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Feb 02
7th Grade Update - February 2nd

Casey Middle School ~ 7th Grade Update

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Week of February 2, 2015


General Announcements:

  • Seventh graders are selling soap, honey, and lip balm made by the Zambian Soap Company. 50% of the profits from our sales go back to the company (including the Zambian farmers who participate) and 50% of the profits are donated to rural communities in Zambia. We are trying to raise enough money for a “Zambulance” (bicycle-powered ambulance to get people from rural communities with impassable roads to the doctor quickly).

  • Did you attend Africa Night? Complete our brief survey about your experiences so that we can make it even better for next year!

  • CASEY TV - See what is happening around Casey Middle School!


Counseling Department: Kirsten Wright - kirsten.wright@bvsd.org, 720-561-2775



Core Classes:

7th Math (Seaver)

Students will be finishing and reviewing the unit on Comparing & Scaling (ratios, rates, and proportions). Unit Test:  Block Day (2/04 or 2/05)    

Compacted Math (Seaver)

Students will continuing their study of linear relationships and solving multi-step equations. Quiz near the end of the week!

Math (Hoste)

We will be wrapping up our study of solving equations by examining real-world problems and graphing systems of equations.


Unit 4 Quiz #3: Tuesday 2/3

Unit 4 Test: Monday 2/10

Math (Thacker)   

Students will be finishing finishing the study of ratio, unit rates, proportions, and percents.  We are using the Mobymax website to work on some basic skills and improve math levels.  Ask your student about it.

Science (Leary & Arena)

We will be finishing photosynthesis this week and starting our new unit, genetics!


TEST FRIDAY!!!! Look for the review sheet.


Hw Tuesday, due Friday (review sheet)

ELA (Hershey)

Students will continue to read, explore, and discuss The Outsiders and related texts with our essential questions in mind:

  • What are the costs/benefits of conformity to a peer group? How do we measure these costs/benefits?

  • How does a person’s peer relationships affect the kind of person s/he will become?


They will be quizzed on words derived from phobia- on block day.


Students are expected to check their BVSD email and Infinite Campus each day. Please bookmark my website and check the daily slides to stay in the loop.

ELD (Marquez)


Artes de lenguaje en español (Valenzuela)





Geografía Mundial (Powers) en español abajo

  • This week we will be finishing up our Asia Atlases. Then we will be jumping backwards in time for a brief exploration of ancient civilizations in Asia.

  • ATLASES DUE BLOCK DAY.

  • Esta semana terminaremos los atlas de Asia. Luego exploramos el pasado con estudiar brevamente unas civilizaciones antiguas.

Seventh Grade Social Studies (Lazar

  • This week we work on our Atlases of  Asis, due next Tuesday.

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Reading Workshop (Levine)

We will be working on Reading + and Fahrenheit 451, intensively.  

Mon- We will be reading and writing about Fahrenheit 451

Tues- Reading +

Thurs- We will be working on Reading + For the majority of the day.  We are playing catch up right now.

Fri- All Fahrenheit 451, all day long:)

Reading Workshop (Singey)

We’ll be

AVID (Levine)

This week we have a Friday fun day with the 8th grade class!  Let’s rock it out!

Mon- AVID study- self and college

Tues- College work and TRF’s

Thurs- Tutorials- Make sure you are really focused on something that is challenging in classes.

Fri- Friday fun day with 8th grade!  Woohoo!

ELD Reading (Murdock)  

We are working on comparative and superlative adjectives this week.



Electives:

Health (Altomare)

We will be continuing our unit on nutrition and also discussing the benefits of physical fitness. Students will have a homework assignment in which they have to interview an adult about what influences their physical activity habits.

I hope to see you at Parent-Teacher conferences!

Please  contact me at tracie.altomare@bvsd.org if you have any questions about our class.

Health (Leary)


We are continuing our nutrition unit! This week will focus on cultural, environmental, etc., reasons for different diets around the world.


Please email with any questions!

william.leary@bvsd.org

Art (Hoverstock)

Drawing & Painting: Students are putting together the right-brain drawing techniques we’ve learned and practiced, and are creating a realistic drawing of their hand.  It will show use of contour line, negative/positive space, proportion, and value.  It will be exciting to compare these to their pre-test drawings during a class critique because the improvement will be amazing!

3-D Design:  Students are showing their understanding of the rules of facial proportion as they create 3-D paper portraits.  They will focus on interesting paper building techniques that show depth, volume, emphasis, and variety while working with limited colors.

PE (Blackledge)

Finishing up Floor Hockey/Pillo Polo unit.

Playing grade on block day and quiz on Friday.

Student uniforms:

  • light grey t-shirt with sleeves-no tank tops or cut offs

  • black or dark blue athletic shorts or sweats- no jeans or short shorts

  • tennis/athletic shoes

Uniforms can be paid for online or in the front office.  Casey t-shirts are $5.00 and shorts are $7.00.

Band (Sainz)

  • We are preparing for our Side By Side festival performance with Boulder High School!

  • Field trip DURING LATE START on Wed. 2/4/15 in the morning.  More info here:  
    Side by Side Field Trip Information / Side by Side Field Trip Permission Form

  • Performance Feb. 5 at 6 pm at Boulder HS (Call time 5 pm wearing white collared shirts)

  • Students should be practicing Appalachian Morning and Flash in a Pan!

  • We could still use parent volunteers to help transport instruments and walk with the group!  Please email me (katherine.sainz@bvsd.org) if you are available and have a vehicle to help transport instruments.  

  • Practice logs with 240 min. are due 2/2.


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5th (Multimedia):

6th (T.I.D.E.):

7th (T.I.D.E.):

class website: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/applied-technology/


Japanese (Kleinkopf)

  • Begin Unit 3 (Family): Learn vocabulary and kanji. Practice expressions to talk about you family.

  • Encourage your student to share/teach you what they’ve learned in class!

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  • Students in Orchestra 2 will go to Boulder High on Tuesday, Feb. 3rd to participate in rehearsals for the Mid-Level Orchestra Festival. Permission slips are due on Monday. Students should come to the orchestra classroom instead of going to 1st period on the 3rd and are excused from class until 6th period. We need at least 2 volunteers with large cars to help transport instruments to BHS. Please email me if you are able to help out!

American History/ American Film  (Wertz)

Monday - The role of “the Director” -  emphasis on Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday - Intro to Vertigo

Block - Vertigo

Friday - Discussion of Vertigo




Publications (Wertz)

Casey TV -This week working on Episodes 15 and 16


If any parents have expertise in these areas and would like to come in to help out, we meet 2nd period. Please feel free to contact lisa.wertz@bvsd.org

Spanish 1a (Powers)

  • We will finish up Unit 6 this week. Practice test is Tuesday and test is Wednesday.

  • Then on to Unit 7! The Unit sheet will be on my website.

Spanish 1b (Rossman)

Espanol 1B - We will be working on a unit titled ‘El Gaucho’ - it is the Argentinian cowboy who lives in Las Pampas (northern area of Argentina).  We will be looking at the 5 elements of a story as we read about the ‘Gauchos’ of Argentina.



Feb 02
6th Grade Update for the Week of February 3rd

6th Grade Update for the Week of February 3rd

Community Fundraiser Update

We’ve raised over $1,500 this year from our Community Fundraisers, thanks to your support!  We are scheduling more the second half of the year. Stay tuned for details about events at these great restaurants.

  • Illegal Pete’s, Tuesday, February 3rd, 4-8pm 50% of proceeds to be donated to Casey

  • Noodles, Tuesday, February 17th  25% of proceeds to be donated to Casey

  • Picas Taqueria, Pei Wei and Chipotle events in March-May

Please support these events as they provide funds for our school – plus, you get to buy a tasty meal!  Also, please make sure to register your Target Red Card, if you have one, so that it is linked to the Casey PTA. We get 1% of all your Target purchases, and they add up! Also, if you are a big Amazon shopper, make sure you shop at Amazon Smile and designate you 1% of sales donation to Casey PTA.  It all adds up!

Hello 6th Grade Parents,  

We will be feeding our amazing Casey Teachers during Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, February 12.  As you know, the teachers are booked on conference nights and do not have time to run out and get dinner...so, the better we feed them, the better moods they will be in and maybe the better conferences we will all have!  :)   Please click on the link below to sign up for a dish and include your phone number and e-mail address for a reminder.  

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12qeZHfEZS79sY1gVqxRECf_Sz5i4MtMQqtQAqMsOsTI/edit?usp=sharing

All dishes need to be to Casey no later than 3 pm on Thursday, February 12 (you can bring your dish anytime and put in the teacher's lounge - just be sure it is marked in some way for conferences).  If you could label dishes and serve ware, that will make it easier for your items to make their way back home to you.We have 70 teachers to feed, so please pay attention to amounts needed and please let me know if you can not bring your item well in advance so that we can make sure we have enough food for everyone.

Thanks so much - Meena Keuer   cell:  303.880.1100  e-mail:  tkeuer@comcast.net

LA: Kandyba/Meyers: Debates are behind us! We are now starting preparations and research for our persuasive essays on the topic of our choice. These should be done and ready for all to read on google.docs by week’s end. Homework: Groundhog Day!

Orchestra: Garfield: Keep practicing and learning more of the music everyday! Make sure you have all of your materials before you come in for class.

Band (Sainz):

  • All students should have a blue Standard of Excellence Book 2.  Please let me know if your student doesn’t have this book!  I can help!

  • Practice logs are due Monday 2/2 with 240 minutes.

  • This band class is working on a peer performance review of number 8 in the blue book.  This exercise is a playing test that should be practiced at home.  

  • Students have 3 tunes to be working on:  Jump Street Boogie, Dark Adventure, and Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Social Studies (Lurie/Norton):

Students will continue to work on their Digital Atlas project using VoiceThread. Students will present their atlas in a gallery walk format later in the week.

