Category Archives: 8th Grade

The Leader Board is UP!

Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Ender’s Game 8th grade competition. Students are once again divided into teams that are competing for the rest of the school year.  How do you win? Your team should be on time with your materials, have your homework done, and refrain from distracting other teams. You can also help your team’s progress by doing your best on the homework and participating appropriately during discussions. The standings as of the first week were:

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The Leader Board is up!

On Wednesday, Ms. Parker and Ms. Gilbertson got the first round standings posted in the hall on the 3rd floor.


Team points are awarded for 1)being in seat, with materials when the bell rings, 2) having homework assignment finished, and 3)appropriate behavior. Individual points are awarded for points on homework assignments, discussions, assessments. Your individual points affect your grade and your team, but your team points do not affect your grade.

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Space Day 2012

We had a great end to the school year with Space Day!

Ms. Parker’s and Ms. Gilbertson’s classes made lunar landers.  The students’ goal was to create a lunar lander that would keep the astronauts (2 large marshmellows) inside without putting anything over the top of the cup.  The landers were dropped 1st from 12 inches, then 1 meter, and then as from increasing heights until we got to the ceiling of the classroom.

Some great pics of the lunar landers from Ms. G’s classes:

Here are some great examples of finished lunar landers.

Gina and Fermin working on stabilization.

Jimmy and Stephan working on shock absorbers.

What a great day!  There were many teams that should probably write apology letters to the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong for allowing the two of them (the marshmellow representations of them anyway) fall out of their cockpits to their deaths, but we all had a fun time doing the activity.