Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Weekly Update 3/20/13

Weekly Update 3/20/13
Have a great spring break, everyone!
Thanks to Lorie, Claire, and Veronica for helping with this week's blog.

Math:  March Madness!!
In Math, we made brackets for March Madness. We each got one statistic to research (steals per game, offensive rebound percentage, etc) and advanced our teams based on who had the most or best number.  

You can follow the results here.

It will be interesting to see which statistic is the one which best predicts the winners.

Emma and Alex S. researching their stats.

Veronica and Patrycja

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Bookmobile Visit:
On Wednesday, March 20, Teri and Amy from the AHML came to Thomas to tell us about great books and to let us check out materials from the bookmobile.  We enjoyed being on the bookmobile and finding great new books to read over spring break, and we all promised to return them on time!

Period 4/5 entering the bookmobile

Period 7/8

Amy, one of the teen librarians, asking period 4/5 some book-related trivia questions.

Period 4/5 looking for books

Patrycja, Lorie, Claire, and Carol looking for books

Audience for Seventh Grade Debates: 
On Monday period 7/8 was invited to listen to Mrs. Kirr's seventh grade class debate about important issues.  The groups followed official debate procedures and were very passionate about their viewpoints.  We got to hear two debates:  one about whether violent video games should be regulated and one about whether energy drinks should be banned.  We are excited to have our own debates next year!

Period 7/8 in the audience for the debates

Energy drink debate teams (for banning on the left; against on the right)

Audience for Eighth Grade Drama-Improv Performances:
We got to see the 8th graders perform improv skits for their drama elective.  This was their end of the quarter performance. They did emotion skits and played games like hitch hiker and a modified version of freeze tag.  We got to suggest locations and emotions and ask questions.  They were really funny, and many of us want to take Improv in 8th grade.

Here, they are playing "hands," where the people on the bench speak and the people behind them make motions to go with what they're saying.

Emotion skits

∑igma Celebrations!!
Congratulations to Emma, whose PTA Reflections Contest pencil drawing of a horse jumping advanced to PTA District judging.

Good luck moving on to the next level,  Emma!

Congratulations to Lorie, Michael B., Matt, Patrycja, Ziran, Veronica, and Paul, who all won raffle prizes from the LMC for participating in the Rebecca Caudill books voting.  They won books and assorted gift cards, courtesy of the LMC and PTA.  Thanks to Mr. Hillmer and Mrs. Schultz in the LMC for organizing this fun event.
Ziran, Paul, Matt, Patrycja (with her prize, Eldest), Veronica, and Lorie


  1. The bookmobile is one of the greatest things in Arlington Heights!

  2. What a great week, and all in three days! Congrats to all the Sigma students for being great readers and users of the LMC. You are awesome!

  3. So much in this blog post!
    First, I'd like to thank you for coming to our debate class on Monday - The 7th graders loved the authentic audience and missed you 10th period! :-)

    Second, do you know Kid President? Our class watched his Pep Talk. (Look on YouTube - it's GREAT!! Words to live by, for sure!) Anyway, he's looking for Gonzaga to win the basketball championship...

    Finally, nice job Emma, and students who are reading contest winners, AND getting books from the bookmobile! I have yet to visit that... I'll have to contact Miss Julie!