Math (Hapner): We finished up Let’s Be Rational and exploring all four operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing) with fractions. Our next unit will focus on the basics of geometry, in Covering and Surrounding. This unit was developed to help students understand measurement of polygonal surfaces and three-dimensional objects. Students study four kinds of measurements appropriate for Grade 6: perimeter, area, surface area, and volume. Look for two homeworks this week.

Math (Thacker): We will be close to finishing our fractions unit in Let’s Be Rational. The final unit test will include all four operations. We have just started a online math program that will help your student increase their basic math skills. I am encouraging all students to complete lessons on this site.  Ask your student about MOBYMAX.   Since the end of year test is online now, all of the practice online will prepare them for the PARCC.  Keep checking infinite campus for missing assignments.

Science (Esler/Kimmel) It’s a wrap! The atom and atomic theory have been investigated and Ms. Esler’s classes are working on building molecules and studying how they change in reactions. The first quiz will be block day after we build molecules and work through stations with different chemical or physical reaction. We will end the week transitioning to the final stop of our matter studies...mixtures. Ms Kimmel’s classes will build on their knowledge of chemical reactions and start their independent research projects involving preventing rust.  Students will design, implement and collect data to see which method is best for preventing rust.   Looking ahead, students will be starting their unit on Energy with Ms. Kimmel and Forces and Motion with Ms. Esler.

Exploratory Art (Hoverstock):

While we wait for our Inca-inspired clay platters to dry and fire, we will begin a color theory and drawing/painting unit. We will glaze platters late in the week and bring those home the next week.

Bilingual Reading (Rossman):

Students are to be reading 10 minutes each night.  Their material needs to be 90% comprehensible.  They are also to record their reading with a summary of 3-4 sentences in a google doc. online.  

Students are also finishing up a unit ‘El Amigo Simpatico’ with a cultural focus on the Terragales Pyramids.  Each unit finishes up with a reading, listening, and writing piece.

Bilingual L.A. (Rossman):

Students will be testing on the conjugations of preterite and imperfect past tense verbs.  

Students will be starting a unit on Stereo types this week.  We will be identifying different stereotypes, how they occur, what they are and how could we avoid them.

Lectura avanzada (Rivera y Valenzuela)

Los estudiantes  van a empezar una nueva unidad temática de lecturas, titulada “Si tú supieras…. “  

Íbamos a empezar a  leer el cuento,  Una carta a Dios por Gregorio López y Fuentes, pero por razones de hacer más conexiones con las celebraciones mundiales de Carnaval, cambiamos al cuento, El adivinador de las máscaras por Antonio Robles.  Esta historia toma lugar durante las celebraciones de Carnaval.

Van a enfocarse en los temas de tradiciones populares  y momentos inesperados.  

Los estudiantes leen  en español diariamente lunes a jueves (4 veces a la semana) como su tarea principal. Tiene que leer 15 minutos por lo menos en silencio y 5 minutos en voz alta.  En adición a la lectura ellos también tienen una escritura breve que tiene que ver con la lectura.  La escriben en su libreta de composición.

Jan 12
8th grade Update - January 12th

Winter Month of January 

8TH GRADE WEEKLY UPDATE

For the Week of January 19, 2015

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

All 8th graders are invited to attend a field trip on January 20th to see the film Selma at the Century Boulder Theaters. Students will receive permission slips on Monday in LA/ELD and these are due on Thursday to the LA/ELD teacher.

The cost for the film is included in the required $25 8th grade activities fee. If this has not been paid, the student will need to pay. The $25 8th grade activities fee is a nominal fee that barely covers the costs of last fall’s trip to the planetarium, this film and April’s field trip on Banjo Billy’s Bus. It is imperative that everyone pays. LA/ELD teachers will notify the students of their status.

Students will leave at 9:05 and return to Casey by 12:25. Students who attend BHS in the a.m. will be taken by their bus driver to the Cinema.

The film will be an enriching experience for those students who attend. A powerful part of our history. Students will receive some background knowledge on the film in SSR and in Social Studies classes, but any additional information you can also provide will be most appreciated. Students not attending the field trip will have an alternative activity at school covering the March from Selma to Montgomery and the Voting Rights Act.


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The Casey Spelling Bee will be held Monday, January 12 at 3:45 at Casey. Please meet in the Teachers' Lounge.  There will be GOOD prizes for the top 3 spellers.  Contact Tina Larter with questions.  tina.gini@outlook.com   

This is the spelling bee that determines who goes to the district competition, which then decides who goes on to states/nationals.

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Casey TV - Casey TV has a new crew and will be back in production mode shortly. In the meantime here is the link to the Open Enrollment video - http://youtu.be/FLghovZ_Fzg  if you know anyone interested in coming to Casey next year.

___________________________________________________________________COUNSELING UPDATE -  Kirsten Wright kirsten.wright@bvsd.org (A-L)  Max Nealon max.nealon@bvsd.org (M-Z) and Eric Swan (eric.swan@bvsd.org)

Some exciting dates scheduled for high school transition:

  • January 9th 8th graders began developing their own Individual Career and Academic Plan with a lesson from counselors in their science classes. Students will complete some inventories on the College In Colorado website that will guide them to the career cluster(s) that best fit their interests.

  • January 26th - High School counselors will come and speak with 8th graders during SSR giving them an overview of graduation requirements, guidance on selecting classes, extra-curricular activities and general tips for success.

  • February 27th - High School counselors will return to see students in their social studies classes and assist them in entering their course requests in IC.

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CURRICULUM UPDATE FOR THIS WEEK   

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Advanced Language Arts: Levine and Wheeler ELD:Marquez and Grierson

Levine andrew.levine@bvsd.org

Monday- Today we will be working on the excerpt from Self Reliance.  The -isms are our friend for the next 7 weeks:)

Tuesday- Continuing our discussion on Transcendentalism and reading Thoreau.  We will be doing a lot of writing and classroom discussion on these writings, so bring your A game for the rest of the year.

Block- We have to get our Insight 2 test completed this week, so we will be in the computer labs working on Insight.  Bring a book to read, or work to finish if you complete the test early.

Friday- Transitioning from Transcendentalism to the Gothic (Romantic).  Get ready for some Poe.

Wheeler val.wheeler@bvsd.org  

Writing Intensive Week! FOCUS SKILL: Identifying purpose and audience in a given writing assignment, and self and peer editing and revising.   Assignment: Draft Letters About Literature and begin Personal Choice Writing Project (PCW)

Monday - First full draft of the letter to an author due at the beginning of class. Review purpose, audience, and qualities of an excellent letter. Self and peer edit to correct and strengthen writing.

Tuesday - Second draft of letter to an author due at the beginning of class. Writers’ Workshop: Self and two peer edits.

Block - FINAL DRAFT DUE with signed contest entry form. Complete self and peer review. Share!

Friday - 3rd Quarter PCW idea due and begin planning in class. PCB title due (bring physical copy).

Introducing 0ur “Super Short Classics Club!”

As an alternative to the standard  quarterly PCB project students are invited to read  four short classic novels, and then meet

every other Tuesday during lunch for a book discussion. (This is in lieu of the written analysis or creative project.)     

January 27 - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

February 10 - Born American Chinese, Gene Luen Yang

February 24 -  Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

March 10 - Participating students will chose the final novel

(And we’re taking title suggestions for our 4th quarter super short classics club.)

Ms. Marquez

Ms. Grierson

To view our daily slides, videos, and powerpoint presentations, please visit my website! https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/ms-grierson/  (On the side bar, click on “Period 6: ELD Grade 8)

Please feel free to contact me at jennifer.grierson@bvsd.org.  

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Math 3S - Mr. Blazey

We will be continue our unit on exponents by investigating properties and application of exponents.  Students can expect a quiz later in the week.

I can be reached at benjamin.blazey@bvsd.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Please see IC for homework information.

Algebra Adv - Mr. Blazey

We will continue our unit on polynomials by working with multiplication and factoring polynomials.  Students should look for a quiz later in the week.

I can be reached at benjamin.blazey@bvsd.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Please see IC for homework information.

Math 3S - Ms. Hoste

  • We’ll be finding and formalizing patterns in exponents when you multiply, divide, and take powers to powers.

  • Unit 4 Quiz: Exponents and Scientific Notation -- Block Day 1/14 and 1/15

  • The first Math PARCC Assessment will take place March 2.

  • Check the class website or IC for homework information: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/hoste/

Algebra - Hoste

  • Get ready for some Beanie Baby Bungee Jumping this week! We’ll be applying our knowledge of linear graphing to data we collect about our teams’ beanies!

  • The first Math PARCC Assessment will take place March 2.

  • Check the class website or IC for homework information: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/hoste/

Science (Schwartz/Arena)

Homework is assigned each week on Tuesday and it is due on Friday. Check the Websites of Mr. Arena or Mr. Schwartz for a copy of the assignment each week.  

M - Earths Seasons Lab

T - Scaling the Sun/Earth/Moon System

W - Radiant Energy Lab

F - Wrap up Labs/Notes

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Social Studies - Ms. Wertz, Mrs. Norton,  and Ms. Lazar

This week in Social Studies:

Monday - Review of Unchained Memories and discussion on slavery

Tuesday - The spread of slavery

Block - The spread of slavery and abolition - Reading North and South Disagree

Friday - background information for the film Selma

Please feel free to contact Lisa Wertz lisa.wertz@bvsd.org , Lisa Norton lisa.norton@bvsd.org. or Lee Lazar lee.lazar@bvsd.org if you can help out or just have any questions.  More information is available on our blogs or websites, which you can access from the Casey website.

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ELECTIVES   

American History/ American Film - Wertz

Monday - Introduction to the technology used in the original King Kong

Tuesday - King Kong

Block - King Kong

Friday - Discussion on King Kong

Students must have the permission slip signed by parents in order to continue in the class. Even students who are continuing from first semester need to have the form signed since this semester has a new set of films. Thanks - Lisa W.

