On Tuesday evening, our eighth grade students received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Fr. Larry McNally and Bishop Kane celebrated the Confirmation Mass, guiding our students and the CCD students into this new stage in their faith lives. We are very proud of these young men and women!
Continuing our study of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the eighth grade students examined accounts from freedmen in the South in a Jigsaw activity. After becoming experts in one person's story, the students were mixed up and reassembled in new groups (like puzzle pieces!) to teach one another about their individual's journey. Next, they wrote letters to the Freedmen's Bureau to address necessary changes to protect their rights.
Eighth grade began their new unit on forces and motion this week by discussing car safety and using toy carts and ramps to measure speed. Then they applied that activity to develop a method to measure cars' speeds on Western Avenue in front of Dank Haus, and we headed outside to catch any law-breakers! (In case you're wondering, you're safe -- nearly everyone was below the speed limit.)
The eighth grade class is having fun using graphing software to bring their designs to life! They applied their knowledge of linear equations to make beautiful designs, and then graphed them on Chromebooks using domain and range. Next week, they'll try to re-create each other's designs!
Ms. Sagert hosted another fabulous Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart event this week. The gym was decked out in jungle decorations, and the students got to participate in different stations of their choosing. One station was the vertical jump -- some of our eighth-graders got to over 9-foot jumps! Thanks for your hard work, Ms. S!
The cooking class this week celebrated the wonderful Ms. Kanaley's birthday. We whipped up a Depression chocolate cake (which conveniently calls for no eggs, milk, or butter!) and a coconut milk-based ganache, surprising our favorite vegan teacher with the cake at lunch!
Taking the seventh grade students under her WING, Ms. Scheiber guided the class through their very first dissection. These future surgeons started with something familiar to our kitchens: a chicken wing. They examined the bone structure, muscles, and tendons of a chicken in the most hands-on way possible. Have you ever pulled a tendon inside the chicken's wing to make it wave? Seventh grade has!
(*It helps if you listen to this song while reading about the chicken wing dissections...)
The sixth grade students continued learning about the Old Testament this week as groups chose their own instructional methods to teach the class about a section of the Book of Exodus. Some did skits (complete with costumes and props!), others told a story, and one group even made their own website -- all in just 45 minutes!
-Second trimester report cards went home today, March 10. Please return the signed envelope by Friday, March 17.
-Please join our school community in the gym on Saturday, March 11 for the St. Patrick's Day party from 6:00-10:00 PM.
-Sixth grade families, please return the permission slips and the $5.50 accessory fee for the Dance Off by Monday, March 13 so we can finalize the line-up for the competition. The Dance Off is on Thursday, March 23.
-Hot Dog Day is on Thursday, March 16. Please submit orders by Tuesday, March 9 at 9:00 AM to guarantee a lunch for your student. Remember, there is no hot lunch or milk served on Hot Dog Day.
Ms. Denten & Ms. Scheiber