Mackintosh Middle School Weekly Update
MAY 6, 2012 Could it be? No field trips? What? No major events this week? Hooray! Normalcy returns.
Student Report by Darcy This week in middle school has been very busy. We started doing Stanford tests on Monday. The same happened on Tuesday. On Wednesday we had a long school day, as we went to go see the Rockies game at Coors field, along with the science presentation before it. The science was very interesting, with a weather balloon being launched. The baseball game began at 1:10. Our class kept score of three innings, though some did more. Once the scoring was over, we relaxed and watched the game (Rockies won). Thursday, we had another field trip, this time to the wildlife repository. This educated us in wildlife trade, both legal and illegal. Some things were accidental – such as a fur coat that was brought back by a tourist, not knowing that they were breaking the law. Others were smuggled, such as boots with false coverings over rare snake skins. Many items were not very appealing to the eye, such as toad purses and wolf skins with the heads on. An interesting program that the repository had running was that illegal eagles (dead) were sent to American Indians for religious use instead of the Indians taking from the wild. Friday was as normal as possible, with both 7th and 8th grade finishing up testing. In different days of the week two teachers had us concerned, Ms. Kapsalis who was sick for part of it, and Mrs. Weston, who has been sick almost all week.
Student Report by Olivia, prior to service trip This week was a rather rigorous one. On Monday, we continued projects in all subjects except Math. In Humanities, we continued work on our Web-quests. That day we did the Middle Ages Social Life section. In Science, we continued our labs for our Wildlife Forensics unit. In PA, we continued work on our choreography for the flash mob of “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. In the English/Spanish time, the seventh graders went to World Affairs and the eighth graders worked on their Why is the Coast Not Clear? Projects for the service trip. The schedule was relatively the same on Tuesday, except that after PA the Eighth graders (including Jake and Jesse from Boulder) presented their Why is the Coast Not Clear? Projects before a panel of judges that consisted of Ms. Kapsalis, Mr. Ashworth, and Sheridan Samano, who is coming with us on the service trip. Her organization is the reason we are going at all. On Wednesday, we had a relatively normal day, except for the end of the day, when we skipped PE to watch more MY project presentations. Rose (who did healthy eating and cooking), Lucia (who did endangered languages) Jared (who did chess,) Adeline (who did song in education), and Olivia (who did world literacy) all presented their projects. Earlier in the day, we had presented our flash mob to a tiny crowd or enthusiastic students. On Thursday, the seventh graders went on the MY summit field trip. The eighth graders stayed behind, and the three kids in Mr. Ashworth’s math group took part of their test. The eighth graders finished watching Star Wars for the Archetypes quiz, and after the seventh graders came back there was a finish-your-test/study hall period.
Teacher Report Thank goodness for slowing down a little bit prior to the end of the year. We have been going full speed the last couple of week! We are looking forward to the next three weeks of normal programming (and **sob** last three academic weeks). It is so nice to have our class back together. We sorely missed the 8th graders while they were on their trip. But it sounds like it was quite the experience! We are looking forward to their upcoming presentation (TBA). The 8th graders are preparing their presentations for graduation ceremonies. Please encourage your child to practice their pieces. Thank you to everyone who came to the picnic. It was a great, relaxing evening. Big thank you to those of you who have donated to the Annual Fund. Also, huge thank you to those parents who helped the 7th grade student organized and inspired breakfast a couple of weeks ago. It was loved by all.