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Drop Dead Deadline to turn in assignments for 1st trimester (2018-2019)

*Drop dead deadline for all work that does not have a grade is Wednesday Nov 14, 2018 by end of school. ***NO EXCEPTIONS***

This includes work that is missing, incomplete, absent work, etc. 

Homework Extension! Homework Extension!

Lesson 1.6 Act 3 Explaining Thruster Forces is not due until Friday Oct 19 by the end your class period. You have an extra day to complete the assignment and submit (HAND IN)   =) 

Breaking News! Extra Credit!! Breaking News! Extra Credit!

Over the next couple of days winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics and  Chemistry will be awarded. Be one of the first 10 people to email Ms Benjamin the following:
1. Title of the winning research
2. Names of the individuals who won and the countries they are from
3. A one sentence summary of the purpose of the work. (This part may be tricky but, do the best you can.)

Historic Space X launch and landing from Vandenberg AFB Sunday Oct 7, 2018

Space X will launch the SAOCOM 1A satellite for CONAE, Argentina's space agency. This this the first attempt, on the West Coast, to land the first stage of the rocket at a landing pad near where it is launched.
To stream online, access the SpaceX channel on YouTube. 
To view in person, the public will have access to Hawk's Nest viewing site off of Azalea Lane at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Use Google map).  At of this post, the gate opens at 5:00PM. 
To keep up to date on the launch, follow spaceflightnow.com

Drop Dead Deadline to turn in assignments for 3rd trimester

Hi everyone!
That time has come ONCE again, the very last time for 8th grade science!  All missing, incomplete, no name, etc. work that had not been graded needs to be submitted by the end of the school day on Friday Jan 1, 2018. No exceptions. Please get assignments in earlier if possible. 
Information on how to turn in work for a grade is posted on Ms. Benjamin's desk. :)   


Sorry everyone in Period 4, 
We didn't create one in class today. Luckily, Per 2 did and it is posted in OneNote- (MAR) Daily Agenda and Assignments for today, Mar 22, 2018. Please review it ASAP! 

Drop Dead Deadline to turn in assignments for 2nd trimester

Hey everyone!
Please check AERIES to see what work you may be missing. The lat day to turn in work (i.e. missing, late, absent, incomplete, no name, etc.) is TUESDAY Feb 27, 2018 by the end of the school day.
Also, please note the following assignments that have not been entered into AERIES yet:
1. Quiz - Waves
2. Sound Waves Stations CER (IN 116)

Breaking News! Extra Credit for end of 2nd Trimester!

SpaceX Landing Sound Wave Phenomena Extra Credit

DUE: Wed Feb 28, 2018                                 15 points


With the first launch of the year of a Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg AFB tomorrow Feb 17, 2018 at 6:21 PST, and because the end of the trimester is quickly approaching, you’ve got an extra credit assignment.

This is related to a very cool phenomena that occurred when the two Falcon Heavy rocket boosters landed back in Florida. Watch it! https://safeshare.tv/x/pa86J7Lu4wc

Wikimedia commons


Those were sonic booms!

Assignment: Use your knowledge of sound waves, and research using reliable sources, to create a flyer for children ages 8 and 10 on the following:

  1. What is a sonic boom?
  2. Why do we see the rockets before we hear the rockets?
  3. Why did the rockets have multiple sonic booms?


For an opportunity at full credit:

  1. Be sure to summarize your research rather than use direct quotes
  2. Cite your sources as you do in ELA
  3. Be sure you flyer is age appropriate.
  4. Turn in by the due date

And by the way, you should check out the launch! It should be pretty cool to see since it’s occurring before sunrise!

Over winter break there is a scheduled SpaceX launch at Vandenberg AFB

Grab your lawn chairs, snacks and jackets and jump in the car! If you are interested in a short road trip, there is a tentative SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc on Friday Dec 22 at 5:26 PST.  With sunset expected before 5:00 PM, this could be a spectacular evening launch. If you don't want to make the drive, you can stream it. 

