Sunday, December 10, 2017

Quarter 2, Week 6, 12/11 to 12/15

(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, Dec 10, 2017, 10:12pm

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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 will begin learning how the EV3 brick works and what kind of data the sensors send to the brick (the Port View assignment).

HW - If you are one of the students going on the field trip tomorrow, bring a lunch and be at school by 6:45am.

Tuesday - Today the students who were selected will be going to the Galaxy Theaters to hear Astronaut Mark Vande Hei talk to us from the International Space Station - LIVE!

Students who are at school will work on their 3D GameLab quests with my substitute teacher.

Wednesday to Friday - Students will be working with the EV3 brick and the sensors. Once students complete the Port View activity they will begin to design the sensor experiment. 

This week period 3 will set the fish traps one day, then return the next day to ID and count any fish we catch in the traps. We always return the fish to the creek.
8th-grade Science

Monday - Today we will complete the Punnett Squares Pear Deck activity then students will take a Punnett Squares quiz.

HW - If you are one of the students going on the field trip tomorrow, bring a lunch and be at school by 6:45am.

Tuesday - Today the students who were selected will be going to the Galaxy Theaters to hear Astronaut Mark Vande Hei talk to us from the International Space Station - LIVE!

Students who are at school will work on their 3D GameLab quests with my substitute teacher.

Wednesday - Once we are done with the Punnett Squares quiz, students will learn about Mitosis. If we have time we will learn about Meiosis! 

Thursday and Friday - Laura Tucker returns to continue the Human Growth and Development course.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Play World of Warcraft to level up your character! OR Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
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.

Have a great Winter Break and Holidays and have a great New Year!


Email me with any questions.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Quarter 2, Week 5, 12/4 to 12/8

(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, Dec 3, 2017, 9:04pm

Spirit Week:

Monday - Blanket Day
Tuesday - Fandom Day
Wednesday - Color Day (6th - Maroon, 7th - Black, 8th - Grey)
Thursday - Ugly Sweaters Day
Friday - Santa Day


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 Pu
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 Friday - This week we will finish learning about circuits and switches. Then students will practice the robotics vocabulary they have learned so far. By the end of the week we should be practicing with the EV3 sensors to learn how they work and what types of data they collect.


And since this is the official Hour of Code week, students will get one class period to participate for Chimacum Middle School! 


HW - None unless you fall behind and need to catch up. Those who need to fix the Faraday Golfing Machine blog post or those who need to finish it, you need to do so for homework because we will not have any more time in class for you to finish it.


This week period 2 will set the fish traps one day, then return the next day to ID and count any fish we catch in the traps. We always return the fish to the creek.
8th-grade Science

Monday to Wednesday - This week students will see if plant reproduction has anything in common with human reproduction. We will begin by dissecting flowers to learn how flowering plants reproduce. Then students will finish practicing how to make Punnett Squares. That will lead to learning about the difference between mitosis and meiosis.


And since this is the official Hour of Code week, students will get one class period to participate for Chimacum Middle School! 



HW - If you have not fixed your incorrect answers on the Weather Final Exam, you still need to do so.



Thursday & Friday - Laura Tucker from the Public Health Department will be hosting the Human Growth and Development class for 8th graders start Thursday and continuing through Friday.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Play World of Warcraft to level up your character! OR Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
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, November 26, 2017

Quarter 2, Week 4, 11/27 to 12/1

(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, Nov 26, 2017, 8:41pm

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 Thursday - Many students have not yet completed their Faraday Golfing Machine blog posts so they need time to work on those. 

Then we will begin the second unit where students will learn about Circuits and Switches!  This is when students will get to actually use the robotic EV3 Brick and practice using the sensors.

HW - None unless students start falling behind. Homework is not assigned unless students need more time to complete classwork.

Friday - I will have a sub today while I travel to Spokane to work with teachers there showing them how I use Classcraft and 3D GameLab with students! 

Today, students will work on their 3D GameLab quests.

This week period 1 will set the fish traps one day, then return the next day to ID and count any fish we catch in the traps. We always return the fish to the creek.
8th-grade Science

Monday to Wednesday - We will continue working on Lesson 2, part 1, on pages 13 to 15. Then we will do the reading on pages 16 to 19.

Then we will spend some time practicing using Punnett Squares! Students will learn how to figure the probability of having offspring with certain traits based on trait dominance, incomplete dominance, and codominance. :)

HW - Students need to fix the answers that they got wrong on their Weather Exams. Students can also complete any missing 3D GameLab quests at home.

Thursday and Friday - I will have a sub both of these days while I travel to Spokane to work with teachers there showing them how I use Classcraft and 3D GameLab with students! 

While I am gone students will work on their 3D GameLab quests including fixing their Weather Exams.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Play World of Warcraft to level up your character! OR Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
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, November 19, 2017

Quarter 2, Week 3, 11/20 to 11/24

(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, Nov 19, 2017, 9:45pm

 Monday, I am sending home permission slips for students who got selected to participate in a live telecast from the International Space Station (ISS) at the Galaxy Theaters in Gig Harbor on Tuesday, December 12! Students applied and Mrs. Stvartak and I selected 77 to attend! Five of them even got their questions selected to represent Chimacum Middle School! If your child cannot go or the permission slip doesn't get back to us this week, we will offer the seat to students on the waiting list so please fill out and sign that permission as soon as you can and have your child bring it to school. We will also need six parent chaperones so be on the lookout for a chance to sign up on Bloomz. We only have room for 77 students and six parents so we'll take those whose child was invited on a first come, first served basis.

