Sunday, April 22, 2018

Quarter 4, Week 2, 4/23 to 4/27

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Sunday, Apr 22, 2018, 11:00pm

1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday - Today students in periods 1 and 2 need to complete their Hydro Dynamics Challenge Public Service Announcements (PSA). Students in Period 3 have today and Wednesday to complete their PSA's. 

HW - Remember to bring a lunch for tomorrow's field trip if you did not order one from our cafeteria. And wear shoes that cover your feet.

Tuesday - Today 6th graders will be at Finnriver Farms for this year's NOSC tree planting field trip. We will leave campus at 8am and return part way through 6th period.

Wednesday - Today we will be taking the ELA MAP test so I will not see my 1st and 2nd period classes.

My 3rd period class will have today to complete their PSA's.

Thursday - Today teams need to clean up their Lego Mindstorms kit and put them away ready to go for next year's 6th graders.

There will be new team assignments today as we prepare for the next phase of our Environmental Stewardship Project.

Friday - Teams will get their assignments today for the next phase of the Environmental Stewardship project.
8th-grade Science

Monday to Friday - Students who have not yet corrected their Physical Science Assessment need to finish on Monday. Those who need more time can finish it during lunch on Tuesday. If you still need time after that we can arrange after school time to help you learn what you missed.

Students will be catching up on their 3D GameLab quests, specifically the quests about atoms and elements. Those quests will help students prepare for our next unit of study, Introduction to Chemistry.

HW - None if you have completed over 25 3D GameLab quests. All 8th-grade students will be taking a Science Assessment this year on May 17 so the more quests you do on 3D GameLab the more you will know for the test! Mr. Gonzalez has put a lot of the learning that we didn't get to from our IQWST curriculum on 3D GameLab to help students learn the Science concepts.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with Typing.Com.
  3. Students then play World of Warcraft to continue leveling up their character and playing through the story on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  4. Tuesdays and Thursdays students will be working on 3D GameLab assignments based on the game. 
Email me with any questions.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Quarter 4, Week 1, 4/16 to 4/20

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Sunday, Apr 15, 2018, 9:52pm

1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday - Today 6th graders are going to complete a science critical thinking activity in preparation for studying climate change.

HW - Get ready for your Student-Led Conference tomorrow.

Tuesday - No regular school today for Student-Led Conferences.

Wednesday - Today we will have Olivia and Kory from the North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC) prepare 6th graders for next week's field trip!

Thursday - Today students will be taking their Math MAP test during 1st and 2nd period. 

Then, during 3rd period, my second period class will get to work on their Hydro Dynamic Challenge. They need to get started on their Public Service Announcement blog post by today.

Friday - Today we will have Laura Tucker join us to continue our 6th graders learning about Climate Change!
8th-grade Science

Monday - Today 8th graders will have another chance to get their ePortfolios ready for tomorrow's conferences.

HW - Get ready for your Student-Led Conference tomorrow.

Tuesday - No regular school today for Student-Led Conferences. 

Wednesday - Today 8th graders will have a chance to correct their Physical Science tests. Teams will go over the answers to their tests and then we will correct them as a whole class.

Thursday - Newton's Laws Breakout activity today!

Friday - Eighth graders will be at their UW Engineering Days field trip today.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with Typing.Com.
  3. Students then play World of Warcraft to continue leveling up their character and playing through the story on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  4. Tuesdays and Thursdays students will be working on 3D GameLab assignments based on the game. 
Email me with any questions.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Quarter 3, Week 10, 4/9 to 4/13

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Saturday, Apr 7, 2018, 10:56pm

1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday to Wednesday - If you have not turned in your completed Permission Packet, please do so this week.

This week teams need to finish their Hydro Dynamics Challenge and record it to share on their blogs.

HW - Student-Led Conferences are happening next Tuesday, April 17. Contact your child's Eagle Time teacher if you have not scheduled your conference yet.

Thursday - Fourth quarter officially begins today.

Students will continue to work on their Hydro Dynamics Challenge. The goal is to be done today!

Friday - Students will be taking their spring Reading MAP test this morning. 

My 1st-period class will have Science today before lunch (my 2nd and 3rd period classes will not have Science class today).
8th-grade Science

Monday to Friday - Since the 3rd quarter is ending this week, Wednesday is the last day of the 3rd quarter, students will take the Physical Science assessment.

Once students are done with the assessment they will continue to work on their Science ePortfolios.

HW - Student-Led Conferences are happening next Tuesday, April 17. Contact your child's Eagle Time teacher if you have not scheduled your conference yet.

