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    I wish everyone a wonderful and safe summer. Take care of yourselves and your families. Explore your passions, make good habits and accomplish all that you dream. Mrs. Armstrrong
    Posted by armstrem  On Jun 22, 2020 at 6:16 AM
    This week will be our last week of school. I cannot believe the time has flown this quickly. All assignments must be submitted by Tuesday June 9th. The last weeks assignment is to work on a different topic provided by the museum. I have provided instructions in my Files and Documents folder. Thursday I will host our last Zoom. I will email the access information closer to the date. Please have any items from your passion project you would like to share.  I look forward to seeing you. Have a great summer!
    Posted by armstrem  On Jun 04, 2020 at 8:19 AM
    Hello Everyone. I cannot believe we have just two weeks of school left.  I am excited about this week’s activity. This week we are focusing on the first unit of the year, It was on how to be scientist. You will have a PowerPoint as a review of the basics for standards 1-4. Then, unlike weeks past you will have only one choice, but it is the part I am excited about. You are going to be doing a virtual science experience through the Natural History Museum of Utah.  You will have opportunities to work with real evidence, acting like real scientists and even hear from some scientists what they do for a living. This week everyone will be taking the same class and working on the same parts.  Next week you will have an opportunity to choose from the remaining activities. I hope you find the activities as interesting as I did.  I wish you the best. Please email me if you have any questions.
    Posted by armstrem  On Jun 01, 2020 at 6:30 AM
    Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Thank you to all the families that have members who have faught for us in the past and have moved on.  This week we are looking at evolution.  One of the key concepts of this unit was discovering how natural selection worked.  The other key concept was looking into the proof that scientists use to support their claim on the theory of Evolution.  For this week’s activities, again first watch the background PowerPoint as a refresher as well as extension of what we learned.  Then you will have three choices. The first is a bunny activity, the second is a cricket comic on evolution.  The third is a lab that you look at a spreadsheet of real data collected on remains of the different organisms over time. You will learn how to take that data and place it in a more usable data table and then answer a question about biodiversity.  Biodiversity is a term that represents how different all the life forms are on earth as well as how many. I look forward to hearing about your experiences.  Have a great week!
    Posted by armstrem  On May 26, 2020 at 6:23 AM
    Hello Everyone!  This week we are working on cell transport.  There is a PowerPoint and a word document called Cell Transport Background.  Please look over both before choosing a project this week.  We have three options for you and all of them are labs. One using an egg, one using a carrot and one completely virtual.  Discuss with your parents before you choose. We will also be having another Kahoot this week.  I am not quite ready to have you all on Canvas, but I will share with you some hints that I learned. Again, I will email out the link and passwords so that you can join. I look forward to hearing about your experiences.  Have a great week!
    Posted by armstrem  On May 11, 2020 at 11:05 AM
    May the 4th be with you today and this week.  The activities this week are about the levels of organization in life, starting from cell up to Organism.  We were about to start the discussion on how this can be expanded to population and then all the way up to biosphere (the earth where we live). These activities will not go that far but you are welcome to challange yourself to figure this out.  There are two main options for this week.  One option is a foldable that you can paste into your notebook when you are done.  The second option is a mobile.  I drew and colored the example and you can see it posted in the Files and Documents folders.  In addition, we have posted the SkipBio Cell Organization edition that you can play with your family and count as your time. Please email me if you have any questions.  There will not be a Zoom this week. Reminder your 3rd Quarter Grades will be sent out on the 5th.  Take care of your selves.
    Posted by armstrem  On May 04, 2020 at 7:40 AM
    Hello everyone and hope you are doing well. This week we will be working on cell structure and cell theory.  I will be hosting a Zoom this week.  Please check your emails later this week for your time and codes.  I will be dividing up the classes with when they are to meet.  As part of the zoom we will be doing a Kahoot review.  For this to work you will need access to 2 internet devices.  This is just an option and not required. The Zoom will also not be 90 minutes so you will need to choose one of the other activities. It is part of the choices you have for this week.  There are three other options, 3D Cell Model, Cell Amusement Park and Cell Theory Timeline. If you had chosen one of these in the past choose a different activity.  Before you Zoom or work on any of the choices please review the content PowerPoints for this week.  Take care and hope to see you Thursday.
