In science, sixth grade made models of volcanoes to investigate the differences between two kinds of magma. They examined the impact of less gassy and more gassy magma on the size of an explosion. Then, these hot shot scientists determined which types of rocks resulted from the magma samples: pumice or basalt.
The seventh graders looked at onion, celery, Elodea, and spinach under the microscope to find patterns in the cells of producers. Using this information, they were able to identify cell structures and determine what makes plant cells unique.
Thank you to Ms. Scheiber for providing hands-on science experiments for our students to deepen their understanding of challenging topics!
[*That was SUCH a teacher joke and I'm not even sorry!]
Most consumers focus on cost rather than value. In class this week, the eighth grade studied both "use value" - items valued because of their sentimental or functional worth - and "exchange value" - items valued because of their monetary worth. Students brought in pictures of their homes, families, sports memorabilia and equipment, electronics, and many other valued items.
The sixth graders learned about value using the Human Number Line. They eagerly acted out student-written word problems on topics about about zoo animals, soccer players, submarines, bakeries, and other fun ideas. The sky is the limit with these kids!
Thank you to Ms. Nolan for providing meaningful math activities that extend far beyond the walls of the classroom!
As an extension of their summer internships with Top Box Foods, several eighth grade students spent a portion of their day delivering produce and protein boxes to those in need. Top Box serves residents of Chicago who live in neighborhoods known as "food deserts". These individuals do not have access to healthy meal options because of a lack of supermarkets and an overabundance of fast food options. Through this service work, our students are tackling real challenges to make a difference in the world around them.
Oh, what a night! Our junior high students had a festive Friday night at the St. Matthias Fall Dance. Undeterred by the street construction on Claremont, the students arrived promptly, gobbled up some quality pizza and cookies, and spent the remainder of the night on the dance floor. The award for best dance moves is a tie between Hannah V., who danced her heart out all night long, and Paris G., whose quadruple cartwheels left everyone impressed. A very close second place goes to the entire sixth grade class, whose synchronized dance moves were outstanding!
Many thanks to Mrs. Prinzivalli and our student council for organizing a stress-free, fun-filled nights for the students. A very special thank you to the Lucero-Garcia family for providing the music, Mrs. Ortiz for acting as photographer, and all those who stayed late to help clean up after the dance!
Please join us this Sunday for 10:30 Mass at St. Matthias. The junior high students and the religious education students will assist in the celebration of Mass this week. It is always nice to see our families join together in prayer beyond the Friday school Mass! We hope to see you there!
Hot Dog Day is Thursday, November 19. Orders are due by Tuesday, November 17.
Come support the Mustangs on Friday, November 20! The seventh grade boys basketball team plays at 7:15, while our blended boy/girl eighth grade team takes the court at 8:15. Let's pack the place!
Ms. Denten & Mrs. Prinzivalli