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 - Students need to finish their Faraday Golfing Machine Blog Posts this week so that we can start the next STEM Robotics unit after Thanksgiving.

HW - Finish your Robots Blog Post and/or your Faraday Golfing Machine Blog Post for homework if you did not finish those this week.

Wednesday - Today we will be on our Early Release/Late Start Schedule

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

This week we will not go fish trapping because we need to finish the Faraday Golfing Challenge and we don't have enough days to do it all.
8th-grade Science

Monday and Tuesday - This week students will finish Lesson 1 of our What Makes Organisms Look The Way They Do unit. Instead of assigning the end of lesson reading form homework we will do it together in class to review how to annotate (Reading 1.3, pages 8 to 11).

We will start Lesson 2 by completing the first activity to see whether some tastes can be inherited traits.

HW - None if you are all caught up. If you don't finish fixing the questions you got wrong on your Weather Exam then you need to do that for homework.

Wednesday - Today we will be on our Early Release/Late Start Schedule

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Wednesday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Play World of Warcraft to level up your character! OR Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
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, November 12, 2017

Quarter 2, Week 2, 11/13 to 11/17

(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, Nov 12, 2017, 9:46pm

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 - This week students will complete their Faraday Golfing Machine challenge, including the blog post. Then students will have time to work on their 3D GameLab quests.

HW - None if you are all caught up. Look here for a list of assignments that need to be done by now.

Thursday - Parent/Teacher/Student conferences!

Come in between 8am and 12noon, or 1pm to 4:30pm, or 5:30pm to 8pm to see all your child's teachers.

Friday - For conferences today, teachers will be available from 8am to 12noon only. Stop by if you didn't make it yesterday.

This week period 1 might set the fish traps if the weather is safe. If it's too windy we might wait until next week.
8th-grade Science

Monday to Wednesday - This week we are going to complete the Why Do Organisms Look the Way They Look Lesson 1, pages 1 to 11. If we have time students will get to work on their 3D GameLab assignments.

HW - Fix the questions that you did not get correct on your Weather test. Also, read, annotate, and answer the questions on Reading 1.3, Where did you get those eyes, pages 9 to 11 in our new workbook.

Thursday - Parent/Teacher/Student conferences!

Come in between 8am and 12noon, or 1pm to 4:30pm, or 5:30pm to 8pm to see all your child's teachers.

Friday - For conferences today, teachers will be available from 8am to 12noon only. Stop by if you didn't make it yesterday.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Wednesday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Play World of Warcraft to level up your character! OR Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
Thursday and Friday - Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences in the middle school commons.

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, November 5, 2017

Quarter 2, Week 1, 11/6 to 11/10

(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, Nov 12, 2017, 10:08pm

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 to Wednesday- This week student teams will work on the Faraday Golfing Machine challenge. That will complete the first Unit of our STEM Robotics curriculum! 

HW - None unless you fall behind.

Thursday-  We will have a Veteran's Day assembly today in the morning.

Friday - No School - Veteran's Day

This week period 3 will set the fish traps one day, then return the next day to ID and count any fish we catch in the traps. We always return the fish to the creek.
8th-grade Science

Monday - Today students are still working on their Weather Exams. This is the last day students will have to work on their exam.

HW - None unless you have fallen behind.

Tuesday to Thursday - This week we are going to start the second IQWST Unit on Heredity and Natural Selection!

Students will be learning about genetics and how we get our traits from our parents!

Friday - No School - Veteran's Day
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Thursday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Play World of Warcraft to level up your character! OR Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
Friday - No School - Veteran's Day

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.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Quarter 1, Week 9, 10/30 to 11/3

(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 Monday, Oct 30, 2017, 7:10am

This is the last week of the quarter! Nov 16 and 17 will be Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences to go over our 1st Quarter.


Spirit Week this week, here are the daily plans: Monday - Inside/Outside or Backward Day, Tuesday - Jocks and Nerds Day, Wednesday - Twin Day, Thursday - Fandom Day, Friday - Blue/Chimacum Colors Day


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 Friday - This week students will have more time to work on their 3D GameLab work as well as choosing samples of their work so far for their electronic portfolios (ePortfolios).

This week we will also work on the Faraday Golfing Machine Robotics activity.

HW - None unless you have fallen behind.

This week period 1 will set the fish traps one day, then return the next day to ID and count any fish we catch in the traps. We always return the fish to the creek.

If the weather permits, I'll take 2nd period down later in the week. Maybe Thursday and Friday. We'll see, otherwise, 2nd period will go down next week.
8th-grade Science

Monday - Today we will complete page 36 from our class barometer data.

Then students can work on their 3D GameLab quests to study for the upcoming weather final exam. 

I will also be leading students through an activity where they will be guiding an International Space Station (ISS) digital camera to take digital images for us that WE CHOOSE! Exciting!

HW - Do any catch-up work so that you can be ready for the exam. 

Tuesday - Last day to study for the exam and complete the 3D GameLab quests.

Students must also finish setting up their electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) and adding samples of their Weather work and learning.

Wednesday - Weather Unit final exam!

Thursday - Today those who did not complete the final exam get a chance to finish. Those who did finish and need to fix any answers will get to do so today.

Friday - Last chance to finish weather 3D GameLab quests and to finish the exam.
6th-grade Keyboarding

Monday to Friday - Our daily routine is as follows:
  1. Check Classcraft.
  2. Practice Keyboarding with All The Right Type.
  3. Work on the WoW in Schools curriculum using 3D GameLab.
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.