Thursday, December 18, 2014

Barbie Bungee

Today in math class, the 8th graders got to plan a bungee jump for Barbie off of the staircase.  We had to take rubber bands and tie them to Barbie.  The rubber bands acted as the bungee cord.  The goal was to get Barbie as close to the ground as possible without
touching the ground.  We did trials and recorded the height in our data tables.  We had to make equations to find the slope.  We used our equations to estimate how many rubber bands it would take for Barbie to bungee off the staircase safely.
-Alyssa Florio

Heat Transfer

Today in 21st century class we learned how particles move in hot and cold substances. In hot water, particles move faster, and in cold water, particles move slower. The experiment we did was with a ball and ring. One stick had a ball on it that could fit right through the ring. Once you dip the ball in the hot water, the particles move faster so it expanded and it didn't go through the ring. Once we put it in the cold water,, the particles in the ball moved slower, so it went right through. This experiment showed how particles move in hot and cold substances.  Here is a video of the experiment.  We also listened to a radio clip that related to our 21st Century class.
- Maya Perrault

Interviewing Senator Leahy

Students interviewed Senator Leahy on Tuesday.  An article about the experience will posted soon.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Elves Visit Mrs. Biggie

Over the last year, Santa has been checking his list twice, to make sure all the boys and girls are extra nice.  As he checked his list, he noticed one special girl at City School.  Now this girl worked hard to spread cheer throughout the year.  Santa thought he would send her a special surprise to make her holiday even brighter than usual.  He asked all of his elves at the North Pole to create decorations.  Then Santa sent his two favorite elves, Holly and Day to "Elf" her office.  Check out this video to see Winter Wonderland at City School.

Interviewing Steve Widdis

On Monday, Renaissance interviewed Steve Widdis about his experience in Saudi Arabia.  Students asked many questions about the culture.  Students learned what clothing was typical, what types of games they play, and some of the rights of men and women.  This was a practice run for our interview with Senator Leahy.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Marshmallow Catapults

Students created catapults in 21st Century. They launched marshmallows across the classroom to see who's went the furthest.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Operation Happiness

After weeks of collecting donated food from the whole school family, Team Renaissance went to work sorting, transporting and delivering it to where it needed to go.  Operation Happiness has been a labor of love for Renaissance and our school for several years now.  Each year this kind of community service enriches our student's lives. Renaissance and everyone that donated food this year deserve our thanks.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tis the season

The 8th graders solidified their knowledge of slope today by making an ornament to decorate our slope tree!  Students seemed to enjoy our 15 minute craft break.