Art (Hoverstock)

Drawing & Painting:  Our first painting experience of the semester happens this week as we glaze bowls for Casey’s Africa Night fundraiser.  Students will interpret various artistic traditions from different regions of Africa and re-work them to be successful glaze designs.   

3-D Design:  We will learn about some of the basic design elements of sculpture as we create a functional (candlestick), self-portrait totem sculpture with red and white clay.

AVID - Ms. Hamilton

This week in AVID students will be completing their applications for AVID at Boulder High School. We will also be calculating our 2nd quarter GPAs and reflecting on whether or not we met our 2nd quarter goals. We will then set new goals for this quarter. Tutorials will begin again on Thursday. Students will focus on asking higher level questions during tutorials and applying what we learned last week concerning Inquiry. Friday we will have a guest speaker.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments at leslie.hamilton@bvsd.org

Band (Sainz)

  • We are preparing for our Side By Side festival performance with Boulder High School!

  • Field trip DURING LATE START on Wed. 2/4/15 in the morning.  More info here:  
    Side by Side Field Trip Information / Side by Side Field Trip Permission Form

  • Performance Feb. 5 at 6 pm at Boulder HS (Call time 5 pm wearing white collared shirts)

  • Students should be practicing Appalachian Morning and Flash in a Pan!

  • We need parent volunteers to help transport instruments!  Please email me (katherine.sainz@bvsd.org) if you are available and have a vehicle to help transport instruments.  Bonus points if you have completed the district background information and can submit insurance information to transport kids if needed.


Fitness - Ms. Friend

Health - Ms. Altomare

This week we will be looking at the different aspects of health. Students will be assigned a health collage for homework to help us visualize these different aspects. The health collage is due on Friday. We will also be starting a week-long group project investigating how the media can influence our health.

Please be watching for an email from me with information on the topics covered in 8th grade health. This email will also provide you with the forms necessary to opt your student out of human sexuality, if needed.

Please feel free to contact me at tracie.altomare@bvsd.org if you have any questions about our class.

https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/tracie-altomare-s-website/

Japanese - Mr. Kleinkopf

  • Work on asking and answer questions for the oral quiz (Friday).

  • Practice kanji from Unit 2

  • Describe yourself using at least the 8 required elements.

  • Encourage your student to share/teach you what they’ve learned in class!

Orchestra - Mr. Garfield-Levine

Physical Education - Ms. Blackledge

Period 3- Students voted to begin a team handball unit on Monday.

Period 6- Students voted to begin a volleyball unit on Monday.

Casey PE uniforms can be paid for on-line off the Casey website or in the front office.  

Uniform details have been gone over in class last week.

  • light grey t-shirt with sleeves-no tank tops or cut offs

  • black or dark blue athletic shorts or sweats- no jeans or short shorts

  • tennis/athletic shoes

Uniforms can be paid for online or in the front office.  Casey t-shirts are $5.00 and shorts are $7.00.

Students need to be dressed for class everyday in their PE uniform.  It is part of their final grade.

Publications - Ms. Wertz

CASEY TV - We have a new crew starting. This semester we will have two news teams - Both teams will be working on their first production.

If any parents have expertise in video production and would like to come in to help out, we meet 2nd period. Please feel free to contact lisa.wertz@bvsd.org

Spanish - Ms. Rossman

Espanol 2 - We will be reviewing regular and irregular verbs in the preterite tense while beginning a story on ‘Ruidos en la noche’.  We will begin our preparation for the entrance exam for high school Spanish.  This exam will be held after school mid-late February.  I will let you know the date once I find out.  

Espanol 1B - We will be working on a story El nino desobediente focusing on the country of Bolivia and the young prisoners in this country.  We will be polishing up our conjugations in the present tense.

Artes de Lenguaje - Srta. Rivera

- El lunes 12 de enero se recogerán las hojas donde ustedes y sus hijos se plantearon objetivos individuales para mejorar en su español.

-Los estudiantes practicarán conjugación y usos del futuro imperfecto

-El examen de Futuro Imperfecto es el martes 13 de enero.

- Los estudiantes  redactaron 4 tipos de párrafos antes de las vacaciones de invierno y éstos tendrán que ser revisados y entregados a la maestra  el día 30 de enero como fecha límite.  

- Hemos iniciado el Club de libro. Los estudiantes han sido agrupados.  Se les ha asignado un libro de lectura el cual leerán después de escuela todos los días, excepto en  los días que se les pida hacer otro ejercicio.

- Es importante que los estudiantes estén repasando las  conjugaciones de verbos en Presente, Pretérito, Imperfecto y Futuro. (Para su examen de ubicación en las escuelas de secundaria)

- Boulder High nos avisará cuando tienen los estudiantes que rendir su examen de ubicación (probablemente entre la primera y segunda semana de febrero). Les comunicaremos con tiempo para que sus hijos puedan tomar el examen. Si los estudiantes van a asistir a otras escuelas les pedimos que se informen ya que cada escuela secundaria tiene si exámenes de ubicación para nuestros estudiantes.

T.I.D.E. / Programming -- Zimmerman

Welcome to a new semester and a new opportunity to dig deeper into ideas, explore our fantastic lab equipment, and learn how to design and create fun projects! Our techno-creative zone is ready for you!

Casey’s DaVinci Lab Website: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/applied-technology/

Jan 12
7th Grade Update - January 12th

Casey Middle School ~ 7th Grade Update

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Week of January 12, 2015


General Announcements:

  • Our time is running out! We have until this Saturday, January 17 to raise money to bring author and innovator William Kamkwamba to Casey. Your donation will go towards his speaker’s fee, airfare, ground transportation, lodging, presentation venue, and meals. PLEASE click here to donate what you are able to!

  • Our annual celebration of learning AFRICA NIGHT will be held Thursday, January 22 in Casey’s cafeteria from 5:30-7:30pm. Bring the whole family to celebrate! Bring African food! (We have recipes for those needing inspiration.) PARENT VOLUNTEERS ARE CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS EVENT! If you can help set up, usher, serve food or clean up, please contact Catherine Powers at 720-561-2762 or just sign up on this google doc:

             Africa Night Volunteer Sign-up

  • Nuestra celebración anual de aprendizaje, NOCHE DE ÁFRICA se celebrará el jueves, 22 de enero en la cafetería de Casey de 5:30 A 7:30pm. ¡Traigan a sus familias para celebrar! ¡Traigan comida africana! (Tenemos recetas.) ¡LOS PADRES VOLUNTARIOS SON ESENCIALES PARA UN EVENTO EXITOSO! Si puede ayudar con montar la exhibición, servir de guía y dar la bienvenida a la gente cuando lleguen, servir comida o ayudar con la limpieza después del evento, por favor comuníquese con Ms. Powers al 720-561-2762 o usa este enlace para registrarse:                     Africa Night Volunteer Sign-up


Counseling Department: Kirsten Wright - kirsten.wright@bvsd.org, 720-561-2775


Core Classes:

7th Math (Seaver)

Students will be analyzing comparison statements, as well as writing their own ratios, rates, and percents. Quiz early this week!

Compacted Math (Seaver)

Students will be investigating types of geometric transformations:  reflections, rotations, translations, and dilations. Quiz early this week!

Math (Hoste)

We’ll be finding and formalizing patterns in exponents when you multiply, divide, and take powers to powers.

Unit 4 Quiz: Exponents and Scientific Notation -- Block Day 1/14 and 1/15


The first Math PARCC Assessment will take place March 2.


Math (Thacker)  

Students will be comparing and analyzing ratios and data.  Students will also incorporate part to part ratios, part to whole ratios, rates and percentages.

Science (Leary & Arena)

We will begin our unit on photosynthesis. In addition, students will be creating an independent experiment involving bacteria cultures and a long-term plant experiment for our genetics lessons later this winter.  


Hw Tuesday, due Friday.

ELA (Hershey)

Students need their own copy of The Outsiders today! They will learn about author S. E. Hinton via a collaborative close reading activity and  will begin to read and discuss the novel this week.


Students will take a quiz on words derived from colon- and poli- on block day.


We still need several book group leaders for three Wednesdays/Thursdays beginning January 21/22 and ending February 4/15.  If you are interested in facilitating discussion with a small group of students, please click here to sign up.


And...introducing Ms. Bearden, our student teacher!


Students are expected to check their BVSD email and Infinite Campus each day. Please bookmark my website and check the daily slides to stay in the loop.

ELD (Marquez)


Artes de lenguaje en español (Valenzuela)


*Para contribuir a  la Noche de África,  los estudiantes ya empezaron a completar
una variedad de actividades de lectoescritura y van a compartir unas de ellas con sus compañeros de clase y el público.

*Para la actividad de los dos proverbios africanos,  sus hijos ya los debieron haber compartido y resumido con  ustedes, los padres y  apoderados.  

* Están estudiando la conjugación de los verbos con cambios ortográficos y los verbos irregulares del tiempo presente. Habrá examencito de dichos verbos  este martes.

* Los estudiantes recibieron su diario de lectura #7 (D.D.L. #7) antes de las vacaciones.  Será debido martes, 13 de enero.


Geografía Mundial (Powers) en español abajo

This week we will be working on our African country reports. (See detailed instructions and rubric in the “documents” section of my website.)

  • Reports should be completed and printed out by the end of class on Monday.

  • On Tuesday, we will do some peer editing and revision.

  • On block day students will work on their visuals to accompany their reports.

  • On Friday, students will complete a reflection & introduction to their part of the exhibition and attach all of their (non-digital) pieces to a tri-fold.

Esta semana trabajamos en nuestros informes sobre países de África. (Ve las instrucciones detalladas en la sección de “documentos” en mi página web.)

  • Deben completar e imprimir los informes para el final de la clase el lunes.

  • El martes los estudiantes editarán los trabajos de sus compañeros y harán revisiones.

  • El día de bloque, trabajarán en los visuals que acompañarán a sus informes en la exhibición.

