Community Lab High School Newsletter | Week of Oct 24, 2022– Oct 28, 2022 🍂
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|Important Dates & Announcements|
|November Dates: 11/1 – Picture Day Make-ups11/6 – Daylight Savings Time Ends – (Set clocks back 1 hour)11/7 – Full day of PD (no school for students)11/8 – Election Day – No School11/23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School11/24 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School11/25 – Thanksgiving Holiday – No School|
IMPORTANT! In an effort to streamline information across schools, and make the process easier for our families, we are creating a once-a-year permission form for all activities at your student’s base school. Please take a moment and fill out this google form, so your child may enjoy all the happenings at their base schools, including athletics, dances, clubs and after school events.
The Design Your Future classes are looking for guest speakers to share their career experiences! Please look through the list of intended career paths that our students have expressed interest in, and fill out the form accordingly if you know of someone who would consider coming into school or Zooming to share about their experiences in the field. All submissions will remain confidential. In case you have trouble with the link above, here it is: https://forms.gle/deCfhEbqXKwgKFDCA
There is a ton of great info in the PTSO newsletter! Here’s a link if you’d like to check it out: October PTSO Newsletter
|Class of 2023: Please sign up for your Senior Check In meeting with Dr. Powe. Details and Calendly links are available in your SchooLinks account. Parents and Guardians are also encouraged to create an account.|
|Please check the IB Website (bit.ly/IBCLS) for any important updates or information on the IB programme. Important pieces: |
Ms. Hostetter is in the process of finalizing registration for 2022-2023 exams and will be meeting with any final students this week to complete this! The schedule for the exams can be found on the website. Students who are pursuing the full diploma have already begun logging Creative, Active, and Service hours! It has been great to see how students are engaging with the local community. Please continue logging hours on ManageBac and reach out to Kristen Wilson with any questions!
|ITeam (9/10 Project Team)|
|Students completed their Evolution Projects this week – stay tuned for pictures of their amazing work! Next week, our Election Project begins, and students will be working on persuasive writing!|
|Design I and II-This week we have almost completed our boxes. Thick red oak poses a difficult wood to work with but our designers are nearing completion. Art I-This week our artists worked on their still life drawings. A large display of random items has been set up in the classroom and all Art one students study light and draw with charcoal. They will turn out to be wonderful drawings. Art II-This week the Art two students worked on their own still life compositions of their making. They had a chance to choose from odds and ends from the still life cabinet and set up their own items. IB Art I and II-This week found our artists learning more about the Comparative Study and the requirements of the assessment. We looked at the Formal Elements of art and their definitions along with examples. Film and Video Production-Our filmmakers have started filming their short films on Climate Change.|
|Dance: Students continued our warm-up routine working with rhythm, tempo, and beat. Afterward, students continued in our STEP unit. Last week, students learned basic patterns that they used to create their own routines. Students demonstrated their own routine and taught each other their steps. Afterward, they watched a famous STEP group perform an intermediate-level routine. Then, students set out to learn chunks of that routine. With a goal by next week, being able to complete it from start to finish. |
Health I: Students finished up with our respiratory system assessment. Overall I am very pleased with how well everyone performed on it. The water bottle models really helped with the vocab and how the physiology of the system works. After, we dove into our next body system. Which was the endocrine system. This will be a very important unit. Students will learn how virtual these glands in the body are for overall bodily function. Students will learn what specific hormones do throughout the body and what behaviors impact this system.
Drivers Education: Students finalized the module 4 assessment and all did really well with it considering the amount of content within it. We began module 5 which focuses on the different types of intersections, and how to drive on urban and rural roads. With an emphasis on curves, hills, and multi-lanes. This week we really hit our stride on pacing and completed a lot of material.
|This week in Algebra 2, students are getting to the end of our quadratics unit. This unit builds on a lot of skills they first learned in Algebra 1 while adding a few new ideas. We will have a work day next week to finish up quadratics assignments before moving on to our next unit, polynomials.In Probability and Statistics we finished up our second survey project. Several students presented their work, which was awesome! We then started looking at our next project on correlation.IB Math I students worked on reviewing the material from our Linear Modeling unit. They will have an assessment on Monday before moving on to a project on linear correlation.IB Math II students continued working on their IA’s. I met with students to set final deadlines for the rough draft. Next week we’ll resume regular instruction and dive into our unit on polynomial modeling.IB Theory of Knowledge students wrapped up their unit on the Natural Sciences, our second Area of Knowledge. Next week we’ll get started on the third (of five) Area of Knowledge: the Human Sciences.|
|This week in English 11/12, we finished our study of Margaret Fuller’s life and writing. Students worked on a creative response to her poetry and excerpts from her memoir. Next week, we will explore the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. We will also examine excerpts from John Muir’s naturalist writing and Ansel Adams’ photography. |
Here’s a link to the assignments so far in this unit.
