Donna Hink | Science

Donna Hink | Science

October 16-20, 2017

Winter Uniforms have begun!  Everyone is doing a great job conforming.

**Reminder for October we have the Soctober sock collection going on!

**New–for the Food Band collection  during November 1–15th 7th grade is asked to contribute gravy & canned sweet potatoes.  If those aren’t possible then peanut butter, jelly, cranberry sauce, canned veggies, pasta, boxed potatoes, stuffing…any of these would be terrific!  Thank you for helping those who are needy.


**Mass 8:30 for grades 4-8 on Friday, 10/20–join us if you can!


Grade 6–We are finishing the Solar System chapter; if all goes as planned, the chapter test will be on Friday, 10/20; next week we will work on Solar System foldable,  and the Planet brochure is due on Friday 10/27.


Grade 7–Chapter 3 test was graded, will be distributed Tues.; We’ve begun chapter 4–Cell Reproduction–quiz on steps of Mitosis Tues or Wed.; then learning steps of Meiosis.


Grade 8–Tues. quiz on Newton’s 3 laws of motion; worksheet 19-20 for homework; Wed. worksheet 21-22; Thurs. chapter 11 review, worksheet 334-5.

Week of 10/9–10/13/17

Happy Columbus Day!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend & extra day off.

**Reminder-Fri. 10/13 is a 1:00 dismissal.

Also–don’t forget those socks for the needy this month–Socktober!

Grade 6–they are learning about the outer planets & our solar system;  Tues. worksheet quiz on inner planets;  Wed. read about the outer planets;  Thurs. homework pg. 73-4 and 75-6;  Fri. complete Solar system packet for homework.


Grade 7–they have completed chapter 3 on Cell Processes; Tues chapter 2 review;  Wed. review for test; Thurs. Chapter 3 test on Cell Processes; Fri. begin chapter 4 on Cell Reproduction.


Grade 8–they are continuing the study of Newton’s laws;  Wed. learning Newton’s 3rd law; Thurs. work on Gravity and Balanced & Unbalanced Forces; Fri. quiz on predicting Newton’s laws.

Welcome October! Week of 10/2–10/6/17

Wow!  It’s hard to believe September is over.  I hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous Fall weekend doing something outside.

This month we are collecting new socks for every size & age for our SJRS out-reach.  Socks may be placed in the container outside Dr. Fipp’s office.  Thank you for help with our Soctber event:)

**SJRS 1st Friday school Mass 10:00 on 10/6/17–join us if you can!


Grade 6-Everyone took their Sun-Earth-Moon chapter test & grades are posted on Cornerstone–please verify.  Monday-We begin our study of the planets; Tues/Th 10/3 & 10/5 are lab days; no class Fri. due to mass.

Grade 7-Everyone took chapter 2 test on the Cell & grades are posted on Cornerstone–please verify.  Monday we begin our study of the Cell Processes, chapter 3; Tues/Th are lab days this week; Fri is lesson 3 Energy for Life.

Grade 8-Everyone took chapter 10 test on Motion & Momentum & grades are posted on Cornerstone–please verify.  Monday-we begin chapter 11 on Newton’s Forces & the 1st Law of Motion;  Tues/Th are lab days this week;  Wed & Fri we learn about Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion.

Week of 9/25-9/29/17

I hope you enjoy your three-day weekend!  Next week is a five-day week.  We begin the week with Class Mass at 8:30am on Monday 9/25.  There will be NO labs this week.

To all my parents who have sent in the Activity Fee thank you; to my parents who still owe please try to get the $30 in this week.  Also save those Box Tops, and use Shoparoo!  All these little savings add up for our school.


Grade 6–  We completed a fun lab on phases of the moon (with cookies:) & a flip book; this week we will finish up the chapter on Sun-Earth-Moon system, review, and take the chapter test on Thursday. Fri. we begin the next chapter on planets.


Grade 7– Mon.-Mass; Tues- explore various types of microscopes; Wed. -discover what viruses are; Thurs.-Chapter review; Fri.-review for Test.


Grade 8–Mon.-continue working on Force, Motion & Inertia; Tues.-Chapter review; Wed.- review for chapter 10 Test; Thurs.-Chapter 10 Test; Fri.-begin Chapter 11-Newton’s Laws.

