DID YOU KNOW? Each year, FAIS invest over $8,000 in music and art supplies.
"My daughter's creativity and love of arts continues to grow. The Annual Fund makes that possible by providing first class art supplies, a kiln for ceramics, and field trips to art museums and the theater" -FAIS Parent
From licensing musical scores for the 2nd grade play to paying for clay, wheels, and a kiln for our ceramics program, the Annual Fund makes CREATIVITY possible at FAIS.
FAIS's annual Fête du Vin is less than one month away! We are gearing up for an awesome food, wine, and community-building event. Hunt and Gather Catering will be dishing out delicious food, and Angel Bake and Murray's Cheese will be donating macarons and cheese in celebration of FAIS. Not to mention 11 of Portland's best wineries who will be serving up tastes of their favorite and exclusive wines. It's going to be a blast!
Wines purchased at the event will be available for pick-up on Monday, November 19, just in time for Thanksgiving. To buy tickets to Fête du Vin, please visit faisfete.com. Don't wait too long! Tickets are going fast!
Fourth graders made root beer in science this week. They have been studying about how transformation happens within foods, especially connected with yeast and fermentation. This connects to their unit on "Who we are," and understanding that "Nothing is lost, only transformed."
Prior to their root beer project, students had been studying the science of breadmaking, and the transformation of ingredients used to make bread. They began their study by tasting different breads from local bakeries, then making their own bread. After that, students completed two science labs revolving around yeast's ability to transform food; they also analyzed the characteristics of yeast that prove it is alive.
On September 26, the 4th graders visited Franz bakery to observe the industrial production of bread. While they were visiting the bakery, the group walked around the area and noticed a bottling facility, which (you guessed it!) inspired them to make their own root beer.
The unit will culminate with a guest speaker on the nutritional value of bread ingredients.
Dr. Yassmine Akkari recently visited 7th grade classes to talk about genetics and genetics counseling, and to explain single gene disorders.
Dr. Akkari's visit kicked off the 7th grade genetics unit. Their summative task at the end of this unit requires students to write a letter to a fictitious family whose members are affected by a single gene disorder. Students choose a disorder to research, then explain its mode of inheritance, symptoms, prognosis, and the implications of testing for the disorder in other family members or future offspring.
Oregon has a wealth of outdoor opportunities, and OMSI Hancock Field Station is located amongst one of Oregon’s most beautiful landscapes. Outdoor School is an all-around great experience for new middle schoolers. The kids have an opportunity to learn in a unique setting, and to get to know one another through group activities and through being roommates. They also have a chance to discover new interests and to face a few challenges along the way: weather, terrain, new rules, and new ways of living. My personal favorites were the long hikes and being able to view the starry skies, where we viewed Saturn, a few shooting stars and the US Space Station crossing the sky.
-By Andrea Pastega Vloon, Parent Volunteer
Eighth grade geometry students were able to take advantage of the sunny weather this week during geometry class.
The students calculated the height of the new middle school building, and other campus structures, using clinometers (instruments for measuring the angle or elevation of slopes), and their trigonometry knowledge. This task required an understanding of the trigonometric functions sine, cosine, and tangent.
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