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Open the link below for information about the vacation camps taking place over the February break.

February Vacation Camps


6th Grade Deployment of ChromeBooks:

After considerable discussion with the 6th grade team, it is my determination that the 6th graders are not quite ready to take home their CBs. While there are pockets of students who may be ready, most are still not. We will review again after the end of the 2nd trimester and assess where students are with their readiness.


Grade 6 Update:

Sixth graders have been busy and productive these past few weeks. In math they have been exploring positive and negative numbers which will help in their understanding of ancient civilizations and where they fall on a timeline.  Speaking of which, students are knee deep in a study of ancient Egypt and have completed a pharaoh’s tomb project. In Plus they have learned how to argue and have participated in a debate and science has introduced them to the metric system.  In Ms. Styles’ absence, students have begun to read Tuck Everlasting and to consider the essential question of what it means to live forever.


Grade 7 Update:

In science, we are starting our lessons on photosynthesis and cellular respiration. We just completed our photosynthesis lab and will be working on understanding how photosynthesis and cellular respiration are related in our ecosystem. In social studies, we are working our way through Europe. We will have a couple of cool projects coming up in January. In ELA, we are in the middle of our drama unit. We have read two plays, and will read more after vacation. In math, we are exploring basic probability. We are determining the likelihood of chance events through the calculation of combinations and permutations, while also using tables and diagrams to define sample spaces. In DLCS, we are currently working on our Google Sheets unit, where students are learning to identify parts of a spreadsheet and explore its many functions and features. Students have input manipulated and organized data by creating budget and schedule spreadsheets. As a final project, students will work in partners to gather and analyze data using formulas and charts.


Grade 8 Update:

Eighth grade social studies is exploring the composition and function of the legislative branch.  After break, students will participate in the Caucus Game, where they will have to prioritize legislative initiatives and negotiate with the other party.  Following this, the class will begin their Mock House and Senate hearings in which they will split into two congressional committees, choose their chairperson, research one of its members, write legislation, and then hold hearings and mark-up. In Spanish class, students have been learning the verb "tener", possessive adjectives, and family and house vocabulary. Each student wrote a three-paragraph essay in Spanish about a house. We will soon be learning classroom vocabulary, clothing, and present tense -ar verb conjugations.  In Science, students just finished up a unit on climate change. They were able to make connections between fossil fuels, carbon dioxide, the greenhouse effect, and global warming. The students closed out the unit by completing a CER (Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning) on what factors have caused the rise in global temperatures over the last century. Once they return from break, the students will begin a unit on chemistry. To start, there will be a review of important vocabulary (e.g. atoms and molecules) followed by an activity to introduce them to chemical reactions. Students will be doing LEGO chemistry, using the bricks to represent different elements and to model a chemical reaction they will carry out.  In English Language Arts, students learned how to create better sentences using clauses and phrases, and to add voice to their writing. They also examined some of the persuasive techniques used in advertising and used them to pitch their own products. Following the year-end break, students will be reading independent novels in preparation for their literary analysis essays, and will be teaching their classmates about poetry. Math students have been walking the line and hitting the slopes as they explore the features of linear functions, constant rate of change, and our old pal y = mx + b. In January, we will investigate how linear functions can be used with data collection to make predictions - and win races. 2019 holds many exciting educational opportunities for students to enjoy in their last months at Hale.


RAS Update:

In PE we are currently finishing our Volleyball Unit. On the student's return from holiday break 6th grade will be starting cooperative games consisting of team building activities and cooperative learning strategies. 7th and 8th grade will be starting team invasion games that includes activities like Team Handball, Speedball and Capture the Flag.  In PE we are currently finishing our Volleyball Unit. On the student's return from holiday break 6th grade will be starting cooperative games consisting of team building activities and cooperative learning strategies. 7th and 8th grade will be starting team invasion games that includes activities like Team Handball, Speedball and Capture the Flag. In 6th grade General Music, we are currently in the middle of our bucket drum unit learning how to compose complex rhythms and play them as an ensemble. In 7th grade General Music, students have started to learn the basics on piano (finger numbers and positions on keyboard and reading music notation and applying it to the instrument). In 8th grade General Music, students have been learning their first few chords on guitar and are currently working on being able to play "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles.  In 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Concert Band we are hard at work preparing for our Winter Concert in January!In art class, 6th grade students are finishing up their Pop Art projects, 7th graders are working on their Impressionism paintings and 8th graders are drawing to music in preparation for their abstract art paintings.