Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | October 30, 2017

PLEASE Check STUDENT WORK

Each student has been working on creating their online portfolio of work.  Please make sure you check out their hard work on the blog.  Each class is listed individually so just ask them what period they have design and click on their first name.

Hope you enjoy!

Mr. Sapia

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Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | October 24, 2017

Sapia Science Blog is back under a NEW ASSIGNMENT

Since I have switched from Science to Design teacher I did not keep up my blog but it is BACK!

I am posting EVERY BLOG made by students so you can see what we are working on during class. We will update the blog every week or so.

Thanks for your continued support!!

As always check POWER SCHOOL to see how you are doing in your class!

Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | September 8, 2016

Rippowam PTO announcements

RIPPOWAM PTO E-NEWSLETTER — WEEK OF September 5, 2016
 
Dear Rippowam Parents and Guardians,
We are excited to welcome students, parents and staff to the 2016/2017 school year at Rippowam International Baccalaureate Middle School.   Your Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is already planning many fun and educational activities to support you and your student’s social and learning environment.  Our first PTO meeting will be held on September 24th in the Cyber Café.  We encourage parents and staff to come out and see what we are all about.
Every one of you is already a member of the PTO.   Our goal is to foster an environment of cooperation between parents and teachers.   It has been proven that students whose parents are involved in their education have better grades and fewer discipline problems.  The more of you that get involved, the more the Rippowam community will thrive and have fun!
Attached you will find a list of PTO Board Members, an email release form, spirit wear order form and a donation form.  Please review and return any form(s) as soon as possible.
Don’t miss our first PTO Meeting!  Our administration will discuss their goals for the upcoming year and answer any questions.  We will also vote on our annual budget and discuss how the PTO can make this year extraordinary!
We look forward to meeting you all at our first PTO meeting. 
 
With thanks and best wishes
 
Kathy Pia                                                      Kelly Robb
Co-President                                               Co-President 
 
6th Grade Back to School BBQ
RSVP for the 6th Grade Back to School BBQ on Saturday, September 17 from 12-2 p.m. at Rippowam! We are asking all attending families to bring chips or a dessert! RSVP atkelly@connorrobb.com. We are also in need of volumteers from 11am -3 pm. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Kelly Robb at Kelly@connorrobb.com
 
See attached flyer for details.
 
Parent Volunteers 
If you are interested in volunteering for PTO activities, please email judyklym@gmail.com. Please include your name, student’s name and grade, phone number and email. 
Soundwaters FREE Sailing Program
SoundWaters is pleased to announce a free fall afterschool program for 6-8th grade students called SoundWaters Sailing Academy.  We are able to offer this program free to the students through our own fundraising efforts.  SoundWaters is non-profit environmental education organization.  Our mission is to protect Long Island Sound through education. Through hands-on science education, we provide people with an awareness of the changes they can make in their lives and communities to restore, protect and preserve Long Island Sound and the environment as a whole.
  
Here are some details about our program:
 The focus/components of this FREE program:
·         Allow students to learn how to sail a small boat on Holly Pond (next to SoundWaters in Cove Park) with a partner
·         Includes classroom sessions to learn important details for knowing how to sail
o   parts of the boat
o   how to make your boat move when the wind is coming from various directions
o   how to set up a sailboat
·         Incorporate science activities about the habitats and animals of Long Island Sound 
 Program details/logistics
·         FREE (funded by SoundWaters through our own fundraising efforts)
·       See attached flyer for specific school dates
·         SoundWaters staff will pick the students up at the end of the school day and bring them back to SoundWaters for the program — See attached flyer for specific school times
·         Students must be picked up at 5:30 by a parent/guardian at Cove Island Park (there will be no transportation back to the school)
·         Limited Spaces (24 max per school) so register today!
How to Register
          Fill out the registration form attached to this email
o   We have distributed flyers/registration forms to the school
          Return it to Amy Arent, Assistant Education Director
o   Email:  aarent@soundwaters.org
o   Fax:  (203) 967 8306
          We will contact the family directly once we have received the registration form to confirm that the student is accepted.
If there are any questions
·         email aarent@soundwaters.org or call (203) 406 3309 with any questions
 
 
 
Are you on FACEBOOK?  So are we! Find us at www.facebook.com/RippowamPTO
Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | June 7, 2016

Science Final

 

 

 

  1. What are the instruments used to measure weather?
    • A THERMOMETER measures the air temperature.
    • A BAROMETER measures air pressure.
    • A WIND VANE is an instrument that determines the direction from which the wind is blowing.
    • An ANEMOMETER measures wind speed.

