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This year 41 preschoolers filled the campus with laughter, an abundance of questions and unending energy. The preschoolers enjoyed participating in the buddy program with the fourth graders and visits to kindergarten. Our love of God and each other was present every day.
We also took part in a series of educational programs offered through the Jefferson County Health Department, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
To further our understanding of our community and educational themes, we participated in field trips to Brookdale Farm, The Science Center, The Magic House, Bounce U, and Purina Farms.
Every day we explored, learned and discovered. It has been a truly wonderful year!
Miss Regan’s Rock Stars are
Rockin’ the Fourth Quarter!
The fourth graders are working
really hard in their last quarter of fourth grade. This year the students
have done a great job showing their character education words to one
another and staff members and building friendships with all our
classmates. They have been amazing role models to our preschool pals this
They have become awesome at multiplying large numbers. They are on their way to mastering both simple and long division.
In Reading, we just finished reading Number the Stars. The students loved reading it and we had some great class discussions.
In Religion, we are finishing up the Ten Commandments.
In Social Studies, we
are having a great time learning about all the different regions of the
They are working really hard on learning their recorders in music. I can’t wait to hear them perform at Powell Symphony Hall!
Wow where has the year gone? Fourth quarter already! We came back
from Easter Break with running shoes on and we are in a sprint to finish
6th Grade is
currently learning about ratios and rates, slope and rates of
change, proportions, similar figures and scale drawings. We will also work
with converting customary units of measure.
reasoning is one of the most important concepts for future
work with algebra. Rates and ratios are used in everyday communication
and are key to work in architecture, engineering and all areas of science.
finish our year reviewing and reinforcing all the skills we have
learned. Next fall we will continue our study of pre-algebra concepts,
using the same textbook, beginning with chapter 6.
7th Grade is
finishing a unit on organizing and displaying data (graphing). Included in
this topic of study is how to quantify data and organize it in different
ways (in lay-man’s terms: we reviewed how to
calculate mean, median, mode and range…and discussed how to interpret
those calculations as representations of the data set).
Our next topic is geometry. We will learn how to identify, describe and work with plane figures in geometry. Plane figures include lines, and angles, as well as circles, polygons, triangles and quadrilaterals. We will study symmetry and congruence of plane figures. The applications in life for geometry are numerous. People use geometry every day in art, sculpture, carpentry, architecture, geology and more!
pre-algebra students are currently learning how to collect,
display and analyze data. These are critical skills for interpreting all of the
information we are bombarded with on a daily basis.
Our last unit
will be on probability. We will study how to work with experimental
probability, theoretical probability and the Fundamental Counting Principle.
Probability will be related to insurance rates, genetics, sports, games, and
the chances of disasters such as earthquakes
students have been hard at work as well. We have been solving for all kinds
of x’s! We recently finished studying polynomial operations, factoring, and
FOILing. Now we are studying quadratic
functions, learning to complete the square and memorizing THE Quadratic Formula….you know the one: “x = -b plus or minus the square root of b squared minus 4ac ALL over 2a”. Fun, it’s all just so much fun!
As much fun
as math is, science is even more fun! The students love the
experiments that reinforce the concepts we are learning.
Life Science (grade 6) has been learning the difference between eUkaryotes and prOkaryotes. We have studied bacteria, viruses, protists and fungi. We will finish the year looking at plant structure and processes.
Earth Science (grade 7) has learned about how the earth is restless. Topics include plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanos. We will finish the year looking at weathering and soil formation, the flow of fresh water and the agents of erosion and deposition.
Science (grade 8) has studied the scientific meanings of work,
energy and heat. We will finish the year by reviewing atoms and the periodic table, and then look at chemical bonding, chemical reactions and chemical compounds.
First Lego League had a successful year of competition! We won an award for
the “Most Innovative Solution”
for our project designed to help senior citizens feed their
pets easier. Although we did not place at the regional finals, we learned more about how to be a team and to show Gracious
HOMEROOM HAPPENINGS……..The Countdown Has Begun! Wait! It’s NOT what you are thinking! The countdown has begun for when the 7th graders will become 8th graders!
There is a lot of preparation that has to be done BEFORE you become “Top Dogs”, “BMOC”, or whatever it’s called nowadays. Here is just a snapshot of the things we have done this year………..
We take pride in caring for our classroom and its inhabitants.
blessed to attend Our Lady Queen of Peace School where we have grown
academically and spiritually through our coursework and other experiences
We have so
much fun working with our First Grade Buddies, going on field trips,
doing service projects, planning and having parties! Basically, we have fun just
being together. We are a family. We are the OLQP class of 2014.
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