January 2019

Half way through the year with so much behind us and so much yet to do!

In December, we added holiday fun to our academics.


7/8 Math - finishing up with Systems of Linear Equations.  Next we begin investigating the Pythagorean Theorem.

6 Math - Practicing with ratio tools such as ratio tables, double number lines and tape diagrams.

5 Math - Still practicing division but beginning an investigation of volume of prisms.

7/8 Science - Had fun learning about genetics.  Some vocabulary you can ask about:  dominant, recessive, allele, genotype, phenotype, homologous chromosome, meiosis, deoxyribonucleic acid, nucleotide, adenine, thymine, guanine, cytosine, ribosome, mutation, mutagen, pedigree

5/6 Science - Applying convection, conduction and radiation to weather topics.

March 2019

posted Mar 28, 2019, 2:53 PM by Kathy Hill

Happy Spring!
 In like a lion and out like a lamb!

We have certainly had our share of interesting weather this month...

5th - started learning about fractions and percents
6th - finished unit on ratios and rates and now beginning a unit on mean, median, mode and all kinds of graphs
8th - Still in geometry learning about similar figures

5/6 - nearly done with our study of weather.  Wrapping it up discussing climate change.
7/8 - still looking at bacteria and viruses.  Collected bacteria around the school to see which location had the most.  Some interesting results:
Primary blue door                                   Drinking fountain

This is what the students had to say about it:

"The reason the drinking fountain push had bacteria on it is probably because it is used every day and is not washed every day." TGR

"The door had a lot of bacteria. I think this is because the little kids don’t wash their hands very often or not thoroughly enough when they do." GD
Upcoming Events:
April 11 - History Fair
April 17-18 - Big Creek (information to go home during the first week in April)

February 2019

posted Mar 2, 2019, 1:54 PM by Kathy Hill   [ updated Mar 5, 2019, 4:54 PM ]

It's been a really cold February!  But lots of learning has happened in Room 5!

In Mathematics:
  • 5th graders continue practicing volume of rectangular prisms.
  • 6th graders are wrapping up their study of ratio, rates and percents.
  • 8th graders learned about the Pythagorean Theorem


To wrap up our study, they created art projects adapting the wheel of Theodorus.


In Science:
  • Did an investigation involving DEWPOINT.

  • How do clouds form?

  • What is the water cycle?

Learned about Latin nomenclature and classification.  Started a study of simple organisms including bacteria.  Did an investigation looking at how bacteria create yogurt.  Watching a science fiction thriller, The Andromeda Strain, that illustrates how scientists deal with an unknown organism.

Don't forget "Math and a Movie" on March 14th!

November 2018

posted Dec 1, 2018, 7:39 PM by Kathy Hill

November was a fun and productive month!  

We had our first snowfall of the year...
   Kimmy and Maddy built mini snowmen.  

We made a lot of progress through curriculum.

7/8 Science
Built cell models:

5/6 Science
Studying convection, radiation and conduction.  In this activity we are investigating how the sun affects different earth materials.  Do you think sand, soil, water or rocks will heat up more?


8th Grade Math
Studied some important concepts this month - equation of a line, slope, and y-intercept.  We will practice solving and graphing through the month of December.

7th Grade Math
Using ratios in context.

6th Grade Math
Introduction to ratios and practicing fluency of fraction operations.

5th Grade Math
Still practicing fluency of multi-digit multiplication; learned order of operations (parenthesis, multiplication/division left to right then addition/subtraction left to right) and now practicing it on ST Math.  Beginning different strategies for division.  


Finally, report cards went home on November 28th and a new trimester began.  Congratulations to the students who made honor roll:  Jaeoden, Tristan, Gianna, Evan, Ella, Paige, Guin, Hazel and Francesca.

Upcoming Events:  December 17 - Santa's Shop; December 18 - Ski Trip; December 19 - Christmas Concert; December 20 - Classroom parties.  

October 2018

posted Nov 3, 2018, 9:37 AM by Kathy Hill

October has been a fun-filled month!

Whole school field trip to Pablo and Polson was interesting and fun.

7/8 Science
This month we had visitors from Flathead Valley Community College who helped us with a DNA extraction lab.

5/6 Science
This month we learned about density:
                                                           hot water is less dense than cold water                      more salt in the water then more dense

6th grade Math
Fraction Operations!  Even learned about dividing fractions...


5th Grade Math
Getting really good at multi-digit multiplication!

7th Grade Math
Working on ratio tools - double number lines and ratio tables.

8th Grade Math
Creating and working with all kinds of formulas.  They now know how to build the perfect set of stairs!


September 2018

posted Oct 20, 2018, 12:53 PM by Kathy Hill   [ updated Oct 20, 2018, 12:56 PM ]

And so begins another school year...


                    5th/6th Grade                                                                                7th/8th Grade

This Month:
  • 5th Grade Mathematics - working on Number Theory and Multiplication.  Fifth Graders will have homework every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes each night.
  • 6th Grade Mathematics - working on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.  Homework will depend on whether they complete their work in class.
  • 7th Grade Mathematics - working on tools for working with ratios.
  • 8th Grade Mathematics - working on beginning Algebra concepts including variables, equations and graphs.
  • 5th/6th Grade Science:  This year we will learn Earth Science and we have begun with weather.
  • 7th/8th Grade Science:  This year is Life Science.  One of our beginning projects this year involved the Characteristics of Life.  Enjoy!

