ACH Middle School and Almira Elementary Fall 2022 Newsletter
Middle School Football team 2022
Middle School Volleyball team 2022
2nd row: Ava Blue, Katie Poe, Lily Hendrickson, Abbie Edwards, Dani Isaak, Lainee Baergen, Lizzy Jensen, Madison Brink, Addie Wright and Alexia Entrup.
3rd row: Coach Jessica Boutain, manager Clasina Brummett, Madison McCall, Savannah Monson, Josie Bayless, Hannah Brummett, Jayden Hubbard, Lexie Evans, Grace Erickson and Coach Angie Hunt.
Middle school's Language and Culture class
Kindergarten and 1st grade news
Second grade is full of mini scientists!
We have spent the last month exploring earth's materials and how they change over time. We have had plenty of hands-on experiments to help us make hypotheses and test our predictions. The second graders were also able to join the third grade class for an amazing chemistry lesson at Mobius Discovery Center in Spokane. Students were able to learn about chemical reactions by creating balloons from vinegar and baking soda, checking the Ph levels of natural chemicals, and creating elephant toothpaste. The students were then able to conduct numerous experiments through exploration and play.
Middle School Science
All middle school students opened the school year researching three persons of science
of their choice. They made a poster, a Google slideshow, a persuasive speech or a biographical
skit to teach us about one person.
The beginning of each week kicks off with “Mystery Monday!”, where students are
presented with an object of some kind, and they guess what it is. So far they have learned abouta Mango seed, flag grommets, Giant Water bugs, otoliths and winged gourds. All grades participated in a lab involving Fortune Teller Fish!
6th grade Science
6th grade is working through a Living Things unit within their new McGraw-Hill
curriculum. They have made their first slides (onion cells and their own cheek cells) and looked
at them under the microscope. They have learned about the largest organism in the world which
is a giant mushroom colony in Oregon! Currently they are honing their microscopy skills and
learning about the components of scientific investigation with a week long Tardigrade study.
7th Grade Science
7th grade is completing a States of Matter unit in McGraw-Hill, and they are about to
begin reviewing the beginning chemistry that was introduced last spring. They took solid
crayons and changed their state to liquid by melting them. Then, they observed rapid and slow
state change by dripping liquid crayon into ice water as well as letting it cool slowly in the pot.
The next lessons were about Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion. They made their own
oobleck and examined the qualities of oobleck as a non-newtonian / dilatant liquid. They
reviewed heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures by sorting (or trying to sort) the two types.
8th Grade Science
8th grade has been studying geologic time in McGraw-Hill starting with glacier runs.
They made their own glaciers in ziploc bags by adding water to sand, wood bits and stones they
collected. Then, they removed the frozen glaciers from the bags and placed them on tilted
boards with fixed stone obstacles to represent mountain terrain. As the glaciers melted, 8th
graders observed deposition, absorption, erosion and change. Following that lesson, the
students studied eons, eras, periods and epochs. They made 20 foot labeled yarn models to
represent that time. They marked every foot as a chunk of 230 million years as well as some of
the major events, like extinctions, within that theory. They are set to finish this unit with a local,
focused study on Eastern Washington geological events that created the basalt rock we live on
and shaped the landscape.
Mrs. Okamoto's STEM class
6th Grade Happenings
The ACH 6th grade started the year off with a fun Teach the Teacher project. The students taught Mrs. Sample everything from how to ride a dirt bike to how to make a fruit tart. It was a great way to build our growth mindset and get to know more about each other. We have since started our ELA Module 0. In Social Studies, we have been learning about early humans. Our first art project was a fall pumpkin.
Mrs. Samples Art Elective
3rd Grade News
The 3rd grade class has been having a fun start to the year!
To start the year off, students were able to get acquainted with the classroom library by doing a “book tasting”. This is a time where students explore different books to see if they would like to read it at some point during the school year.
(Jayden S. and Titan exploring and recording the books they find.)
3rd Grade Math
In math, students have been working on their place value skills with rounding, addition, and subtraction. They have really enjoyed the fun games that help them improve their math skills, as well!
(Finn, Maddax, Karlee Jo, and Jayden S. are playing the game “Shut The Box” which helps them work on their number sense.)
3rd Graders watching the new school being built.
One of the things the students have most enjoyed is their Monday journal write. This is when they get to make observations in their science journal about how the new building is progressing. Gene Sementi was kind enough to take the class on a tour of the new building site at the beginning of October. The students enjoyed getting an up-close look at the progress and a chance to ask all of their questions!
(Karlee Jo, Hazel, Jaidyn J., Honor, Parker, Maddax, and Finn observing the construction at the new school.)
4th and 5th grade Science
In this lesson, students learned the difference between Mass and Volume.