|IB Biology students this week spent time planning for their Final Ecology Exam on Tuesday, November 1. Students were provided a standards based grading document (linked below) which outlined all the assignments given this unit to hit the key standards. With this, students looked at their current progress and determined what action would be taken to improve those standards. Options included answering a question on the exam or making corrections to current assignments. All corrections are due November 7, 2022 at 11:59PM. |
Link to Standards Based Grading Document for Ecology.
Moving forward we are going to spend a day discussing the internal assessment and topic selection and then will be jumping into Classification and Evolution (IB Topic 5).
|Rebecca Martinez Avila|
|Spanish 1 students are moving on to study and learn new vocabulary words to describe personalities in Spanish. We have approached Mexican culture by watching the movie The Book of Life to study El día de los Muertos and we will put into practice our new vocabulary words to describe the main movie’s characters. Spanish 2 and 3 students have started learning about making comparisons and new vocabulary words. We have approached Mexican culture by watching the movie The Book of Life to study El día de los Muertos and we will put into practice our knowledge about comparisons by contrasting the main movie’s characters.|
IB Spanish is working hard in understanding conditional sentences to be used in their Migration and Poverty topics. Also, they are working on getting their Spanish Speaking project almost ready. We have approached Mexican culture by watching the movie The Book of Life to study El día de los Muertos and we will put into practice our knowledge about conditionals by talking about cultural facts that happened in the movie.
|Design Your Future: Students continued to work on their school based service learning projects. Many students are still on the brainstorm/proposal writing stage. A few have reached out to teachers/community members to be a mentor and others have sent out school surveys to see what the need is for their ideas. Ask your student what project they have in mind.|
Next week we will have a forensic neuroscientist, nurse anesthetist and a retiree who held multiple careers and has various hobbies coming to speak to our class.
If you or someone you know is interested in coming to speak to our class about their life journey and/or career please let us know! Follow the link in the Important Announcements section for more details.
Algebra 1 (4B): We are finishing up our unit on Functions and will be starting on Linear Equations next week with an independent investigation on Desmos. Ask your student if they were successful catching fish during the Blooket Functions review game! Candy prizes were given to the top 3 fishers.
Geometry (2A): We are just beginning our unit on triangle theorems. Ask your student to find the measurement of an unknown angle in a triangle when given the measurement of 2 angles and they should be able to solve that in a jiff! Or for the extra spicy, students should be able to find the measurement of an exterior angle of a triangle when given the measurements of 2 remote interior angles. There really is more to triangles than 3 sides and 3 angles and we’ll explore it all in this unit.
Study Skills: We continued celebrating Digital Citizenship week by talking about how websites can trick you into giving information or buying things that you did not plan on purchasing. We ended with playing the Bad News Game, where students had to be a fake news-monger in order to earn followers and discussed how they can be aware of these tactics when online. Ask your student if they were successful in gaining followers.
Next week we will discuss the ill effects and addictive nature of online gaming.
Students should also be using their planners for all classes and we do planner check-ins each class to make sure that students are staying organized. Feel free to encourage the use of the planner for family events as well.
|This week in Economics/Personal Finance, students completed the final assessment of their Budgeting Unit! Next week, we will be talking about Insurance. |
Students in World History II began an inquiry-based learning activity centered around early modern African Empires. We will complete this inquiry next week!
In US/VA History, we discussed key wars and conflicts in Colonial American history, including Metacom’s (King Philip’s) War and the French & Indian War. Next week we will be talking all about colonial society, and learning about the American Revolution!
In IB History of the Americas, we have been taking a comparative approach to learning about Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, and Dutch colonization of the Americas. Students should be working on and submitting a practice IB examination essay about the Spanish conquest of the Inca, as well as a practice primary source document analysis and evaluation. Next week, we’ll be focusing more on document analysis while learning about colonial governments, religion, and trade.