8th Grade Update!

Hi 8th Grade Families!

This is your all call for baby photos of your student! It is preferred that the picture be of your student at age 3 and under, or the youngest picture you have of them. Please send these photos to me at [email protected]

 

Also, Yosemite is just around the corner!! It’s time to be getting the permission

Yosemite half dome

slips signed and money turned in. Checks need to be made out for $175 and

 

payable to Old Town Academy. Money orders are also accepted, and if you have any difficulties in this please contact me or Mr. C. If you need another copy of the permission slips, please let me know and I can email them to you.

 

Thank you and have a fantastic weekend!

Mrs. Vickers

SeaPerch!

Hello STEM Families!

Do you have a student in 5th-8th grade that likes to build robots? I have an after school program starting this quarter called SeaPerch! These are robots that are designed by students to work underwater. I am looking for teams of two to three students each to be willing to work together to create their own robot and program it for a competition coming up in April. Students will be studying thrust, buoyancy, gravity, electricity, soldering, and programing.

Our first information meeting is on Valentines Day, 2.14.19 in the STEM lab at 3:15. Please come if you are interested in joining or have any questions.

Evolution Opt Out

Hello 7th Grade STEM Families,

This quarter I will be covering the History of Earth and Evolution. The students have already started a project where they pretend that they are in the Amazing Race, but through Earth’s geological eras not through different countries. Later this quarter we will be talking about how we study evolution of animals and humans. I will be attaching an information sheet below that outlines the content, standards, and dates that I will be covering this information. There is a section at the bottom of the sheet that needs to be signed and dated only if you DO NOT want your student to participate in these lessons. If you DO NOT want your students to participate in learning about evolution, they will be in the office on those dates with an alternative assignment. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Thanks!

Mrs. Vickers (Ms. Schlose)

Start Planning for Yosemite!

Hello All!

I know its only January, but its already time to start thinking about 8th Grade’s trip to Yosemite at the end of May. We were lucky again this year to get the group site in Wawona Campground reserved for May 20-24Image result for wawona campground

We have 6 parents signed up to be chaperons so far, but we need 9-10. If you would like to join us please let me know! I have already sent the students home with a packing list and I am attaching it below so you can get a head start on supplies. Don’t worry if you do not have a tent, there are always enough. On the other hand, if you have more than one tent and are willing to bring both, please do! 

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The students have each chosen one of four committees to be on to help in planning the trip. We have a supplies committee who are in charge of arranging what we need and what we have in supplies, a food committee who are all of our meals, a transportation committee who will be arranging drivers and car situations, and an activities committee who are coming up with all of the fun things that we will be doing once we get there.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I will be holding a Yosemite meeting for parents in March for more details.

Yosemite Packing List

Thanks!

Taylor Vickers

June 4-8

Hello STEM Families!

I see the light of Summer! We are almost there! We are going head first into dissections this week. If for any reason you are not comfortable with your student participating in this please send in a signed note and I will remove them from the classroom with an alternative assignment. Please try to refrain from excusing them because they think it is gross, many students claim this because it is unknown to them. Once they start, they enjoy it immensely. If for any reason your student does not want to actually cut the specimen, they will be allowed to skip that lab job as long as they at least try it once.

Any donation of gloves would be greatly appreciated! We go through boxes and boxes of them this time of year. All sizes are needed, and the gloves need to be latex free to avoid any allergies. Nitrile gloves work great!

ALL EXTENDED LEARNINGS ARE DUE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH.

If you would like to come in to experience the dissection, you are more than welcome to join your student’s group for the hour! Please email me ahead of time so that I know you are coming. Looking forward to seeing you!

 

5th: The 5th graders are going to be studying the function of the heart and the circulatory system before they dissect one next week. All students need a pair of lab goggles for next week. If they have an older sibling, they can use theirs. Please make sure that they are goggles and not safety glasses. Goggles can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, and Office Depot.

6th: 6th Grade students are dissecting their rats! Students are doing a great job of handling the seriousness of this lab. Students rotate through lab jobs of being the supplies person, the person who does the cutting of the specimen, the writer for the lab, and the cleaner/observer who makes sure things are being done correctly.

