Sixth Grade Science: Volcanoes

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Students in 6th grade are ending their volcano unit. They learned about different types of volcanoes due to lava flow, where volcanoes occur on our planet, and the different types of rock that can form.

Students also made their own volcano, which they experimented with thin and thick “lava” to see how fast it can move and what type of rock might occur from that type of eruption.

Envision the Future

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Friday, January 6 at 9:00AM

Willow Spring Church

Join Peter Metzger, Head of School, and Robert Miller, Board of Trustee Officer, for a Round Table discussion and envisioning exercise on the future of The Saklan School.

In collaboration with the Saklan Parent Association. Coffee will be provided.

Head’s Corner

Dear Saklan Community,

There was no lack of excitement for the 60 parents, students and staff that attended the annual The Saklan School Night at the Oracle Arena to watch the Golden State Warriors play the Atlanta Hawks. The evening started with 15 Saklan students going on the court with the players as their anthem buddies. The basketball game itself was very exciting with the score being very close for most of the game and ended with the Warriors winning by a few points. This is the fourth year that a Saklan group has had a great experience at the Oracle Arena and helped the team to victory. We all hope for another great season for the Warriors.

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As of today, we have two weeks of school left before the winter break and the end of 2016.  These will be a busy time at Saklan with a couple of important events on the calendar. Next week, our 8th grade students will spend a week in Washington, D.C. with Mr. Prestianni and Ms. Parks for their yearly field trip to study US government. On Friday, December 16th our Grades 3-5 students will put on the musical “Seussical KIDS” at the Willow Spring Church. This will start at 10:30AM and is open to the entire community. I highly recommend that you come out to see our very talented students, who will certainly send us off to the holidays with good cheer.

We will start the new year with another event that I would like you to consider attending. In collaboration with the Parent Association, and on the occasion of the first Friday Parent Coffee, we will hold a round table discussion on “Envisioning the Future of Saklan.”  As we look ahead to envision the long-term future of the school, a number of core questions and areas for deep exploration and clarity have emerged. These include, but will certainly not be limited to, such questions as:

What is the optimal size of The Saklan School?

What academic and enrichment programs will be relevant and meaningful in the future?

How might the campus support the size and program Saklan wants to offer in the future?

This event will take place on Friday, January 6th, starting right after Flag at the Willow Spring Church and will be led by Saklan Board of Trustees member Robert Miller and myself. I look forward to starting the new year with a meaningful and engaging discussion with you about the future of our school.

Have a good weekend,

Peter

David Hockney and Stuart Davis Inspired Art

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Using torn construction paper, the 7th and 8th grade assembles a David Hockney or a Stuart Davis painting. The project is tedious and requires a lot of patience.

As the students continue, they begin to see the benefit of the effort they have exercised in the project. Without using any paint, the project has a painterly expression thru the physical action of tearing and layering of the colored papers.

Endothermic And Exothermic Reactions

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This week the students in 8th grade were learning about endothermic and exothermic reactions; reactions that take in heat or give off heat.

To do this, the students worked with a few different chemicals which had instant and some unexpected reactions. From creating instant ice packs, to making colorful hot foam protruding sculptures, the students could quickly feel a reaction taking place.

Endangered Species Reports

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On Wednesday, the Third Graders presented their Endangered Species reports. To prepare for the presentation, they wrote a 7 page report about an endangered animal of their choice.

They created posters to help teach others how they can make a difference to keep these animals from going extinct. They worked very hard on their reports and they gave wonderful presentations!

Cielito Lindo

Third Grade Spanish has been practicing the popular song “Cielito Lindo” that they sang at Flag this morning. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:

“Cielito lindo” is a popular Mexican song from a Spanish copla, popularized in 1882 by Mexican author Quirino Mendoza y Cortés (c. 1859–1957). It is roughly translated as “Lovely Sweet One.” Although the word cielo means “sky” or “heaven,” it is also a term of endearment comparable to sweetheart or honey. Cielito, the diminutive, can be translated as “sweetie;” lindo means “cute,” “lovely” or “pretty.” Sometimes the song is known by words from the refrain, “Canta y no llores” or simply the “Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay song.

Commonly played by mariachi bands, it has been recorded by many artists in the original Spanish as well as in English and other languages. It is debated if the song talks about the Sierra Morena, a mountain range in the south region of Spain, or the similarly named Sierra Morones in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. It has become a non-official symbol of Mexico, especially in Mexican expatriate communities around the world, or for Mexicans attending international events such as the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup.

It has been sung by a plethora of artists, such as Tito Guizar, Pedro Infante, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Eartha Kitt, and Ana Gabriel. It was part of the iconic Mexican movie “Los Tres Garcia.”