Mrs. Neipp's 7th and 8th Grade Class

Good Afternoon!
     Progress reports are going home tomorrow (Monday).  Please sign the cover page and return.  My door is always open if you have any questions or would like to share ideas of how we can bring out the best in your child, as we partner in preparing him/her for the high school and adult world.  I appreciate the close communication I have had with many of you, and welcome your thoughts.  
     Speaking of preparing for the adult world, a special shout-out and thank you to Mr. Hatherley for coming in on Friday to conduct mock "job interviews" with my students.  (Photo attached) The students did a great job!  Of course as their first run-through, it was not perfectly smooth, and they were out of their comfort zone, but that was our goal - so that they can practice, learn, and grow for when they have to have a real job interview with strangers.  Each of them had moments where they really did shine in their ability to come up with answers on the spot, and I was proud of them! 
     We have also been enjoying making stop-motion animations of cellular transport in science.  I will share with you when they are done. This week in lab, students will extract their VERY OWN DNA and be able to visually look at it on the end of a toothpick.  Ask them about it.  
     I traditionally show a video for religion class called "I Am Not Ashamed."  It is about the Columbine school shooting tragedy, but it is about SO MUCH MORE than that.  In fact, very little of the movie is about the tragedy, and most of it is about one girl's amazing faith in God that did not waver even to the very end.  It is about all the ways she struggled with finding God leading up to the end.  It is about all the ways she brought others to Christ, before and after her death.  It is about the things your children will face in high school.  But because it is a sensitive topic, I wanted to give you a heads up and a chance to check it out or let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  
     The Booster organization is hosting a FAMILY FUN FALL CARNIVAL on Saturday, Oct. 14, 4:30-6:30.  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS and appreciate them so much!  Watch for sign-up information soon.  Or even if you can simply donate a bag of candy toward the event, we are grateful!
Community Service Field Trip: Thursday, Sep. 28
8th Grade Math Test: Thursday, Sep. 8
Waste Water Treatment Plant Field Trip: Tuesday, Oct. 3
Science Test: Thursday, Oct. 5
NO SCHOOL (Staff Devlpmt. Day): Monday, Oct. 9
Sacramento Field Trip: Thursday, Oct. 12
Fall Carnival: Saturday, Oct. 14, 4:30-6:30
Booster Meeting: Monday, Oct. 16
Enchanted Playhouse Field Trip: Friday, Oct. 20
Red Ribbon Week: Oct. 23-27
Picture Day: Wednesday, Oct. 25
Community Service Field trip: Thursday, Oct. 26
Last Day of Trimester: Friday, Oct. 27