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MyScienceHomework.com August 15, 2007

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With the close of the 2006-2007 school year, earthscience.wordpress.com is coming to a close.  The Earth-Space Science website will now be independently hosted at a new location.  For 2007-08, point your browsers to MyScienceHomework.com.  The new site will go live today (the first day of classes) and be updated daily throughout the academic year!

This site will no longer be maintained.  Comments will not be responded to – should you have any feedback or questions, please visit the contact information included on mysciencehomework.com.

Day 127: Relative Aging March 12, 2007

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After finishing section 3.1 on The Earth’s Story last week, students turned in their Geology Debate Posters at the start of class today.  They they recorded guided notes on the definitions and applications surrounding Relative Aging.  Tomorrow evening, a full copy of the in-class notes will be made available on this page.  We will conclude the notes in class tomorrow and then begin solving some “relative aging puzzles” in class together on Wednesday.

Following today’s lesson, students reviewed the test from last week.  Additionally, final Q3 grades were posted.

A Note on Late Work:  Effective today, the original late work policy (as stated on Day 1 of class) will be enforced:  turning work in on time will allow for full credit.  Turning work in one day late will receieve a 25% reduction.  Work turned in 2 days late will receieve a 50% reduction and no work is accepted beyond 2 days late.  As a 9th grade team, we feel maintaining high expectations is essential for continued success as our students continue this transition into high school.

Don’t forget about Parent-Teacher conferences on Wednesday evening (5-8pm) and Thursday (8am-11am, 12pm-4pm, 5-8pm.

Wednesday, 02/14: SNOW DAY February 14, 2007

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It’s deja vu:  Enjoy the day off!  If you have some time, check out the SHAPE of the snowflakes and remember what we discussed about mineral and crystal formation!

Tuesday, 02/13: SNOW DAY February 13, 2007

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Enjoy the day off!  Don’t forget about tomorrow’s LATE START (if classes are in session).  Classes for 9-12th graders will begin at 10:45 – report to your 4th hour class.

ALERT: Geminid Meteor Shower Tonight! December 13, 2006

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You all have a copy of the current sky map and tonight it will come in very handy. The Geminid Meteor Shower, an annual event, is set to peak overnight tonight and tomorrow morning.  From the SpaceWeather.com page:

The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight. Start watching around 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Dec. 13th. The display will start small but grow in intensity as the night wears on. By Thursday morning, Dec. 14th, people in dark, rural areas could see one or two Geminids every minute.

Remember it is named the Geminid shower because all of the meteors (shooting stars) that are part of this shower will appear to emanate from the constellation Gemini. This constellation is visible in the Eastern sky in the evening, overhead in the middle of the night, and in the western sky in the morning.

View a sky map for tomorrow morning here.

Read even more from the Nasa page here.

Day 78: History of Astronomy – Day 3 December 12, 2006

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Today we concluded work on the History of Astronomy projects.  See the explanations and document links in the previous days’ posts to double-check your work to ensure full points.

Final presentations are due when we meet during our alloted finals time.  On Wednesday, periods 6, 2, 4, 7 have science.  Periods 1, 3, 5, 8 will meet on Thursday.

If you are looking for additional time to complete your project, I will be in by 7:15 in the morning and am usually around until at least 4:30 or 5 in the afternoon.  Remember:  If you are not in class during your scheduled finals time slot, you must make up your presentation on January 2nd.  If you are present in class during finals, you must present during that time.

Good luck on finals.

12/04/06 Schedule Update December 2, 2006

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So how was the long weekend for everyone?  Here’s to everyone coming back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the last 9 days of the semester head-on!

With the last nine days of the semester, we will tackle more work on how to use sky maps, how telescopes work, and then begin talking about the history of astronomy.  At the end of the upcoming week, we will begin working on a project that will be your final assessment (Test) grade of the semester.  It is a class presentation that will be worth a total of 30 test points.  Plan on spending a good amount of time researching and completing work for this presentation over the coming weekend.

Important Finals Reminder:  Don’t forget:  If you do not attend school on the last two days of the semester (Wednesday and Thursday, 12/13 and 12/14), any finals that you miss will need to be made up on Tuesday, January 2nd (the day before school resumes).  Any finals that are not made up will go down as a zero in the gradebook.   This goes for all courses – not just science!

End-of-semester Schedule:

  • Monday (12/04):  Tools of Astronomy Notes
  • Tuesday (12/05):  Personal Constellation Project (Due Fri)
  • Wednesday (12/06): (Late Start) Light Pollution
  • Thursday (12/07):  Quiz; Astrolabe Lab
  • Friday (12/08):  History of Astronomy Research Project
  • Monday (12/11):  History of Astronomy Poster Work Time
  • Tuesday (12/12):  History of Astronomy Project Completion/Rehearsal
  • Wed-Thurs (12/13-14):  (Block Schedule) Astronomy Presentations

A word about MySpace October 2, 2006

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Cross-posted from the THS9 page

Did you know that authorities are investigating the possibility that the gunman that invaded a Colorado school and assualted several female students may have found the information about these students through the incredibly popular internet site MySpace?

On Wednesday, Duane Morrison held six girls hostage at a high school in Bailey, Colorado, killing one of them. Authorities are investigating the possibility Morrison was stalking the girls on http://www.myspace.com. With so many teens logging onto popular chat websites school officials say they have more to worry about.

– from WIBW

MySpace is an increasingly popular internet forum in which students can create their own free website to share with others. Another similar forum is Xanga (note access to both MySpace and Xanga are completely blocked on the school internet server). Students sometimes enter very private and personal information on these self-managed sites. For many students, this information is made public with everything from names to addresses, phone numbers, and school activities. Even pictures are often posted. With word coming from Colorado of the potential dangers of such information being so widely available, students and parents are encouraged to take the extra step to hide such information from the public.

The good news is that MySpace and Xanga users can easily adjust the settings on their MySpace pages to make them ‘private‘. This will still allow for the desired social networking abilities with friends that they use the sites for while making their information available only to their trusted friends that they “add” or invite to their page.

An informal in-class survey just today showed that 1/3 to 1/2 of all students in the 9th grade maintain their own MySpace or Xanga pages. The majority of these had not made their pages “private”!

Parents: please take the time to discuss the settings that your child uses with these sites. You can even check yourself by going to MySpace.com and entering some common search terms (Names of people you are looking for or other terms such as “Tonganoxie Junior High” or “Tonganoxie High School” or just “tonganoxie”, etc…) into the box at the top and searching the MySpace domain. Don’t hesitate to email us (see “Contact Us”) with any questions or concerns you may have.

Day 14: Scientific Processes – Day 2 September 7, 2006

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Thursday’s notes from the second day of the Scientific Processes presentation are now posted. Also, the Simpsons Variables activity that we completed in class is now posted. Use these files as review or as a chance to complete the assignment if you did not get it done in class. Don’t forget the test is coming on one week from today!

Tonight’s homework: Complete the rest of the back page of the Guided Notes – due at the start of Friday’s class.

Day 13: Scientific Processes – Day 1 September 6, 2006

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Today’s presentation notes on the Scientific Method and Variables are posted and also listed on the “documents” tab. Remember this material as well as everything we’ve done since the first day of class will be covered by the test next week.

Upcoming Important Dates:

Wednesday, 09/13:

  • Late Start (9-12 grades start at 10:45am)
  • Science Test Study Session after school (3:15-4:00)

Thursday, 09/14:

  • Science Test on Experimental Design