# Welcome February with Open Hearts!

The first month of 2023 has flown by, but we have made every day worth it here at TCS. This week was filled with good spirits welcoming Mr. Dan back to the school! The offsite PE has been a hit the last couple of weeks at the gymnastics gym. Here are some interesting fun facts to start off your weekend:

1. The little dot over a lowercase i and j has a name , “tittle” meaning a tiny amount or part of something.
2. Water sounds different depending on its temperature due to how fast the energy molecules move (faster when hot).

Rhythm is the longest English word without a vowel.

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science?

Seventh graders brainstormed their topics for Science Fair projects this week. They began to contemplate the importance of the scientific process and how their projects are representations of the natural world. Seventh graders also presented their invasive species projects to the class. They will present their research presentations to the middle school next week, as well as begin to set up their experiments. Thank you for your support helping with supplies!

What’s up in Math?

Hello seventh grade parents! Most of you may have heard that I have returned to TCS in a reduced capacity, teaching only grades 6 and 7, before returning home to be with my daughter. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back! I’ve missed the kids and the school very much. It’s pretty much been one big socio-mathematical black hole in their absence. Doing much better now! Enough of that, you say. What about my kid’s Math? Well, I’ve been merciless in my return: poring furiously with them through the workbook and lessons, drawing and changing graphs, plotting and analyzing numbers. We’ve been working primarily on scatter plots these past few days: plotting 2 variables on a chart, like points per game vs. assists, or the carat weight of diamonds vs. their purchase price. The dots that result create patterns; they express positive or negative relationships. They show strong relationships and weak relationships. The kids will eventually learn to calculate and interpret those relationships as correlation coefficients, but for now just recognizing the patterns is ideal, and they are excellent at it. We even worked with it on the graphing calculators – chaos, but fun.

It is a pleasure to be able to work with your sons and daughters again, even in my more limited time constraints. Thank you for your patience and support. And now, it’s back to Math!

–Mr. Dan

What’s happening in ELA?