 

  1. What weather conditions can you expect from different clouds?
  • Stratus clouds – Light mist or drizzle sometimes falls out of these clouds.
  • Nimbus cloudsform a dark gray, wet looking cloudy layer associated with continuously falling rain or snow. They often produce precipitation that is usually light to moderate.
  • Cumulus clouds – fair weather

 

 

  1. What are the different parts of a weather report?

Temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity, precipitation, air pressure (high/low)

 

 

Key Vocabulary: Water

  • Contamination- biological and chemical
    • Biologicalcontaminants are organisms in water. They are also referred to as microbes or microbiological contaminants. (Examples of biological or microbial contaminants include bacteria, viruses, protozoan, and parasites).
    • Chemical contaminants are elements or compounds. These contaminants may be naturally occurring or man-made. (Examples of chemical contaminants include nitrogen, bleach, salts, pesticides, metals, toxins produced by bacteria, and human or animal drugs).

Acids –  A liquid that has a lot of hydrogen ions. Acids have a sour taste, are corrosive, change the color of certain vegetable dyes, such as litmus, from blue to red, and lose their acidity when they are combined with alkalies. pH below 6.

  • Bases – a liquid that has a lot of hydroxide ions. Bases taste bitter. Strong bases can be slippery and slimy feeling. pH above 8.
  • Neutral – Neither an acid or a base. pH of 7.

 

  • Universal solvent – water is called the “universal solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid

 

 

Phases of matter: solid, liquid, gas

  • Solidsare objects that keep their own shape and do not flow in a given temperature.  (Examples of solids are cars, books and clothes).  Solids can be different colors and textures, and they can be turned into different shapes, for example clay. Solids are made up of molecules which group together and don’t move around.
  • Liquidsdo not have their own shape, but can take the shape of the container they are in and they can flow at a given temperature.  (Examples of liquids are tea, water and blood). They can be different colors and thickness (for example, custard is a thicker liquid than tea and doesn’t flow as quickly as tea). You can measure a liquid in a cup or a spoon. Liquids are made up of molecules which are further apart than in solids and can move around easily.
  • Gasesare air-like substances that can move around freely or flow to fit a container and they don’t have their own shape.  You can put your hand through gases and you won’t feel them.  If they get out their container they can spread easily.  We are surrounded by different gases in the air we breathe. We can’t put gas into a measuring cup to measure its volume; it has to be worked out using a mathematical formula. Their molecules are spaced apart and bounce around.

 

  • Solvent – A substance that can dissolve another substance
  • Neutralize – The reaction of an acid with a base to form a salt and water. Usually, the reaction of hydrogen ions with hydrogen ions to form water molecules.

 

Analysis questions:

  1. What is the difference between biological and chemical contamination?
    • Biologicalcontaminants are organisms in water. They are also referred to as microbes or microbiological contaminants. Examples of biological or microbial contaminants include bacteria, viruses, protozoan, and parasites.
    • Chemical contaminants are elements or compounds. These contaminants may be naturally occurring or man-made. Examples of chemical contaminants include nitrogen, bleach, salts, pesticides, metals, toxins produced by bacteria, and human or animal drugs.
  1. How does the pH scale determine if a substance is an acid, base, or neutral?

Scientists use something called a pH scale to measure how acidic or basic a liquid is. pH is a number from 0 to 14. From 0 to 7 are acids, with 0 being the strongest. From 7 to 14 are bases with 14 being the strongest base. If a liquid has a pH of 7, it’s neutral. This would be something like distilled water.

 

  1. What are examples of biological and chemical contamination in water?

 

Biological contamination is contamination with fecal matter or natural forms of contamination. Chemical contamination is contamination with pesticides, fertilizers, or man-made contaminants.

Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | May 31, 2016

Rippowam PTO Updates

RIPPOWAM PTO E-NEWSLETTER — WEEK OF May 31, 2016

 

THE PTO WANTS YOU!!!

 

The PTO wants you!  Why do we want you?  We think that you should have a voice that should be heard, and that means being part of the Rippowam PTO Executive Board. Some FAQ’s

 

Is this a huge commitment?