  • El viernes, completarán una reflexión & introducción a su parte de la exhibición y pegaran todos sus trabajos (no-digitales) a un cartel “tri-fold”.

Seventh Grade Social Studies (Lazar)

  • This week we will

  • On January 21 and 22 block days, we will organize our Africa Night displays.  Volunteers in the classroom for this one time event are helpful.  Zambia Soap company will also present their non-profit work.

  • The following week we begin our unit on Asia (world religions).

Reading (Grierson)


Reading Workshop (Levine)

We will be starting our graphic novel unit this week, combined with Reading +, so get ready for massive amounts of fun!

Mon- Reading Plus

Tues- Graphic Novel start.  

Thurs- Reading + until 1120- GN afterward

Fri- Self selected reading and GN reading.

Reading Workshop (Singey)

We’ll be

AVID (Levine)

This week we will get out tutorials back on track.  We will also have a guest speaker on Friday.

Mon- TRF Work in class, ready for Thursday.

Tues- Philosophical chairs work

Thurs- Tutorials

Fri- Guest Speaker.

ELD Reading (Murdock)  

We

Electives:

Health (Altomare)

This week we will be looking at the different aspects of health. Students will be assigned a health wordle for homework to helps us visualize these different aspects. The health wordle is due on Friday. We will also be starting our first unit on nutrition.

Please be watching for an email from me with information on the topics covered in 8th grade health. This email will also provide you with the forms necessary to opt your student out of human sexuality, if needed.

Please contact me at tracie.altomare@bvsd.org if you have any questions about our class.

Health (Leary)

This week we will be starting out nutrition unit. We will be focusing on what is on our food and why everyone needs different amounts of calories.

Please email with any questions!

william.leary@bvsd.org

Art (Hoverstock)

Drawing & Painting:  Our first painting experience of the semester happens this week as we glaze bowls for Casey’s Africa Night fundraiser.  Students will interpret various artistic traditions from different regions of Africa and re-work them to be successful glaze designs.   


3-D Design:  We will learn about some of the basic design elements of sculpture as we create a functional (candlestick), self-portrait totem sculpture with red and white clay.

PE (Blackledge)

Beginning a ultimate ball/team handball unit this week.

Uniform details were gone over in class last week.

  • light grey t-shirt with sleeves-no tank tops or cut offs

  • black or dark blue athletic shorts or sweats- no jeans or short shorts

  • tennis/athletic shoes

No locks are needed

Uniforms can be paid for online or in the front office.  Casey t-shirts are $5.00 and shorts are $7.00.

Band (Sainz)

  • We are preparing for our Side By Side festival performance with Boulder High School!

  • Field trip DURING LATE START on Wed. 2/4/15 in the morning.  More info here:  
    Side by Side Field Trip Information
    Side by Side Field Trip Permission Form

  • Performance Feb. 5 at 6 pm at Boulder HS (Call time 5 pm wearing white collared shirts)

  • Students should be practicing Appalachian Morning and Flash in a Pan!

  • We need parent volunteers to help transport instruments!  Please email me (katherine.sainz@bvsd.org) if you are available and have a vehicle to help transport instruments.  Bonus points if you have completed the district background information and can submit insurance information to transport kids if needed.

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5th (Multimedia):

6th (T.I.D.E.):

7th (T.I.D.E.):

class website: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/applied-technology/


Japanese (Kleinkopf)

  • Work on asking and answer questions for the oral quiz (Friday).

  • Practice kanji from Unit 2

  • Describe yourself using at least the 8 required elements.

  • Encourage your student to share/teach you what they’ve learned in class!

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  • Permission slips for the Whittier field trip will be due NO LATER than Monday Jan. 12th. Please indicate whether the student will walk over to Whittier at 7:45 from Casey or will arrive at Whittier at 8:15. The students need a metal folding stand and their sheet music along with their instruments. Students will miss 1st period and are responsible for their work.  They can use 2nd period on Wed. 1/14 to catch up if necessary.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

American History Through Film (Wertz)


Monday -

Tuesday -

Block -

Friday - Discussion of film


Students must have the permission slip signed by parents in order to continue in the class. Even students who are continuing from first semester need to have the form signed since this semester has a new set of films. Thanks - Lisa W.

Publications (Wertz)

Casey TV -


This week we


If any parents have expertise in these areas and would like to come in to help out, we meet 2nd period. Please feel free to contact lisa.wertz@bvsd.org

Spanish 1a (Powers)

Spanish 1b (Rossman)

Espanol 1B:  ​

Jan 12
6th Grade Update - January 12th

Weekly Update for the Week of January 12th

What do Polar Bears and Pandas and Casey pencils have in common? We don’t see them very often! We are still seeing students without pencils!

The Spelling Bee will be held Monday, January 12 at 3:45 at Casey. Please meet in the Teacher's Lounge.  There will be GOOD prizes for the top 3 spellers.  Contact Tina Larter with questions.  tina.gini@outlook.com

Band (Sainz) -

In preparation for the performance on Tuesday 1/13 at Whittier Elementary, students MUST have turned in their permission forms by Monday 1/12 to Ms. Sainz!  You can access the permission forms on the band website.  As a reminder, students either need to meet us at Casey at 7:45 or at Whittier at 8:15 for our 8:30 performance.  Make sure you bring your instrument home with you on Monday if you are meeting us there!  Please don’t expect your instrument to arrive unless you bring it!  You also need a music stand and your sheet music.  Students will miss 1st period and are responsible for their work.  They can use 2nd period on Wed. 1/14 to catch up if necessary.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Social Studies: Students will continue studying different ways to measure how countries in the Americas are doing. They will also continue to study how the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) are set to help countries develop. They will begin to learn Google VoiceThread in order to synthesize their learning by creating a Digital Atlas that uses maps. graphs, and charts to support answers to unit questions.

Physical Science (Kimmel):  Students will go deeper into the classification of elements and chemical changes by combining two different groups of elements in a chemical reaction.  We will discuss the difference between the reactants and products and construct a simple chemical equation for the reaction that has taken place.  Homework this week will be a reading about synthesizing new materials.  

Math (Hapner): Students will continue to explore fraction multiplication algorithms and probably have a quiz over multiplying mid-week. Expect two homework assignments reviewing the strategies and types of problems we are doing in class. Remember, all homework assignments can be found on my website!

Math (Thacker): Students will be finishing investigation 1 and having a quiz about adding and subtracting fractions.Mini data lessons will be incorporated now through testing:) An introduction to multiplying and dividing fractions will also be included in this weeks lessons.    

Language Arts (Kandyba/Meyers): This week we will be assigning debate teams, working on ethical and effective debate techniques, and research evidence for the debate topic, pro and con. Homework will be a reading and an activity about Martin Luther King.

Exploring Computers (Pierpont). Parents: Please take a look at the class syllabus as well as the list of assignments on the Computer Class webpage. We’ve already create a technology use Worlde and we’ll be working on Avatars this week. Students will share their Avatars with other students in the blogging app Edmodo, which also includes a Internet Code of Conduct explanation to be followed by a Kahoot quiz to be sure they understand the content. If you have any questions, please let me know: Joyce.Pierpont@bvsd.org

Orchestra (Garfield)-

Lectura avanzada (Rivera y Valenzuela)

La primera unidad de lectura en el texto se basa en el tema universal de desafíos,  consiste en una variedad de lecturas y actividades que desarrollan las destrezas de lectoescritura y pensamiento crítico de los alumnos.   

Los estudiantes están trabajando en  el tercer cuento de la  serie, de Negrita  por Onelio Jorge Cardoso. La actividad literaria  de enfoque de este cuento es el tema de “ambiente”.

La lectura no ficción que acompaña este cuento es sobre la comunicación animal.

Los estudiantes van a tener examen del cuento “de Negrita” al final de la semana.

Los estudiantes leen  en español diariamente lunes a jueves (4 veces a la semana) como su tarea principal. Tiene que leer 15 minutos por lo menos en silencio y 5 minutos en voz alta.  En adición a la lectura ellos también tienen una escritura breve que tiene que ver con la lectura.  La escriben en su libreta de composición.  

Exploratory Art/Hoverstock:

Welcome to art!  We will be designing covers for sketchbooks, which kids will use daily for a vareity of sketches and plans. Focus for this will be on complex pattern, organic/geometric shape, and unity.​

Jan 05
6th Grade Update - January 5th

Happy Holidays from the 6th Grade Team! Enjoy your winter break and we’ll see you back in January!

IMPORTANT! Pledge Drive Appeal from PTA. Please Read!

Our pledge drive has ground to a halt! We are $20,000 short of our goal. We have raised less than $900. We know you meant to donate and just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Please give soon! All donation, no matter how big or small, are helpful and very much appreciated. We have many exciting requests including the following specific to 6th grade:

  • Ms. Singey would like $600 to support two days of mentoring with a published poet.

  • Ms. Braymiller needs renewal of Learning Ally which provides audio books for over 75,000 titles.

  • Ms. Sainz needs $120 for a portable digital recorder for band.Ms. Hoverstock needs $324 for visiting sculptors and $200 for low fire white clay.

  • Ms. Pierpont needs $1150 for nonfiction e-books in the areas of health and social studies.

  • Ms. Meyers needs $150 to add 20 digital books to the classroom library.

  • Ms. Rossman needs $283 for whiteboards, short novels and cultural lessons.

  • Ms. Hapner needs $168 for whiteboards.

  • ...and many more great things for your students are in the planning stages!

Payment is simple. There is Pay Pal on Casey website and you can also drop off checks to front office. Your donations help make this school even more amazing!

Is your student working on Reading Plus? Please have them work during the holidays. They can log into their accounts at  login.readingplus.com.and keep those skills sharp during the break.

LA/ Kandyba/Meyers: We are starting our persuasive unit after the break. We will start by looking at logical fallacies in advertising. Students will have a vocabulary list of fallacies to study. They will be identifying fallacies in magazine ads and then creating an ad of their own that features a fallacy.

