Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Concert

It was a pleasure to hear the students play today. I know many of you were unable to make it, so I recorded the performance for you. Enjoy!



Student Selected Scientific Research Projects

Yesterday we introduced our next science unit, which is student selected inquiry projects. Students first listed the steps involved and practiced creating reasonable timelines. Then we worked together to come to an agreement for due dates. Below you will find what they came up with.

The first step is to choose a question and get it approved. Appropriate questions are testable within a 2 week period with the resources available. They also are new and innovative. This means that it has not been done a million times already and can not be Googled. We brainstormed possible questions in class on Tuesday and I assured students I was happy to approve questions over break if they wanted to start researching.

Step
Due Date
Rough Draft
Typed
Question
1/3/17


Background Research
1/9/17


Hypothesis
1/11/17


Materials
1/12/17


Procedure
1/12/17


Experiment
1/26/17


Data Analysis
1/31/17


Results
2/2/17


Conclusion
2/7/17


Bibliography
2/8/17


Board
2/13/17


Presentation Rehearsal



Final Due Date
Feb. 16


Monday, December 12, 2016

Rube Goldberg Videos

Several students filmed their Rube Goldberg attempts. These two sent their videos to me for your viewing pleasure!



Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Update

Can you believe not one, but two snow days in the same week? Oregon weather is notoriously hard to predict, but the meteorologists hit it on the head this time.

I'm hoping that all 8th graders have their Twelfth Night book at home. If not, please visit http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/playmenu.php?WorkID=12night.

Students need to practice speaking SLOWLY, speaking LOUDLY, and interacting with the other cast members. This means they need someone to read the other parts so they hear their cues and can practice the timing.

That being said, after losing our make up and costume day and our Friday rehearsal, we are going to postpone Twelfth Night until after break. I will be holding a dress rehearsal during break. Please take a moment to check your calendar and then visit http://doodle.com/poll/8ah62hknkatbq6xg to let me know what days are best. That way we can hold rehearsal with as many people as possible.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Adams

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cold Weather Recess Policy

Not accounting for windchill factor, teachers will use the guidelines below, as well as their best professional judgement and common sense to determine what is appropriate for their class:
Children will eat outdoors and may make the choice about coats, etc.:  about 41°F and above
Teachers will encourage the wearing of coats, hats, and gloves for recess:  about 40°F and below

Eating will likely occur indoors with outdoor recess following one of the below guidelines:  about 40°F and below
Normal outdoor recess:  26°F and above
Shortened outdoor recess (5 to 10 minutes):  18°F-25°F
Indoor recess:  18°F and below

Monday, December 5, 2016

Rex Putnam IB Program

Today we had the pleasure of talking with Ms. Tracy Clark from Rex Putnam. Ms. Clark is the head of the IB program and the Leadership Class, so she was able to give us a holistic view of the high school and all it has to offer.

Some of the many things we learned:

  • The IB program was first created in Geneva, Switzerland in the 1960's as a way for students from military families to transfer from country to country and have their credits still count. 
  • In some schools it is a K - 12 program, but most are high school only. 
  • Globally 78% that pursue an IB diploma receive it. Rex Putnam's average is the same. 
  • At Putnam, you begin taking IB classes your Junior year. You can either take a few classes or try for the IB diploma. 
  • The benefits of the IB diploma include international acceptance, scholarships, and at some schools, priority admission. 
  • The biggest difference between AP classes and the IB program is concurrency. When you are in the IB program you are taking a whole program instead of a class here or there. 
  • As an IB diploma candidate you are expected to do a 4000 word research paper on the topic of your choice. 
  • Putnam has a variety of sports including golf, tennis, rugby, football, volleyball, basketball, and cheerleading. 
  • They also have a variety of clubs including a poetry club, leadership, and rocketry. 
  • Their art department includes an award winning theater group, award winning band and choir groups, and a digital photography class. 