7th: This week, the 7th graders are beginning their frog dissections! Now that they have one full dissection under their belts, the students feel much more comfortable with dissecting the frog. We have completed the external portion of the dissection, and will be continuing on to the internal portion for the rest of this week and part of the next week.

8th: 8th Graders are going strong with their fetal pig dissection! They will have an extra period with me on Wednesday afternoon to really get through this dissection before school is over! I am looking forward to how much insight they gain about their own anatomy during this time. 

Every Wednesday, I have after school tutoring until 4:00, I cover all subjects in tutoring. If you ever need to get a hold of me you can message me through the Remind App, or email me at [email protected] If you have not signed up for the remind app yet, the codes are listed below and you can have your student help you to sign up.

5th – b2c7h6

6th – bkgaaf

7th – 248c439d

8th – missschlos

Thanks!

Miss Schlose

Reminders:

  • 6/6 – 2nd and 3rd grade field day
  • 6/7 – Kinder and 1st grade field day
  • 6/8 – 4th and 5th grade field day AM / Middle School field day PM
  • 6/14 – 8th grade Promotion Ceremony @ 6:00PM
  • 6/15 – Last day of school! Dismissal at 12:00PM

May 7 – 11

Hello STEM Families!

This week, Family Life Opt Out sheets went home with your middle school students. Family life will be next week (May 14-18) if you need another sheet, you can print one out here. I only need it back if you would like to option your student out of these topics. There will also be state testing in middle school at the end of this week and the beginning of the following week. There will be a state test in Science for the 8th graders and we have been working on some study questions as our morning bell work.

If you are a parent with any interest in helping out during the talent show getting students on and off the stage, as well as help with speakers and microphones!

5th: The 5th graders are learning about the endocrine system and how these glands regulate their whole bodies! They are learning the role of each gland and how they work together to help them grow, digest food, and go through puberty! Ask your student about the role of the Thyroid gland.

 

6th: 6th Grade students are learning about the immune system this week. They are connecting how the circulatory system and the lymphatic systems work together to keep you healthy! Ask your students how the body identifies an invader

 

 

 

 

7th: This week, the 7th graders are beginning to learn about the nervous system! We have gone over the different sections of the nervous system and how it helps up react to our environment. Ask you student about the difference between the somatic and autonomic nervous systems! 

 

8th: 8th Graders are learning about Cellular Respiration! This is the way that your body turns food into energy! (I’m already wishing I had more of it and it’s only Monday!) Ask your students about how Glycolysis works for some fun and difficult to understand dinner talk! 

Every Wednesday, I have after school tutoring until 4:00, I cover all subjects in tutoring. If you ever need to get a hold of me you can message me through the Remind App, or email me at [email protected] If you have not signed up for the remind app yet, the codes are listed below and you can have your student help you to sign up.

5th – b2c7h6

6th – bkgaaf

7th – 248c439d

8th – missschlos

Thanks!

Miss Schlose

Reminders:

  • 5/9 – Staff Appreciation Day 
  • 5/11 – Talent Show at Pacific Martial Arts at 5:30 PM

April 30 – May 4

Hello STEM Families!

Happy Star Wars Week! May the Fourth be with you! Also, Happy Cinco De Mayo! We have finally made it to 4th Quarter. This is always my favorite quarter, not because of it’s closeness to summer (though that is nice), but because of our awesome field trips to Catalina, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite and our topic of the human body! Get ready for some family life and dissection opt out sheets coming your way in the next week or so!

 

5th: The 5th graders are learning about the endocrine system and how these glands regulate their whole bodies! They are learning the role of each gland and how they work together to help them grow, digest food, and go through puberty! Ask your student about the role of the pituitary gland.

 

 

 

 

 

6th: 6th Grade students are learning about the respiratory system this week. They have already learning how the circulatory system moves blood around the body, and how oxygenated blood comes from the lungs to the heart, and then out to the body and back again. Now they will be concentrating on how the lungs insert oxygen into the blood stream and remove the carbon dioxide that we make as a by produce of cellular respiration.

