Hello Middle Schoolers,
This summer we want you to be a scientist! Not just any scientist, but one that is going to make a big difference. That’s right, as an everyday middle schooler, you can contribute to important scientific studies that are being conducted around the world. We call this “citizen-science”. It isn’t going to be super-easy, but it will be a lot of fun. Besides, you will be sure to learn a thing or two while you do it.
First things first, you need to know what a citizen-scientist really is and how this whole concept works. Start by reading this great article on scifinder: https://scistarter.com/citizenscience.html
Next, you need to find a project that interests you. There are a ton of amazing resources available for you to find a project that you find interesting. We suggest you start here: https://scistarter.com/finder
Using the toolbar on the left side of the page, you can enter subjects that interest you and a list of citizen science projects will come up.
Have a particular interest in space? Check out the projects being run by NASA: https://science.nasa.gov/citizenscientists
Interested in nature and want to collaborate with local scientists? Check out National Geographic’s suggested projects: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/idea/citizen-science-projects/
Want to do your citizen science on the go? Check out these apps: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/8-apps-that-turn-citizens-into-scientists/
Once you’ve found a project you are interested in, your job is to participate in the data collection and data analysis process. This could take anywhere from 2 weeks to the entire summer. Make sure you give yourself enough time, this is not a project you can complete in an afternoon!
Finally, you need to summarize what you’ve done. For your presentation, you will need to include:
Have a great time and help scientists around the world with their research. We can’t wait to learn about your project…
Ni Hao! Another week has passed us by and this is your weekly update on the fun, fantastic stuff happening in the IDCS Middle School.
Here's what happened this week:
Here's what will happen next week:
Here's what will be happening in the not-too-distant future
Bonjour! Another week has passed us by. I was sick on Tuesday. Mrs. Cronin was out Thursday and Friday. We have three high school presentations. It's been a busy week!
Here's an update of what happened this week:
Coming up next week:
Here's what's happening in the not-too-distant future
Have a lovely weekend. Enjoy the fall weather before it slips away from us.
Picture Day - Thursday September 20
Voter Registration Drive
My child, ______________________________________, has permission to take part in the voter registration drive at IDCS.
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Trip to Newport
Newport Trip - Thursday, May 10
SBAC testing returns next week. This time around it will be the math portion. Please encourage your child to simply try their best. That is all we ask.
All-School this week will be brought to you by Pod B. There will also be a few talent show performances that did not have time to perform the Friday before break.
News for the Week:
Pod A shares at All-School this week at 2:10.
Next week - Middle School Social - Thursday night (3/29) 6:30 - 9:00 - cost $2
It's hard to believe the end of the second trimester is already upon us. Students have been writing their self-evaluations and preparing their portfolios so they can discuss their performance with you during Student Led Conferences.
If you are unsure when your SLC is scheduled, please contact your homeroom teacher ASAP. Generally speaking, all of the middle school teachers, Ms. Bartoli, Mrs. Cronin, Mr. Deeble, and Ms. Osten are available during conferences if you have any specific questions - but remember, it is your child's turn to share all about their progress.
Remember there is a fairly significant schedule change this week. Monday is a full day, Tuesday through Thursday are 1/2 days (noon dismissal) and there is no school on Friday due to Professional Development.
Things to know for this week: