Welcome

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Greetings Students, Parents, and Guardians

Welcome.

Please remember to check your child’s grades and assignments on home access often. This can be done by going on to Bethel’s Homepage at http://163.41.16.11/ . Once there go to the parent’s tab and select home access. Then you must enter your child’s user name and password.

The user name is your child’s student id number (it is five numbers long, they should know this number, they use it to get their lunch in the cafeteria every day) and first initial and last name without any spaces. For example, If my student id were 30325 and my name gaby calkins it would be 30325gcalkins.

The password is your student’s student id and birth date [(include leading zeros) no spaces or dashes] for example, if my birthday was February 28, 1999 my password would be 3032502281999.

Once in you can go to tab that says “Classwork” find the appropriate class and check for any missing assignments.

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Blazing Hurricanes take New Orleans by storm

milkshakesLast year’s winners of the regional wind turbine competition were invited to compete in New Orleans for Kidwind’s National Finals, this year. After much fundraising we were able to raise enough money to make the trip. Thank you to everyone that helped us get there!

Blazing Hurricanes came in 6th out of 26 teams. Daniel, Devin, and Quinn along with Judi Tacchini and myself spent 4 days in New Orleans. We took an air boat tour of the swamps, visited a local cemetery, binged on all the local cuisine. We sampled alligator, craw fish, gumbo, jambalaya, catfish, beignets and oysters.

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Team showing their “superior intellect”, making adjustments to the turbine for “slow” wind tunnel test.

We are incredibly proud of the fellas.

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Gator jumping for marshmallows. Who knew they liked marshmallows?

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Walking from our hotel to the convention. Daniel looking ready for the competition!

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Ms. Tacchini showing her deep appreciation of our craw fish.

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Devin eating craw fish. We nick named him “Mr Adventurous” because he tried a new type of cuisine every time he ate either lunch or dinner.

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The fellas learn about Cajun food. Soooo spicy!

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Polar Challenge

Students testing different substances that will be attached to their soles

Students testing different substances that will be attached to their soles

Yay! We participated in our second annual Polar Challenge. This is an engineering challenge using Biomimcry to create soles for our shoes that will help us to navigate on the ice. Many thanks to our wonderful chaperones whom without we could never have done this.

 

 

 

Students getting the mass of an object during friction lab for polar challenge

Students getting the mass of an object during friction lab for polar challe

Students using various tools to build their soles.

Students using various tools to build their soles.

 

 

 

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Turbines and Rise of the Machines

Devin, Daniel and Quinn at Regional finals in Portland.

Devin, Daniel and Quinn at Regional finals in Portland.

We completed our first year in the robotics club. We will be expanding our club to include engineering. From September – December our project will be to build geared wind turbines so we can compete at the Kidwind challenge in 2016. Then in January we will move on to robotics. We have increased the number of robots to four so space will still be limited. We will meet once a week for an hour and a half. If you are interested please contact me as soon as school starts. Last year three Cascade students took 2nd place at the Kidwind regional finals in Portland. Their turbine beat out many high school turbines. We hope to go to Nationals this year in Washington D.C.

Quinn and Daniel working on the gearbox.

Quinn and Daniel working on the gearbox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devin and Daniel drawing plans for new gearbox

Devin and Daniel drawing plans for new gearbox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Robotics, students learned how to build a basic model last year and how to program it to do multiple functions. We finished out the year by building a robotic arm. We will be working more on programming it for multiple functions next year.

 

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Study Skills homework

Your child is within 4 questions of passing the state reading test and is scoring below or just below grade level on Oral Reading Fluency (speed and accuracy of a passage read out loud). This is why he/she was placed in my class. We are targeting this class to get the little extra help they need to boost them up to grade level.

In order to maximize homework energy, I am not assigning a random book report or reading log. Instead, I am assigning a unique weekly homework. I will send home the reading homework on the first day of the week and it is due the last day of the week.

In the homework, I am asking that your child practice reading aloud to you. This is the area he/she really can grow and improve. Please have your child read the complete story aloud to you at least one time. Then please practice one minute timings – keeping track of how many words per minute your child reads and count their errors each time. There are questions on the back that your child should answer independently.

Thank you for your efforts to boost your student’s reading. It will pay off!

 

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Gecko’s All-Terrain Toes Are All About The Angles

Gecko’s All-Terrain Toes Are All About The Angles.

7th graders this year will be designing, building and testing shoe attachments that will allow them to walk more easily on ice. These designs will be based on animal adaptations. The article above talks a bit about how geckos can navigate on slick surfaces. Take a moment and read it with your child, it’s very interesting!

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Making Stuff Stronger

http://video.pbs.org/video/1701025927/

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