Seventh grade delved into a new science unit on genetics by getting a taste of their own genes through a class sample. They measured each other's wingspans and heights, checked eye color, tried rolling their tongue, and even did a taste test to see how strongly they taste bitter flavors. You can see from the looks on their faces that many of them taste bitter compounds very strongly -- no wonder so many of them don't like vegetables!
Sixth grade wiped away some of their misconceptions about the distance between planets by creating a scale model of the solar system. They applied what they have been learning in math about proportions to relate astronomical units to centimeters in order to make a string-and-bead version of the solar system just four meters long. They quickly learned that the planets are not equally spaced after all!
The seventh grade created a museum of Holocaust memorials for the 8th graders. Each student put great effort in commemorating the event, the victims, and upstanders. The students presented with poise and maturity. Following the museum, the seventh and eighth grade reflected on the Holocaust together. Lastly, the eighth grade gave words of advice and showed connections for the Civil Rights Movement unit. The seventh graders are ready to continue their study of upstanders and bystanders next year!
Seventh grade students applied their knowledge of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to affirmations and abuses in the modern world. They examined the story of Malala's quest for equal access to education and studied the impact of child labor in Burkina Faso. To conclude our lesson, the students documented the changes they hope to see in our world.
Junior high just finished up Ms. Sagert's Sports Around the World unit. The students now know how to play cricket. Kids were open-minded trying a sport they were unfamiliar with. Great few weeks!!
After meting out justice at the Nuremberg Trials, the seventh grade explored the process of de-Nazification in Allied-occupied Germany. From street names to textbooks, all signs of Hitler's reign disappeared from the surface. The memories, however, remained.
Thank you to all who visited our Global Fest IB Gallery! The students went above and beyond to show their knowledge and understanding of their world. Each table was interactive and kept the visitors coming. We are so proud of our IB students!
On Thursday, Mrs. Prinzivalli revealed the gender of her baby. With a pop of the balloon, BLUE ribbons fell to the ground. The students shared in her excitement with loud cheers and clapping. We are so excited to welcome Baby Boy Prinzivalli arriving September!
- May 14th: Global Fest Party! Come join the SMS community in celebrating our world. The party kicks off at 6pm!
- May 19th: Hot Dog Day!
- May 19th: Seventh grade visits the Holocaust Museum. Permission slips due Tuesday 5/17!
- May 20th: No School -- Professional Development Day
- May 20th: Graduation Dinner celebrating the class of 2016
- May 26th: Spring Art and Music Show! Please make sure you send your child to school with his/her permission form.
- May 27th: 8th grade class trip.
Mrs. Prinzivalli and Ms. Denten