Thursday, April 12 - Fourth quarter officially begins this day.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with Typing.Com.
  3. Students then play World of Warcraft to continue leveling up their character and playing through the story on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  4. Tuesdays and Thursdays students will be working on 3D GameLab assignments based on the game. 
Email me with any questions.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Quarter 3, Week 9, 3/26 to 3/30

(This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

 Last updated on Sunday, Mar 25, 2018, 10:21pm

Next week is spring break, enjoy the break everyone!


1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
(Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
6th-grade Science

Monday and Tuesday - While I am gone to a robotics training in Bremerton students will continue working on their Human Water Cycle and Water Pollution research to begin working on a solution design to a problem facing our waters!

Teams that get their research and solution ideas approved by my sub will begin designing and programming their solution using their EV3 robots.

HW - None unless you fall behind and need to finish work at home.

Wednesday to Friday - For the rest of the week students will continue to work on their Hydro Dynamics Challenge solution. Teams that finish building and programming their robots will record them in action and prepare to share their ideas.

The best solutions will be added to our Chimacum World Solutions Blog!

8th-grade Science

Monday and Tuesday - I have a sub while I am away at a robotics training. 

Eighth graders are researching rocket science to get ideas to build bottle rockets. 

Teams that get their research approved by my sub will begin building their bottle rockets.

HW - None if you are all caught up.

Wednesday to Friday - Depending on how far teams got we will either launch bottle rockets by the end of this week or if rockets aren't built yet, we can always wait until after spring break.

If teams are ready to launch, we will launch them then teams will be able to make modifications for a second launch!

6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with Typing.Com.
  3. Students then play World of Warcraft to continue leveling up their character and playing through the story.
  4. Some days students will be working on assignments based on the game. 
    HW - No homework.
    Email me with any questions.


    Sunday, March 18, 2018

    Quarter 3, Week 8, 3/19 to 3/23

    (This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

     Last updated on Sunday, Mar 18, 2018, 9:02pm

    1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
    2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
    3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
    Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
    4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
    5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
    6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
    7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
    (Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
    6th-grade Science

    Monday to Wednesday - Teams need to finish up their water pollution research and begin the design phase of their Hydro Dynamics Challenge. 

    HW - Monday students received a field trip permission packet. We have three field trips coming up this spring and I am sending all the permission slips at once! There are also two photo release forms from the Ocean School Guardian NOAA program and from North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC) in case they take photos of your child at the different events. Please get them all filled out and returned to school with your child as soon as you can.

    Thursday and Friday - We will have guests from the North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC) to teach students about Chimacum Creek. Students will also get to identify creek bugs to determine the biological integrity of our creek.
    8th-grade Science

    Monday to Friday - Eighth graders are wrapping up their Sphero Chariot reflections to figure out all the physical science that took place.

    Once they finish they will begin to learn a little rocket science! Adding the force of gravity lends itself perfectly to designing and launching bottle rockets! :)

    HW - None if you are all caught up.
    6th-grade Keyboarding

    Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
    1. Check Classcraft.
    2. Practice Keyboarding with Typing.Com.
    3. Students then play World of Warcraft to continue leveling up their character and playing through the story.
    4. Some days students will be working on assignments based on the game. 
      HW - None
      Email me with any questions.


      Sunday, March 11, 2018

      Quarter 3, Week 7, 3/12 to 3/16

      (This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

       Last updated on Sunday, Mar 11, 2018, 6:31pm


      Students can bring in money collected for the Choose-A-Thon all week. Students can give their money to their Eagle Time advisor or to the middle school office.

      1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
      2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
      3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
      Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
      4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
      5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
      6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
      7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
      (Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
      6th-grade Science

      Monday - Today teams will continue to research the Human Water Cycle to learn about the human impacts on our waters as part of the Hydro Dynamics Challenge.

      HW - None if you are all caught up.

      Tuesday - Late Start/Early Release Schedule today for 1st, 3rd, and 6th period classes only.

      Students will continue to work on their Hydro Dynamics Challenge research.

      Wednesday - Late Start/Early Release Schedule today for 2nd, 5th, and 7th period classes only.

      Students will continue to work on their Hydro Dynamics Challenge Research. 

      Thursday and Friday - As teams complete their research and choose a topic, they will brainstorm some designs to their topic using their EV3 robots. Once their design is approved they will begin building.
      8th-grade Science

      Monday - Today teams will race their Sphero Chariots!

      Once all the races are done, teams will meet to make any necessary changes to their chariots.

      HW - None if you are all caught up.

      Tuesday - Late Start/Early Release Schedule today for 1st, 3rd, and 6th period classes only so my 8th graders will not have Science class today.

      Wednesday - Late Start/Early Release Schedule today for 2nd, 5th, and 7th period classes only so 8th graders will have Science!

      Teams will continue making any changes to their Sphero Chariots to race them again.

      Thursday and Friday - We will finish the races then students will reflect on what they learned. 