Physical Science/Esler and Kimmel:  Ms. Kimmel’s group will be continuing our investigation into examining and classifying elements.  Students will compare how we grouped the elements in class to how scientists group them on the periodic table.  

Elective Wheel/PE-Blackledge

Beginning a new quarter with new students on January 6. Introductions, expectations, locker distribution, recreational games this first week.

Casey PE uniforms can be paid for on-line off the Casey website or in the front office.  

Uniform details will be gone over in class. But here’s a preview:

  • light grey t-shirt with sleeves-no tank tops or cut offs

  • black or dark blue athletic shorts or sweats- no jeans or short shorts

  • tennis/athletic shoes

No locks are needed

Band: Sainz

  • On January 13 at 8:30 am, the 6th grade band will perform at Whittier Elementary in an effort to recruit 5th graders to join our band!  

  • Students will have the option of meeting at Whittier no later than 8:15 am or meeting at Casey no later than 7:45 am to walk over to Whittier.  Students are responsible for bringing their own instruments, a portable music stand, and their sheet music.

  • Permission forms will be given out on 1/6/15.  You should also be able to access the permission forms on our band website after 1/5.

  • I will need one parent to drive large instruments.

  • Students should be practicing Do You Want To Build a Snowman and Star Wars over break!

Orchestra (Garfield)

  • On January 13th at 8:30 am, Orchestra 2 will perform at Whittier Elementary in an effort to recruit 5th graders to join our orchestra!

  • Students will have the option of meeting at Whittier no later than 8:15 am or meeting at Casey no later than 7:45 am to walk over to Whittier.  Students are responsible for bringing their own instruments, a portable music stand, and their sheet music.

  • Permission forms will be given out on 1/6/15.  You should also be able to access the permission forms on our band website after 1/5.

  • I will need one parent to drive large instruments.

  • Students should review French Folk Song and Christmas time over break!

Exploratory Art/Hoverstock:

Welcome to a new quarter of Art!  We will go over expectations (yellow papers will come home for you to read and sign!), do an art room scavenger hunt, and begin creating individual sketchbooks which we will use daily for the next 9 weeks.

Social Studies:

Students will spend the first couple days reviewing the 8 Millennium Development Goals (targets and challenges still ahead). They will also review the history, structure and functions of the United Nations. They will then be introduced to the end of the unit VoiceThread project and begin to research to complete the project.

Reading: We’ll be expanding our understanding and application of critical reading strategies and summarizing by using the strategies to set up a summary. Students will use their questions of the texts in a Socratic Seminar of the text. They will practice the skill of text-based-references and questioning the text in the seminar.

Math (Hapner): We will continue onto Investigation 2 in Let’s Be Rational, exploring algorithms to multiply fractions. Students will be pushed to justify their answers using ‘brownie pan’ models. Look for one homework assignment this week.

Lectura avanzada (Rivera y Valenzuela)

La primera unidad de lectura en el texto se basa en el tema universal de desafíos,  consiste en una variedad de lecturas y actividades que desarrollan las destrezas de lectoescritura y pensamiento crítico de los alumnos.   

Los estudiantes están trabajando en  el tercer cuento de la  serie, de Negrita  por Onelio Jorge Cardoso. La actividad literaria  de enfoque de este cuento es el tema de “ambiente”.

Los estudiantes leen  en español diariamente lunes a jueves (4 veces a la semana) como su tarea principal. Tiene que leer 15 minutos por lo menos en silencio y 5 minutos en voz alta.  En adición a la lectura ellos también tienen una escritura breve que tiene que ver con la lectura.  La escriben en su libreta de composición

Name_____________________Date________ Period___Teacher__________________

Winter Read-a-thon Reading Log

Read 15 times for 30 minutes and fill out the form each time you read.

Turn in by January 8, 2015 and earn 20 Casey Bucks!!!!

Title of your book

Pages

Who? What? Where? When? How? (A blurb about what you read.)

Parent Initials


























Jan 05
8TH GRADE WEEKLY UPDATE - January 5th

Winter Month of January 

 

 

8TH GRADE WEEKLY UPDATE

For the Week of January 5, 2015

 

Dear 8th Grade Parents.

 

Happy New Year! We hope that you had a happy and healthy break. 3rd quarter is now starting. There will be many wonderful experiences for your children this quarter including great lessons,  high school registration,  and some standardized testing.

Casey TV - Last Episode from 2014 - Our Holiday Special - Enjoy… Youtube link -    http://youtu.be/n9luaUJrDSg

 

PTA - To date we still only have 15% participation and we are $20,000 short. I've attached the most recent update of the mini grants.

At this juncture we are in a position to actually have to turn down quite a few of these requests so it's pretty critical that we try to get at least another $10,000 donated.

Sample requests benefitting 8th grade students are:

$1,150.00 - To purchase nonfiction ebooks for health and social studies in areas students are researching. Students and teachers will have unlimited access from home or school computers to the books and each can access same titles at the same time. 50 titles and accessible even for the most challenged readers.

$325.00 - For visiting sculptors to complement 3-D Design curriculum: $175 for Alonso Clemons and $150 for Stalin Tafura. Stalin is from Zimbabwe and Alonso is a savant sculptor (worked with many BVSD classes and highly recommended). To expose students to diversity in style and backgrounds.

$693.95 - $79 for air assist compressor to protect laser lens and cut down on smoke, $219-$315 for 2 new lenses for laser cutter, $299 for more powerful exhaust fan for laser cutter. Will be able to produce cleaner products and use more diverse materials to cut and engrave with these upgrades.

$373.95 - Camcorder ($349) and microphone ($24.95) for Casey TV. Currently we have only one camcorder and it is hard get everything  scheduled and done on time. next semester we will also have two teams so, two cameras would be beneficial.

$250.00 -2 month subscription to Lumosity Group Plan for 8th graders who struggle with reading -- appeals to older students (cool factor)-- each student gets own account and can track progress and set goals for improvement.

$2,000 -10 google nexus 7 tablets for English Language Development and Intensive ESL Reading classes. Will support Rosetta Stone app which Casey is getting in the Spring. Great vehicle for reluctant readers and access to Learning Ally program. Nexus tablets is best option due to access to numerous apps, e-reader capabilities, lower cost ($199 each).

$922.35 - for 5 graphic novels, 15 copies each. For reluctant readers but all students will benefit. Novels range in theme and content (realistic fiction, adaptation of famous novel, fantasy, superhero). Already planning to order from B&N. After reading and completing unit, students would create their own graphic novels.

$800 - Production of Aladdin: fog machine ($150-$300), set construction and design. Unable to raise funds from participating families as in prior years.

$1,100 - Assessment tools for identifying learning disabilities (Woodcock Johnson $725 and Test of Written Language $275). Current tools 10 yrs out of date and can be used anecdotally but not to obtain services for the students. Previously funded by building funds that are not longer available. Additional $100 covers cost of shipping and handling.

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Casey TV Here is the link to the Open Enrollment video - http://youtu.be/FLghovZ_Fzg if you know anyone interested in coming to Casey next year.

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COUNSELING UPDATE -  Kirsten Wright kirsten.wright@bvsd.org (A-L)  Max Nealon max.nealon@bvsd.org (M-Z) and Eric Swan (eric.swan@bvsd.org)

Some exciting dates scheduled for high school transition:

  • January 9th 8th graders will begin developing their own Individual Career and Academic Plan with a lesson from counselors in their science classes. Students will complete some inventories on the College In Colorado website that will guide them to the career cluster(s) that best fit their interests.

  • January 26th - High School counselors will come and speak with 8th graders during SSR giving them an overview of graduation requirements, guidance on selecting classes, extra-curricular activities and general tips for success.

  • February 27th - High School counselors will return to see students in their social studies classes and assist them in entering their course requests in IC.

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CURRICULUM UPDATE FOR THIS WEEK   

 

 

                              

                              

                              

                              

          

Advanced Language Arts: Levine and Wheeler ELD:Marquez and Grierson

Levine andrew.levine@bvsd.org

Wheeler val.wheeler@bvsd.org  Welcome to the last semester of middle school… with just five months to go, we are encouraging our 8th graders to pay close attention to developing the habits of mind necessary to access high levels of learning with increasing independence!

Tuesday Jump into the Letters About Literature writing contest. Students are asked to reflect on a book (or poem or speech) they have read and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Check out the details: http://read.gov/documents/

entry-guidelines-2014.pdf   We’are also welcoming Collin Currier, our student teacher this Spring semester and together have a class conversation about our exciting up-coming semester. Begin Daily Grammar Review. Please look for four short practice assignments per week throughout the 3rd semester.

Block: 1st half: Mid-year Reading Plus district assessment. 2nd half: Writer’s workshop: planning and drafting letters to an author. Students need to bring a copy of the book they are writing about.

Friday: DUE - detailed plan for letter to an author. Begin first drafts. Grammar quiz.

Ms. Marquez

Ms. Grierson

To view our daily slides, videos, and powerpoint presentations, please visit my website! https://sites.google.com/a/

bvsd.org/ms-grierson/ (On the side bar, click on “Period 6: ELD Grade 8)

Please feel free to contact me at jennifer.grierson@bvsd.org.  

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Math 3S - Mr. Blazey

We will start the new year with exponents, exponent rules, and exponential growth.

I can be reached at benjamin.blazey@bvsd.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Please see IC for homework information.

Algebra Adv - Mr. Blazey

We will start the new semester with a unit on Polynomials and Polynomial functions.  This will be a great opportunity for students to review and relearn functions.

I can be reached at benjamin.blazey@bvsd.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Please see IC for homework information.

Math 3S - Ms. Hoste

  • We’ll be exploring patterns in exponents, exponent rules, and exponential growth.

  • The first Math PARCC Assessment will take place March 2.