Cast Party Potluck *updated*

SIGNED UP FOR

Taco Meat (heated up):  5 lbs gr. beef, Vanek Family 
Black Beans (heated up), 4-5 cans:  Sheirbeck Family
Refried Beans (heated up), 5-6 cans: Dodson Family

Shredded Cheese:  Masterson Family
Shredded Lettuce:  Shepard Family
Chopped Tomatoes: Sheirbeck Family
Sliced Olives:  Jen Ashcraft Family
Avocado Chunks:  Sheirbeck Family

Taco Shells:  Noble Family
Soft Tortillas:  Ediger Family
Tortilla Chips:  Butler Family

Red Taco Sauce, MILD:  Noble Family
Sour Cream:  Noble Family

Grapes:  Butler Family
Bananas:  Jen Ashcraft Family
Apple Slices:. Brinker Family

Water Bottles, 20-30:  Oleynik Family

Paper Plates:  Shepard Family
Paper Bowls:  Masterson Family
Eating Utensils:  Mrs. Adams
Napkins:  Mrs. Adams


Poinsettia Pick Up

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If you ordered poinsettias from our fundraiser, they will be delivered this Wednesday. You may pick them up anytime between 12 and 4 in the basement! We appreciate your support. 

Twelfth Night Details

This post contains everything you need to know about the next two weeks. Please read it carefully and refer back to it as necessary. 

Tuesday, December 6th - 
Students report to the gym at 7:45 for rehearsal. Playbills created in class. Programs and invitations created. Parents needed to work with students on memorizing lines! 

Wednesday, December 7th - 
Students report to the gym at 7:45 for rehearsal. Make up and costuming lessons occur in class. Students who have specific make up remover they prefer should bring it to class with them. Parents needed to work with students on memorizing lines and organizing costumes. 

Thursday, December 8th - 
Students report to the gym at 7:45 for rehearsal. Final check for lines. All students should have 100% of their lines done at this point. All props from home should be on site. Props being created at school finished.  Parents needed to work with students on memorizing lines! 

Friday, December 9th - 
Possible half day dress rehearsal. If we decide we need this date, parents will be notified no later than Wednesday. If needed, students will arrive at noon and stay until 4 o'clock OR until after Parent's Night Out. We will NOT be in uniform, but will be in full costume. 

Monday, December 12th - 
Students report to the gym at 7:45 for rehearsal. Parents needed to work with students on pacing and volume. 

Tuesday, December 13th - 
Students report to the gym at 7:45 for rehearsal. Parents needed to work with students on pacing and volume. 

Wednesday, December 14th - 
Students report to the gym at 7:45 for rehearsal. Parents needed to work with students on pacing and volume.  

Thursday, December 15th - 
Students report to class at 7:45. They may wear their 8th grade t-shirts and uniform pants. 
10:30 - Special effects make up applied to particular characters.
11:30 - Students will eat lunch. 
12:00 - Students will get into costumes and make up. While we appreciate the offers of help, students will be working together to get themselves ready. 
12:00 - Parent helper arrives. This parent will be helping to supervise students that are not on stage during the play. 
12:45 - Doors open for matinee seating. Family and friends are welcome to take a seat and read the program. 
1:00 - Matinee begins
3:30 - Matinee ends and students remove costumes and make up
3:45 - Recess
4:15 - Dinner 
5:00 - Parent helper arrives. This parent will be helping to supervise students that are not on stage during the play. 
5:15 - Students will get into costumes and make up. While we appreciate the offers of help, students will be working together to get themselves ready. This is a chaotic time in the prep area. We would appreciate friends and family waiting for us in the gym. 
5:30 - Doors open for seating. 
6:00 - Evening performance begins
8:30 - Evening performance ends. Take lots of pictures!
8:30 - Students return to classroom to clean up their space. No one is dismissed until I have checked their area. They will need to fold their costume and place it back in the bag. This bag must be placed back in the costume tub. Their desk and the floor around their desk must be clean before they will be dismissed. Parents are needed to help supervise clean up in the room and to help break down chairs in the gym.