 

It is as big as you want it to be.  As a board, we meet once a month in the evening.  These meetings include Jason Martin, Michael Rinaldi, and often a teacher from each grade level.  The teachers attend to let us know what is going on each grade.  They discuss calendar events, funding of field trips, parties, etc.  The board discusses teacher grants for their smaller, more specialized projects, plan the general PTO meetings (usually three per year), and come up with fundraising ideas.

 

I don’t know how to do this.  How will I know what to do?

 

You can be paired with a board member who has held the position before, join up and take a job with a friend who is also new, or take it on solo.  There is ALWAYS someone on the board willing to help out and answer questions.

 

What are the positions?                                    

 

Attached is a list of the positions on the form to fill out if you would like to become a board member.  A description can be provided to you.  Just fill it out and send it back to school.

 

Do I have to be voted in?

 

If you want to be here, we want you here!

 

I am a working parent.  I don’t think I will have time.

 

Many of us are also working parents.  It can sometimes be a juggling act, but it is very rewarding to put your stamp on what happens at Rippowam.

 

Please find attached the Executive form.  We hope that you will consider joining the Rippowam Executive Board team.   We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact Kelly Robb if you have any questions. at kelly@connorrobb.com

 

 

 

DIVERSITY CELEBRATION

Our Diversity Day celebration was a huge success. Click on the link below for some highlights. Thank you to all those who helped make the day so special.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXRW2R5zX8c

Volunteers Needed For Raptor Dash

The Rippowam PTO, administration, and teachers are excited for the second annual all school RaptorDash FUNdraiser! It will take place on Wednesday, June 1, during the school day (rain date will be Thursday, June 2). In short, RaptorDash is an obstacle style event that will take place in the gymnasium and outdoors on various school fields. The day will be filled with team-based competitions that include complex puzzles, brain teasers and physical challenges.

Click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amwmVFgrIw8 to watch a video of all Raptordash 2015 fun in action!

For the event to be successful, we will need parent volunteers. This will be a great opportunity to help our children, volunteer alongside teachers and administrators, while coming together as a community to cheer on our children. We promise an incredible day of FUN and FUNdraising! If you can volunteer your time, please visit our Rippowam Middle School, PTO volunteer spot linkhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48aeae2da6f94-2016. Please hurry, time slots are filling up quickly!

Our school wide goal is to raise $20,000. Funds raised will go towards sponsoring programs that directly benefit our students’ daily experiences (in class resources, after school activities and a culminating 8th grade trip to DC).

The first 300 students to submit $25 or more in donations will get a Raptordash tshirt and a chance to ambush a participating administrator or teacher with silly string! Every additional $25 donated earns another silly string chance. And there are more prizes — see attachment for info., deadlines, and rules.

If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Doris Frattaroli atdorriito@aol.com, Judy Klym at judyklym@gmail.com, or Christine Tippelmannctippelmann@codelcousa.com or the Rippowam main office at 203-977-4410.

Thank you from the Rippowam PTO for your continued support!

 Stamford Middle School Girls Impress at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

  • All girls team from Rippowam and Scofield places 6th in Problem 1 / Division II
  • Stamford team outscores 49 teams from across the US, as well as international teams from Singapore, Switzerland, Indonesia, Canada and India
  • Stamford was represented by more teams than any other school district in Connecticut
  • Teams from Westover, Davenport, Rippowam, Scofield and Stamford High Competed
  • Connecticut had 5 teams place in the top 10 of their Problem / Division

The Stamford Odyssey of the Mind mixed middle school team, representing Rippowam Middle School and Scofield Magnet Middle School took sixth in the world, at the competition in Ames Iowa over the weekend.  Teams from Poland, Japan, Michigan, Arizona and Virginia rounded out the top 6 in the vehicle problem for division II (grades 6-8).  The all-girls Stamford Mixed Middle School team finished 6th out of 60 international teams.  Our Middle School Team was one of only two teams from the state of Connecticut to place in the top 6 and be recognized during closing ceremonies held Saturday night at the Hilton Colosseum at Iowa State University.  It was an incredible experience for all!  Students on the winning team include: Alba Alizoti, Annalise Fabricatore, Meredith Ford, Abby Guttman, Julia Kempton, and Emily Sasser. 

We extend a special thank you to all who supported of our program this year, especially friends and family, KPMG, OdysseyRe, Aon, the Fidelity Foundation, Stamford Youth Foundation and the Stamford Public Education Foundation.

Are you on FACEBOOK?  So are we! Find us atwww.facebook.com/RippowamPTO

Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | May 23, 2016

Project DUE THURSDAY

INVASIVE SPECIES PROJECT IS DUE THIS THURSDAY.

