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Welcome Back!

Google-ClassroomIt is always refreshing to start a new school year! New supplies, new teachers, new classes and many faces reconnecting after a long hot summer. This year has been no exception! Here we are at the end of our first (almost) full week and I have to say that we are off to a great start!

Each week I will be posting a summary of the weeks events. Please take time to read the events that correspond to your student(s). I teach all of our Middle School Science here at ESM ,and as such not everything posted in my weekly summary may apply to your student(s).

6th Grade Science

This week the students got onto their school Google accounts for the first time. In the 6th grade

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Writing Children’s Science Books

Hello Students!

Here are a couple of documents to help you as you write your children’s books. Be sure to look them over and if you would like to share your story with me today, I will do my best to read and comment on it! Thanks!

Tips for Writing Children’s Books (Click to view)

Writing Children’s Science Books Diagram (Click to view or see below)

Screencasting & The Flipped Classroom

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One of the many things I have found is that, there are just a LOT of resources (free and paid) that are available for screencasting. I find that as a current middle school science teacher and  math teacher (and former high school teacher), the “whiteboard” style screencast is an effective tool for delivering content to students. As part of my “flipped classroom quest” I have kept a running record of the websites, software…etc. I have found useful. If they help, great! Check them out below!

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BClassroom Updates – A Thanksgiving Break Special Report!

Greetings Parents and Students!

It has been over a month since my last post but in that time we have seen many great and wonderful scientific works come from the science loft here at ESM! We have had students performing kitchen science demonstrations to large crowds, we have launched projectiles and all the while we have started to delve into states of matter and energy discussions in class. Please take a moment and read through some of the upcoming highlights and dates to consider below! Thank you and God’s blessings on your thanksgiving holiday!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Mid-Quarter Tomorrow Wednesday, November 23rd.
  • 7/8 Science Test Tuesday, November 29th.
  • Vespers Dec. 7th (Gr.2,3,4,5) and 14th (Gr.K,1,6,7,8)
  • 7th Grade Creation Museum Field Trip December 16th.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20th – Last Day of 2nd Quarter and of school before Christmas Break!

6th Grade Science Updates

knex-roller-coaster-63030-with-box-instructions-_57In the sixth grade, we have been looking at gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy. This hasn’t been just a theoretical discussion. We have pulled out our good old calculating machines and started crunching some numbers! The students are currently in the process of building a very large Kinex(TM) roller coaster so that we can analyze the motion and energy of the cars as they travel down the track. We will most likely finish our discussions on energy and move into sound before we go on Christmas Break!

7/8th Science Updates

MSCIn the 7th and 8th grade science classes, we have been learning and exploring the nature of solids, liquids, and gasses. Today we had a lab where explored how energy moves as transition water from the liquid to the gas state. Tomorrow is DRY ICE DAY! If you are interested in what this day may look like you can watch this VIDEO on youtube from a couple of years ago!

There will be a “states of matter” test in the upper middle school on Tuesday, November 29th as we get back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving break. A study day will be provided in class that Monday we get back. After this unit, we will be diving into chemical bonding and then chemical reactions. It is my hope to be done with middle school chemistry by the first or second week we get back after Christmas. We will then tackle life science!

Creation Museum Updates

christmastownThe creation museum bus and museum admission have been paid for (for a while) and we are now in the final month before our trip! I would just like to say thank you for paying on time and getting me your funds. It is very helpful to get all the bills taken care of for a trip of this size and I appreciate all the support and help from such great parents! Feel free to check out information about the garden lights and nativity in advance by clicking on the image to the right!

Just a couple of reminders about our trip:

  • We will depart from the GETZ RD CAMPUS on the morning of December 16th no matter what! I have talked to the bus garage and even if there is a 1-hour delay, 2-hour delay or school cancellation we will depart unless the bus company feels it is unsafe to do so. I will be providing several forms of communication so that in the event I do need to contact everyone to cancel, you will know where to find the information. We will make that determination no later than 7 am that morning.
  • We will not be providing breakfast, but we will provide some snacks on the bus. If you ordered a lunch/dinner it will be on the bus waiting for you when you are ready to eat it.
  • The final chaperone list with student assignments will hopefully be making it out to parents and students by the 1-2 week in December. It is my hope to get that list to chaperones no later than 1 week from departure.

Finally, if you have any questions about what is happening in class, our field trip, or in general please feel free to email me by using the contact link at the top of this page!

Thank you and I hope you all have a very restful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Mr. B


The End of the Quarter: BClassroom Updates


IMG_3861.JPGIt has been two weeks since I last posted but we have been truly busy here at ESM. We have had our fall fundraiser (Move-A-Thon) where we raised over $18,000 dollars thanks to the generosity and support of many! Praise God! We also have had mid-term, the ending of a sports season, grandparents day, and in the sciences, trebuchet building and the start of Lego Club!

6th Grade Science

This past Tuesday night, 6th grade students and their parents helped to build four trebuchets for our unit on motion in 6th grade. The students learn to measure, cut, prime, and glue PVC pipe based on a certain design. I would personally like to thank everyone that came! The students had a great time and it was a wonderful blessing to me to see all the parents and students working together on this project. Again, for everyone that participated either the night of or financially, you have my sincerest thanks! Moving forward we will be using the trebuchets to experiment to come up with an optimal design. We will be working with speed, velocity, distance, time, data collection, graphing, and engineering design. We will present our findings at the STEM Fair!

7th/8th Grade STEM Fair

Yesterday I posted to our online educational system Google Classroom, the packets that we will be using in the 7th and 8th grade for the STEM Fair. The students will be exploring various activities in a unit that I would like to call “Kitchen Science.” There are two options for students.

They can choose either 1. do an at home project or 2. a demonstartion that they can perform the night of the STEM Fair. Each student will have to create a poster project (either individually or with another person) and each student will create their own lab report based on their work on this project. I have provided over 20 options for students to choose from. It is my goal to meet your needs and schedule while helping the students to explore science on their own. So, if you would like to see your student explore the properties of dry ice or isolate the DNA of a strawberry, have them show you the packets I posted and don’t hestiate to send me any questions that you have.

A timeline and rubric for grading with be forthcoming. For now, students just need to sign up for a project and pick a partner if they would like to work with another person. This is required to be done by no later than Wednesday of next week.

Looking Ahead…

  • We are going to a play at CLHS in the 6th-8th grades Monday August 17th
  • The CLHS Math Science Adventure offered to ESM 7th and 8th grade students will happen October 26th in the evening. More information to come.
  • Parent teacher conferences are in a couple of weeks.

Last Remarks

We are having a great year thus far! I have truly enjoyed working with your students. It is great to see them engaged in studying scientific principles, ideas, habits. Please do not hesitate to send me comments or questions. Blessings!

Mr. B

Trebuchet’s and Kitchen Chemistry…Oh Yeah! #ScienceRocks


Well, I will get right to it. This week we are wrapping up some basic units in motion for 6th grade and The Atom for the 7th and 8th graders. As such, we are now transitioning and looking ahead to this year’s STEM Fair (formerly known as the learning fair). Please read through the grade level notes to find out

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