Mrs. Felten's Newsletter

Week of April 22

This week in class, 8th grade science students will work with the electricity and magnetism kits. 7th graders will finish their DNA models. 6th graders will work on a design thinking process group project about building a colony on mars.In social studies, students in world history are finishing unit 14. 7th grade geography students are working on the Oceania unit. 8th grade American history students are working on the Industrial Revolution.

Student Corner

Makenna G - World History

I am reading the book the Door in the Wall and leaning about the times when there were kings and queens. My favorite part about history is doing Minecraft projects about what i learn from the textbook and novel.

Joleigh - American History

In history I am learning about the Civil War. The war just ended and the slaves are "free" but are still mistreated and abused even when the law says they are equal. Some people in the South developed "black codes" and think it's alright to treat them like this because they made this rule. The government is stepping in and trying to make things right.

Week of April 15

This week in class 8th grade is dissecting sheep eyeballs to learn more about the anatomy of the eye and how light works. 7th graders are creating models of DNA. 6th graders are finishing their Minecraft projects. In social studies, students in world history are reading a novel to go with their medieval time period studies. 7th grade geography students are working on the Australia unit. 8th grade American history students are working on the Industrial Revolution.

Week of April 8th

This week we will have an optional field trip to the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice. Students will explore life on the prairie. 8th graders will have an online lesson about sheep eye dissections. 7th graders will work on K12 in class while Mrs. F is on the field trip. 6th graders will work on their Minecraft Renewable Energy projects. There is no school for students on Thursday because it is a planning day for teachers.

Week of April 1st

Hello families! This week we are testing with the NSCAS test. Keep up the good work at home going through k12. Next week, there is an optional field trip to Homestead National Park on Tuesday. Regular class will still be offered with Ms. Robison and Mr. Gamble on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday there is no school due to staff planning.

Week of March 25th

This last week before Spring Break we are wrapping up our projects. You can read more about each project below. We are running low on tropical fish food flakes for our class fish. If you have some left over from an old fish tank you are willing to donate (any brand or amount), our fishies would be very thankful!


6th graders are working on a Minecraft Sustainable City where they apply knowledge of renewable energy resources. Students are given time in class to do this, but they may want to work on it at home since it is fun for them.


7th graders are doing a fun lab where they find out the genotypes and phenotypes of some baby dragons that will "hatch" in our classroom.


8th graders are working on a lab about mechanical waves.


This week we will teach students procedures and tools for taking the NSCAS test. Then the following week they will take the tests. Only 8th graders will take the science test.

Student Corner

Johnny Reistoffer

With the solar oven our challenge was to get it hot enough to be used on another planet with the Sun. We were given a packet we had to put all the test and trials in with instructions for the test. The most fun thing in my eyes is when we were building the oven from a single pizza box and some materials. Over all the most fun part was the curiosity in the waiting for the temperature to rise.

Abraham Varela

I liked the water cycle project because I found out how the water got back to the ocean and it was fun to draw it on the poster. I even found out that water that goes down mountains is called "runoff".

Steven Doty

I really enjoyed doing the endangered animals project. It was fun learning about the gray wolf and how it can adapt to different climates to survive.The gray wolf is an endangered animal. In north America they exterminated them in most areas by the mid 1930's. It is very sad to see such a wonderful animal killed just because it was trying to survive.

There are many ways to support these beautiful creatures. You can adopt a gray wolf which can save real animals in the wild. I am asking you to please stay informed and to become a defender of wildlife.


Week of March 4th

This last week before Spring Break we are wrapping up our projects. You can read more about each project below. We are running low on tropical fish food flakes for our class fish. If you have some left over from an old fish tank you are willing to donate (any brand or amount), our fishies would be very thankful!


6th graders are mostly done with their water cycle projects. Students who are finished early will work in K12. Students who need to finish their diagram and paragraph will work on it during class. If they need to still finish it after Spring Break, that is ok too. After Spring Break they will be working on a Minecraft Sustainable City where they apply knowledge of renewable energy resources. The week after break, we will have an online lesson on Friday.


7th graders are finishing their Nebraska Endangered Animals PowerPoint. They will present to a few other students this week. After break, they will be learning about genetics. We have a fun lab where they find out the genotypes and phenotypes of some baby dragons that will "hatch" in our classroom. The week after break, we will have an online lesson on Monday.


8th graders are finishing their solar ovens. They have been busy measuring the temperature changes. One student made her oven handle 199 degrees! Students are also testing height temperatures using S'mores. Thank you parents for donating the S'more materials! After break we will be working on a mechanical waves lab. We will have an online lesson on Monday after the break.


I hope you all have a wonderful, restful Spring Break. I will be going to San Francisco for the week and will not be able to answer emails. Thank you for all you do at home!