Science Fair: Thank you to everyone who came out to see the science fair yesterday and/or last night! We had a pretty fantastic turnout, and it was great to see you all there supporting the kids.

The projects our students are doing have been steadily improving every year, and I heard from so many people last night how impressive and ambitious the projects are getting. I think our students did a great job, too, from the design of the projects, to the research and research papers, to executing and presenting their experiments. I’m really proud of them, and a huge thank you to YOU for supporting the kids as they worked their way through this project.

Math: The students have been working hard on some really complicated subjects this week and doing a great job. A lot of the students are working on different methods of solving proportions, but one large group has started a very cool unit on geometry, including all kinds of angles— alternate interior, corresponding.. remember those? fun— transversals, and finding the interior angles of regular and irregular polygons. Ever wonder what the measurement of an interior angle of a 20-gon is? I can’t count the number of times I have. Ask your son or daughter! (Offer only applies to students working out of the green Course 3 book.

Social Studies: Now that the play has concluded and Science Fair is behind us, we are getting back on track with the writing of our Tacoma history research papers. We will review these works in progress at the conferences.

Civics: Students have learned a lot about our system of government and how it works. On Monday, we head to Olympia to see the legislature in action as they conclude their session.

A HUGE thank you to Brenda Bono who has contributed so much to this unit – from initial research, to teaching the students, to making arrangements to have students witness their government in action, to providing a perspective that is rarely provided to students. When you next see Brenda, please thank her for all that she is contributing!!!

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About Halley (Griffin) Knigge

Storyteller and adventurer with a focus on new and social media. Ten years of award-winning writing and editing experience, eight years working professionally to share compelling stories through brand journalism, three years as an airline spokesperson, two years as a Tacoma Arts Commissioner and 30+ years of learning something new every day.

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