    Posted by armstrem  On Apr 26, 2020 at 6:30 AM
    I wanted to say it was good to see so many yesterday.  I did not see everyone, even all those that had been able to join us.  It just isn’t the same as being in the classroom and there were so many more of you. When I try this type of activity again it will be on a smaller scale which should help.  I also want to do more interactive activities where there is more than just me talking. I did want to write out what we talked about yesterday for those who were unable to make it or if you forget.  The first part that we went over yesterday was etiquette in virtual learning spaces.  The 5 SCORE Behaviors we addressed was be on time, stay muted until called on, raise your hand so that I can know you want to be called on, be courteous and respectful to all (for that is the Gainesville Way!), and Do not take pictures of the meeting.  During our meeting students struggled with the second behavior.  It was disruptive yesterday when students unmuted to make a loud noise or share their radio.  I understand that you want and need to talk and see friends.  We need to put our heads together to find a way so that can be met.  However, when teachers are giving important information this makes it difficult.  We do not know what the future will bring. For many different reasons there could be virtual learning in your future and being able to handle yourself appropriately is essential.  Next, I answered a few questions.  The questions that I received can be answered on the commonly asked questions on the district web page.  The first was when can we get into the school to get out stuff.  At this point we have not been given a date.  The principle can only go in to collect mail.  No one knows for sure when we will be let in again.  Teachers, including myself, would also like to get in.  We just have to wait.  Health and safety come first. We also must wait for instructions for library books and instruments. The second question was are we going to have any grades for quarter 4? We will not.  The last day to submit grades will be next Friday, April 24th.  Then this year’s grades will be the average of quarters 1-3.  Students will be moving on to the next grade. Then I discussed the plan for the next several weeks.  On Mondays, I will be uploading assignments into teams and the “Work from Home” folder in my Files and Documents. I will place a set of instructions on my main web page.  In teams open the assignments or the channel of the correct week to locate the assignments.  There will be a PowerPoint for most weeks to review the key ideas.  Then there will be a choice of a couple different activities. You should only work for 90 minutes and this includes the PowerPoint if you choose to use it. At the end of each week email me your work or summary of activities you did, I would love to hear about it. Some of the assignments have rubrics so that you know how it would be graded if it were receiving a grade. Our class timeslot is for Thursdays from 10-1130 but this does not always work for everyone.  That is why we are providing the assignments at the beginning of the week. It is important to keep up with your schoolwork for many reasons even though it is optional.  We talked about habits this year.  In those discussions we spoke about our dreams and aspirations.  We talked about how we have to begin with the end in mind, what we want to do with our lives, and then put first things first and set our goals.  We also discussed how hard it is to change a habit. When we go back to school in the fall this will be very difficult. In addition, we know that over the summer we tend to forget some of what we learned.  If we stop doing schoolwork or did when we first got out this extended the summer by quite a bit meaning that you will be further behind.  The seventh-grade science department is trying to put together activities that are not straight worksheets so that they are more enjoyable, yet have you work on the material.  If you have a different project for
    Posted by armstrem  On Apr 17, 2020 at 11:13 AM
    Reminder that today we will be having our meeting at 10:00 on Zoom. The link and password were sent in a previous email. In the faculty meeting and meetings my children have had in zoom this week there have been some connection issues.  Please be patient and everyone will do their best.  If you are unable to attend, that is okay. I will post the key points of the meeting on my main web page and you are welcome to email me with questions  or chat with me in teams during my office ours on Tuesday.  When you do join any virtual meeting for Gainesville Middle School we do ask that you follow the guidance on attached poster.  We will be looking at how our class will look for the next couple of weeks, where to access materials and more. I look forward to seeing everyone.
    Posted by armstrem  On Apr 16, 2020 at 8:16 AM
    I have attached is a link to a video for using teams.  It is just the minimal basics. You may want to look up youtube videos or other resources for more complex applications but this will get you started.
    Posted by armstrem  On Mar 30, 2020 at 8:21 AM
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