Classroom News - Week at a Glance
Welcome, students!You are now an 8th grade student. I know this can be a great year for you if you put forth your best effort and invest the time to fulfill your obligations as a SLMS student.
I can't promise that this is going to be the "best year ever" or that you are going to reach your full potential...because I only have control of that for the 50 minutes a day that I see you. You are now at the point in your school career that you must make sure that YOU are contributing to your education and not just being led by your teachers and parent(s).
Are you participating? Asking good questions in class? Surrounding yourself with people that share your same views and values? Are you proud when you look in the mirror? Studying more than just the night before the test? Studying at all? While I hope you can answer "yes" to all of these questions, this is a new year that you can wipe the slate clean and begin again. You can continue with your winning ways or you can change your old habits that didn't work well for you and try to develop new positive habits that will help you reach whatever goals you have set.
I can promise you that you will be surrounded by teachers and support staff that will do all that we can to make your 8th grade year one that is full of great opportunities. Good luck and I'll see you in science class.
Some things to keep in the back of your mind or start thinking about.
1. In early April of the upcoming year, we will once again compete in the annual Wildlands Conservancy's Envirothon located in Emmaus, PA. Mr. Meyers and I choose a total of five eighth grade students to accompany one of us and compete against other area middle schools in this interactive day. Give some thought to participating in this day and details as to how you can be chosen will be revealed closer to that date.
2. I created a recent Prezi that deals with my recent trip to Bushkill Falls. Come visit at http://prezi.com/hpnc1lluqflc/present/?auth_key=lvamyak&follow=luafxyxrbcah
3. We recently studied how the effects of the damaged nuclear powerplant in Chernobyl, Ukraine resulted in a changed ecosystem. The 1986 event has created a danger zone for mankind, but a safe haven for wildlife. Here is a live webcam of the sarcophagus "tomb" a French company is building that will enclose the radioactive reactor #4. The enclosure is supposed to create a safer containment of the remaining site. http://www.chnpp.gov.ua/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=230&Itemid=101&lang=en
4. Here is a link to an amazing NY Times article dealing with Greenland's melting glaciers. Interactive maps will blow your mind!!!! http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/27/world/greenland-is-melting-away.html?emc=edit_na_20151027&nlid=49623127&ref=cta&_r=0
6. A link to a great gravity simulator that reinforces some of the gravity and motion information in our Astronomy text pp18-21! https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/my-solar-system/my-solar-system_en.html
7. Another gravity simulator website. http://www.nowykurier.com/toys/gravity/gravity.html
8. A fantastic and short video dealing with the phases of our Moon. MOON VIDEO.
9. Here is a fun activity that teaches you about galaxy types based upon their shapes. http://www.astrosociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/H5_Galaxy_Sorting.pdf
10. Click here to enter Recycle City! http://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/
12. Here is the link to Energy City. This is a wonderful simulation game that tests your ability to balance all of the real-world needs of a city, with an emphasis on how you will generate its power. Good Luck! https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/pages/View.aspx?id=694b44cb-955f-4da0-9d31-359310622bea
13. Paper towel rocket- A detailed report that instructs how to assemble and create some parts that we are going to need for our rocket.