Eighth grade started a new unit on waves, and they learned new physics vocabulary by making waves out of different materials, including slinkies! While they may not have gotten to walk the slinkies down stairs, they did get to see how longitudinal and transverse waves reflect back and how they transmit energy from one point to another.
Seventh grade delved into a new unit on genetics by testing their own traits -- wingspan, height, tongue rolling, and even their taste receptors. How bitter is bitter? It's an inherited trait!
Sixth grade prepared to take their grammar quiz on identifying fragments and complete sentences, rewriting passive voice, and correcting run-on sentences! Many brave volunteers corrected sentences in front of the class, and Lydia even taught the class when it is okay to use “because” to start a sentence (a bonus lesson for the day!).
(*Finish that obscure lyric and/or name that movie to earn a ticket!)
Sixth grade took advantage of the glorious sunshine we had during school hours this week to investigate how the Sun's position changes throughout the day. By recording the length and position of a shadow at different times of day, they were able to determine where the Sun is in the sky at different times of day.
Eighth grade is learning about exponential growth rates by studying a hypothetical zombie apocalypse! They calculated and graphed the number of humans that would be turned into zombies each day and tried to discover if it would be possible to eradicate them with a partially-effective antidote. They'll certainly be ready for the next episode of "The Walking Dead"!
After weeks of work, the entrepreneur team spent a day downtown competing in the first annual Big Shoulders Entrepreneurial Competition. The team presented their product in front of four corporate judges from Ernst & Young as well as a room full of their Catholic school competitors. They truly impressed the judges with their outstanding presentation, well-thought out business plan, and evident teamwork. We are very proud of them!
-The junior high Fluorescent Fling is TONIGHT from 6-9 PM. Bust out your neon for our final dance of the year! All students must be signed in AND out by a parent or designated adult.
-Join us at Global Fest on Saturday, May 20. During the week, please join us at the IB Learning Galleries on Wednesday, May 17 (8:15-9:15) in the gym or Thursday, May 18 (8:30-9:00) in the convent. Our junior high students are excited to share their learning with their classmates and families!
-The next Hot Dog Day is on Thursday, May 18. All orders must be submitted by Tuesday, May 16 to guarantee the selected food or drink. Remember, there will be no hot lunch or milk.
-Mark your calendars now: the Spring Art & Music Show ("The Granny Awards") is on Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 PM. Come at 6:30 PM to see what your students have created in Mr. O's art classes.Then, sit down and enjoy watching your students' entertaining performance, led by Mrs. Reckamp!
Happy Mother's Day & Happy Weekend!
Ms. Denten & Ms. Scheiber