***SpaceX is not landing the first stage***



Keep up to date with launch information


How to view a launch from outside Vandenberg AFB.

I recommend viewing from W Ocean. Program your GPS to 5014 W Ocean Avenue, Lompoc, CA. (P.S. There are no bathrooms along the road where you park on Ocean Ave.)


Stream launch online: http://www.spacex.com/webcast

Check out the launch from Cape Canaveral on Dec 15, 2017.  You'll be able to see the separation of the first and second stage (about 2:25 minutes after launch) and a great landing of the first stage at around 7:30 minutes after launch :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0i7-xqRF0s 

SUPERMOON extra credit! SUPERMOON! This weekend!

Supermoon Extra Credit

An early morning PSA assignment (10 points)

When: Sunday December 3, 2017


On Sunday Dec 3, 2017- Monday dec 4, 2017 we will experience a supermoon. The question is, what is a supermoon and what is so special about it?


Your task: Research at what time the supermoon takes is going to take place. Then, weather depending*, head out in search of the supermoon with an electronic device that can take video with. (If you would rather sleep during this time, then state the time the supermoon occurs as well as the time you are making the PSA). With both you and the supermoon (or at least the full moon) in view, create a PSA to explain to middle school students what a supermoon is and what is so special about it. The knowledge you share must be your own summary of what you researched. Go beyond just defining a supermoon. Explain why they occur, how often they occur and when we will get to view the next supermoon. Limit your PSA to 2 minutes then email it to Ms Benjamin at benjaminr@pvpusd.net.

* Quite often NASA or another organization will stream images of the supermoon. If you are not able to see the supermoon outside, this is the next option.


But, what if you are not able to make a PSA? Create a class poster sharing what you would share in the PSA


Due date: Sunday December 10, 2017

Newton Laws Group PowerPoints MS PS 2.1 Extension

Hi science 8 students!
With so many finals looming over your heads tomorrow, Cotillion tonight, and the Reflections lunch today, I'm going to have to give you an extra day. Group PowerPoints are due tomorrow towards the end of your class
You have about 30 minutes tomorrow to finish testing, collecting data and make sure your packets meet both JPL and my expectations! :) Tomorrow, the last 15 minutes will be dedicated to practicing your presentations (all team members must present). 
We will start presentations MONDAY towards the beginning of class. Packets are due Monday when your group presents. Please, follow the rubric. You won't be able to redo any part of the Performance Expectations because we are at the end of trimester....
Get some sleep tonight and get in a healthy breakfast. I hope you all do well on your tests! (but don't forget science....) 
Periods 5 and 6, you may come in at lunch after 12:35 if you need to work on your PowerPoint or lander/rover.
Take care!
Ms Benjamin :)

Friction PE MS PS2.2 PowerPoint due date

WOW, you rocked it today! Your focus was on point and it was Halloween! Couldn't have asked for a better group of students to work with    :) 
Your individual PowerPoint should be completed and shared with my by 11:59PM Thursday Nov 2, although I hope you don't stay up that late. Be sure to follow the rubric AND see me if you have any questions or concerns   :)

Info on Balloon Racer Project PowerPoints

Slide #3 - show forces acting the car when the car is changing velocity
Slide #5 - Change "Maximum Average Velocity" to MAXIMUM VELOCITY. What was the car's fastest velocity? 
Monday 10/16/17: Periods 5 and 6 can come in at lunch at 11:50 to collect data if you have not done so. No Chromebooks available. 

Quiz Corrections

Quiz scores are posted on Aeries. If you received less than 70%, come in 5 minutes AFTER lunch has started tomorrow TUES 10.10.17 and WED 10.11.17. Bring your lunch, a pencil, your IN, calculator and a piece of notebook paper.  :)  You can get you up to a 70% if you make corrections. :)