 

 

7th: This week, the 7th graders are finishing up the skeletal system and moving onto the muscular system. The two systems are very connected (hahaha) and you can ask your student what will happen if we did not have a skeletal system! 

 

 

8th: 8th Graders are learning about them impact that different enzymes play in our digestion of food. They will then be learning about how the nutrients from our food are absorbed after they are broken down by the enzymes and how these nutrients are used by our cells in cellular respiration. Looking for a topic to discuss over dinner? Ask your student about what causes lactose intolerance! 

Every Wednesday, I have after school tutoring until 4:00, I cover all subjects in tutoring. If you ever need to get a hold of me you can message me through the Remind App, or email me at [email protected] If you have not signed up for the remind app yet, the codes are listed below and you can have your student help you to sign up.

5th – b2c7h6

6th – bkgaaf

7th – 248c439d

8th – missschlos

Thanks!

Miss Schlose

Reminders:

  • 5/2 and 5/3 – Talent Show Auditions
  • 5/9 – Staff Appreciation Day 
  • 5/11 – Talent Show at Pacific Martial Arts at 5:30 PM

April 9-13

Hello STEM Families!

It is the last week of the quarter! ALL EXTENDED LEARNINGS ARE DUE ON APRIL 13. APRIL 13 IS A HALF DAY! Please make sure to pick up your student at 12:00.

 

5th: The 5th graders are finishing up chemistry by learning about acids and bases. They will be able to indicate acids and bases in their homes.

6th: We are working on the ancient astronomers this week. Students will be learning about how the ancient’s learned about the sky, and what different cultures thought they saw in the stars.

 

 

7th: This week, the 7th graders are learning about how animals change subtly over time and how humans have evolved over the last millennia.

 

8th: 8th Graders are finishing up notes on human impacts on the environment that will (hopefully) influence their project ideas. They will finish out the quarter with their project.

Every Wednesday, I have after school tutoring until 4:00, I cover all subjects in tutoring. If you ever need to get a hold of me you can message me through the Remind App, or email me at [email protected] If you have not signed up for the remind app yet, the codes are listed below and you can have your student help you to sign up.

5th – b2c7h6

6th – bkgaaf

7th – 248c439d

8th – missschlos

Thanks!

Miss Schlose

Reminders:

  • 4/13 – Last Day of Quarter 3; Half Day
  • 4/19 – Poetry Contest
  • 4/20 – Grandparent’s Day; Half Day
  • 4/21 – Gala

Coding For Girls At Mission Hills Library

Hello STEM Families!

There is a class at the Mission Hills Library Branch for girls who would like to learn how to do some creative coding. They will be creating unique artwork while learning a life long skill. The class takes place on Thursday, May 3 from 3:30 to 5:30. If you would like to sign up, please call the Mission Hills Library Branch.

Click here for a link to the flyer: girls coding library

Miss Schlose

April 2 – 6

Hello STEM Families!

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you all had a great, relaxing week! We are almost done with Quarter 3. As a reminder, Extended Learnings are due on the last day of quarter 3, April 13th. This is also a half day with school being dismissed

 at 12:00.

5th: The 5th graders had a great time making butter last week! They are making their way into solutions and concentrations this week. We are wrapping up their chemistry unit!

6th: The students are still loving space. This week, they are going to be learning about Neutron Stars, Quasars, Pulsars, and Supernovae.

7th: This week, the 7th graders have several labs that show students how animals have adapted to be best suited for their environments over time.

8th: 8th Graders are learning about how humans effect biomes across the world. This week they will be learning about specific incidents of human tampering on biomes. Next week, they will be able to work on projects that provide a real world solution to help improve a biome that has been negatively influenced by humans.

Every Wednesday, I have after school tutoring until 4:00, I cover all subjects in tutoring. If you ever need to get a hold of me you can message me through the Remind App, or email me at [email protected] If you have not signed up for the remind app yet, the codes are listed below and you can have your student help you to sign up.

5th – b2c7h6

6th – bkgaaf

7th – 248c439d

8th – missschlos

Thanks!

Miss Schlose

Reminders:

  • 4/13 – Last Day of Quarter 3; Half Day
  • 4/20 – Grandparent’s Day; Half Day
  • 4/21 – Gala