New emergency notification system! We have subscribed to a new emergency notification system that we are very excited about. It allows us to enter phone numbers for all parents and staff, and contact everybody at once through an automated system. Yes, that’s right—this means no more phone trees! We will use this service to notify you of weather-related closures or delays, or if there were ever to be an emergency situation.

This means we need your preferred contact information—and ASAP. We could see more snow as early as next week! A letter with more information is attached to this email. Thank you!

Spring trip! As you have all heard, our spring trip is to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We couldn’t be more excited. We have a few changes to the flyer that went home before break. First, the correct dates are June 6-9, 2011 (we know, we can’t believe it either!). Second, the $100 additional fee will be billed to families at a rate of $25/month from February through May. Please contact Janice Spika in the business office to discuss options. (253) 925-0878

Save the Date! Seabury Middle School- Semester Showcase- Friday, January 28- 6:30-8:00 p.m. Students will display work samples from the semester, Garage Bands will play and snacks and camaraderie served!

Language Arts: We’re cruising through Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. All students have been given a study guide for the novel with due dates for every few chapters. Next Friday, chapters 9-11 are due. 1100 Words quizzes still happen every Friday.

Comparative Religion: Students have begun an essay project with a self-selected topic based on an aspect of one of the six major world religions we’ve studied this year: Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism or Sikhism. We got to trek to the library yesterday and get resources. Students have received due dates for outlines, drafts and final essays. The first outline will be due Tuesday, Jan 11- the first draft will be due Thursday, Jan 13. The final draft due, Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Science: We’ve continued to look at cell structure and function. We’ve been reading about how cancer cells work, and we’ve been lucky enough to have a bunch of cancerous tissue samples to look at. (Thank you, Veronica!) We’re also gearing up for another experiment using our brand new incubator. More on that next week.

Math: Algebra students have been examining slope-intercept and point-slope form along with scatter plots and lines of fit. Course 3 students have been looking at different ways to solve questions like, “80 is what percent of 105?” They have used the percent proportion, the percent equation method, and mental math so far. Course 2 students have been comparing rational numbers, converting fractions, decimals and percents, and using prime factorization to find lowest common multiples.

Check out our Flickr page for pictures from this and past weeks!

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