  • Check the class website or IC for homework information: https://sites.google.com/a/

    bvsd.org/hoste/

 

Algebra - Hoste

  • We’ll be reviewing what we learned during first semester. Then, we will be formalizing what we know about linear functions, slope, and graphing.

  • Get ready for some Beanie Baby Bungee Jumping next week!

  • The first Math PARCC Assessment will take place March 2.

  • Check the class website or IC for homework information: https://sites.google.com/a/

    bvsd.org/hoste/

 

Science (Schwartz/Arena)

Homework is assigned each week on Tuesday and it is due on Friday. Check the Websites of Mr. Arena or Mr. Schwartz for a copy of the assignment each week.  

 

M - No School

T - Welcome Back + Intro to Solar System

W - Rock Classification Lab

F - Casey Counseling Team Presentation

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Social Studies - Ms. Wertz, Mrs. Norton,  and Ms. Lazar

This week in Social Studies:

Tuesday - Review of second quarter assessment. Introduction to 3rd Quarter topics and Expectations.  Introduction to the concept of slavery.

Block - Unchained Memories film and questions

Friday - Debrief

 

Please feel free to contact Lisa Wertz lisa.wertz@bvsd.org , Lisa Norton lisa.norton@bvsd.org. or Lee Lazar lee.lazar@bvsd.org if you can help out or just have any questions.  More information is available on our blogs or websites, which you can access from the Casey website.

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ELECTIVES   

American History/ American Film - Wertz

Monday - No School

Tuesday - Introduction to class and sending home introduction letter including a  permission slip for the films we will view this semester.  The Invention of early films and the “Silent Era”

Block - Sherlock Jr - starring Buster Keaton

Friday - Socratic Seminar - an introduction to the process of discussing films and then discussion on Sherlock Jr.

Students must have the permission slip signed by parents in order to continue in the class. Even students who are continuing from first semester need to have the form signed since this semester has a new set of films. Thanks - Lisa W.

 

Art (Hoverstock)

Drawing and Painting and 3-D Design:  Welcome (back) to art!  This week we will go over expectations and art room procedures (watch for yellow sheets to come home!) and start organizing/embellishing sketchbooks that we will use daily for drawing, planning, and organization.  We will be creating individual “self-portrait” pieces that will be combined into a larger installation.

 

AVID - Ms. Hamilton

Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments at leslie.hamilton@bvsd.org

Band (Sainz)

  • We are preparing for our Side By Side festival performance with Boulder High School!

  • Field trip DURING LATE START on Wed. 2/4/15 in the morning.

  • Performance on the evening of Feb. 5

  • Students should be practicing Appalachian Morning and Flash in a Pan!


Fitness - Ms. Friend

Health - Ms. Altomare

Welcome to health!  We will spend the week focusing on building the community within our classroom.

Please be watching for an email from me with information on the topics covered in 8th grade health. This email will also provide you with the forms necessary to opt your student out of human sexuality, if needed.

Please feel free to contact me at tracie.altomare@bvsd.org if you have any questions about our class.

https://sites.google.com/a/

bvsd.org/tracie-altomare-s-

website/

Japanese - Mr. Kleinkopf

  • Encourage your student to share/teach you what they’ve learned in class!

Orchestra - Mr. Garfield

Practice charts are worth extra credit if you practice over break! Happy Holidays!

Physical Education - Ms. Blackledge

Beginning a new semester with new students on January 6.  Introductions, expectations, locker distribution, recreational games this first week.

Casey PE uniforms can be paid for on-line off the Casey website or in the front office.  

Uniform details will be gone over in class. But here’s a preview:

  • light grey t-shirt with sleeves-no tank tops or cut offs

  • black or dark blue athletic shorts or sweats- no jeans or short shorts

  • tennis/athletic shoes

No locks are needed

Uniforms can be paid for online or in the front office.  Casey t-shirts are $5.00 and shorts are $7.00.

Students need to be dressed for class everyday in their PE uniform.  It is part of their final grade.

 

Publications - Ms. Wertz

Last Episode from 2014 - Our Holiday Special - Enjoy...  

http://youtu.be/n9luaUJrDS

CASEY TV - For the first week we will introduce the new  team to past episodes, jobs available and brainstorm and practice with some ideas for future episodes. We will hopefully have an new episode created by our new team in a week or so.  

If any parents have expertise in video production and would like to come in to help out, we meet 2nd period. Please feel free to contactlisa.wertz@bvsd.org

Spanish - Ms. Rossman

Espanol 2 -

Espanol 1B-   T

Español Artes de Lenguaje - Srta. Rivera

. Esta semana los estudiantes  revisarán de uno de sus compañeros,   los  párrafos que redactaron (Narrativo, Persuasivo, Descriptivo  y  Explicativo) .Harán  las observaciones y sugerencias necesarias para mejorar los párrafos con una rúbrica.

. Haremos un repaso de las conjugaciones de Presente, Pretérito e Imperfecto.

. Iniciaremos uso y conjugación del Tiempo futuro del Modo Indicativo.  

 T.I.D.E. / Multimedia -- Zimmerman​

Dec 15
7th Grade Update - December 15th

Casey Middle School ~ 7th Grade Update

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Week of December 15, 2014


General Announcements:

  • If you are the parent of a 7th grader, you have seen the book your student read and explored this semester: William Kamkwamba's inspirational memoir The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. But did you know that Mr. Kamkwamba has accepted our invitation to come to Casey Middle School in early 2015!? Stay tuned for our crowdfunding campaign to raise the $6500 we need to cover his speaker’s fee, airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and meals. In the meantime, we need connections. Do you know anyone in a position to offer a discounted room at the Boulderado or St. Julien? How about anyone affiliated with downtown restaurants who might be able to donate breakfast and/or dinner? Any DIA limo service connections? Please reply using this form if you can help with either of these requests. Thank you for your consideration.

  • This year the Casey Spelling Bee will be held Monday, January 12, 2015 at 3:45.  Click here for more details.

  • Mark your calendars for Africa Night on January 22, 2015. More details will follow.

  • To date, the 2014 PTA Pledge Drive has had only 15% participation and is $20,000 short of its goal! Please donate what you can to help fund worthwhile projects, some of which include

    • white board for 7th grade classroom

    • Upfront Magazine and one copy of Jr. Scholastic

    • money for prizes (B&N gift cards) for Spelling Bee participants

    • low fire white clay and a variety of low temperature food safe glazes to create clay soap dishes and bowls to sell on Africa Night

    • nonfiction ebooks for health and social studies in areas students are researching

    • African drumming and dance workshop for 7th graders offered by drumming artist Bob Hall

    • supplies and kitchen staff for Africa night

    • 10 Google nexus 7 tablets for English Language Development and Intensive ESL Reading classes

    • Rosetta Stone licenses and headsets for EL students learning English, for students to learn a new language, or for the bilingual program


Counseling Department: Kirsten Wright - kirsten.wright@bvsd.org, 720-561-2775


Core Classes:

7th Math (Seaver & Hite)

Students will extend their knowledge of ratios by exploring the Golden Ratio and using data to compare student’s arm span and their height.


All late work and test retakes are DUE Tuesday, December 16th!


Compacted Math (Seaver)

Students will be working on translating similar figures (Wump Aliens) within a Coordinate Plane and describing their transformations and relationships using scale factors and ratios.

Math (Hoste)

We will be wrapping up our study of geometric transformations, using GeoGebra to help with our explorations!


Watch for your Semester 1 Final Project (Tessellations and Transformations) -- due Dec. 19.  


Please let Mrs. Hoste know if you will be absent the week of Dec 15-19.

Math (Thacker)   

Science (Leary & Arena)

In our last week before the break, we will begin investigating organisms at a cellular level. This includes an introduction to cells in general as well as microscopes.

ELA (Hershey)

This week, students will complete and vote on  crowdfunding video pitches to raise funds for William Kamkwamba’s visit. On block day, they will take a formative Reading Plus Insight assessment and complete a first semester reflection. We will end the semester on a high note with a Compliment Circle on Friday.


Students interested in improving their reading comprehension and vocabulary at home may use web-based Reading Plus. To access the program:

  • username: same as BVSD username (example: ehershey2634)

  • password: bvsd + 6-digit ID number

           (example: bvsd402634)


Students are expected to check their BVSD email and Infinite Campus each day. Please bookmark my website and check the daily slides to stay in the loop.

ELD (Marquez)


Artes de lenguaje en español (Valenzuela)


Geografía Mundial (Powers) en español abajo

This week we will be working on our research projects on African countries. The notes are due before winter break. We will write formal reports after break.

Esta semana trabajamos en los proyectos de investigación sobre países africanos. Los apuntes son debidos antes de las vacaciones de invierno. Escribiremos los informes después de las vacaciones.

Seventh Grade Social Studies (Lazar)

  • Monday, Dec. 15 - review for the quiz on Africa.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 16 -   review for the test

  • Block day, Dec. 17/18 -  take both the quiz (multiple choice, true/false questions) and the test. The test question will consist of two questions:  1) How is Africa diverse? and 2) Why does Africa have so many countries that are underdeveloped? Students will answer in paragraph form .  We will be creating an outline and reviewing our learning to prepare for both the quiz and  the test.  Please discuss these big picture questions with your children as they wrap up the semester.   


When we return, we will be focusing on individual countries and preparing for Africa Night on January 22.


Also, students and I would welcome boxes of tissues if you are able to contribute.

Reading (Grierson)


Reading Workshop (Levine)

We will be finishing up the TSB Totem Pole project this week, paired with some Reading Plus

Mon- TSB/Reward day for RP unlocks

Tues- Reading Plus

Thurs- Totem Pole essay work/Presentations with time

Fri-Finish up Totem Pole Presentations/Have a great break!

Reading Workshop (Singey)


AVID (Levine)

We will be finishing up the memoir this week, and presenting the memoir.  We will also be doing a virtual college tour.

Mon- Memoir Work

Tues- College Tour

Thurs-Present Memoir to class

Fri- Guest Speaker

ELD Reading (Murdock)  

We are continuing to work on simple past tense and irregular verbs.