Week of 9/18–9/22/17

Well we made it through our first full week of classes, fire drills, evacuations, Mass, buses & traffic!

**Reminder to 7H homeroom–please send in your $30.00 activity fee as soon as you can.

**Friday, 9/22 Faith Formation Day for teachers–no school for students!


Grade 6–Mon. 9/18  Explore solar & lunar eclipses. Tues. 9/19 Lab Day for B group.  Wed. 9/20 Affect the moon & sun have on oceans & tides–homework worksheet pg. 50-51. Thurs. 9/21 Lab Day for A group.  Fri. 9/22–no school.


Grade 7–Mon. 9/18 Photosynthesis packet.  Tues. 9/19 Lab Day for B group.  Wed. 9/20 Worksheet on Cell organelles pg. 48.  Thurs. 9/21  Lab Day for A group.  Fri. 9/22–no school.


Grade 8–Mon. 9/18 Learning about Mass, Inertia, & Momentum.  Tues. 9/19 Lab Day for B group.  Wed. 9/20 Law of conservation of momentum–worksheet 59-61.  Thurs. 9/21  Lab Day for A group.  Fri. 9/22–no school.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

Week of 9/11–9/15/17

Thank you to everyone who has sent in class supplies!  If you haven’t yet–don’t worry, we have a good stash, you can send it in at your convenience.

We have a classroom fee of $30.00 –$5 for IXL (math), $5 for Art, then the remainder $20 for classroom/science supplies for the entire year.  Please send in the $30 when you can- preferably check to SJRS.

**Reminder** this Thurs. 9/14 is upstairs Back-to-school night, 7:00pm in the gym/auditorium.  This is for parents only.


Homework:  Grade 6

Mon. worksheet pg. 17,18

Tues. no homework

Wed. worksheet pg. 33-34

Thurs. worksheet pg. 61-62


Homework: Grade 7

Mon–no class–Veteran’s Park 9/11 Ceremony

Tues. Questions 1-4 pg. 45

Wed. Pg. 46-47 in packet

Thurs. Complete colored Cell

Fri. Complete Plant Cell coloring & diagraming


Homework: Grade 8

Mon.-no homework

Tues. Worksheet on Speed, Time & Distance

Wed. review ques. pg. 292

Thurs.Worksheet on Momentum

Fri. no homework

Welcome Back!

I can’t believe I’m sitting at my computer welcoming all the SJRS students back to school for the 2017-18 year!  I would rather be at the beach grabbing those last rays of summer, but alas, the weather had different plans.  So after doing some shopping, then a little cleaning, I thought it was a good idea to send a note out for our week ahead at SJRS.

Remember, school begins on Wed. & we have 1:00 dismissal all week.

Don’t forget to bring LUNCH–you’ll be starving by 1:00 if you forget:)

Just bring a writing utensil & tablet so you can take notes for what each teacher expects.

Lastly, bring your SMILE and a great attitude for a fantastic year!

See you on Wednesday, 9/6/17 in the gym by 7:50.


Wow! It’s hard to believe the school year is over.  Friday is FUN Day/Spirit Day & 11:30 dismissal.  7H will get pizza from Chris Catona for his birthday.  Enjoy a happy, safe summer with your children…don’t forget sunscreen:)

**REMINDER** on  Aug. 21 there will be a solar eclipse across the USA from Oregon to Virginia (total viewing)–we in NJ will see a partial one-Not as spectacular but nevertheless still exciting!  DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN/moon eclipse!

PS. For my current students, I’ll be adding about 6 new states to my list!! Stay tuned til Sept. to see which ones I still have left to visit!

Welcome June!

**Reminder** Friday, 6/9 is an early dismissal/faculty meeting & 7th -8th grade dance.

Grade 6–Mon.-Chapter test on Weather, open notes; Tues.-continue work on solar cookers; Wed.-solar cookers; Thurs-solar cookers…we will try to cook the sunniest day; I’ll let the students know as it gets closer…it may go into next week (6/12-14).

Grade 7–We’ve completed all systems of the human body, made life-size bodies, made body booklets, and did a memoir writing.  I’m confident the 7th graders are prepared & knowledgeable about their body.  I hope we have some future physicians & nurses!  This week we are watching a movie that encompasses all the body systems-Osmosis Jones.  The students may bring in popcorn & a drink to consume while watching the movie.  You may send in microwave popcorn, and I will cook it.