      Once we share and connect back to our essential question, How Will It Move, we will begin to research the next project - Rocketry and the force of gravity!
      6th-grade Keyboarding

      Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
      1. Check Classcraft.
      2. Practice Keyboarding with Typing.Com.
      3. Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab, OR Continue playing the game to level up your character!
        HW - No homework is assigned unless a student falls behind. If your child falls behind, he or she can catch up on their Keyboarding and on their 3D GameLab assignments using any device that has an Internet connection. To practice keyboarding, a device with a full keyboard is best. Kids can also do their keyboarding practice and 3D GameLab assignments from home if they want to get ahead.
        Email me with any questions.


        Sunday, March 4, 2018

        Quarter 3, Week 6, 3/5 to 3/9

        (This may change from day to day depending on how much we actually get done in class so check back often to make sure a deadline or assignment or homework wasn't changed at the last minute.)

         Last updated on Sunday, Mar 4, 2018, 9:08pm

        1st per - 7:45am to 8:39am
        2nd per - 8:43am to 9:37am 
        3rd per - 9:41am to 10:35am 
        Lunch - 10:35am to 11:05am 
        4th per (Eagle Time) - 11:09am to 11:26am 
        5th per - 11:30am to 12:24pm
        6th per - 12:28pm to 1:22pm
        7th per - 1:26pm to 2:20pm
        (Click here to see Late Start/Early Release Day Schedules)
        6th-grade Science

        Monday - This week teams will finish their Potential Energy Challenge projects. Students are designing robots that can perform a job using the least amount of power possible. 

        By Wednesday we should be starting the next challenge, the Hydro Dynamics Challenge. If it turns out that teams need more time to finish the Potential Energy Challenge, I might extend that project. We'll see.

        HW - None if you are all caught up. If you need to finish something that you didn't have time to complete in class, finish it at home for homework.

        Friday - Today for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period Chimacum Middle School students will be completing their Choose-A-Thon events as they help raise money to keep our amazing Outdoor Education field trips! Once students complete their events they need to collect money from their sponsors and bring the money to the office.

        Here's a copy to the Choose-A-Thon packet students got in their Eagle Time classes.
        8th-grade Science

        Monday to Friday - This week 8th graders are going to finish the Sphero Chariot Challenge! Students are designing chariots for the Sphero robots, some will be 3D Printing their designs! Teams will then program their chariots to race around the classroom!

        HW - None if you are all caught up. Here are the 3D GameLab quests that 8th graders should have completed by now for the 3rd quarter:
        1. Electronic Portfolio
        2. Time to Add to Your ePortfolio
        3. Time to Assess Your Progress in Science
        4. ePortfolio Reflection
        5. Magnetic Cannon
        6. Question Formulation Technique (QFT)
        7. Magnetic Cannon Inquiry Boards
        8. Magnetic Cannon Lab
        9. Newton's Cradle
        Students should have close to, and some have more than, 30 quests completed in 3D GameLab so far this year.
        6th-grade Keyboarding

        Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
        1. Check Classcraft.
        2. Practice Keyboarding with Typing.Com.
        3. Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab, OR Continue playing the game to level up your character!
          HW - No homework is assigned unless a student falls behind. If your child falls behind, he or she can catch up on their Keyboarding and on their 3D GameLab assignments using any device that has an Internet connection. To practice keyboarding, a device with a full keyboard is best. Kids can also do their keyboarding practice and 3D GameLab assignments from home if they want to get ahead.
          Email me with any questions.

          Choose-A-Thon Info

          This Friday, March 9, from 8am to 10:30am, during Periods 1, 2, and 3, students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will be participating in this year’s Choose-A-Thon Outdoor Education Fundraising Event! Your child can participate in any of nine fun activities (minimum of one, maximum of three for each student). All your child needs to do is get pledges for completing their activity. Sponsors can pledge money per item your child completes, such as number of free throws in 20 minutes, or they can give your child a flat fee to support Outdoor Education. All monies collected must be delivered to the Chimacum Middle School office. Kids can bring cash or checks made out to Chimacum Middle School. Money can be brought in prior to the actual event this Friday or by Monday. If your child can’t collect their pledges by Monday they can still bring in the money at any time. If we raise more than $2,000 we will celebrate with ice cream (everyone)! And the grade level that raises the most money will get a little something special.


          Chimacum Middle School must be one of the only schools in the world that offers its students an outdoor education experience at each grade level! These trips do cost more than the fees families pay and through fundraising and generous donations we can keep offering Cispus, Long Boats, and Odyssey to all of our students. This fundraising event was organized by two Chimacum High School students as part of their senior project!


          If your child does not wish to participate we will have a study hall available for kids to work on homework or missing work. If your child wishes to participate as a spectator we ask that they bring a donation to support Outdoor Education (minimum of $5, please).