Electives:

Health (Altomare)

We will be finishing our unit on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and will have our unit test on Thursday.


I have enjoyed having your student in my class this semester! I hope that you all enjoy the winter break!


Please contact me at tracie.altomare@bvsd.org if you have any questions about our class.

Health (Leary)

We will be finishing up drug awareness. Last week!


Please email with any questions!

william.leary@bvsd.org

Art (Hoverstock)

Clay:  Glaze, glaze, glaze!  Clean, critique, wrap up work to take home.  We’ll be busy up until the very last minute of this semester!  These students have really mastered clay building techniques.


Art 1:  We are finishing a variety of metal and wire jewelry projects this week.  Be on the look-out for these beautiful pieces!

PE (Blackledge)

Playing  volleyball this week.  

Final fitness testing this week on Tuesday-PACER and block day.  If you know you will be gone please complete testing before leaving or assignment will be missing.


Any previous missing assignments need to be made up by that period’s block day- 12/17 or 12/18.  

Locker clean out on Friday 12/19.


Students need to be dressed for class everyday in their PE uniform.  It is part of their final grade.

Uniforms can be paid for online or in the front office.  Casey t-shirts are $5.00 and shorts are $7.00.

Band (Sainz)


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5th (Multimedia):

6th (T.I.D.E.):

7th (T.I.D.E.):

class website: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/applied-technology/


Japanese (Kleinkopf)

  • Review for final exam

  • Final on Thursday 12/18

    • hiragana, katakana, greetings, student expressions, teacher expressions, asking permission, numbers/time, colors, introductions, describing a typical day

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  • We are starting new music for our next concert in late February! Please look over the music during your practicing!

  • Practicing over break leads to extra credit points!

American History Through Film (Wertz)

Monday - The students have voted to watch Avatar the last week, so on Monday we will look at the technology used in the creation of the film.

Tuesday - Watch Avatar

Block -  Avatar

Friday - Finish film and discuss

Publications (Wertz)

Casey TV -Check out our Open Enrollment episode!


This week we are wrapping up a Holiday Special.


If any parents have expertise in these areas and would like to come in to help out, we meet 2nd period. Please feel free to contact lisa.wertz@bvsd.org

Spanish 1a (Powers)

  • This week we will wrap up Unit 5.

  • On Monday students will perform their skits.

  • On Tuesday we will review possessive adjectives.

  • On Wednesday we will have a practice test and on Friday we have a test.

Spanish 1b (Rossman)

Espanol 1B:  This week we will finish up our short novel Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto with a fun game of Kahoot.  We will continue to develop our listening, reading, speaking and writing skills with holiday traditions in Latin American countries.​

Dec 15
6th Grade Weekly Update for the Week of December 15th

Weekly Update for the Week of December 15th


What do the black rhino, the Bengal tiger and Casey pencils have in common? We don’t see them very often! Please send pencils in with your student after the holiday. Thanks!


IMPORTANT! Pledge Drive Appeal from PTA. Please Read!

Our pledge drive has ground to a halt! We are $20,000 short of our goal. We have raised less than $900. We know you meant to donate and just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Please give soon! All donation, no matter how big or small, are helpful and very much appreciated. We have many exciting requests including the following specific to 6th grade:

  • Ms. Singey would like $600 to support two days of mentoring with a published poet.

  • Ms. Braymiller needs renewal of Learning Ally which provides audio books for over 75,000 titles.

  • Ms. Sainz needs $120 for a portable digital recorder for band.Ms. Hoverstock needs $324 for visiting sculptors and $200 for low fire white clay.

  • Ms. Pierpont needs $1150 for nonfiction e-books in the areas of health and social studies.

  • Ms. Kandyba needs $203 for three study lab chairs so students can sit when they are working at the computers.

  • Ms. Meyers needs $150 to add 20 digital books to the classroom library.

  • Ms. Rossman needs $283 for whiteboards, short novels and cultural lessons.

  • Ms. Hapner needs $168 for whiteboards.

  • ...and many more great things for your students are in the planning stages!


Payment is simple. There is Pay Pal on Casey website and you can also drop off checks to front office. Your donations help make this school even more amazing!



LA (Kandyba/Meyers) This week we look at Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Bells,” continue reading testing, and read “The Gift of the Magi.” Lots of deep thinking here right before winter break!


Bilingual Reading (Rossman):  We will be finishing up our short novel Pobre Ana and looking at holiday traditions in Latin America while continuing to develop our listening, reading, writing and speaking.


Bilingual LA (Rossman):  We will have another quiz in regular and irregular present tense verbs.  We will begin studying verbs in the past tense, preterite form.


Orchestra (Garfield): We are starting new music for our next concert. Practice this music at home, after school, or during practice club on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Practice charts are due on Monday!


Science (Esler/Kimmel) - This week Mrs. Esler’s group will dig into atoms...models only..but we will be taking a close look at the basics of what is inside. Students will work on computer simulations and activities to help make this concept easier to understand. Your student can also access Blendspace for additional material to practice and study regarding elements and atoms.  We will end the week working in groups to research who contributed what to the basic atomic theory. This week Ms. Kimmel’s group will be examining and grouping elements.  Students will observe different samples of elements in our lab and attempt to group them based on their physical and chemical properties.  This will lead us into the the periodic table and later into the atomic model (after winter break).   


Social Studies: Students will continue to explore and evaluate ways to measure how countries are doing, emphasizing the most commonly accepted measure “HDI” or the Human Development Index. They will also investigate how these measures translate to the everyday life of real people living in the Americas.


Math (Hapner): We began our third book, Let’s Be Rational, and played a game that explored strategies to estimate fraction sums. We will continue through chapter 1 (adding and subtracting fractions) and may end the week with a small quiz. After break, we will work through multiplying fractions. Ask your student about Moby Max (www.mobymax.com/co284), a computer program he/she can log onto at home and work on math lessons specifically tailored to your students’ needs. Enjoy the holidays and thank you!


Math(Thacker)  We are finishing up term 1 with our final portfolio.  We will begin our next unit with the book LET’S BE RATIONAL.We will continue through chapter 1 (adding and subtracting fractions) and may end the week with a small quiz. After break, we will work through multiplying fractions.  Have a great Winter break.



Lectura avanzada (Rivera y Valenzuela)

La primera unidad de lectura en el texto se basa en el tema universal de desafíos,  consiste en una variedad de lecturas y actividades que desarrollan las destrezas de lectoescritura y pensamiento crítico de los alumnos.   


Esta semana los estudiantes empiezan el tercer cuento de la  serie, de Negrita  por Onelio Jorge Cardoso.


Los estudiantes leen  en español diariamente lunes a jueves (4 veces a la semana) como su tarea principal. Tiene que leer 15 minutos por lo menos en silencio y 5 minutos en voz alta.  En adición a la lectura ellos también tienen una escritura breve que tiene que ver con la lectura.  La escriben en su libreta de composición.


Durante las vacaciones los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de leer lecturas independientes en español y ganar “dinero” de Casey.


¡Esperamos que pasen ustedes y sus familias unos días festivos muy bonitos!

¡Próspero Año Nuevo! :)




Dec 15
8th Grade Weekly Update - December 15th

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8TH GRADE WEEKLY UPDATE

For the Week of December 15, 2014

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

We all hope that you have a wonderful Winter Break.

2nd Quarter ends on December 19th. Your student should check in with each teacher about any work that is not yet completed. Most teachers will have final grades in IC by Friday, December 19th.

PTA Update  - To date we still only have 15% participation and we are $20,000 short. I've attached the most recent update of the mini grants.

At this juncture we are in a position to actually have to turn down quite a few of these requests so it's pretty critical that we try to get at least another $10,000 donated.

Sample requests benefitting 8th grade students are:

$1,150.00 - To purchase nonfiction ebooks for health and social studies in areas students are researching. Students and teachers will have unlimited access from home or school computers to the books and each can access same titles at the same time. 50 titles and accessible even for the most challenged readers.

$325.00 - For visiting sculptors to complement 3-D Design curriculum: $175 for Alonso Clemons and $150 for Stalin Tafura. Stalin is from Zimbabwe and Alonso is a savant sculptor (worked with many BVSD classes and highly recommended). To expose students to diversity in style and backgrounds.

$693.95 - $79 for air assist compressor to protect laser lens and cut down on smoke, $219-$315 for 2 new lenses for laser cutter, $299 for more powerful exhaust fan for laser cutter. Will be able to produce cleaner products and use more diverse materials to cut and engrave with these upgrades.

$373.95 - Camcorder ($349) and microphone ($24.95) for Casey TV. Currently we have only one camcorder and it is hard get everything  scheduled and done on time. next semester we will also have two teams so, two cameras would be beneficial.

$250.00 -2 month subscription to Lumosity Group Plan for 8th graders who struggle with reading -- appeals to older students (cool factor)-- each student gets own account and can track progress and set goals for improvement.

$2,000 -10 google nexus 7 tablets for English Language Development and Intensive ESL Reading classes. Will support Rosetta Stone app which Casey is getting in the Spring. Great vehicle for reluctant readers and access to Learning Ally program. Nexus tablets is best option due to access to numerous apps, e-reader capabilities, lower cost ($199 each).

$922.35 - for 5 graphic novels, 15 copies each. For reluctant readers but all students will benefit. Novels range in theme and content (realistic fiction, adaptation of famous novel, fantasy, superhero). Already planning to order from B&N. After reading and completing unit, students would create their own graphic novels.

$800 - Production of Aladdin: fog machine ($150-$300), set construction and design. Unable to raise funds from participating families as in prior years.

$1,100 - Assessment tools for identifying learning disabilities (Woodcock Johnson $725 and Test of Written Language $275). Current tools 10 yrs out of date and can be used anecdotally but not to obtain services for the students. Previously funded by building funds that are not longer available. Additional $100 covers cost of shipping and handling.

