I wish I felt like it was a Happy Spring moment like I wrote last year, but this health crisis that grips not only our village but also our state, our nation, our world, really makes for challenging times! As I write this message, on what would be the eve of our Spring Break, I cannot help but wonder about the future of this school year. Please keep in mind that the following part of this newsletter could be fictional, but I am confident and hopeful this will be fact, and that we will eventually get to enjoy each other’s company one more time before the end of the school year, now tentatively scheduled for June 2nd.
Once we take our final for the Chemistry unit, we will begin our final unit, Physics. We will learn the skills needed to better understand motion, speed, and all the associated forces related to our final project, the Balloon Powered Race Car. I am assuming we will be together again to complete it. For the past eight years, it’s been the greatest time in my class, as well as a great time for all my students. Solving an engineering problem is not as easy as it seems to be. I look forward to challenging them, and also look forward to converting my classroom into a gigantic Makerspace. This will take place at a future date, to be determined once we get through this COVID-19 crisis. Specific rules about the contest will be discussed in class. And, yes, there will also be awards and prizes for the best vehicles, and there will hopefully be a cross-team competition, too!
No matter what, please remember that I am an email away from anyone. If you need reassurance, groceries, anything, you can count on me. Stay healthy, stay safe, keep your hands clean, and make sure you maintain a social distance please!
Greetings everybody! I really wish it was warmer than it’s been during the past several weeks, and this weekend looks to be just as cold. I’m ready for Spring, and I’m sure you are, as well.
We conclude our chemistry unit, with a final exam scheduled for March 19th. A study guide is available to your child so that he or she can do his or her best on the test. March also brings (in addition to March Madness) the state-given tests in early March. There will be a modified schedule for each day of that week. Please help out your child by giving him or her a decent breakfast each day and making sure they receive adequate rest each night before the test.
Finally, at the beginning of the 4th quarter, we conclude the year with our Physics unit, with the final project (the balloon race car) as the grand finale for this school year. Help your child scheme up some ideas to make the perfect machine. As of now, I’m planning a competition with the best of the White team students competing against the best of the Red team students. It will be a great time for all.
As always, should you need anything at all, or if you have any specific questions, please reach out to me, as I will do to you, if needed.