Welcome EAGLE School of Madison

Sept. 16, 2012

QRT's and extra credit

from:Van Boldrik, Maggie

to:7/8 Science - Biology

I wanted to clarify a couple of items...

  1. I will give everyone one grace (excused) for a late science notebook assignment  - per semester.  No carryovers.
  2. If you successfully hand in all your science notebook assignments on time, you will receive as extra credit the 5 points grace.  Again, no carryovers to the next semester.
  3. QRT's:  With the biology lab date moving to Fridays, and given the large numbers of Fridays we will have off this year, the Biology course will lose 6 full lab periods relative to previous years.  That's 12 periods!  Four of those lab periods are used when we take tests.  The 7/8 C's have also gained an extra QRT relative to their peers, so Carole has offered that the some of these lost lab periods can occur  during your QRT.  I will give at least one week's notice when this occurs. 

Sept. 05, 2012

Reminder! Wear appropriate shoes and clothing, please.

from:Van Boldrik, Maggie

to:All Students

The Intermediate and 3/4 science units spend a great deal of time outdoors in tall grasses and woods.  Several students have come to class on field days wearing flip-flops, open-toed, or 'fancy' shoes.  These have proved problematic in the last few days.  If your child is sensitive to grasses, or just doesn't like grass scratching their bare legs, please also remember to wear long slacks.  As the season progresses, plants with sticky seeds will be attaching themselves to clothing.  Jeans or smooth materials are better than fleece or tights, because they don't collect as many seeds. 

The 7/8 Biology students will go outside as well, though not as often as the younger students.  However, the recommendation applies to them as well. 

Aug. 28, 2012

Welcome to 3/4 Science

from:Van Boldrik, Maggie

to:Junior 3/4 A Science

Hi everyone!  During our first weeks in school, we'll be getting oriented to the class procedures and heading outdoors as soon as possible.  Our first unit, Biodiversity and Interdependence, is the study of how living things interact with and depend on each other within their environment.  This is a fun and challenging unit as your students will learn to make accurate observations (write down/draw what you ACTUALLY see, not what you THINK you see) in a team setting.  Last year as Intermediates, they learned to make independent observations, but as 3/4's they will find that it's not so easy to agree on what you observe, making this a more demanding and, honestly, sometimes frustrating experience as they learn to cultivate team skills.  We'll also have fun collecting and identifying plants in our plant presses. 

Many of you know that my philosophy is that children should spend as much time outdoors exploring the natural world as possible.  This fall, we'll be spending time in the fields and woods that surround our school.  It's  a terrific learning laboratory to investigate how many different species can and do live together in a small space, and, just as importantly, how they depend on each other to survive.

And for your own child's 'survival', please remember that they should wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walks in the woods and fields.  We will be spending a fair amount of class time outdoors, so you should assume that any time they have science, they should have proper clothing and especially closed-toed shoes. Putting sunblock on in the morning is a VERY good idea.  We'll put on mosquito repellant should the need arise (and assuming you have filled out the Mosquito Repellant Permission Slip). Sloppy weather isn't necessarily a deterrent, unless it is extremely wet, snowy or stormy.   Dirt & mud are inevitable.

If you are an adventurous sort of parent and have some free time, you are certainly encouraged to join our expeditions and help with herding!  If students are comfortable with her, my dog, Darcy, frequently accompanies us, but she is lacking in her herding skills owing to her greater interest in the local fauna.   I would welcome a parent to help focus the students on their meter-square environment and work as teams - and even better if you have some knowledge of plants.  Just contact me if you are interested.

Keep an eye out for new information on my website MaggiesScienceConnection.weebly.com You may wish to bookmark this in addition to Thinkwave.

Aug. 28, 2012

Welcome to 3/4 Science

from:Van Boldrik, Maggie

to:Junior 3/4 B Science

Hi everyone!  During our first weeks in school, we'll be getting oriented to the class procedures and heading outdoors as soon as possible.  Our first unit, Biodiversity and Interdependence, is the study of how living things interact with and depend on each other within their environment.  This is a fun and challenging unit as your students will learn to make accurate observations (write down/draw what you ACTUALLY see, not what you THINK you see) in a team setting.  Last year as Intermediates, they learned to make independent observations, but as 3/4's they will find that it's not so easy to agree on what you observe, making this a more demanding and, honestly, sometimes frustrating experience as they learn to cultivate team skills.  We'll also have fun collecting and identifying plants in our plant presses.

Many of you know that my philosophy is that children should spend as much time outdoors exploring the natural world as possible.  This fall, we'll be spending time in the fields and woods that surround our school.  It's  a terrific learning laboratory to investigate how many different species can and do live together in a small space, and, just as importantly, how they depend on each other to survive.

And for your own child's 'survival', please remember that they should wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walks in the woods and fields.  We will be spending a fair amount of class time outdoors, so you should assume that any time they have science, they should have proper clothing and especially closed-toed shoes. Putting sunblock on in the morning is a VERY good idea.  We'll put on mosquito repellant should the need arise (and assuming you have filled out the Mosquito Repellant Permission Slip). Sloppy weather isn't necessarily a deterrent, unless it is extremely wet, snowy or stormy.   Dirt & mud are inevitable.

If you are an adventurous sort of parent and have some free time, you are certainly encouraged to join our expeditions and help with herding!  If students are comfortable with her, my dog, Darcy, frequently accompanies us, but she is lacking in her herding skills owing to her greater interest in the local fauna.   I would welcome a parent to help focus the students on their meter-square environment and work as teams - and even better if you have some knowledge of plants.  Just contact me if you are interested.

Keep an eye out for new information on my website MaggiesScienceConnection.weebly.com You may wish to bookmark this in addition to Thinkwave.

Aug. 27, 2012

Welcome to Intermediate Science

from:Van Boldrik, Maggie

to:Intermediate Science

Hi everyone!  During our first weeks in school, we'll be getting oriented to the class procedures and heading outdoors as soon as possible.  Our first unit, Ecology, is the study of how living things interact with each other and their environment.  My philosophy is that children should spend as much time outdoors exploring the natural world as possible.  Eagle School is surrounded by natural beauty and is a terrific learning laboratory to find out what a habitat is, how organism's needs are met by their habitat, and how they depend on the biotic and abiotic components of their environment for survival. 

And for your own child's 'survival', please remember that they should wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walks in the woods and fields.  We will be spending a fair amount of class time outdoors, so you should assume that any time they have science, they should have proper clothing and especially closed-toed shoes. Putting sunblock on in the morning is a VERY good idea.  We'll put on mosquito repellant should the need arise (and assuming you have filled out the Mosquito Repellant Permission Slip). Sloppy weather isn't necessarily a deterrent, unless it is extremely wet, snowy or stormy.   Dirt & mud are inevitable.

If you are an adventurous sort of parent and have some free time, you are certainly welcome to join our expeditions and help with herding!  If students are comfortable with her, my dog, Darcy, frequently accompanies us, but she is lacking in her herding skills owing to her greater interest in the local fauna.  Just contact me if you are interested.

Keep an eye out for new information on my website MaggiesScienceConnection.weebly.com You may wish to bookmark this in addition to Thinkwave.