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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: