and guide the students throughout the year. Presently, students are busy researching their topics and preparing for the big community pitch which will take place in December on Portfolio Day.

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Avi and Risa discuss alternative energy.
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Ms. Hildago and Emily discuss teen nutrition and fitness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eighth Grade Outing

Some students in eighth grade attended a “refashion show” at the Reuse convention to gather ideas about ways we can be environmentally wise in this Shmita year. The students spoke to experts in the reuse community and gained insight into ways we might be able to promote the social, environmental, and economic benefits of reuse in our community.

Front row seats for the refashion show.
Front row seats for the refashion show.
This dress was made entirely from plastic utensils!
This dress was made entirely from plastic utensils!
Our own Miss Hendler modeled in the show.
Our own Miss Hendler modeled in the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE

This week the students continued their study of stars, focusing on the life cycle and characteristics of stars. Students constructed models of the sun and looked at the emission spectra of elements through a spectrograph.

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Shira’s sun model
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Roy’s sun includes lots of information!
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Madison looks through the spectrograph as Kylie ignites the sodium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shira notices that copper's flame is azure.
Shira notices that copper’s flame is azure.

 

Nir recognizes the spectral lines of calcium.
Nir recognizes the spectral lines of calcium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week we will visit the Heliostat at UT and begin learning about the Earth and Moon.

 

EIGHTH GRADE SCIENCE

The eighth grade students have engaged in numerous labs designed to explore concepts such as: phase changes, physical and chemical changes, conservation of mass, kinetic molecular theory, and gas laws.

MAD SCIENTIST!
MAD SCIENTIST!
Marley observes the distillation of colored water.
Marley observes the distillation of colored water.
Sarah records temperature changes as dry ice is submerged in water.
Sarah records temperature changes as dry ice is submerged in water.
Future scientist Dover
Future scientist Dover
Dry ice is cool!
Dry ice is cool!
Brooke heats and then submerges a can in icy water. The can is crushed. Gas laws at work!
Brooke heats and then submerges a can in icy water. The can is crushed. Gas laws at work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marley examines the effects of a marshmallow in a syringe. Pressure and volume and inversely related!
Marley examines the effects of a marshmallow in a syringe. Pressure and volume and inversely related!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINEERING

Engineering students were excited to get back to work this week after a long break due to the Holidays. This week we began designing and building mouse trap race cars. After discussing potential and kinetic energy, the students set to work, designing and building their cars. Next week we will test drive and improve our designs.

SIXTH GRADE MATH

This week we have begun a new unit: Decimals! Students will practice ordering, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals in this unit. Please remember that Holt offers homework help online at:

http://go.hrw.com/gopages/ma-msm.html

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