1.7 October 18-22

Important dates and notices:
  • Drivers Wanted for November 2nd field trip to OMSI.  All drivers need an updated criminal background check every three years and a driver qualification form updated yearly on file in the office.  Call Patty if you are not sure.
  • e-mail to schedule a conference time, November 22-23, 8:00 a.m- 8:00 p.m.. Give me a couple times and I will try to accommodate.
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  • Science Fair Timeline and Information Site

Events Calendar:

13- Two Hour Late Opening

28- Open Mic Grades 5-8; 3:15-5:00 p.m.
2- Field Trip: OMSI- Cow eye dissection lab, OMNIMAX: Hurricane on the Bayou
5- No School: Teacher  planning day
11- No School: Veterans’ Day
22-23- Conferences
24-26- No School Thanksgiving Holiday
9- Middle School Science Fair, grades 5-8
Science Fair Timeline and Information Site

Medicine Wheel

This week in….


  • Native Americans before European Exploration
  • 500 Nations in North America
  • The Medicine Wheel and Personal Shield
  • Why Would the Reindeer Suddenly Disappear- A scientific investigation from The Case of the Mummified Pigs and Other Mysteries of Nature
  • Friday’s Socratic Seminar: The Boy and the Ax

Math: Bits and Pieces 1: Investigation 4 (4.1-4.4):
4.1-Who’s the Best?
Students are introduced to the percent bar model. Students use the percent bar model to interpret and compare free-throw attempts made by Yao Ming and Shaquille O’Neal during the 2002–2003 NBA season.
4.2-Choosing the Best
Students are given free-throw data on middle school basketball players and asked to decide which player to choose to shoot what could be the game-winning shot. As students discuss their reasoning they consider the advantages of using percents to make comparisons.
4.3 Finding a General Strategy
Students use survey data to formally develop a set of efficient strategies for expressing fractions as decimals and as percents.
4.4 Changing Forms
Students move among different forms of representation—sometimes starting with fractions, sometimes decimals, and sometimes percents.

Review of  あかさたなはまやらわん columns
Introduction of がざだばぱcolumns
Practice singing and reading: うえおむいてあるこう

a-san: gakkou no denwabangou wa nan-ban desu ka.
b-san: 503-916-6200 desu.

Imaginative Narrative  introduced…

  • What makes a good story?
  • What makes writing so much fun?
  • Part 1: Ideas and possibilities