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Casey TV Here is the link to the Open Enrollment video - http://youtu.be/FLghovZ_Fzg

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COUNSELING UPDATE -  Kirsten Wright kirsten.wright@bvsd.org (A-L)  Max Nealon max.nealon@bvsd.org (M-Z) and Eric Swan (eric.swan@bvsd.org)

Links for Open Enrollment activities for some of our high schools:

Boulder High - https://drive.google.com/viewerng/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=YnZzZC5vcmd8Ym91bGRlcmhpZ2h8Z3g6M2Y5NTI0N2Y5NWFjNWU0MA&u=1

Centaurus High - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/centaurus/Pages/Home.aspx

Fairview High - https://www.fairviewhs.org/

New Vista - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/nvhs/enroll/openenrollment/Pages/Shadowing%20and%20Open%20Enrollment%20Showcase%20Evenings.aspx

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CURRICULUM UPDATE FOR THIS WEEK   

 

 

                                                                                                                                  

Advanced Language Arts: Levine and Wheeler ELD:Marquez and Grierson

Levine

Monday- Continue with Figurative Language review

Tuesday- Analysis of poetry using SPOTTTS

Block Day- Poetry work, self poetry work, group poetry work (wait and see, it’s going to blow your mind!)

Friday- Poetry celebration- Have a great Break!

andrew.levine@bvsd.org

Wheeler val.wheeler@bvsd.org

Humanities Study: Nineteenth Century American West to 2014… where’s the story now?

See one page project criteria :  https://docs.google.com/a/bvsd.org/document/d/1Dsh3RlGQdBmdT9ece4H7hSjkRcS5qqGx39AtFzUbWHI/edit

Invitation to parents! Lead a book discussion on the next three block days.  Please join us for one or more of the following periods 1,3,6,7 (30 minute discussions - see title choices below). RSVP to Val.

Note: There will be a 1-3 question quiz on the 19th C American book each day we meet.

Ms. Marquez

Ms. Grierson

To view our daily slides, videos, and powerpoint presentations, please visit my website! https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/ms-grierson/ (On the side bar, click on “Period 6: ELD Grade 8)

Please feel free to contact me at jennifer.grierson@bvsd.org.  

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Math 3S - Mr. Blazey

We will finish our unit on transformation of polygons with dilations early in the week before working on our final project for the rest of the week.  If you are leaving school early, you will need to turn in your project early.

I can be reached at benjamin.blazey@bvsd.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Please see IC for homework information.

Algebra Adv - Mr. Blazey

We will be finishing our unit on Inequalities this week by looking at applications ranging from manufacturing to economics.  The unit test ison Thursday the 18th.  If you will be absent on the 18th, you need to let Mr. Blazey know before your departure so you can take the test.

I can be reached at benjamin.blazey@bvsd.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Please see IC for homework information.

Math 3S - Ms. Hoste

  • Please let Mrs. Hoste know if you will be absent the week of Dec 15-19.

  • Unit 3 Final Project will be done in class: Dec. 15-19.

  • Check the class website or IC for homework information: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/hoste/

 

Algebra - Hoste

  • We will be continuing to explore functions and strategies for finding the “zeros” of different functions.

  • My Favorite Function Project will be done in class: Dec 15-19

 

Science (Schwartz/Arena)

Homework is assigned each week on Tuesday and it is due on Friday. Check the Websites of Mr. Arena or Mr. Schwartz for a copy of the assignment each week.  

Monday: Review Day

Tuesday: Plate Tectonics, Rock Cycle, and Volcanoes Assessment

Block: Guest Lessons with National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration on the Boulder Floods

Friday: Dinosaur Extinction Theories
 

***For parents who follow the weekly update, due to some technology issues we switched last weeks lessons for this weeks lessons. Last week we covered plate boundaries, Earth history, and geologic time scales***

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Social Studies - Ms. Wertz, Mrs. Norton, Ms. Lazar and Ms. Newman

This week in Social Studies

Finishing-up People v. Andrew Jackson-  in 4th and 5th period - WertzTrial  -Students must be present in class in order to receive their presentation points for the trial.

In Ms. Lazar’s class, we are wrapping up our study of the Constitution by looking at several landmark cases of student rights under the First and Fourth Amendments and finishing up our mock trials.  For their assessment, students will answer the question, “How does the US Constitution play a role in our lives today?”  They can include historical references to our founding documents, reference specific parts of the constitution, include the election this past November, and other topics we have covered.  We will create a review sheet in class for the test.  After break, we will look at Westward Expansion.

All Social Studies classes will have a semester final on Tuesday December 16th or block day. Students will be assessed on their ability to make connections between what we have studied this semester and their lives today.

Please feel free to contact Lisa Wertz lisa.wertz@bvsd.org , Lisa Norton lisa.norton@bvsd.org. or Lee Lazar lee.lazar@bvsd.org if you can help out or just have any questions.  More information is available on our blogs or websites, which you can access from the Casey website.

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ELECTIVES   

American History/ American Film - Wertz

Monday - The students have voted to watch Avatar the last week so,  on Monday we will look at the technology used in the creation of the film.

Tuesday - Watch Avatar

Block -  Avatar

Friday - Finish film and Discuss

Art (Hoverstock)

Clay:  Glaze, glaze, glaze!  Clean, critique, wrap up work to take home.  We’ll be busy up until the very last minute of this semester!  These students have really mastered a variety of clay building techniques.

 

Art 1:  We are finishing a few different  metal and wire jewelry projects this week.  Be on the look-out for these beautiful pieces!

 

AVID - Ms. Hamilton

This week in AVID students will present their Ignite speeches. They will have Monday to finish up their Powerpoints and practice the timing. Presentations will be Tuesday and Thursday - possibly on stage in the auditorium. Friday we will have another guest speaker.  Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments at leslie.hamilton@bvsd.org

Band (Sainz)

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  • New practice logs have been given out with 60 min. due on Dec. 11.  


Fitness - Ms. Friend

Health - Ms. Altomare

We are finishing our unit on tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs this week.

Students received their take home final last Friday. It is due by Thursday.

I have enjoyed having your student in my class this semester! I hope that you all enjoy the winter break!

Please feel free to contact me at tracie.altomare@bvsd.org if you have any questions about our class.

https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/tracie-altomare-s-website/

Japanese - Mr. Kleinkopf

  • Review for final exam

  • Final on Thursday 12/18

    • hiragana, katakana, greetings, student expressions, teacher expressions, asking permission, numbers/time, colors, introductions, describing a typical day

  • Encourage your student to share/teach you what they’ve learned in class!

Orchestra - Mr. Garfield

We will start new music for our next concert in March!

Physical Education - Ms. Blackledge

Period 3/6- 12/15-12/19 Basketball

Final fitness testing this week- on Tuesday-PACER and block day- fitness stations.  If you know you will be gone please complete testing before leaving or assignment will be missing.

Any previous missing assignments need to be made up by that period’s block day- 12/17 or 12/18.  

Locker clean out on Friday 12/19.

Students need to be dressed for class everyday in their PE uniform.  It is part of their final grade.

 

Physical Education - Ms. Altomare

Period 4 - We will be playing volleyball and completing our final fitness testing this week. Students will be doing the PACER on Tuesday and fitness stations on Wednesday. All previously missing assignments need to be made up by Wednesday to receive credit. Please have your student let me know if they are going to be leaving early for winter break so that they can complete the testing before their absence. Any final assignments not completed will be marked as missing.

Locker clean-out on Friday, 12/19.

Attendance is taken at the beginning on the period. Students need to have their name card in the attendance box when the bell rings or they will be marked absent. Students that come in after the attendance box has been collected will be marked tardy.

All students should be dressing daily in their PE uniform. It is part of their final grade.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our class. tracie.altomare@bvsd.org

Publications - Ms. Wertz

CASEY TV - Here is the link to the Open Enrollment video - http://youtu.be/FLghovZ_Fzg

This Week Working on  - Episode 10 a Holiday Special

If any parents have expertise in video production and would like to come in to help out, we meet 2nd period. Please feel free to contactlisa.wertz@bvsd.org

Spanish - Ms. Rossman

Espanol 2 - This week we will continue reading a short novel titled ‘Pobre Ana bailo el tango’.  There will be activities for each chapter along with a quiz.  This book is written in the past tense so it will support our learning of past tense verbs in context.  I also hope to cover a few holiday traditions in Latin American countries.

Espanol 1B-   This week we will finish up our short novel Piratas del Caribe y el mapa secreto with a fun game of Kahoot.  We will continue to develop our listening, reading, speaking and writing skills with holiday traditions in Latin American countries.

Español Artes de Lenguaje - Srta. Rivera

Esta semana los estudiantes  redactarán 4 párrafos (Narrativo, Persuasivo, Descriptivo  y

Explicativo) con sus respectivos esquemas, durante la hora de clases, siguiendo la Rúbrica.

La tarea durante las vacaciones es de repasar usos y  practicar conjugación de verbos en tiempos presente, pretérito e imperfecto.

 

T.I.D.E. / Multimedia -- Zimmerman

5th (Multimedia): Welcome to the final week of Multimedia! Last week, we worked through several programming challenges while participating in the Hour of Code, and this week students will be wrapping up any unfinished projects and taking home finished work. Students have learned how to work with professional level software and industry-standard equipment, and I am proud of all of you! We will celebrate on Friday this week.

 

6th and 7th (T.I.D.E.): Welcome to our final week of TIDE! We will have a little celebration on Friday to say goodbye and celebrate our achievements this semester. We have tinkered, experimented, and learned how to work with professional level software and industry-standard equipment. I am proud of all of you!

This week, students will be completing final projects:

  1. Constructing mini wind turbines by repurposing old computer fans

  2. Designing and constructing mousetrap-powered cars.

  3. Laser-cut stencils and intricate snowflake designs.

 

class website: https://sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/applied-technology/

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