## Friday, January 31, 2014

### The Week of February 3, 2014

Welcome to the first week of February!  I can't believe 2014 is 1/12 over!

In math this week we will start off by continuing our work with surface area.  After a review on Monday, we will have a quiz on Tuesday.  Be sure to be reviewing your classwork and homework to prepare for the quiz.  You can also check out THIS online review activity.

To make up for lost time (from our "no" snow days) we will also be studying volume.  You will be responsible for finding the volume of cubes, rectangular prisms, and triangular prisms.  I have some great hollow geometric solids to show you that will help you understand that volume is the number of cubic units that can fit inside a solid.  Remember that volume is measured in units cubed.  Here are the procedures for each:

How to find the volume of cubes and rectangular prisms.
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How to find the volume of triangular prisms.
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You will have plenty of time in class and at home (with homework) to practice this skill.  While we will not have a quiz on this concept, I will grade your classwork and homework.  Your weekly Compass Learning requirement also focuses on volume.  Remember, it is due Friday.

We are continuing our work with weather in science.  During your work time, focus your studies on weather by completing your "Cloudy with a Chance of Learning" choice sheet.  It will be due Friday. Friday is also the day of your weather test.  You can prepare by studying your study guide and "Types of Fronts" sheet.  Here is a movie showing the lesson I gave to introduce our weather unit...it may also be helpful when preparing for the test.

A "Weather" Lesson

There is A LOT more going on at school this week!  First, if you are participating in the PTA sponsored "Read-A-Thon" remember that your collected money is due Monday.   Friday is a dress down day.  It will cost you \$1.00 to participate, and all donations will be given to the Red Cross "Dollars for Disasters" program.   Friday night is the middle school Valentine's Day dance!  The following information regarding the dance is from Ms. Susan:

The middle school Valentine's Day Dance is scheduled for Friday, February 7 from 6:30-9:00.  This is a semi-formal dance.  Admission is \$3.50 before the dance and \$5.00 at the door.  We are also requesting that students bring in one non-perishable item to donate to the Emmaus House.  We are looking for parents to chaperone the dance so if you are interested, please let us know.  Regarding the student dress code:  The dance is a semi-formal dance meaning that girls and boys are expected to dress nicely (as if they were attending an important function).  Girls that choose to wear a dress must adhere to the dress code (no strapless dresses or dresses with spaghetti straps).  Both boys and girls are asked to tuck their shirts in if they choose to wear pants.

Enjoy your weekend!  I'll see you bright and early Monday morning,
Mr. Trent