Prezi presentations:






by Gianna

December 2017

posted Dec 20, 2017, 9:58 AM by Kathy Hill   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 5:23 PM ]

             HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Lunch break during our skiing field trip.  Watch for the professional ski pictures posted on the Bissell School Website. (posted soon!)


Christmas Program - December 18, 2017

Building Gingerbread houses - and the winner is:

                                                     Congratulations Camas and Kimmy!

Finally to party...
What a spread!                                                                       With a visit from Santa and helpers

Have a great Winter Break!  See you on January 2nd.

P.S.  Thanks to Jeremiah for the beautiful tie-dye shirt!


November 2017

posted Nov 5, 2017, 2:28 PM by Kathy Hill

October was an eventful month...

In 7/8 Science we had visitors from Flathead Valley Committee College.  Dr. Wiley brought several college students and we experienced a lab called Candy Gel Electrophoresis.  It was informative and lots of fun.

We also finished our paper airplane project.  The report was due on Friday.  We discovered many interesting things about the flight of a paper airplane.

In 5/6 Science we spent the month doing engineering tasks including pumpkin (candy) launching.

October Math accomplishments:
5th - Number Theory including Greatest Common Factor, Least Common Multiple, and Prime Factorization.  Working towards fluency with double digit multiplication.  We will start order of operations and division in November.
7th - Nearly done learning about operations on positive and negative numbers.  Later in November we will begin Proportional Reasoning.
8th - Multiple representations including geometric patterns and formulas.  

Upcoming events:
November 9th - Clans at 2:30.  Wear your Bissell shirt.
November 10th - Veteran's Assembly 1:30
November 17th - Bingo for Books 7 pm - 8 pm.  We need donated used books!
November 22-24 - Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28 - Picture Retakes
November 29 - End of the 1st Trimester.  

Plans are being made for fund raising for the 7/8 History Trip.  Want to help?  Got ideas?  Call Josie Hagadone or Karen Barr.

Any questions call the school at 862-2828 or contact me at khill@olneybissellschool.com

October 2017

posted Oct 8, 2017, 1:16 PM by Kathy Hill

The first month of school has come and gone and October is planned to be busy!


Indian Education for All Day - September 21 - fun with string games! (Sorry.  I couldn't figure out how to turn these...)

Congratulations Girls Volleyball Teams on a Successful Season!!

This week - 
  • Parent-Teacher conferences will be on Tuesday from 3:40-7:30.  Everyone only has 10 minutes so don't be late!
  • Middle School Field Trip - October 10th.  The fifth/sixth grade will be involved in an art project and the 7th/8th grade will be taking fall pictures for their photography class.  
  • First Clan Day - October 12th at 2:30.  Students should wear their Bissell shirt.
  • Candy Gel Electrophoresis Lab - FVCC Education Majors here to present a Science Lesson to the 7th/8th grade.
  • Boys Basketball Practice Begins - Monday from 3:40-5:00

Next week - 
School Pictures - Monday, October 16th
No School - October 19 - 20

Other - Fall Festival October 27th from 6-8 pm

Classroom Update:
Math 7 - Learning about operations on integers.  Several fun games!
Math 8 - Learning about multiple representations on patterns including writing equations that represent a geometric pattern.
Math 5 - Number Theory (LCM, GCF, prime factorization and soon order of operations)
Science 7/8 - Practicing the Scientific Method using experiments on paper airplanes.
Science 5/6 - Finished classification and now working on learning about inventions and inventors.
Math 4 and Math 6 - Have begun the online curriculum from STMath.  Follow this link to get an introduction:

September 2017

posted Oct 4, 2014, 3:42 PM by Kathy Hill   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 6:05 PM ]

Welcome back to school!  It is a privilege to be teaching 4th through 8th grade Mathematics and 7/8 Science again this year.  I am looking forward to a great year!

This year the 4th and 5th grade will continue in the "Investigations in Number, Data, and Space" curriculum.  The sixth grade will be working with Mrs. Briggs.  Right now I am working on obtaining an innovative online curriculum for the students to use. The 7th grade will be learning from a curriculum that I have been working on using the Common Core State Standards.  The 8th grade will primarily be in "Math in Context" and "Connected Math".  Each grade level page will list the big ideas that I intend to emphasize this year.  Feel free to visit the classroom and look through the materials or just come learn something new.

The month of September will be a busy one.  Open house is September 7th.  The baked potato bar begins at 6:00 and classroom presentations start at 6:30.  Please try and attend.  Indian Heritage Day is September 21st.  On that day, students will learn about Native American culture from our state.

Attached is the grading rubric used by all the middle school teachers.  It explains the expectations for the academic grade as well as the professionalism grade.  Also attached is the Math rubric that gives more details specific to Math grades.  This year we are making the transition in to a school

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the school at 862-2828 or send me an email at khill@olneybissellschool.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Kathy Hill

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