The last week of school grade 7 may decorate their yellow/blue t-shirt for Spirit day as this is their last one!  They can use an old T or a new one; I have some puffy paints, markers, beads.  They may bring in others items to decorate their shirt.  **This is optional–they don’t have to do this activity.**

June 8–Awards Night-7:00

June 9–Farewell Dance-7:00

June 12–Piano recital-9:00 & Graduation-7:00

June 15–out 1:00

June 16–Spirit Day!!

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend–despite the unseasonable weather.  Three weeks left of school!

Grade 6–Tues. Weather patterns, worksheet pg. 44 for homework; Wed. lesson 3-Weather Forecast packet, Chapter review pg. 480-1 for homework; Thurs. worksheet 55-6 on weather forecast, do quiz pg. 60 for homework; Fri-hand in quiz–no class due to school closing mass.

Grade 7–Tues. Begin Body Systems booklet; Wed. continue booklet-coloring & cutting; Thurs. hand in completed Body booklet; Fri. do a 6 work memoir on index card to summarize body systems.

Grade 8–we made milkshakes & ice cream last week! Tues. Lesson 2 of Sound; Wed. Chapter 17 review; Thurs. Chapter 17 Test on Sound–last one!

Week of 5/22-5/26/17

**Reminder** Tuesday, 5/23 is our Open House/Super Fair 6-8pm; come hear the Band, see Art work, Science fair projects and much more.  Also,  Thursday, 5/25 is the Feast of the Ascension, mass is 10:00 please join us!

Grade 6–Mon.- Weather Patterns & Fronts; Tues/Wed lab day–begin making solar cookers from pizza boxes; Thurs.-Mass; Fri.-science fair for school.

Grade 7–Mon.-Chapter 22 review on Reproduction; Tues/Wed-doubles-chapter 22 test, then begin making body books; Thurs.-finish up body book; Fri.-science fair for school.

Grade 8–Mon.-lesson 2-What is music? Gather ingredients for ice cream; Tues.-Percussion, woodwinds & brass; Wed./Thurs.-make ice cream! Bring in a towel, cooler full of ice, sugar, vanilla, heavy cream all in cleaned coffee can, duct tape, toppings & gloves! Fri.-write up lab on ice cream.

Other dates: Mon. 5/29 Memorial Day–Off

Fri.-June 2 school closing Mass 10:00

Thurs.-June 8 Awards Night for 8th grade 7:00

Fri.-June 9 Piano recital 9:00, out 1:00, $1 dress down, Farewell Dance 7th & 8th grades 7:00

Mon.-June 12 8th Graduation 7:00

Thurs.- June 15 out 1:00

Fri.-June 16 Spirit Day–Last Day of School!

Week of 5/15–5/19/17 Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!  Here’s hoping God blesses you with sunshine, laughter, and a fun-filled day.

**REMINDER** 7th grade trip to Aquarium Monday 5/15.  Buses leave 8:30, return 2:30.  Your child may dress down, bring a phone, bring a bagged lunch (no glass bottles please!), and perhaps some money for the gift shop.  Looking forward to a fun-filled class trip.

SCIENCE FAIR–students may bring in their projects when they are completed; we will have presentations during class time.  On Tues., 5/23 I will have many of the projects displayed in the Science lab, along with the students who did the project.  On Friday 5/26 all the projects will be set up in the gym for the entire student body to view during the morning; students will take projects home that day.


Grade 6–Mon.-finish making Mt. Manaza flip book; Tues.- begin Weather chapter; Wed.-worksheet on weather; Thurs.-quiz on weather; Fri.-continue weather.

Grade 7–Mon.-class trip!; Tues.-finish up the Reproductive System; Wed.-Birth to adolescence; Thurs.-continue Aging; Fri.-finish up the Aging Process.

Grade 8–Mon.-no class; Tues.-begin new chapter on Sound; Wed.–Fri.-continue Sound chapter.

Week of 5/8–5/12/17

**Reminder** Fri. 5/12 is a $1 dress down, 1:00 dismissal/faculty meeting.

Grade 6–Mon.-Volcanoes testing review worksheet; Tues.-Chapter test I on earthquakes & volcanoes; Wed.-Test II on earthquakes & volcanoes; Thurs.-working on Mt. Mazama flip book; Fri.-complete flip book & hand in for grade.