OUR ECOLOGY TEST WILL BE ON TUESDAY MAY 31 AFTER THE LONG WEEKEND. MAKE SURE YOU START STUDYING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!

THESE TWO ASSIGNMENTS ARE WORTH 150 TOTAL POINTS ON 4TH QUARTER GRADES!

THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME!

Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | May 23, 2016

Rippowam PTO Announcement

RIPPOWAM PTO E-NEWSLETTER — WEEK OF May 23, 2016
 
 May PTO Meeting
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DIVERSITY CELEBRATION
On May 24 & 25, Rippowam I.B. Middle School will be participating in a school wide Diversity Celebration. The purpose of this 2 day event is to celebrate cultural diversity, learn about each other, and develop empathy for our differences. Students and staff will engage in fun activities specific to countries in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Check out Diversity Celebration PSA
 
Cultural Food
May 25, as part of this celebration, we are asking students to bring in a hot or cold dish representing their family’s heritage.  Please be sure to attach a label or index card including:
1. Name of dish and country it is from
2. List of ingredients used
 
Due to food allergies, please do not include any ingredients containing peanuts, tree nuts, or seafood
 
 
Cultural Dress
 
On May 25 we strongly encouraged our students and staff to wear traditional clothing/costumes from their family’s country of origin on . Students can also wear colors representative of their culture or country of origin’s flag as well if they do not have access to traditional wear.   
 
 
Any Questions Please Contact:
Demetria McKenzie: 203-977-5699
Angela Schuman: 203-5878
 
Laura Mase: 203-977-4359
Volunteers Needed For Raptor Dash
The Rippowam PTO, administration, and teachers are excited for the second annual all school RaptorDash FUNdraiser! It will take place on Wednesday, June 1, during the school day (rain date will be Thursday, June 2). In short, RaptorDash is an obstacle style event that will take place in the gymnasium and outdoors on various school fields. The day will be filled with team-based competitions that include complex puzzles, brain teasers and physical challenges.
Click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amwmVFgrIw8 to watch a video of all Raptordash 2015 fun in action!
For the event to be successful, we will need parent volunteers. This will be a great opportunity to help our children, volunteer alongside teachers and administrators, while coming together as a community to cheer on our children. We promise an incredible day of FUN and FUNdraising! If you can volunteer your time, please visit our Rippowam Middle School, PTO volunteer spot linkhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48aeae2da6f94-2016. Please hurry, time slots are filling up quickly!
Our school wide goal is to raise $20,000. Funds raised will go towards sponsoring programs that directly benefit our students’ daily experiences (in class resources, after school activities and a culminating 8th grade trip to DC).
The first 300 students to submit $25 or more in donations will get a Raptordash tshirt and a chance to ambush a participating administrator or teacher with silly string! Every additional $25 donated earns another silly string chance. And there are more prizes — see attachment for info., deadlines, and rules.
If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Doris Frattaroli atdorriito@aol.com, Judy Klym at judyklym@gmail.com, or Christine Tippelmannctippelmann@codelcousa.com or the Rippowam main office at 203-977-4410.
Thank you from the Rippowam PTO for your continued support!
 
 
Are you on FACEBOOK?  So are we! Find us atwww.facebook.com/RippowamPTO
Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | May 20, 2016

Owl pellets

This occurred in Sapia science today!! 

Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | May 17, 2016

Ecology Assistance

Ecology Study Guide

 

If you have an exotic (FROM A Foreign AREA) pet and you no longer want it what is the best way to deal with it?

 

What is the difference between plant and animal cells?

 

What are producers? Decomposers?  consumers? List examples of each

 

What do organisms need to survive? (in their habitat)

 

What role do producers have in an ecosystem?

 

What is photosynthesis and where does it take place?

 

What are populations of animals?

 

What is an ecosystem? What does it mean?

 

What is carrying capacity? What factors affect carrying capacity?

 

What is classification?

 

What are biomes? What is the most common biome in the United States?

 

What do plants need for photosynthesis?

How are feeding relationships represented? (How do we know what eats what in an ecosystem)

 

How does a consumer get its energy?

How does a producer get its energy?

How does a decomposer get its energy?

 

Name 4 factors that impact a plant/animal survival.

 

What structure do plant cells have that animal cells do not? chloroplasts

Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | May 13, 2016

Afternoon Visit

This was a touch scary!! 

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