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May 2022 BIS Newsletter

  • Tier 2 STEM and Math News

    Students in tier 2 Advanced Math & STEM have lots of fun activities to enjoy in the Google Classroom, including a wide range of topics from Space to Logic to the Fibonacci Sequence!

    Tier 3 STEM News

    Grade 6 STEM

    We are nearing the end of our Engineering unit in 6th Grade STEM.  Students have been using the engineering design process to solve a problem inspired by another organism.  They learned this is called biomimicry.  Students will be presenting to an engineer in class on May 12th and will receive feedback.

    Grade 7 STEM

    In 7th Grade STEM, students are building roller coasters out of paper.  They are using what they know of energy and forces to ensure a marble can make it from the top of their roller coaster to the bottom.  Of course, they are also using the engineering design process as they build their coasters, including testing and redesign.  As part of the project, they will calculate the speed, potential energy, and kinetic energy of the marble.  Finally they will paint and decorate their roller coasters.  I will be sharing their final projects with you, so keep an eye out!  

    Tier 3 Advanced Math News

    Grade 6 Advanced Math

    Students are learning about scientific notation in 6th Grade Advanced Math.  They are learning about magnitude and how scientists write really large numbers and really small numbers.  We will replicate a famous thought experiment of Archimedes’ in which he approximated the size of the universe by first measuring a grain of sand, and eventually approximating how many grains of sand would fill the universe.  We will be doing the same with popcorn kernels as we approximate the volume of our classroom.

    Grade 7 Advanced Math

    7th Advanced Math students have begun a project on Pascal’s Triangle.  First they learned how to make Pascal’s Triangle, and then they identified as many patterns within it that they could find.  Next they will research other patterns that number theorists have identified.  Finally they will choose one pattern and then create a 3D Pascal’s Triangle and highlight the pattern.

    Tier 2 ELA Grades 6 and 7

    The 6th and 7th Grade Tier 2 ELA Google Classrooms are filled with various opportunities for our students who love to write and make connections to what they have read. These enrichment and extension tasks are available for our students to access during the school day whenever they are finished with their regular classwork. They are meant to inspire our students to better analyze and meaningfully write about books they have read, or to serve as a guide as they begin a creative writing piece.

    Tier 3 Advanced ELA News

    6th Grade Advanced ELA .

    I am pleased to announce that we had several 6th Grade winners in this year’s Veterans for Peace Peace Poetry Contest. These amazing young poets will have their work published in the annual Veterans for Peace Peace Poetry Collection, which is shared with schools and libraries throughout the Cape and Islands. 

    Heartfelt Congratulations to the following poets:

    Mena Collins, for The Peace Tree

    Ryan Fabiano, for Peace

    Lia Reis, for Remember When? A Poem Inspired by Ukraine

    Aimee Tobis, for Real Peace

    For the remainder of the school year, the 6th Graders and I will be reading and discussing the very awesome novel, When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead. The novel initially appears to be a simple story about a middle school aged girl and her assorted worries, but it quickly becomes an exceptionally thought-provoking exploration of the possibility of time travel and quantum physics! I can’t wait to discuss a few of the various time travel theories of renowned scientists, philosophers, and authors such as Einstein, Hawking, and Madeleine L'Engle with this curious group of readers! 

    Additionally, the students will be hard at work on their final project of the year, which asks them to design and create their very own original children’s book! I am so excited to see what each of these creative and enthusiastic authors/illustrators will be presenting in June!

    7th Grade Advanced ELA

    I am pleased to announce that we had several 7th Grade winners in this year’s Veterans for Peace Peace Poetry Contest. These amazing young poets will have their work published in the annual Veterans for Peace Peace Poetry Collection, which is shared with schools and libraries throughout the Cape and Islands. 

    Heartfelt Congratulations to the following poets:

    Ridhtassie (Rae) Cheron, for Unholy

    Parker Hegarty-Cook, for Light

    Julia Viera João, for What is PEACE?

    Ryan Sharlet, for Perspectives

    For the remainder of the school year, the 7th graders and I will be reading and discussing the novel, Trouble, by the illustrious young-adult author Gary D. Schmidt.  This novel, set in a fictional town on the North Shore of Massachusetts, explores the often polarizing themes of generational wealth, class systems, immigration, and racism; all of which will undoubtedly lead to very interesting class discussions. 

    Additionally, the students will be hard at work on their final project of the year, which asks them to design and create a Thematic Journal, based on a topic of their choosing. Each student will be researching and collecting various pieces of writing (poems, short stories, song lyrics, etc.) that are based on their chosen theme, as well as writing several original pieces of their own. I am so excited to see what each of these creative and enthusiastic authors/illustrators will be presenting in June!

    Tier 3 Future Problem Solving Grades 6 and 7

    Our BIS Problem Solvers are coming to the end of their training, and if they choose to participate, they will soon be placed on fully competitive teams for the 2022-2023 FPS Season next fall! So exciting!

    Over the past several weeks, the students have learned how to do Steps 4, 5, and 6 of the Six Step Problem Solving Model. Steps 4 and 5 teaches the students how to develop meaningful, targeted criteria for measuring the creative potential and importance of each of their team’s Step 3 solutions. Once five distinct, relevant, and UP- specific criteria have been properly developed, they are then applied as yardsticks to effectively measure the solutions against one another, eventually leading to ONE winning solution. The top solution becomes the FPS team’s Step 6 Action Plan. 

    The Action Plan asks the team to fully explain all details of their solution to the judges - WHO will carry out the plan? WHAT will be done to solve the Underlying Problem? WHERE will the plan be implemented? HOW will the plan be carried out? While developing the Action Plan, the students must also consider any obstacle or sources of resistance to their plan, and how they might overcome them. As you might imagine, The Six Step Problem Solving Model is a tool that can serve our students well throughout their lives, in various real-world situations.

    FPS Congratulations!!

    We are thrilled to announce that we have many Future Problem Solvers who will be representing Massachusetts at the FPS International Competition this June!

    Please join me in congratulating:

    Our award winning 8th Grade team: 

    Matt Brancaccio, Eden Vaught, Ava Pryzgoda, and Josie Jordan!

    Our award winning 10th Grade team:

    Sloane Contrino, Callie DeDecko, Elise Abreau, and Laina Nickerson!

    Our award winning 9th Grade Individual Competitor:

    Nick Ramos!

    And our two amazing Scenario Writers:

    Senior, Nora Penni and Sophomore, Sloane Contrino!

    You are all amazing! Best of luck at Internationals!

    Go Red Hawks!!!