Grade 7–Mon.-Begin chapter 22 The Reproduction System, male system; Tues.-female reproduction system; Wed.-worksheet 44 on reproduction; Thurs.-finish up Reproduction; Fri-lesson 3 packet-Human Life Stages.


Grade 8–Mon.-Chapter 7 review on Chemical Reactions; Tues.-Chapter 7 test on Chemical Reactions; Wed.-hand back tests, make-ups, go over answers; Thurs.-8th grade trip; Fri.-no 8th grade.


**Reminder II** 2 weeks until Science Fair!!  IF YOUR CHILD HAS NOT STARTED, TELL THEM TO SEE ME!!  Projects-Science boards & report can be brought in Fri. 5/19, Mon. 5/22, or Tues. 5/23.  Science/Super Fair is Tuesday, May 23rd, 6-8… all 6,7,8th graders MUST be present.

Week of 5/1–5/5/17

Happy May!  Wow it’s hard to believe we have a little over a month left of school.  And a lot of exciting things are happening.  Some important dates for you:  5/5 10:00 May crowning Mass; 5/12 early dismissal/faculty meeting 1:00 & $1 dress down; 5/15–7th grade Camden Aquarium field trip; Tues. 5/23-Science & super Fair 6-8–all 6-8th grades MUST attend; 5/25 10:00 Mass Feast of Ascension; 5/29 Memorial Day-OFF; 6/2 10:00 school closing Mass; 6/8 Gr. 8 Awards Night 7:00; 6/9 Piano recital 9:00, $1 dress down, 1:00 dismissal, 7 & 8th Farewell Dance 7:00; 6/12 8th Graduation 7:00; 6/16 Last Day/ Spirit Day!


Grade 6–Mon.–field trip!; Tues.-Make a tri-fold of volcanoes for study guide; Wed.-quiz on volcanoes; Thurs.-Chapter review on volcanoes; Fri.-no class due to May crowning Mass.


Grade 7–Mon.-Infectious Disease-up to pg. 660; Tues. continue infectious disease to pg. 664; Wed.-Non-infectious diseases pgs. 666-671; Thurs.-Chapter 23 review sheet; Fri.-Chapter 23 open notes Immunity & Disease Test.


Grade 8–Mon.-Classifying & Balancing chemical reactions worksheet #1-18 for quiz; Tues.-Lesson 2 Rates of Chemical Reactions pgs. 200-206; Wed. Compounds & Mixtures packet for quiz grade; Thurs.-Chapter Review pg. 212, 35,36; Fri.-go over answers to review homework.

Week of 4/24–4/28/17

Grade 6–Mon.- Predicting Eruptions, do crossword sheet & pg. 31/35 for homework; Tues.-Volcanoes vacab. worksheet 40-41 for quiz grade; Wed.-Build a flip book of Mt. Mazama becoming a Crater lake!; Thurs.-worksheet pg. 44-45; Fri.-make tri-fold of 3 types of volcanoes.

Grade 7–Mon.- Review for Chapter 21 test; Tues.-Chapter 21 test “Control & Coordination” -open notes; Wed.-Begin Chapter 23-Immunity & Disease-read pgs. 652-56, do mini lab pg. 655; Thurs.-Lesson 2 Infectious Diseases pgs. 657-661; Fri.-Sexually transmitted diseases pgs. 662-664, answer ques. #1-5 pg. 664.

Grade 8–Mon.-Begin Chapter 7-Chemical Reactions pgs. 190-194; Tues.- Balancing Chemical Equations pg. 194-195; Wed.-Classifying & Balancing chemical reactions worksheet; Thurs.-

Week of 4/10–4/14/17

**Reminder–$1 dress down day on Wed. our 1:00 dismissal.


Grade 6–Mon.- Types of Volcanoes worksheet; Tues.- Composite cone volcano worksheet; Wed.-finish coloring 3 types of volcanoes.

Grade 7–Mon.-Smell & Taste pgs. 608-611; Tues.- Chapter 21 review worksheet pg. 616, L2 for homework; Wed.- Living Stations & Last Supper.

Grade 8–Mon.-Chapter 6 Review pg. 184-5; Tues.-Chapter 6-Chemical Bonds Test–open notes; Wed.- complete test.

**Science Fair Reminder–Please get your topic approved before Easter break as there will be about 4 weeks left when we return!

April 13-Holy Thursday–OFF; April 14-Good Friday–OFF; April 16-Easter!  Off until Monday, April 24th.  Enjoy a blessed Easter vacation with your family.


Week of April 3-7

**Reminder** 1st Friday Mass on Friday, 4/7/17 at 10:00 am. Please join us!

Grade 6–Mon.- begin study of Volcanoes; Tues/Th lab day-build an earthquake-proof structure!; Wed.-continue Volcanoes-worksheet for homework; Fri.-no class due to Mass.

Grade 7–Mon.-Review for Chapter test; Tues/Th Chapter Test on Respiratory & Excretory Systems; Wed.-begin the Nervous System; Fri.-lesson 2, the Senses.

Grade 8–Mon.-Lewis Dot diagrams worksheet; Tues/Th lab-make magnetic slime & do Lewis dot diagram for chemical bonds & ionic bonds; Wed.-lesson 2 How elements bond; Fri.-Polar & non polar molecules pgs. 174-78.

**Notice** Every 6th, 7th, & 8th grade student must participate in the Science fair.  They may choose to do it with a partner from any grade.  Each project/topic MUST be approved by me Before they begin!  Please encourage your child to start researching an interesting topic; Easter break will be upon us in 9 days, & we return April 24th…that will leave about a month before the Super Fair in May!

Week of 3/27–3/31/17

**Reminder**  third marking period ends this week–all projects, homework, and make up tests must be completed by Friday, 3/31/17.


Grade 6–Mon.-quiz on earthquake vocab words; complete worksheet “shake, rattle & roll” pg. 197-200 for homework; Tues.-complete pg. 27-8 worksheet on earthquakes for homework; Wed.-Earthquake quiz; Thurs.-review Earthquakes for chapter test; Fri.-Test on Earthquakes.


Grade 7–Mon.-Physical effects of smoking & the Respiratory System worksheet 29/55; Tues.-Excretory system worksheet; Wed.-quiz on Respiratory System; Thurs.-Chapter review pg. L2; Fri.-Chapter review pgs. 588-9 for chapter test next week.


Grade 8–Wanted Element poster due!  Mon./Tues. chapter 5 review worksheet; Wed.-review for test-play bell game; Thurs.-Chapter 5 Test on Physical & Chemical Changes.

Week of 3/20–3/24/17

Monday, 3/20 Teacher’s In-Service–School CLOSED.

Grade 6–Tues. -Chapter 9 Lesson 1-Earthquakes pg. 290-296 & definition paper; Wed.- Beauty & the Beast Play @HSHS!; Thurs.-Earthquake worksheet, & Enrichment pg. 23-4; Fri.-Earthquake quiz.


Grade 7–Tues.- Chapter 19 Test-Circulatory System; Wed.-Beauty & the Beast Play @HSHS!; Thurs.-Chapter 20 The Respiratory System pgs. 568-576; Fri.-Respiratory worksheet.


Grade 8–Tues.-Physical & Chemical Changes pg. 143-48 & worksheet pg. 145-6 due on Thursday; Thurs.-Physical & Chemical Changes worksheet for quiz; Fri.-Measuring Mass mini lab.

Reminders: Please send in permission slip for attending Beauty & the Beast play @HSHS on Wed. 3/22!

Marking period ends 3/31…my grades close 3/24/17.

Week of 3/13–3/17/17

After Friday’s CoGats, our testing will be finished!  And we have a 1:00 dismissal/faculty meeting.


Grade 6–Mon.-Chapter 8 test “Earth’s Dynamics”; Tues/Th-doubles-Plotting the world’s earthquakes & volcanoes using longitude & latitude; Wed.-Chapter 8 test part II; Fri.-Feast of St. Joseph Mass 10:00 am.


Grade 7–Mon.-The Lymphatic System, do worksheet pg. 15,21 on Immunity & Chapter Review; Tues/Th-doubles-work on bodies, completing the digestive and circulatory systems; Wed.-Chapter Review for test; Fri.-Circulatory Test.


Grade 8–Mon.-Begin chapter 5-Physical Properties of Matter, #1-4 pg. 138 for homework; Tues/Th-doubles-complete Element Poster; Wed.-Chemical Properties, do #1-4 pg. 142 for homework; Fri.-Physical & Chemical Changes, do #1-4 pg. 148.

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