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

March 19 – 23

Hello STEM Families!

The final week before Spring Break! WOOO! Now would be a great time to get that last extended learning before the crunch happens when we get back from break. Remember that all lists for extended learning projects are posted on each class’s google classroom accounts. 6th and 7th grades have quizzes this week and the study guides for those can be found on Remind. If you need to code to enter remind, they are at the bottom of this post by grade.

5th Grade: This week, students are making butter! The lab will be on Tuesday at the end of the day, so your student should be bringing home some butter. They will then finish up learning about the differences between chemical and physical changes.

 

6th Grade: Sixth graders have finished learning about the phases of the moon and will be learning about different types of galaxies.They a have quiz on Wednesday on the phases of the moon, so please make sure they are studying!

 

7th Grade: 7th grade is moving into the history of mutations and how these mutations have led to evolution.They will be seeing how some mutations are better than others and through natural selection these mutations are now a permanent part of certain organisms. 

8th Grade: 8th graders are finishing up their biome projects on Monday and then working on their presentations. After their projects they will be learning about the human impact on different ecosystems and coming up with their own real world solution.

 

Every Wednesday, I have after school tutoring until 4, 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:

  • St. Patrick’s Day 3/17
  • Spring Break 3/26-3/30

March 12 – 16

Hello STEM Families!

 

THERE WILL BE NO TUTORING THIS WEDNESDAY 3/14!!!

This week is the week of projects! Some classes are starting projects this week while others are finishing up some projects that have been on going. It is a busy time!  We are hitting our stride in the topics we are covering so be expecting your students to be studying more, they will be having quizzes more often now (about one a week).

5th Grade: This week, students are learning about the difference in physical and chemical changes. I will be doing an experiment with them where they will be making butter. If you are able to volunteer your time to help with this lab, that would be great! Please email me to let me know that you are coming.

 

6th Grade: Sixth graders are finishing up their brochures this week. They will be peer edited, then the students will have time to make some improvements before turning them in. We will finish up this week talking about black holes! Everyone’s favorite topic 🙂

 

 

 

7th Grade: 7th grade is starting to learn about how the Earth has changed over time and what life has looked like through the different eras of time. I have sent home an opt out sheet with your students concerning evolution. It explains the topics that will be covered as well as when they will be covered. All topics come directly from Core Knowledge. The sheet needs to be returned only if you would like your student to not participate in these topics.

If you need a copy, please click here to print your own.

 

 

 

8th Grade: 8th graders are starting a biome project with a partner of their choosing! They will need to create a diorama and a presentation on that biome. After this project, we will be moving into how human effect the environment and create a real world solution to a problem that they see now.

 

Every Wednesday, I have after school tutoring until 4, 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:

  • Middle School Dance 3/10
  • National School Walk Out 3/14
  • St. Patrick’s Day 3/17
  • Spring Break 3/26-3/30

March 5 – 9

Hello STEM Families!

We are half way through the third quarter! Time is flying by! Middle School students did a great job getting their first extended learning project in! The second one is due the last day of the quarter, April 13, before noon!

We have a new addition to our classroom! Introducing Sir Isaac Noodleton, or Noodle for short! He is a tessera corn snake and he will be available for weekend visits in a few weeks. He is only about 4 weeks old and is already 17.5 inches long! He is a very sweet snake that likes to burrow during the day.

5th Grade: This week, students are learning about the origins of the periodic table of elements and the information that they can learn from it!

6th Grade: Sixth graders are working hard on their travel brochures to other planets or moons! While the activities in the brochure will be mainly fictionalized, the scientific information will all have to be accurate (it is a science project after all).

7th Grade: 7th grade has moved into Continental Drift and the History of the Earth. We will be learning about evolution later this quarter, and if you have an concerns about your student learning that please let me know. The Museum Exhibit was a huge hit! Thanks to all of you who made it out!

8th Grade: 8th graders are digging ecology! They completed their Symbiotic Wanted ads, and are learning about the different biomes of the world! Our favorite is the Taiga (pronounced like tiger-tiga) biome! 

Every Wednesday, I have after school tutoring until 4, 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:

  • Middle School Dance 3/10
  • National School Walk Out 3/14
  • St. Patrick’s Day 3/17
  • Spring Break 3/26-3/30

February 20-23

Hello STEM Families!

Quarter 3 is in full swing! All extended learning projects have been posted to google classroom. For MIDDLE SCHOOL students, their first extended learning is due on March 3rd and their second extended learning is due on April 13th. For 5th grade students, both extended learning projects are due on April 13th. Please remember that in order to receive an “A” in STEM your student must complete two extended learning projects. I will not accept more than 2 projects, but feel free to complete more at home if you would like!

7th Grade is putting on a museum exhibition on “How DNA Can Be Used In A Criminal Trial” this Friday, February 23rd, at 1:00. Please come by and see their exhibits!

5th Grade: This week, students are learning the fundamentals about matter and atoms as we push into chemistry for the quarter.

6th Grade: Sixth graders are learning about space this quarter! So far we have covered the sun/stars, planets and dwarf planets. I know they will be shooting stars for the rest of the topic!

7th Grade: 7th grade is completing their exhibits on DNA, Genetics, and Inheritance this week. Please stop by on Friday to see their work!

8th Grade: We have finished our final topic of physics and have moved on to ecology. The students have been defining biotic and abiotic factors of an ecological system and are explaining how consumerism can drive an environment. 

Every Wednesday, I have after school tutoring until 4, 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:

  • Presidents Holiday 2/16-2/19 NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY