7th grade dissects owl pellets!

The 7th grade had a blast wrapping up our study of ecosystems by dissecting owl pellets! An owl pellet is a regurgitated pellet of undigested fur, feathers, skulls, and bones of prey animals. Dissecting these pellets allowed us to make connections to the food webs we studied in our chapter, as it showed us how many different species end up as food for a barn owl.

 

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Building an Ecosystem

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The 6th grade class is elbow-deep in our next big project – building our very own terrarium! As a culminating project to our unit on ecosystems, the 6th grade students are designing a terrarium for our school. The students have been researching, planning, and problem-solving in their efforts to produce the best terrarium design. They will create a project proposal, present their idea, and then begin the work of obtaining materials. They are loving the independent nature of this project!! Be sure to stop in during our Catholic School’s Week Open House on January 29th to see which design(s) were chosen!

6th grade goes to camp!

The 6th grade had a wonderful, albeit RAINY, few days at Camp Christopher in Bath, OH. We learned all sorts of awesome things, such as how to read a compass, the importance of communication, collaboration, and concentration, as well as some cool Civil War history! Be sure to check out our album on the SJS Facebook page for more pictures!

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7th grade Pollution PSA

The 7th graders have been working hard creating PSAs warning us of the dangers of air and water pollution. These videos were entirely scripted, filmed, and edited by the 7th grade! They are too large to post here… Stay tuned while I figure out where we can share them!

6th grade made some cells!

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8th grade roller coasters!

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

Welcome back!! I hope everyone had a fun-filled, sun-filled summer :)

I have just a few updates before we officially get into the swing of things…

First, as you may already know, the 6th grade uniform options have expanded. To help with the “6th-7th-8th grade team” concept, we are giving 6th graders the option to wear the Khaki pants and Navy shirt uniform previously reserved for the 7th and 8th grades. As always, they are more than welcome to continue wearing the white polos if they prefer.

Second, the building will be open for a walk-through this Friday from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Stop in to say hello and pick up some paperwork :)

Third, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers will be holding an “orientation” on Thursday, August 25th at 6pm. The purpose of this meeting is to go over expectations (both building-wide and class-specific), and general plans for the school year. Please plan on attending.

 

See you soon!!!!

Mrs. Kermes