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Upcycling by our Grade 6 Scientists!

Grade 6 Earth Science: Mr. Duopah

In Mr. Duopah’s science class in the middle school, grade 6 students have been designing a brochure on renewable and nonrenewable energy being used in countries around Asia. They are identifying what renewable and nonrenewable energy is and how it can be used, its advantages and disadvantages, the environmental impacts, where in Asia they are being used effectively, how it can be maintained or used in the future, and what new inventions are coming in the future that will improve our use of energy. 

Students had previously done a research project on “From Trash To Treasure” where they examined different benefits of upcycling by designing a plan to recycle and repurpose some of our waste. Upcycling  is a way to reduce the amount of trash discarded in the environment and turning it into something with a new purpose. Through this project, students can understand the impacts waste materials can have on the environment. This work allows them to be part of the movement for turning waste into usable products such as toothpaste pencil holder, flower holder, ruler organizer, tire foot rest.  This project was inspired by the Earth Day Song / Reduce, Reuse, Recycle / The 3 R’s of Recycling. To learn more, visit www.weareteachers.com/23-upcycling-hack-for-the-classroom.to take a look yourself. 

Grade 7 Life Science: Mr. Duopah

Before the Spring Break, students in grade 7 science students were studying Genetics. Their statement of inquiry focused on the concept of Heredity where parents pass on physical characteristics to their offspring. In the lesson, they looked at how alleles affect inheritance and why offspring do not always look like their parents. Students found out that an organism’s traits are controlled by the allele it inherits from its parents and that some alleles are dominant while others are recessive. 

At the moment, students are reviewing viruses and they will describe the characteristics of viruses and how they multiply. In addition, students will discuss both positive and negative ways that viruses affect living things. 

Grade 8 Physical Science: Ms. Baldwin

It was wonderful to welcome grade 8 back to physical science after the long spring break. Students showed that they retained the knowledge about waves that we had discussed in class before the break. We reviewed properties of waves in general, the types of waves, and transferred that knowledge to sound waves. Students were able to create scenarios of viewing waves in their homes. The pictures show how light can be reflected, refracted, diffracted, and scattered. Students understand the importance of a medium in transmitting sound, and how each medium determines the speed of a wave. The students had a chance to discuss properties of sound with their classmates and come up with examples of pitch, loudness, and intensity. They discussed the internet trend of hearing Yani/Laurel, and how the music we hear can be used as examples to describe sound. We will be discussing how these properties can be explained in images of waves, and what a wave looks like depending on these properties. After we discuss sound, we will be discussing the anatomy of the ear and how hearing works in humans and the importance of sound in other animals. Next we will move on to electromagnetic waves, including light waves, microwaves, radio waves, and other waves based on the electromagnetic spectrum. 

High School Physical Education: Pak Parno and Pak Purno

While learning PE online at home is not easy, we are proud of the work our students are doing. Their enthusiasm for participating in sport continues. We appreciate their sincerity and their hard work to improve the quality of their skills.

Health remains our top priority. Our PE and Swimming programs help improve the health immunity of our SIS students. By remaining active, we have a better chance of staying healthy during the pandemic. We hope we are back in our wonderful sports facilities at SIS soon!

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