Monday, October 31, 2016

Learning About The Election Process

This week in Humanities we've started learning about the election process in relation to the upcoming election between Former Secretary Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald Trump. So far, one of the things we've learned about the spectrum of political views, all the way from Radicalism on the far left side of the spectrum to Reactionism on the far right side of the spectrum. In Ms. Scott's class we've learned about the difference between popular votes and electoral votes. To help cement that idea we played a very fun game where we were political canidates trying to win the most popular and electoral votes. Now we have moved on to learning about the issues in the current election and some of the vocabulary.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Genetics Debate

     The genetics debate was an opportunity to explore other's opinions about how genetic testing and CRISPR should be used. Groups had many ideas about how the government's three branches (Executive, Legislative, Judicial) would enforce the law we created and how effective the law would be. Our teachers gave us a scenario that made us think to our law's limits. Overall, the genetics debate was a very admirable experience for students and teachers to think about our government and genetics testing.

Fall Writing Prompt

The Fall Writing prompt is a 'snapshot' of student writing in a write on demand situation where students are asked to write a 2-page essay to prompt. Our teachers made an effort to provide the same atmosphere for every student writing. Some people felt that the essay limits were too short, and some felt the essay limitations were too long. The Fall Writing prompt was about what the cons and pros of genetically manipulating a family's offspring.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The 3 branches of Government and the Amendments

In humanities as part of our identity unit we are learning about the three branches of government and the bill of rights.  This is part of our understanding for our rights and responsibilities.  This week in class we participated in a simulation about how discrimination works. This simulation followed learning about the 3 branches of government, which you can find down below.

Three branches of government: School House Rocks

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

No School!

Dear SIRIUS students and staff,

There will be no school on Friday, October 8th and Monday October 11th (2016)

Enjoy your four day weekend!

Science: Grebnesors

October 5th, 2016
For the unit this month in science, we have been learning about genes and how they are passed on from generation to generation. The picture below is a grebnesor, a paperclip unraveled with five marshmallows stuck on, with toothpick legs and feet, and a candy corn nose. How we incorporated genes with grebnesors is some of the different genes were five or four marshmallows, red or yellow horns, and a candy corn or jelly bean or Hershey's kiss nose. You had different color chips and traded with people to get your new and different grebnesor and tracked the genes that stayed in the family, and the ones that didn't. We are learning a lot about traits and how cells make us into us.