MS Blazer Buzz 24 Nov

This week's highlight: Fall Trimester Portfolio Viewing

This week, middle school students invited their parents to class for portfolio viewings, culminating presentations highlighting their work from fall trimester.  They shared the many projects, essays, art pieces, and videos that they produced.  6th graders shared some tasty greens straight from their own gardens and a garden plot project in math.  Highlights included communication with their German pen pals, Perfect World essays, composition projects with garageband, and observing the aqueduct built in the gardens.  7th graders entertained their guests with a skit about the process of making a movie as they described their work with producing stop motion animated films in LA, Art and Music.  Mitch narrated an incredible video explaining a rather complicated chemical reaction in science and Jesse discussed the atomic bomb debate.  8th graders demonstrated their impressive Rube Goldberg machines in science, Old Salem films produced in math, and original pieces of artwork from their Choice-Based Art Class.  Our Woodlawn middle school students never cease to amaze us!

MS Blazer Buzz 17 Nov

This week's highlight: Budding Filmmakers

Through a collaborative project in art, language arts, and music, seventh grade students are hard at work making stop-motion animated films.  Their scripts include a hero who either changes or learns a lesson.  Some of the story lines include an ungrateful boy who learns to be grateful, an arrogant hairdresser who learns that being humble is the way to go, a wolf who stands up to bullying and also demonstrates forgiveness, and a set builder who uses his skills to overcome an obstacle.  Students are immersed in tedious work as they must take hundreds of pictures, moving their characters centimeter by centimeter in each frame, to produce their stop-motion films.  They are finding that their lego actors are not always cooperative!  Stay tuned to the final film productions in a few weeks.

MS Blazer Buzz 10 Nov

This week's highlight: Duke TIP

Fourteen seventh graders qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search sponsored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Over 2 million students have participated in the Talent Search since its inception in 1980. Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented 7th graders based on standardized test scores or IQ tests achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are then invited to take the SAT or the ACT college entrance exams as 7th graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. We are very proud of our ‘Blazers for their academic achievement!

Back Row: (L-R) Olivia D, Mary H, Mitch P, Al W, Cole R, Michael S
Front Row: (L-R) Jack B, Andrew A, Lily K, Campbell L, Dina C, Ariana C, Jesse J (missing from photo: Jackie J)

MS Blazer Buzz 3 Nov

This week's highlight: Arugula Challenge

Sixth grade students, Gabriella and Kaitlyn, took Mrs. Denham’s “Arugula Challenge” on Friday.  Students harvest many kinds of lettuce in their gardens and are currently growing about 6 different varieties.  While many people enjoy a bit of arugula in their salad, eating a whole leaf is quite peppery according to the students.  AJ picked a chocolate pepper, but I have a hard time believing that it tastes like chocolate.  After seeing the faces after the arugula challenge, I doubt anyone is up for a chocolate pepper challenge!

MS Blazer Buzz 27 Oct

This week's highlight: All Things Haunted...

Seventh and eighth graders dressed for a ghoulish evening in the Lodge this weekend. They kicked up their heels and danced the night away to their favorite songs. From the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to a few vampires - costumes were certainly creative! Stinson Hall, built in 1836, served as the perfect backdrop for a chilling, haunted house experience. Walking with trepidation through the creaky, old house in the pitch black night, student clung to one another as faces appeared in the windows and people (or ghosts) pounded on doors. Screams could be heard all over campus. Thanks to the teamwork of LEAD, it was a haunted night to remember!